How To Create A Restaurant Experience In Your Home For Dine-In Dates

Thanks to the pandemic, going out on dates hasn’t really been a thing recently. Fortunately, just because a trip to the cinema or dining in a restaurant has been off the menu, that doesn’t mean you have to go without your date nights.

There’s plenty you can do from the comfort of your home to treat your other half and enjoy some romantic time together. Plus, anyone who really wants to go all out can do a bit of interior decorating to transform their house into the perfect date night setting. There’s nothing quite like enjoying a meal together in a faux restaurant you’ve created at home.

If you’re unsure how to establish this romantic setting, the tips below should prove useful. With this guide, you’ll never have to worry about dining out ever again.

Play Background Noise

For your home restaurant to be believable, it can’t be too quiet. After all, no dining establishment is truly silent, so yours shouldn’t be either.

You can fix this issue by going online and looking for recordings of background noise. You might be amazed by how much variety there is out there, and having this playing could really help create the right ambience. Plus, you have the benefit of being able to control the volume, something that you wouldn’t have if you were dining in an authentic restaurant.

If the background noise isn’t to your liking, you can always create a musical playlist instead. Most restaurants have music playing over the speakers, with genres like classical or jazz ideal for setting a romantic mood.

Resort To Candlelight

Candlelight may be a cliché when it comes to dinner dates, but is that really a bad thing? If it sets the mood and your partner likes it, then use all the candles you can.

Relying on these, rather than your home’s lighting, can actually make it easier to believe you’re in a restaurant. After all, your surroundings will be less noticeable, so you won’t have the obvious backdrop of your kitchen or dining room ruining the experience.

Put Up A Chalkboard Sticker

It’s not uncommon to walk into a restaurant and see the day’s specials advertised on a chalkboard. Thankfully, you can recreate this in your own home by purchasing a vinyl sticker from Wallboss, which are available here.

These wall art experts provide high-quality wall graphics that are easy to put up and peel off as you see fit. Their chalkboard sticker is ideal for creating your intimate restaurant setting, as it will give you somewhere to showcase what you’re cooking (or ordering in) for the occasion. Having a decoration like this around should really add something to the atmosphere and make your other half feel as though they’ve been whisked off to a romantic dining spot.

Buy Different Plates, Silverware, Etc.

If you’re eating food on the same plate with the same utensils, you’re not likely to feel like you’re anywhere other than home. That’s why it’s worth buying some new stuff to use for this particular purpose.

To add a little class to proceedings, you might want to think about buying items that are a little more valuable than the ones you use already. You don’t have to break the bank by any means, especially if there’s a lot you want to buy. However, it’s always nice to have some high-quality plates, glasses, silverware, etc., to pull out for the right occasion. Plus, if you make your home dinner dates a regular occurrence, you’ll get the most out of your money by using your new purchases more often.

Set The Table Appropriately

It’s all well and good having nice new plates to eat off, but they don’t have quite as significant an impact if the table itself is nothing to write home about.

Be sure to invest in a nice tablecloth – if you don’t already own one – and cover it with decorations you’d expect to find in a restaurant. Salt and pepper shakers are always a good idea, as are serviettes (again, go for high quality) and flowers. You might want to consider buying a utensil holder too, and a bread basket wouldn’t go amiss either.

Cook Something New

A dine-in date is a perfect opportunity to try your hand at something new. That can be daunting, especially if you’re not much of a whiz in the kitchen. However, with a little bit of practice and a dash of self-confidence, it could be the pièce de résistance that your home restaurant needs.

You can find a wealth of excellent dinner suggestions here if you’re interested in trying something new. Alternatively, though, you may wish to get creative and experiment with a completely original meal. Whatever you do, though, make sure that your date night isn’t the first time you cook it. You don’t want to risk things going horribly wrong during your romantic evening because you didn’t test-run your meal beforehand.

If cooking isn’t your strong suit, but you still want to create an amazing dining experience at home, you can always order from a different restaurant instead. Services like Deliveroo and Uber Eats have dozens of great establishments to choose from, so use this as an opportunity to eat from somewhere that’s entirely new for you.

Call In Some Help

Being the one dealing with all the prep in the kitchen and ensuring that everything goes to plan can take some of the fun out of your date. While your other half might get to relax, you don’t.

That’s why it’s worth calling on a friend to act as a waiter -and possibly even a chef – for your romantic evening. Having them deal with everything behind the scenes will leave you free to enjoy being with your partner, which is what this is all supposed to be about. Plus, they can potentially help with the washing up, so you don’t end up with any arguments later.

Of course, whether you can do this tip will depend on the restrictions in place when you want to have your dine-in date. Unless you have someone who lives with you that can play the role, you might have to wait until things are safer. Turning part of your home into a restaurant can really breathe new life into your dinner dates. Even when the pandemic’s over, this could be a great way to keep the romance alive in your relationship, no matter how long you and your partner have been together.