A lovely dinner for two on a sailboat was all my husband’s idea. Dinner on the boat is not usually a special occasion, but it was so easy and enjoyable to make it into a date night. This dinner became a little celebration for two. Beef Wellington, champagne, some special desserts and a pretty table made for a lovely evening. No paper plates, no hot dogs or hamburgers, this called for classing things up a little bit.
I iced down some champagne and put a lovely sailing themed tablecloth on our little table in the cockpit to begin our evening.
The table was set with blue plates, our blue-handled flatware tied with nautical napkin rings around blue linen napkins.
Individual beef Wellingtons, salad and twice baked potato boats made for a lovely meal for two.
Summer for us involves a lot of time on the sailboat. We usually try and make time on the boat relaxing and stress free, which includes very little cooking, which then leads to very little cleaning up! I decided to surprise him this Saturday night with a lovely dinner for two on the back of the boat. I set the table with a pretty nautical cloth I like to use on our table. This was just a small piece of fabric I picked up at JoAnn Fabrics and hemmed to the right size. I bought a yard of trim to tie up our silverware. Pretty linen napkins made this special from the usual ‘back of the boat’ meals. I arranged the pillows in our cockpit into a lovely banquette for the two of us. A Champagne bucket with chilling Champagne also set the mood for a special night. Individual Beef Wellington is one of my husband’s favorite entrees. This is also something easy enough to fix on the boat, or so I thought. While sautéing the mushrooms and onions, I asked my husband (who was washing the boat topsides) if I could open a particular port to let some of the heat escape. “Go right ahead”, he said, he was done hosing that side of the boat. Much to my surprise, suddenly water was pouring in and right into my pan. So much for that batch of mushrooms and onions. No problem, I had enough to start over again! I served up twice-baked potatoes which I topped with a little sail created from our local lakeside newspaper, and tossed some spring-mix greens with a light balsamic dressing. For dessert on this warm summer night, I created mini fruit shortcakes with strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and angel food cake, topped with whipped cream.
I plan to make this the first of many “Date Night” dinners, I hope I inspire you to try this too!
Let me know what you plan and serve!
I will be sharing this at the following link parties: BNOTP: Tablescape Thursday