Like most recent holidays, we’ll probably be spending Valentine’s Day at home this year. But that doesn’t mean we can’t plan a romantic celebration with those we love the most. Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day or not, an at-home date night is a great way to slow down, take a break from work and the kids, and spend quality time with your spouse or partner.
We know planning a date night can be daunting, especially when you’re busy. We wanted to share a few tips to make it easier.
Set the Mood
- Keep it Fresh: Don’t just have dinner at your dining room table. Try to find a different location in your house. If nothing else, rent table linens, centerpieces and candles to make your dining room feel a bit more fancy.
- Use the Nice Dishes: Either get out or rent a nice set of matching dishes, silverware and glassware.
- Dress Up: We’ve all been in sweatpants for many months. Why not get out the dresses and ties?
Plan the Menu
- Choose Cocktails: Keep it simple with wine or beer, or try a new cocktail for a fun surprise. Not into alcohol? Look for sparkling juice or a tasty mocktail.
- Plan Multiple Courses: In addition to dinner, prepare an appetizer and a dessert. This will feel more special, and will also extend the amount of time you spend together.
- Keep it Simple: Just because you’re planning more than one course doesn’t mean it needs to be complicated! And when in doubt, get takeout.
- Have a Backup Plan: Whether you’re cooking or ordering in, make sure there’s something ready to go in the fridge or freezer in case the main course is a flop.
This one is a bit more difficult, but not impossible. If you have kids at home, set them up with an easy dinner and a movie in a different room, or plan your date night for after bedtime. Turn off the TV and put your phones away and out of earshot.
From tents and tables to silverware and serving dishes, dance floors and décor to lighting and linens, Broadway Party & Tent Rental has the Minneapolis party rentals for your next event. Visit our online catalog and contact us to learn more.
This is an updated blog post, taken from a post that was originally published in January 2016.