Whether you’re married, or you’ve just been in a committed relationship for a long time, it’s important to mark out regular date nights on your calendar. Having scheduled dates with your partner can help you to stay connected, encourage communication, and keep that “spark” alive forever.
Many couples already have date nights, whether it’s once a week or a few times a month. But, it can be easy to get bored with the regular routine of where to go and what to do.
Some things are classics – it’ll never get old to go out to dinner and a movie and share a bucket of popcorn. But, it’s also easy to get stuck in a rut with your locations. That ends up defeating the whole purpose of date night, right?
So, why not try a date night at home?
It can be more fun and exciting than you might think, and it just takes a little creativity and planning. So, let’s talk about how you can plan for a romantic Italian date night with the one you love.
Setting the Mood
Before your date gets started, set the mood around your house. You can go so far as to make it feel like you’re in Italy, or even a fancy Italian restaurant (without having to spend a small fortune). If you have a place you can set up a table that isn’t where you usually eat at home, take advantage of it. If you can set up a small patio table outside, it’ll be even better! You can imagine dining in a little Italian bistro.
Things like twinkle lights go a long way in setting a romantic scene, and you can string them up all over your patio. If you have to have your dinner inside, light a fire in the fireplace or string your lights around some of your regular home furnishings to turn your house into something special for the evening.
You can really set the mood by choosing the right music. Apps like Spotify and Google Play make it easy to find a wide variety of music, including curated playlists that feature artists from different countries. You can choose modern Italian music, or go for the classics! You can really fill your space by installing the best bookshelf speakers in your house to totally engulf your room with sound.
Italian Fare With Flare
You don’t have to be a five-star chef to whip up an Italian meal that you and your partner will absolutely enjoy from start to finish. First, you can’t go wrong with a bottle of Italian wine (and no self-respecting Italian would dare to have a meal without it!). If you really want to splurge, do your research on some of the best Italian wines and what they pair well with. If you start with good wine, you can plan your whole menu around it.
Italy is known for its culture and food. It’s easy to build a creative and delicious menu from scratch. Start with antipasto or fresh bruschetta, and you’ll instantly be transported to an Italian bistro.
You really can’t go wrong with classic dishes like pasta with ricotta meatballs, or even homemade pizza that the two of you can make together. Don’t be afraid to get creative and look up some authentic Italian recipes – even some that you may have never heard of before!
Of course, no meal is complete without dessert and the Italians get their sweet treats right, too! Try a creamy tiramisu, or sip on espresso with some sweet Italian pastries. You can enjoy the music under the stars or calmly inside your home, embracing the peace of being able to be comfortable.
Get Creative With Your Evening
Once dinner is over, it doesn’t mean the date has to end. There are plenty of things you could do to stay on theme with your Italian evening, while still enjoying each other’s company at home. One option is to watch a movie together that has something to do with Italian culture. “Roman Holiday” is a classic romantic story with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.
If you’re looking for something a bit more modern (and maybe not as romantic, but just as interesting), you could try an Italian-American classic like “Goodfellas” or “The Godfather.”
Of course, you can always combine your food and activity! Get several different kinds of wine and have an “at home” wine tasting. Or, do the same thing with different kinds of gelato. You can even make a game of it and try to have your partner guess the gelato flavors by taste alone.
Finally, why not take advantage of that music? You can really sweep your partner off their feet by suggesting you dance together – either right there in your living room or under the stars outside.
Finding Romance Under Your Roof
Italy is one of the most romantic places in the world. Bringing the culture and food of the country to life in your own home isn’t hard to do, and it can end up being an absolutely unforgettable date night.
What you do to make your Italian date night special is up to you. The key is to be as creative as possible. You can easily put the tips listed here into practice, or go one step further by decorating your home in traditional Italian colors and decor. Or, you can dress up as if you were about to go out to a fancy dinner on the town. It’s not about everything being perfect. It’s about putting forth effort and making the night special for you and the person you love.
Once you’ve mastered an “Italian date night,” the sky is really the limit! You can end up traveling the world without ever having to leave the comfort of your home. And, because planning for these date nights is something you can do with your partner, half the fun will come from preparing, which can boost communication and bring you closer. So, if you’re running into a date night rut, give a themed night at home a try, and let the sparks fly.