Dinner Date Etiquette
Many singles find dating to be a challenge, especially when sitting directly opposite each other on a dinner date where the focus is squarely on you. The key is to relax and see it as a fun evening out with your date to find out whether he or she shares your interests and values.
Dinner Date Do’s
- Dress to impress! It will not only boost your confidence but make you stand out from the crowd!
- When you arrive at the restaurant, allow for some time to have a drink with your date at the bar before you are seated at your table. This is a great way to break the ice, and learn the basics about your date. This ensures that by the time you are ready to sit down for dinner you have already gotten to know the person a little bit, which will make the dinner conversation easier all round.
- Always complement your date on how they look and refer to something specific like jewellery or shoes to compliment to show that you are genuinely interested.
- Remember your dinner etiquette! Never forget to say please and thank you. Be polite to the staff as your dates will undoubtedly be watching how you address other people too. And stating the obvious, do not delight showing your appreciation for good food with burps!
- Think about what you want to say, there is a lot of time between eating and being served to talk. Make it interesting and engaging. Do not discuss your latest grievances at work, the recession, religious politics or anything that’s likely to create a difficult atmosphere.
Dinner Date Don’ts
- Drink copious amounts of alcohol even if it is being provided on tap, you are feeling nervous or think you can handle it. The end result is more likely to be a hangover than a date.
- Don’t eat the other persons left overs. Someone reaching over to eat your left overs is the lowest of the low in restaurant etiquette. And just makes you look greedy.
- Do not talk with your mouth full. Enough said!
The most important thing to remember when you are attending a dating event is to have fun and enjoy yourself. Challenging as it may be when you are shy or tired after a hard day at the office, try and keep a smile on your face and don’t miss out on the chance to interact with your date!