When you have a romantic anniversary date, or perhaps a Valentine’s Day dinner date, a celebration at the best steakhouse and seafood restaurant in town is always a good idea.

But sometimes it can be hard to get a reservation on Valentine’s Day, or perhaps you may just want a romantic dinner at home. If that’s the case, it doesn’t mean that you need to miss out on the special dining experience that a good restaurant can offer. With just a bit of effort, you can recreate the same special atmosphere right in the comfort of your own home.

So here’s how you do it:

  1. Make Sure You Pick the Right Meal

Good food is often the main reason why you want to go to a steakhouse and seafood restaurant in the first place, so you need to make that your first priority. You can of course prepare the food yourself, by starting out with getting fresh ingredients and prime cuts from the butcher’s shop. You can make your own version of Surf and Turf, by getting premium cuts like filet mignon and also go for some lobster tails.

If all this seems daunting you can always ask your favorite steakhouse if they offer takeout. A lot of them offer this convenience.

Prepare the Table Nicely

Steakhouses can be very formal when it comes to setting the table, and you want to emulate their example. A nice table setting sets the tone right away, as it’s an obvious reminder that it’s a date and not just a casual meal at home. You can dress up for the occasion or dress down depending on your mood.

Start with a nice and crisp white tablecloth. Set a small vase with fresh flowers and/or a candle or lamp can also set the mood. Take out the good china if you have it, and make sure you all have the proper utensils including nice steak knives.

  1. Dim the Lights in the Room

The lights from your candles and table lamps should be your main source of light when dining. So you must make sure that there isn’t any harsh lighting that can spoil the mood. Keep the light gentle and warm.

  1. Play Some Nice Music

Go online and find a selection of songs to download appropriate for fine dining. These are often categorized as lounge music, with gentle piano, flute and violin. You want something light that can play softly in the background, so you can still share a nice meaningful conversation.

If you have tome beforehand create your own playlist.

Don’t Forget the Dessert

Many of the best steakhouses offer fantastic desserts to top off a meal. So don’t forget to order that too. Go for some chocolate cake or cheesecake, or maybe a soufflé. You can of course make your own healthier version, but just make sure the decadence isn’t forgotten!

If going to your favorite steakhouse and seafood restaurant isn’t an option, bring the restaurant to you by following these simple steps to a perfect and romantic evening.