When setting the scene for the perfect at-home date, you want to think about tapping into the five senses.
Sight: Make sure your place is impeccable. You might want to set some mood lighting or decorate in a special way so things really look nice.
Scent: Hopefully whatever you have cooking in the oven will take care of this one! Other than that you could consider burning a scented candle or incense. And it should go without saying that you should smell great too.
Taste: Choose your menu with care. Try not to pick anything that won’t sit well with your date. Avoid gassy foods. It’s worth asking them about dietary restrictions, preferences and favorites. Make sure dessert is a home run.
Touch: We’ll leave this one for you to decide… but beyond being physically affectionate with your date, make sure that he/she is comfortable in the space you’ve provided for them. Do you have a comfortable place to eat and talk?
And finally, there is the sense of hearing: While all the senses are important on a great date, the sense of hearing might be the most important one. Music can set the mood to any situation. If you listen to music while you work, eat or exercise, you might find the the music sets the speed and the tone for your actions. The same thing can happen on a date. If you manage to pick just the right playlist, you’re going to find that you can set the tone for an amazing evening.
If you’re stumped on where to begin, here is a list of some of our favorite date night songs for your romantic night.
“Heartbeats” by Jose Gonzalez
This Swedish / Argentine singer-songwriter has written a lot of amazing songs that are perfect to add to any chill date night playlist, but one of the best songs that is a “must add” is “Heartbeats.” Not only is it a great song, but there is an awesome video to go along with it.
“We No Who U R” by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Nick Caves smooth voice is perfect for a low key dinner. It sets the perfect mood, yet it won’t overwhelm. It goes great in the background and for those silent moments too.
“P.S. I Love You” by Billie Holiday
Billie Holiday is good, relaxing dinner music. And P.S. I Love You is a sweet song to add to any romantic playlist.
“Lover, You Should’ve Come Over” by Jeff Buckley
For me, the perfect love song has just a twinge of sadness to it. “Lover, You Should’ve Come Over” has that raw emotion and passion that add something extra and exciting to your playlist.
“Anoche Soñé Contigo” by Kevin Johansen
Any song entitled “Last Night I Dreamt of You” is definitely a winner for your playlist. This song has a sweet, lighthearted feel to it as well, like much of Johansen’s music. Kevin Johansen is a singer songwriter who sings in both Spanish and English.
[photo: via Janice Marie Foote on flickr]