How To Plan a Romantic Dinner at Home for Your Spouse

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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.

How to Plan a Romantic Dinner At Home for Your Spouse:

  1. 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.

  1. Plan your romantic dinner on an evening of a week that you are sure your spouse won't have other time commitments already scheduled.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. Sprinkle the table with rose petals or sparkly heart shaped sprinkles. You can set floating candles in small glasses filled partly with cranberry juice.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.
  1. Choose the music you want to listen to ahead of time, and have soft romantic music playing in the background.

  2. 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.

  3. Turn off the television, computers, and other distractions.

Sample Menus for Your Romantic Dinner:

  • ​Romantic Dinner Menu -- Chinese
  • Romantic Dinner Menu -- French
  • Romantic Dinner Menu -- Greek
  • Romantic Dinner Menu -- Italian
  • Romantic Dinner Menu -- Mexican
  • Romantic Dinner Menu -- Simple

Tips On Preparing for Dinner:

  1. Get dressed up.
  2. 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.
  3. Forum Post: "What is romance?" That all sounds very nice, really. But I don't think it's a shame at all that some of us don't do this at home and would rather go out for these things.
  4. "And I'm sure you know that candles, flowers, tablecloths, crystal, etc., aren't essential props for a romantic dinner. Cooking on the Coleman and eating by the campfire off tin plates is romantic too."
  5. Forum Post Continued:"I do think it's a shame if a couple never sets aside some sort of quality time for romance of whatever variety they prefer. It does have to be cultivated; it won't happen by itself."

    What You Need:

    • A Plan
    • A Menu
    • Determination
    • Candles
    • Mood Music
    • Romantic Movie
    • Flowers
    • Nice linen for the table, good tableware, crystal glasses
    • Creative Thinking