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Top tips for planning the perfect first date

If you have a first date coming up, there’s no need to panic. Although it can be nerve-wracking to plan out the perfect day or evening, it’s not as difficult as you might think. To ensure your first meeting with your crush is a successful one, here are some top tips.

Choose a fun activity

Arranging a fun activity for you and your date is a must. The good news is, there are an almost endless number of different things you can do that will keep you both amused for the duration of your time together. If you’ve arranged to meet your date of an evening, you could keep it low key by going to watch a film at the cinema or do for something a little more daring and challenge them to a game of bowling at your local arcade.

If you’ve organised to spend an entire day with your date, you’ll have much more time to fill. In this instance, it might be worth checking out what events are happening in your nearest city that you could attend together, even if it means jumping in the car or on a bus or train to get there. For example, if you’re from the North West, you could see what’s on in Liverpool or Manchester. Heading to a bustling city means you won’t be short of fun and exciting activities to keep you occupied during your daytime date.

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Pick somewhere great to eat

If you’re keen to really get to know your date, going for a meal together could provide the ideal opportunity, so it’s important that you pick somewhere great for you both to eat. Since it’s likely you don’t know your date too well, you might find it easier to stick with a restaurant that offers a varied menu, such as a gastro pub. Keeping it simple will ensure that you’ll both find something delicious to eat in a setting that is fairly laidback and casual. However, if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, and if you already know your date isn’t fussy when it comes to their grub, you could take them to sample some unusual cuisine, such as Thai food or sushi.

Be yourself

It’s natural to be nervous before, and even during, your date. However, if you make the effort to just be yourself, you should find that your feelings of unease soon disappear. While you might want to make sure you impress them, you can’t go too far wrong if you simply relax and let your confidence shine through. As long as you’re doing something fun with someone you feel comfortable around, you shouldn’t struggle to have a successful first date.

When it comes to planning the perfect rendezvous, you needn’t panic. Taking these simple hints and tips into consideration is guaranteed to help you arrange the ideal day or evening out.

What is your top tip for a great date night, be it the first one of the 100th?

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This article has 37 comments

  1. Matt

    Another good piece of editorial writing from Sarah-Louise. A tip for a date? Go somewhere that you can walk outside after, a stroll along the Thames after a show or a meal, you get to chat, both relax a lot more and there are a surprising amount of roses where you could obtain one using your car key to cut it for a total surprise.

  2. Alli

    I remember a few of those first dates back – way back – when I was single. Sometimes, I would get so nervous I’d almost throw up. Relaxing and being yourself is great advice.

  3. Anita Fonte

    I still use these tips today as I am married. Even though you are married does not mean you do not do a date night. It is that one night that you and your spouse can have all to yourself with no kids. Choosing a place will be key to have wonderful memories.

  4. Shirley Wood

    Be yourself is the best advice! Even though I’ve been married 19 years, my hubby and I still enjoy date night and sometimes plan fun things to do other than going out to dinner. It’s always easier for a couple to get to know one another better when dates include visiting events or places and not just dinner.

  5. Terri Beavers

    First dates are always a little hectic to me but your tips help a lot. If planned right the first date could make a big impression.

  6. Tiaras & Tantrums

    Great tips for anyone who is out in the field. I haven’t thought of going on a date if almost two decades! I can’t even imagine.

  7. Amy Jones

    Great tips! First dates always tend to be super awkward and weird so these could be super helpful for young lovers out there

  8. lisa

    These are great tips. I remember how awkward dating could be. But being yourself is the most important thing you can do!

  9. Melanie Smith

    Aww, I remember my first day with my husband. This post was what I need in that moment hahaha.

  10. Nicole Etolen

    Oh, these are nice tips. I will share this to all my single ladies besties!

  11. Bites for Foodies

    It’s been so long that I don’t even remember what I used to do on first dates! I’ve definitely never had to organize one 😉

  12. Jeanine

    great tips! we never do date night unless inside our house. Generally we eat dinner as a family but on our planned date nights we have a later dinner and usually watch a movie! We’ve been together 11 years and married for 9 so our first date was long long long ago…. I couldn’t even remember what we did!

  13. Chrishelle Ebner

    I don’t even remember our first date. Well it was about 25 years ago, so I have a reason. I am sure my husband must have did some good planning or we would not be a married couple for 24 years with three grown children. Great tips.

  14. Regan

    These are great tips. Our first date was pretty awkward and I am so glad that I won’t have to go on another first date.

  15. Jessica Knott

    The BF and I totally need to go on more adventurous dates here and there. We love to try different restaurants or head to the beach or hang out with friends. Anything that gets us out of the house and in each other’s company works for me. Really loved your ideas!

  16. Gwendolyn Mulholland

    These are great tips and it makes me so thankful that I am past the dating scene. I do think that however they could be useful when planning a date night with the hubby.

  17. Bonnie @wemake7

    Great tips. It has been so long since I have been on a first date. It’s certainly nerve racking though but fun too.

  18. Nicole Escat

    Perfect for first-timer! I will recommend this to my friends, they will surely like this post.

  19. Echo

    These are great tips. I never was very good at dating, so I am very glad that I don’t have to do it anymore.

  20. Nancy @ whispered inspirations

    Great tips! I use them every time with my hubby. Now that our kids are getting older we’ve been going out on dates a lot! I love it!

  21. Elizabeth O.

    That’s awesome! It’s definitely important to be yourself and just enjoy the night. If you and your date clicks then that’s great. These are very good tips, definitely!

  22. Carol Cassara

    First dates can be really awkward and it would be nice to be able to ask your date what their interests are so you can plan accordingly. But if that’s not possible I think the common first date ideas are cool too, like dinner and a movie or something similar. It’s really important to be yourself too! Being honest is important if you want to have a second date… or a third!

  23. Rebecca Swenor

    These are great tips for planning the perfect first date. Planning ahead is indeed the best way to ensure a perfect date I believe. It is really important to pick the right activity that you both enjoy doing. Thanks for sharing the tips.

  24. Heather Pfingsten

    Oh my goodness, I have been with my husband for 16 years but can still remember our first date like it was yesterday. We were both so very nervous! It is so important to pick something fun so you both can get there, start enjoying the afternoon/evening, and then relax. Great post with great tips. Happy dating! 😉

  25. Kathy Kenny Ngo

    First date is exciting and for me, this is the time where you will know more about your date. So planning is important to make sure that your date will turn into a memorable one.

  26. Dawn McAlexander

    I don’t like liars and I don’t like to lie myself, so I always say be yourself. If you try to put up some kind of facade, and you want the relationship to continue, then what do you think will happen when he discovers the real you?

  27. Mardene Carr

    First dates! I would rather not think about that at all. It can really be nerve racking at times

  28. Courtney Gillard

    I remember my first date with my hubby. That was so romantic and lovely. Nice tips!

  29. Melissa Bernardo

    Great tips for dating. I love going on dates with my hubs!

  30. Lisa Rios

    First date is always going to be so exciting, but a better planning should be on the cards to make sure all is well. These are some great tips & I agree, being yourself under any circumstances could make it a wonderful date for sure!

  31. Jessica Harlow

    These are good pointers on how to start off on the right foot on any date night! Being yourself is definitely key so that date #2 can be looked forward to! lol

  32. Garf

    These are great tips. I was never good at dating. Good thing I am married now 😉

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