One day you can wake up and understand that something has gone wrong in your couple. You have already forgotten the last time you talked normally even though you are living in the same apartment and share one bed. You are not quarreling or anything like that; just everyday routine alienates you from each other. Romance in a relationship is just what you need to maintain your emotional connection because otherwise, there are big chances to turn into ordinary roommates. If you believe that only a restaurant can spice up your relationship and create a special atmosphere, then you are wrong because your apartment is pretty suitable for making a great romantic dinner for two. Here are ten tips on how to arrange a wonderful romantic dinner date.
1. Choose date and time
Decide on a romantic dinner in advance. This will help ensure that both of you will not make plans and will be completely free on this day. Otherwise, everything will be in vain, and at least one of you will remain disappointed. It should be a day off so that both of you will not be tired. A good option can be also Friday or Saturday so that the next day you do not have to rush to work. During the day, you can do all the planned things and then relax in a cozy atmosphere with a delicious dinner. Besides, when choosing a date, you can pay attention to ones that have something to do with your couple. Even if there are no suitable holidays, you can come up with an interesting reason. If you are dating a single mom, then you can easily come up with something.
2. Create an atmosphere
Decorate a room in a romantic style. To do this, choose the right room. It can be a kitchen, living room, bedroom or terrace in the summertime. Firstly, consider lighting that will help create the right atmosphere. It can be about garlands on the walls, floor lamps, a fireplace or a big number of candles. Nothing should distract you from each other during the dinner, so all gadgets, audio, and video equipment should be turned off. A beautifully decorated table tells about all the nuances of preparation.
3. Choose the right beverages
Everyone has their preferences, but light alcoholic beverages are the best options. In some cases, alcohol-containing drinks can be replaced with freshly squeezed juices, fruit drinks, and interesting cocktails. Take a few ingredients and create your specialty cocktail. To do this, you do not need to have a big minibar: take a couple of drinks for the base and mix with juices and fruits in different proportions. You can always turn for cocktail inspiration to the Internet.
If you don’t like cocktails, then it is recommended to choose wine, as champagne promotes faster intoxication and can cause a headache. Red wine is the most suitable option for a romantic dinner. It contributes to relaxation, and a person becomes open and liberated.
4. Make dinner together
The process of cooking something delicious together with a partner is a universal tool for rapprochement. A survey conducted among Americans showed that most people are sure that cooking unites. About a thousand people took part in the study: 88% of those who are in a serious relationship, 94% of those who are engaged, 89% of those who have recently married, and 84% of those who have been married for a long time said that cooking together can become an interesting pastime. Even if your partner has never held a knife in their hands, treat cooking as a fun game. At this time, you can fully concentrate on the process: distribute responsibilities, learn new recipes, consult about ingredients. This allows you to ignore the phones and other gadgets, which usually distract you from communicating in private. Choose something new and interesting for your dinner, but not too expensive and complicated, so as not to spoil the mood. There are so many great recipes on the Internet that it will be not difficult to choose something to your liking.
5. Avoid a hearty meal
When you think about a romantic dinner, you might immediately want to try some complicated recipes and demonstrate all your culinary talents. However, don’t rush to cook a hearty meal. The chosen dishes should be simple (consisting of a maximum of 4 to 5 ingredients) and not extremely hearty.
Therefore, refuse fatty soups, meatballs, complicated salads, roast, and other hearty meals. They are too rich in calories and after eating will cause a desire to nap in front of the TV. If you still want to serve something satisfying, opt for pasta with gourmet sauce.
6. Think about dessert
If your partner or both of you are sweet teeth, then don’t forget to cook or buy something sweet in advance. Pay attention to classical options like fruits and light desserts. Even if you like some fatty and complicated desserts – better leave them for later. You have a romantic dinner, and this means that you shouldn’t overeat and feel discomfort. So, everything should be in moderation. And if you are not big lovers of sweets, then you can even skip this point.
7. Create your playlist
Open a bottle of something alcoholic but light and invigorating because it’s too early to relax, and just enjoy the music while water is boiling. The right playlist for a dinner date should include songs that are iconic for you and evoke pleasant memories, as well as new tracks that you want to dance to. Leave lounge music for a more intimate atmosphere when everything is done, and you can relax and enjoy each other’s company to the fullest.
8. Play board games
Before a million different YouTube shows and streaming services with an endless supply of TV shows appeared in our lives, board games were a good way to spend an evening together. Now they have become even more diverse, more complex and interesting; it remains only to find one that you and your partner will like. Such pastime will help you communicate more productive: you have to argue, compete, rejoice in your victories and support your partner in their defeat. Most importantly, do not forget that this is only a game, and do not turn it into a way to sort things out. Don’t forget that you have a romantic dinner – so choose something easy and with a romantic undertone.
9. Read aloud for each other
It doesn’t matter if your couple is fond of literature, such pastime can open reading for you from the other side. This is not only a way to broaden your horizons and have fun, but also a great opportunity to strengthen your connection. Read something aloud while cooking. Do this in turn, so that everyone can be in the role of a reader and the role of a listener. Choose short stories or books with small chapters to make it easier for you to follow the plot. At first, it can be difficult if one of you is not used to reading or listening. Try both to be completely in the moment: listen to the partner’s voice, concentrate on the plot, discuss what has been read. It is not necessary to spend the whole evening reading. Half an hour is enough to catch a calm, romantic mood.
10. Write a message in a bottle
Write yourself a letter to the future. A delicious dinner in candlelight can create a great mood, so it will the right time to take an empty bottle and fill it with your secret message. What are you dreaming about? What would you like to get in five years? What are you striving for? What would you like to gain? Perhaps you put some small souvenir there, a photograph (taken today), a puzzle, this will be up to you. You can write not a general letter, but two messages addressed to each other. Turn on your fantasy and then hide the bottle with the letter in the house. Just do not forget to open it in several years.