I get it, we all make awful decisions when we’re stressed and there’s few things as stressful as taking someone on a date. You want this person to like you, and you also want them to think you’re original and cute and creative. Don’t let your creativity go as far as these date ideas!
Sure, it might be nice and quiet and you won’t be bothered by anyone. However, if you’re out for a quiet date – go to the park. There’s no reason to freak out your potential significant other with thoughts of their unavoidable death.
You might think you’ll alleviate the tension with a nice neck-rub and maybe even see your date with less clothes on, but lying silently while strangers touch you isn’t a comfortable first-date activity. Save it for when you’re married and constantly stressed.
Nobody wants to feel like they’re on a cheap date. Throwing money left and right isn’t the key to a lasting relationship, but even the slightest bit of “classy” and “fancy” is required to make a positive first impression. You can get some fries later, but don’t make it the main event.
First dates are for getting to know each other in an intimate environment. Even if you are friends and already know each other well, the club is not an appropriate place to have conversations and play footsie. Dancing is a great idea, but maybe go to a salsa or jazz club instead?
5. Literally Anything that Involves Messy Food
Save the BBQ, pizza, burgers, chicken wings, and pasta for the fifth date and go for something that can be eaten with a fork and knife without making a mess. Not only is this a good way to avoid embarrassing yourself, it’ll also help your partner feel more comfortable.
6. Competitive Sport
Don’t make your date feel like they have to compete with you. Nothing good can possibly come of this. Best case scenario – you find out they are a sore loser. Worst case scenario is that the date will start with sports and end in the emergency room at your local hospital.
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7. Meeting the Parents
First dates are stressful enough, don’t add meeting the mother to the mix. Your date’s mom might be the life of the party, be cool, be friendly, but be reserved. And, like, if the first date goes well, you can begin opening up to your “new mom”.
Giving your full attention to one person is difficult. Having good conversations with a person you don’t know is difficult. Now, imagine tripling the amount of stress by adding two more people to the equation! Your friends could be cool, but your date is here to be with you and only you.
9. The Wild
You might notice that the key to a first date seems to be an intimate surrounding that helps you pay attention to your date, talk to them, and spend quality time with them. However, the true key is comfort, and a camping trip in the woods doesn’t qualify. You’d be surprised how many people think this is a good idea, but trust me – it isn’t.
10. Destination Date
The number one rule of first dates is not putting your date into a situation they can’t get out of. Even though you might be interested in ensuring that they have to spend time with you, traveling together to a location that they can’t immediately leave from is going to make your date uncomfortable. Even if it’s a romantic dinner in Paris – no destination date is as good as the comfort of knowing you can lie about your cat being sick to leave and never see your date again.
11. Your Favorite Dive Bar
Drinks are a conversational lubricant. They make forming genuine connections between people easier, destroying walls of shyness and inhibition and helping conversations flow smoothly. However there’s a difference between going to a nice bar and going to your local dive bar where the music is bad, the floor is sticky, and the lighting is awful.
12. A Boat Ride
You might think that not giving your date the option of a sly escape will guarantee a successful first date, but trust me don’t make them feel stranded on a boat. No amount of beautiful city skylines or Titanic references will help them feel more comfortable in this situation.
13. The Opera
Actually, you know what? This could be a good idea. It’s classy, you’ll look great in your outfit, and it’s romantic as heck. But do consider whether your date would be comfortable dressing up, whether they’ll feel comfortable in this kind of environment, and whether they like high-pitched singing to begin with.