Inviting a special someone into your home is a big deal. Just like you want to put your best foot forward with your appearance on a first date, you want to showcase your home in its best light when you have that person over for a romantic evening in. After all, a person’s living space says so much about them, and you want your space to say all the right things about you. Preparing your home for a date is about more than just tidying up, it’s about setting a mood. Here are five tips to help you get your home ready for romance.
1. Tidy up
Although setting a romantic mood is about more than tidying up, cleaning your home is an essential first step. There is nothing sexy about dirty dishes in the sink or an unmade bed. You don’t have to go full-on Marie Kondo, but your home should be free of dirt, clutter and mysterious bad smells.
2. Get the lighting right
The right lighting can make any space feel intimate. Consider your lighting options in every room, and think of how you can soften the light. You want enough light to see each other, but nothing that feels to bright or clinical. Overhead lights, especially fluorescent lights, are a mood-killer. Candlelight is a surefire way to add some romance. Leave the big scented Yankee candles in the drawer and opt for more delicate unscented candles displayed in a variety of decor-matching candle holders.
3. Turn on the tunes
Music is a perfect way to create a lovey atmosphere. Curate a playlist ahead of time so that you’re not stuck playing DJ when you should be paying attention to your date. Think about your date’s favorite artists and stick to quieter songs in that genre. Check the volume; you want the music to be present in the background but not steal focus from the conversation. And if music is not your forte, there are plenty of romantic pre-made playlists on streaming services like Spotify or Pandora.
4. Offer food and drinks
If your plan for the evening is a home-cooked meal, you might want to prepare the meal ahead of time so you’re not distracted with meal prep when your focus should be on your date. Or better yet, cook together. There is something extremely intimate about cooking with another person. Even if you’re not planning to cook dinner, you should still have some refreshments to offer. Obviously, you want to think about your date and their preferences or restrictions when choosing food and beverages, but you should also think about the situation. You don’t want to plan a menu that is too complicated, time-consuming or heavy.
5. Think about entertainment
You don’t have to create an elaborate itinerary for the evening, but a few ideas will show you’ve made an effort. Cozying up on the couch with a good movie you’ve already picked out, playing a board game or going for a moonlight stroll hand-in-hand will all keep the romantic vibes going.
Put your best romantic foot forward by cleaning up, getting the lighting and music just right, offering food and drinks and having an activity planned before your date arrives. Putting extra thought into your home is a way to show that special person that you care about yourself, your home and, most importantly, about them.