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Holiday Hosting: Personalize Your Holiday Party

Holiday Hosting: Personalize Your Holiday Party

It's that time of year again. The Holiday Season. Dread it or not, you'll likely be throwing a party of two over the next couple of months, whether celebrating Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas or prancing around a Festivus pole. 

While holiday hosting can be a blast, it can also be a time of pressure and competition, stress and the need to occasionally spike the punch/eggnog. Wouldn't it be great if you could win the holidays without all the stress?

Well. We have some ideas to help you win holiday host of the year by adding some personalized touches to your holiday party. 

 

Personalize Your Tea Towels

Personalized Tea Towels

Make your kitchen standout while holiday hosting with our distinctive personalized tea towels. Use them as hand towels, oven mitts or to decorate your bread baskets. These personalized tea towels come in four distinct designs and are a cheap and easy way to make your holiday table standout. 

Pro Tip: you don't have to personalize these towels just with your family name. You have 15 characters available to personalize your way, so you could use a family motto, a witty quote or just "Holiday 2019." Either way, we think these tea towels will add a bit of unique magic to your holiday table. Something the in-laws, out-laws and all your friends will be asking about. 

 

Make a Stand-Out Sign

Personalized Wall Art

Holiday decor is always a chore to nail. This year add a personalized touch to your walls with a cool, personalized wall sign. While we have a big selection of potential signs, our team thinks this one would really set the tone for holiday dinners with friends, family or colleagues. Easy to personalize with your family name, a 15-character message or motto and the year, this sign can add a subtle, memorable and personal touch to your holiday wall decor. 

 

Personalize Your Coasters (and protect your table tops!)

Personalized Square Coaster Set

Don't just have your guests put their eggnog glass on any regular coaster (or heaven forbid, your actual tabletop). No, instead, we suggest making a set or two of our personalized coasters for your upcoming holiday parties. Whether personalized with your initials, family name or other messages, these coasters will be a memorable (and creative) addition to your holiday hosting decor. They're unique, useful and most importantly - Uncle Bob won't leave beer bottle rings on your side tables at Thanksgiving dinner! 

 

Put Your Personal Stamp on Your Wine Glasses

Personalized White Wine Glasses

Sure a normal, plain wine glass will do. But it's the HOLIDAYS PEOPLE. Don't just settle for plain old wine glasses, instead let us personalize sets of wine glasses for you. Add your initials, your name, a short message or even something silly (think: Grinch, Humbug or other funny holiday-themed names you've always wanted to call your relatives) to sets of 4 red or white wine glasses. 

We can personalize each set with up to 15-characters, giving you the ability to make your wine-wear not just be functional, but also fun and standout. 

Pro tip: order a set of both white and red -- or, go fancy and order our personalized stemless sets and use them for adult beverages, juice or water too. 

 

A Little Something For Post-Dinner Refreshments

Personalized Decanter Set

A great post holiday-dinner drink is sometimes necessary. Especially when helping digest all that turkey and stuffing you just ate. So bring out the whiskey (or whisky if you're into the Scottish variety) in style with a personalized decanter set with low ball glasses

Available in 6 distinct designs (Antler is shown above - we love this one for a rustic holiday theme) and with personalization on both the decanter and glasses, this set is a great way to customize your post-dinner beverage service. 

Pro-tip: this works great for kiddy mocktails as well - and we think would make for some great instagrammable moments with your dressed-up kiddos. 

Get Your Grill Game On: Personalized Grill Tools

Get Your Grill Game On: Personalized Grill Tools

Grill Gift Guide

Nothing says “it’s grill time” like the sweet heat of summertime. Everything about this time of year compels you to go outside: the longer daylight hours, the smell of freshly cut grass and chlorinated pool water, and the wafting grill smoke beckoning the neighborhood kids and cats with meaty temptations.

But this year, instead of letting this longstanding tradition stressing you out - after all, who likes cleaning a grill with a faulty scraper or throwing away yet another burnt burger? – it’s time to find the most useful grill tools out there to take the struggle out of what should be the enjoyable and satisfying role of neighborhood Grill Master.

And just to make it even more fun, and to, of course, defend your status as the Grill Master from any new challenger on the block, you can personalize your grill accessories. That also makes them excellent gifts, or if you engrave them with your family name or crest, they can become family heirlooms that you pass down to your kids. 

If you have everything in place, BBQing can turn into your end-of-day relaxation, your social capital, and your pro-hobby all in one. So, here are a few must-have grill tools and personalized grill accessories for a stress-free BBQ season.

 

Tools To Make Grilling A Breeze

Monogrammed Grill Set

Instead of buying a bunch of different tools separately, this Monogrammed BBQ Grilling Set contains a spatula, grilling fork, and tongs. The utensils are made from durable stainless steel so you don’t have to worry about them rusting or falling apart, relieving you of a common problem that comes with the territory. They also come in a lightweight bamboo case with securing latches and a rugged handle.

And, of course, just to make it even more personalized, you can choose from six different design options, including Modern, Circle, Stamped, Chef, Steak, and Knives.

If you have a big family, or you plan on grilling for neighbors or guests, one spatula is not going to be enough, so you might want to get an extra spatula or two, especially if you want to involve one of your kids or friends in the grilling.

2-in-1 Grill Spatula

These 2-in-1 Grilling Spatulas are not only personalized, they also have a bottle opener on their ends in case you’ve misplaced your other opener (which is another common BBQing problem) and you want to crack a cold beer while cooking the ribs.

 

BBQ Gear Fit For A King

As a seasoned Grill Master, you know that the process goes way beyond just grilling. You need to keep your grill in tip-top shape, clean, and ready for the next round. But cleaning your grill after the cookout doesn’t have to be a drag, you can make it into a meditative ritual of its own, and also involve the kids or a friend.

BBQ Scraper

This Personalized Natural Western BBQ Scraper is eco-friendly, personalized, and best of all, gives off a natural cedar aroma when used on a warm grill. Plus, it’s much tidier than BBQ brushes that leave metal bristles all over the place, relieving you of yet another grilling hazard.

Bamboo Cutting Board

Having a grill-specific cutting board can save you a lot of hassle – you don’t have to worry about cross-contamination and you don’t have to search for it in the house. This Personalized Bamboo Cutting Board is perfect for your outdoor makeshift bar or for chopping up all the fix-ins for your hot dogs.

 

Your Outdoor Bar Essentials

Wall-Mounted Bottle Opener

Nothing goes together like BBQ and beer. So, if you’ve already got your top grill game on, it would be weird if your bar accessories fell flat. This Wall Mounted Personalized Bottle Opener doesn’t only look good (and it does come in 12 different designs), it’s also the most practical bottle opener you can get. It won’t get lost, it won’t get damaged, and no matter how tipsy your guests are, they will easily find it.

Personalized Can Coolers 

Though we have a great selection of personalized coolers, including a sports cooler chair that can hold your beer and give you a seat, for your home, it might be better to use these Personalized Black Leather Individual Can Coolers. First of all, unlike big coolers, which keep your drinks cool until you take them out and pop them open, this individual cooler will stave off the summer heat for much longer. Secondly, they are classy as hell.

 

Grill Master Swag

No point in beating around the bush, if you want to assert your status as Grill Master, might as well wear it loud and proud. This Personalized Grill Master T-Shirt comes in 50/50 pre-shrunk cotton ploy blend and the design is printed directly onto the fabric, so it won’t peel or crack.

Grill Master T-Shirt

 

 

Don’t want to dedicate a T-Shirt to grilling? You can get a Personalized Grill Master Apron instead. It’s also got two front pockets to keep your best grill tools handy.

Grill Master Apron

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You Just Got Engaged! What's Next?

Often considered one of life’s biggest, most highly anticipated and memorable moments, getting engaged is a big deal! The moment has finally come and hopefully it’s everything you had hoped for and more! You probably have a new ring on your finger (or a new hole in your bank account if you were the one who got down on one knee), a new fiancé by your side and a huge smile on your face. You are high on post-engagement bliss and the last thing you want to do is start diving into planning and details, but there are a few things that do require your attention relatively soon after the proposal has passed.

 

Celebrate With Your Fiancé

You probably don’t have to think about this step as something you need to add and check-off a to-do list, but please make sure you make a point to enjoy each other as a newly engaged couple and celebrate! Whether that means cracking a bottle of champagne for a mini celebration party alone with your spouse-to-be, or simply taking the rest of the day and night to spend together and focus on each other before telling anyone else – it’s important to try to enjoy this moment before all of the post-engagement chaos ensues.

Personalized Toasting Glass

 

Call Your VIPs

It’s pretty critical that you remember to call the people that you think need to know first before you announce the news to everyone. Maybe it’s your parents, best friend, siblings, or grandma, that you feel deserves to know first, and now is the time to share the news! You might have the urge to jump on Instagram and post a ring selfie as soon as it happens, but the last thing you want is for your mom to find out along with the rest of your Facebook friends in a status update. Call your important friends and family. They will be happy to hear the news from you personally.

 

Announce It To The World!

Once you’ve told your inner circle, you can go ahead and announce the big news on social media, if that’s something you’re into. Whether it’s a simple status update, an elaborate insta-collage, a two-minute Snapchat story, or a full-on blog post – now’s the time to share the news with the social media world in whatever way you choose. If you’re looking for help with ideas, check out our blog post: Clever Ways to Announce Your Engagement.

 

Budget

It’s important that you talk about your budget early on, because most of your planning revolves around how much you are willing and able to spend. Will you be getting money from parents? Paying for it all yourselves? Figuring this all out early on is best so that everyone is on the same page and has similar expectations on what you’ll be spending money on. It’s also smart to discuss and come to an agreement on what categories are more important to you as a couple. Willing to splurge on reception entertainment but skimp on a fancy expensive cake? Is a luxurious honeymoon important? Or maybe you’re happy with a modest cabin getaway in the US and would rather spend that money on your dream venue or a destination wedding. Regardless of your personal preferences – there’s a good chance they don’t always line up perfectly with your fiancé’s, and it’s important to have this conversation early so you can move forward with planning.

 

Pick A Date

Another thing that needs to be done sooner rather than later is determining a date. There is a lot to consider when picking a date – holidays, season, work schedules and more – and you’ll want to make sure you decide on a date and then have a few backups in case you need some flexibility when working with vendors. After your budget is planned, selecting the date is the first major decision that needs to be made, as the rest of your planning hinges on this choice. This is one of the main questions you’ll get asked from everyone in your life so it’s nice to have your answer ready to go.

Personalized Our Love Story Canvas Print

 

Start Thinking About Your Main Vendors

Venue, photographer, videographer, Florist, DJ and wedding entertainment - these are all major players in your wedding that usually tend to book up early in advance. Start researching different vendors that are important to you and reach out for quotes early-on so that you can make sure you have a vendor that you love and can afford for your big day.

 

Pick Your Wedding Party And Ask Them

Your wedding party is probably going to be comprised of people that are very important to you and that you really want at your wedding. It’s important to pick your bridesmaids and groomsmen, and “propose” to them early so that you can make sure they know to save the date long before the actual Save-The-Dates are mailed.

Personalized Canvas Tote - Bridesmaid

 

Relax

Take a deep breath and chill out. Now that you’ve got some of the major milestones in progress, give yourself a little bit of time to be an engaged person and go about planning your wedding at a calm, reasonable pace. While it’s inevitable that you’ll experiences some stressful times before your wedding day arrives, do your best to enjoy this time in your life. Have fun!

 

Top Mother's Day Gifts Ideas for 2019 - Updated

Top Mother's Day Gifts Ideas for 2019

Personalized Mother's Day Gifts

Mother's Day is right around the corner and it's time to start thinking about what you can do to show your appreciation to the woman who got you to where you are today. Whether it's for Mom or Grandma, choosing a gift that suits her personality and shows that you really care will make her feel special, so make sure you put some thought into it. Think about what your Mom will like; a thoughtful, sentimental gift, a fun gift, a practical gift, a cute gift.

Finding the perfect gift for your Mom can be difficult, so to help you out we've made a list of great gift ideas for your Mom this Mother's Day.

 

Personalized Parent Throw Pillow

Show your Mom how much she means to you with this personalized throw pillow; the perfect accessory for a chair, couch or bed, adding comfort, style and a personal touch. The cushion reads "Anyone can be a Mother but it takes someone special to be a Mom" followed by up to two lines of your own personalized text.

 

Personalized Mother's Framed Print

This framed burlap print carries a sentimental message to remind your Mom how much she's appreciated. Add your own personal message at the bottom of the print up to 25 characters to add an extra, personal touch. It will look great hanging on the wall of her home to make her feel special every day.

 

Personalized White Wine Glass

For the wine loving Mother, this large white wine glass, holding up to 9oz, is the perfect gift. It's an elegant glass in the "White Bordeaux" shape, and it's customizable with two lines of text. It can say whatever you want, so you're free to get creative.

 

Carnival of Color

Brighten up your Mother's Day with this vibrant bunch of flowers, containing orange lilies, blue iris, yellow germinis and much more. The flowers arrive in bud form, so your Mom can nurture them and watch them grow. What Mom doesn't love receiving a bunch of flowers?

 

Wine Pairing Towel Set

These organic cotton tea towels will help Mom at meal times with a guide showing the perfect pairings for food and wine. The set contains one cloth for white wine and another for red, so she'll always know how to perfectly complement her meals. Each cloth provides 3,808 possible pairings, so she'll never be stuck for inspiration.

 

Silk Patchwork Sari Scarf

For the accessory lover, this scarf is something a little bit different. It is made from vintage saris; hand stitched together using an ancient technique called "Kantha". Every scarf is unique, so it might not appear as it does in the product photo, and the beautiful, vibrant colors will really catch your eye.

 

Automatic Handbag Illuminator

Does your Mom always complain she can't find things in her handbag? Large handbags can seem like a bottomless pit, and lots of time can be waster rummaging around in the bottom of it for a single lip gloss or car keys. This automatic handbag illuminator will save time and effort as it lights up when it is touched or when it senses a hand approaching, illuminating the inside of a handbag and making the search much easier.

 

Mama Bear + Little Bear Package

Perfect for the new Mother, this package contains an adult's v-neck t-shirt and a baby bodysuit, both available in a range of sizes, with the words Mama Bear and Little Bear printed on them, respectively. It's an adorable present for both Mom and baby, and is available in white, black, heather grey or charcoal.

 

White Love You Mom Pears

Remind your Mom you love her every day with these ornaments to go in her home or office. This gift contains three clay pears, completely homemade, stamped with the words "Love you Mom", one on each pear. Described by the maker as "Three of the most darling little pears you will ever lay eyes on", they are a cute gift to give on Mother's Day.

 

Crazy About Chocolate Gift Basket

For the chocolate loving Mom, this gift basket will really make her day. The Crazy About Chocolate Gift Basket contains Toblerone, Ferrero Rocher, Lindt Chocolate and more. The basket is filled with chocolate treats, so it's perfect for sharing, but she might just want to enjoy them all herself.

 

Bath and Body Gift Sets

Bring a touch of luxury and pampering to your Mom on Mother's Day without her even having to leave the house. This gift set contains relaxing bath crystals, shower gel, body scrub, body lotion and a loofah to give her the perfectly relaxing and soothing bath. Exactly what your Mom deserves!

Experience gifts

Instead of the at-home treatment, why not give her the real spa experience. Or you could go for something completely different like skydiving, a hot air balloon ride, dinner on a cruise ship, flying lessons or a gourmet food tour. With experience gifts, your options are almost endless. Choose the type of gift you'd like and find out what is available near you.

 

Personalized Photo Puzzle

Give your Mom a challenge that will make her smile this Mother's Day. This jigsaw puzzle can be personalized with a photo of your choosing; a photo of her kids, of the whole family or of a happy memory would all be great ways to add a personal touch to this gift. Simply upload your photo when you order. Choose how many pieces your puzzle has, from 15 to 500, to make it more or less challenging.

 

Vibrating Head Massager

If your Mom needs some more relaxation in her life, this gift will do the trick. This head massager has vibrating spokes which fit around your head, stimulating the nerves in the scalp and neck to provide a soothing, relaxing head massage without having to go to a professional. With this handy tool, you can give yourself a massage or sit back and have someone else do it for you. Treat Mom to a low price massage on Mother's Day.

 

Supermom Coffee Mug

Think that your Mom is a Super Mom? Show her with this super mug which has 3D lettering that say "Supermom" along with her very own superhero logo; an M styled in the same way as the S emblazoned on Superman's chest. If your Mom is a hero in your eyes, then this mug is the perfect way to make her feel special.

 

Cork Board World Travel Map

For any Mom who loves to travel, this world map will let them keep track of everywhere they've visited and commemorate their travels. Mark of locations in the world that you've visited with postcards or souvenirs that you've picked up along the way. Create your own world map based on your own experiences and share your memories with friends and family.

 

Dear Mum - From You to Me Book

Learn all there is to know about your Mom and let her share all of her precious memories with you. The book contains around 60 questions for your Mom to answer, with a blank page opposite each question where she can put photos or other memories. Questions include "What were your favorite childhood toys and games" and "What are the happiest or greatest memories of your life." You can also get Dear Grandma - From You to Me Book.

 

Name a Star

Make your Mom feel special with an out of this world present. This gift set lets you name a real life star after your Mother, or whoever you choose. The gift box contains information about an unnamed star, including its co-ordinates and a map showing its location, all you have to do it choose its name and follow the instructions in the pack to register it.

Links of Love Necklace

This necklace represents the strong connection between a Mother and her child. A gold ring is inseparably linked with a smaller silver ring, reminding the wearer of the infinite connection they have. This same concept is also available as a bracelet or pair of earrings.

 

Whether it's a gift for the home or garden, something for her to wear, something to eat or drink or something to get out there and do, these gifts will all show your love and appreciation to your Mom this Mother's Day. Adding a personal touch to your gift giving shows that you've really thought about her, so choose your gift wisely.

7 Secrets No One Tells You About Getting Engaged

The day you get engaged is one of the most eagerly anticipated days of your life, and when it finally comes, hopefully it was all you could have hoped for and more. But once the excitement wears off and the dust settles, you’re hit with the reality of wedding planning and life as an engaged couple. Here are 7 “secrets” that you might not have considered when thinking about what comes after you say “I do”.

You have to think about how to share the news

Back in the day before social media and the internet, newly engaged couples didn’t have to think much about how they were going to share their big news. They called their close family members and friends to let them know, and everyone else heard through the grapevine or when a save the date showed up in their mailbox. Nowadays, making an announcement on social media is practically considered part of the engagement experience as a whole. You have to think about when, how, and maybe even if you want to share the news with your social media friends at all. But first, you’ll want to makes sure you contact any close family or friends that deserve to know via the phone or in person. The last thing you want is for your mom or best friend to find out from an Instagram post along with everyone else. Next, it’s time to figure out how you want to share it with the world. A simple social media announcement? An elaborate and clever photo shoot post? Nothing at all? Don’t stress about it, and do what feels right for you and your future spouse.

It’s hard to remember to call them your fiancé/fiancée

Up until now, your significant other has most likely been your “boyfriend” or “girlfriend”. But suddenly, in an instant, they have become your “Fiancé/Fiancée”. It feels weird and fancy to suddenly be introducing them as this, and while you may have been eagerly awaiting the day you’d be engaged, it’s totally normal if it takes you a few days/weeks/months to remember to refer to your future spouse as your Fiancé moving forward.

You’ll be forced to tell the story of your proposal 5 million times

Everyone loves a good proposal story, and once you are engaged you won’t be able to escape the barrage of people wanting to know every little detail of yours. Sure, at first it’s fun to relive the moment, but you may find that reliving it over and over and over again can cause the memory to lose some of its excitement. Additionally, you may find that you feel the need to make the story live up to someone’s expectation of an impressive, perfectly romantic proposal. It’s okay to keep some of the most special details, such as exactly what was said, between you and your future spouse. And don’t worry about what others might think of your proposal story - it’s special because it’s yours!

Everyone has an opinion

Unsolicited advice comes in abundance once you are engaged. It seems like everyone has an opinion about all things wedding related, and many will tell you whether you ask for it or not. Dress style, reception music, food, what to splurge on, what to save on, ceremony details, color palette – everyone from your best friend to your coworker to the lady in line next to you at the grocery store will have ideas and thoughts on the right way to do things, and they’ll all be different! Just remember, this engagement and wedding are about you. So take all these opinions in stride, but remember that there’s one opinion that matters most: your own!

You may see a whole new side to your in-laws

Speaking of unsolicited opinions – you’ll likely be hearing them from your future in-laws. Maybe you love your in-laws. Maybe you can’t stand them. Or maybe your feelings towards your new parents-to-be are somewhere in between. Wherever they stand, there’s a good chance they will find a new way to annoy the ever-living-crap out of you during this engagement phase of your life. Not only do you have to keep your own parents unsolicited opinions at bay, now you have your fiancé’s parents to appease as well. When it’s your own parents, you already know how to deal with their annoyingness, but if it’s your future in-laws, you may have to suck it up and smile through the pain. Maybe your mother-in-law subtly inserts comments, in what feels like every conversation, about how she really doesn’t like when brides wear their hair down (and she has no idea that that’s exactly how you were planning to wear yours). Maybe your father-in-law hands you his list of 150 people he wants to invite before you’ve even put together your own, and it includes his co-worker’s sister’s best friend’s grandma’s nephew, that he hasn’t spoken to in years. Maybe they corner you at every family get together and cry about how happy they are that their child actually found someone to marry. They probably mean well, but that doesn’t mean it’s not annoying. Putting up with new irritating behavior by your future in-laws is a rite of passage into marriage for every engaged couple.

It’s okay to feel stressed

The day of your engagement will probably go down as being one of the best days of your life. However, once the post-engagement glow wears off, it’s okay if you find yourself feeling a little anxious or stressed about the whole thing. First of all, wedding planning is not for the faint of heart, and you’re about to embark on maybe the biggest planning venture of your life up to that point. Secondly, this is one of the biggest decisions and life moments that one makes. When you marry someone, you are making a huge commitment and it’s only natural to freak out a little on the inside. If you don’t experience any stress or anxiety, good for you! But if you do, don’t worry – it’s normal. And it isn’t something you need to worry about as long as you know deep down that it’s something you’re ready for and excited about.

Time goes by fast

Immediately after you get engaged, you will be overwhelmed with general feelings of excitement and thoughts of wedding planning. While it’s definitely important to take a breath, relax, and take some time to bask in the post-engagement celebration, you’ll be surprised at how fast time goes after the proposal. Unless you’re one of those couples who set a wedding date 6 months or less from their engagement, once you’ve picked a date, many will find themselves thinking “we have a whole year before we walk down the aisle, so we can chill out”. But please beware - time goes by fast. And there’s nothing fun about waiting to choose your main vendors, thinking you have plenty of time, only to find that all of the good ones are booked when you finally get around to it.

 

 

5 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day Without Leaving the House

Celebrate Valentine’s Day Without Leaving the House

We see you, couch potato couples. Loafing lovers. Sleepy sweethearts. Homebody honeys – we could go on. Valentine’s Day is around the corner and you’re not about to change your Netflix-marathon-in-sweatpants habits. That’s totally fine. In fact, it’s almost better because at-home dates mean everything is about you and your loved one; there are no other distractions.

 

Here is a list of some totally awesome ways you can spend Valentine’s Day without interacting with the outside world:


 

Wine and Canvas Night

It doesn’t matter if you’re wholly incompetent at anything artistic, you will still have a blast! Even if the all of the fun is in laughing at how bad you both are at painting.

 

Personalized Red Wine Glass - Monogrammed Red Wine Glass -  - Wine Gifts & Accessories - AGiftPersonalized

 


A Spa Night

Pamper each other with rest, relaxation, and a fresh mud mask. We wrote a blog on how to pull this one off.

 


Crafting

Melt down old crayons into a candle. Make mason jar pencil holders. Tie dye your pillow cases. You could make even more interesting crafts if you only use items that you already have on hand (which means you really don’t have to leave the house) but if you need to make a trip to JoAnn’s, do it!

 


Mixology

Learn how to make tasty or unusual drinks from the comfort of your own kitchen. Search ‘mixology’ on Youtube, you’d be amazed at what you can concoct from liquor and mixers that you already have in your pantry.

 

Personalized 20 oz. Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker - Modern - Personalized Barware - AGiftPersonalized

 


Plan a trip together

 

This totally counts as a date, for the record. Chat about where you’d like to visit, research and make a list of attractions to see, figure out what you both are willing to spend, look up the plane ticket/gas prices, and if you think you’re ready, book the trip! You can write out your itinerary, too.

 Personalized Luggage Tags - MINE-Steel - Travel Gear - AGiftPersonalized


Don’t settle for a boring Valentine's Day now that you have these at-home date ideas!