These creative ideas will make your date feel special—and make it clear that you’re a super catch!
You’re smitten—now how do you show it without being over the top? There is always the “chocolates and a cute card” route, but the more original you are with your amorous expressions, the longer that smile will stay on your honey’s face. “Thoughtfulness goes a long way during that magical courtship time,” says Sara Quessenberry, editor for Real Simple magazine and frequent guest on its PBS show.
“Make the extra effort—it's what memories are all about.” Quessenberry suggests thoughtful gestures like having your date’s favourite CD playing in the car or scoping out the best bench in the park and surprising your date there with a picnic. Read on for four more “just because” surprises that will make you stand out from the dating crowd.
Arrive in style
Try upgrading your usual mode of transportation for an evening. One night after work, my girlfriend picked me up in a limo for absolutely no reason except to take me to get an ice cream,” says Michelle Blakely. “It was so romantic and such a surprise that after the ice cream, I instructed the driver to take us back to my apartment… ‘And not the long way home, James!’” If a limo is out of your budget, show up with a nice hire car, or even something a little different (but romantic!) like a tandem bicycle.
Card your date
Offer your date a personalised memento from wherever you’ve been that evening. “Pick up a business card from the establishment and write ‘Being with you is fun’ on the back when your date isn’t looking. Then give it to him at the end of the night as a way to remember the place,” suggests Adam Tarver. “For some weird reason, people almost always look at the backs of business cards, so he’ll see your message when he flips it over.” You can also slip it into your date’s pocket or bag when he or she’s in the bathroom. When your cutie finds it the next day (or two weeks later), it’ll trigger memories of your fun night together, and the message may just melt a hopeful heart. This works with matchbooks, napkins, coasters... Anything on which you can scrawl a little note.
Turn a coaster or napkin into a clever card
Say it in code
Did you know that flowers have a language of their own? Even simple, inexpensive blooms can say volumes. While it’s easy to figure out that red roses shout “I love you,” you probably weren’t aware that daffodils say, “The sun is always shining when I’m with you,” or that white violets mean “Let’s take a chance.” Search online for “flower meanings” to get a glossary, then create a bouquet for your date that “says” exactly what you’re feeling. Be sure to include the floral translation in the card.
Date and dial
You know that “rule” about waiting a couple of days before calling and asking someone out again? Throwing protocol out the window doesn’t just ease your anxiety—it can be a terrific surprise for your date. “I was once out with this guy who said ‘So, I’ll call you’ as we were parting ways. As I was heading to my car, my phone rang. I heard my date’s car beep as he unlocked it and he said ‘So, is it too soon to call and say I’d like to see you again?’” says Tim Tucker. “It was terrific—no wondering if he was into me. It made my night!”
Story by Kimberly Dawn Neumann on behalf of Match.com.
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