Christmas is the time for spreading love and cheer, so take advantage of this joyous occasion by making the most of your dating life this season.
1. Don’t turn down an invitation
The Christmas period is a series of parties and festivities, from the office Christmas celebration to your best friend’s annual get together, there is always an opportunity to meet new people and fraternise with old friends. If you are single this year and looking to meet someone special, take your nose out of your dating app and meet someone the good old-fashioned way – exchanging glances across a crowded room and making small talk over canapes. After all it is far more fun chatting all evening to a beautiful stranger with a glass of red by an open fire, than swiping through endless profiles in your pyjamas!
2. Picking the right outfit
For ladies and gentlemen alike, Christmas is the best time to look suave and sophisticated, with just a touch of sparkle. We love this dress by coast http://www.coast-stores.com/p/ryanna-peplum-hem-dress/1715680?locale=en paired with a pair of silver heels and an embellished clutch, it is the right length to look classy and elegant, yet also allows you to feel fabulous on a date. For the gentlemen we feel you can’t go wrong with this cashmere crew neck from Reiss https://www.reiss.com/p/cashmere-crew-neck-jumper-mens-hampton-in-off-white/. Paired with a smart jacket and Tailored trousers, you will nail the ultimate smart/casual look.
3. Pace yourself
Everyone can get carried away with the festivities however don’t let your evening end in regret. We all like to have fun but when the party is in full swing and the champagne is flowing, pace yourself and know your limits. Whether you are on a date or at an event, it is always better to leave the party while you are still having fun and end things on a high note, after all you don’t want your date to have to carry you home!
4. Choosing a location
The holiday season is abundant with Christmas markets, tasting sessions, late night shopping and everything in between, so it isn’t difficult to find something fun and interesting to do with your date. If you are both outdoorsy people, then we suggest ice skating at one of London’s beautiful outdoor rinks. Hampton Court Palace offers an amazing picturesque backdrop, especially when lit up after dark, and is the perfect way to get to know one another while indulging in a little activity. If you are quite the foodie, then why not take a trip to Narnia? At a secret location near to Tottenham Hale, guests will indulge in a lavish 5-course feast, including traitor’s tea with Mr Tumnus and a fine fishy time with Mrs Beaver. However, if you would rather stay this side of the wardrobe, dinner in a riverside igloo is an experience you can’t miss! Coppa Club, near Tower bridge, provides the perfect location for a cosy dinner, complete with sheepskin blankets, dreamy views over the river Thames and a delectable blood orange polenta cake. However, if chatting over a glass of bubbly is more your scene then you need to check out the rooftop winter pop up at Coq d’Argent near Bank. Little Red Riding Hood is the inspiration for this year’s Lodge d’Argent, and the wintry, fairy tale backdrop is perfect for sipping cocktails, anyone for a “Holly Winter”?
5. Meet during the week
We understand that it’s a busy time of year, with friends and family trying to organise meet-ups before December 25th, however if you’re weekends are fully booked don’t put your dating life to a standstill. With all the activity going on, use your time during the week to meet your date. You can meet for a mulled wine and a chat or even attend your local carol concert for some mid-week festive entertainment.
6. Take a weekend break
If things are going well with your new found love, why not take a spontaneous weekend away? Winter is a great time to explore a new country, or even revisit an old favourite in its snowy surroundings if you have only ever been there in the summertime. You can’t go wrong with the traditional festive delights of Hamburg, with over 15 different markets in the vicinity there will always be something to suit everyone’s taste. For somewhere a little different why not try Budapest, with their vast array of homemade Hungarian gifts of crocheted items, fur hats and pressed flower jewellery. It might almost be worth a visit just for their traditional cinnamon chimney cakes!