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.
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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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Three Bridges Date Ideas from Three Bridges Singles
Post Date: Aug 22, 2011misserasmus from Springfield says: Basilica Restaurant
Post Date: Aug 21, 2011Fran from South Plainfield says: A Portiguise restaurant with outside dining...wonderful food & tasty sangria!
Post Date: Jul 28, 2011Anna from Clinton says: I live in historic Clinton NJ, it's very pretty here. Whether it be a nice restaurant, a walk through town or a slice of pizza at the local pizza shop, it's more important to me who I am doing these things with.
Post Date: Jul 15, 2011Jivelle from Phillipsburg says: Outback
Post Date: Jul 10, 2011Nick from Belvidere says: I would say anywhere near the Delaware Water Gap area. I love the water and mountains.
Post Date: Jul 5, 2011Amanda from South Plainfield says: I love Red Bank or anywhere in Princeton.
Post Date: Jun 25, 2011Veronica from Parsippany says: Love going to the movies or perhaps out for an ice cream cone.
Post Date: Jun 5, 2011pogue from Madison says: Walk in the park
Post Date: May 31, 2011Ann from Edison says: For coffee, Starbucks
For lunch, The Kona Grill
For a drink, The Cheesecake Factory
For dinner, Christopher's Steak House.
Post Date: May 11, 2011Kevin from Stirling says: A cozy, little, quiet, candle lit table for two at a special Italian restaurant.
Post Date: May 9, 2011joe from Morganville says: BROOKLYN
Post Date: May 5, 2011Lynn from Bridgewater says: I am not a big city girl but I always enjoyed Broadway shows. I haven't been to one in awhile.
Post Date: Apr 19, 2011Erika from Monroe Township says: Jersey Shore.... I love to be near the beach!!!
Post Date: Apr 16, 2011Marybeth from Milltown says: The Frog and the Peach :)
Post Date: Apr 6, 2011Sebastian from Parsippany says: There's a nice local Italian restaurant and a great sushi place.