So, you made it through your first two awkward dates, and now you are about to go on a third date, right? Of course, you can go on a traditional dinner date, but how about taking things up a notch and trying something creative this time?
You may get a number of tips from your friends when you are going on your first date, but you really don’t get any when you are going on your third date.
Did you know that your third date is more crucial than your first date?
Yes, you heard that right! This is the date that actually determines the future of your relationship with this person. If you play your cards right, this date will take your relationship to the next level. And that is the reason why you need to plan this date in such a way that it becomes memorable.
Are you falling short on your third date ideas?
I have got your back.
I have come up with a list of some amazing ideas for the third date that can make you stand out from the crowd and win your partner’s affection!
Creative Third Date Ideas
Check out these ideas for your third date to make your date exciting and fun!
- U-Paint Pottery Class
As I have already said, your third date is very important. It can actually make or break your relationship. So, what is the best thing that you can do? Well, you need to create a connection. And being creative fits just in!
Did you know that according to studies, if you do something creative with your partner, it can help in boosting your feeling good in a relationship?
So take on a class on pottery painting. This will help you create a natural rapport with your love interest.
Not good at art and craft?
Don’t worry! You don’t have to be a pro painter. Just pick up the painting brush and go for it. And who knows, you might discover your hidden talent!
And if you draw something bad, it will give you two a good laughing session. So, both ways, it is a win-win situation for you!
- Flip a Penny
Have you run out of ideas for your third date? Are you not able to decide where to go or what to do?
Try flipping a penny!
And did I tell you that this can make your partner go crazy for you?
Before you begin, let me tell you about the simple rules of this date. Once you two meet, let your partner select a number between ten and twenty. This is the number of times that you need to flip your penny in total.
In order to start, you need to choose a direction such as right, left, backward, or forward. Remember, whenever you choose, you need to make two choices. This is because the penny has only two sides. So, what are you waiting for? Take the penny and flip it!
From this time onwards, your penny is your decision-maker! Every time you come to a place where there is more than one direction to go, you need to flip the penny, and it will tell you which way to go. This way, you need to continue flipping the penny till you reach the number of times your partner has selected in the beginning. And when you reach that number, stop and make a date there.
For example, if you are in front of a restaurant, you need to have lunch or dinner there. If you are in front of a park, take a romantic walk and enjoy the view. Your partner will love it!
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- The Questions Game
Do you want to know more about each other on your third date?
Then the best way to do that is to play the questions game! It is fun and exciting, and you get to know a lot about the person you are dating. So what more do you want?
To start this game, the first thing you need is to find a place where there is little to no crowd. After all, you don’t want people to listen to your conversation, right?
Then you can start asking questions to each other. The questions can be about anything. It can be about their dreams, aspirations, expectations from a romantic relationship, the kind of partner they want, and much more. And if your partner is comfortable enough, you can ask intimate questions as well.
Remember, be honest. After all, you don’t want to start your romantic relationship with lies, right?
- A Massage
Do you like this person a lot? Do you want this date to upgrade to a serious relationship?
Then you can book a couple’s massage on your third date. This will let the two of you get relaxed and enjoy the time. Also, this will build a deep connection between the two of you.
You can spend the entire day with your partner and go to the sauna or spa in the evening.
But, no pressure! If you think that this will be heavy on your pocket, you can create the same environment at home. Use your creativity and recreate a spa in your home. And, no doubt, this will take the intimacy to a whole new level!
Just remember to make the arrangements in a proper way. Give them a bathrobe the moment they enter your home. Keep a warm bath with aroma salts ready for them. To make the entire setup more enjoyable, keep some fresh fruits and a bottle of wine around.
You can give each other a relaxing massage after the bath. And this is one of the most intimate things you can do with your partner!
- Karaoke Bar
Do you or your partner love singing?
Then going to a karaoke bar on your third date would be the best thing to do!
The energy in a karaoke bar is always high. So, I can assure you that you will have a lot of fun. It is your third date, but still, if you are not that comfortable with each other, a karaoke night is something that you really need. It can be your real icebreaker!
Also, this can be an affordable option if you are tight on your budget.
However, if your partner is not comfortable singing around strangers, you can create a karaoke night in the privacy of your home too!
Did I tell you that there are tons of karaoke apps available for free download?
So, now you and your partner can sing to your heart’s content, and there will be nobody to judge even if you are just a bathroom singer!
This will help you bond well with each other. And feel free to fool around. Your partner will love your funny side!
If you watch old movies, you will see that almost all couples have gone on at least one dance date. But, sadly, these days, people seem to have forgotten this romantic art.
Do you want to surprise your partner in an old-school way?
How about taking them on a dancing date?
Before you start making your plan, let me tell you, I am not asking you to take your partner to a crowded club.
You can take them to an Instagram-worthy restaurant that has a dance floor. You can even go to a date night that is especially for couples. This will let your partner know how hopeless romantic you are, who doesn’t follow the modern dating rules and go by their own way.
Now, don’t get intimidated if you are not a good dancer. Remember, your partner is not there to judge your dancing skills. They are there to have a good time with you. Just be yourself and let the rhythm guide you!
And when you dance, you actually hold your partner’s hands, or there is at least some kind of physical contact, isn’t it?
This will help you bond better!
- Photo Booth
I LOVE this third-date idea, I must say! I have seen it in so many movies and series that I really want to have one if I ever get the chance, and of course, the right person!
So, when you want to have a long-lasting relationship with someone, you remain eager to start creating memories right from the beginning, isn’t it?
And one such way to do that is by taking your date to a photo booth.
Want to make this date memorable and even more exciting?
Then take a bag and pack some creative yet funny props to make your pictures goofy. Of course, you can get them around the photo booth area as well. But if you want to show your partner your creative side and the effort that you have put into planning your third date, you can make the props at home.
Mustaches, hats, and paper glasses will do. Also, you can buy or make props that match you and your partner. This will already give you a couple-vibe!
Now get inside the photo booth and make some amazing memories. You can get those photos printed and give a copy to your partner. This way, even if you part ways after this date, you will have something about each other to cherish forever.
- Short Road Trip
Do you or your partner like traveling? Do you want to spend your entire day with your date?
How about a mini road trip?
I am sure; your partner will love it. After all, who doesn’t love to have a day off from their busy schedule to unwind and visit some off-beat places where there is no crowd like the city!
For this day tour, you need to decide your final destination. Of course, if you want to go with the flow, just get in the car with your partner and start driving. And if you get tired of driving, you can take a halt somewhere along the way. There are always some beautiful sites on your way. If you don’t want to be adventurous, you can plan according to the destination you want to reach.
You can even ask your partner if there is any nearby place they want to visit and plan according to that. But don’t tell them what you are planning or why you are asking them this question. Instead, surprise them by taking them there. Trust me. They will have the best date of their life! Also, you will be able to make a good impression, as your partner will know that you have remembered and taken care of their likes.
As this is just your third date, it can be awkward to spend so much time in the car with each other. To take care of this situation, don’t forget to play some good music. Also, you can create a playlist according to your partner’s choice of songs and bring it along. Your date will LOVE it!
- Comedy Club
They say to be with someone who can make you laugh or keep you happy.
This makes taking your partner to a comedy club on your third date a very good idea. You know, in life, you will have a number of occasions where you need to be serious. So, it would be good if you could have a good laugh for at least on some occasions. And one such occasion is your date night!
As this is just your third date, it should be all about fun and having a great time with each other. And a comedy show serves the purpose really well. Take your partner to one, and you will see how both of you have loosened up to each other and relaxed. You will have a feel-good vibe that is full of positivity.
The awkwardness will be gone. Don’t worry if you are not that good at cracking jokes, as some other person at the comedy club will be doing the job for you! All you need is to spend some good time with your partner that they will remember for days to come.
- Sports Activity
Are you or your partner into sports? Then, can you think of anything better than cheering for your favorite sports team with the person you like standing next to you?
It doesn’t matter if you guys don’t like the same sports team. At least you can sit and spend some time together watching something that you both like. This fun experience of watching a basketball or football match will bring you closer to each other.
Did I tell you what the best part of this third date idea is?
Well, your date doesn’t stop right after the match is over. You can take your partner to any type of physical activity after that. It can be anything from swimming in a nearby pool or a one-on-one basketball match.
Ask your partner what physical sports or physical activity they have done before and give them the gift of experiencing a new one, for example, horse riding, mini-golf, and kayaking. This way, every time they will go for the same activity in the future, they will remember you, as you are the first person with whom they have done it for the first time.
If both of you are adventurous, you can try bungee jumping, cliff diving, or skydiving. Trust me. Your date will have a wonderful time!
- Wine or Beer Tasting
As you are just at the start of your relationship, it is quite normal to be uncomfortable and shy around each other. The chances are that you are madly in love with one another but still nervous.
If this is the case with you, the third date will really be a milestone in your relationship, as it can break or make the relationship you have until now.
This is where it becomes important that you remove the tension and loosen up a bit. And this gives alcohol entry!
Take your partner on the tour of a brewery. You can taste different kinds of beer and learn something new about them. The entire experience can be really interesting.
If you don’t like beer, you can go for a wine and cheese tasting.
Now, if you want to plan your date at home, you can arrange this at home too.
In that case, don’t buy one large bottle of wine, as a few small bottles will do. Instead, to make this entire thing more interesting, buy a variety of wines that both of you have never tried before. This way, they will remember you as their first wine tasting partner.
Then get different kinds of cheese, a baguette, and some fruits. Now bring your creative side and decorate the table with all the food and drink in a beautiful way. Finally, you can light up some aromatic candles to make them more romantic.
This whole setup will provide you with a sense of emotional intimacy. You will loosen up to each other and have a wonderful time. And do I need to say how good of an impression you will leave on your partner’s mind?
- Cooking Dinner Together
I am assuming that you and your partner had dinner on your first and second date. And now you are looking for ideas to make your third date special.
So, I was thinking, how about having dinner at your or your partner’s place this time?
For this, you can get food from some food trucks or order takeout. But the best thing that you can do to make your date memorable and intimate is cook dinner together.
Don’t worry if you are not good at cooking or a professional. After all, this is not a Masterchef competition! All your partner wants to see is how much effort you are putting into your relationship or your date because that is all that matters.
Remember to cook some simple dishes because cooking is just an excuse. You are on a date so that you get to know the person better and spend some quality time with them. This means you need to pay most of your attention to your partner. This leads to the point where I tell you to do most of the preparation before your partner arrives. After all, you don’t want to cook all the time when your partner gets bored!
In order to make your partner feel involved in the whole cooking thing, give them some simple tasks.
Go to your YouTube and shortlist some easy recipes that don’t take much time to prepare to make things easy for you. And when your partner comes, let them choose the menu. This will show how much effort you have put into this date to make things work.
Coming to all the supplies you need, you can either go to the supermarket by yourself before your partner arrives or take them with you for the shopping. If you choose the latter, you will get more time to spend with each other.
Once the food is made, decorate the table with flowers and candles. Your date will be blown away!
- Movie Night
Now, this is my kinda thing!
I love binge-watching on Netflix, and that is my favorite pass time. Is your partner a movie buff like me, or do they like watching series online?
Then this third date idea is perfect for you!
Before I begin, let me tell you that going on a movie date is not something out of the box, but couples LOVE it, and that is the reason why I included this on my list.
You will get to know a lot about your partner from this date. You get to know what kind of movies they like and their opinions on the different scenes or things happening in the movie.
On this date, you can flirt with each other, tease each other. Also, a movie will give you many things to talk about afterward. For example, you will discuss the film and share your thoughts about it, isn’t it?
Want to make this date a little more special? Give your creative side a little jerk and think of something out of the box. There is no limit to your imagination.
You can ask your date to spend the night with you, watching movies together – at your home!
For this, you need to transform your room into a movie theatre. Decorate the room with some gorgeous lighting, arrange a projector, buy some popcorn and give your entire room the feel of a theatre.
You can even choose to play your partner’s favorite series on Netflix. Whatever you watch together will be a perfect conversation starter for the rest of the time you are together.
If your date is not comfortable spending the night together in your room, you can take them to an open-air, outdoor movie, where you can enjoy a movie surrounded by nature. Once the movie is over, you can take a stroll in the park. This kind of date will stay in your partner’s mind forever. You can trust me on this.
If it is cold, you can snuggle and get close to each other. This will take the romance to a whole new level!
These are some of the best third-date ideas that I could come up with. Each and every one of them is tried and tested. And they really work on taking your relationship further so that you guys can have a beautiful romantic relationship in the coming days. All the best! And don’t forget to let me know about your partner’s reaction after going on these dates.
Hey there, Martha here, a full-time mom of two, currently trying to bring a small impact in everyone’s life whom I can reach through The Queen Momma. I usually write on topics related to parenting, pregnancy and motherhood. Having gone through a few rocky relationships myself, I consider myself somewhat of an “expert” on topics related to dating and relationships.
I formerly worked at Special Needs Network Inc and BrightStar Care of Beverly Hills as a head manager. I have a passion for assisting organizations and individuals in achieving their objectives and have had the opportunity to do so throughout my professional career. At present, writing for The Queen Momma is a great addition to my professional career.