So you’ve met a person you have a spark with and you’re ready to woo them. You don’t want them to know your financial situation or maybe you wheedle out materialistic partners. A perfect date doesn’t have to cost the Earth, although I’m not suggesting a trip to your local McDonald’s drive-through. Don’t do that. You’re not going to impress anyone with your BigMac.
It’s a bit of an obvious one, but a picnic during the warmer months goes a long way. Pay attention to details. Handmake the food and package it beautifully. Take along a comfy rug and a couple of cushions. Orchestrate a romantic playlist on your chosen music device and you’re away.
Al Fresco Dining
It’s pretty unlikely you’ll have a view like the one in the photo above, but work with what you have. Set up a table in your garden with your best linen, whip out your finest crockery and cook up a storm. Impress them with your prowess in the kitchen. Don’t forget the candles, fairy lights and soft music.
How about good old fashioned fish and chips followed by a moonlight walk on the beach? Who doesn’t feel happier being beside the sea?
Pick a movie you’ll both enjoy, get some yummy snacks in and settle down for a romantic night. This is a firm favourite for once you’ve already met a few times and know he’s not an axe murderer.
Watching The Sunset
Pack a flask of coffee or maybe a bottle of prosecco and a couple of glasses and spend the evening talking whilst watching the sun go down. Mother Nature’s free movie.
A Drink In A Country Pub
Find a homely country pub with an open fire. Having a drink in a pub doesn’t have to cost the earth. Also great for a first date as it’s neutral territory.
A dog is a brilliant distraction if you’ve a bit nervous. It’s a good sign of how things are going if the walk is further than your normal route. If your date doesn’t like dogs, run a mile – who doesn’t love dogs? (I might be a bit biased here…).
The Penny Date
A friend of mine told me about this. It’s from the Heart website. The instructions are on the photo but it looks like it could be a lot of fun.
Museum Or Gallery
Personally, I could spend hours wandering around a gallery. I really enjoy art. It’s free to visit galleries and museums so it can make for a really inexpensive date and it’ll give you a sneak peek into their personality type too.
Being At One With Nature
There’s something so calming and peaceful being immersed in nature without the constant buzz of people and electronics. Once again, not ideal for a first date, but spending time with your favourite tipple and a blanket such a perfect venue. You could even combine it with catching your own dinner if you’re not the squeamish type.
It’s really important to make sure you’re safe when on a date with a stranger. If it’s super early on in your relationship or a first date, also stay somewhere public and let someone know where you’re going.
Thanks for reading,