10 Smart First Date Ideas
There's no question first dates can be nerve-wracking. What to wear? What to say? Where to go? All this uncertainty is compounded when it's not just a first date, but perhaps your first date in a long time.
Spice it Up.
Cooking can be fun and sexy. There're cooking classes for all levels available throughout the country. Checkout the food section of your local paper to see what area restaurants and community colleges are offering up courses.
Cut a Rug Ballroom, Salsa, Swing, and Samba.
The first date choices are endless when it comes to dancing. Even if you haven't stepped on a dance floor in years, there're plenty of teachers who can help you get back in the swing of things. Besides being fun, dancing cheek-to-cheek may also help you further determine the chemistry factor.
Have a Picnic.
One of the most romantic and soothing outings is a picnic by the lake or on the beach. This is invitingly enhanced when both people like the outdoors. If you're shopping for food and drink together, this will add to the adventure. If not, be sure you decide on what each of you will bring to eat.
The Beauty of Art.
Share a love of art by going on a gallery walk or museum tour. You can also sign up for an art history lecture at your local university.
Set Sail on the High Seas.
You can also keep your first date simple by renting a canoe or row boat and heading to a nearby lake or canal. If one of you is skilled, you can even rent a powerboat or sailing vessel. And, don't forget the excitement of a splurge on a moonlight cruise.
The Literary Word.
What better way to bond than over your favorite books? Attending a book reading at your local bookstore or university is a great way to find common ground and keep the conversation flowing.
Perhaps your new friend enjoys hitting the courts or shares your passion for golf. All types of active outings make great first dates and help you stay in shape at the same time. Engaging in a physical activity can raise the level of intimacy, as you'll be more exposed both physically and emotionally. You'll discover how the other person deals with winning and losing.
Whether you're moved by opera, country, rock, or classical, attending an indoor or outdoor concert is sure to set the tone for a great first date!
If gardening is a shared passion, a trip to a plant nursery or arboretum could be a fun first date idea.
Wine and Dine.
What's the difference between Shiraz and Syrah? A fun and easy way to find out is attending a wine tasting or by visiting a winery. This is ideal for a first encounter because it's both casual and informative, and yet, you're still able to talk to each other.
What to wear on that first date?
Now that you've finally decided to go on that first date, the next decisions should be easy: Where to meet? What to say? What to wear? Yes, what to wear. According to a recent poll on PerfectMatch.com, 60% of guys believe Jeans, shirt and sport jacket expressed the best first date impressions, while that 46% of women preferred their first date suitors in Jeans, shirt and sport jacket and 43% in just a t-shirt and jeans.
To help you look and feel your best, we've enlisted the advice of Tom Julian, fashion trend analyst, guru and author of Nordstrom Guide to Men's Style.
Fashioning a First Date Look for Your Body Type
Most women think men are totally unselfconscious about their physiques, but most men would (secretly) disagree. Know how to dress your body in order to play up its strengths and play down its weaknesses.
First things first, identify your body type but do not let it limit your fashion choices. Being self-aware about your physique can help you hone in on the right clothing choices for you.
Find out what to wear for your body type on your first date.
Dress to Impress - Be Well-Suited for Your First Date
The right suit can turn an interview into a job, a lunch meeting into a deal, maybe even a date into a long-term relationship...
...But the wrong suit can ruin everything. It's been said that the suit is a symbol of modern manhood; whether a man is 18 or 81, he needs a great suit in his closet. A suit imparts a sense of authority, credibility and class to the wearer. Tom Julian truly believes that it's impossible to go wrong wearing the right suit.
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Finding the Perfect White Shirt
As the saying goes, if you really care about someone, you are willing to give them the shirt off your back. The shirt is a critical part of the tailored ensemble that sits closest to the body, so it has to be comfortable and impeccably fitted. Even though it may seem irrelevant, a great shirt is what makes a great suit look, well, great. The shirt is the heart and soul of the suit - the jelly in the doughnut, the olive in the martini.
Find the perfect white shirt for your perfect first date
Buckle Up to Trousers
Pants are a wardrobe staple - and we are not talking about your standard pair of jeans - but a great pair (or two) of trousers. Trousers feature belt loops, a fly, a waistband, pleats, or cuffs and are an essential part of creating a look that's comfortable for you.
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Selecting the Correct Shoes
Put your best foot forward on your first date by stepping into footwear that matches your personal style - from everyday casual to fine dining dating. Ever wonder what shoes to wear with certain fabrics? We have some answers for you.
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Greeley Date Ideas from Greeley Singles
Post Date: Sep 5, 2011Stacy from Longmont says: The park by McIntosh Lake
Post Date: Jul 20, 2011Burton from Longmont says: Morrison Formation - Dinosaur Ridge
Post Date: Jul 17, 2011Courtney from Loveland says: I live very close to the mountains and there are a lot of hiking trails. Centerra is also close by and offers a movie theatre and many dinning options. Fort Collins/Loveland offers all kinds of places to go, music venues, breweries, parks/lakes, and restaurants.
Post Date: Jul 2, 2011Kathleen from Fort Collins says: Live music venues in Oldtown
Post Date: Jun 26, 2011Amelia from Fort Collins says: Hmm, I have only been in Ft Collins for a short time and I have not really dated in this town. I guess it would be walking around Old Town. There are lots of shops and restaurants to choose from as well as there always seems to be something happening there.
Post Date: May 25, 2011Erica from Bellvue says: The Moot House...a cozy restaurant and pub with wonderful food and great atmosphere...reminds me of my British heritage.
Post Date: May 11, 2011Frank from Johnstown says: Really, anywhere I can be with you. For dinner dates, although I live up near Loveland, I especially like Flemings Steak House on the south side of Denver where they have a great wine list and food to die for!
Post Date: Mar 25, 2011Jeremy from Frederick says: Red Rocks
Post Date: Mar 18, 2011Matt from Fort Collins says: Date location in my city hmmm... can't say, but:
I can cook.
We can talk about the universe, philosophy, Possibilities, or anything you can think of.
Collaborating with some form of art.
Go sit in a secluded area in nature to relax.
Hiking, or go to a lake or resevoir.
Camping and bring instruments.
Natural hot springs.
Winter hut trips.
Post Date: Feb 18, 2011Sandy from Fort Collins says: A lovely walk at our leisure...anywhere.
Post Date: Feb 14, 2011Debby from Loveland says: Any good restaurant.
Post Date: Jan 23, 2011michaele from Fort Collins says: A walk through old town, with the Christmas lights up.
Post Date: Mar 31, 2011Tamara from Boulder says: Boulder or Broomfield
Post Date: Feb 12, 2011Bryan from Boulder says: Live music. The Kitchen restaurant. A film festival. A walk along Boulder Creek.
Post Date: Jan 15, 2011Michael from Lyons says: Although I live in the mountains of the Front Range, I often head into the city to listen music or to catch a play. Closer to the house, I'll catch some music up in Estes Park.