Things to Remember When Planning a Romantic Dinner

With so many obligations at work and with kids, it's easy for romance to fall by the wayside. A romantic dinner may help you and your partner reconnect and rekindle your spark. Planning a romantic dinner may seem overwhelming in the middle of an average busy day, but a few tips and tricks will ensure a stress-free romantic evening.

Planning a romantic dinner can be easy and exciting.Planning a romantic dinner can be easy and exciting.

Scheduling

Choose an ideal time for your romantic dinner. Make arrangements for the kids so you and your partner can enjoy time alone. Arrange a sleepover at a friend's house, or hire a babysitter to take the kids to a movie or to help put younger kids to bed early. Choose an evening when you know you and your partner will feel relaxed, without an early wake-up the next day.

Menu

Take a romantic trip down memory lane by recalling favorite meals from the earlier days of your relationship. If your first date was at an Italian restaurant, cook up a gourmet lasagna and buttery garlic bread. If you had a picnic at the park when he proposed, recreate the outdoor meal. You don't have to cook a fancy or exotic dish. The most romantic meal is one you'll both genuinely enjoy, so comfort foods are fine. For a low-stress evening, order take-out from a favorite restaurant or hire a personal chef to come to your house.

Decorations

Create an intimate, romantic environment. Play a song with special meaning to the two of you or your partner's favorite style of music, such as jazz or classic rock. Instead of roses and candlelight, try a clean, sleek table setting. Buy a small gift -- such as a watch or wallet -- and set it beside his plate. Wear an outfit that makes you feel confident or that your partner loves to see you in; accent it with jewelry he gave you on a past birthday or anniversary.

Extras

You may feel pressure to enjoy a perfect evening together, but don't start the dinner stressed. Let the evening unfold naturally. Keep conversation friendly instead of discussing serious issues. Follow up your dinner with a light, tasty dessert, such as fresh fruit with whipped cream. Serve a dessert wine or coffee so you'll have extra time to unwind after dinner. Leave the dishes for the next day instead of rushing away to clean; instead, browse through your wedding album or read old love letters aloud.

About the Author

Sally Murphy began writing professionally in 2000. She has worked as a writing instructor and written for various organizations and publications on topics ranging from history to hairstyles to television shows. Murphy graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English and also holds a Master of Fine Arts in writing.

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