First dates. They can be a little bit intimidating, but also very exciting. The rules of dating have become much more casual. It’s hard to know the protocol about what to do, who should pay, what to wear, etc. Since the rules aren’t really set in stone, you should do whatever you are comfortable with. In an age where commitment is easy to avoid, taking the step to have a real dinner date brings a little sophistication back into the dating world. It is, really hard to go wrong with a dinner date as the first date. It’s classic first date idea, and and be as romantic as you want it to be. Here is some food for thought to help you create a great first dinner date.
Wine and Dine.. If you are in charge of planning the first, date, do some detective work. Find out what kind of food the person likes – but do so subtly. You don’t want to just blatantly say, “where do you want to go?”. When someone takes the time and effort to surprise you with something you like, it really sends a strong message of interest.
Location, Location, Location. Choose a place based on your comfort level. Do you want it to be, private or a hot spot? The object is to try and get to know this person better so if choosing a busy restaurant, make sure you go somewhere, more intimate, for coffee or dessert, afterward.
Drink Responsibly. Avoid drinking in excess. A cocktail, beer or glass of wine may help take the edge off, but 4 might cause you to say just a little too much about your ex and scare away thoughts of second date.
To The Nines. This might be an obvious piece of advice, but it must be said;, dress nicely. Even if you are going for a casual style dinner, dress to impress. It’s hard to feel special when your date looks like they just rolled out of bed or is getting back from the gym.
Iron Chef. If cooking is your thing, consider cooking something for your date. Sometimes this is reserved for 3rd or 4th dates, but why hold back? It’s doesn’t have to be over the top, something simple and light. Let your date be part of the process and help you prepare. It’s a good ice breaker and might be an easy way to get some laughs in early in the evening.
The truth is, it’s not really about what you eat on the first, date, it’s about how you feel. You want to be in an environment where you can be yourself and really get to know each other. By setting a good first date stage, you’re sure to be planning dates 2, 3, and 4. Take it slow, eat good food, and enjoy each other.