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

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.

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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.