Dating is important not only to know your love interest but also for sharing experiences in a relationship. In the beginning, a good date idea sets the tone for a new relationship as it helps to break the ice.
“Whether it’s the movie you saw, the food you ate, or the place you visited, it’s important to have an enjoyable experience and continue to get to know each other,” says Dr. Jane Greer, New York-based marriage and family therapist.
“Dating can be extremely beneficial toward keeping romance alive, and making a practice of going on regular dates can be a great way to jump-start that habit,” says Denise Limongello, a licensed psychotherapist based in Manhattan, who also points out that lack of romance is a common reason for breakups or divorce nowadays.
First Date Ideas
The first date is always special so think hard about the venue where you want to go. So better choose your favourite or known place instead a new one. You can meet at a coffee shop.
“Most coffee shops are set up to facilitate intimate conversation, which is just what you want on a date,” says Esther Boykin, licensed marriage and family therapist and author of The Date Deck. “And most importantly you can stay for 30 minutes or 3 hours and exiting the date at either point doesn’t seem awkward or forced.”
You can have dinner also. “Going out for a nice dinner [gives you the] opportunity to share the dining experience while getting to know each other,” Greer says.
Probably you can taste wine at a vineyard or winery as well. “If you’re often nervous making small talk, an activity gives you built-in conversation topics,” Boykin says. “Just be sure to choose something that doesn’t involve lengthy instructions from a teacher or ongoing group discussion, which will hinder your ability to get to know your date one-on-one.”
Fun Date Ideas
Sometimes you should plan for a fun date to add joy to any relationship. “You need to set aside time to be together and enjoy your shared activities and hobbies,” Greer says. “You’re prioritizing your time with your partner so that you can create more intimacy between the two of you. With everything going on in people’s lives, you can wind up flipping into creature comfort and not wanting to bother going out or doing anything.”
“Plan a picnic with your partner—this can be very different, old-fashioned and romantic,” Greer says. “Try biking or hiking a trail; enjoy an afternoon in nature.”
Romantic Date Ideas
If you’re in a serious relationship, this is a must. “Romance is created through affection between the two of you, like compliments, light touching or remembering what your partner likes—like their favorite ice cream or a single stem of their favorite flower,” Greer says. “Romance can be found when you pay attention to your partner, remember what they like and show them they matter to you.”
“Flowers and candlelight can be romantic, but so can hot dogs and a baseball game,” Boykin shares. “It is a balance between doing what you know your partner loves and taking a little risk to try something you think they may like. The idea that there’s still more to learn and be surprised by in your relationship is what fuels the sense of romance.”