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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Seattle Date Ideas from Seattle Singles
Post Date: Sep 4, 2011Leslie from Seattle says: Greenlake is always a good place for a date. It is scenic, and you can walk, or sit. There is a lot to see that can help conversation along if you are feeling tongue-tied, and there are restaurants around if you get hungry. You get a lot of chances to see how one another reacts to all sorts of things, what with roller-bladers and cyclists zipping around you, baby carriages getting in your way, Frisbees flying past your head, and so on. It's a place that lets you be spontaneous, lets you relax.
Post Date: Aug 21, 2011Christine from Seattle says: A park on a beautiful day or doing something new and interesting.
Post Date: Aug 14, 2011Cherise from Seattle says: The beach at night...like Alki. Or a karaoke bar. Or even Downtown Seattle...in the evening.
Post Date: Jun 28, 2011Liz from Seattle says: greenlake
Post Date: Jun 13, 2011Kinnon from Seattle says: A waterfront restaurant
Post Date: Jun 12, 2011Mei from Seattle says: Dinner at a local Italian restaurant followed by a walk around Green Lake
Post Date: Jun 4, 2011John from Seattle says: Alki Point
Post Date: May 24, 2011Savanah from Seattle says: I love the water. I generally love the beach, but I have no specific preference. If I had to pick I would probably say Alki beach as it faces both the Olympic mountains and extends to a view of downtown Seattle.
Post Date: May 18, 2011Erica from Seattle says: Neighborhood coffee shop.
Post Date: May 12, 2011Susan from Seattle says: Walking, beach combing, and/or picnicking on the beach-- especially if there's a night bonfire.
Post Date: May 5, 2011DivaJo from Seattle says: Although I live in Redmond...I still love Golden Gardens.
Post Date: May 5, 2011Richard from Seattle says: What is important to me on a first date is not what we do or where we meet. What is important to me is how I treat my lady and when she departs she leaves me with a feeling of wanting to see her again because she has left me with a long lasting impression. That she has touched a part of my soul and I hers to the point that I would feel that I would like to discover more of what's deep within her heart.
Post Date: Apr 28, 2011barbara from Seattle says: The Pike Place Market.
Post Date: Apr 25, 2011James from Seattle says: city park
Post Date: Apr 24, 2011James from Seattle says: city park