238: How to plan the perfect date night – with Kate Greenhalgh (PART ONE)

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Are you looking to plan the perfect date night for someone special this week? If things are feeling a bit stale or ho hum in your marriage or dating life, maybe it’s time to shake things up a bit and have a little fun. If you need to reignite the spark in a playful way, this episode is especially for you!

My special guest today is entrepreneur Kate Greenhalgh and she’s simplifying how to plan the perfect date night. Her and her husband created this clever little gift called A Year of Dates, which are a series of sealed envelopes with super fun, unique date night ideas written on the inside. As they developed this product, they learned a lot about what makes a great date… and what things you should avoid, as well. Because bottomline… date nights shouldn’t be boring or over-complicated – they should be flirty and FUN!

Here’s how. 


My special guest today is Kate Greenhalgh and she’s simplifying how to plan the perfect date night.

We tackle and simplify all aspects of it, including:

  • Where couples tend to go wrong when dating each other and what dating myths are simply not true
  • How to assess your partner’s personality traits and strengths, as well as your unified couple strengths when planning a perfect date night and why that is important
  • What role mystery and a sense of adventure plays into a great date night – why you need to lean into this more
  • She shares a handful of creative date night ideas that could spark fun, romance, or just something refreshingly different that helps foster a deeper connection with the other person
  • …and ultimately, what to do if you (or your partner) are reluctant or standoff-ish about trying new things on a date… and how to find a happy medium, instead.

All this month, we are focused on the theme of “Adventure + Play” to shake things up a bit… bring a lighter energy to the table to work with.

And I just love the idea of you guys getting out there and planning super fun dates this week, after listening to this conversation. I want to hear all about it!

I encourage you to test a few ideas out this week and report back to me (DM me on Instagram! @thesimplifiers !)

  • What new ideas did this conversation spark for you? 
  • What things might you try this week?

Share this episode with your loved one and have a chat about it… sometimes a little nudge like this might be the thing you need as a couple to get unstuck. 

You can do it, I believe in you… it’s time to simplify!

Q: Are you ready to plan the perfect date night? If yes, this one is for you.

It’s time to #DoTheThing

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My challenge for you this week:

How are you going to take what you’ve learned in today’s episode and to help you plan a perfect date night? What’s one thing you’ll do differently? Share it with me, privately or publicly. Snap a photo of you doing the thing, and tag @thesimplifiers on Instagram for added accountability and support!

Links, books and apps mentioned:

Resource: A Year of Dates – a gift to help inspire couples to spend more time together

Blog: How to date without blowing the budget! – Jen Carroll – A Year of Dates

Blog: How to date at home – without leaving the house! – Kate Greenhalgh – A Year of Dates

Book: Do What You Love, Love What You Do: The Empowering Secrets to Turn Your Passion into Profit – Holly Tucker MBE

Podcast: How to simplify the 5 Love Languages, featuring Dr. Gary Chapman – The Simplifiers Podcast

Podcast: How to squash your limiting self-beliefs – The Simplifiers Podcast

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About Kate Greenhalgh

Kate Greenhalgh – She co-founded a gifting business called A Year of Dates, which was an idea that originally grew from a Christmas gift from husband to wife. 

When John presented Kate with a date jar back in 2014 the couple never thought it would transform their own relationship, and those of thousands of people around the world!

Where Kate hangs out online:

Website: ayearofdates.co.uk

Instagram: @ayearofdates

Facebook: @ayearofdates


Kate’s vote for the perfect guest on The Simplifiers Podcast:

…you’ll just have to wait and see in PART TWO of this conversation!

Kate Greenhalgh

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