Generally, first dates are known to be loaded with emotion like excitement, jitters and joy abound. Additionally, there is this sense of possibility and hope of what it may turn into, be it a great romance story or just a hilarious story to share with friends. So finding what to do on a first date is really paramount.
1. You can’t go wrong with dinner:
There is a reason this idea is a classic. Generally, there are no distractions other than the delicious, fancy dinner. Trust me, it is a great way to bond with a new potential partner. You don’t have to be a chef though, takeout like Chinese or Thai food can do the trick.
2. Cooking together meals in general:
When you go on a grocery run together, the love sparks would definitely last. Basically, you can get to know one another through this process and be able to enjoy the fruits of your labours together.
3. Nothing says “date” than a fancy stroll:
It’s pretty simple basically, walking side by side can actually help reduce the awkwardness and mixed anxiety that comes with a first date and the perfect conversation starter. Generally, long-term couples can also savour this opportunity to boost their communication.
4. Walk shelter dogs:
Try and find out if your date is allergic before opting for this option. Basically, this is clear vetting time because animals most especially dogs can detect negative emotions, so it’s a soul search time for both of you.
5. Get breakfast:
Dinner may be like too much pressure though. Why not opt for the ultimate comfort food? Breakfast is truly the most important meal of the day. Basically, you can’t go wrong with pancakes, french toast, scrambled eggs etc, feel free to go crazy with the menu.
6. Make a sweet deal:
Girls love sugary desserts. Generally, you can go wrong with cream pies, tarts and tiramisu. Additionally, this is the perfect place to improvise, you can use espresso and lady fingers in the tiramisu. Basically anything from sweet, sugary to savoury but sweet, you can’t go wrong.
7. Bust out the board games:
Without a doubt, a little friendly rivalry is a great way to break the ice, whether it’s monopoly, scrabble, or good old chutes n’ ladders.
8. Try and hit up the arcade:
Whether you choose to battle each other in street fighter or even COD or basically decide work together to beat a side-scroller, bonding over video games is truly underestimated.
9. Make it a movie night:
You can’t go wrong with movie night basically. Even when you’re not too keen to return to physical movie theaters just yet, you can still recreate the unique experience at home. Get a tub of popcorn, bust out some chocolate and pick out something new on Demand or streaming.
10. Have a paint and sip night:
Basically, a lot of studios are hosting virtual painting classes, even if you don’t want to venture indoors. Bust out some vino or homemade cocktails and see what you guys can create together.
11. Go for a run:
Going for a run can be really fun though. Especially when you intend dating a sportsperson, he or she might not necessarily be into fancy but more “small-town authentic”.
12. Volunteer together:
Especially when you’re both into something. You can even volunteer in the animal shelter basically and other problems that can help improve your karma and spread some love together.
13. Exchanging gifts can help too:
A great way to get to know someone is to see how they think of others. Generally, gift exchange gives you an insight of how your partner sees you and how they think. Basically, try setting a spending limit (say, $10) so you don’t spend excessively on a first date.
14. Have a karaoke night (out or at home):
When you try to find out their favorite songs and sing it out with them, you gives you extra points especially when you duet.
15. Get mani-pedis:
A spa treatment is always fun. Whether or not your date opts for polish is up to them, but you can’t deny how great both of your hands and feet will feel when they’re done.
16. Draw each other:
Generally, chances are you will both notice things about each other that are super endearing! And when you are not artistically inclined, it will make for a great laugh.
17. Laugh it up:
Enjoy a night of standup. When clubs near you are closed, plenty of comedy shows are still happening via zoom or meet and even drive-in formats.
18. Go thrift shopping:
Thrift shopping can help you find hidden treasures like the hidden spark among you guys in general. This is a great way to get a sense of your date’s style, fashion and sense of humour basically. In addition, no matter how the date goes, you could end up going home with some cool stuff.
19. Visit a museum:
When you notice your date seems to enjoy history, charisma and class, then visiting a museum can be a great first date. A lot of museums are free, affordable, or accept donations. This gives the couple a chance to have casual small talk and understand each other’s perspective on life based on art in general.
20. Swap hobbies:
Splitting the day between your favourite activities is a great way to go as well. All you have to do basically is swap hobbies. For example, I love movies and he loves books, I can choose to read his favourite book and he’d watch my favourite movie, basically it helps me see the world through his eyes.
21. Visit a farmers market:
When you have a date that can get their haggle on at the farmer’s market. Basically, there are a ton of reasons this works so well as a first date. First of all, it’s a public place so it’s relatively safe basically. Plus, it gives socially-nervous daters a lot of different things to discuss. You can discuss flowers, fruit, and jam preferences as you wander and shop together. When the date starts going well, I suggest buying coffee, fruit, or ice cream and sitting someplace to eat or drink together. When things are going extremely well, I suggest purchasing a few key ingredients and setting a second date where you’ll cook or prepare the purchased ingredients to enjoy together.
22. Try trivia night (and win):
Basically, this beats the typical conversation over cocktails. Generally, many bars and pubs have themed trivia nights, so you can show off your pop culture or historical knowledge and get into the playful competitive spirit together.
23. Escape an escape room:
Basically, these adventure games in which people get together to use clues to solve various puzzles are incredibly popular right now, and they make a fantastic first date activity. Generally, an escape room is a surefire way to get to know your date quickly. All you need is teamwork, and the task at hand will keep the two of you talking without awkward lulls in general.
24. Go hiking:
When you both active outdoors, this is a great way to get to know each other. Basically, don’t suggest hitting secluded trek or one that would take hours to complete, but instead find a walking trail either around your city, in a park, or out in the countryside. Basically, you will have plenty of time for conversation and you can also judge their spontaneity and maybe even their fitness skills.
25. Attend a reading:
When you are a sapiosexual, that is you find intelligence sexy, a literature or poetry reading will help you gauge your date’s intellect and provide a conversation starter. Basically, it will allow you to talk about a subject matter that is outside of tell me about yourself.
26. Go skating:
Basically, ice skating or roller skating was a dating staple back in high school for many. Just try doing an activity that keeps the focus on balancing yourself from falling literally in general. Generally, at the end of the day, a little light physical danger is a great, time-honored bonding experience.
27. Check out some open houses:
Generally, this idea is a bomb for people who are into real estate. Basically, pick a weekend day to check out open houses in a nice neighborhood near you. Lots of them have free snacks and drinks, plus you’ll be able to see what your date is hoping for out of their future without having to ask straight out basically.
28. Go bowling:
Bowling basically can be a little goofy (the shoes, the music, the technique). But, still it’s a good first date idea because it helps for break the ice.
29. Take an art class:
Basically, a little culture is nice. Generally, this activity can spark your creativity and will also allow for conversation and connection.
30. See a comedy show:
Basically, a great way to calm the nerves on a first date is a comedy show. Generally, having a drink first will help you get comfortable and acquainted. Hopefully, the show you see is funny, but even if it isn’t, you’ll have lots to talk about afterward, even if it’s about how bad the show was.
When planning a first date don’t be scared to go a little off book. You can personalize more than one of these ideas to suit your personality and that of your date basically. Never be scared to take risks because this person might just be the one for you.
FIRST DATE FAQ’S
What do I have to do when I have a sarcastic partner for a date?
Basically, a comedy show is the next best thing. Because you and your partner can click or little laughs.
What is the cheapest first date idea?
Basically a “staycation”. You guys can just decide to have a quiet dinner at your place, you’d save a lot.
What do I do if I don't know how to cook but my date enjoys homemade meals?
Well, in a world of Pinterest and YouTube, your problems can be solved over some videos.
What is the best first date idea?
I don’t necessarily believe that any idea is the best because you can choose to be a little extra but your date might enjoy the little things and might not appreciate the efforts.
What's the best way to expose my date to culture on a first date?
Generally, you can take him/ her to a museum or an art gallery. Both of which is equally full of charisma.