So, you’ve met someone online and you want to ask them out on a date. It can be intimidating to plan a date, but it can also be irritating for the person being asked out if you don’t have anything planned. I suggest having a couple of ideas in mind before asking someone out.

Personally, I find it irritating if someone wants to take me out, but can’t come up with something to do. It is their idea to go out, I shouldn’t have to rack my brain for stuff to do! It isn’t that I mind helping come up with ideas, but it seems lazy if they don’t have at least one suggestion in mind.

If you’re going to ask someone out that you’ve met online and you want them to feel comfortable, asking them to hang out at your place or a movie is a bad idea for a casual date. It’s also a bad idea to ask someone you’re romantically interested in to hang out in a group situation. Dinner, a concert, or even walking around a park are all great starts, but here are some suggestions for awesome and unique first date ideas:

  • Dinner and a park. This is my go to first date plans. Dinner means that we can get to know one another in a casual setting, and going to the park afterwards gives us more time to chat and get to know one another, but it’s public enough where I feel comfortable hanging out.
  • Take a cooking class. Now it doesn’t have to be cooking. You can go take a workshop class for how to build bird houses. Taking a class together is a great way to show off your skills – or in my case, how badly of a cook you are. This is also unique date that is sure to score creativity points.
  • Have a 3-course Dinner… At 3 Different Places. Start with an appetizer at a sports bar (they have the best), go for dinner at a casual restaurant, and finish with ice cream at Baskin Robins. This can be a lot of fun, but takes a little more planning than a normal dinner date. But if you are up for having sex in the coolest town in Australia (Sydney), you need to bring it on.

Whatever you do, be yourself and have fun. A first date is the opportunity to get to know someone. Going to dinner and a movie is overdone and watching a movie together is not a good way to get to know one another. Try one of these suggestions, and I guarantee you and your date will have a blast!