Valentine’s Day is here and it’s time to set the mood for a night of romance. Let’s go through all the elements that make for a nice atmosphere, whether you’re planning for a romantic dinner for two or a simple movie night with junk food – you can still use these simple elements to make your night that much more special.
And yes, movie night with junk food still counts! After all, true romance is one that comes naturally, from the heart, where you and your partner are both the most comfortable.
But without further delays, here’s how to set the mood for Valentine’s Day using sight, sound, touch, scent, and a lot of love!
“Now a soft kiss - Aye, by that kiss, I vow an endless bliss. – John Keats
Any sort of sweet cocktail is perfect for Valentine’s Day dinner, but you might want something lighter to start with, so you can simply turn a cocktail into a spritzer by adding a bit of club soda. It makes the drink much lighter and less alcoholic, making it much easier to sip while chewing on appetizers and enjoying dinner.
This is a good idea because while alcohol is a nice touch, a lighter drink makes sure neither one drinks too much – these sweet drinks in particular can hit you hard when you’re not paying attention.
Candle light is a staple of romantic dinners. The soft flames create a dim and warm light around the dinner table, and is metaphorically meaningful to romance – after all, we often say love is like a flame.
And both candles and candleholders come in many varieties to match your decoration. Votive candles have a small and soft flame, perfect for a subtle flame with virtually no smoke. Taller candles usually have larger flames and look great for decorative purposes, just be careful to not place them near plants, books, or other flammable materials.
Decorate with some of these around the house and dinner table for the perfect Valentine’s Day decor!
There are tons of different ways to scent your home for Valentine’s Day. Scented oils and candles are subtle and very effective, although candles have the advantage of already serving as decoration as well.
For a stronger scent, you can try incense to make the environment immediately more interesting, and there are also many different scents to pick from.
Finally, don’t neglect natural flowers – they will not overwhelm a room with scent, but can definitely make for a subtle, yet elegant atmosphere.
The tip here is to not let stronger scents in the dining room (it doesn’t go well with food), but feel free to let it free around the house otherwise.
Nothing sets the mood better than music and now it’s easier than ever to quickly put together a playlist on Spotify – you can even find a romantic playlist ready to go if you’re short on time.
But if you can, take some time to prepare a special playlist with songs that have a special meaning to you and your partner. Think of songs and bands you both love, a song one introduced to the other, a song that played during a special occasion (first date, first kiss, and so on), and be sure to add them all in.
And hey, if you’re talented with a guitar or a piano, consider a romantic serenade!
Want to take your music to the next step? Choose a vinyl LP to play on an old timey record player!
No Valentine’s Day dinner is complete without a good movie! And here, it’s really up to the couple’s preference: a new movie? An old movie? A movie you’ve both seen a million times? Your choice!
I know from experience though that many couples are not exactly decisive. Have you ever had a conversation like this:
– What do you want to watch?
– I don’t know, anything.
– Hmm… how about this one?
– No, not that one!
Yeah, it happens to everyone. So to prevent browsing through a streaming service for five hours before choosing to rewatch Friends for the millionth time, you can instead choose a selection of good picks and let fate decide by writing them on a piece of paper and sorting one at random.
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