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Planning a Romantic Dinner

There are so many things you can do for your true love on Valentine’s Day. Give her flowers or candy, present him with tickets to a favorite sporting event, or schedule a trip to see the latest romantic movie. But nothing says “I love you” more than a lovingly-prepared meal and a romantic dinner that you can enjoy ALONE.

Planning a romantic dinner isn’t that difficult, even if you’re not an experienced cook. Indeed, the atmosphere and your sincere intentions are what he or she will remember, not what you serve. Of course, if you are a good cook, the food can be an extra special part of the meal as well.

The Invitation

In order to do this correctly, don’t use a verbal or email invite to let your love know that you’ll be preparing dinner for him or her. Go all out and make a formal invitation. Go to a craft store that sells scrapbooking paper and choose some things from their Valentine section, like pink or red paper, lacy trim, ribbon, and more. Hand-write the invitation if possible (or find a friend who does calligraphy) and include details. You might suggest that this will be a formal occasion, so that he or she dresses properly.

Try to investigate your date’s schedule beforehand so that you choose a day and time when your Valentine is available. (It may not be on February 14th if that’s a work day.)

Setting the Mood

Romance is all about mood. So, you probably won’t want to have your romantic dinner in the kitchen. Choose the most attractive place in your home for the dinner. This may be the dining room, but it could also be in the living room, near a fireplace, or even in the sun room. Be sure, however, that it’s not too far from the kitchen, especially if you’ll need to go back and forth occasionally.

When you’re setting the table, use the good stuff! If you don’t have china, consider visiting an antique shop or thrift store where you might be able to find a small set of matching pieces. Same goes for serving dishes. Don’t use plastic bowls! Invest in a few nice pieces. Cover the table with a linen tablecloth – white is a good idea or Valentine’s Day red or pink is fine, too. Use linen napkins as well. And, of course, the good silver can be part of the picture, if available.

Keep the lighting subdued. Those small, white Christmas twinkle lights make for a great atmosphere and candles are always a good idea, too. Don’t use any bright overhead lights. If you have an indirect pole lamp (the kind that aim towards the ceiling), you can leave that on for a little more light, if necessary.

Keep the CD player stocked with appropriate music. Romantic stuff with appropriate lyrics is good and instrumental classical stuff is nice, too. Make sure you have enough CDs set up so that the music continues and you don’t need to keep getting up and down to find more tunes.

Making the Food

Again, if you’re an accomplished cook, feel free to be as elaborate as you like with this dinner. However, try to be sure that you’ve timed all the dishes so that they’re all done before your date arrives. This way, you won’t be running back and forth to the kitchen to check the roast or stir the rice.

If cooking is not your thing, it’s okay to buy prepared foods at the grocery store and just heat them up. However, you’ll want to transfer them to nice serving dishes before she/he arrives.

Even if you aren’t a great cook, however, you can still surprise her/him with those things that you can handle – even if it’s a cheeseburger or some simple baked chicken. Chances are that your date will be delighted with whatever you serve, simply thrilled by the fact that you’d take the time to plan something special for this romantic holiday.

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by messegweq

Sat, 2011-11-12 07:39