Setting the MoodBe sure to prepare for your romantic dinner well in advance, so you have very little to do at the last minute and can enjoy the dinner with your significant other. If you have children, you might want to plan a late dinner or find an outside sitter for the evening.
Select a table that is small, if possible, so your knees will touch when you are seated. Time to pull out the best china, crystal and silverware, and your finest tablecloth preferably in a light peach or rose color.
Candles and flowers are a must. Not only are they pleasing to the eye, but they evoke pleasurable aromas and thoughts. Do not use highly-scented flowers or candles, though. You don't want to cover up the inviting aromas of your meal.
Dim the lights and put on soothing background music. If you have a fireplace, you might want to consider setting your table up in front of a blazing fire for added ambiance. Make sure the answering machine is on and in silent mode, and be sure the champagne is chilled and ready to pop! And, by all means, leave the dishes for another day.
Better yet, why not invite your loved one into the kitchen to cook with you? It can be a sensual experience. There are many cookbooks on foods of love designed to make cooking together an intimate experience in and of itself.
Cookbooks for Lovers
Valentine History - Food
Aphrodisiac Foods of Love
Recipes for Love - Valentine's Day Recipes