(BPT) – The way we interact and socialize with others in our everyday lives has changed — and so have special dates, whether with a romantic partner, an activity with your children or grandchildren, or a lunch date with a friend. One solution to spending more time with our loved ones: set aside a special day during the week, like Thursday, for a date night or date day. Scheduling a weekly ThursDate can show the ones you love just how much you care and appreciate them. Treat your friends, family or colleagues with a day or night filled with laughter, love, food, drinks and fun. If you are an AARP member, you can plan a memorable ThursDate while taking advantage of discounts on flowers, food, gourmet desserts and more. To view all the benefits available to AARP members, please visit https://www.aarp.org/save.
Here are some ways you can upgrade your ThursDates:
Wine and chocolate pairings to go
Reconnect and spend some quality time with your girlfriends. Schedule a virtual happy hour and order a gourmet charcuterie platter from Harry & David to be delivered directly to your doors. Enjoy your own glass of fine wine while you catch up with your friends! Members save on online purchases of gift baskets, gourmet food, chocolates and baked goods, fruit and cheese, and more (discount not applicable to wine; offers include AARP2: 20% off and AARP3: $20 off $79.99 or more).
A special gift goes a long way
It doesn’t need to be a special occasion to buy a loved one flowers or a personalized gift. Choose a beautiful bouquet of their favorite flowers — from roses, lilies, sunflowers and more — from 1-800 Flowers to brighten their day. They also offer additional gift options, including sweets, keepsake gifts, plants and more. 1-800 Flowers delivers directly to their door and offers a way for you to connect with a loved one — even at a distance. Flowers and special gifts are just a simple way to tell a loved one you’re thinking about them. Members save 20% on online purchases or $20 when they spend $79.99 or more.
Romantic dinner for two from your favorite local spots
Staying in for a romantic dinner for two? Don’t forget the fancy tablecloth and candles and to peruse the carry-out options from your favorite restaurants. Craving a steak, pasta or your favorite bang-bang shrimp? Check out the carry-out options from Bonefish Grill, Carrabba’s and Outback Steakhouse, and enjoy a relaxing dinner at home with your special someone. AARP Members save 10% on food and nonalcoholic beverages. Curbside carry-out service is available at participating locations only.
Family movie night just got more delicious
Grab your blanket and snuggle up on the couch with your kids or grandkids for an at-home movie night. Order your favorite savory treat from the Popcorn Factory in advance, and let the kids pick out the movie to make the night complete. Popcorn Factory offers treats for all ages including cheese popcorn, white cheddar and more. Pair their caramel corn popcorn with a classic feel-good flick to make family ThursDate a memorable one. Members save 20% on purchases or $20 when they spend $79.99 or more.
Opt for an outdoor day date activity
Spend some time out of the house by creating a day date experience with your partner. A remote walk along a trail or a visit to a park for a picnic lunch is a great way to reconnect, and exploring nature is good for the soul. Update your athletic wear for the occasion by visiting Tanger Outlets to pick out a new jacket, sneakers or weather-appropriate outfit. AARP members get a free Tanger coupon book with up to $1,000 in savings offers from brand-name retailers. Just show your membership card at Tanger Shopper Services. Don’t forget to bring your furry friends along for the experience and take photos!
Game night isn’t complete without treats
Pick out your favorite board game and plan a casual ThursDate dinner and game night at home with family or friends. Make sure to check out the high-quality dinner food selections from Schwan’s Home Delivery. Schwan’s offers quick and easy-to-make meals including ready-to-heat pizza and pasta dishes, delicious chicken or beef skillet meals and bowls, burgers, chili and more. You can save $20 on your first new customer order of $50 or more and receive double Schwan’s Rewards points on all online orders thereafter. Complete your meal with a sugary treat from Cheryl’s Cookies, where AARP members save 20% on purchases or $20 off $79.99 or more. Order your dinner and dessert ahead to be conveniently delivered to your door in time for game night.