Mamas, we did a giveaway just like this one back in February and it was such a hit! Apparently, you guys like great food and having fun with either your sweetie or your bestie. (Who knew? We did.) Since it was so well-received, we’re doing another “Food + Fun Giveaway” this week, featuring Foster’s Pint & Plate and Fast Lane Entertainment.
One of our readers will receive a $50 gift card to use at Foster’s Pint & Plate as well as a $50 gift card to use for fun and games at Fast Lane Entertainment.
These two businesses are less than 10 minutes away from each other in Rogers, so it’ll be an easy drive to enjoy both of them. And we’re big believers in this simple truth about relationships: A couple who laughs and has fun together stays together.
About the food:
My husband and I have a few favorite restaurants that we save just for date nights. Foster’s Pint & Plate is definitely on that list. We’ve never had a bad or even “average” meal there. You can tell that a true chef designed the menu because it’s surprising and special all at the same time. For example, Foster’s managed to take one of the least-liked vegetables on the planet — Brussels sprouts — and turn it into an appetizer I had dreams about for weeks after date night. It’s that good! I swear! My husband and I fought over who got to eat the last one. (I won.)
The overall vibe at Foster’s is perfect for date night. It’s got an upscale, metropolitan feel to it, but it’s never stuffy or pretentious. The long, sleek bar looks like something you might see in New York City, but the hospitality has a definite Southern flair. We always see plenty of other couples there when we visit, although if the sitter cancels and you need to tote a baby or kid along with you, it’s family-friendly as well. (The kids menu has everything from peanut butter and jelly to fried shrimp!)
You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, but we especially like the ribeye or the Margherita pizza. When the weather is nice, we recommend sitting out on the patio which has this huge fire pit to enjoy during the evenings.
Last but not least, don’t make the mistake of skipping dessert! The Bananas Foster Bread Pudding is SO good, but we also love the Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie and the Warm Brownie dessert. Yummmmmm.
About the fun:
After you’ve had a great meal, it’s time to play! Who says that kids should have all the fun? Research shows that couples who do new activities together form stronger bonds. So why not skip the movie you usually do and go challenge each other to a virtual reality game at Fast Lane? (We’ve played their new virtual reality experience called Hologate, and it’s SO fun!)
Or if video games are not your thing, you can always do some old-school bowling at Fast Lane. Bowling shoes and gutter balls never fail to make us laugh. And there’s always cause for celebration when one of us makes a miraculous strike.
Fast Lane also has a great bar, so you can enjoy a cocktail or two while you’re kicking your husband’s behind at the video game version of Connect Four. If you need a snack, they’ve got you covered there, too, with a nice variety of appetizers, pizzas, popcorn, etc.
If you win this giveaway, just be sure to hide that Fast Lane gift card in a secure place so your kids won’t try to swipe it for themselves.;-)
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Don’t overthink it – just be yourself and enjoy your time getting to know someone
Put your phone aside and give the other person your attention. Do not turn it off Incase you need help. Remember first dates are about getting to know the person, you do not have to kiss them at the end of the date.
Be friends first and last. Anything else is icing.
Remember that you if you are ever uncomfortable at any point, you can text or call and we will come and get you…no questions asked.
Be kind and respectful of the other person, relax, and enjoy your time.
Be respectful. Be yourself and just have fun.
Just be your funny, quirky self and have a good time.
This is an exciting first. The first of many. Be a gentleman. Open the door. Smile and above all else laugh. When you give someone your undivided attention it shows them they’re important. Give her that and son remember who you are and whose you are.
Take it slow and be yourself!
Put your phone away and enjoy the conversation- It’s a special thing to have a connection with someone where the conversation flows smoothly sans technology.
Smile. Be confident. Be yourself!
Remember whose son you are.
Be yourself. Don’t just go along with whatever to fit in. Phone away, but close by if you need to call me. Call me anytime. Respect yourself. 🙂
I’m so glad I don’t have to think about this just yet. My daughters are 5 and 4months so I still have some time. But man that got me.
I follow you on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and I receive your email newsletter. 🙂 A date night would be great since we haven’t had one since before our youngest was born in December.
Remember one day she will be someone’s wife and it might not be yours. So treat her in a way that you would want someone else to treat your wife. And don’t date unless you’re ready to get married.
Be the gentleman I raised. Have fun and become friends first!
Be yourself. You know the difference between what feels right and what feels wrong; follow your intuition.
Treat each other with respect, try not to take things too seriously, and just have fun.
Have a fun time 😁
Be yourself. Be confident in being comfortable around that person.Treat them the with respect and kindness. Pay attention, smile,laugh and just have fun.
You will know when he’s the one, it just all works out! Not saying it’s always easy it just flows. 😁
Don’t order spaghetti!
Be a gentleman. this will make life easier.
While you might think she is the prettiest thing you’ve ever seen, can you see yourself as her friend for life? Look past the surface and dig deep!
Have fun!! Don’t try and make it a perfect night! Enjoy each other’s company.
Be respectful,honest,and yourself. Anyone who cannot appreciate and love you for you is not someone you want to spend the rest of your life with.
Act like a lady!
Always stay true to yourself
Keep your phone in your pocket so you can have a conversation with the other person. Be kind, be interested.
Treat your date with respect. Have fun. Be safe.
Be yourself and watch yourself!
Be yourself and ask the other person questions!
I told my son to always hold the door open for women, to remember to ask questions and not just talk about yourself the whole time, and not to forget that his date is new to dating also so just have fun!
Be yourself- don’t try to over impress
My advice would be to be yourself, have fun but most importantly, if you are in a bad or uncomfortable situation I will be there for you no questions asked. (have a secret code)
First date advice. Be polite and interested in the person and conversation but always have a back up plan for any weird situations to be SAFE!
Try and keep your nerves calm, have fun and if you need me call me.
Be yourself, do not try to be someone your are not. Enjoy, relax and be safe.
Always be a gentleman; respect goes a long way!
My number one thing is BE YOURSELF!!!! Let them get to know the real you… don’t be someone you are not just to try to impress…. that will be hard to keep up!
Put the phones down & be yourself.
Be a gentleman. Don’t talk about yourself the whole time. Chew with hot mouth closed. 🙂
I would tell my girls to know their worth and don’t rush anything!
Be yourself! So much is going to change over the next few years. Focus on being a kind and honest man, the ladies will come. Don’t force it.
Smile and laugh and be yourself. Stay in the moment.
Be a good listener, be yourself and have fun!
If you can sit in silence together and not feel awkward, he/she might be the right person for you.
Make sure you pay attention to your date and stay off your phone. Have fun
Keep your cell phone with you at all times!!😂
Give her your full attention. Stay off your cell phone. Don’t look past her at the people behind her while she is talking. Ask her questions about herself.