10 Ideas For A First Date

iStock_000003325133XSmallThe consternation caused by first-dates with a new person is a timeless, age-old dilemma that never goes out of style. The decisions abound, from what to wear, what to say and where to go?

While we can’t advise you on what to say the first time you go out with someone, and we’re not about to deliberate on fashion choices, here are 10 suggestions to facilitate your decision of where to take someone on a first date:

  1. Meet her/him for dinner. It may not break new ground in the pantheon of dating ideas, but there are few better ways to get to know a person on a first date than over dinner. Do it at a casual restaurant rather than a four-star establishment. And don’t make the mistake Mark Ratner did when he brought Stacey to the German restaurant on their first date in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”—for Gosh sakes, bring enough money to cover the meal!
  2. Take them to lunch. It represents less pressure on the part of both parties on the date if the meeting is taking place in the daytime. Not only is it light out, but lunch usually brings with it inherent time limits—a key component just in case you two don’t hit it off and are looking for the escape hatch soon after getting together.
  3. Coffee or ice cream. This takes the lunch philosophy and dials it down even more. Although, quite famously, when someone asks, “Wanna come in for coffee?” they don’t always mean coffee, in this case, meeting over coffee or an ice cream cone implies little pressure and more of a breather until (if) you two are able to reach a greater comfort level with one another.
  4. A sporting event. Get tickets to a baseball or basketball game and take your date there. It isn’t romantic, but it’s wide open, public, fun, and you’ll have a natural focal point of conversation (the game that you’re both watching) to fill in the gaps in conversation that can be a first-date hazard.
  5. Concert. If you both have similar tastes in music, whether it’s rock, hip-hop or classical, then concert tickets might be a good point to start off your potential relationship. Like a ballgame, you’d be meeting in a public place with lots of people around and a common point of interest to generate conversation.
  6. Movie. A movie ticket is a lot more expensive than it used to be, and there isn’t a lot of opportunity for get-to-know-each-other conversation in a darkened theater, however the movies are a reliable go-to choice for a first date. You could also combine the movie with suggestions 1, 2 or 3. Or you could hang out at home with a DVD or Netflix movie choice, saving the gas and the money, but upping the ante in terms of possible first-date tension.
  7. Picnic. Enjoy the great outdoors by packing a picnic lunch and heading to the park to get to know each other. It’s breezy, casual and a nice chance to connect without having to tip a waitress or concern yourself with the niceties of dining out.iStock_000008505466XSmall
  8. The zoo. If you both like nature and wildlife, a visit to the zoo can be just as much fun with a first date as it is with a wide-eyed child.
  9. The mall. Another public place where you can walk around, discover common interests and quietly make fun of the people passing you by is the mall. There’s plenty to do, plenty to talk about and the pressure quotient is fairly low.
  10. Be active. Take your first date bowling, roller skating, ice skating, mini-golfing or apple picking. You’ll be doing something together, hopefully having fun, and you both might enjoy the dynamic of a plan that involves something other than sitting across a table or in a theater or concert hall with one another.

These tips are no guarantee of date success. Just relax, don’t be dull, and, again, make sure you have enough money on hand.
Good luck.



11 Comments

  1. What a lame list… I was hoping for some interesting date ideas, and other than the zoo there is nothing original or exciting about any of these.
    “Go to the mall”? Seriously?!

  2. I was expecting rea.. real… really cool ideas. The content is good. Just change the title to “How to be lame on your 1st date”

  3. I would say for making a perfect date follow the simple steps:
    1. Inform her for the date from 2-3 day earlier soi that she is free and excite her by saying its gonna be your day.
    2. Note down all her favourite places and things she loves the most like-shoppong,parks,restraurnts, etc and select the places in advance.
    3. On the date day, be ready at meeting spot 15min. early.
    4. give her a flower or chocolate for starters and say hope you’ll enjoy your day(this will bring a smile on your face)
    5. take her to the destinations by any means bus car bike, it doesn’t matter just make sure you are treating her like she is a queen n be protective to her, girls dig that.
    6. Do n’t shy from PDA like kissing her on her cheeks, holding hands, saying I LOVE YOU OUT LOUD…
    7. stick to your plan but still keep her posted about the it she will feel better as you are involving her in the plan.
    8. no matter what places you take her last destination should be a peace place with beautiful view, say a park or on top of a building or a picnic spot wear you guys can relax and talk.
    9. Sumhow talk about walts/salsa or singing, and sing for her or dance with her(but only salsa or walts) girls love to dance with guys in a park.
    10. while droping her back, kiss her and say you had best moments of your life.

  4. Who wrote this lame list seems to be more focused on how to save money on your first date!

  5. agree with the above guys 😉

  6. no cure for stupid says:

    I’m inspired! I never thought of any of these radical new ideas. The movies! Wow. Somebody share this quick.

  7. hi i like this article , that s a grat information thank you and keep going

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  9. I had my first date with my husband 8 years ago, if I knew then that we will move with him to another city and start a life together …

    • And I had a dog when I was 8. What’s the relevance? If u’r not gonna tell us what the said date entailed.

  10. I am waiting for your coming pictures. I wish you all good luck for your coming blogs and posts. Keep sharing!

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