Great Ideas for a Romantic Dinner
Setting the mood for your romantic dinner is an important thing. If your dining table is usually well lighted, you can make the place sensual by using candlelight instead. Place two candles on high holders and place them at both ends of the table. Flowers can also add color to your ordinary table and sets the right mood. Scents play a huge role at romantic dinners – bringing in a wave of seduction and relaxation. Some recommended scents are lavender, mandarin, jasmine, vanilla and rosewood.
After you have set the mood, here comes the hard part – cooking dinner. No, you can’t buy a complete meal and have it delivered to your place – that would take away from the romantic message you are trying to convey. Cooking the dinner all by yourself would send the message to your partner that he or she is special because you actually took the time and effort to prepare dinner and to make the evening extra special for them.
You should have a complete menu set for dinner, which includes beverage, appetizer, salad, an entrée, and dessert. Here are a couple of suggestions to include in your list.
Here’s your chance to buy that favorite champagne or wine. If you have an idea of your partner’s favorite drink, then get that one as well. The objective is not to get drunk, so you can even opt to have some non-alcoholic fruit drinks as well.
Anything with cheese is a good appetizer. Small helpings of seafoods like shrimps are also recommended. It actually just boils down to the presentation of the food – a dash of red hues like tomatoes or red bell pepper can jazz up a simple appetizer and can go a long way.
There are hundreds of salad recipes you can choose from. Try not to be overly experimental with your salads and go with the norms like green salads, mixed vegetables and the like. It would look nice if you can place your salads in “fruit” plates like the outer layer of avocados, papayas or coconuts.
You can cook something new for your main dish. You can turn the usual chicken and pasta into something special by adding a different sauce or spice. Observe what your date usually get when you dine out and try to prepare his or her favorite restaurant dish.
Strawberries and cherries topped with chocolate chunks is a good idea for a dessert. You can also bake simple cookies or cakes with red embellishments.
Preparing a romantic dinner can turn out to be quite pricey, but then again, it’s not something that you do everyday. Making this kind of effort can really add spice to your relationship and will leave a long lasting impression on your date.
About the Author: Ron Zvagelsky has a degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in May 2006. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of PlanJam - where you can plan a date and find romantic date ideas.