A first date can be nerve-racking. You are excited and curious at the same time. You have got to look your best and put in so much effort to get dressed. Are you wondering how the date—lunch or dinner—will unfold? Whilst there is no guarantee it will be time well spent, there are a few things you should not do.
Yes! Some of them qualify as crimes and are so wrong on all levels. The dating scene has changed, and so should you. Here is the ultimate guide to eating out on a first date.
Put Your Phone Away
Hardly anyone will give you a second chance to make a first impression. The whole point of this date is to get to know the person. How will that be possible if you are constantly on your phone? The polite thing to do is not to be on your phone when someone is talking to you. It also sends nonverbal cues implying you are not interested in getting to know the person. Please be courteous and put your phone away. Take an extra step and put it on silent.
You Should Pick What You Can Afford
Whether you are eating at a five-star restaurant or somewhere easygoing, pay attention to the price of the meal. Now is not the time to choose the most expensive item on the menu. If you have been asked out, you should be courteous and considerate of the hosts’ budget. Besides, you do not know if they anticipate you to split the bill. And if you are the one paying, you should not flash your cash as a way of trying to impress.
Play It Safe With the Menu Options
We are all for trying something new, but you need to play it safe when choosing what to eat. You do not want to end up eating something that will upset your stomach. Neither do you want to embarrass yourself by using chopsticks when you do not know how to? You do not want to eat something that will get in your teeth or give you funky breath. Pay attention to the list of ingredients on the menu and try and stay with what you know.
Remember Your Manners
Now is not the time to show that you can boss people around. Be polite to the waitstaff, they are just trying to get by. Do not scrape your plate with your cutlery, do not use your fork or spoon as a knife and do not be rude to your date by making silly comments or jokes.
The most important thing is to relax and be yourself. Do not go overboard trying to impress your date and end up looking bad. You want your date to enjoy your company and look forward to seeing you again. Next week we look at what else you need to take note of.