Africa / Jungle Date Night

Jungle / Africa Date Night



Do you want to spice things up with your honey? Try this date idea!

Part of the Traveling the world Date Series! I give you Africa. Now Africa is a huge continent obviously! So you may want to choose a specific place say South Africa for example.


I even wore a cheetah print dress, and we played jungle music while we ate. I hung fun balloons from the ceiling. I use to be able to find animal print stuff everywhere, but I really had to search. I think this was a really popular children’s birthday party theme when I was a kid, maybe its not as popular now?


I decided to just use the entire continent as inspiration because it was easier to plan food around that.



-tomato and cucumber salad

-Shrimp kabobs

-veggie platter with homemade hummus


-chips and guacamole


It was a huge hit! We had a lot of fun. I recently read the book called Dead Aid. It is written by a woman who grew up in Africa and it goes into the foreign aid dependence and the future of Africa.So interesting! It facilitated a fascinating discussion with my man.


We also talked about Jungle animals because I got him little party favors, which he loves. So we talked about what it would be like to be in the jungle! Fun times!

Let me know if you do a Jungle date?

Russian Date Night

With the Olympics gearing up, I thought it would be cute to have a Russian date night! This is apart of my “traveling the world” with you series. Basically you “travel” in your living room with your honey. My boyfriend is a full time law student, and I have two jobs and I am working on my masters, so its hard to find time to date (or the money). So with the Traveling the World in our living room dates, we pretend to be in another country together. This is a great way to spice up your dating at home life, and if you have kids, they can easily be incorporated into the date. Its really educational. Usually I will print out the countries flag and some facts about the country.

Photo: The colorful onion domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral

I like to surprise my boyfriend with these date nights, I will usually have them in the middle of the week, and I will come home early and decorate. He loves surprises, but if you honey doesn’t you can plan the dates together.

Spas na krovi, Saint Petersburg, Russia

First you need to learn about the country your visiting. I started with Pinterest. I simply searched for “Russian Party” and surprisingly there are a ton of party ideas with the Matryoshka Russian Nesting Dolls. Its actually a really popular little girl birthday party theme. Who knew?! It’s adorable! You can purchase all sorts of printables. I just used google image search.


Second you need to make a menu. I went to Cost Plus and purchased whatever Russian food they had. Here is some examples: pickles, mustard, & wine. I found myself not knowing much about Russian food, so I did a little research online. mustardpickles

There is this popular dish in Russia with Mushrooms, I followed the following Websites instructions, it was delicious, its called Mushrooms and Sour Cream

Mushrooms Sour Cream by Yelena Strokin, via Flickr

I also made this.

Russian Cucumber & Radish Salad | The Cook Who Knew Nothing

Honestly I kind of threw this date together last minuet so my decorations were lack luster. I used a tassel decoration I had used for a birthday party (the how to here) and simply taped pictures of the nesting dolls onto it. But I also included a basket of Russian things. A disclaimer though, don’t go over board with the Russian food. I bought a jar of green tomato salad and pickled squash. And now I have a lot of it in my fridge. It’s an interesting taste. It is a little to different for me.   image(12)




I picked Russia because of the Olympics, but be on the look out for upcoming date nights apart of the Traveling the World in our living room, others I have planned include Ireland, Greece, Italy and Brazil.