Also, there’s the question of what you should do after dinner.
Offer your date a selection of DVDs to sit down and watch, as relaxing on the sofa after a tasty meal can be very romantic.
Something is bound to go wrong, which will stress you out, when in reality you want to be at your most relaxed and happy for your date.
This tip follows on from keep it simple, as you should give yourself plenty of time to prepare your meal, tidy your home and get ready for the evening.
I tried to practice the traditional rules in a relationship once, and the guy broke up with me, claiming "he was doing all the work here." And you know what? There's a difference between establishing boundaries in a relationship (and making a guy earn your affection) and giving all of your power away.
And I realized gender-related dating rules were actually keeping me single.
But when you stick only to these kinds of typical gender roles, men get to feel like men, and women get to feel like women., we also live in the year 2017, and literally, what does any of this mean anyway?
Gender is absolutely fluid, and the idea that I can never call a man or make a spontaneous plan with him seems a bit insane.
It always pays to have a back-up plan, especially when you’re trying to impress someone.
it's a crazy dating book from the '90s that implies the only way to get a man is to play hard to get.
It gives suggestions like women should never call a guy first, women should always hang up the phone before men do, women should never talk on the phone with a guy for more than 10 minutes, and if a guy wants to go out with a woman on a weekend, he has to book that date by Wednesday. If anything, it's good to establish boundaries and make yourself seem like a prize.
But, be prepared for your date to say they don’t want to watch a DVD, in which case you might want to suggest popping down to your local bar or cafe for an after dinner glass of wine or coffee.
Maybe you think you’re ready for the two of you to spend the night together, but that doesn’t mean your date does.