Put your hands up if you love date nights!
Don't you agree that date nights have a way of making any relationship feel a tad more special? I tend to put in more effort with my makeup situation on date nights with a bit of mascara and blush. While there are approximately a million and one date night ideas on the internet, sometimes, the best kind of date night is one that is spent with the right person, in the comfort of your own home. Especially if you have a spanking new home.
There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to date night plans and menus. Whatever you choose to plate on your date night, don't forget to throw in some magic sprinkling of effort to make it all cosy and special.
Today's post is all about putting together a romantic and cosy Spring dinner for two, featuring the decadent Miso-Poached Salmon with Garlic Mushroom Sauce that Jia and I created from scratch. If you're pressed for time, you can always order a Japanese takeaway meal and plate it with matching crockery.
Tip: It is all about the tiny details. In this case, a sake pot.
To jazz up a Japanese date night, you can consider serving warm sake in a pot. The addition of a sake pot makes a simple Japanese dinner a bit more authentic and fun! The ceramic sake pot featured above belongs to Jia's parents and we absolutely love the blend of something old and something new on the table. Before you go on a buying spree, don't forget to raid your parents' collection or a thrift store for treasures!
Tip: Keep all table decorative items in similar colour tones.
The last thing you want on date night is a splash of gaudy colours on your dining table, screaming for your attention while ruining the romantic atmosphere. To keep things simple and clean, always keep to a palette consisting of 2 - 3 colours. This way, you will be able to control the entire look of the table setting and the dishes to serve.
Tip: Prepare the salad in advance to save time.
Jia and I absolutely love this raw okra salad and would usually prepare a large portion of it so that we can eat it again the next day. Depending on what your menu is, find something that you can prepare ahead of time; it could be marinating your choice of meat the night before or preparing the dough for fresh pasta in advance. With a part of the meal prepared the night before, all you need to do on date night is to cook the mains and put everything else together.
Tip: Add a personal touch to the table.
Adorn the table with a placemat that fits the theme of the meal. Instead of buying plenty of place mats, you can consider printing designs on paper and use it as a placemat. Absolutely functional and decorative at the same time! The best part of this simple DIY is that you can change it to match any theme, every time. You can even write a love note and hide it under a plate, if you're all about small romantic gestures!
Download this beautiful Japanese Spring Placemat by clicking the image below or heading to the Downloads section. We have designed the placemat to be printed on an A3-sized paper perfectly!
Have a wonderful meal! :)
How do you make date nights special?
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