Create great romantic table setting and meal: for anniversary, birthday or valentine's day
Choose The Right Music for the right occasion
You need to set the mood for the night by choosing some fantastic music.
You want to choose something that sounds fabulous that you will both love.
Top 5 romantic songs in 2015
- Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
- Ellie Goulding - Love Me Like You do
- O.M.I - Cheerleader
- Lost Frequencies - Are You With Me
- Sugar - Maroon 5
Top 5 romantic songs 2014:
- Happy - Pharrel Williams
- All of Me - John Legend
- Trumpets - Jason Derulo
- I Don't Dance - Lee Brice
- Stay With Me - Sam Smith
Top 5 romantic songs
- Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You
- Elvis Presley - Love Me Tender
- Celine Dion - My Heart Will Go On
- Paul McCartney - Maybe I'm Amazed
- Mariah Carrey - Vision of Love
They might not suit every bodies taste, but there has to be at least on artist here that we all like.
Organising a special dinner for your partner can be a thoughtful and romantic gesture.
It shows you care about them and that you want to look after them.
There is nothing better than having someone cook you a lovely meal. It's also nice to put some effort into the presentation of the meal and the setting.
Remember that it's the little extra things like the dessert and the setting that can make a night very special.
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Choosing a dessert for your special meal
Food is an important part of your night. While most of us have no problem producing a great dinner sometimes it can be tricky coming up with a great dessert idea.
Sometimes it's best to stick with the classic desserts. If it is a birthday or Valentine's Day you might decide to choose strawberries. There are many different recipes out there that you could make. But if you are not a wiz in the kitchen, then why not purchase your dessert in a grocery store or a bakery.
Get a dessert that will amaze your partner. This would especially be wise if you wanted to end your romantic evening with a delicious dessert.
If you are handy in the kitchen, then be adventurous and create something unique and wild that stands outs.
But if you are not then you can buy pre-made cakes, meringues and pavlova now so don't despair. Then all you need to do is buy some items like cream, chocolate and strawberries to accessorize your cake.They don't need to know you haven't baked it, all they need to do it know that you assemble it and made it look great.
With a little bit effort you might surprise yourself and make a fantastic one.
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How To Use Candles On Your Dinner Table
When deciding how to lay your dinner table for you romantic dinner, there are lots of ways to do this. You could keep it very simple by having a few candles and some flowers. This can work if you lay your table out in a nice way.
But you don't always have to go overboard when laying out your table. Sometimes doing something that is very simple but different can look just as fantastic.
Laying some tea-lights out on the table in a simple heart shape design not only looks romantic, but is also a very different approach to a table layout.
If you don't want candles, you could use a flower and a few simple heart shaped objects. Just lay them around the centre of the table and then lay the flower in the centre of them. You don't have to spend a lot on it, but it will look lovely on the night.
If you have a large pillar candle and some nice stones you could lay them in the centre of the dinner table. Place the stones around the outside of the candle on the table. Then if you have some heart shaped decorations which you will see in shops at Christmas, you can place them around the candle to stop it looking plane on the night.
If you have a nice gold, silver or red dish or even a candle plate, you cold put a few tea-lights on the plate and place then in the centre of your table. It's simple, good in a pinch and also if the plate looks nice and matches your napkins, you could pull it off.
If you look in bead stores that sell to jewellery designers, you will find a lot of accessories that you can use for your table piece. Get a large vase and add the beads and a one or two flower to the vase. Then place the candle in the centre of the vase. Try to have a wide vase here as you don't want the flower near the candle. It might burn.
Chocolate & Pastry Dessert IdeasClick thumbnail to view full-size
Pastry or Chocolates For Dessert
If you don't want a cake, you could have something else instead. Chocolate and small pastries are always a nice light dessert to have.
Heart Shaped Pastries.
- You can buy some frozen shortcut pastry in the freezer section of your supermarket. Once it is defrosted, cut out heart shape cookie by using a heart shaped cookie cutter.
- Next put them into a heart shaped cookie tin and bake in the oven. When they are cooked, allow them to cool.
- Next whip up some cream and add a little bit of red food dye to it. You want a very pale pink colour. Next put some cream into the heart shaped pastry and place half a strawberry on top
You can buy heart shaped chocolates in any good chocolate store. They aren't as filling as a cake and you can have them with some coffee after dinner.
Make Your Own Heart Shaped Cake
If you have the time and really want to make a special dessert you could make your own cake for the dessert.
The following video gives the ingredients and the instructions on how to make a great cake.
So the next time you are thinking of planning a romantic dinner for your partner, think about what you have in the house that you can use. Keep it simple and stick to a plan.
Don't take too much on and if you have to buy something instead of making it, do, and don't feel guilty about it.
© 2014 Sp Greaney
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