Surviving the First Date By Kevin McKissick

posted 10 Apr 2013, 13:23 by Lara Whybrow   [ updated 10 Apr 2013, 13:23 ]

If you're a bachelor or bachelorette looking to get back on the dating scene, then you will be no stranger to first dates. You may have had a few that moved past that and a few that ended abruptly, leaving you in awe thinking things were going well. Either way here is a short guide to surviving several different types of first dates with your future mate.

The Dinner Date: Somewhere casual, but fancy is the perfect dinner date. Nothing too elegant unless you're both spawn of successful billionaires, then my guess would be you don't need a first date because you can just buy love. Make sure you know which fork to use for your salad, entree and dessert. This crucial mistake could cost you a lifetime of loneliness if you never get it right.

The Lunch Date: If you're meeting for lunch, chances are you work together and make $26,000 per year. This date is over before it begins and you'll forever be known as "lunch buddies" or be in the "friend zone.

The Movie Date: I would recommend dinner and a movie if considering the movie route. Sitting in a theatre of darkness watching an UltraScreen doesn't exactly give you the chance to get to know each other. Take a look above at our dinner date tip and apply it to dinner and a movie. Nevertheless, if you decide on just a movie, I recommend seeing something that would pique your date's interest. Discuss beforehand what they enjoy; or ask if there's a particular movie out that they wouldn't mind seeing. If your date is enjoying herself, don't hesitate to go for an arm over the shoulder or perhaps a sensual kiss. Guys, I pray you never try the penis in the popcorn bucket trick.

The Picnic Date: Make sure your date isn't vegetarian or vegan first, as bringing lots of sandwich meats could have them running for the hills. Pack a blanket, light entree, fruit and a bottle of wine. Don't pack anything too extravagant; it's just a fine afternoon sipping wine and getting to know one another.

The Walk-and-Talk Date: Find a nice park or garden in your area. Have an open mind with no clear agenda, just to get to know each other. Bring comfortable walking shoes, but still remain stylish. No heels or cowboy boots as they give a bad first impression and a mountain of blisters the next day.

The Bookstore Date: Assuming you both enjoy reading, this date is a wonderful idea that keeps you active and shows a little more about the other person. Try to find common ground with reading. If your date points out a book that really captivates them and you think the date is going well, purchase it for them. If there's a coffee shop within the bookstore, sit down for a cup of joe. Small gestures like that can have you soaring toward romance in no time.

The Meet-For-A-Drink Date: This is the most overused first date and chances are if this is your most creative source of meeting someone, to have a few beverages and hope for a night in the sack, then you don't want to be with this person beyond that night anyways. If you do want to pursue something beyond the length of the date, than I suggest combining the meet-for-a-drink date with another date listed above. Perhaps you just bought them something at the bookstore and they want to return the favor by buying you a drink. This is a strong indicator that they are interested in you and could see a long relationship in the future. Just don't wear camouflage or even you won't be able to see yourself getting stood up.

These are only some of the many, many first date options out there. Get creative. Get inventive. Combine a couple of these or create your own. Have your own ideas? Share them in the comments section or send them over to relationshipadvice@averagemag.com

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