If your idea of the perfect Valentine's Day dinner doesn't involve standing in line with a dinner pager in your hand perhaps a romantic date at home is a better idea. With a few extra touches, you can make this sweet date even sweeter. Having a dreamy meal for two in private could lead to something more exciting than sharing some stale popcorn at the movie theater. Plan some sexy surprises and set a loving mood by planning ahead for amore.
Find the Flicker: A flickering candle can’t be beat if you want to establish a setting for love. Arrange candles in unusual places, not just the dinner table. For example, arrange a tray of candles on the coffee table or on your dresser table. If you’re worried about an open flame, use a battery-operated candle. If you have a fireplace, a rumbling fire is a must.
Set the Table: Dress up the table with a pink table cloth and fresh flowers. Bring out the good dishes, your date is worth the extra details. When it’s appropriate, leave him a small, wrapped gift on his plate.
Tease the Senses: Don’t over do the fragrance. Your scented candles mixed with a provocative perfume could overpower him, in a bad way. Opt for the non-scented candles, or choose a basic vanilla or rose scented perfume. Your romantic date should please the nose but don't forget to play some soft tunes in the background.
Keep the Meal Simple: The last thing you want to do at your Valentine's Day dinner is get stuck in the kitchen. Keep the meal simple without serving a lot of courses. He'd rather have you than a four-star, five-course meal.
Hide a Surprise: A Valentine's Day dinner is all about celebrating love. Show yours with a small token beautifully wrapped and placed at your sweetheart's place setting. With a little bit of advance planning, your romantic date will strike all the right notes.
Chill Some Bubbly: Start your sweet dinner with a bottle of wine or pink champagne. Don't forget to chill it before serving it to your guest.