Help! I’m in panic mode! My husband’s birthday is coming up, and I want to surprise him. What to do? My über-creative self tells me that a romantic evening for two is in order. So there I am, jotting down and sketching tons of ideas into my pink sketchbook. And once again, I put on my imaginary party hat, and get my DIY game on! Please find below a guide with 5 simple steps for you to excel and to shine at your very own intimate dinner date with your love.
We have conducted a survey amongst our users and found out that 46% of women like to eat out and 47% enjoy cooking.
Whereas, 55% of men like to eat out and 47% enjoy cooking.
A Sweet Treat
A piece of pastry goes a long way for most men, and if it is actually homemade, then all the more. Cupcakes are simple to make and can easily be customized to match any occasion, if you add just the right amount of icing color to the frosting. So get in touch with your inner pastry chef and start baking. Wrap it in a stylish cupcake box or display on a vintage cupcake stand, and serve this divine treat to your significant other for dessert.
A Heartfelt Invitation
A little something handmade makes quite the impression on anybody! Why not get crafty and create a promising dinner invitation for your crush in the trendy colors of pink and gold? Stock up on fuchsia colored paper or cardboard (available at crafts or stationery stores), and embellish with golden elements (heart shaped confetti, glitter, stamps, washi tape). Also, if you browse around the internet you will find beautiful fonts to download, in order to convey your heart-warming yet auspicious message with grace and style.
A Stunning Outfit
A special occasion calls for an extraordinary outfit, so don’t be shy to choose something that is particularly sexy. Usually, with certain looks one also tends to take on a different personality. This can be particularly attractive to your partner. If you would like to play it safe, soft hues such as pink, peach and nude are always a smart choice. If you like to spice things up, however then choose a red or black outfit instead, and you’ll be sure to have his imagination run wild in no time. Complemented by a pretty hairstyle, seductive perfume, subtle makeup, matching jewelry and your favorite pair of high heels, you will be the center of his universe.
A Sizzling Dinner for Two
Anyone can go and eat out at a restaurant if desired! So why not enjoy a romantic dinner in the comfort of your own home to seduce your sweetheart with your superb cooking skills?
The favorite cuisine of our iLovers is Italian (33%), followed by Chinese (28%) and Mexican (27%), thus you might want to consider when composing a menu.
In order to have something to nibble on during dinner, bake homemade crusty sourdough rolls, filled with sun dried tomatoes, olives and oregano, served with homemade sea salt butter.
As a starter, serve Italian cured beef (Bresaola) with corn salad and roasted pine nuts. As a main, serve braised beef cheeks with potato and eggplant puree. Finally, serve a rose water flavored panna cotta or surprise him with the previously homemade cupcakes.
Since men are known to be very visual, you must not neglect the importance of the right table decoration. Cover the table with a gray or black chevron tablecloth; add simple dishware, opulent stemware, elegant flatware, pink cloth napkins, candles, a bouquet of pink roses and small place cards (write but your name on a small slate blackboard). Choosing colors black/gray and pink is thus a good compromise for both of you.
A Photo Shoot to Remember
Have you ever considered incorporating a photo shoot to top off a truly romantic night? Organizing a photographer and finding the perfect location can be very time consuming and expensive. Instead, you could install a photo booth at home and direct your own photo shoot. Maybe you even own a camera with self-timer and attachable tripod, otherwise just ask your friends for help. Position a small table in front of a wall, allowing enough space in between, attach a self-made sign saying “Kissing Booth”on the wall above the table and complete the decor with DIY heart bunting. Looking at those cute, flirty and funny pictures afterwards, will always remind you two of this romantic dinner date spent together.