Monday, August 31, 2015

The Amazing Race Group Date

A few months ago, my very talented and creative cousin Gina, hosted an Amazing Race Group Date in her area.  I knew immediately that I wanted to host one here.  I opened it up to everyone I knew in our new area (which admittedly isn't very many people yet), and we had 10 couples from our church and neighborhood who were able to come! (A couple of friends got sick and couldn't come.  We missed them)!

I used ideas from my cousin's event and from the website The Dating Divas.  They even offer free printable clues and blank ones which you can edit, which is what I did to make the clues work for our area.  It made my work a lot easier.   I sent out an invitation through email and facebook, opening it up to anyone who would like to compete.



Each couple was asked to bring $7 and a snack to share.  The $7 was kept by them to utilize in the challenges.  Each couple chose another couple to team up with and chose a team color.







Once everyone arrived, we went over the rules and went outside for a group picture.  I handed everyone their envelopes, and they were off.  Chad and I stayed at our home and received texted pictures that we chrome casted onto a tv for everyone to see at the end of the race.



The first Road Block sent  them to a local grocery store where they had to find the price of 10 specific items on a list.  These were items that could be used for a romantic evening at home.  They had to add up the total cost and write it on the back of the grocery list.  One team member had to sit in a grocery cart holding up the total and text it to us.




The second Road Block sent them to a gas station where each couple had to drink a 64 ounce frozen drink together before moving on to the next location.  Some were pretty creative here and heated them up in the microwave to make it easier to drink.



The third Road Block asked couples to head to the Dollar Tree and purchase a 24 piece puzzle and put it together on the sidewalk outside.



Their fourth task was a Detour.  The teams could choose between climbing a rock wall at the Sports Connection arcade or earning 20 tickets and purchasing a Twizzler with the tickets.



Their next Road Block was a "service" task.  Each couple had to locate a box of Ding Dongs and attach the included tag.  They then had to choose a team member to Ding Dong Ditch the box of Ding Dongs.



The sixth task led them to Krispy Kreme.  The teams had to have their picture taken holding hands wearing Krispy Kreme hats and then buy a doughnut for their photographer.




The seventh task was another Detour.  Teams could choose to take pics of License plates from 18 different states OR to go to a store that sells clothing and have two teammates dress identically and take their picture with a mannequin.  Some people's interpretation of mannequins was a little creative, while one team's was right down nightmarish.




The last task before heading home was to use sidewalk chalk to write the name of each couple inside of  a large heart.



The first team back was the blue team.  Not a single member of the winning team had ever watched the Amazing Race television show before!!!! Each couple was awarded with a very valuable Travelocity Gnome of their very own.




We had a great time hosting.  It felt like our early years of marriage when we used to host things all of the time in our little apartment.  I am hoping I can convince these friends and more to join us on some more date night adventures soon!!!



2 comments:

Janie Mann said...

Thanks for posting! I would love to do this. You and Chad are such a fun couple!

MeiLani and Michael said...

So so so so awesome! I am a "friend" (although we have never met) of Gina's! We do an Amazing Date as well and have swapped ideas. I love to see your ideas. sitting in the cart... genius! After 5 years of doing it and having grocery store challenges, how have I NEVER HAD THAT!?!?! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! We don't keep the FB site up very well but here is this: https://www.facebook.com/hockamazingdate?fref=ts Keep me in the loop of your other great ideas or send me an email at meilanigates@gmail.com so I can add you to my list as well.