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Top Tips for a Coffee Date

Coffee dates are a standard when it comes to first dates. Many people don’t even consider them ‘real’ dates because they are usually made as a way to get to know someone better before planning anything very special. The coffee date is important though, as it sets the tone for the rest of the relationship. A good coffee date can lead to more dates, while a bad coffee date will just leave you needing to find someone else to date.
Make a Schedule
Try to plan a coffee date for early in the day. This way you can schedule a cut off time. This is important as it keeps the date short enough to not get boring, but allows you enough time to get to know the other person. It’s also much easier to walk away from a date if they think you have an appointment or other engagement to get to. Try to plan for about two hours. So if you meet at 3, say you need to leave by 5 to get somewhere. If it goes well, you can eliminate the schedule idea for the next date.
Keep it Light
The coffee date should be about getting to know the other person and see if there is chemistry and compatibility there. Avoid touchy subjects. You shouldn’t bring up religion unless you met the person through the church or on a religious website. Politics can also get heated very quickly, and can lead to a terrible date experience. Just try to focus on things like hobbies, favorites, and other mild topics. There will be time later to get in to deeper discussions if the chemistry is there.

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Creative Date Ideas

A typical date is great, but every now and then you should try to find a creative date idea to keep the spark going. Dinner and a movie will get boring after a while. To spice things up and keep the spark alive, here are some great ideas to help you break away from the ordinary.
Be a Kid Again
We all like to be able to just play unabashed every now and then. A date that is designed around picnics in a park, a trip to the zoo, or riding Ferris wheels at the county fair will go over big. Grab some cotton candy and don’t forget to try to win some prizes!
Take a Unique Tour
Regardless of where you live you can find bizarre museums or businesses that offer tours. Look for things that are out of the ordinary for the most fun. Tour the haunted places in your area in late fall. Go to an apple festival. Find a museum that only has memorabilia from a specific movie. These are all great ways to enjoy the day together, laugh, and just let loose.
Back to Nature
These ideas may cost a little more money, but it’s worth saving for. Plan some horseback riding lessons, go kayaking, go dogging, or take a mountain bike tour. These are great ways to spend time together, enjoy the outdoors, and learn a new skill. Some of these ideas can be planned as group trips as well to save on the cost. White water rafting will cost less if you have a full group to go.

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How to Ask Someone Out for a Date

Asking someone out for a date can cause anxiety. The fear of rejection is always present, and it can create even more anxiety. If you look fearful or nervous, it may not come across as endearing. Here are a few helpful pointers to consider when you want to ask someone out on a date.
Relax
The first thing you need to do is take some deep breaths and just relax. Everyone has experienced the anxiety related to asking someone out. Don’t over think it, just do it. The worse thing that can happen is you may hear a no. If that happens, you just move on and leave that behind you.
Watch Body Language
Try to strike up a conversation before hand so you can watch body language. You will be able to tell if they are interested before you ask if you do this. If they keep moving their body away from you, or turning around, they will likely say no. Seeing this before you ask will help you eliminate the embarrassment of rejection.
Where to Go
Before you ask someone out you should have an idea of where you want to go. Keep the first date simple. Ask them out to coffee or tea, or to a local bakery where you can enjoy conversation. These are also non intimidating, and will give you an opportunity to get to know each better for future date ideas.

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