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Staycation Idea #1: Prepare Food Together and Enjoy a Candlelight Dinner

Whether you are looking for an affordable way to celebrate your anniversary or just want to give your partner a romantic experience, a staycation special dinner is a good option. There is no need to spend thousands of dollars because with creativity, you and your partner can have that romantic getaway feel on your own backyard. There are many things you can do to make it extra special.

A romantic staycation is never complete without a candlelight dinner. Candles have a great way of setting a mood. Maybe it is our primitive fire loving natures or perhaps it is the nice scents of some of the more expensive candles. Whatever it may be, make sure you don’t set the house on fire. Be safe, but the more candles the better.806522bb3f448091547174fd1d78a883

If both of you are at home, consider preparing the food together. Even if only one of you has culinary skills, preparing the ingredients is a fun way to enjoy each other’s company. It also ensures you finish preparing the food faster. Cook foods that you enjoyed on your previous vacation, especially those that you had on your trip abroad. Eating a delicious foreign cuisine will make you feel that you are in some other places in the world. Otherwise, if you have not been abroad, then try cooking local dishes from where your partner or their family is from. Old family recipes are a great treasure trove of bringing up cultural fun and interesting conversations. Make sure you’ve done your research before because you might need special ingredients that you don’t have readily available in the pantry.

The romantic candlelight dinner is just the icing of the cake. It is the time you spend together while preparing the dinner that make your staycation extra special. There is no need to do things perfectly; the important thing is you are able to share laughter and light-hearted conversation. It will strengthen your bond, and serve as a reminder of why you adore each other.

Pro-tip: If you are feeling very adventurous…try to do all of this outdoors. 

If you try to set up an outdoor candlelight ambiance you will really impress your partner. Weather permitting, you could take old blankets and set up a bedouin tent scene. Even if you’ve ordered in take out it will seem so amazing because of the ambiance. WORD OF WARNING: Do NOT set the house on fire! Make sure if you are setting up the blankets that you are not at risk of setting them ablaze. It’s best to have a bucket of water or fire extinguisher ready. Use your brain, that’s why it’s a pro-tip.

-Happy Globetrotting!