So you’ve been wanting to ask someone on a date for the longest time, but you’ve been reluctant until you’ve mustered enough confidence to ask. Luckily your invitation was accepted. The problem? You don’t have enough time to make reservations at a restaurant, and your only option is to prepare a romantic dinner date at home. It has to be unique, so make sure to follow our tips so the two of you can enjoy a sumptuous dinner and a good time together.
Know Food Preference and Allergies
Don’t be shy to ask what food your date prefers. It is best to ask rather than end up preparing something that triggers their allergies or something that they do not like eating. The food that you’re going to prepare can help make or break your first date. If you prepare your date’s favorite food, you might secure a second date!
Assess Your Kitchen Skills
If you’re trying to impress your date, make sure that you have the proper kitchen skills. Don’t try preparing something that you haven’t cooked before just for the sake of trying to impress them. Prepare something simple. If you’re having trouble with kitchen appliances and you know that you cannot cook, opt for a meal prep delivery instead. However, if you’re a professional cook, don’t limit yourself. Impress your date with an elaborate meal.
Choose Your Meal Well
While some savory meals are ideal to serve for dinner, they are not recommended for a date as they can often have an unfortunate after-effect. For instance, food items with too much onion and legumes may limit your time together because one of you may end up creating some digestive sounds. If you think your partner is game for something more exhilarating after dinnertime, you may want to consider using some aphrodisiac foods as part of your meal to help set the mood.
Create a Cozy Ambiance
Make sure your date will feel comfortable in your home. You can create a good impression with a clean house. Take time to vacuum the rugs and carpets, wipe the tables, and mop the floors. Keep your dirty laundry in a room with the door closed.
Make the dinner table cozy with candles and some flowers. Don’t forget to add some light music in the background. If a song reminds your date of the first time you met, play it.
While the dinner date will happen at your home, don’t forget to dress up for the occasion. Don’t receive your date with your house clothes on. You don’t have to spend too much time styling yourself, but you have to give your date the impression that you’ve prepared for the evening.
Think of a Post-Dinner Activity
If you want to get to know your date a little more, it would be best to prepare something that the two of you can enjoy after dinner. Does your date like watching movies? Prepare a list of titles you think your date will like. If you think your date will appreciate a stroll around your neighborhood, then go for it. Any activity that you feel will ease the awkwardness and tension is welcome. Your goal is to make your date feel comfortable in your presence. If you’re making your date laugh and open up, then you’re on the right track.
Preparing for a date can be nerve-wracking. More so, if it happens so suddenly without you having enough time to prepare. The key here is keeping your confidence and composure. You don’t have to pretend to be someone you are not just to prove you’re worth it. Just be yourself. If something good comes out of the first date, you’ll know immediately.