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Anniversaries are a special time to celebrate your love for one another. Whether you are celebrating your first anniversary or your 50th, there are many ways to make the day extra special. One way to do this is by planning a romantic dinner for two at home. This can be a great way to save money and have a memorable evening. 

While many people choose to dine out for their anniversary, this is your chance as a man to show your wife that you can cook, plan, and clean-up for your wife. Clearly, there are some limitations to what you can do at home vs. what you can have on a menu when dining at a fancy restaurant, but we think the reward of being at home together and being able to relax is worth it.

Planning The Perfect Anniversary Dinner With Your Wife:

Planning the perfect anniversary dinner at home for your wife doesn't have to be that complicated. Even if this is one of the earlier anniversaries in your - hopefully - long series of passionate years together, the key here is the same as it will be in 20 or 30 years - show her you care, show her you listen to her, show her that your love goes beyond just physical desire. That means that you should look for ways to prepare a great dinner but not do something stupidly over the top that she's not expecting. For example, it's probably better that you cook some really nice lasagna in the oven than try to do a prepare Cornish game hen.

With that in mind, here are some other simple and easy pieces of advice to follow so you can have the perfect anniversary dinner!

Decide what you will cook ahead of time.

This will allow you to shop for all the necessary ingredients and avoid any last-minute stress. If you are not sure what to make, ask your wife for suggestions or look online to learn how to roast pork loin.

Create a romantic setting.

This can be done by setting the table with candles and flowers, playing soft music in the background, and dimming the lights. You may also want to consider pulling out your best China and stemware for the occasion.

Serve dinner family-style.

This means putting all of the food on the table at once so that you can share it. It is a more intimate way of dining and will allow you to spend more time talking and enjoying each other’s company.

Don’t forget dessert!

No anniversary dinner would be complete without a special treat for your wife. Whether you make something from scratch or pick up something from the store, she is sure to appreciate your thoughtfulness.

Choose a theme that celebrates your relationship.

Whether it’s “our song” from when you first met or something else that holds special meaning for you both, picking a theme can help make your anniversary dinner extra special. If you need inspiration, search online for some of the most popular anniversary dinner themes.

Get creative with the décor.

Whether setting up a makeshift dining room in your living room or going all out with table decorations, putting some thought into the décor will help make your anniversary dinner feel extra special. If you need inspiration, check out some ideas for simple and elegant anniversary table decorations online.

Make it a night to remember with some special touches.

From writing her a love letter to hiring a babysitter so you can have the evening to yourselves, there are lots of ways to make your anniversary dinner even more memorable.

Don’t forget the wine!

Picking out the perfect bottle of wine to accompany your anniversary dinner can be a fun way to add to the evening. If you need some help picking the right wine, ask your local wine shop for suggestions.

Don't overdo the wine!

While wine is romantic, drinking too much is never a good thing. The wine should complement the meal and it's ok to have a second bottle on-hand for when you move from the table to another room to relax. 

Make sure to clean up the mess before moving on to the after dinner activities

This might seem obvious, but it's going to be in the back of her mind if you guys just leave the dishes sitting on the table and splatters on the oven. This isn't saying that you have to have everything all cleaned up before moving on to the rest of your evening - but do the basics and clear the table so when you go to drop off the babysitter or pick up the kids from your parents that she isn't left looking at a mess in the kitchen after your otherwise thoughtful and fun evening together!

Plan ahead so you can relax and enjoy the evening.

The key to any successful anniversary dinner is planning ahead. By taking care of all the details in advance, you can relax and enjoy your time together.

By following these tips, you can ensure that your anniversary dinner is one that your wife will always remember. With a little planning and some creativity, you can make it a truly special evening for the two of you.

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