List of Dating Activities #26: Group Dates

Here is this week’s list of things to do on a date, straight from Coolest Dates With a group of girls (or guys), get together and decide who would mix well on group date. Send an invitation around to everyone being asked on the date (have all the girls in the group sign the note). Have the guys R.S.V.P. back as soon as possible, notifying someone in the group whether or not they would like to go. The night of the dance or group date, line the guys up and let them choose a shirt from a pile of shirts on a table. After all the guys have chosen a shirt, their date then reveals whose shirt it was they picked. For even more fun get together before the dance, and decorate shirts for you and your date.

Create a local Road Rally (two couples per car). Start each car two minutes apart. The group making the best time on the course is the winner for the night’s contest. At the end of the rally, get together for ice cream sundaes.

Have a tailgating party, without the game. Have a competition between cars for the best outfits, food, music, etc.

Have a Sundae party. Buy several different flavors of ice cream, some toppings (hot fudge, sprinkles, etc.) and let people make their own sundaes.

Make a video with childhood photos and home movie clips of everyone in a group. Then let everyone try to figure out who’s who.

As a group, embellish (enhance/improve) calendars with pictures from magazines, newspapers, photos, or your own drawings. Write in birthdays and other important events. Swap calendars at the conclusion of the evening.

Play name that tune with older songs. Split the group up into two teams, and take turns as the two contestants. Alternate who gets to guess first by teams for each round. “I can name that tune in _____ notes” (pick a number). Whoever bids the lowest number each round gets to listen to that number of notes. If he/she correctly identifies the song OR the group, his/her team gets a point. Otherwise, the point goes to the other team.

Invite several couples over to make cookies. When they’re still warm, take them to the hospital and visit a neighbor or friend or visit a retirement home.

Go to a football game. Dress up in team colors, with painted faces and signs. Remember, it’s the attitude that counts. If you are with a group, award prizes for the most bizarre and the most clever outfits, signs, etc.

Invite several couples to bring slides of a place to which they’ve traveled. Let each person tell about his/her special place and have refreshments with an international flavor.

Go to the boat dock and rent a boat or ship for a private party. Go out on the water for dinner and dancing.

Have a waffle party where everyone brings their own topping.

Have a Progressive dinner. The idea is to go from house to house for each phase of the dinner. At one house you have appetizers, at another the salad, at another the main dish, and so on. You might stop at four to six houses for the full meal.

Spend an evening working on a hobby or craft activity with your friends. Mold articles out of clay, work on a potter’s wheel, modge podge a picture, learn to macramé, or any number of other fun craft ideas.

Start the date off with a good 4-wheel drive trip, then return to a well lit area and play games. Two people can act out a scene and others yell freeze at random times, then the person who yelled freeze replaces one of the actors and changes the topic of the scene, then continue.

Go to a campground or picnic area where you can have an open fire. Barbeque hot dogs or chicken over an open fire. Finish the evening with an address from an inspirational or motivational speaker (either a live speaker or play a recording).

Go to a local thrift store and buy the largest pair of pajamas or jogging clothes you can find. One pair for each person. Then go home, put them on over your regular clothes and stuff them with pillows, blankets, etc. and have a sumo wrestling match.

Go on a photo scavenger hunt. This is an excellent group date! Make up a list of pictures required for the scavenger hunt in the mall, i.e. pose with a mannequin, with a security guard, with a celebrity (like a movie poster), at a fountain, reading magazines, etc. Both people must be in each shot, so this requires asking many strangers to take your picture! After all the pictures are taken and everyone meets at the designated spot, take your film to a one-hour photo place. Eat dinner in the food court while they’re developing, then pick up your pictures and laugh at them over dessert!

Invite a bunch a friends over. Ask each couple or person to bring something to the party, like popcorn, candy, drinks, and a favorite scary movie (if they have one). It doesn’t matter if you don’t watch all the movies that night. Just be sure to take some breaks between movies so that people can meet with each other. Pass out pillows and blankets, so the guys can hide from the scary parts.

Have a photo scavenger hunt, or see who can be the most creative with one roll of film. Find out who can get the most interesting shot of the same subject. Ask a member of your group who doesn’t know the plan to write down about 10 random objects or ideas. Then take pictures of the items on the list. (Cameras that make instant prints, like Polaroid cameras, or digital cameras are best).

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