10 Date Ideas Better Than Dinner and a Movie

Posted on October 1, 2012


‘Dinner and a Movie’ has become the standard go-to date in America. I’m surprised by its popularity, especially as a first date since a movie provides you very little opportunity to talk and get to know each other, and dinner will only start off on an embarrassing note when you can’t pronounce hors d’oeuvres.

It’s your first chance to make an impression, show some personality and creativity, and you lazily end up choosing the exact same activities as everyone else. ‘Dinner and a Movie’ has a certain ring to it, and I’m convinced other dates could become just as popular if they had a similar cadence and were even more fun to say. Give some of these dates a try:

Soufflé and a Spelling Bee:

“S-o-o-f…um is it two fs? I should know this.”

Steak and a Stakeout:

“Whose house are we watching?”
“My ex-girlfriend’s. When she comes out the front door we’ll get out of the car, walk past her and pretend to be having a good time.”

Peach Cobbler and a Police Auction:

“I bet plenty of guys have given you flowers, but how many have given you a slightly damaged CB radio?”

Lemonade and a Lemonade Stand:

“You can have anything on the menu as long as it’s lemonade.”

Banana Bread and Breakdancing:

“Unfortunately the recipe says these bananas need to ripen for another week so we’re going to be popping and locking for a long time. We’ve got to stay hydrated. You should have drunk more at the lemonade stand.”

Tacos and a Tarot Reading:

“And your last Major Arcana is the Justice card. Did you happen to yell at a waiter recently? Are you familiar with Montezuma’s Revenge?”

Pie and a Piano Lesson:

“Why don’t you come over to my house tonight and give me a piano lesson?”
“But I don’t know how to play the piano.”
“Then maybe we could build a piano.”

Baby Corn and a Book-signing:

“To be honest, I don’t have a book coming out, but I do have a copy of Slaughterhouse 5, and nobody knows what Ernest Hemingway looks like anyway.”

Toffee Apples and a Topless Bar:

“You’re going to regret slapping me once you realize it’s actually a hangout for people born without torsos.”

Pasta Prima Vera and a Plastic Surgery Consultation:

“I’m absolutely not implying you need any work done. I’m just saying I have a coupon that expires tomorrow.”

Posted in: Columns