Light Up The Night
As far as romance goes, the more candles the better. Vary sizes of candles to create an interesting centrepiece or place several tea lights throughout your space to create a magical twinkling effect. Don’t forget to dim the lights to really show off your sparkling setting.
The Nose Always Knows
Adding scents to a room can make all the difference in creating just the right atmosphere. If you want to get warm and cozy, try vanilla scents. For something a little more daring and energizing, go for floral or citrus scents.
Now That’s Music To My Ears
The table is set, the lights are dim and the mood can only be complimented by the soft sounds of music in the background. This is possibly one of the easiest ways to create ambience in a room, so take advantage! Pull out some soft jazz or old love songs, and really set the tone.
Valentine’s Day just wouldn’t be the same without shades of red. Red can add a splash of romance to any table setting. Try filling glass vases with red cinnamon hearts or red candles. Red napkins or table runners are also an easy and inexpensive way to add hints of this sexy color to the table.
Nothing says ‘I love you’ like fresh flowers, especially red roses. They can make a gorgeous classic centrepiece on any table. Try cutting the stems down to create a lower focal point, which will still allow you to gaze into your loved one’s eyes! For real impact, try sprinkling rose petals on the table.
A Sign Of Love
Place card settings may seem unnecessary for a table for two, but what better way to send a message to the one you love? For a fun and romantic place card, use an actual Valentine, punch two holes in either side, and weave a 15" long piece of ribbon through the holes starting from the back of the Valentine to the front. You will end up with a loop at the back, and this is where you will place the folded napkin. Tie a bow at the front of the Valentine, or for a cleaner look, weave the ribbon back through the holes to the back. Then, place the Valentine with the napkin in the center of the plate, and you’re all set!
The Element of Surprise
I once read in Ina Garten’s book Barefoot Contessa Parties that the best way to show people a good time is to surprise them, and I couldn’t agree more. Do something different! If you typically sit across from each other at the table, sit kitty corner, or for a real surprise, head to another room in the house for your Valentine’s Day dinner! If you’re feeling really spontaneous, why not throw some cushions on the floor with a low height table, and create an intimate picnic for two.