Going out to dinner at a restaurant is not your only option for an 'upscale' dining experience. We have 5 tips to make dinner at home feel like a special evening. It might come as a surprise, but it's easier than you think! Given we are spending more time at home, it's important to make time for special moments and mix up your daily routine.
1. Spruce up The Table
Environment is everything, especially when you have been in the house for a while. Take out your fun table settings! You don’t need to have company over to use your pretty napkins, placemats, or china dinnerware.
The table can also benefit from adding fresh flowers and candles. If you can't get to the store to buy flowers, you can always pick some from your garden or use a beautiful bowl of citrus instead! A little pop of color goes a long way.
2. Dress For the Occasion
No matter how comfortable you are in loungewear, don't wear it to dinner. We challenge you to get ready for dinner like you are going to a classy restaurant. Put on your blazer or festive dress, when you show up to the table looking your best, you're going to feel your best.
3. good wine, Good Food
Try mixing up your daily routine and cooking something unique and pair it with a bottle (or two) of wine. Try a new recipe—don’t be afraid to make it a challenge. Do you have a special bottle of wine you have been waiting to drink or a favorite wine that makes you happy? Why wait to enjoy them-- we say don't. Dust off your bottle and indulge in a food and wine pairing. If you feel you need more help on the ‘laws’ of food and wine pairing, here is a helpful article from Wine Folly.
4. Set The Sound For The Evening
Think of your playlist as the mood you want to set for the evening-- do you want calm and romantic or lively and lighthearted. We love using some of the jazz or dinner party playlists that are already created on Spotify. Music is personal, so it should represent your style! If the wine, food and music pair well enough, you special dinner might just turn into a dance party.
5. Be Present
Hopefully this goes without saying-- no phones or TV at the dinner table. You may be spending a lot of time with each other each day, but being present will help you make time to truly feel connected. Listening and engaging in conversation is the best way to connect with family, a partner or friend.
#MakeTime for elevated dinners at home-- cheers!