If you’re busy parents; it can be a challenge to find the free time to spend with one-another and catch up on how you’ve been. Finding a babysitter isn’t always possible, and money and routines might be tight, especially if your older kids are now back to school. However, it’s crucial to the success of the relationship with your other half to make an effort to enjoy their company when it’s just you two there. Food s the perfect way to show someone how much you love and care for them, and you can treat your spouse to a date night in your own home.
Forget about expensive restaurant meals, trips to the theater, or an overpriced cocktail lounge; your kitchen and dining space will provide a dreamy location for you to chat, reminisce and enjoy your culinary delights together. Whether you pick a Friday or Saturday night to enjoy your stay-at-home date; ask for some help in getting the kids bathed and ready for bed, ensure you’ve done the right prep and planning, and cook up a feast. The following are some tips and ideas for those who want to create the perfect date night for their spouse, where the focus in on the food, and more importantly, the company.
Get Your Cookbooks Out
Although you’ll want the cooking side of things to go as smoothly as possible on the night; you don’t want to serve your beloved something that you are always eating together as a family. You’ll want to make the night a little more special by making something new or putting a twist on their favorite cuisine. Think about simple dishes or regional food that you both enjoy eating; perhaps Italian or Greek is the running theme throughout the night, and each dish complements the next. You don’t have to become a master chef; just put as much effort into the meal as possible so that you’d happily pay for the food in a restaurant. If you have no interest in cooking at all; perhaps it’s time to order in your favorite take away, or pick something up from a great restaurant on the way home, but that’s for another blog post.
Read through your recipe books and get a notepad and pen at the ready; jot down each course (as little or as many as you like). Make sure that you can source the ingredients for the meal with ease so that you’ll have everything you need to prepare the food and won’t be rushing out to the grocery store on the evening when you should be enjoying a glass of wine as you stir the pot. You can order your fresh meat or seafood online; get info here on the process and save yourself the trouble of visiting the butchers or fishmongers to find the perfect shrimp for your Spanish paella. Get any food deliveries booked in for at least the day before your date night so that you’ll have time to source extra produce or food on the day if something goes awry.
Make sure that your meal flows well; you don’t have to create three courses, but if you do they should fit into your overall theme and the starter and dessert shouldn’t be too heavy, so that you can enjoy the main. Chop, slice, prepare and cook whatever you’re able to in advance. Perhaps take a moment when the kids are eating dinner, or watching T.V you get a head start on the food. You can get plates, cutlery, and glasses ready to go on the table as soon as the kid’s stuff has been cleared away. The smell of your cooking will be something your other half will enjoy, and they’ll be looking forward to sitting down with you to eat and chat.
Serve It In Style
Serve your food so that it looks appealing and your loved one will be excited to dive into the meal. If you’re heading in the paella direction, you could invest in a paella dish that will look great as the table centerpiece. The same goes for any specific cuisines; tagines, Balti dishes, and ramen dishes will all add the touch of a restaurant to your date night, and you’ll be able to utilize them in the future, so could be a purchase worth considering. Take your side dishes into consideration also; rice, pasta, and potatoes will look great in a decorative bowl or in your best serve ware. For a more formal feeling to your meal; plate everything up at the kitchen counter, before bringing it over to your spouse and beginning your evening together.
The best thing about large plates, bowls, platters, and serving options in the middle of the table is the sharing aspect of the food. There’s nothing more romantic than digging into the same dish of food and sharing what’s presented on the table between the both of you. Pass things to one another, ask them to slice you a piece of the crusty loaf you bought, and appreciate the effort you’ve made to get across how much you love them.
Candlelight will provide you with another romantic touch; you won’t have kids and little hands to contend with (hopefully they’re tucked up in bed by now) so you can enjoy a few tea lights or the flicker from a pillar candle. Pop your favorite music on in the background, and you’ll have set the perfect date night scene in the comfort of your own home. If you want to go all out; make an effort to wear something special and treat the night as you would if you were going to the latest restaurant in the city; why not, it’s a date night after all!
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A Little Fizz Never Hurt Anyone
It’s time to pop open that bottle of fizz or wine you’ve been saving for a special occasion. Tonight is all about treating your partner to a dreamy date night that they’ll never forget, so stop saving bottles of beverages for another time and let them know how important they are to you right now. You’ll both appreciate the effort you put into your stay at home date, and who knows; next time it could be your partner doing the cooking!