Before picking up the phone to make reservations for that romantic dinner for two … STOP. Instead of battling the traffic, lining up for your table, and being at the mercy of fellow diners sitting next to you, why not jump onto the pontoon and head for the water? With a little imagination, forethought, and moonlight, you can create a romantic dinner for two that your date will never forget. The most important part of creating that night to remember is planning. You don’t want to be in the middle of dinner and realize you’ve forgotten something important like silverware or a corkscrew.
So let’s start from the beginning and work on the details. First, check the weather. Nothing will ruin your dinner faster than a storm or rough water. Second, tie up your boat before making an appointment. Towing and launching can often be stressful and it is important that you and your partner are completely relaxed from the moment you get on the boat until you get off. Make sure all of your supplies are loaded on the boat before arriving with your date. Check the exact time the sun sets and plan to arrive at that exact time.
Using easy-to-find outdoor string lights, set up your pontoon with hanging light icicles (don’t forget to plug them in before you arrive with your date.) A few flower petals well placed on the deck do Wouldn’t be a bad idea either. There is nothing more romantic than strolling your partner across the pier to a softly gleaming pontoon shrouded in the pinks and blues of a setting sun.
When planning your meal, you have several options. While many boats come with grills, nothing puts out the fire of romance faster than having to cook before you can sit down. For this reason, it is recommended that you first consider preparing your meal at home or picking it up at your favorite restaurant. Keeping it hot or cold is no problem with a thermoelectric cooler. This is a wonderful product sold by Coleman that can not only keep your food at serving temperature, but also contain ice and drinks. Food umbrellas are the perfect way to keep pesky insects out of your meal and can be purchased inexpensively.
Setting the table is important and if your boat is docked it can be done before your date begins. If you are planning to go to the middle of the lake, you may have to wait until you have chosen your location to complete this task. There are several picnic sets available that will keep all of your dining items in one place or for a little more class, pack it all in a beautiful wicker basket. Your date will be pleasantly surprised when you remove your cutlery, candles and champagne from the basket with a little frills. Don’t forget the tablecloth!
When you have finished your meal, simply put it back in the basket. Cleaning is a snap. Follow dinner with an amazing dessert from the local bakery and a delicious cup of freshly brewed coffee, then sit back and enjoy the romantic music as you play softly in the background. If you follow these simple tips and add a few special touches, the next time you suggest dinner, don’t be surprised if it has to be on the boat.