The third Saturday in October. RIng a bell? Probably not. The obscure Sweetest Day holiday residing on that date mostly slides by lonely and forgotten, drowned out by the buzz of upcoming fall festivities and those “more important” holidays.
The idea started back in the early 1900s with a gentleman named Herbert Birch Kinston. He was a candy company employee in Cleveland who started bringing sweets and goodies to orphans and the underprivileged. Over the years, like many holidays, its focus morphed (a.k.a. became commercialized), bringing in romantic interests as the recipients of the treats.
Here are some date ideas to do with your significant other. Or call them Sweetest Day activities and take your child or your granny. The idea is to give a gift or make a memory with someone who needs to be reminded just how sweet they are.
(And, just like February 14th, the calories don’t count on this date!)
Get Your Just Desserts
Instead of eating an entire meal out and having no room for the sugary goodness, how about heading to your favorite restaurant and only ordering dessert. Or order dessert first, and see what room’s left for more responsible choices…
Spice It Up Locally
Many communities host fairs and festivals in the fall season, boasting apple cider, caramel goodies, and chocolates galore. As a bonus, you can take in local musicians and artisans during these events. See what’s happening in your neck of the woods and go splurge.
Search out some recipes to make at home. Spend time in the kitchen together concocting great confections. You could even enlist family and friends taste-test your goodies and award the best with a small prize. Then make Mr. Kinston proud and deliver them to shut-ins, children’s programs, or assisted living facilities.
A Stroll Through Candyland
Bust out the classic board game for a sweet little battle sure to bring on the giggles and gloating. Though it may sound simplistic and silly, young and old alike will enjoy the time spent, especially when you throw in a twist or two. Set a timer and do speed rounds. Set out a bowl of candy in colors matching the board. Anytime you land on a color, you get the same color of candy from the dish. If your loved one is far away, you can even play remotely setting up identical boards or opting for an online version.
Commemorate your Sweetest Day outing with a gift they won’t soon forget. Flowers are fine, and it’s hard to outdo fine chocolate, but Soundwave Art produces truly sweet gift ideas. Using the sound waves from your voice, a pet’s bark or meow, or a child’s wish, Soundwave Art transforms audio into something you can hold in your hand — or wear on your neck or hang on the wall. The options are plentiful and sure to be cherished long after the day passes.
Whether you share these ideas with a love interest, family member, or a cherished best friend, find someone in your life who could use a boost and make this a Sweetest Day to remember.