Going on a first date is always scary.
I personally hate the idea of going on a stereotypical ‘dinner date’. Who pays? What do you eat? When do you leave? What happens if there’s awkward silence? It’s easy to overthink it to the point where you feel stressed and anxious rather than excited – which isn’t great. So, fear not – your gurl has got your back with my personal favorite first date ideas.
Picnics are fantastic. Head to your local beach or park with a comfortable blanket, some snacks and good music – and I promise you it will be a great time. Creating a casual setting will take some pressure off the situation, making the date less intense, then oppose to eating dinner at a crowded restaurant with someone you barely know. This idea is great if you’re an awkward person because there are distractions all around you. You can sing along to songs, people watch, or just enjoy your food to fill any potential silences.
Mini-golf is a surprisingly common first date idea. It’s perfect for everyone – if you’re good at golfing, you can show off and impress the other individual. And if you’re terrible golfer, then it’s super fun and becomes a challenging activity. It’s great if you’re a competitive individual who doesn’t take life too seriously. It really is a HOLE lot of fun.
This is yet another enjoyable activity for a first date. I’d recommend going during the evening, when the atmosphere is a lot busier. Most places play great music and turn on the disco lights, so the mood is super cute and perfect for a first date … Oh, also – if your date turns out to be a nightmare (we’ve all been there), then you can just ‘focus’ on the game and leave when you’re done.
GO FOR A WALK
I think going for a walk is often overlooked and people don’t consider it for a first date, but I think it’s one of the best things to do. It’s a very simple option, but it is a great way to casually get to know someone. If you’re a seeking deep and meaningful conversations, then what better place to have one? You can also make the walk as long or short as you like (depending on how it’s going). Another great thing is that you can choose your location – some people prefer a quieter environment, where it can be more one-on-one, while others prefer it busy where there’s more to do and less chance of it getting awkward.
This one is pretty self-explanatory – ice skating is great because you can help each other out, make a fool of yourself and have a laugh … what a great way to break the ice.
GOING OUT FOR DRINKS
Finally, if you’re legally allowed to drink, then going to a local bar is my personal favorite place to go on a date. Having a couple of drinks will simply ease your mind and make you feel less nervous and more relaxed. This is similar to going to a restaurant, but I find it a lot less intense. You will both feel at ease and will probably be chattier, too.