Love At First Sight? 8 Creative First Date Ideas That Will Win You A Second Date!
To help you find a love that lasts, we’ve come up with 8 of the most creative date ideas to help get you a second date:
1. A Farm To Table Meal
They say certain foods are an aphrodisiac and, besides our need for sexual intimacy, food is a close second to our human needs. There’s a certain kind of gastronomic pleasure that you can take from the food you eat, very similar to the kind of physical pleasure and intimate desire partners feel when spending time together. If done right, cooking can be a perfect parallel (and perhaps even the perfect segue) to a romantic evening for two. There is the same heightening of and exploration through the the senses.
Sure, you could take a cooking class but that’s pretty been-there-done-that. This creative date idea will require you to find & head to a farm for the freshest produce and craft a meal together out of nature’s bounty. Picking produce at a farm is a lot of fun and prepping a fresh meal for two can be equally as engaging — with a delicious result. If there are no farms where you are, don’t fret - simply order a bag from your local CSA!
2. Target Practice
Your target is your partner’s heart — so why not sharpen your aim? Head to a local shooting range for some fun archery practice. You can even choose to go to a battle axe grounds, which is becoming increasingly popular for social gatherings. It’s a surprisingly relaxed environment, there’s the chance to get close without getting uncomfortable and you can be just a tad competitive without getting intense and heavy-handed. If it’s an outdoor range, make sure to check the weather beforehand and go somewhere you can rent bows and arrows rather than having to buy your own.
3. Pack Your Bags!
This is an incredibly fun and spontaneous way to take advantage of some frequent flyer miles you may have been storing up and makes for a completely memorable date. You don’t have to go too far and you choose whether to stay overnight or head back on the same day. It will feel like you’ve left for an adventure without actually taking a full-blown vacation!
If there’s a nearby town or city with an airport you’ve been dying to check out, book your date for the whole day and let them know if they have to bring a few overnight supplies. They’ll be intrigued for sure. Once they arrive, you can surprise them with tickets or you can even book a car rental and throw in a little road trip along with the novelty of actually exploring another city together! If you’re booking a flight, look for last minute deals on hotels that may accompany the price, included as a package.
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4. A Themed Dinner & A Movie
We thought another “drive-in movie” was not exactly the most creative of date ideas ever, nor were we particularly impressed with the standard “dinner and a movie”. So what about a themed dinner and a movie? This is a wonderful opportunity to spend time together in really fun and relaxing way. Not only do both of you get to know each other’s favourite parts of pop culture, you can cook a relaxing meal together and enjoy a movie. Plan to get in to some pretty heated debate about storylines and characters.
So if you love 3:10 to Yuma, how about some Tex-Mex cuisine? If 47 Ronin is more your style, have fun making sticky rice an creating your own sushi. Or, if you’re both movie buffs, why not host a mini Oscar party? What could be better?
5. 36 Questions
For many, contemplating the first date can send you into a mixture of nervous excitement, anxiety and a little bit of awkwardness, especially if you’re meeting for the first time in person, perhaps after having connected online. This creative date idea comes from a study performed by psychologist Arthur Aron and his team, who explore if intimacy can be accelerated with a series of increasingly personal questions. The idea behind these “36 Questions” is that, through the process of asking and answering, the relationship that might just be blossoming suddenly becomes intensified and is the perfect pre-cursor to actually building feelings of love.
This is definitely not for the faint of heart, but couples who love a challenge or first date partners that want to add a little zing to their time together can certainly choose to embark on this journey together. It’s outta the box — and we love it! A good tip to facilitating this conversation and making sure both of you are enjoying, however, is perhaps to preface the 36 questions with a brief conversation about boundaries. You can make your date feel more comfortable by letting them know that they don’t need to divulge anything they don’t feel absolutely ready for.