Dating is a like a minefield: one mistake and your embryonic relationship is blown sky high. Of course there is no guarantee you will even hit it off with your date, but if you do find great chemistry, it is important to make sure that the other aspects of the date are equally as successful. Or you could end up ruining your chances of securing a second date with the girl of your dreams.
A Walk in the Park
A romantic walk in the park makes for a lovely first date. You can stroll along, chat and get to know each other better, whilst enjoying some fresh air and exercise. If the park has a coffee shop, stop for a drink and a snack. And if you don’t like the look of your date, keep the walk short and make your escape fairly quickly.
First Dates are best kept fairly casual in case the chemistry isn’t there and you can’t stand their company. A casual brunch or late afternoon snack at a small, intimate bistro is perfect for when you want to meet someone for the first time without actually committing to spending an entire evening in their company. If the date goes well, you can always extend it and stay for dinner.
If you want to impress your date, take them to a trendy nightspot in town. Treat them to expensive cocktails and champagne and then take them dancing. If conversation is lacking, it won’t matter a bit because the music will be so loud they won’t be able to hear you anyway. And if it all goes horribly wrong, you can pull someone else on the dance floor.
For a sophisticated first date, an art gallery or museum is a good choice. Wander around making intelligent observations and impressing your date with your encyclopaedic knowledge of Renaissance artists. End the date on a high note with a glass of Pinot Noir at a nearby bistro.
Coffee shop dates are the ultimate casual date, which is perfect for when you aren’t sure if the person is your type. It doesn’t take long to drink a coffee, so if you are struggling for conversation or they are deeply unappealing, make your excuses and leave after half an hour.
Where Not to Take a First Date
- Cinema – First dates are about conversation, so sitting in the dark for three hours is not the best way of getting to know someone.
- Theme park – Great for adrenaline junkies, but not so great for nervous types.
- Your bedroom – Enough said really.
Dating is very much a hit and miss experience. For every great first date, you are likely to end up struggling through ten hideously boring or excruciatingly awkward first dates. Because of the low success rate with first dates, either fine tune your selection process or keep your first dates nice and brief to avoid wasting too much time. So for best results, stick to simple first dates such as a drink in a local coffee shop or wine store or a casual lunch in a nice bistro. Check out Victoria Brides review!
Melvin Strand is a writer and he likes to document his dating experiences on his blog. His most recent first date was actually a resounding success.