With the invitation to eat at home, you have already taken the first and most important step. Once the commitment is made, it is important to make the preparations. It is best if you have at least one day lead, otherwise it could turn into stress. And besides, anticipation is the most beautiful joy and it would be a pity if you could not enjoy it!
On the eve you should ever biener your bath. Surely your date will want to freshen up - and especially here you should leave a good impression. Put small pots and pots in boxes or closets, remove cleaning agents from view and replace old towels with fresh ones. If you like, put fresh flowers and scented candles in the bathroom to create a nice atmosphere.
If you want to make a particularly good impression, treat yourself to the deluxe version instead of recycled toilet paper.
Clumsy baths, on the other hand, are always indicative - of the intrusion into the privacy of the host and unwantedness. Or worse: That someone is not clean here.
Tip: It's best to think about what to look for in foreign bathrooms - and what you always love in restaurant or hotel bathrooms. Well, folded toilet paper would of course be a bit exaggerated ...
Be honest: what can you cook really well and on the fly? Nothing is more exhausting than standing at the stove sweating at the stove to prepare the first lamb roast of life or a sumptuous risotto. It may of course still be a multi-course menu - but even with simple dishes impress your guest. After all, your date does not come to meet a star chef!
Remember that your charm alone has aroused the interest of your date - that's a great endorsement that should ease the excitement a bit.
If you go to the weekly market for shopping, just pack a few more flowers. Because there is nothing like beautiful flowers - you can distribute quiet throughout the apartment. In the living room and especially on the dining table a few flowers always look fresh and smell wonderful. Even with male hosts, because after all, every woman loves flowers! But stay (still) back and grab rather than romantic-kitschy roses rather to tulips, ranunculus or gerbera.
It's always nice to see a few magazines, books or photos flying around here, which in case of doubt also provide conversation. Because getting to know Smalltalk breaks can be quite embarrassing. Therefore, let coffetable books, guides or your current favorite book lie around quietly. Used teacups, TV magazines or opened water bottles, however, you should put away.
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The photos of your last love need not throw you away, but before a potential new partner enters your home, such intimate memories should have long since disappeared in the drawer. Also diaries, letters from the tax office or reminders are not in the field of vision. Not because you want to deny your guest insights into your life, but you do not have to discuss your account balance right at the first dinner. You do not want to discover such things in another's home, do you?
Even before your doorbell rings, you should take five minutes for your hallway. What would you think of as a stranger when you enter your hallway? Is there pure chaos of flying jackets and isolated shoes? Does it seem inviting or is your hall a storage room? Clear hooks or hangers at the cloakroom so you can remove the coat from your guest. And if street shoes are banned in your home, put on guest slippers or thick woolen socks.
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As soon as you have finished your apartment the food is on. If you have prepared the first course salad or soup, you can prepare the main course so that you can cook it while chatting with your guest - maybe even together? Then make yourself at the table. It does not have to be ironed tablecloth, but placemats, napkins, candles, nice dishes and clean cutlery should be fine.
Take your time to get ready! A well-groomed look after all the cleaning and cooking is important - because tonight it's about you! It's best to think about your clothes in advance and decide on something fancy, in which you feel good, too. The most elegant dress or the most expensive pleated trousers are of no use if you sit cramped at the table and pinch the outfit after the first gear.
Already during the meal, set up pleasant music that is easy to talk to.
Record players give the impression, but a prepared playlist on the computer of course does it too. Ask your guest for dinner on the couch or for a drink on the balcony. And let the washing up be good for today - it will have time until tomorrow or at least until your guest leaves.
Of course, all this will subside, after a few weeks you will certainly not turn the place upside down before he or she comes. And that's good. But the first impression counts - and there is no second chance. Maybe it is a fresh start through and through and you never have to dig out the old photos of your great love - and you would like to continue to enjoy the fresh flowers and the impressive order in the hallway!
Have you ever had a first date at home? What pitfalls have you previously removed? We are curious what you have to tell!