With busy schedules and tight budgets it is often hard to go out for date night. Make every dinner date night worthy with these 6 tips for dinner dates at home any night of the week!
I don’t know about you all, but even though it is just the two of us, it seems like it is so hard to sit down to dinner together. We are both going 90 miles a minute and it seems like most days, in opposite directions.
But even with our hectic days, making sure to sit down to at least one meal together everyday is very important to me. It is time to reconnect, talk about our day, plan ahead and support each other. I feel good that even if we don’t have time or can’t afford date night ‘out’ or have opposite schedules, we take at least one hour a day to be totally wrapped up in each other.
Don’t get me wrong, this does take a bit of effort, I mean it is super easy to eat dinner alone at 4pm when I go to photograph a new recipe, because my husband won’t be home until later, or just eat dinner in front of the TV as we catch up on our latest show. But that tiny (really tiny) amount of time and effort to really eat dinner together is totally worth it!
Here are my 6 Tips For Dinner Dates at Home to help make every weeknight dinner date night worthy!
Dress for success: I’ll be the first to admit, on days when I work from home it is easy to get stuck in those infamous yoga pants. However, I always try and and take a few minutes to freshen up, change and at least put on some lipstick. Also, if you or your significant other works a job where they have to wear a uniform for work, encourage them to change as well. Changing out of work clothes (or yoga pants!) will help you focus on each other and not dwell on the challenges of the day.
Set the table: Setting the table with a crisp, clean tablecloth, nice dinner plates (please, avoid those paper goods!), wine glasses, candles and even some fresh flowers or garden herbs only takes a few moments and drastically changes the mood and atmosphere. A set table is more welcoming and encourages spending time together.
Eliminate distractions: Take time to focus on each other and enjoy good company. Turn off the television, computer and cell phones. Straighten up your home and keep your kitchen clean as you work and prepare your dinner.
Keep it simple: While there is a time and place for a big, fancy meal, keep your weeknight meals simple yet meaningful. If you work all day or spend all day in the kitchen cooking and cleaning, then you are going to be exhausted by the time you sit down for dinner. Exhaustion certainly won’t help you feel relaxed or in the mood for romance.