Our First Date Disaster

This post is inspired by watching ‘Celebrity First Dates’ with my mum the other night. I absolutely love this show, I feel like it’s secretly peeking into people’s lives. I also love first dates – the excitement of the unknown and getting to know each other…that brand new feeling. But this time, as I watched Preston (who is from The Ordinary Boys in case you didn’t know…poor guy, there’s nothing worse than being a celeb that some people don’t recognise) and Ronny Woods’ ex-wife go on their first dates, I found myself looking back at the first date with my other half. Perhaps because he is away on a work trip and I’m missing him. Anyway it was a disaster…I was a disaster. Quite frankly it’s a miracle that we’re still together, and I thought it might be fun to share it with you.


Picture of me and OH with his arm around me and looking at me while I talkWe met through work back in 2009, working on a production that to this day is the worst thing we’ve ever worked on. It seriously felt like everyone around us was nuts! I seem to remember one day, his editor got angry and threatened to throw his chair at him. Pressure eh. So I suppose all this bonkers behaviour bonded us and we became really good friends. I could rely on him to make me laugh and conjure up inappropriate yet hilarious nicknames for the everyone on the team (he still does this and sees it as a hidden talent). We worked together for about 5 months and then his contract was up. I missed him after he left, but we kept in contact and I never knew if the feeling was mutual. Eventually he asked me out on a date…

So the date. I was probably more nervous than I have ever been in my life – I could only compare it to that lump in the throat feeling when i took my driving test. Looking back, there should be 2 golden rules before you go on a first date:



  1. DO eat something in the duration of the day leading up to said date. I did not.
  2. DO consider wearing something a bit warmer than a leather jacket when it is snowing and icy outside. I did not.

However, even with these two things stacked up against me, I managed to arrive on time and we met near Leicester Square to go for a drink. It was really lovely to see each other outside of work and it didn’t take long before we worked out how much we have in common. Both from big Irish (well I’m half-Australian) families of 4 kids, both of us the 3rd middle child. It felt so easy to be chatting to him and all that nervousness just melted away. However, then it struck. This is where the eating something beforehand would have been a great idea…a couple of glasses of vino later and I was feeling pretty light-headed to say the least.


As he began to tell me a joke or a funny anecdote, I roared with laughter, leaned back on the bar stool and spilt my entire glass of white wine over him. There was that split second silence when I almost didn’t know how to react. I actually couldn’t believe I’d just done that…very typical of me, but the worst timing. Being the nice guy he is, he actually didn’t make a big deal of it but I was sat there thinking, hmmm it was going so well until that point. I blame the high stools that always make me lose my balance.

So off we trotted to dinner and went to a gorgeous Mexican resturant – everything was perfect, until right before the food came, the music started blaring and I literally couldn’t hear a thing he was saying. Not a word. I’m not sure if he could hear me, but I was nodding along and dinner went pretty quickly! Ahh, I thought, this isn’t exactly going how I had imagined it. But off we trotted for a lovely drink at one of my favourite places in Soho. It was at this point that I could feel a blister in my foot and by the time we got to the bar, I was sort of limping a bit.

Despite having to escort me back to the tube, having given me his jacket and me practically clinging on to him to take the pressure off my stupid blister…6 years later we are still together. I was never sure if I believed in soulmates before I met him, but I do feel that meeting him was meant to be. Something just works and he really is the backbone of our life. So this is my little tribute to my better half – someone who listens to me, makes me laugh, tells me to quieten down (as I often shout when I’m passionate about something), reminds me to be proud of who I am and is always there at the end of these long days. You’re the best.


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  1. July 19, 2016 / 5:22 am

    Aw, lovely story! It’s so nice to look back and remember where it all began sometimes. #dreamteam

  2. July 19, 2016 / 5:38 am

    Ah I love the “First Dates” series too and that episode was particularly great. I did have to chuckle at your wine spilling and limping antics. At least you already knew each other and had already built a great base to erm limp and shiver from haha. Sounds like just the kind of thing I’d do so you’re not alone! I actually kicked my OH on our first date as he beat me at bowling, and I didn’t take it well, and I had drunk some wine. Oops. He also asked me for an “extra cold” pint of lager so while he was at the toilet I ordered him a pint of ordinary larger…. with ice in it. Hmmm. I think you may have inspired my next blog post if you don’t mind me tagging onto your fab theme? Thanks for hosting lovely x #DreamTeam

  3. July 19, 2016 / 5:42 am

    That is such a nice post! You know what it’s always like that when you have the first date with THE ONE. You know it’s him because he was still interested in you after all of that! The first time I met Grumpy Boyfriend, he was the nicest person I have ever met and that’s probably why I am with him even now, years and a half now… #DreamTeam
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  4. July 19, 2016 / 6:08 am

    Awww cute story! Can’t help but feel..eating is cheating though! #dreamteam

    • July 19, 2016 / 6:17 am

      Well exactly!! Haha 🙂 Thanks for linking up x

  5. July 19, 2016 / 6:15 am

    This is so funny honey and as always I can relate – I too managed to spill a drink all over hubs on our first date (something he found so amusing that he included it in his wedding speech, oh dear)! But we can’t have done too bad a job as we both married our poor wine soaked dates 🙂 great post as always hun xx #dreamteam

  6. July 19, 2016 / 6:21 am

    Aaah this made me go all tingly, I love how love grows First dates is brilliant but I need to watch from under a cushion, haha. #DreamTeam xx

  7. July 19, 2016 / 6:23 am

    This is so funny and reminds me of several early dates I had with my now wife. High bar stools and blisters hey! I suppose that’s the test though, if you can be your clumsy self around another it means they get you, and see beyond the facade. I’m thankful my wife could anyway haha.
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  8. July 19, 2016 / 6:30 am

    Oh yes, I think it should be taught in schools that you have to have something to eat before a date! I made the same mistake too. A bottle of wine on an empty stomach gives me verbal diarreah! He still married me though.

  9. July 19, 2016 / 6:35 am

    Awwww such a lovely post. I would say that I can’t believe you spilt red wine all over your lovely other half but then I did something even worse on my first date with Mr C, it is a miracle that we are married! #dreamteam
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  10. July 19, 2016 / 6:45 am

    I haven’t had any disastrous dates with M, yet. It’s funny and adorable to hear of your first date with your other half. A disaster turned into something special eventually. 🙂
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  11. July 19, 2016 / 7:12 am

    Oh this is so adorable – a first date wouldn’t be a first date without some nerves and inappropriate dressing – you handled yourself exquisitely on that front! A lovely recount and it’s clear you adore each other – beautiful #DreamTeam
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  12. July 19, 2016 / 7:42 am

    I am obsessed with First Dates. While I’m enjoying the celeb version I do prefer the normal one I think. Anyway, this was a great post. Loved reading it. I got faaarrrrr too drunk on my first date with my boyfriend, i’ll write about it one day perhaps! #dreamteam
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    • July 19, 2016 / 7:45 am

      The normal one is brilliant – I’m glad to find someone who loves it too! Thank you for your comment, maybe there’s a running theme with the old Dutch courage on first dates, perfect blog post 🙂 thanks for joining in with the #dreamteam xx

  13. July 19, 2016 / 8:17 am

    Ahh what a lovely story! Other than your blister! Our first date was disastrous in that I was so nervous I didn’t eat before hand and then had a few drinks for dutch courage and turned up half cut!! Luckily it still went well but we do joke about it now how drunk I was and Gaz still insists that I practically threw myself at him half way through the meal!! #dreamteam
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    • July 19, 2016 / 8:19 am

      Haha first dates are so nerve wracking!! It seems we all need a bit of dutch courage 😉 Thanks for linking up with #dreamteam lovely xx

  14. July 19, 2016 / 10:14 am

    Oh such a nice post 🙂 gorgeous. I love recollecting how B and I first met – we joked that he became King of an African village after being corned by a street charity guy and gave the guy his details to impress me. #DreamTeam

  15. July 19, 2016 / 10:21 am

    What a sweet story. I often think the disastrous dates can be the best, unless it’s the person that’s the disaster! I too watched that episode of First Dates and didn’t have a clue who Preston was, nor would I have known Ronnie Wood’s ex, but I’m a big Scarlett fan! #DreamTeam
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    • July 19, 2016 / 10:22 am

      Ah me too – I was so excited to see Scarlett and what a shame her date just talked over her thanks for linking up xx

  16. July 19, 2016 / 12:34 pm

    I went to the same college as Preston and I don’t think I’d recognise him to be fair.
    I do love a good first date story – especially ones that were awful but they’re still together. My friend went to the cinema on a date and when she came back from the look couldn’t remember what he looked like and sat next to someone else. They’ve been together over ten years now… #chucklemums
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    • July 19, 2016 / 12:37 pm

      Haha that’s brilliant! Thanks so much for reading x

  17. July 19, 2016 / 12:45 pm

    This is great. Everyone should share their first date stories. I can feel your bond through your words – lovely. You are lucky to have found your soul mate. I never knew the true meaning of this, until I found mine. Thank you for sharing. Alison x #DreamTeam

  18. July 19, 2016 / 4:05 pm

    Oh I love hearing how
    People meet and what a fab story! Thank you for hosting #DreamTeam

  19. July 19, 2016 / 6:34 pm

    Oh wow, this sounds VERY like my first date with NW. Lots of stupid, ‘should have thought that one out a bit more before I left’ moments around Leicester Square! Lovely story and so glad you’re still together 🙂 #chucklemums
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  20. July 19, 2016 / 6:59 pm

    Ah this is lovely, so nice to hear about those first moments of special relationships for people! Oh I felt your embarrassment with the wine, ooopps!! And I love that you get shouty when you’re passionate about something xx #chucklemums
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  21. July 19, 2016 / 7:39 pm

    You must have known when he didn’t mind the wine spilling that he was a keeper! My husband and I had our first proper date at a Mexican restaurant and he turned up 20 minutes late. I’m VERY punctual. Despite that, we’re still together 13 years later, and he’s learned to pay a bit more attention to the clock. #DreamTeam
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  22. July 19, 2016 / 8:12 pm

    Lovely story. I think the worst dates are best because if you still like each other at the end of a bad date, there must be something there! First date with my husband, we had Fajitas and my tortilla split, spilling bright red sauce all down my top, over the table, covering my hands! It was everywhere! We’ve now been together 11 years! hahaha #DreamTeam
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  23. July 19, 2016 / 8:34 pm

    Lovely post, sounds like you have a lovely relationship. I also love first dates, sometimes I cringe and other times some of the people bring a tear to my eye but it’s s great show! #dreamteam

  24. July 19, 2016 / 8:41 pm

    Awwww what a lovely story. Im glad it all worked out! #DreamTeam

  25. July 19, 2016 / 9:18 pm

    Oh I totally love this love story of yours, so great he can make you laugh and even lets you limp around with a blister lol, he sounds wonderful, you deserve such happiness xx #dreamteam

  26. July 19, 2016 / 10:04 pm

    This is actually a pretty lovely story, not too awful! I was expecting vomit and ripped clothing and other stuff you see in films, this is funny enough to not be horrendous!

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  27. July 19, 2016 / 10:21 pm

    It isn’t the “first” which matters. It is the forever. #DreamTeam

    • July 19, 2016 / 10:22 pm

      Aww that is lovely. So true ☺️ thank you for linking up with us this week x

  28. July 20, 2016 / 11:42 am

    Lovely, lovely, lovely!! Hope you still have the leather jacket but he doesn’t have the wine stains! 😉 #dreamteam Lou X

    • July 20, 2016 / 2:06 pm

      Haha that’s funny! Thanks for hosting, lovely to join in x

  29. July 21, 2016 / 9:59 am

    Ah this is such a lovely post! I remember it was snowing on our first date too and I was freezing, and he turned up about 20 minutes late!! 10 years on he’s still late for everything x #coolmumclub
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  30. July 21, 2016 / 12:57 pm

    Sometimes the most bizarre beginnings lead to a lifetime of love. So nice to read a happy love story! #coolmumclub

  31. July 21, 2016 / 3:31 pm

    Oh my goodness, this is fabulous and what a keeper!
    I have shad some horrendous first dates in my time, I might write about them one day haha!
    One time, we had both recently split from long term partners (definitely a re-bound thing) and we shared a bottle of wine and we both started crying?! Needless to say we never saw each other again – how awful haha!


  32. July 21, 2016 / 5:04 pm

    On mine and my husbands first “date” I was so nervous I drank way to much wine and we ended up falling down a hill when he went to kiss me at the end of the night. Lovely story. #dreamteam

  33. July 21, 2016 / 11:04 pm

    Aww such a lovely, and quite funny look back on how you and your other half met. Its always really interesting to hear about how couples met and relationships started off. Thanks for sharing it 🙂 Emily #DreamTeam

  34. July 22, 2016 / 7:33 pm

    That’s such a lovely first date story and also a wonderful little tribute to your other half. Haha! Those pesky bar stools can cause all sorts of spilt drink mishaps . Thank goodness it was the white and not the red! #DreamTeam xx

  35. July 24, 2016 / 10:00 am

    Ahhhh love this story! Classic first date mayhem but hey..at least it could only get better from there eh? Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub lovely xx

  36. July 26, 2016 / 12:46 am

    Awww sweet. Although I honestly did laugh at you saying you met ‘back in 2009’. Priceless. That just feels recent to me! I loved the way you ended it…’these long days’…sigh.
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    • July 26, 2016 / 6:18 am

      Haha yes I guess we haven’t been together too long! Thanks for commenting 🙂 xx

  37. September 4, 2016 / 5:26 pm

    Awww this is a lovely post, Iv just started watching the dating programme it’s hilarious & cringe much like most of my dates! I don’t even know where to start writing about my dating antics but Iv said it now & thanks to you Iv got a date next weekend… Ha xx
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