Bump up the romance with an at-home date night…
Coming home to find out that your partner filled your house with roses and candlelight would instantly put pretty much anyone in the mood – unless you just had the busiest day at work and all you want to do is put your hair up, sweatpants on, and veg out to your favourite TV series.
While spontaneity is a wonderful way to pamper and be pampered, planning an intimate evening in advance is often a better option because it sets the expectation for the romantic evening to come. A special evening doesn’t need to be a shock to be exhilarating; in fact, planning the night together is often all you will need to create the ultimate romantic night.
Here's how to turn an evening at home into an intimate date night:
Set a Date
Spontaneity is great in theory, but plans leave little room for error. For instance, if your partner doesn’t know about your special surprise, they may end up working late or going to dinner with friends instead.
Look over your calendars and find a night where both of you are free. If you want to keep an element of surprise, keep what you’ve planned a secret!
Create a Theme
Depending on your mood and preferences, you may consider a whimsical theme for your intimate evening. For example, you might evoke a Moroccan motif by stringing up lanterns, serving dinner in a tagine and sitting on pillows around your coffee table for a candlelit meal.
If DIY isn't your thing, rent a room at a local upscale hotel – weeknight rates are always cheaper – and imagine you're on vacation! Whatever you choose to do, you'll be filled with anticipation as you dream up your night together.