The first date is very important when trying to get to know someone new. Many people think it’s the make or break of a potential relationship. While the first impression of a person is important, keeping a first date light and casual but with potential for romance is the key.
Check Out a Show
A great first date idea is to find something that’s fun and doesn’t require too much initial face time. A concert or theatrical performance are a fun choice for a date with potential since they don’t require too much one-on-one interaction but also a great chance to find out about one another. Instead of surprising your date with a live performance, make sure to find out what they like in advance. Choosing a show without finding out what they like, can easily destroy a potential love connection.
Going to the Movies
A classic, but still works like a charm. The movies are generally less expensive than a show and they have the potential for snuggling up or sharing some intense emotions, depending on the movie genre. Movies are an easy topic to discuss when getting to know someone and they are short enough to leave time for a bite or a drink afterwards.
Visit a Museum
A museum or art gallery are another great choice for a casual date where you can learn a lot about one another. While walking around and admiring the different collections, it provides many opportunities to talk about yourself and find out about your date as well. You feel less on the spot to entertain your date but you get a good chance to spend time together and see what they’re like.
Picnics in the Park
A picnic in the park is a romantic way to spend time together. It’s not as formal as a restaurant and you get some good alone time without feeling the pressures of having them alone at your place. This is a quick and simple approach that’s easy on emotions and also your wallet. Anytime there’s good weather, grab a blanket, buy some snacks and head out to enjoy the scenery while learning more about your date.
Dinner at Home
Making the first date fun and playful is the best way to casually find out if there’s some chemistry between the two of you. A first date has endless possibilities, and if you happen to play your cards right, you might even get to know each other even better. Just so you don’t blow it on the first try, make sure you’re prepared for anything.
Dating these days can really get expensive, especially if you’re the type to go all out for a little fun. If you’re trying to impress someone on a first date or taking that special someone out on a milestone date, you don’t have to spend a giant wad just to have a good time.
Learn the secrets of going out on the cheap, but without looking like you’re strapped for cash.
Put in Some Time to Save Money
If you really want to impress, but just don’t have the funds for a big date, take some time to scour the net for special deals in your city. Sites like Groupon and Living Social can provide you with lots of different date options and usually at 50% to 80% off the regular price.
Check out Your Own City
Play the tourist in your own city and enjoy some of the best the city has to offer but without spending a lot of money. Admire the architecture, spend time in beautiful parks, walk along the pier or find scenic spots where you can take in the beauty of your surroundings. To save some cash on food and drinks, hit a grocery store, grabs some picnic staples and eat under the stars while enjoying some good conversation.
Before you get together with your date, do a quick search of free events that might be happening in town. You never know what fun things might be happening right at your doorsteps until you check.
Quiet Night at Home
Sometimes “going out” doesn’t have to be far from home. Plan a quiet romantic night right in the comfort of your own home. Clean up, light some candles and enjoy a night in with some home cooked dinner. Alternatively, if your cooking isn’t something that will impress, take out is just as fun.
When planning a date for someone special in your life, the most important things are the company and atmosphere. You don’t have to spend much money to have a good time, just the imagination for a fun time.
The thrill of the game when shared with friends and family is the main reason why so many people love to host big sport-themed parties at home. Entertaining a crowd of friends for huge events like the Super Bowl or the World Cup can seem like a daunting task, but with a little preparation and bit of imagination, you can easily be the fan favorite for every big sport event.
Making sure a party goes off without a hitch, especially when it’s for a big group of guests, requires a fair amount of planning. From the guest list right down to themed decorations, it’s easy to execute a successful party if you have a clear picture of what you want and how to get it. Create a list of things that you would like to do for the party and the budget you’ve set aside for the event. Create a separate list for groceries and decorations, making sure to stay within budget. Look over the list of to-do’s and see what can be done well ahead of time, even a couple of days in advance.
It’s All in the Details
Themed snacks and decorations are great for any party. With sports, you don’t have to go all out but some details can really bring a party together and get the guests pumped for the game.
Some easy decorations are drink cozies and colourful bunting. You can buy a few sports-themed cozies with different team logos on them or you can make a few drink labels yourself. Measure the width and circumference of the drink bottles and cans, find some team logos online and print out your labels. Cut them out according to your measurements and just tape them around a few of the drinks. The same idea goes for the bunting. Print out some images or logos related to the sport, cut them out as triangles, circles or rectangles, and string them up. Hang them on the walls, the doorway or drape them around the food and drinks.
Make it Fun!
Make the party more than just a gathering, make it an interactive event. Create some short group games, have some little prizes ready for football/soccer trivia or bring out some half-time entertainment like a foosball table or air hockey table. These simple gestures make the whole event fun and totally memorable, so in the end, even if the home team doesn’t win, people can leave with a smile on their faces.
Watching a game with friends and family isn’t a formal event, so if something doesn’t go according to plan, just let it go. As long as you have fun and everyone else is enjoying themselves, that’s all that matters in the end.
When hosting a party at home, especially when it’s a special occasion, it’s important to be a great host in order for everyone to have a good time. More than just cleaning up the place and preparing some food, there are other things to remember for your party to be a memorable one (in a good way).
Greet and Chat with Everyone
Guests to a get together always want to feel welcome, so as an attentive host, you have to make sure to greet everyone as they arrive and make time to catch up with everyone. The main reason people will go to your party is to see you, so feeling ignored or not even getting a chance to talk with you will make them wonder why they bothered to go in the first place.
Have Something for Everyone
A very good host will always have food and drinks for everyone invited. If you know there are some guests that have special food requirements, make sure to have something on hand for them. If you would like to find out if anyone requires special menu options, simply include a note with the invitation. Nothing makes a guest feel more special than having food specifically prepared for them. It may require a little more effort on your part, but the gesture is more often than not appreciated and remembered.
Another note when it comes to food and drinks… make sure to have enough of both for everyone throughout the party! Nothing ruins an event, or embarrasses a host more than running out of food and refreshments!
Preparing an executing a good party that everyone can enjoy also involves you having fun. If guests see you running around preparing, cleaning and checking on things, it creates a bit of tension in the air. The guests will sense your urgency and may even feel bad for not helping out too. Sit back and relax with everyone else, but take a quick moment every now and then to subtly check on things.
Throwing a great party takes preparation and a will to have fun, even though you are the host. Try to do as much ahead of time as possible, so when guests arrive, you can focus more on catching up with them, rather than worry about finishing something that should have been done earlier.
The whole movie-going experience is something that many people hold close to their hearts. The dim lights showing the way to your seat, listening to that surround sound during previews and buttery popcorn in hand, watching a movie on the big screen just can’t be beat. Well, maybe if you could get rid of noisy movie-goers, the high ticket prices and the infamous theatre floor that will forever be sticky.
If you want to bring the beauty a movie theatre without those extra annoyances, think about outfitting your home instead. Because really, what could be more awesome than having your own home theatre?
Small Changes for a Big Impact
No matter what kind of space or budget you may have for your home, there is always something that can be done to create a cozy home theatre feel. First of all, you need to allocate a specific space just for movie viewing. It doesn’t have to take up much space and doesn’t even have to be prominent in the home, but having a space where the television or screen can be the main focus for movies is essential.
Place the TV or screen at a good eye-level, so that everyone has a good view of the movie. Also, make sure there is enough space for everyone’s food and drinks (this will also help avoid annoying spills).
Add Some Extra Touches
Have some comfortable seating, whether that’s a couch, cozy chairs or cushions on the floor. Anything that will provide comfort for movie viewers will instantly make the whole experience a great one.
Another simple detail that many people forget to include in their home theatre is curtains. They are inexpensive and don’t have to stay up all the time. Just having a pair of curtains around to block light, frame the TV/screen or to block other distractions around the room, instantly adds a theatre feel to a space.
Go All Out
If you really want to create a complete movie-going experience at home, why not overhaul a space and create one with all of the bells and whistles. The key points to remember is that a movie theatre at home should have comfort, theatre-style lighting, a sense of privacy, a clear image and great sound.
Some home theatres will have comfortable couches or cushioned seating in a row, or two rows of different heights. Keep the décor in the theatre room dark-toned, or at least have curtains to cover up doors and walls for a truly authentic movie experience. A great sound system and pot lights will set the mood and in the end, all that’s needed is friends and family to attend the big show.
Enjoying a cozy night in, while watching your favorite actors on the silver screen is something that anyone can do. From small apartments to large rooms dedicated to a movie theatre, everyone can create the space and atmosphere perfect for the occasion.