Make a Romantic Valentine Dinner for Two Including Mood Setting Decorations and Music
Edited by Nerissa Avisado, Eng, Lynn, Nuance
St. Valentine's Day stands out as the day reserved for lovers. The day is filled with the aroma of passion and romance, when every person in love wants to create the mood for an extra-special Valentine's date. If you're planning a whimsical dinner, perhaps there's no need to remind you about the colors and the themes. How do you set the stage to make a romantic Valentine's dinner for two, including mood setting decorations and music? This holiday, surprise your sweetheart by creating the perfect setting for a memorable Valentine's Day dinner for two.
Although you can do it any day of the year, Valentine's Day is that one exceptional day when you can go all out to express your love to your special someone. It's not a day that suddenly creeps up on you, so you have plenty of time to plan ahead.
Don't rely on the man to be romantic. Romance is a two-way street. There is no reason why you can't give him flowers and chocolate.
How to Make a Romantic Valentine Dinner for Two
Whether you decide to create a magical forest in the middle of the living room, or call upon all the stars to twinkle above the dining table, there are many great ideas you can use to pull off a wonderful soiree just for the two of you.
Decorate the Area.
There's no need to go for satin and velvet to spice up the place for your romantic dinner. Just add some unique and special touches to provide the "wow factor" from the very moment your sweetheart enters. Why not hang garlands and Christmas lights when they are least expected? You may be amazed at the fairy tale effect it lends to the atmosphere. Intertwine white Christmas lights with red and gold garland and drape them across a special corner you've chosen to be the dinner cove for the night.
Set the Mood.
The right lighting can ignite the mood, add fire to the setting. Dim the lights to let romance fully shine. A cluster of pillar candles will emit the perfect glow, just enough to let you see what's on the table and the light of love reflected in each other's eyes. Line up votive candles on windowsills, and on counters and other safe surfaces. Remove from view all romance-killers, such as utility bills, clutter, and dirty laundry.
Say it with Flowers.
There are many ways to express the language of love through flowers. Depending on your budget, you can buy a set of intricately arranged blooms or a dozen long-stemmed roses. You could scatter red petals in the pathway leading to the dinner table. It's a cliché, but nevertheless, it always works and it's not expensive. Ask florists if they have scrap flower petals that you can buy at half the price. You may also gather your potted plants around the area to create a little garden where love becomes the finest bloom of all.
Fill the Air with Music.
It's a nice touch to add to a romantic dinner for two. Make a playlist of classical or jazz pieces. Even if they are not your usual favorites, they are the perfect music to waft through the night. If you have a theme song or common preference, look for the instrumental version. Choose other mood-enhancing music to cultivate hushed conversation. You could also play a love song list. The only words should be the words of love you whisper in each other's ears.
Dress up the Table.
Use a small table to make the dinner more intimate. It's also easier to move and decorate in a short period of time. If it's nice outside, set the table in the garden or on the porch or balcony to provide you with a more romantic view. Cover the table with a beautiful red tablecloth or with any sheer fabric that you can tie with ribbons. While they can stand on their own, you may opt to mix and match red, pink, white, silver and gold for your color scheme. Place a dramatic centerpiece at the table, which can be a set in low vase, or a potted plant wrapped in themed fabric, or a cluster of candles, Make sure the candles are short - so you can see each other over them.
Use your finest China and Silverware.
This is the day to make your loved one feel truly special by using your most precious collection of dinnerware. Don't ever consider using plastic or paper plates no matter how cute their heart designs are. For this occasion, you can purchase a set of tableware to create an elegant setting. Set linen napkins tucked with a beautiful flower in the holder. Some red flower petals on a white table cloth would be lovely.
Prepare a Special Dinner.
Nothing but your sweetheart's favorite dishes can be the fastest way to his or her heart. Of course, you need to prepare other light dishes to complete the Valentine's menu. If you're not a kitchen diva, you can secretly learn to cook some fancy dishes to surprise your Love, or you can order carry out gourmet entrees and warm them in the oven until it's time for dinner. It's important to keep track of time so that you won't spend the evening running around the kitchen. Whatever you're serving, include aphrodisiacs, such as oysters that can be served fresh. If you aren't a fan, there are other interesting foods and spices that are natural aphrodisiacs. They include; almonds, cinnamon, basil, nutmeg, honey, red wine, pomegranates and of course - chocolate.
Dress for the Night.
You may be in your comfort zone, but this is definitely not the night to be wearing your sweats and flip-flops. Show up at the dinner table as if you're stepping into a five-star hotel for a first date with your dashing Romeo or Juliet. This is the night when you need to look your most romantic and smell your seductive best. You can't be over-dressed. Think Oscars.
Make a Toast to your Relationship.
Champagne tops the list of Valentine's drinks, but don't negate a bottle of good sparkling wine, or full-bodied Shiraz to fire your passion. Any of these can be served to compliment the romantic dinner. Use tall, delicate champagne flutes to clink before sipping the chilled, bubbling beverage, and large wine glasses with wide openings for the red wine. If neither of you drink alcohol, why not get a sparkling something without alcohol, and serve it in fluted champagne glasses. It's a great way to salute a relationship as iridescent as yours.
Bring the Meal to a Sweet Conclusion.
Today is not the day to watch your weight. You have an excuse to indulge in all the yummy goodies you've whipped up to end the meal on a sweet note. Again, if you're not good at baking, a quick visit to the bakery can yield you pastries, rich tarts, and designer cupcakes with swirl cream on top. Just add shaved chocolates and mint leaf to imprint your special touch. A bowl of beautiful red strawberries dipped in chocolate would be a very nice touch.
What happens after dinner depends on how you want to ultimately wrap up the night. You may dance to the music or cuddle by the fire. Depending on the atmosphere you've created for the night, and your conversation and mood, one thing can lead to another. If you've set up the bedroom hoping for a night of passion, don't waste your time preparing complicated dishes. Who'd want to make out with a full stomach? Stick to a simple and light Valentine's dinner.
Tips, Tricks and Warning
- If you're cooking the meal yourself, gather all the ingredients the day before to reduce the amount of stress on Valentine's Day.
- If you want to make an impression and pass off the carry-out food you ordered as your own, cover all traces so that your little secret will not be found out. But really, on a night like this, is it wise to lie?
- Use glass or ceramic holders for all candles for safety and to protect your tableware from wax drippings. Keep watch to make sure flames don't come in contact with flammable items, and if you do retire to the boudoir, extinguish the candles first.
Recent edits by: Lynn, Eng, Nerissa Avisado