When was the last time you had a romantic dinner with your spouse?
You don't have to have a special occasion to host a romantic dinner for your spouse.
Set aside the excuse you can't cook.
If you are culinary-challenged, you can still plan a romantic dinner at home for the two of you by either choosing simple recipes to follow or by purchasing some of the meal courses from a restaurant or store.
- Set the stage of your romantic dinner by making sure the two of you will be alone. If you have children, arrange for babysitting at someone else's home.
- Plan your romantic dinner on an evening of a week that you are sure your spouse won't have other time commitments already scheduled.
- Do you want the romantic dinner to be a surprise or not? If it is a surprise, light candles in the entrance of your home to surprise your spouse.
- If the dinner won't be a surprise, consider giving your spouse an invitation that you write yourself.
- Send the invitation by mail, leave it on your mate's pillow, send it with a bouquet of flowers, leave it on the dash of your spouse's car, etc.
- Your invitation needs to be specific as to when the romantic dinner is planned. Be creative!
- Set the table with a tablecloth, cloth napkins, nice dinnerware, crystal, unscented candles, and flowers. The napkins can be rolled or folded in a pretty way.
- Sprinkle the table with rose petals or sparkly heart shaped sprinkles. You can set floating candles in small glasses filled partly with cranberry juice.
- Decide on your romantic dinner menu.
- Keep it simple, but don't forget the appetizers. Plan on serving foods that your spouse likes. This isn't a time to experiment with a new recipe.
- If you are going to order your part of your romantic dinner from a restaurant or other source, make sure you have time to transfer the menu items to attractive bowls and platters.
- Choose the music you want to listen to ahead of time, and have soft romantic music playing in the background.
- Create dimmed lighting for the room where you will be dining. Small, white Christmas light strings can have the desired look. So can a fire in a fireplace.
- Turn off the television, computers, and other distractions.
- Sample Menus:
- Get dressed up.
- Have a plan on what you will do after dinner. You could take a moonlit walk together, watch a romantic movie, or dance to romantic music.
What You Need:
- A Plan
- A Menu
- Mood Music
- Romantic Movie
- Nice linen for the table, good tableware, crystal glasses
- Creative Thinking
Article courtesy of www.marriage.about.com