Ideas for a Romantic Date Night at Home

Planning a memorable romantic evening helps you nurture your relationship through the buzz and hum of everyday life, work and other family commitments. Make it formal or casual, with a focus on your favorite foods and entertainment.

Food

A delicious meal offers a mellow beginning to a romantic night in. For an added level of togetherness, prepare a dish together. If you make hors d'oeuvres or other appetizers in advance, a refrigerator with a flexible storage zone makes an ideal place to keep them at the proper temperature. Track recipe ideas and build your shopping list on your home computer or tablet. Whether you use a gas or an electric range, choose a menu that minimizes strong, lingering cooking odors.

Music

A home theater system gives you surround sound options for music playback, providing a mellow accompaniment to your special evening. Along with your favorite songs, add in some selections that topped the charts during your courtship. Whether you want to play instrumentals or ballads, you can stream your cloud- or PC-based music library wirelessly; tap in to audiophile-quality CDs on a compatible Blu-ray player; and take the music with you from room to room.

Movies

A big-screen HDTV set makes Blu-ray video quality leap into lifelike action, especially if you opt for a 3D movie and let your home theater system add dimension to movie sound. If you went to the movies on your first date, watch your first movie together again. If you're not sure what you want to watch, a Smart TV helps you search for entertainment that suits your mood and your evening. From plasma and LED sets to the latest OLED designs, your TV presents a large-screen view that combines a theater-quality experience.

Lighting

If you've been trying to upgrade your home lighting with energy-efficient alternatives to incandescent bulbs, you may have been disappointed with the performance of halogen or fluorescent options, some of which flicker or emit an annoying buzz when you try to use them with dimmers. LED lamps not only offer energy efficiency, but they also provide flicker-free, quiet illumination when you lower their light output. Additionally, LED lamps outlast incandescent, halogen and fluorescent bulbs of equivalent light output.

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