When was the last time you went out for a romantic meal with your partners? If you haven’t enjoyed a romantic night out in months, eating a special meal at home is one of the best ways to spend some quality time together.

Not only does dining together at home cost significantly less than eating together at a fancy restaurant or spending the evening at a luxurious bar, it also lets you show off your cooking skills.

A lot goes into the perfect romantic dinner, from mood lighting to the ideal choice of food and wine. In this guide, we’ll share eight tips that you can use to create an ideal romantic dining experience for you and your partner in the comfort of your home.

TURN DOWN THE LIGHTING FOR A MORE RELAXED ATMOSPHERE

Have you ever dined in a high-end restaurant with harsh, bright lighting? Almost all restaurants use soft, dimmed lighting to create a romantic, relaxed and comfortable dining environment.

If your home has a dimmer switch, turn down the lights so that there’s just enough light for comfortable dining. Complement the dimmed lighting with a lamp or two, or light candles for the ultimate in romantic dining.

Nothing beats the reflection of glowing candles off your wine glasses. Turn down the lights to enjoy a relaxed and comfortable dining atmosphere that feels far more like a high-end restaurant than your dining room.

PAIR SIMPLE, EASY-TO-COOK FOOD WITH BEAUTIFUL PRESENTATION

There’s nothing worse than burning a romantic dinner, so avoid choosing a dish that you haven’t prepared before. Choose something you’ve cooked several times before so that there’s no chance of you making a mistake while you prepare.

There’s nothing unromantic about simple foods, especially when they’re presented well. Focus on the presentation – a beautifully arranged dish with simple and tasty ingredients is much better than a complicated dish cooked poorly.

When was the last time you went out for a romantic meal with your partners? If you haven’t enjoyed a romantic night out in months, eating a special meal at home is one of the best ways to spend some quality time together.

Not only does dining together at home cost significantly less than eating together at a fancy restaurant or spending the evening at a luxurious bar, it also lets you show off your cooking skills.

A lot goes into the perfect romantic dinner, from mood lighting to the ideal choice of food and wine. In this guide, we’ll share eight tips that you can use to create an ideal romantic dining experience for you and your partner in the comfort of your home.

TURN DOWN THE LIGHTING FOR A MORE RELAXED ATMOSPHERE

Have you ever dined in a high-end restaurant with harsh, bright lighting? Almost all restaurants use soft, dimmed lighting to create a romantic, relaxed and comfortable dining environment.

If your home has a dimmer switch, turn down the lights so that there’s just enough light for comfortable dining. Complement the dimmed lighting with a lamp or two, or light candles for the ultimate in romantic dining.

Nothing beats the reflection of glowing candles off your wine glasses. Turn down the lights to enjoy a relaxed and comfortable dining atmosphere that feels far more like a high-end restaurant than your dining room.

PAIR SIMPLE, EASY-TO-COOK FOOD WITH BEAUTIFUL PRESENTATION

There’s nothing worse than burning a romantic dinner, so avoid choosing a dish that you haven’t prepared before. Choose something you’ve cooked several times before so that there’s no chance of you making a mistake while you prepare.

There’s nothing unromantic about simple foods, especially when they’re presented well. Focus on the presentation – a beautifully arranged dish with simple and tasty ingredients is much better than a complicated dish cooked poorly.

 

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From steak au poivre to the perfect spaghetti carbonara, choose a dish that you’re completely confident cooking and pair it with the perfect sides and wine for a great dinner.

DECORATE USING SOME STYLISH AND ROMANTIC ACCESSORIES

Your dining room might be comfortable, but is it romantic? A few small accessories are often all it takes to transform your home from comfortable and familiar into the ultimate romantic dining environment.

Try sprinkling rose petals around your dining table or moving your loveseat next to the fireplace for a romantic post-dinner drink. Small changes to your dining area can have a huge effect on the way it makes you feel.

REARRANGE YOUR DINING AREA FOR A ROMANTIC NIGHT IN

The only thing better than a romantic dinner at home is a romantic dinner followed by drinks, dessert and a movie. Don’t just focus on the dining table – instead, change your entire living space for a refreshing and fun experience.

Set up a side table next to your sofa for after dinner cocktails. Serve dessert on your coffee table while you watch your favourite movie together. Instead of just having a romantic dinner together, have an entire date in the comfort of your home.

ADD SOME STYLE TO YOUR MEAL WITH A GREAT WINE PAIRING

Choosing a great wine to match and complement your meal is a great way to take it to the next level. Working out wine pairings is hard, but once you get understand it, you’ll be confident choosing the perfect wine to match any home cooked meal.

Most people know the basics of pairing wine with food, such as avoiding red wine and fish. Far fewer people know how to choose the perfect wine to bring out all of the flavours in your meal.

Wine Enthusiast’s guide to pairing food and wine is a fantastic starter’s guide to wine and food pairings. From Champagne to Cabernet Sauvignon, it includes a selection of wines to match any dish.

DRESS THE PART, EVEN THOUGH YOU’RE STAYING AT HOME

You might be staying at home for the night, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to dress the part. Put on a stylish, fashionable and reasonably formal outfit as if you’re dining at the latest hot restaurant.

For men, there’s no need to wear a dinner jacket. Stick to a fashionable button down shirt or, if you’re in the mood for something more formal, a classic blue blazer, grey casual suit or any of your other favourite outfits.

For women, choose your favourite dress and a fashionable pair of heels. By dressing up as if you’re going out for a romantic meal together, you’ll get an experience that’s no less unforgettable than dining at your city’s top restaurant.

PREPARE THE PERFECT DESSERT TO COMPLEMENT THE MEAL

Nothing completes a romantic meal like a fantastic dessert. If you’ve chosen a simple dish that you know well for the main course, use the dessert as an opportunity to try something more complicated and interesting.

From chocolate fondant to the perfect soufflé, lots of stylish and delicious desserts are surprisingly easy to prepare. Unlike the main course, it’s also easy to prepare a dessert ahead of time and keep it ready to eat inside your refrigerator.

Can’t think of anything to prepare? If you don’t have much of a sweet tooth, replace the traditional dessert with a digestif. From Schnapps to Limoncello, a tasty digestif is often the perfect post-dinner treat.

 

 

CHOOSE THE RIGHT SOUNDTRACK FOR A ROMANTIC NIGHT IN

With food, drinks and lighting taken care of, what more is there to prepare? Music is one of the most important aspects of any romantic night in, and it’s worth preparing a playlist ahead of time to enjoy an unforgettable experience together. Soft jazz or lounge music is a great choice, as is instrumental piano. From Chopin to Erik Satie, a slow-paced and relaxing piano soundtrack is often the perfect ambient background music for a romantic night together.  

 

Do you and your partner have a favourite song with some special significance for both of you? Sneak it into your playlist about one hour in so that it starts playing right as you reach the end of your dinner.

ARE YOU READY FOR A ROMANTIC NIGHT AT HOME?

There’s no need to spend a fortune dining at your city’s top restaurant just to have a romantic night with your partner. The right combination of food, wine, music and an exceptional atmosphere can turn your living room into the ultimate dining location.

If you’d like to give your partner a truly special night, prepare a surprise date right in your home. With the right meal, the right music and the right conversation, your night at home can be far more special than enjoying a meal together at a restaurant. If you furniture isn't up to the task then we can help, from dining tables and chairs to living accessories we have it all.

 

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