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Planning a romantic Valentine's Day dinner

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Planning a romantic Valentine's Day dinner isn't hard, it just takes a few details to set the mood. Here are some tips to help you get started.

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Don't cook with too much garlic or onion, or you may not be feeling so romantic after your meal. This also goes for foods that are too rich and creamy, which will leave you feeling bloated.

Avoid foods that are messy to eat, like lobster or French onion soup. If you made a salad, make sure that the ingredients are bite sized so it's not hard to get it in your mouth.

If you're choosing pasta, instead of messy spaghetti or fettuccini, choose penne, tortellini, orzo, or ravioli, which will be easier to eat.

If you have pretty plates and crystal wineglasses, bring them out and see just how much they add to the romantic atmosphere. Make this an occasion!

Make a plan to avoid all distractions such as cell phones so that you and your date can be free to enjoy the delicious meal and each other's company. If there's going to be a big game on that night and one or both of you is a big sports fan, you may want to reschedule.

Playing some soft jazz in the background can add to the ambience as long as it's not too distracting or loud.

Candles are essential for a romantic dinner, so light several candles and place them on or near the table.

For more great tips on adding romance to your life, please see http://www.yourtango.com/romance.

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