MISSION, Kan., Nov. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- (Family Features) Bring the delicious tastes of a traditional steakhouse to your own dining room with simple steps that make it easier than you might expect to please a room full of hungry guests.
According to a survey conducted by Idahoan, 86 percent of Americans have avoided going out to eat at a restaurant for reasons such as crowds, bad service and noise. Instead of suffering through the inconveniences, ditch those concerns and bring steakhouse flavor home - an experience 79 percent of survey respondents said they wish was easier to recreate in their own dining room. Set the tableRather than plating food with any old dishware, break out your nicest dishes and set the table the way a restaurant would. Remember: forks on the left, knives on the right. Pull out the linen napkins for an added upscale feel. Properly setting the table instantly gives your kitchen or dining room the feel of heading out to a restaurant. Change the moodMost fancy steakhouses keep the lights dimmed low, so find creative ways to mimic that ambiance at home. If you don't have a dimmer switch, invest in a smart bulb that lets you easily convert a standard fixture into a custom light in minutes. Or skip the overhead lighting altogether and instead dine by lamp or candlelight. It'll change the way your dining room traditionally looks by setting a scene that more closely matches that of a restaurant. Also try turning on your group's favorite music to change up the audible impression of the night. It doesn't need to sound like a rock concert - just give the room some subtle liveliness with soft tunes playing in the background.