Making friends as an adult woman is HARD. Sometimes maintaining your friendships is even harder. Unless you’re all heavily involved in a specific activity or glued to your group chat, you probably don’t get to see your friends as often as you want. That is why we need to make time for a friendship date.
Friendship Date Ideas
Friendship dates are a lot like regular ones. They are dedicated time to spend with a friend or group of friends where the focus is on being together. As much as I love the idea of a date for Olive Garden + a glass of wine (IFYKY), step it up a notch with one of these friendship date ideas. Your friends will appreciate something different.
There is not enough time in the day to fit in all the things we want to do. That includes time with friends + it includes working out. Why not kill two birds with one stone + get active with a buddy. Whether that is going for a walk, attending a workout class, or taking up tennis together, nice conversation + a killer workout is the endorphin kick you’ve been missing.
Explore your creative side by creating something together – or separate. You can try DIYing some furniture from your respective houses or taking a cooking class. My friend Amanda + attended a Board & Brush class together + was a blast. Not only do I have art for my new home, but it comes with built-in sentimental value.
Tap into the good ole days and do something you used to love. Maybe that means margaritas + dancing like you used to do in your 20s. Maybe that means eating peanut butter out of the jar + watching Rent. You do you. Get that feeling back of when life was simpler + filled with fewer responsibilities.
Put yourselves out there by trying something you have never done. Trying something together makes the experience so much more fun. It also gives you a built-in support system. This could be as big as skydiving (pass) or as small as going to an open mic.
Something for a Laugh
Laughter is truly the best medicine. It is good for the soul and the heart. A funny movie is the easiest way to get laughing but I also enjoy a live comedy show. If Heather McMahan is coming to your city, run don’t walk to get tickets. You could also get a laugh by doing dress-up game nights in crazy characters. Do whatever works for your crew.
Do something just for you. For me, that would be a spa day full of pampering. For you, that could be having a friend help you reorganize your pantry + then helping her paint her laundry room. It could also mean taking some time away from the kids + window shopping in a fancy district. Whatever it is, do something that just benefits the two of you.
Give back to the community. Volunteering is not something I do enough of despite knowing all the benefits. Not only does it help others, but it can strengthen your friendship + give you some perspective. Volunteering is always more fun with a friend. Whether you’re volunteering at a soup kitchen or helping out with a neighborhood clean-up, doing good leads to feeling good.
Get out of town, or at least out of your area. Take a day trip to a nearby winery or even a weekend trip to the coast. Changing up the scenery can change up the vibe. Being away from your responsibilities + people you know will allow you more freedom to breathe + be yourself. It will also create memories that last a lifetime +give you true 1-on-1 (or 1-on-3) time together.
Spending time with friends old + new is an important part of building + maintaining relationships. Even if your love language isn’t quality time, you will benefit from trying one of these friendship date ideas.