Lunch Date Advice

Lunch Date Advice

by Erin Schreiner

About Erin Schreiner

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Erin Schreiner is a freelance writer and teacher who holds a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University. She has been actively freelancing since 2008. Schreiner previously worked for a London-based freelance firm. Her work appears on eHow, Trails.com and RedEnvelope. She currently teaches writing to middle school students in Ohio and works on her writing craft regularly.

For many seeking the opportunity to get to know a new potential partner in a casual setting, the lunch date is a perfect choice. Though it lacks the formality of a dinner date – something many daters appreciate – this type of date still affords the opportunity to sit and chat with a potential partner. To make your lunch date an appetizing success, keep some basic principles in mind.

Select an Open Day

For many, eating lunch means quickly downing some food and getting back to the duties of the day. On a lunch date, however, you likely don’t want to have to rush. Plan your date for a weekend day, or another time in which the person with whom you will be dining will have ample time to stick around and chat instead of having to make your lunch date a hasty one.

Determine Your Date's Likes

While you may have your own favorite lunch hotspot, letting your date's food preferences determine your restaurant of choice is highly appropriate. By hitting her favorite spot, instead of insisting on satisfying your own restaurant preferences you show her how thoughtful you can be.

Keep it Casual

One of the main benefits of a lunch date is the informality of the affair. Don’t try to turn your lunch date into something that it isn’t; but instead, allow it to be a casual meal between two potentially romantic partners. Your date certainly won’t expect this to be a fancy occasion, so he won’t be disappointed when he arrives at a casual affair.

Choose a Quiet Place

Make sure that your lunch date provides the opportunity to get to know your new partner by selecting a quiet location. Though you can get a good meal at a number of different establishments, picking one that is overly crowded or filled with noisy diners and crying babies will likely hinder your ability to get to know each other.

Plan a Post Meal Activity

If your lunch date goes well, you may not be ready to part. Before your date, think about some things that you could do after you dine, if the mood strikes you. For example, think about an area park at which you could enjoy a walk together, if your conversation goes swimmingly. Don’t mention this potential after-date activity to your date; so if the date doesn’t go so well, you can forgo it.

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