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Dear Diary: Play Dating with DateinaDash

Last week I tried out another speed dating event but this one had a twist! After casting my vote on Thursday I headed to Cafe 1001 in Shoreditch for the inaugural Play Dating event with DateinaDash. What the hell is that I hear you cry. Well if you’ve ever gone speed dating before you’ll know that some of those dates can seem a heck of a lot longer than others and you just wish you had something to distract you to make it that little bit easier. Play Dating does exactly that by giving you and your date board games to play!

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*Disclaimer: I attended this event for free in exchange for blogging about it. The below opinions are still my own and not influenced by this in any way.

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a big kid so this definitely appealed to me (MUCH more than the blindfold dating that was also suggested – how on earth do I know where my wine glass is if I’m blindfolded?!) There was everything from dominoes to play-doh to twister to Jenga and even some games I’d never even heard of. Now in traditional speed dating the ladies stay seated and the men make their way around the room but obviously this would mean one poor lady would be stuck playing Twister for the whole night so the men and women simply moved in opposite directions and as there was an odd number of each theoretically we would meet everyone by the end.

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I say theoretically because unfortunately there were a number of drop-outs which meant the numbers were uneven and it didn’t quite work out so this is something that the team will need to work on in future but I have to say for a first run I think they did pretty well. I went on “dates” with seven of the nine guys who were there, got to play some games while drinking cocktails and had a really fun time while doing so.

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You fill out your sheet at the venue and hand it in so that the DateinaDash team can input your selections on their website which is good because then people can’t forget to input their choices like the last event I attended. I even ticked yes for a couple of guys, one of whom I spent a couple of hours drinking and chatting with after the event had officially finished, but sadly only received a friend match from the other one.

I’m not sure speed dating is for me to be honest but this is definitely a great way to liven it up. DateinaDash have loads of cool things like this and also hold singles pub crawls, bowling parties and even yoga dating! Definitely something for everyone.

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