It’s said that you only get one chance to make a first impression. Usually that only lasts a few seconds and then the pressure to be at the top of your game goes away. But that’s true only when you meet someone for the first time, what about the first time you go out on a date.
First dates can be both exciting and nerve wrecking. The pressure to be perfect and make a good first impression so your partner wants to have a second date can be overwhelming. Take all the pressure you feel when making a first impression and turn it in to a two hour event. Now that’s a whole other level of pressure.
I haven’t dated in a while, but I remember first dates being awkward and uncomfortable. I once had a guy bring me a happy meal toy instead of flowers on our first date – that’s a true story. Needless to say there was not a second date.
If I was on the dating scene I would not want to have my guy plan the traditional dinner and a movie, I honestly feel like that’s a third date type of scenario. By that time you are comfortable discussing your tastes in movies instead of being polite and sitting through a two hour movie that you hate. I also wouldn’t want to go somewhere cliché like mini golfing.
Instead I would like a first date to be a relaxed atmosphere where both people can be comfortable and be themselves. The chance to talk and get to know each other is also important.
Here are three unique first date ideas:
Go to a museum
Unless you’re going on a blind date the odds are you’ve probably had a couple of conversations with your potential sweetheart. A museum is a great way to get to know someone’s tastes as well as give you a chance to talk. If you’re partner has an interest in art, music, history or science a museum may be the perfect first date idea.
Get tickets for the theater
I would absolutely love to go to a Broadway play for a first date. I love a good musical. Tickets to any type of theatrical production – except stand up comedy – would be the key to a second date with me.
For our first date BF took me to a TLC concert, since then we’ve seen several other concerts together such as Mariah Carey, Snoop Dogg and Jay-Z. We both love music so it’s a perfect date night idea. We also bought tickets for an upcoming Cirque du Soleil show and I’m really looking forward to it.
Cheer on your favorite sports team
I am not a huge sports fan, but the ambiance of a live sporting event is like no other. To be honest I probably wouldn’t go with my girlfriends, but I enjoy going to NBA and NFL games with BF. Going to watch the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden is on my bucket list. Not because they’re my favorite basketball team, just because it seems like an extremely exciting venue. Sport games can be a very fun first date idea.
What’s your idea of the perfect first date?