If you are actively meeting and dating women, or looking to find someone special, you must get your dating practices down pat.
And this starts with knowing how to go on first dates.
Spend a few hours learning about a brewery, winery, or factory in your area.
Simple sports are fun ways to get competitive without getting too sweaty.
Go during the week for deals on drinks, shoes, or games.
For a casual date, challenge your partner to a round of "Jeopardy" or "Wheel of Fortune"; whoever loses pays for snacks. You'll have fun cooking; and if it tastes bad, order takeout and laugh about it.
Check calendars for convention centers, performing arts halls, parks, social clubs, and the like. Whatever you find, you'll have plenty to talk about.
It could be the municipal marching band, an amateur piano recital, or a choral concert.
You pack the main course and he packs the sides, or vice versa. If the pool isn't your thing, the hot tub is another—steamier—option. This could be difficult if you don't have a fire pit, but sitting around a fireplace is similar. Have a drink at your favorite place; have another at his.
Find a museum with cheap admission and learn something! Whether it's a high school or community production, tickets are often inexpensive, the shows are fun, and the experience will spark conversation afterward.
Soup kitchens, food pantries, and animal shelters are all great places to give back and get to know your date.
Put your cooking skills—and taste buds—to the test with a recipe you've never tried. See: 28 Things You Know If You're A Girl Who Loves Food 36.
Plus, if it doesn't work out with him, you still have the cookies. Instead of just sipping coffee, you can play Scrabble or Battleship.