Date nights – the perfect way to detach from our everyday routines and carve out time just for us and our loved one. While there’s no doubt that there will be plenty of romance after the wedding and on your first night together, it’s important to keep this spark alive, and the best way to do it is to dedicate a couple of hours a week for relaxing and enjoying with your spouse.

How you begin your marriage will set the stage for the rest of your time together, which is why you should put some time and effort into planning out a special date night. Here is a list of essentials you’ll need to get in order to throw a perfectly romantic surprise dinner for your hubby and take his breath away.

Use lighting to create a perfect love nest

If there’s one sure-fire way to infuse your living space with a dash of romance, it’s choosing the right lighting. A powerful tool for setting the mood, candles should be your date night go-to – grab a couple of them and arrange them on your dinner table by varying their height. You can also use them to illuminate your bathtub to give your bathroom a spa-like feel and add rose petals and a bath bomb to make it even more romantic. Dim the lights in your dining room and bathroom, and light a fire in the fireplace for an added feeling of coziness.

Carefully curate the menu for your date night

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Food and drinks play an important role in romantic date nights, so you need to make sure everything looks and tastes perfect. If you’re a skillful cook, you can prepare the dinner for your hubby and give it a personal touch. If not, you can simply rely on the restaurant delivery service to do it for you so you can focus on other aspects of the evening. You can also turn your romantic night into a wine and cheese tasting and have fun pairing them. As for the dessert, it’s the perfect way to wrap up a dinner – you can make ice cream sundaes with your hubby’s favorite flavors or you can simply order something from your local bakery.

Let your outfit bring out the lover in you

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One of the most important, if not the most important aspect of a date night is the outfit you decide to wear. You want to wear something that is comfortable yet at the same time makes you feel desirable and confident. When it comes to date nights, a sleek, elegant dress is something you can’t go wrong with. Whether you prefer shorter or longer dresses, nowadays you can easily shop from an online fashion store and order a dress you like instead of spending hours at the mall searching for the right one. Look for a dress that brings out the lover in you to capture your partner’s attention and leave him speechless.

Make sure you look your best for your special evening

Other than finding the perfect dress, you’ll need to make sure you look polished and flawless for your evening together. Looking and feeling your best when you’re around your hubby is important, especially for modern moms who often feel like they need to compromise style for comfort. Take some “me” time and don’t be afraid to splurge on something that makes you feel beautiful and confident. Get your hair and nails done for your date night and go for a bold makeup look to enhance your natural beauty. Finally, treat yourself to some new accessories such as a statement necklace or eye-catching earrings to complete your look for this special evening.

Rely on music for the perfect atmosphere

When planning an at-home date night, music is an inevitable part. It’s the cherry on the cake, a piece of the puzzle that makes everything feel complete and well-thought-out. Take some time to create a playlist that will merge with the flow of the evening. For example, if you’re planning to have dinner first, go for something smooth and relaxing. After dinner, you can sing your favorite music hits you enjoyed back when you were just dating. You can even look up the lyrics on YouTube and turn your evening into a spontaneous karaoke night – the possibilities are endless, so let your imagination run wild!

Going out on a date can be a lot of fun, but you can also have an unforgettable time together in the comfort of your own home. With these five essentials in mind, you’re sure to throw an amazing surprise dinner and create a romantic haven where the two of you can connect, relax, and enjoy.

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