Our anniversary is at the end of this month.
We almost always remember.
We almost always eat at home.
It’s much less expensive to enjoy a really good bottle of wine at home – and not have to worry about driving afterwards. We’re pretty confident that the food will be as good as most restaurants, as long as we remember our abilities. We’re not that fond of asparagus foam anyway.
As for the rest of the suggestions below – we already do most of them. Mon mari sets a proper table with candles every night. We have never, though, lived where ordering food to be delivered was an option. Not even pizza.
Read on for the suggestions for a festive dinner at home…. And I’ll start planning ours.
With the world in a precarious state, it’s not as easy to just go out to a restaurant and enjoy a meal. Whether you’re staying safe at home during a lockdown, want to rethink your budget, or just make things more intimate, there’s value in staying home for your anniversary dinner.
Here are a few ideas to mark this special occasion from the comfort of your home.
Create a Pop-Up Restaurant
Rather than going to your favorite restaurant, consider creating a pop-up restaurant experience at home. This is a great way to get the restaurant experience without having to head out.
Instead of sitting down in your usual spot for dinner, clear out some space and set up a proper dining table. Use your nice dishes and linens to make the event more formal. Decorate the table with a floral arrangement or surprise your significant other with Bouqs Anniversary Flowers and an empty vase to display them. Add a few candles for a romantic glow and put on some soft background music to bring it all together.
If the formal dining experience isn’t for you, consider creating a picnic-style setup instead. You can set up your picnic space in the backyard, on your patio, or even in your living room while your favorite movie plays in the background. Start with a simple olive oil bread wreath to start, and finish with a delicious tiramisu.
Think of what aspects of dining out you enjoy, and create your own restaurant at home. If you have the resources and it’s safe to do so, consider hiring a private caterer to facilitate your dinner. Then, you get the full restaurant experience without having to go anywhere.
Make your anniversary dinner an event by cooking the meal together. There are a few strategies for tackling this task. You could try something new and follow the recipe together or share the responsibility and present dishes to each other.
Another fun way to make your anniversary dinner special is to take a virtual cooking lesson to walk you through the experience. Many chefs and culinary experts are sharing their skills online and offer private lessons for a nominal fee. You can either take a class before the big day or schedule a guided session for the dinner itself.
Order from Your Favorite Spot
If your favorite part of dining at a restaurant is not having to make the food yourself, then order from your favorite spot. With this approach, you can have your favorite meal and don’t have to stress about the mess in your kitchen.
The other benefit of ordering meals to go is that you and your partner could dine together on different dishes. If you love Chinese food and your partner prefers the local pub, time your deliveries or pick-ups and enjoy what you like the most.
If you go this route, ditch the takeout boxes and put your food on nice plates to make the dinner a little more formal.
Dress Up for the Occasion
There’s nothing wrong with being all dressed up with no place to go. In fact, it might be just what you need to feel special. While leisurewear has become the widely-accepted uniform of the global pandemic, take this opportunity to wear something that’s been hanging untouched in your closet.
If the thought of wearing formal attire doesn’t fit your relationship style, make it a comedic event. Head to your local thrift shop, set a budget, and shop for each other’s dinner outfits. Make them as vintage or outrageous as you like— no one else will see you anyway.
Plan to Dine Late
One bright side to having an anniversary dinner at home is that you don’t have to worry about commuting, parking, or paying a babysitter. On the downside, you might have to balance parenting responsibilities with your desire to unplug and unwind.
If your kids will be home during your dinner, plan to feed them earlier and have your fancy meal after bedtime. You may have to be secretive about your special dining plans, as they’ll be curious and intrigued. As this is a special occasion, there’s no harm in a bit of bribe to help make bedtime easier.
With these simple strategies, you can have a beautiful anniversary dinner at home. You might love the experience so much that it becomes a time-honored tradition.