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This is a review of the $34.99 a month Date Night In Box.
About Date Night In Box
The Subscription Box: Date Night In Box
The Cost: $34.99 a month + $7.00 shipping (less for longer subscriptions)
ACTIVE DEAL: Limited Time Only! Use code 15OFFNIB to get 15% off all plans
The Products: A complete date in a box including an activity, snack, and other items to create a sense of ambiance to bring you and your partner closer together.
Ships to: the US, Canada, and select countries
Date Night In Box February 2018 Review
The first page of the included booklet was a welcome letter that explained what we could expect on our date and highlighted the theme of the box which for this month was ‘Delivered with Love’ and was supposed to take us back in time to France in 1919.
In the letter they reference the email you should have received when your box shipped. The email lets you know the theme and provides links to an invitation you can print out to give to your date as well as a link to the website featuring a menu designed around your date theme. Although we didn’t use the menu this time, I was really impressed with how they included a cocktail recipe (and a mocktail recipe if you would rather), an appetizer, main course and dessert all based on the theme for the month. There was even a complete shopping list to print out which made it all very convenient. I love that this is an option- if you have the time, of course!
The next page featured an itinerary for the night. The first step is to set the mood for your date. In order to help you do this, they provide a custom date playlist on Spotify that you can access and listen to. This month was very Gatsby-esque to fit in with the theme. They also included a lavender sachet which was wonderfully fragrant and was meant to transport us to the foothills of France for our date.
Jacquet French Chocolate Crepes, 6.77 oz. - Retail Value $10.80
Also included in the box was a snack. The filling inside of these French Crepes reminded me of Nutella. I liked that they came individually packaged and ready to eat. They were even better when warmed up a bit in the microwave!
The first activity for our date was to take a Love Languages Quiz. This was based on a book by Dr. Gary Chapman, The 5 Love Languages, and was designed to help you and your partner figure out the best way to show love for one another. The quiz took about 5 minutes to complete and afterward we were able to add up our scores to determine which Love Languages we needed to hear most from our partner. Some of the languages are Words of Affirmation, Quality Time and Physical Touch to give you an idea. I really feel like this helped us learn more about ourselves and each others’ needs. It opened up a discussion for what we can do for our partner that makes them feel most loved.
Included in the box were 4 profile cards for us to choose a character to become for the night. Each card gave a brief background on the character and they encourage you to use your imagination to come up with accents, a story for how you met and even dress up if you’d like.There’s a lot of freedom to play around with this and get into character as much as you’re comfortable with.
The next activity was to write a love letter to your partner (as yourself) that you will exchange at the end of the night- if you solve all of the clues, but I’ll get to that next. All of the supplies needed to write your letter were included and I think the best part was that they provided several writing prompts that you could use for inspiration. It was a little difficult to come up with a love letter on the spot, so these really helped us to focus our letters.
The main event for the evening was the Clue game. Everything so far had been based around our theme of traveling back in time to France and now we learn that you and your partner haven’t seen each other in three years. Your only communication has been through letters and now you are finally able to meet again and deliver your final letter in person. I thought it was a very romantic concept and it was fun to challenge ourselves with the game.
There were four clues that you had to solve to find out the details of your meeting. I’m not going to go into a lot of detail because I don’t want to spoil the fun, but in the end, the clues told us where to meet each other, the date and the time. A few times we got stuck and sometimes the little rhymes on the cards left us scratching our heads, but fortunately, they provide a link to the website where you can get further hints. I’ll admit, we had to use it a few times, but to be fair, there was a typo on one of the cards that set us back a bit! The last step was to exchange our love letters which I think was a sweet way to end the date box portion of the evening. (What you do next is up to you!)
Verdict: This was my first Date Night In Box and I have to say that I love the creativity and convenience of it. The fact that we don’t have to find a sitter and that they included extras to help set the ambiance such as the Spotify playlist are little details that make it such a complete experience.
While I had every intention of going all out and making the food and drinks from the menu, I was actually really relieved that I didn’t have to do that! The date still took us a good 2 hours with only using the box items and could have easily been extended into a full evening if we wanted. As tired parents of two kids, it was really nice to be able to pare it down to basics and not have to do anything extra to make this date feel special. The activities and supplies included were just enough and I definitely think it was worth the $41.99 ($34.99 + $7.00 shipping) for the unique date. That’s much less than dinner and a movie would cost plus we really got to connect through conversations we might not have had otherwise.
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