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How To Deal With Date Night ‘Disasters’

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How To Deal With Date Night 'Disasters'

When a date goes well, it can be a truly unforgettable experience. But sometimes, that all important first date can be memorable for all the wrong reasons!

Fear not! We’ve got some top tips on how to keep your cool and handle potential dating disasters.

Tripping over

No matter who’s at fault – your killer heels or the crack in the pavement, tripping, let alone falling over on a date can be utterly humiliating.

It’s best to see the funny side and laugh it off. Make a joke about it afterwards to show you don’t take yourself too seriously, but at the same time, don’t let it dominate the entire date, otherwise you’ll seem a little self obsessed!

Spilling your drink

There’s no use crying over spilt… drinks. It’s so easily done! Whether you throw water over your date when enthusiastically recounting a story or send the wine bottle crashing to the floor as you reach across the table, there are ways and means of recovering from this disaster.

While it might make you a little flustered, simply apologise, laugh about it, mop it up, dry yourself under the hand dryer and move on!

Drinking too much

A few sips of your favourite tipple might seem like a great way to calm your nerves, but drink too much and you’ll be a nervous wreck the next day as you try to remember what you said and did on your date.

If you find you’ve drunk a little too much alcohol, try to compose yourself and leave the date early, before anything regrettable occurs! Make sure you have a reputable taxi firm or good friend saved in your phone to ensure you have a safe journey home.

Order unfamiliar food

It might be tempting to order the fanciest or most exotic sounding dish on the menu to try to impress, but get it wrong and you could be in for a dating disaster!

If the dish you’ve unwittingly picked is too spicy or totally disgusting, admit defeat and offer to “share” your meal. With a bit of luck, your date will offer to share their more appetising meal too!

Wardrobe malfunction

So you’ve laddered your tights? Tucked your dress into your pants? Or spotted a stain on your shirt? Fear not.

While these malfunctions may be mortifying at the time, it’s one sure fire way to ensure your date won’t forget you in a hurry, and can really break the tension on a first date! Laughter is a great bonding tool, and besides, if you can turn the date around it’ll make for a great anecdote in years to come.

Bumping into your ex

Unless things ended on wonderfully amicable terms, it’s more than likely that your ex is the last person you want to see on your date!

But, it’s a small world, and these things do happen. The best thing to do in this scenario is smile, exchange a few polite words, then wish them a lovely evening as you stroll off to enjoy yours.

For more advice head back to our dating section, or read more of our dating blogs!