In an age of keeping up with our social circle through screens and completing work outside of the office, it’s no surprise that people have switched to dating virtually before taking the next steps to meet in-person. But how do you achieve those first date sparks when you’re in a completely different location from each other? You could simply have a video call chat but let’s face it – video calls can be strange and uncomfortable with the people you’re close with, let alone someone you haven’t met yet. Times are changing and it’s about time first dates get an upgrade too!
We’re diving into first date ideas that’ll elevate the ol’ video call chat featuring some amazing local businesses. If you’re looking to take that witty banter over text to first date level, here are our top date ideas to create an exciting and memorable virtual first date.
The Zoom Date
Fan-favourite desserterie & bar, The Middle Spoon, is offering a special package that’s pretty much perfect for virtual dates! Their Zoom Date Deal consists of a party pack delivered to two separate addresses across the HRM. You and your date can enjoy specially-crafted bottled cocktails and charcuterie delivered right to your door. Have this be the initial topic of conversation during your date – for example, what cocktail did you choose and why? If the date isn’t going as planned, at least you’ll have some yummy snacks and drinks at the ready!
The Hosted Event Date
There are tons of fun and unique virtual events being hosted around the city these days, even events geared towards finding your match! Local matchmaker, Jean-eva Dickie, hosts single matchmaking events through her company, J-E Matchmaking. Her Singles-Only: Dinner for 6 is a virtual event where you can meet and mingle with other locals looking for love. If you’re looking for something more interactive, tickets are on sale now for her Board Game Night and Brewery Crawl events as well!
The Picnic Date
If you’re lucky enough to live in a place with an outdoor space such as a balcony, patio or backyard – a picnic date is a fun way to get to know your date! Dear Friend is offering Picnic To-Go Kits full of deliciously-curated food along with beers, wines and ciders. Have your date pick up a picnic kit as well and enjoy your feast while you chat about how delicious everything is.
The Fiesta Date
Antojos Tacos + Tequila, located in downtown Halifax, is now offering signature cocktails to-go along with Build Your Own Taco Kits! Make a delicious spread of food and drinks virtually with your date for both of you to enjoy. This unique spin on the traditional dinner date is so much fun and will bring out each of your fun personalities. Have a friendly competition to see who can make the best tacos and margaritas!
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