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A few years ago I wanted to do something really special for my husband on Valentine's Day. I didn't want anything in return, only that the evening was fun and enjoyable, and that was how it turned out.
The look on my Valentine's face when he came home for dinner was priceless and shall remain with me forever. I'd never seen his eyes or smile so wide!
I'd like to share this special Valentine's Dinner with you now, it had the effect I wanted including an evening filled with laughter and great conversation.
What you'll need:
A white table cloth
Approximately 20 silver balloons
Silver ribbon for the balloons
Selection of white candles of differing shapes and sizes (unscented)
Several sheets of red cardboard (thin enough to cut)
Blu-Tack or other safe, removal adhesive
White platter for prawns (substitute if you prefer something else)
Small white plates
Ice and lemons for prawn platter
Two servings of French Fries
Seafood sauce for dipping
Bowl for prawn shells
Finger bowl with lemon slices (to wash fingers when peeling prawns)
Red paper napkins
Small Gold Stars
Ornamental opaque glass pebbles
Small posy of flowers (in case he forgets)
Aromatherapy oil burner
Aphrodisiac essential oils of rose, jasmine and mandarin
Cool, sensual music (soul music is great)
Setting the mood and table
Blow up all balloons, tie with silver ribbon around chairs, ceiling, anywhere in the area you'll be dining.
Cut out as many love hearts as possible from the red cardboard and stick with blu-Tack (or other safe adhesive ' read instructions first) wherever you can and where you can easily removable it.
To set the mood place water in your aromatherapy oil burner and add some aphrodisiac essential oils; add 3 drops rose; 3 drops jasmine; and 5 drops mandarin. Light the tea light candle approximately 30 minutes before arrival.
Put tablecloth on table.
Using panache strategically group some candles together at one end of table.
Always use caution with lit candles - never leave the room unattended when burning candles, this applies to aromatherapy oil burners.
Strategically place the remaining candles around the room. (I loathe being a killjoy but please ensure candles are not close to any flammable objects)
Position large white platter in centre of table; shell bowl next to platter then finger bowl with lemon slices.
Place red napkins and fork on top of smaller plates and positioned where you'll be sitting.
Bring out vase and flowers.
Place opaque glass pebbles around candle display on table and several around white prawn platter.
Sprinkle a small amount of gold stars on table for effect.
A selection of fine chocolates
Tie the two red wine glasses stem up, with red ribbon to the top of the wine bottle and place with Valentine's card on table.
Scatter chocolates on table
Just before he arrives:
If this doesn't impress him, he may be asleep, unconscious or he's finding a reference point of what is before him!
Here's to an evening filled with laughter, fun, and romance!
You can visit Michaela Scherr at http://www.michaelascherr.com
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