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putting together a birthday feast for your special someone

Taking someone out to dinner for her birthday is fantastic, but putting together a birthday feast for your someone special goes above and beyond. And that is the goal for our loved ones, right? Don’t phone it in by calling Macaroni Grill. Find out what her favorite meal is (if you don’t know already), head to the market, and make the dinner … along with an indelible impression on her heart.

Set the Table With Style

What you serve matters, of course, but, with a sophisticated table setting, we promise the food will taste better. We’re not sure why, but it’s true. Let an elaborate floral arrangement take center stage.  Go for cloth napkins that match your tablecloth for maximum effect. And it goes without saying; you need to make sure all your china/dishes match. Use the good (polished!) silver. She’s worth it! A set of tall matching candles in sterling silver will complete the whole effect. If your significant other is the sentimental type, a “Happy Birthday” balloon looming in the corner will make her swoon. Simply stand back and wait for the compliments to roll in.

In Vino Veritas

In wine, there is truth, which is why it’s all the more important that you choose carefully. You don’t have to sniff, sip, and swirl like a seasoned sommelier to be able to do that either. Just make sure to pair the wine well with what you’re serving. If you have the budget to buy an expensive bottle of wine, go for it, but you certainly don’t have to. There are plenty of delicious, inexpensive options out there. If you’re serving red wine, use a decanter.  It not only helps wine taste better, but it looks stunning on a well-set table.

To really show her you consider her birthday a special occasion, however, opt for one of these engraved birthday wine bottles from Etched Expressions. She won’t believe you went to the effort to arrange that when, in truth, ordering these wine bottles couldn’t be simpler. Talk about a win/win.

Add Ambience

The gorgeously set table is already going to impress, but there are other ways to add ambience as well. If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace in your dining area, make sure to light that. This will go a long way to add a romantic effect, especially if the weather is cool. Music is another way to set the mood. Make her a playlist of her favorite songs, or simply set it to a Pandora station that adds ambience while avoiding distraction. Either way, she’ll love these extra special touches on her birthday. If you’re really into romance, rose petals and her favorite poem on the table will hit like Cupid’s arrow.

Choose the Finest Food Ingredients

Okay, okay, so we know that making dinner for your special someone is already showing effort, but an extra trip to the farmer’s market never hurt anyone. A salad or pasta salad made with seasonal ingredients will please her palate and her heart. Can’t make it out to your local farmer’s market? Have a box of fresh produce sent directly to your door with FarmBoxDirect.com. A bowl of seasonal fruit for dessert is a light yet sophisticated way to show her you care. Serving the meal in courses will surely impress. 

Is your significant other a carnivore? Head to the butcher or your local seafood market to turn her favorite meal into a flavorful masterpiece.  Romantic dinners like Truffle Oil Roast Salmon and Mushrooms and Almond-Crusted Pork Loin with Red Wine Raisins will show her that you’re truly trying to win heart on this birthday. Making a meal filled with only the finest ingredients turns an ordinary birthday dinner into an extraordinary one.

Whether it’s your special someone’s 40th birthday or a birthday that’s of no real significance, following these tips to put together a birthday feast for her will help you reap the rewards.

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