Dinner at drinks at the ritziest place in town is lovely, but a romantic evening at home is a fabulous way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, too. Here’s how to get it just right.
Set the stage: Yes, it’s a stage for something special, so go for the dramatic. Change things around in your usual, familiar space. If you have a love seat, make that the centre piece. Skip the dining table and plan to eat on the floor at a low table.
Create the mood: Nothing spells romance like candles, so splash out on them. Tea lights, tall candles, scented ones, they can all add to the atmosphere. Flowers will add to the setting, too. Scatter rose petals on surfaces for extra oomph.
What to toast your love with: You cannot go wrong with Champagne. So, pop that great bottle if you will. Cocktails you’ve shaken up yourself are a super idea, too. Get inspired by these cocktails and raise a toast to your togetherness.
Naughty nibbles: You can’t live on love and fresh air, so don’t forget the food. But keep it simple. You want to be fresh and sweet-smelling when your date arrives, not kitchen-weary. Think of dishes you can cook ahead and can just pop in the oven at dinner time. An array of elegant canapes or finger foods are perfect, too. Play around with foods believed to be aphrodisiacs. Think strawberries, asparagus and chocolate.
Do something fun: Add a zing to your special date night. Put on some great music and dance – just the two of you. Or you can give each other shoulder rubs or foot massages. Curling up and watching When Harry Met Sally works, too.
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