DateBox Subscription Review + Coupon – May 2017
Date Box is a monthly subscription box designed to make date night simple! Each month’s box is themed and has what you need for a date night with snacks to make together, a couple’s activity, and a Spotify playlist to enjoy throughout the whole process.
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The Subscription Box: DateBox
The Cost: $34.95/month, with discounts available for longer commitments (31.45/month with 3-month prepay, or $27.96/months for 6-months prepay). Shipping is $5 per month.
COUPON: Use code freedate50 to save 50% off your first box! And receive a bonus digital date when you sign up for the DateBox newsletter.
The Products: A monthly themed box designed to facilitate a unique date night for couples, including snacks and treats to make together, an activity, and a Spotify playlist to play throughout your night!
Ships to: U.S.
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The first thing I pulled out of my box was an info booklet.
The box I received this month was about inspiration and creativity. The project is to paint a canvas (one per person) and the snack was to make cake pops.
They also include a “date guide” to help you time/coordinate your cake pop making and painting process. I think the graphic design of their info booklets is always adorable.
Also, they included the cake pop instructions.
Every month, they also provide conversation starters to help guide/promote your conversation.
For the project, they included 2 medium-sized canvases.
They included a fantastic set of 12 acrylic paints and a large paper drop cloth (brilliant, and I appreciated so much!).
They also included 2 paintbrushes with nice, long, wooden handles and thin masking tape to use as a tool while painting and help you make different kinds of designs.
As for the cake pops, everything came labeled and in a neat little zippered pouch.
The batter mix just needed water added. It said to bake in “an ~8” cake pan” but my 8”x8” was way too big for the amount of batter. Instead, I used a 9” narrow bread pan and that worked perfectly. I like that they didn’t give you an overwhelming amount of cake and end up making enough cake pops for a party or something.
Here’s the baked cake! It had a great flavor on its own, too.
After the cake has cooled, you use your hands to crumble the cake up.
Then you mix the frosting into the crumbs and then form the mix into ~2” balls. The recipe said it should yield 6-8 cake balls and I got 7, so that was spot on.
Here’s our set up! Our cake pops turned out adorable, and I was so glad for the drop cloth – It meant I could just wrap up everything and toss it!
Here’s our cake pops! The frosting was like donut icing. These were a little messy because they’d fall off the stick after one bite but they were good! Very sweet, though, considering the icing was both on the cake and inside/throughout the cake ball itself too.
Here’s when we were done! The paint brushes they gave us had pretty small/detail brush heads so I pulled out some more that I had to help actually cover more canvas effectively. I also wish they had thrown in a couple plastic plates or something for us to put paint on. I had some, but I had to dig them out. That wasn’t a big deal, though. Neither of us used the masking tape, though I thought that was a great idea. I just painted a verse and Luke made a triforce drawing (from the Legend of Zelda).
This was definitely out of our usual routine! I’ve always been a little artistic/painted/creative but I’m not an expert in any medium. My husband is creative but it’s usually limited to music and creative strategizing for him. This was a fun way to do something together screen-free and with good music (the Spotify playlists they send you for each date have been good so far!). The conversation topics were fun but we never seem to need help coming up with stuff to talk about so we went through those fast and just had a great time.
Verdict: I think DateBox has an awesome idea and love that they provide something different (that I don’t have to come up with or plan!) for a date night every month. I also love that these work as at-home dates so we can do them after the baby is in bed for the night – saves us the trouble of worrying about babysitters. This is our third Date Box and I’m happy with the variety of dates they’ve sent, too – our first was a fantastic box with an at-home escape game, last months was DIY coffee roasting/tasting, and this month was, obviously, painting. You can preview a few of their boxes and themes on their website and I’m always excited to see what kind of box I’m going to get next!
As a whole, my impression of Date Box is that they are well-developed and professional. I do recommend this for couples! I think it’s a great option for us to help intentionally carve out time together, and is worth the $34 price, especially since it made date night easy enough that we didn’t need to go out or get a sitter.
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