Creating the perfect meal for two for a stay-at-home date requires more than just cooking a meal. You’ll want to make sure everything is perfect to create an intimate atmosphere. With a little forethought and planning, you can create a date night dinner for two that’s both delicious and romantic. Here’s how you do it.
1. Start with the Right Tools
As with any task, using the right tools makes the job easier. When cooking your date night dinner, be sure to use the best quality cookware you can to ensure the meal turns out precisely as it should.
Using old worn-out pots and pans can cause food to stick and burn, which is neither delicious nor romantic. If all your cookware is of poor quality, splurge a little and get yourself a couple of new pieces just for your special night.
2. Keep the Meal Light
If you’re planning to serve several courses, be sure to keep each one light. For example, you might start with a small salad as you wait for the main entrée to finish cooking. For the main course, sautéed meat and vegetables is a good choice. Lastly, dessert should be something light as well such as gelato with berries or a tasty pastry.
As you plan your meal, stay away from any foods with strong odors such as garlic and onions and make sure the foods you choose are simple to eat and not messy. You want to be able to focus on your date rather than avoiding stains.
3. Offer Your Date a Drink
When he or she arrives, offer them a drink. Depending on your preferences, this drink may contain alcohol or not. Try to find out what your date prefers to drink and have it on hand.
After the meal, offer them another drink. Tea and coffee make good after-dinner drinks because they help ward off drowsiness caused by a good meal. If there is a hint of romance in the air, your after-dinner drink may also be an alcoholic one.
4. Dress to Impress
Even though your date is going to be a stay-at-home kind of thing doesn’t mean you should dress the part. On the contrary, you should dress to impress. Choose an outfit that flatters your form, and pay special attention to grooming. Grooming may include shaving, waxing, or getting a haircut if need be. Looking your best ensures your date knows you care about them and what they think.
5. Create the Perfect Intimate Atmosphere
A clean, uncluttered space helps set the mood for an intimate, romantic evening. Nothing kills the mood faster than having to move clothing and other clutter to sit down, so be sure you clean, dust, and vacuum your place before your date arrives.
To further create the kind of atmosphere appropriate for the perfect dinner for two, dim the lights and light candles. Avoid using scented candles as they can distract from the yummy food you’re cooking. Lastly, turn on some soft music to play in the background. If this is one of your first dates together, the music will help fill in any lulls in conversation. It might also give them a reason to ask you to dance. Whether it’s your first date together or your 100th, preparing a meal for two can be a fun and romantic way to show you care. From using the best quality cookware possible to creating an intimate atmosphere, the tips above can help you deliver the perfect date night dinner.