When you’re in a relationship, it’s always nice to know a few other couples that you can hang out with. When you’re on a double date, no one is going to be left feeling like a third wheel since everyone has a significant other present. It allows you to enjoy activities as a group that single friends may not be interested in, like dining at a romantic restaurant or doing team trivia. However, finding other couples to socialize with can be challenging, especially if none of your close friends are partnered up. But don’t be discouraged! Here’s how to make more couple friends.
- Befriend Your Co-Worker and Their Partner. You may be intimidated to ask your co-worker and their partner to go on a double date, especially if you haven’t met their significant other. You may worry that things will become awkward on the job if the four of you don’t hit it off. But if you already have a good rapport with your co-worker (and your partner has no gripe with them), then chances are you could all have a great time going out together. Suggest an activity that will keep you all busy (like bowling or karaoke), so you don’t have to stress about keeping up constant conversation, like you would if you’re just sitting down for drinks or food. This will keep the energy high and lively.
- Try Out An App. There are apps for everything – including making new friends. In fact, some apps exist specifically to help couples find other people in relationships to hang out with. There’s no reason not to download an app and give it a try. In fact, it can be a fun activity to do with your partner, even if nothing comes from it. Set up a profile together and keep in mind what you’d like to find in another couple. Also, have some activities on hand that you can suggest if you find a couple you seem to vibe with, so you can move your budding friendship off-line and into the real world.
- Try Out A New Hobby. You can’t expect to meet new couples to hang out with if you and your significant other aren’t getting out. One of the best things you can do is simply put yourself out there. Consider signing up for an activity, like an art class or a recreational sports team. This is a great opportunity to meet new people, many of which may have a partner you’ll also get along with. At the very least, it’s an opportunity for you and your significant other to bond and have fun. So, even if you don’t find new couple friends, you’ll at least have made lasting memories together.
- Host A Party. Sometimes, the best thing you can do is let people come to you. And what better way to do that than by hosting a party? In order to attract other couples, it’s important to make it clear that all guests are encouraged to bring a plus-one. Even if you haven’t met your friend or family member’s new significant other, be sure to tell them their partner is more than welcome. You can even encourage them to invite other friends you’ve never met to expand the guest list. But it doesn’t have to be a raging house party (although that could be fun!), rather it can be as simple as organizing a get-together for your co-workers or friends and telling them to bring a plus-one.
- Play Board Games At A Bar. If you’re on the hunt for new couple friends, take your significant other somewhere that you’re likely to meet and interact with new people, like a board game café or bar. At a venue like this, you’re encouraged to play games with people around you, especially if you arrive with only a two-person group. Don’t be afraid to approach a table with two other people and ask if they’re down to play something. Playing a board game will keep the energy high and casual, so you can get to know the other couple while playing. If you have fun, don’t forget to exchange contact information or social media handles at the end of the night. Emphasize you’d love to organize another time to hang out – and make sure you follow through with it.
- Take A Trip To A Resort. If you’re planning a vacation with your significant other, choose somewhere where you have a good chance of befriending other couples. A place like a resort is often filled with other couples – many of them on honeymoons or other special trips – who would also love some new company to shake things up. Don’t be afraid to get friendly with another couple at the pool or bar. If the banter is good, ask them if they’d like to join you for dinner and drinks later. You could make life-long friends!
- Hang Out In Groups More Often. You may have luck befriending new couples through mutual friends. If you want to expand your friend circle, emphasize to your current pals that you’d love to hang out in a group. Have them invite their friends that you haven’t met, and encourage everyone to bring a plus-one if they have a significant other. If you get along well with a couple you meet during a group hang-out, you can always exchange contact information and then organize a double date for the four of you at a later time.
- Meet Other Couples Online. In today’s virtual age, it’s never been easier to make friends online. You’re likely already part of countless Facebook groups or Reddit channels and follow plenty of people on platforms like Instagram and Twitter. So, don’t be shy to reach out to another couple you meet online to see if they want to hang out. If distance is an issue (or you’re a bit nervous meeting a pair you’ve met online in real life), consider a virtual hang-out to break the ice. Get your significant other to join you on Facetime and call the other couple. Consider playing a virtual board game or doing a drink tasting to give you something to do. Then, trust yourselves to let the conversation flow naturally.
The best thing you can do when searching for new couple friends is to be outgoing. Don’t be afraid to ask a couple to hang out after striking up a good conversation or tell your friend you finally want to meet their significant other. If you don’t put yourself out there, then you can’t expect to expand your social circle.