First Dates – Primer

First Date Tips and Ideas

The anticipation of that first date is usually a combination of excitement and anxiety, all rolled into one internal package. Don’t worry, this is perfectly normal. There are a few steps you can take to make sure your first meeting is as stress free as possible.

Movie? – No No

The location of your first date can play a huge role in helping that all-important first meeting to go smoothly. Dinner and a movie seem to be the staple, no-brainer, idea when planning a date, but is this really the best possible scenario? First of all, during a movie, you aren’t getting to know the other person. Two people staring at a screen without speaking to each other for 90 minutes doesn’t sound like the ideal situation.

Instead, think fun. Your first date should be quiet enough to be able to talk, but fun and busy enough so that you two will have other things to focus on when those moments of awkward silence crop up.

Animal Attraction? – Yes Yes

Weather permitting; the local zoo is an excellent meeting place. It’s not usually overly crowded, there are benches on which to relax and talk, walking paths, plenty of animals to enjoy, and it’s not expensive.

Game Playing? – Yes Yes

How about the local arcade or putt-putt golf course? Many arcades have all of our old favorite video games inside the building, and go carts, batting cages, and even putt-putt golf outside. This can be the perfect, playful atmosphere for getting to know each other.

Do you both enjoy the same sporting events? Attending a hockey or baseball game will allow you to root for your favorite team together while having a bit of “getting to know each other” conversation time as well. You could even attend a little league sports complex, pack a cooler, and watch the little guys play.

Enjoying silly, spontaneous things like these, in a relaxed atmosphere can really put some stress free fun into your date, while allowing both of you to be yourselves.

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