Despite having lots of family and friends close by, willing to watch Starfish, my husband and I haven’t gone out on many date nights. Whether it has been a busy week and we just can’t be bothered, or we’d much rather lounge around at home and can’t be bothered – week in and week out, we just can’t seem to be bothered. For me, this is a real shame, as we used to ALWAYS go out on a date night prior to Starfish.
We used to do those spontaneous date nights, where you’d come home from work and say “Want to go out tonight?” and the other person says, “Yes, that sounds great!”. You’d spend a bit of time getting all dolled up and would then head out for a meal, and then gold class movies in the awesome recliner chairs.
Well, that was BEFORE kids. Now, if we want to plan a date night, it seems to require a month in advance and calling in the SWAT team to help get Starfish ready for bed before we leave the house. It usually means minimal dolling up – I’m lucky if I can put on some roll-on deodorant before sprinting from the house. And then, when we DO finally get to go out for dinner, we are both yawning like crazy and talking about how much we love Starfish, and how much he’s grown up. We usually only make it about 1.5 hours before driving home and crawling into bed because we’re so damn exhausted from the endeavor of organising and leaving for a date night in the first place.
Super romantic right?
Enter: The Date Crate
When the opportunity arose to check out the Date Crate, I must admit I may have done some internalised fist pumps (okay, maybe some real ones too). I thought that this was the perfect solution to our ‘problem’ – how to have a romantic date night without the hassle of organising to go out. We’re fortunate that Starfish is (for the most part) a good sleeper, so once he goes down he’ll stay asleep. This means that our nights are generally drama free after 7pm and we could enjoy this date night in a box. I also think the Date Crate is a great idea for any mums who aren’t able to organise babysitting, as it gives you the luxury of a date without worrying about the organising-of-care side of things.
(I received the Date Crate for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.)
So What’s In The Box?
I’ll preface this review with what I was told: The Date Crate is NOT a sex box. And thank goodness for that! I was definitely not looking for that kind of experience… The aim of the Date Crate is to strengthen relationships through specially curated boxes (based on a monthly theme) and to minimise the prep time required for a date night, making it the perfect experience for busy parents.
When I first heard about the Date Crate, what I was expecting was a few resources and bits and pieces that would help create a night of fun and memories with my husband. I was expecting maybe a game involving conversational starters and maybe something in the food department.
Upon opening the Date Crate and checking the contents, I was both pleasantly surprised and confused surprised by the contents. Included in our Date Crate was the following:
• A DIY Massage Oil Kit
• 2 Large Cookies + tea bags
• A Cheeky Card Game
• A How-To Massage Booklet
• A Date Crate pamphlet including a link to a curate spotify playlist and conversation starters
The reason why I was confused in opening the Date Crate was due to the cheeky card game inside (called 9 and ½ inches). It is a trivia-based game where each person has to try and bluff their partner with the answer to a sexual type of question (the questions are all real-life facts). I wasn’t expecting this type of game after the preface of not a sex-box (okay I may also be a bit of a prude, but that’s just me!).
However, I was super excited about the DIY massage kit (as I love a good massage!) and of course, you can’t go wrong with a couple of snacks.
Using The Date Crate
I won’t go into specifics, because my husband and I like our privacy in many respects, however I will discuss the items included in the Date Crate and how we faired with them.
Hubby and I had a plan of attack for the Date Night – have our tea and cookies while playing the card game, and then make our massage oil and use that. While we enjoyed the cookies, we found it hard to get into the card game (my husband isn’t much of a game person in the first place!). So for us, it wasn’t what we were after. But we did enjoy creating our massage oil, which was super easy to do as the provided instructions were very clear. The included towels were helpful, as was the spotify playlist to create a calm, relaxing mood. The whole evening was extremely enjoyable and felt just like a REAL (maybe even better!) date night.
Want a Date Crate?
There are a variety of options if you’re looking for a Date Crate. They offer a subscription service if you’d like to commit to a monthly date night at home. Each month there is a different theme for the box, so you’ll always be pleasantly surprised by what your date night will involve. There are also gift/individual box options if you’d like to curate your date night experience to suit you and your partner’s interests.