Gentlemen, there is no better way to show your wife or girlfriend how much you love her than to plan a romantic evening at home for the two of you. Apart from the fact that it is more special and intimate to have dinner at home, you will also save a lot of money than if you took her to a fancy restaurant in the city. Here is a guide to planning a romantic dinner for your wife or girlfriend.
Select the menu. The first step is to select the menu for the evening. Put a lot of thought and consideration into your home cooked meal.
- Drinks: Wine is always a romantic choice. Choose her favorite wine and have a bottle ready. If she likes her wine chilled, put the bottle in the fridge ahead of time so that it will be cold by the time you are ready to drink it. Be sure to have a pitcher of water on the table during the meal, and you can also add a few slices of lemon to it.
- Appetizers: Prepare some appetizers to accompany the pre-dinner drinks. Simple appetizers you can serve include: cheese and crackers, vegetables and dip, chips and salsa, or skewers of any kind. Choose whichever appetizer you think she will enjoy the most.
- Entrée: Depending on your cooking skills, you should cook to your strength. If cooking is not your strong suit, stick to a simple meal, but if you are a master in the kitchen, feel free to go all out and get fancy. The following meals would all be a good entrée: baked chicken and vegetables, baked salmon with rice, and pasta of any kind (lasagna, baked ziti, stuffed shells, ravioli, penne).
Tip: Avoid cooking food with too many ingredients. You don’t want to have too much to clean up after the meal.
Tip: Avoid cooking food that takes too much time to prepare. You want to make sure that the meal is ready either when she gets home or soon after she gets home.
Tip: If you make pasta, serve salad as the appetizer and have bread and butter available throughout the meal.
- Dessert: After all of the cooking and preparation you have done with the appetizers and entrée, you can serve a simple dessert. Buy your wife’s favorite dessert, and if she is not picky with desserts, buy a cheesecake or some cupcakes from the local bakery. You can also make ice cream sundaes for dessert.
Choose the location. Once you have selected the menu, the hard part is over. The next step is to choose where in the house you will have dinner. If you have a deck or backyard, it would be very romantic to have dinner as the sun sets. If you have a fireplace, you can dim the lights and have dinner in front of the fire. It can also be just as romantic to have dinner at your dining room or kitchen table
Set the table. Use a nice place setting. If you have plates, napkins, silverware, or glassware that you only use during special occasions, using them during the dinner.
Decorate. Buy a bouquet of flowers, roses in particular, and place them on the table where you will be dining. You can also use rose petals. Sprinkle them across the table or use them to create a path to the table.
Set the atmosphere. You want to establish a romantic mood and atmosphere as soon as your wife walks through the door. Dim the lights, light candles around the room, and have soft music playing in the background all evening.
Dress up. Although you are having dinner in your own home, you still want the evening to be romantic, so you should dress up as if you were going out to dinner. You can dress nicely while also being casual.
Be sure to minimize all distractions by turning off your cell phones so that that two of you can focus solely on each other and the romantic evening ahead.