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.

Get Moving.

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.

Make Music.

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!

Cultivate Romance.

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.



Tom Julian, fashion trend analyst, guru and author of Nordstrom Guide to Men's Style

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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Parcel Return Service Date Ideas from Parcel Return Service Singles

Post Date: Aug 16, 2011

Song from Washington says: On the Washington Water Front

Post Date: Aug 8, 2011

Leshem from Washington says: Los Angeles

Post Date: Aug 1, 2011

Arlene from Washington says: Love to sit on the back of the Lincoln memorial looking out at Arlington House (or be on the porch of Arlington House looking over DC). Also love the FDR memorial, especially early in the morning during cherry blossom season when no one else is around. Magical.

Post Date: Jul 17, 2011

Gabriel from Washington says: Mt.Vernon Park or Hains Point.

Post Date: May 24, 2011

keith from Washington says: dupont circle,U street corridor,woodly park.I love all the exotic food and seeing movies at the uptown theatre,e street theatre.

Post Date: May 13, 2011

Randolph from Washington says: Near the river.

Post Date: May 9, 2011

Christie from Washington says: Georgetown - all of it!

Post Date: Mar 29, 2011

Mark from Washington says: East Potomac Park-Haines Point

Post Date: Mar 11, 2011

Gregory from Washington says: The Smithsonian Museums have so many new and exciting exhibits that youmcan spend hours looking and talking tom each other without feeling pressed into conversation. With the variety of exhibits and food and programs, you can find many things to share.

Post Date: Feb 26, 2011

Liz from Washington says: Spring/summer evening stroll around national monuments. Early morning walk in Rock Creek Park. Seeing a play.

Post Date: Feb 23, 2011

Aletha from Washington says: On the Water

Post Date: Jan 26, 2011

Claire from Washington says: Central Park

Post Date: Jan 26, 2011

David from Washington says: Central Park

Post Date: Jan 7, 2011

CityGrlwCountryHeart from Washington says: I prefer hole in the wall places. But you could also find me as a citygrlwcountryheart at a g male... My tastes vary-from a place with oysters & bellying up to bar to dressy embassy balls. I'm a true Gemini with duality in how--even WHERE--I live my life for starters, plus my other interests. But passionate, sincere? That's me all the way! NOTE: My horse has been the most reliable male in my life so I prioritize him, but I would do the same for a reliable 2-legged, less furry variety. YOU?