Every Christmas I buy one big box with fresh dates that I plan eat during the holiday, usually I eat one or two and then they somehow end up in the back of the pantry until my wife decides to throw them out sometime during the summer. Here is another way you could serve dates that hopefully will make them disappear a bit faster.
Blue cheese with fresh dates
Cut the dates in half and remove the pit, cut the blue cheese in small pieces and put a piece of cheese on each date. Voila!