I have had a strategy that I think more people should use to come up with a good first date that's better than just meeting at a coffee shop or for lunch. Here it is: Look up upcoming national holidays, and find some that are goofy and something nobody has heard of. Then have a themed date to celebrate the occasion!
Here are some examples, just for the month of August alone:
If you want food: There's Ice cream sandwich day, watermelon day, chocolate chip cookie day, root beer float day, sponge cake day, waffle day, banana split day, the list goes on...
If you want a lazy day: national underwear day (perfect for a movie night), national lazy day, relaxation day, coloring book day, and national just because day.
If you want to do an activity: bowling day, roller coaster day, mountain day, beach day, and tell a joke day (maybe go to a comedy club).
If you want a drinking buddy: white wine day, beer day, rum day, potato day (basically vodka day), and red wine day.
If you want to do something goofy: scratch a bunch of lottery tickets on national lottery ticket day and split the prizes, spoil your dog day, or maybe even celebrate national sneak some zucchini onto your neighbors porch day.
My August dates were:
-Going to a fancy breakfast place and getting waffles on national waffle day
-Driving out to a nature park, and having s'mores by a campfire, while hanging out in the bed of my truck which was covered in blankets all night for national toasted marshmallow day.
I really like this method because although it sounds a bit cheesy, it takes the pressure off when choosing a date and sounds creative, thoughtful, and spontaneous (even if it's not). It's actually crazy how many fun holidays there are, and it's fun to celebrate them with a date.
I hope this was helpful to someone! Let me know what you all think.