Last Christmas, I did something out-of-the-box for Brian’s Christmas gift.

2013 was a pretty big and busy year for Brian and I, and I knew I wanted to make sure we still had time for “us” as we ended our engagement and went into our first year of marriage.

I preplanned and prepaid 12 monthly date nights for us to enjoy throughout the year.

A Year of Dates via Treble in the Kitchen

brian christmas gift

Each month Brian and I would get together to open that month’s date night envelope to see what our next date would be.

It was so fun to have a little surprise each month!

Ever since I posted about our January Date Night, that post has been one of the top posts on the blog, one of the top pins from my pinterest boards, and I have received several e-mails asking about the details of the other dates.  That being said, I have decided to compile all the dates into one post for your convenience 🙂


Indoor Rock Climbing at Climb Time Indy

climb time 5


We each received $20 to purchase a gift for each other and we cooked dinner together.

date night

date night gift

date night gift 2

crab cakes 3


Walk around downtown Indianapolis and grab frozen yogurt at Yogulatte.

march date night 3

march date night 1

march date night 4


We were planning on volunteering to walk dogs from the animal shelter, but unfortunately this date did not pan out.


This date actually got changed at the last minute because of our crazy schedules at this point in the year.  Even still, we carved out time for more fro yo and a movie at home 🙂

frozen yogurt

We completed our May Date of exploring the Go Ape High Ropes Course in August.

go ape date night

go ape date night


Movie theater date

june date night 1

june date 2


Our honeymoon 🙂

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Indians baseball game



Apple picking at Tuttle Orchards

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apple picking 9


Lunch at one of our favorite local cafes, Cafe Patachou.

October date

October date 4


We cooked dinner together again!  This time, Brian was in charge of the main meal, and I was in charge of dessert.

November date night 4

sweet potato brownie


Christmas Lights at the Indianapolis Zoo

Christmas at the Zoo

So there you have it!  Our year full of dates 🙂

Question of the Morning:

  • Are you planning anything like this for your significant other?
  • What dates would you add to the rotation?

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  1. I actually borrowed this idea from you for my boyfriend’s gift this year! I can’t wait to for him to open it on Christmas. I used Groupon and Livingsocial to help me pre-pay for some of the other dates, but the other ones I will just pay for when we do them. Thanks for your inspiration! 🙂

    Here’s what I picked:
    January: Ice Skating
    February: Drinks, appetizers and games at Ping Pong bar here in Los Angeles
    March: Happy Hour at a fancy bar, the Edison, in downtown LA
    April: Go to the LA Zoo
    May: Go to an indoor trampolining facility
    June: Kayaking in Marina del Rey
    July: Snorkeling at La Jolla Cove in San Diego
    August: Go Hydrobiking in Long Beach
    September: Go to the movies and dinner – he can pick any movie he wants!
    October: Hiking and a picnic in Malibu
    November: Go Curling (a funny Olympic sport we have wanted to try!)
    December: Bake and decorate Christmas cookies together

  2. OH 🙂 because I know Dan doesn’t read your blog ( I promise I try to get him to!) I know he won’t see…but I totally am ‘borrowing/stealing’ your idea…but I wrapped all twelve ideas in various shape boxes..told him I spent no money (I didn’t pre pay ours), and that it was only full of air and paper 🙂 he is CLUELESS!!!

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