05.31.17

ELEVATE YOUR DATE NIGHT

ELEVATE YOUR DATE NIGHT

i’m cooking more than ever these days. i love putting in a lot of effort one night and then making something really simple the next night. constantly switching up the flavors and difficulty levels. some nights it’s nice to put in a little more effort for your partner and make it feel like a fancier date. for me, i always notice that when i have flowers on the table, a burning candle, a record playing, a glass of wine, and a pretty table…it feels SPECIAL. today we’re focusing on really simple ways to elevate your date night. they are quick, inexpensive, and have a lot of impact on the evening! -bri

ELEVATE YOUR DATE NIGHT | designlovefest

oh the difference it makes…

ELEVATE YOUR DATE NIGHT | designlovefest

TIPS TO ELEVATE YOUR DATE NIGHT SETUP:

• we all eat with our eyes too! so presentation can make a big difference. you can get a rotisserie chicken but decide to plate it over some rosemary potatoes and it suddenly feels like you’re eating at a restaurant!

• fresh herbs. this is a big one. not only sprinkling fresh rosemary but also using the full sprigs for garnish on the plate will make it look nice. the same goes for adding fresh lemon slices to your water. keep a couple of fresh herb options on hand, i like basil, rosemary and mint and incorporate them into your meals throughout the week. it’s amazing how much it can impact the flavor of a really simple dish. adding fresh dill to your tuna salad, chopped meat to your salad, basil on a piece of fish, etc.

• matching silverware (we love this white + gold set

decant your wine while you’re cooking. it helps with the flavor and the presentation is appealing.

• taking your condiments OUT of the packaging is a big one. as a visual person this is probably the most important one for me. taking your berries out of the plastic and putting them in a bowl, putting your salt in a pinch bowl…basically taking any logos off the table and using vessels to style with.

• add a linen tablecloth and cloth napkins (you can pick up raw edged linen from your local fabric store for much cheaper than buying a linen tablecloth. it still looks cool! that’s what we are using here as our table cloth)

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• herbed butter (you can look at this post for flavored butter ideas) served in a small bowl on the table. make your rolls taste amazing, or simply dip radishes with salt in the butter (so delicious)

• light a candle…set the mooooooood.

• flowers or greenery on the table actually do make it feel special. sometimes if i don’t have time to get them at the store i just go clip something from my yard and put it in a vase.

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try these recipes for chicken and potatoes:

HOW TO ROAST A CHICKEN + VEGGIES
ROTISSERIE CHICKEN TWO WAYS
HERBED BUTTER
HASSELBACK POTATOES

ROSEMARY FINGERLING POTATOES

and lastly! make a playlist or put on a record. the ambiance is important to a good date night, right?

images by: Ivan Solis

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    Claire says:

    Where are those pink low bowls from?

    emily says:

    would love to see the playlist!

    Diane says:

    Thank you for the heads up! I just needed those tips!

    Your party night looks beautiful. I like the way you decorate the table.

    arin says:

    omg, everything looks beyond delicious! love this setup 🙂 http://www.heartofchic.com

    Anna Rosa says:

    Even your average set up looks “fancier” than my average dinner 😉 haha!
    beautiful tips btw!

    Amanda Silvia Pelaez says:

    Thank you so much for this post! I cook dinner practically every night for me & my partner, and I really needed this inspiration to pump up the romance at home. Simple meals can be so special. Thanks for the reminder!

    Anonymous says:

    Amazing Amazing Amazing.

    My boyfriend and I make an effort to do this very same thing during the week and are obsessed with rotisserie chickens, you can do so much with them!

    Love your posts– look forward to them weekly!

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