The first date is potentially the most important part of the entire dating process. If you screw this one up, you might as well kiss your chances of anything else coming your way from this girl goodbye, because it is the only action you can count on in a botched situation. To avoid this dilemma, take a moment to look over a few key ingredients in a top of the line first date recipe.
Pick the Right Place
Where you take a girl on the first date says a lot about who you are. Fast food is a big negative as is an over the top ultra fancy restaurant. Try to find a place in between that is comfortable and matches up with what you know about the girl. If you says she likes to unwind and have a drink with dinner, find a cool spot, like a local brewery, that gives you a wind range of options in the alcohol department. Does she seem a little more conservative? Pick a unique spot that can help with talking points, like a Thai restaurant, to keep the conversation rolling on something new and exciting.
Keep It Casual
The most important thing about the date is to keep things casual. If you force the conversation into an area that visibly makes the girl uncomfortable, chances are you are burning any future lines of communications. Stay strong and lead the conversation, but pay attention to what makes her face light up and what causes the little signs of distress. Anything that is light and chatty is usually safe and therefore a great way to fill gaps without forcing her into an awkward question and answer session.
The biggest mistake you can make is to not have a game plan. Does this mean you need to print out an itinerary and stick to the schedule down to the second? No. Just have some options in front of you to make sure that you can match up the right choice to the vibes you get from the girl. Does she seem like she wants to do something fun after dinner? Keep the night rolling with some late night activities. If she seems to be winding down, make sure you have wine and a movie ready to go at your place if she wants to take things a little slower and relax for the evening.