As much as you'd like to think that your next blind date will go smoothly, ending with you walking down the aisle in perfect bliss and harmony, the odds aren't exactly in your favor. Bad blind dates seem to be a rite of passage. If you haven't had one, you will. So what do you do if you quickly realize that this date is an epic dud? Now's the time to get creative.

The Former Ex Plan

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Have a backup plan with one of your friends. If you send the signal, have your friend arrive at the restaurant and profess her love to you. She should pretend to be your ex. In a grand showing, not only should you "take her back," but you should also propose right there. You'll definitely never hear from that blind date again.

The 'Oh No' Realization

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If you don't have a friend who can play along, you can still use someone else in your ruse. Just pick someone out at the far end of the restaurant or bar and say, as you hide, "oh no, that's my ex. I'm sorry, but I'm just not over him. I have to get out of here," and make a run for it.

The Made-Up Deal-Breaker

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You love cats, but your blind date doesn't know that. If she mentions her favorite feline, exclaim that cats--or whatever else you can find--is a deal-breaker. You could never be with someone who likes cats!

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