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Top 3 Tips for a Successful First Date

When it comes to a successful first date, it’s all about keeping things laid back. There are enough nerves happening already so look for activities and locations that will give you plenty of casual, fun opportunities to get to know each other. Here are my top 3 ideas for a successful first date… and a guaranteed second!

1. Enjoy the great outdoors.

Who says every date has to start at night? Get together a little bit earlier and do something fun outside. The fresh air and sun on your face is enough to put anyone in a great mood and an outdoor dates provides you with beautiful scenery and ample opportunity to talk and get to know one another. Try a long walk or a bike ride and a picnic. The physical exertion spurs your body to produce the same endorphins that give people the "runner’s high." Even an outdoor event like a Carnival or concert can be romantic and give you plenty of things to do together.

2. Add some friendly competition into the mix.

FRIENDLY is the key word here. Nothing too serious, we don’t want any sore losers or gloating. But an action date, like bowling or mini golf, pool or even darts, takes some of the focus off the two of you and leaves opportunity for flirting and FUN. To up the ante, you could place a small wager on your game - like who buys dinner, or who plans your second date. It’s even better if you aren’t any good at the activity you choose - you can both laugh at how awful you are.

3. Be sure you pick the right place for dining.

For instance, a place like California Pizza Kitchen is an instant win. The atmosphere is upbeat and modern while still being warm and inviting, making it the perfect spot for a fun, comfortable date! And the fact that the food and drink are amazing doesn’t hurt, either!

CPK is known for its creative menu items inspired by California’s fun, laidback vibe. I LOVE that they use fresh, seasonal ingredients to create innovative and globally-inspired meals. They recently introduced an incredible new menu that features classic CPK favorites and hand-tossed artisan pizzas alongside inventive new dishes like a Fire-Grilled Ribeye and Hearth-Roasted Halibut with seasonal veggies and healthy grains. From innovative salads, pastas and healthy options under 650 calories, to decadent desserts when you want to indulge, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

And what about the cocktails? Well, California Pizza Kitchen’s beverage menu features premium wines, craft beers and unique hand-crafted cocktails, made with fresh fruits, herbs and premium alcohols. I love the California Roots cocktail, made with fresh avocado, vodka and a fennel salt rim, as well as the seasonal Blood Orange Sangria.

With some good fun, great food and a laid back vibe , your date is sure to go off without a hitch!

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