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Lunch dates like hiking, carpet picnics, and beach outings allow you and your date to mix light-hearted fun with a little romance.
Meeting a date for lunch can be a fun and relaxing way to get to know each other. After all, when you meet during the day the mood becomes automatically light and less serious. Whether the two of you are being set up through a lunch dating service or making a date on your own, here are a few ideas to help make your time unique.
Who says you need to eat a big meal during a lunch date? If the two of you love nature, why not take a gentle hike through the woods? Bring a bag lunch with healthy snacks such as granola bars, juice, and trail mix.
When the weather is nice, pack a picnic lunch and head to the park. Better yet, stop off at a local deli so you can each choose the sandwich and soda of your choice. Don’t forget a sampling of dessert to complete the meal.
If you’re lucky enough to live near a beach, use it to your advantage. Pack a blanket, some sunscreen, and a big umbrella. Then stake your spot in the sand. The nearby waves will provide the perfect backdrop to a romantic afternoon.
If you and your date both have a favorite TV show, grab a DVD and play it during lunch. You might only get through an episode or two, but a comedy will help ease any first date nerves and also give you something to talk about. Add some “movie foods” like popcorn, large sized candy bars, and nachos.
If you and your partner are great cooks, why not show off those culinary skills with a potluck lunch? Choose a theme to follow or create your own recipes. Use the choices you made in creating lunch as a catalyst for engaging conversation.
A short afternoon at the zoo allows you to take a stroll, view interesting animals, and have a variety of foods available from the vendors around the park. Many zoos have luncheon areas primed with the most beautiful scenery on the premises. Take advantages of this relaxed atmosphere to get to know your date.
Use this plan as your backup if the weather turns sour. Take all the elements you’d normally have with an outside lunch and bring it indoors. Grab a blanket, basket, and plenty of great picnic foods like fried chicken, sandwiches, or fruit. Who says you need to eat a picnic lunch outside?
Q&A Lunch Date
Have your partner write down a list of questions and you do the same. Then, as the meal progresses, pull out a slip of paper and answer the questions between bites. It’s a fun way of getting to know your date without feeling like you are interrogating them with constant questions.
Keep things very light with a date at a local playground. Bring some hotdogs and eat at a picnic table while you reminisce about your childhoods. Take turns on the swings while you discuss favorite books, movies, and memories.
Lunch doesn’t have to be right at noon. A weekend brunch date can search as the perfect starter date. The atmosphere can be more formal than a regular lunch, so you can both dress up and look your very best. Top off your date with a glass of champagne and an indulgent dessert.
The key to any successful date is planning. So don’t just “wing it.” Think ahead so you can your date can just relax and enjoy each other’s company and remember to engage in good lunch dating behavior. Lunch dating is one of the best ways to get to know someone new. It promotes a laid back hour or two of conversation and flirting. Enjoy it!