On Valentine’s Day, the restaurants are always crowded and hectic and the romantic comedies are sold out at the movie theaters. Why deal with all that when you can have a perfectly romantic evening at home? Here are some tips to create a cozy, stress-free evening for you and your sweetie.
Light some candles: Candles are a no-brainer but this time, try some scented candles. Both ginger and honey are considered aphrodisiacs so look for some in these scents.
Red is overrated: Harsh reds are a Valentine’s classic but there are plenty of other colors out there to give you the warm and fuzzies. Decorate with a deep plum or burgundy tablecloth to set the mood. It’s also less likely to stain during use!
Use a dimmer: Dim lighting equals instant romance but if there’s food involved, candles might not put off quite enough light. Add a dimmer to your light switch for a little extra light without sacrificing the mood. Remember, spilling food all over yourself is not pretty.
Accessorize with cozy fabrics: Try super-soft blankets made of chenille or fleece. They’re inexpensive, look great and are perfect to share with someone special.
Buy new sheets: When people think pretty, they think silky sheets but I’m not sure why. They’re cold, slick and they catch on dry skin. None of that seems romantic. Substitute organic cotton sheets in a 300 or higher thread-count. They’re super soft and a lot more practical in the long run.
Let someone else take care of dessert: By the time you’re done cooking dinner, you won’t want to mess with a cake or pie. Stop by your favorite bakery and get an assortment of bite-sized pastries that the two of you can share with each other. Grab a few old favorites and maybe a few things you haven’t tried before.