The good, the bad and the ugly of double dating

The good, the bad and the ugly of double dating

Twice the fun or double the trouble? The peaks and perils of dating deux to deux


When you find another couple you can laugh and let your hair down with, it’s wonderful as whatever you choose to do with them is likely to be fun.

Still, it’s easy to fall into the familiar pattern of drinks, dinner or a movie, so how about trying something new?

Instant inspiration: Have a BBQ and board games night, have a day out at an amusement park, plan a ‘tourist in our own town’ day or treat yourselves to brunch at a fancy hotel.

At the other end of the spectrum, much as you love your partner, he may have friends that you struggle to get along with – or lovely friends with tricky partners. Here are our top tips for minimising foursome boredom and other double date disasters:

If they talk a lot… go bowling. An active noisy date will keep them busy and absorb most of the talking.
Avoid: quiet restaurants.

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If they’re insanely beautiful… go go-carting. Helmet hair suits no one. And if you win, you’ll be so chuffed with your performance that you’ll care less about being upstaged. Avoid: the beach.

If they have a bigger budget than you … go for a picnic and pack the nicest nibbles you can manage. Avoid: letting them choose their favourite restaurant.

If their kids run wild… go for a walk in the country. Avoid: letting them into your house (or letting them influence your children)

If he’s your husband’s boss… have a games night. Cook a lovely meal and lay on games that enable your husband to shine. Avoid: upstaging him

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