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Dinner Dates
(for Ages 19-21)

Are you going to a fun restaurant with a group of friends (to include that special someone)? Drop in earlier that day and give the waiter a card. He can bring it with the dinner and present it to an unsuspecting someone that you want to impress.

Make a gourmet lobster dinner. Take your date to the grocery store and pick out a lobster tail. Then take it home and broil or barbecue it (go to allrecipes.com or epicurious.com and search for recipes - time to cook is highly dependent on the size of the tail). Add the trimmings, put on some good music, and add candles.

Prepare pizza dough in advance (enough for one pizza for every two couples). Have all the makings available (sauce, spices, cheese, meats, vegetables, and other toppings). Let each group design its own pizza, with an emphasis on creativity (unique shapes, combinations, etc.). While the pizzas are cooking, play some group games.

Send formal invitations to a murder mystery dinner. Pre-assign each person a character to portray. After dinner, play a game of Clue as couples. Prizes go to the winning couple, with a consolation prize to the dying character.

Cook tin foil dinners on the coals of a camp fire. It takes about 15-20 minutes to cook hamburgers with sliced potatoes, carrots, and onions and a thick slice of butter (if you use a grate, it takes longer). If you can't build an open fire, you can also use charcoal briquettes and a portable grill. Turn the tin foil dinner at least once. For variations, slice strips of steak or kielbasa instead of hamburger. Use heavy tin foil, and wrap securely. You can eat your dinners right out of the tin foil.

Have a spaghetti dinner and sit across from your date. Get a long stick and tape a fork on the end of it. Then you and your date have to feed each other.

Go to a local thrift store or used-clothing shop. You and your date each get $15 to buy each other outfits to wear for the evening. Then go out to dinner and paint the town in your "new" clothes.

Go on a double date with your parents. Select an inexpensive restaurant and offer to pay.

All guys meet at a designated location (none of the girls are at this location). When the guys arrive, have a note delivered instructing them to listen to a prerecorded message and then send them on a scavenger hunt to find their dates. Meet them in a public location (our meeting place was the post office) for a picnic dinner.

Write down different favorite places to eat on individual pieces of paper and put them into a container. Then write down different meal courses (i.e. appetizer, soup, salad, main meal, dessert, etc.) on individual pieces of paper and put them into a second container. Then take turns, selecting first a location, then a course. You may have an appetizer at Baskin Robbins, soup at a Chinese restaurant, salad at McDonalds, main course at Taco Bell, dessert at Subway, etc.

Take your date to a pond away from the city lights. Row out to where you previously stored dinner in air tight containers, set up a blanket, and have a picnic in the rowboat.

At the door, pass out unusual kitchen utensils (ask guest to pick a utensil that could be used to describe one of their personality traits). At the table, ask each person to describe how their utensil relates to a personal trait, then serve dinner. Each guest should attempt to eat dinner with their unique utensil, along with a table knife provided at each plate. After 5 or 10 minutes, pass out proper utensils to all guests.

Order a pizza, salad, and drinks and have your dinner delivered to a park gazebo. Set up a portable card table and DVD player. Bring good dinnerware, plates, and glasses (you can use paper and plastic, if you prefer).

Make a scavenger hunt. The idea is to make of list of things that need to be gathered, and return with those items to a designated place. Have them end up where you are waiting with a nice candlelight dinner. One of the items to gather can be matches, which you can use to light the candles. This is more fun, if it includes several couples, working as teams.

Have a pot luck dinner. The idea behind a pot luck dinner is that everyone brings something. As the host of a small party you would want to make the "main dish" and then have people bring other things like salads, side dishes, desserts, etc. You want to be sure to tell everyone exactly what type of dish to bring. Ask everyone to also bring a "show-and-tell" item that can be used to tell about a hobby or interest (as a way to get to know everyone a little better).


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