14 Feb 2013
If your happily ever after cannot wait for a sweet old lady, an enchanted pumpkin and some mice, then you should plan your own fairytale evening at home. And by fairytale I don’t mean Walt Disney, but something small and intimate like a romantic Valentine’s dinner without the usual production of paper hearts and glitter.
Turn off the gadgets
Even though you’re a slave to moving pixels and bytes, take a brief hiatus to focus on love.
You’ve always wanted a guy who could hold a conversation so here’s your opportunity. With the TV switched off and your cell phones and tablets buried in the garden, the two of you can talk all night and hopefully never run out of things to say.
Move things around
When the man of the house arrives home, the shift and relocation of décor will get his attention.
Depending on your rearrangement you could create the kind of mystery that suggests a beautiful night together.
You could rid the dining room of the dining table and chairs, and use the space for a picnic, or reposition the couch so that it faces the fireplace.
The whole idea is to close the gap between you and your partner, so before you make a move make sure it caters for intimacy.
Dim the lights
Nothing sets the mood like the glow of a candle. Not only does it complement the skin but it also gives the occasion that ‘I’m on holiday’ feeling.
And just like any getaway, the small flicker of a candle helps let down your guard. This allows you to become more vulnerable and open to suggestions.
To complement the magic of the night you could layer several vases with white stones and a flower of your choice before topping them up with water and a floating candle. You could have these placed strategically across the room or have them clustered in the centre of your meeting.
You could also put together something more simple and elegant like a tea light in a wine glass.
Allow yourself to be creative - to vary the candle and vase shapes and sizes.
Bring in romantic imagery
Nothing kills the mood faster than clutter, so make sure that your table surfaces and floors don’t have reminders of your everyday life.
Graduation photos, snaps from your 21st and drawings from daycare will need to make way for frames of you and your partner.
Mix it up with images of romantic destinations, iconic landmarks, wildlife and prints of flowers.
Get some cushions and throws
The gentle feel of cushions and pillows makes any moment seem softer around the edges. Pillows add a sense of dreaminess and perfection. They help you relax and be more comfortable with your partner.
Maroons, reds, rusty oranges and other dark, but not depressing, shades look beautiful under candlelight and they work well for carpet picnics because they won’t get dirty too easily.
You can also add to the allure of the evening by gracefully draping a throw on the sofa to use as part of the décor now and for cuddle time later.
All these soft elements say this is a special night and I want to spend it with you.
If you won’t make it personal, you might as well spend time with a random stranger.
You could organise a stack of books on the coffee table and top the arrangement off with a book he gave you for Christmas. Tie in his scarf or your straw hat into the décor or decorate with the old vintage mirror you both fell in love with.
Make it subtle or outrageously obvious but give the evening together some meaning.
Happy Valentine’s Day – Katlego Sekano
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