After 30 weeks in lockdown, games and home improvements are due a touch up to something for substantial. Perhaps a fantastic gourmet meal where we trade our sweat pants for evening wear. Then we pour a nice glass of wine, put on some tunes, and slide into something really decadent.
In this article, we’ll show you a night you’ve yearned for. A gourmet meal style restaurant scene at home, including the props, menu, music and setting the mood.
After a little making ready, a pinch of imagination and some candles, it’ll be worth the production. And you’ll savor that night out, in.
Step 1: Set The Scene
Set your table to complement your menu. For example, no place setting indicates basic casual dining. So, serve up some flare. If a juicy grilled salmon is being served, you might opt for a French bistro vibe. Or partner a white dish of egg roles and stir fry with vibrant Asian themed lamps and brightly colored tableware. Don’t be shy about moving your furniture around either. After all, you’re going for that restaurant dining experience. Thus, you want your gourmet meal to feel less like you’re eating it at home.
Step 2: Decorate Your Environment
You don’t have to go overboard here. However, you do want to make sure everything looks festival before the night begins. So, in addition to the candlelights, dim your dining room lights so it feels like a restaurant.
Also, you should prepare your playlist beforehand to ensure you have your favorite tunes playing throughout dinner. Here’s a Spotify Piano Dinner playlist.
Step 3: Plan Your Menu
There’s a lot to consider when planning a gourmet meal. One option though is to order in. But if you’re cooking, we have a few pointers for you. You don’t have to have a lavish spread; keep it simple. Besides, quality ingredients and great taste always win over elaborate, fussy dishes.
Step 4: Dress The Part
Dressing up is fun and it’s one of the best parts of going out. This restaurant experience is your opportunity to rummage through your closet for your ‘real clothes’. So, go on, flip off slippers and wash up good. Wear something that makes you feel marvelous, add a little glitz and don’t forget to take lots of photos.
Step 5: Don’t Stress
The golden rule of entertaining – relax. There’s nothing more endearing than a calm, cool, and collected host or hostess. Albeit, you want everything to be perfect, you should focus on having a good time. Because as long as you’re having fun, you’ll making great memories.
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