Wouldn’t it be grand to escape for a romantic Valentine’s weekend or even just a date night? Don’t worry, we have the ideal solution for you to get away from it all without travelling anywhere. With just a little planning you and your loved one can be cosied up in the snug, comfortable setting of … the lounge.
What better than an evening at home? After all, staying in is the new going out. Imagine, the soft warm glow and heat from the fireplace where logs burn and crackle, a picnic set out for two on the rug and Marvin Gaye softly playing in the background, it’s enough to warm any heart. Or imagine a fireside table set for two, far away from the noise and bustle of everyday life, ready to simply enjoy one another’s company. Afterwards retire to the sofa as the embers die down and chat the night away. Read on to find out how to create these dreamy settings in your home and escape for an evening to remember.
Set the Scene
Nothing says date night quite like a table set for two. Shuffle the furniture about and set it up at the fireside if you can, fold up outdoor furniture is great for this. Go all out and use a table cloth, cloth napkins and placemats. A candle in the centre mimics the fires glow and creates a focal point between you as you’ll obviously want to be gazing across the table into each other’s eyes!
If you’re in the mood for a more relaxing and cosy evening, then make space in front of the fire and set up a picnic area. Picnic dates give you the perfect opportunity to enjoy each other’s company in a quiet, informal setting. Place a thick, warm blanket on the ground to sprawl out on and plenty of cushions for comfort, select soft colours to keep the mood relaxed. Pop your picnic basket or box (even an emptied, upturned drawer works!) in the centre to create a low-level table to set your drinks and food on and well, you could be in the meadows. A vase or pitcher filled with fresh flowers will add to the atmosphere as will mild scented candles, you don’t need to pluck petals from roses to make it romantic. If you want to add in some fun options for after dinner entertainment, why not include your favourite card game or poetry book in the setup, this is a date night after all!
Prepare the Food
A home cooked, three course meal may say ‘I love you’ however, with many of us working at home and juggling home schooling too, time is of the essence; not many of us want to be slaving over a hot stove for hours on end! So why not order in from your favourite takeaway or treat yourself to a dine at home kit. Many restaurants are now offering DIY oven meals, ready to heat up at your convenience, or ingredient packs to make your own at home, from burgers to tacos, roasts to pizza, your local businesses have valentine’s dinner sorted! Mimic restaurant vibes by serving on warmed plates, clearing the table between courses and serving with sparkling water alongside your choice of beverage.
If a more relaxed setting suits your relationship then try these ideas to create the perfect indoor picnic date night. A glass of burgundy, a giant platter of cold meats and cheeses to nibble at the fireside are guaranteed to set the mood. Can you even call it an indoor picnic if a cheese board isn’t involved? Spruce up your grazing board with almonds, red grapes, blackberries, figs and olives. Add in some dips, artisan bread and crackers and the evening is yours.
Every meal, seated or picnic, should end with a bit of sweetness. For a perfect date night create something to share, from a giant cookie to a warm loaded brownie with ice cream, there’s nothing more fun than a spoon battle over the last mouthful!
Silence can be golden if your house is constantly bustling and loud, but softly playing background music or a playlist from a shared experience such as a concert will make the evening more memorable.
We’ve said it before but in case you missed it, candles. Eating by candle light instantly adds to the romantic atmosphere. It enhances the mood and will make you feel like you’ve gotten away from it all.
Remember to have everything prepared and within easy reach for your evening so you don’t need to get up and down to grab anything every few minutes. The fewer distractions during your date the more time for romance!
If you feel like your evening might need a little added extra than why not try out one of these activities together:
- Go through old photos. Cue the nostalgia, pour a glass of wine and reconnect as you take a trip down memory lane.
- Play a video game. Grab a controller and playfully challenge your partner to a game, retro games are always a win! Mario anyone?
- Build a jigsaw together.
- Turn up the tunes and share a dance.
- Create your own wine tasting experience or order one in for the evening.
- Plan a dream trip together. We may not be able to travel just now but that doesn’t stop you planning for one day in the future.
A perfect date night comes down to two things, relaxing and enjoying each other’s company. Everything else is a bonus. Be thoughtful, be kind and most importantly have a giggle.