How to Plan a Romantic Dinner at Home
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There is nothing like a romantic dinner to strengthen a bond and celebrate anything from a birthday, to an anniversary, or even just to show you care. While you could go out to a fancy steakhouse or high-end restaurant, why not do it at home? Not only can it be more affordable, but planning an entire romantic dinner date is sure to impress your loved one. It is also a safer option with the pandemic still being experienced all over the world.
Unfortunately, a lot can go into planning a romantic dinner that ends up being a success. Planning out a menu, dealing with other commitments, and many other things need to be considered. But thankfully, we’re here to help you with that. Read on to learn more about how to plan a romantic dinner at home that your significant other is sure to love.
Get Some Flowers
To get the evening off on the right romantic foot, consider getting a flower arrangement for your loved one to put on display at the table. Flowers look incredible, fit with almost any decor, and can fill a room or home with a pleasant scent that should never overpower. They come in many shapes, sizes, and colors to choose from.
You can opt for a classic arrangement or can even make your own with some of your loved ones favorite stems. As for what flowers to include and give them, that is up to you. It depends on what they like, colors they prefer, the kind of message you are trying to send, and what is available at the time. Every time they see these flowers over the next few days, they are sure to be reminded of the wonderful dinner date you organized for them.
Choose the Right Meal
Next, you need to choose the menu for the dinner date. It should be something that they enjoy and something that you have preferably cooked before or at least know how to ensure you don’t mess it up. In general, it is a good idea to keep it simple, and relatively light. You should have an appetizer of some kind, a main dish, and even a dessert.
You want to be able to cook and prepare the meal, but still want to be able to interact with and entertain your partner during the process. You could grill some turkey, make some pasta, create a wonderful salad, or cook anything else you are comfortable with. Of course, be sure to choose the right beverage for the dinner, too.
The idea of pairing your drinks with the food you serve can be hard to understand, but there are plenty of guides out there that can help ensure you find the right blend. While this should go without saying, it is a very good idea to make sure you don’t include any ingredient that your partner is allergic to.
Set the Mood
If you want the dinner date to be as romantic as possible, you need to be sure to set the mood. This can be done in a couple ways. You can turn down the lights, play some soft and subtle music, light some candles and ensure the space has as romantic a vibe as possible. This can be done very affordably and easily in most cases, so there is no reason not to do it.
While a meal at your dining table with the regular lights on and the TV on can be fine, there are certainly ways to up the romance and help give the meal more of a special feeling.
Ensure All Schedules are Clear
Nothing can mess up a romantic evening like having to pick up the kids or have to deal with a work call. As a result, make sure to clear both of your schedules for the evening beforehand. This way you guys can have the whole evening to yourself without having to worry about unfortunate interruptions.
In a similar vein, try to keep the phones and tablets away from the table. Many of us are so used to using our phones or watching something while eating, that it almost becomes a second nature to us. Your partner should get your full attention during this dinner (and vice versa) to ensure it is as romantic as possible.
Have a Backup Plan
While we hope everything goes off without a hitch, this isn’t always the case. The food could get burnt, you might have forgotten an ingredient, or something might have been spilled or gone bad. As a result, it is a good idea to have a backup plan, in case.
This could be anything from a frozen pizza to cook, leftovers, to ordering food in from your favorite restaurant. While this might not be as romantic as a freshly-cooked meal done by you, it is certainly better than nothing.
Also, while a potential disaster in the kitchen may be embarrassing and annoying at the time, it will eventually become a story that the two of you laugh and joke about later on.
Dress for the Occasion
Even though you are at home in your dining room, why not dress up for the date? This can make the evening more romantic and make it feel like it is a big deal and very special. Putting on a suit or dress and getting yourself looking your best can be a great feeling.
It doesn’t take a lot of time or effort, but can go a long way in elevating the evening, while being fun at the same time. Plus, everyone loves an excuse to get all dressed up and look incredible, and many people haven’t been able to do it very often within the last couple of years.
By keeping these tips in mind, you can ensure your romantic dinner date at home is incredible. It can be a great way to not only impress your partner, but strengthen the bond and relationship that you have.