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Valentine’s Day at home: 8 romantic dining hacks to try – love is in the air!

With Valentine’s day around the corner – most couples will be seeking romance with trips to elegant restaurants and bars. However, before splashing your cash, it’s worth knowing that you can achieve a similar experience within the comfort of your own home.

Top10 Meal Deliveries and editor-in-chief Perry Nemirov sought to provide some expert tips on how to replicate a 5* dining experience from the comfort of your own home.

Meal Delivery

As we spend more time at home, the demand for easy home cooking and meal kits is continuing to grow. Using Exploding Topics, Top10 Meal Deliveries found that the global search rate for “meal delivery” is up by 266% over the last 6 months. Meal delivery kits are a great option when  creating your 5* dining experience – you can choose from dozens of cuisines! Taking meal preparation out of the equation is a great way to ensure that more time can be spent connecting with a loved one this Valentines.


The atmosphere in a room can be transformed, simply by the rearrangement of furniture, creating a new and exciting environment. The addition of flowers will add beautiful decoration to the room and heighten the level of romance. Take a few minutes to tidy up the area where you’ll be eating. Clear off counters, wipe down the table, put away unnecessary nicknacks. Create an atmosphere where you’d want to sit down and spend a few enjoyable hours with someone you love.


The incorporation of music into your evening is essential. It has been proven that music can improve dining, by allowing you to relax. Music helps to create whatever atmosphere you are trying to achieve, whether that be a calming, relaxed evening, or an up beat, lively one. If you would like to go one step further, you could create a playlist and incorporate you and your partner’s favourite songs for the ultimate, romantic experience.

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Love is in the Air  

It is undeniable that the first impressions we get when walking into a room are based on what we can smell. To ensure that you get a memorable experience, invest in a new room fragrance, or buy scented candles. This will trick your mind into thinking that you are somewhere different as these smells will be something that you don’t typically associate with your own home. The scent of vanilla is a well-known aphrodisiac and is a great choice for room fragrance that isn’t too overpowering for date night. For a romantic feel, the scent of rose is perfect for a 5* dining experience – and a fresh bouquet of roses will add to the aura and put a smile on your loved one’s face.

Social Media Blackout

It’s incredibly important to be able to momentarily switch off from the responsibilities you have in your everyday life for a much needed reset. To recreate this at home; turn off your phone, your TV and any other distractions and let friends and family know that you won’t be at home. You’ll be left to enjoy the evening in peace with nothing but the company of your other half for a truly bonding experience.

Setting The Scene

In the build up to going out, there is excitement in getting ready and sorting out reservations. But there isn’t any need to miss out on this step when dining in! Get dressed up in your best clothes and prepare for the night as if you were going out. If you want to take this one step further, then email your partner with booking reservations for your table and create a small menu to respond to as this will help set the scene and show that you’ve put real thought into your date night. For the hopeless romantics out there – you could even set the table and lay down rose petals.

Light up the Night

Candles absolutely transform both the space they occupy and the entire experience you’re having. Candlelight is more intimate, romantic, and intriguing.

To the Bar!

To take your dining experience to the next level, set aside some time to make some of you and your partner’s favourite drinks, cocktails or mocktails – but don’t serve them initially. In another room set up a pub or bar experience, making sure that the atmosphere is different to where you are serving food. Whether this be playing different styles of music or serving traditional bar snacks, it will help to give you the illusion of being on a night out.

Perry Nemirov, editor-in-chief from Top10 meal deliveries has commented:

“It’s easy to understand why people assume that dining out is a better experience than staying at home, as this is the general opinion that people have been subject to. Whereas truthfully, we now have more resources than ever at our fingertips, that allow us to enjoy fine dining within the four walls of our home. All you need is some creativity and good company to make dining in the new dining out.”

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