1. Avoid the movies. The most important and essential part of a first date is creating an opportunity to make a connection with another person. Whether the date is with someone familiar or a new face, the romantic interaction and discussion of a date will be create a new, more personal perspective for the couple. Movies put the focus on a screen, keep the focus of the evening on the other person.
2. Ignore your phone. Nothing can break up a conversation like continual interruptions. Paying attention to texts or calls during a date gives the other person the impression that their companionship and attention are relatively low on the list of priorities. If the person is worth setting aside to date them, show them that the time has been set aside specifically for them. If there's a text or message, simply wait until for a opportunity to check it. If the phone keeps going off however, simply put it on silent. Though this is small and may go seemingly unnoticed, it sends a message.
3. Keep your evening free. Too many times a great first date simply ends too soon. Most often this happens because one or both people make plans for later in the evening not expecting to want to spend more time together. When things are going well, keep them going.
4. Be spontaneous and dress for anything. Sometimes the best first dates come about because they go entirely not as they were planned. While having a good date plan is nice, if both people think the evening would be more enjoyable in someplace completely different, it is a good idea to take advantage of it. For instance, if during a meal both people discover they have a common interest, having dressed appropriately the date can continue in a spontaneous and enjoyable way for both people.
5. Be your best self. Most people want to impress their date. This rarely is an effective mentality however. No matter how impressive a date may seem, what will ultimately make or break the evening is whether or not the couple finds a common ground to work from and a compatibility for future dates.