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How to Do Date Night at Home

Whether you’ve been cooped up with your partner for over a month or you’re meeting someone new on video chat, a date night now requires significantly more creativity than it once did. “We were supposed to be in Mexico City with friends this weekend,” says Noora Raj Brown, SVP of communications here at goop. “As I was silently lamenting the loss of Contramar chef Gabriela Cámara’s red-and-green grilled snapper, I decided Ryan and I needed a festive moment to get our minds off…well, everything.” Here, how she engineered her at-home garden-party date night, from the beauty essentials to the post-dessert Monopoly game.

1

Slip on a Flowy Dress

“I’ve been living in wet hair and my G. Sport workout clothes this whole week, so step one was finding my blow-dryer and putting on a flowy dress.”

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2

Wake Up Your Face

“I’ve been obsessed with the mascara and the Glowy Super Gel from Saie. The gel gives you that instant just-back-from-the-Bahamas dewiness and glow. I also smoothed on a little Kosas in Royal, my go-to everyday lip for a subtle hint of color.”

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3

Find Your Inspiration

“I recently bought this Emile Henry ceramic tagine—honestly more because it looks so pretty on a countertop than because of any inclination to actually cook with it—but I figured that if ever there were a time to make a three-hour braised Mexican chicken, this is it. Because the chicken was so labor-intensive, I cheated a bit and did a quick Mexican rice in my Zojirushi rice cooker, which produces the perfect fluffy rice every time. I rounded out the meal with a side of black beans.”

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4

Mix a Great Drink

“Our typical date nights often start with a Sunset Tower martini, so I re-created it at home with Ketel One Botanical (I love the grapefruit) and a dash of St-Germain. My husband likes an old-fashioned, so I made him one with these gorgeous pink spheres that double as ice.”

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5

Set the Table—Outside If You Can

“I’m a big believer in a tablescape, even if no one is going to see it! There’s something so elegant and ritualistic about sitting down at a set table. In our new, at-home day-to-day hustle, we hadn’t really made time to sit in our garden yet (ironic as that’s what made me fall in love with the house in the first place), so I set the table outside with my Skultuna tealight holders and Laboratorio Paravicini plates.”

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6

Dessert with a Side of Monopoly

“I brought out the dessert plates for a chocolate chip cookie nightcap, which we ate inside curled up next to the fire during a heated game of Monopoly (LA can get cold when the sun goes down). I lost the game— badly—but at least the date night was a win.”

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