5 tips for getting a New Year date

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Have you made plans yet for your New Year’s Eve? Will you be heading to your local pub with friends? Or maybe you’re going to a big party, glitz, glamour and all? Whatever you’re doing, if you’re single you might be wondering if you’ll be getting a kiss at midnight. Now is not the time for procrastination – if you’re set on getting a New Year’s date, it’s time to take action! Here are 5 tried and tested tips that should help you welcome in the New Year with someone on your arm:

1.    Become the person you’d want to date
The post-Christmas blues can leave you feeling deflated, dejected and just not in the right frame of mind for dating. But if your goal is to get a date for that New Year’s bash, then it’s time to give yourself a kick up the behind. Pick out a great outfit, have your hair done or simply draw up your new year’s resolutions to get yourself energised about the year ahead. If you’re feeling really ambitious, make concrete plans to do try something new in the coming months, such as booking yourself on a climbing course, or planning a holiday to somewhere you’ve never been. By heading to that party with a spring in your step and an air of confidence you’ll hugely increase your chances of getting a kiss at midnight.

2.    Get online – or get better online
You might need to get a move on with this, but dating online unlocks a whole world of potential partners – and New Year dates! eHarmony alone has over 1 million registrants, which is a pretty big extension to your social group. Plus, over 5 million people in the UK have tried online dating, so you’re in good company.

If you’ve already got an online dating profile, it might be time to refresh it a little. Take a look at the photos you’ve uploaded and what you’ve written, asking yourself these questions:

•    Are my photos varied, and do I look happy and relaxed in them?
•    Do I sound happy and positive?
•    Do I convey the kind of person I’m truly looking for?
•    Is this the best possible representation of me?
•    Does my profile stand out from the crowd?

3.    Get set up
Your friendship network is a powerful tool for meeting new people. Perhaps the old theory about there just being six degrees of separation in the world isn’t necessarily true, but your friends know people, who know people. This is no time to be shy – put yourself out there, and ask if they know any suitable singles. They might know someone looking for a New Year date too. One caveat, meet them first, just to make sure you can stand them for more than 5 minutes!

4.    Throw your own party
As long as you’ve got the space (and perhaps lots of coasters) why not throw your own party? Open up your doors, and ensure that friends are actively encouraged to bring along people they know (who are hopefully also single). The thing about being single is that you have to grab every opportunity to meet new people, expand your network and hopefully line up dates. Sitting on your sofa hoping the dates will come to you just won’t cut it.

5.    Go it alone
Feeling brave? In a mood to grasp 2011 with both hands? Start the year as you mean to go on and go to an organised New Year event alone. There are hundreds of events across the UK especially for single people to celebrate the New Year, and it certainly is a great way to meet a ton of new people very quickly. Going alone will be daunting, but it will force you to speak to new people, and hopefully meet someone new. And if you’ve not feeling quite so brave you can always take a friend, but just remember the point of the evening is to meet new people, not to chat to your friend in a corner!


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