At-Home Romantic Dinner for Two 

Enjoying a romantic evening with your spouse doesn't have to be expensive. With a little time, effort and creativity, you can create a special night to remember without even leaving the house. All you have to do is follow these steps to share a romantic dinner at home with your significant other.

At-Home Romantic Dinner for Two

At-Home Romantic Dinner for Two

"Romantic dinner for two" by Matt Johnson is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Plan the Menu

For this special meal, it’s natural to want to serve something exotic. However, choosing the right dishes is important. If you’re planning a four-course meal and cooking the dishes yourself, make sure none of them are too time-consuming or difficult. You don’t want to tire yourself out before the evening begins, or spend hours after your partner arrives putting the finishing touches on your meal. This doesn’t mean you have to compromise on the food. You may be surprised to find that there are many quick and easy recipes to make some truly exotic dishes. You can also select items that can be made in the morning or the previous day. If cooking the entire meal is simply not an option, ordering in works just as well.

Get the Ambience Right

At-Home Romantic Dinner for Two

At-Home Romantic Dinner for Two

"Candle in the wind" by Felix Francis is licensed under CC BY 2.0

In order to make the evening really special, you’ll need to spend some time getting your house ready for it. The finest of meals won’t seem quite as fancy if you eat it at the same table and in the same setting that you eat at every other day. Tidy up the house and pay special attention to the place where you will be seated for dinner. Eating outdoors is a great idea, but if this is not feasible, your regular dining table will need a makeover. Set the table with a fancy tablecloth and your finest cutlery. Go the extra mile with the finer details – fold napkins into pretty shapes, decorate the table with fresh flowers or flower petals, and use an incense burner to fill the house with a pleasant fragrance. Dim the lights and place candles on or around the table, ready to be lit just before your partner arrives.

Dress Up

It would be a shame to attend such a fancy dinner in your everyday wear. Decide on a dress code with your partner and glam up accordingly. Your romantic dinner will be even more enjoyable when both of you put an effort to look good for it. 

Avoid Distractions

Prepare for the night by taking care of any responsibilities that might interrupt your dinner. Have a sitter take the children out or let them spend the night at a friend’s place. Keep your cell phones switched off and ensure the evening is only about the two of you.

Romantic Dinner Ideas

Here are a few great dishes that you can include in your romantic dinner menu. 

Eating like the English: Begin with chicken liver and pineau pate and a raspberry and scallop salad. For the main course, you can serve up roast beef with caramelized onion gravy. Finish the meal with an almond tart.

Romance in Italy: The Italians have inspired our cooking for years. Why not look to them for romantic dinner ideas? Start the evening with artichoke and olive crostini, move on to farfalle with sausage and fennel for the main course and end with chocolate-filled biscotti.

Greek Eats: The Greek know a thing or two about decadent meals. Halloumi cheese fingers go well with an authentic Greek salad and crusty bread. Zucchini moussaka is perfect for the main course. End your Greek dinner with a bowl of Greek yogurt with honey and caramelized walnuts.

No matter how your table looks or what you serve for dinner, the focus of the evening should be on the two of you alone. Use these simple tips to romance your partner with a romantic dinner for two right at home.

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