There’s a lot of truth to the saying “The way to a person’s heart is through the stomach.” Whether you’re in a long-term relationship or newly dating, planning a romantic dinner for your sweetie is a sure way to deepen your connection and spend meaningful, quality time together. And what better time than on Valentine’s Day?
Here is a guide to ensure that your romantic dinner leaves you and your partner with a full stomach and a full heart:
1. Know your partner’s likes and dislikes
You don’t want to spend time making a platter of roasted brussel sprouts only to learn that your lover hates them. Avoid that awkward moment and mood killer by taking inventory beforehand about what foods they hate, and which they love. Once you know their food preferences, you’re one step closer to planning the ideal meal.
Now that you know what your partner loves to eat, it’s time to decide what to cook! Scan the food blogs, or make your specialty dish that you know they like. This will ensure that they feel comfortable and taken care of.
3. Multiple courses
People are impressed by multiple courses. If you’ve got the time, definitely consider serving up a few smaller courses before the entrée.
4. Frisky foods
Plan an aphrodisiac themed meal, or include one or two into whatever you’re making. This will serve as a good conversation piece, as well as a great transition into things becoming steamier later on in the night. Some examples of food to increase the libio include avocados, salmon, watermelon and oysters.
A romantic dinner is truly not complete without a romantic environment! Set the scene by placing candles on the table and around the room, and dimming or turning off lamp sources of light. Play some jazz or French music turned down low, like the Edith Piaf Pandora station. Have the table set with your nicest dish ware.
6. Eye Contact
Once dinner is served, let your special guest know how special they are by smiling, making eye contact and reaching across the table to hold their hand. Take this moment to tell them what they mean to you and what you love about them.
Dessert is a must! A sweet treat will end your romantic Valentine’s dining experience on a positive note. Don’t feel pressured to make something from scratch. Something as simple as a plate of ice cream or a sampling of chocolate truffles will please. If you’re a baking master or feeling ambitious, bust out the torch and impress with a decadent crème brulee!
If you follow these steps you’re well on your way to creating a romantic and memorable evening for you and your Valentine. Bon appetit!
By Molly Donovan, M.A. in Mental Health Counseling, Relationup Advisor