You don’t have to go all the way to a restaurant in order to have a romantic dinner for two— you can bring the romance into your own dining-room and surprise your partner with a meal that will make their heart melt. Here are some simple steps to preparing the perfect dinner for a romantic night in.
Setting The Mood
Set up your dining-room so that your partner feels like they’ve been transported to a restaurant without stepping a foot outside your home. Clean up any clutter left on the table, the chairsor the floor, and put out your best table settings. Add finishing touches to the table, like a lush bouquet of flowers in a vase or rows of lit candles to make the atmosphere feel more intimate.
Break Out The Bubbly
There is no better way to celebrate a special occasion than breaking out the bubbly. Pour a glass of chilled champagne or prosecco before starting on any dinner courses. If you really want to impress your partner, you can make a glamorous cocktail with the sparkling wine. The refreshing vintage cocktail French 75 is made from a combination of gin, sugar, sparkling wine and freshly squeezed lemon. Remember to garnish the drinks with a curled lemon or orange peelto really give them a professional touch.
Dazzle With Dinner
Unless you’re a trained chef, it’s difficult to make dishes look like they came out of a high-end restaurant, but there are ways to make a simple look and taste incredible. Using fresh seafood in your meals is an easy trick to bring high-end flavor to your dining-room. For an extravagant take on a salad course, make a delicate and delicious lobster salad with champagne dressing. For an elegant entrée, sear scallops on an iron skillet then toss them into boiled pasta — pappardelle, linguine or spaghetti are good choices for noodles — then top it off with olive oil and fresh herbs. Order the seafood directly for your date-night with Lobster Anywhere and go to their website for delicious recipes to prepare your orders.
Split Some Dessert
If you feel confident in your cooking abilities and want to show off your chef skills, you can delight your partner with desserts like soufflés, mousses or homemade truffles. If you aren’t confident in the kitchen, have no fear— chocolate fondue is a dessert that is just as delicious as any complicated dessert and it’s simple to put together. Remember to use premium chocolate for the mixture and high-quality ingredients for dipping, like artisanal marshmallows in place of discount-brand marshmallows. Set up an assortment treats for dipping like fresh strawberries, pitted cherries, banana slices and marshmallows on a plate right beside the fondue set.
If you follow these four steps to plan a romantic night in, your partner is sure to be surprised and delighted. Set up the dining-room with vases of flowers and rows of candles, like you have aprivate bistro in your own home. Treat the night like a special occasion and pour out glasses of Champagne and French 75s. Start off your dinner by feastingon fresh seafood and finish it bysharing a pot of rich chocolate fondue. With a little bit of preparation, you can take your partner on a wonderfully romantic date without leaving your front door.