Have you ever found yourself thinking about spending quality time with your spouse, but can’t seem to find the time? It can oftentimes be challenging because your schedules are so hectic. So it’s more of a question of finding the time. Think about it, when was the last time you had a romantic dinner with your spouse? You don't have to have a special occasion to host a romantic dinner for two. It can be as simple as setting aside time on your calendars to make it work. Also, you can forget about the excuse that you can't cook. If you are challenged in the kitchen, you can still plan a romantic dinner at home for the two of you by either choosing simple recipes to follow or by purchasing some of the meal from a restaurant or store. The main idea is to spend time together without any outside distractions like you get from other patrons in a restaurant. Instead, plan a dinner at home. Here's how to plan an intimate dinner at home.
1. Planning your date
The first thing to consider is where you will be dining. Weather permitting, spending time outside together makes it that much more intimate. So instead of eating in the dining room or kitchen, consider taking it outside. With this in mind, you will need to make sure you have what you need to plan such an event. Also, you will need to decide what food will be served, and when and where it will be. This can be exciting and you can even schedule regular dinners.
2. Preparing the patio
This is where you need to make sure you have a spot to enjoy your meal together. If you don’t already have a dining set, there are many outdoor dining settings available within a wide range of prices. If you plan to purchase an outdoor set, make sure you get one that’s large enough for all of your entertaining needs. Sure, you may be planning a date for two, but you will also use it for everyday living as well. So take your time and pick something that is practical and is both stylish and durable. If you want to have your new table before your date, be sure you order it in time so it arrives in advance.
3. Setting the mood
Once you have established your dining place, you just need to throw some decorations out and pre-set the table, so this step is already done before the big date. Setting the table does not have to be fancy, it can be very simple, even plain because what’s important is the time you are spending together. If you want to spice it up a bit, you can simply place a candle in the middle of the table, or scatter several around, whatever your preference. A simple vase of flowers or rose petals will add a special touch as well. You can also use your everyday dinnerware or you can pull out your fine china or your colourful sets that are meant for outdoor use. Be sure to set the table completely, include plates, saucers, cups, napkins, and silverware. This way you aren’t running around trying to set the table because it’s already done and you can focus on the two of you.
4. Do you want more ambience?
In addition to setting the table, you could add more lighting. You can add a special touch to your outdoors by adding lights for ambience. This too should be planned and prepared before dinner so you can spend the most time with each other. There are different types available, from string lights to wicker lights, and even LED and solar lights. Not only does it add to your romantic experience, but it will provide suitable lighting should your date continue into the nighttime.
Slice lemon to add to your water, it’s refreshing and appealing. If you enjoy wine, break out a bottle of your favourite bottle from your collection. If you keep your wine stored in a fridge or a rack, it is easier to find what you’re looking for and you don’t have to run to the store to be ready for your date or other occasions. If you don’t have one, now is as good a time as any to start. If you are looking to find the perfect one for your space and lifestyle, check out our selection of wine racks and wine fridges.
6. Now for the big date!
Whether you’ve been together for a year or 30 years, one way to start out is in the kitchen, together. It can be anything from the conversation while the meal is being prepared or if you’re both into cooking, you could prepare it together. Teamwork is a great start to any date, but if only one of you are keen on cooking, then just being together is equally beneficial. The point is to spend quality time together either getting to know each other even more or becoming reacquainted with each other.
Published: 01 Mar 2017