Romance isn’t always the easiest thing to pull off, and some guys have a leg up on others. If you’re looking to put the spark back in your relationship this autumn, check out these simple ideas to make her fall for you all over again.
1. Be Her Personal Chef
Take the afternoon off from work and turn your apartment into the most romantic restaurant known to mankind. Give her a time to show up and set to work. Spend some time on the details; creating a spark requires a little bit of extra effort on your part. String up the perfect lighting for your at-home date to set the mood, set the table with candles, and don some elegant duds to really get her heart racing. If you’re really a terrible cook, then there’s no harm in ordering from her favorite restaurant—get it delivered for an even easier evening. Take the food out of the containers and plate it for an extra dash of elegance that she’ll definitely appreciate. When she arrives, escort her to her seat and charm her with a date even Bond would be proud of.
2. Sweep Her off Her Feet
Take it away, gentlemen. No seriously, take your lady away for a weekend that will blow her mind. The where and when aren’t the important things here—it’s the effort. Find a destination you know she’ll love, or take her back to a spot you know is important to her. Book a night in a bed and breakfast or Airbnb and get a relaxing break from the real world. A romantic getaway is a surefire way to infuse some passion back into your relationship, and there’s no way she’ll see it coming. If your planning skills could use a bit of sprucing up, don’t worry, a day trip can be just as romantic.
3. A Picture Perfect Picnic
Looking for a simple idea that will knock her socks off? Take in the fall foliage and go for a picnic in a local park. Get there early, set up a blanket, and have some easy finger foods that you can enjoy in the open air. Order some roses ahead of time from a website like FTD.com that will show her how much thought you put into the date and will catch her eye from far away. Bring disposable cups for some bubbly, and relax while taking in the sights and sounds of autumn’s best. Hear that? That’s the sound of her swooning.
4. Adrenaline Pumping
Nothing brings out the spark like protecting your lady. Clutch onto each other for dear life as you make your way through a ghoulish haunted house or corn field maze. The screams of terror will exhilarate you both and provide a much needed boost of heart-pumping adrenaline. Make sure she’s open to a fright fest, because if not then you’re digging yourself your very own grave.
5. Winetasting for the Day
What’s more romantic than a few glasses of wine shared while looking out at the best that nature has to offer? Not very much. If you’re lucky enough to live close to a wine valley, head out for the day and enjoy sipping on some of a vineyard’s best. Ask her to go for a drive with you one weekend, and then surprise her with your plan at the entrance to your first winery stop.
6. Pumpkin Patch
Take advantage of the season and head to a local pumpkin patch. Take your time picking out the perfect gourds, then pay for hers and head back to your place for a pumpkin carving bonanza. This activity is sure to bring out the kid in both of you, and you can help each other carve the perfect designs. Once your jack-o-lanterns are ready for display, sip on some wine and admire your handiwork on the front porch or balcony of your apartment.
7. Horseback Riding
Instead of the tired drive through foliage, take your debonair ways to an entirely new level by booking a horseback ride. Many stables offer private trail rides or horseback riding lessons. It’s a scene straight out of a sappy romance novel, but those things sell for a reason. Channel your inner Eastwood as you both trot through the woods and enjoy the crisp fall air.
Even the most romantically-challenged guy can put some spark back into his relationship by following these suggestions. Make her feel special and spice things up by taking advantage of the fall season.