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Singles Mixer Ideas

I'm helping a friend organize a singles night in her small organic restaurant. We're looking for ideas of activities that will get people talking and mixing. It's a multicultural community of Latinos and anglos. Most attending will probably be in their 30s through their 50s.

Ideas that have been nixed: - Speed dating or anything resembling it roundly rejected by Latino friends - You have a lock and have to find the person who has the key considered too likely to make you feel like you're stuck with that person - Open mic, karaoke, or anything like it Ideas under consideration: - Optional salsa or tango lessons.

They could be going on in the dance area without interfering with mingling elsewhere. We're coming up short. What activities have you participated in that you thought were fun or at least useful? What activities should we avoid? Do we event want activities? It's a singles event, people know what they are there for, and they know how to get on with it.

Isn't the point to make them step out of their comfort zones? I HATE having to do "team building" things like that. Cooking class? Wine tasting? They're already out of their comfort zones by going to a dating event. No reason to torture further. The wine tasting sounds like a good idea.

Or cheese and charcuterie pairing with discussions about what's being eaten? Offering alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages can also help ease tension for friends practicing mindful drinking.

You may even provide NA and boozy versions of that same featured drink! Plan an Activity Give your guests something to do to avoid awkward silences. Cooking classes, karaoke rooms, and recreational activities that get your guests out in the fresh air all offer something to do besides make small talk. Feeling a little awkward can make for some great memories and natural connections.

Ask guests to RSVP, so you have an idea of the makeup of potential matches. Have name tags ready, so your guests can keep each other straight, or add fun facts to those tags to kick off conversations. In that case, make your intentions clear ahead of time. That can be as involved as trivia on each guest that you collect ahead of time or leaving cards out for guests to play a less intense version of Truth or Dare. Everyone knows how to play it, and it requires fun interaction with at least another person.

Mixer and other single events are a good opportunity for both you and your younger sister to meet other singles. Using the Internet is a good way to learn about the various singles events in your neighborhood well as in the surrounding area.

Not all mixers are created equal, so spending time finding out who is sponsoring the event, if there is a charge to attend, the age range of the participants, ethnic makeup, etc. Given the rich and diverse family history, you may want to look for mixers that explore your family heritage.

The Internet can also help you check out different Chamber of Commerce events. You can find Chambers by community, neighborhood, gender, and ethnicity.

The way you can help your sister is by recognizing that there are parts of herself she is self-conscious about. One area of concern is with her virginity. You can support her feelings and help her understand that no one will ever be able to tell by looking at her that she is a virgin.

The only way someone would know is if she tells him or her. While it may be true that many young people today lose their virginity prior to age twenty-four, there is a growing support for remaining a virgin longer, which means it is not so unusual for someone to be in their twenty's and still be a virgin. The other area where your sister is self-conscious is with her weight. Luckily, there are many men who find larger, curvaceous woman exciting.

There are dating sites for just larger woman. Dating preferences are like ice cream flavors; there is someone out there for every taste.