If you’ve never been on a date, the prospect can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. The first date is a great opportunity to get to know someone that you might actually be interested in. However, it also comes with anxieties about whether you’ll have a good time and whether your date will like you or not. To make sure that your first date goes well and that they want to see you again, follow this guide!
Make sure that you’re ready for the first date before it even happens. This means being clean, putting on some nice clothes, and making sure that you’re wearing something that makes you feel confident.
Don’t go into the date looking like you didn’t take at least 5 minutes to look decent. Try to pick clothes that aren’t wrinkled or dirty and make sure that your nails are clean and neat. (Yes, men, this includes your fingernails!) Also, if you don’t normally wear makeup but want to try it out for a date, do it! It will help put you in the mood for the date and show that you care about how you look. Using a little bit of your favorite fragrance will make your first impression even better. If you’re not sure which one to choose, check out our favorite summer perfumes of 2022.
Pick the right place
The most important part of a first date is to make it memorable. If you want to leave a lasting impression, you need to create some fun and excitement. The best way to do this is by planning a unique first date.
Go out for dinner and drinks, take the person on a trip to the zoo, amusement park, baseball game, or ice skating rink. Be sure to choose an activity that you both enjoy so that you don’t waste time trying something that neither of you likes doing.
You want to go somewhere that has plenty of people around so that you’re not stuck having a boring conversation in a dark corner at a restaurant. If possible, invite your friends and make it less of an official date. If it’s too formal then it can feel more like an interview rather than an enjoyable date.
Topics to discuss
The best first dates are the ones where the two people get along like old friends, and although there are plenty of variables that affect this quality of communication, some are more important than others. There are a couple of ways to ensure that your first date is a successful one, but the key lies in mastering the art of conversation with someone new. Overthinking what you say or do can be frustrating and make you feel like a phony—but if you can relax and be yourself, you’ll have no trouble making a great connection.
On an early date, there isn’t much pressure yet to delve into topics that reveal your personal feelings or beliefs—those aspects of conversation will come later on if the relationship develops into something more serious. On a date with someone you’re just getting to know, there’s no need to force yourself into a role of being entertaining at all times. Instead, it’s okay just to talk about whatever comes naturally, no matter how silly the conversation may be.
If you find yourself running out of topics to discuss, here are a few of our suggestions.
Offer to take care of the bill
If your date insists on paying for your meal, let them. Most of the time, they mean well. They’re just trying to be nice and take some of the pressure off you by paying for your share of the meal. If they’re not insistent about paying for your meal, it’s a nice gesture to offer to pay for your own meal—you don’t have to go so far as picking up the tab yourself, but offering to split the bill in half makes a strong statement that you’re a strong, independent person.
Send a short thank you text
When the date’s over, go home and send a short text to let them know it was great meeting them and thank them for taking you out. If you want to keep the communication going, send another one or two texts over the next couple of days. Then leave it be.
If they want to keep talking with you, they will initiate contact. If they don’t, you’ll never hear from them again.
In the case that you don’t want to continue talking to them, there’s no need to ghost them—just be honest about it. Let things fade into a casual friendship if possible, but let them know as soon as possible so both of your feelings aren’t hurt by thinking there’s something more to it than there really is.
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