When we hear the words “perfect date”, we think of Valentine’s Day or some sort of anniversary. But the truth is, you don’t need an occasion to go on a perfect date. It also doesn’t matter if it’s with your long-term partner or with someone you just met. All you need is a little bit of love and some planning!
Unfortunately, many of us are clueless when it comes to organizing the perfect dinner date. Lucky for you, we’ve prepared a complete guide to help you organize the perfect dinner date that both parties will enjoy!
Decide on Where the Date Will Be
First, decide whether you want to stay in or go out. While an at-home dinner date is the utmost gesture of affection towards your partner, we recommend going out if it’s your first date together.
The other person doesn’t know you yet. They probably won’t be comfortable coming to your home. So, maybe save that experience for the third or fourth date. Also, taking them out will give you a better idea of what they like and dislike!
Plan the Perfect Meal
Practically speaking, nothing is more critical to a dinner date than the food. And we have two important tips to ensure your date leaves with dancing taste buds!
Go For Simple Meals
If you’ve opted for dinner at home, keep it simple! After all, you don’t want to spend all your time in the kitchen. And if you can afford it, get a private chef to do it for you! This way, you can spend more time getting ready for the date and plan other activities with your partner.
If you’ve chosen to make a meal yourself, we recommend going for a recipe that is tried, tested, and loved. A helpful tip is to prep your meal in advance so that you spend less time cooking and more with your date.
Also, avoid messy food. The last thing you want is for you and your date to struggle to remain stain-free all night. While we would never have you deny yourself a cheeseburger, opting for foods that can be eaten cleanly ensures a great first impression!
On that note, here are some more do’s and don’ts for a first date.
Keep In Mind Food Preferences
If this isn’t your first date with your partner, or if you have been talking to them for a while, plan the meal according to their preferences. Not only is this bound to make the date more enjoyable for them, but it will also show them you care enough to remember their likes and dislikes!
Dress for the Occasion
Believe it or not, how you dress says a lot about your intentions for the night. Dressing casually may signal that this is a fun night out where you intend to get to know the other person better. Wearing something fancier indicates more effort, often meaning you are more serious about your partner.
When deciding what to wear, remember the location, the occasion, or, if possible, what your partner prefers. As a general rule, when it comes to dinner dates, you should always dress to impress!
Ensure the Perfect Ambience
The ideal dinner date needs to feel special. Now, this doesn’t always mean grand gestures and expensive restaurants. It’s the little things that can make you feel closer to your partner than ever before!
For example, you can pick a restaurant with dim lighting if you’ve chosen to go out for your dinner date. Low light can help you and your date relax and be comfortable enough to share feelings and thoughts.
However, you may feel more comfortable in a more upbeat restaurant, which is also perfectly alright, but you want to make sure you choose somewhere that isn’t too loud. You don’t want to be screaming at each other just to have a conversation!
Spend Quality Time Together
The perfect dinner date is more than just a shared meal. You want your date to remember the time you spent together; the topics talked about, the things you did together, and most importantly, how they felt during the date.
The easiest way to spend quality time with your partner is to spark up a meaningful conversation. Ask them about their likes and dislikes, favorite TV shows, music, and ambitions, among other things. And make sure you remember to listen to them as well.
But unfortunately, holding a conversation is difficult for many people. If you have yet to master this skill, no worries — you can engage your partner in other ways.
Playing card games, riding roller coasters, and figuring out escape rooms are not only some fun things to do together, but they are also a great way to break the ice on a first date.
End the Night on a Sweet Note
After all this planning and deliberation, you want to make sure that your partner remembers the dinner date forever. And what better way to ensure this than giving them a token of love? A parting gift, flowers, or even a handwritten letter can make the whole evening unforgettable.
We understand that organizing the perfect dinner date can be nerve-wrecking. If it’s your first date, you may even need a full tutorial!
But the bottom line is stop worrying about making everything perfect, and instead, focus on having a fun time. If all doesn’t go as planned, it’s completely okay. After all, the best memories are often the ones made by accident!