Whether or not you are a good cook, at some point inspiration may strike. Perhaps you will want to make your beloved a meal to remember at home with flowers, champagne, music, and the works. However, if cooking gourmet food is not one of your best skills, you may be intimidated to attempt this kind of dinner. The good news is that you do not have to be a gourmet chef to give your significant other a romantic meal at home.
Set the Scene
Half of a romantic dinner is the gourmet food, and the other half is the romantic atmosphere. Picture your favorite romantic restaurant, and use that for inspiration. Fresh flowers on the table, a candlelit room, and soft music playing in the background will go a long way toward setting the scene for your special dinner. Depending on what you are cooking, you could even make a romantic picnic on the floor of your living room. The whole atmosphere of the meal changes by leaving the kitchen table and setting up in a different room. Be creative and consider the likes and dislikes of the person for whom you are going to all this effort.
This is the part where some people may get stuck and want to change the plan for a romantic gesture that is easier to pull off. Cooking gourmet food sounds difficult, and if cooking for you means boiling pasta or opening a can, it may sound impossible. Let this negative thinking go. Your date is not a food critic. Consider making your very best dish. It may not be a new recipe, but if you have set the scene for the meal as suggested it will still be very special served in such a romantic setting. If you are interested in trying something new, there are a number of cookbooks devoted to the subject of romantic dinners and romantic food. Menu planning will be easy with the guidance of one of these books. If cooking is what is stopping you from hosting this special evening, then it is perfectly reasonable to order from a restaurant and plate it at home. Even the most fancy restaurant can package its gourmet food up for you nicely in take-out containers.
Creating a romantic dinner for your partner does not have to be difficult and overwhelming. Whether or not you cook yourself, the meal will still be as romantic as if you had been cooking all day. The setting, the relationship and your well meaning intent are what will make this meal a special one for the two of you.