There are few better ways to celebrate love and romance than with a hot date. Of course, what constitutes a hot date for a domestic Cancer could translate to a yawn-fest for adventurous Sagittarius. If you'd like to avoid disaster and fuel the right romantic heat, check out the following suggestions for the best dates by zodiac sign.
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Aries needs to go where the action is. Nothing less than the hottest play, the hippest club, or the trendiest restaurant will do. If you move heaven and earth to get the Ram into an exclusive venue, you'll be repaid with passion.
Want to reignite a long-term relationship? Take Aries someplace you two have never been before. The venue doesn't have to be conventionally romantic; a boxing match or the stock car races may well appeal to this extremist sign. A controversial movie is also a good bet, as Rams love the intense arguments that usually ensue after such flicks.
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Taurus likes tradition, so anything involving flowers, chocolate, and poetry is sure to appeal to their sensual side. Of course, Bulls are not willing to settle for chintzy tokens. Quality is everything to this sign. That means roses instead of carnations, Godiva rather than Russell Stover and Shakespeare most definitely in lieu of Hallmark.
If you'd like to add spice to a well-seasoned relationship, take your favorite Bull out to a comedy club. Laughter always puts this sign in the mood for love. Of course, you'll want to follow up with dinner at the finest restaurant in town. Choose a place with tablecloths, candlelight, and soft music.
Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
People-watching is a favorite sport for Gemini. If you'd like to capture this sign's imagination, propose taking in a session of night court together. You're sure to encounter some terrific characters there, making for great dinner conversation afterward. Take your Twin to an eatery that is bustling with activity, like a popular bistro or hip cafe. Gemini likes to be where the action is.
Want to turn up the heat on a committed relationship? Keep mum about your date plans, no matter how hard your lover begs and pleads. Slip a black silk blindfold over their eyes and then escort him or her to the bowling alley, miniature golf course, or karaoke bar. The more lighthearted the venue, the more fun you'll have.
Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
Cancer is the caretaker of the zodiac. But while this sign is usually found attending to the needs of others, Moon children secretly want to be on the receiving end of tender loving care. Go ahead and grant this wish by treating your favorite Crab to a day at the spa. It's a great way to win Cancer's everlasting devotion.
If you're in a committed relationship with a Cancer, rekindle your romance with a trip to a flea market, antique fair, or estate sale. This sign loves being surrounded by things from bygone days. Moon children also can't resist a good bargain. If your lover is lucky enough to pick up some rare and collectible trinket, you can be sure their bliss will carry over into the bedroom!
Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22)
Leo expects the royal treatment every day of the year, but especially so on a special night out. Plan something alluring for your favorite Lion, whether it's a hot air balloon ride at sunset or a horse and carriage ride through the park. The best way to impress this date is to demonstrate that you've put a little extra thought into your outing.
Want to do something extra special for your committed Leo lover? Go someplace where he or she can strut their stuff and get oodles of ogling -- like the ballet, symphony, or Oscar Awards. Don't grumble if you have to wear a tuxedo or evening gown. Act like you're Leo's most precious accessory and you can't go wrong on this date.
Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22)
Actions speak louder than words with Virgo. If you want to make a good impression on this sign, cook a gourmet dinner featuring the freshest ingredients from the local market. Craft a card with your own two hands using stylish recycled paper. Forget cut flowers that will wither within days. Instead, lovingly present a potted perennial safely cushioned in ceramic.
If you're already involved with a Virgo, give the gift of service. Offer to relieve your lover of some dreaded chore for the next month. Be sure to live by your word, though. Nothing puts Virgo's nose out of joint like a broken promise!
Libra (Sept.23 - Oct. 22)
Libra is looking for a lover that embodies style and sophistication. If you've got good moves, show them off on the dance floor or the ice skating rink. If you're a klutz, rent a luxury car and go for a spin through the countryside. Wear something special on your date ... Libras have a deep appreciation for stylish clothes that feature rich fabrics and flattering cuts.
If you'd like to pay tribute to a long-standing Libra lover, do it with jewelry. Monogrammed cufflinks or drop earrings are sure to make this sign's eyes sparkle as brightly as diamonds. Choose something elegant and simple ... Libras have the last word on good taste!
Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21)
Scorpio doesn't mess around when it comes to love. If you're planning to ask out this sign, propose a place that is conducive to deep conversation. Reserve a corner table at a candlelit restaurant that plays soft, sensual jazz. Have three or four probing questions ready, like, "If you were stranded on a desert island, what's the one book you would take?" or, "Which has a bigger influence on you: friends or family?" The more thought-provoking your queries, the better your date will go.
In the event you're in a long-term relationship with a Scorpio, rekindle the flames of passion with the gift of lingerie. This sign is also fond of bedroom toys of all shapes and sizes. Scorpions like water sports, too, so a scented bubble bath is also a good way to boil up some steamy romance.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21)
Sagittarians are hopeless animal lovers. If you'd like to make a good impression on an Archer, get tickets to a dog or cat show. Better yet, plan a day of horseback riding. If you're skittish around four-footed creatures, Sag will be happy to act as an intermediary. This sign adores introducing people to new worlds.
Want to keep the love alive between you and Sagittarius? Plan a camping trip together. Swallow your complaints and criticisms if you loathe living outdoors; if there's anything Archers can't stand, it's a party pooper. A trip to a place neither of you has ever visited is also a good bet, as Sagittarians love to travel.
Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19)
Dating is serious business to Capricorn. The best way to capture this sign's heart is to suggest a destination that involves some investment on your part. Choose a restaurant that requires reservations. If you don't have a lot of money, you can always propose a nature walk. Although such an outing doesn't cost anything, it does demonstrate a serious commitment in getting to know Capricorn.
If you're in a long-term relationship with a Goat, give him or her a lasting token of your affection. Capricorn is an Earth sign, which suggests an appreciation of gemstones. A pair of geode bookends can elicit a delighted smile from this sign. A multi-faceted paperweight is also a good possibility, since Capricorns love gifts that are both useful and beautiful.
Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18)
Special dates might not mean much to Aquarius, who is short on sentimentality. Still, if you demonstrate a deep appreciation for this sign's offbeat sensibilities, you're sure to make inroads to the Water-bearer's heart. Propose a midnight croquet match. Crash somebody's wedding reception. Better yet, head for a local fast-food restaurant and deck your table with silverware, candlesticks, and fine china.
To add zest to a committed relationship with an Aquarius, look through cookbooks or Pinterest and select a meal that neither of you has ever prepared before. Go grocery shopping together and fix a fabulous gourmet feast for the two of you. Water-bearers are great collaborators and enjoy embarking on new adventures.
Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20)
Pisces and romance go together like strawberries and cream. If you'd like to treat this sign to a night they'll never forget, take a yoga class together. Yoga is a great way to open the mind and heart to the possibility of love. Alternately, you can invite your favorite Fish over for a romantic movie and dessert. Making chocolate fondue together can be very conducive to kissing and cuddling.
To pay tribute to a committed Pisces lover on a special occasion, write out the story of your relationship and have it bound into a beautiful book. Be sure to include photographs, concert tickets, wedding announcements, party invitations, and any other mementos that elicit fond memories of your time together.