dating, oh dating.

Dating can be incredible, yet it can be quite dreadful as well. Who knows where the night will begin or where it will end. But I'll let you in on a little secret - dinner and a movie is completely over-rated, and quite a lazy choice for a date if you ask me. There's a reason you're going on this date. You're interesting, he's interesting...surely that's not the best you can come up with! So here, for your romantic pleasure, are a list of 5 alternative date ideas to try. Some are for first time daters, and some are for couples who need to spice-up their dating lives:

{day at the museum}
Weather you're 18 or 88, it seems as though museums never get old and there's always something new and interesting to learn and see. And of course, there's always something new and interesting to learn about the one your with.

{date to a different beat}
Grab a copy of the Dallas Observer and choose a band neither of you have ever heard of to go and see. It could be amazing or it could be completely hellish...but you won't know until you go! Even if it is extremely appalling, it's definitely worth the bonding experience.

{tourists for the day}
Go and do the stuff you've never done because, well, you've always lived here. So, grab a map (so you look the part), hop on the Dart Rail, and ask "locals" for suggestions on fun things to do in the area. It'll be interesting to hear their answers and even more entertaining to try new things in a city you thought you were so familiar with.

{"first date" night}
This one works best if it's not your actual first date. For example, you've been together for 3 years and live together. Here's what you do: get dressed separately (as in, him at home and you at a friend's house or vice versa...not in separate bathrooms at your place), meet somewhere unfamiliar and a little bit awkward, and pretend you do not know each other. Start from scratch. Ask all of those ordinary questions you're supposed to ask on a first date. Like, "So, what do you do?" or "Where did you go to college?" Then, at the end of the night, you can celebrate your relationship and that you do not have to sit through anymore of those dreadful dates!

{have a five-course dinner...at different places}
Have an appetizer at one place, a salad at another, the main course here, a dessert there, and one last cocktail at your favorite bar in town. I guess technically this is a four-course dinner + a cocktail (or 2 or 3), but a five-course dinner sounds so much for elegant, so we'll stick with that. You can also keep this cheap by splitting everything...except for the cocktail, of course!

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