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How to Create a Romantic Evening at Home

Updated on April 22, 2013

How to Stay In and Romance Your Wife

Husbands, create a romantic atmosphere at home. Prepare your home by appealing to your wife's five senses. Set-up something special for your wife for Valentine's Day, your anniversary, or her birthday. Get a sitter for the kids and follow these tips.

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Sense of Hearing: Play Romantic Tunes

Play music that your wife finds romantic. If she likes soft classical music, play a medley that includes Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata", Mozart's "A Little Night Music" and, Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons". Have the music play throughout the evening. (If you don't have enough unique songs, put your tunes on a loop.)

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Sense of Taste: Serve a Fabulous Meal

Dinner should be the highlight of your evening. We assume you know your wife's favorite foods. The menu should lean heavily toward her favorite eats, not yours. Cooking or at least serving her favorites shows your attentiveness to her. If you need ideas on what to cook, get a recipe book on cooking for two. (Need more help? See cookbook list below.)

If you can't boil water, much less cook, buy dinner. Unless your wife craves them, this isn't the time to get pizza or Chinese take-out.

Sense of Taste 2: Chocolate

Wise lensmaster and wife, Groovyoldlady, said that "there is no romance without chocolate". If you can whip up a nice chocolate dessert like chocolate mousse or Boston Cream Pie, go for it. If you can't cook, here are a couple of options. One is to get your lady a box of fine chocolates. While chocolate from the drugstore is not "fine", truffles from a Belgian chocolatier are. If you're planning ahead, add that special touch with a gift basket of gourmet chocolates. After dinner, tasting treats from the basket can be dessert.

Sense of Smell: Create a Romantic Mood with the Right Scent

Scents can change moods. Scents that are associated with romantic moods are jasmine, sandalwood, gardenia and rose. Use candles and/or fresh flowers to bring one of these scents into your home. As you select your candles and flowers, consider a color scheme for the evening. Combine classic colors of romance like red and white. Alternatively, a color scheme based on your wife's favorite colors is also appropriate.

Sense of Sight: Make Your Place Look Nice

We've already talked about creating a color scheme for your special evening. Remember we said one classic color scheme is white and red. Another classic is white and pink. You may choose your wife's favorite colors instead.

What goes in your color scheme? Your candles, flowers and yes, your food. Don't try to make your entire meal fit into your chosen color scheme. Usually a dessert works best.

Here's an example. Let's say your colors are pink and white. You could arrange a set of pink and white candles on your dinner table as centerpiece. Set an arrange of pink flowers in a white vase in the living room. You could bake or buy a small heart-shaped cake with pink frosting.

Let's talk how about candle and flower arrangements. You may be tempted to put a single candle here and there throughout the house. Don't do it. Instead, group your candles into one or two large arrangements in the home. One set should definitely go in the center of your dinner table for candlelight dinner. Another group of candles could go in a strategic spot. For instance, make it the first thing she sees when comes home or comes into the room. Make an impact. Use the same techniques for your flowers.

Guys, be sure to clean your home for the occasion. Okay, at least put things away. Nothing spoils a romantic mood quicker than dirty socks on the floor.

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Summary: Appeal to All 5 of Her Senses

In closing, remember to appeal to all five of your wife's senses this to create your romantic evening at home.

Bonus Tip: Hide Love Notes

Wise wife and lensmaster Groovyoldlady suggests that you hide romantic notes to your beloved throughout the house. If you don't know what to write, start with these ideas:

1. Tell her your first impression of her when you met.

2. Write 10 notes that represent the top 10 reasons you love her.

3. Note what you find attractive about her personality and her beauty.

4. Remember the classic "I love you" always works.

5. Write down a classic love poem, but insert her name. For example, "How do I love thee Judith, let me count the ways".

Also tell us if you plan to use or have used our tips. How'd it go?

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      hheddwiggg 4 years ago

      Nice lens.

      This video is sharing some great ideas for gifts for him ... have a look -

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      Ronald Tucker 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Many national hotel chains offers Romantic Get-Away packages for Valentines Day and any other day that meet the need for couples to wind down and be pampered. Excellent ideas for romancing ones wife are significant other.

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      lionmom100 7 years ago

      These are some really nice ideas for romantic evenings at home. Those would be some wonderful things to do for Valentines, Birthday, Anniversery or anytime, just because.

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      freddi 8 years ago

      great idea for a lens. Guys do need help with setting a mood, don't they? :-) This was great! Nice idea for a lens and nice execution too! 5 stars.

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      Tiddledeewinks LM 9 years ago

      Some nice ideas. I've always loved candles!

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      UMT 9 years ago

      Now this is a great way of doing it the economical way without all the big hotels problem. But I wonder how many men have time to do this really.

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      justholidays 9 years ago

      Lovely lens!

      5 stars!

      The Prettiest Valentine's Day Ever!

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      Nathalie Roy 9 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Love it! 5stars. If you have time check out my valentine lens: French fashion designers valentine day stamps

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      June Campbell 9 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Great lens. I'm giving you a lensroll on my Valentine Graphics lens

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      liluluna 10 years ago

      Your lens is great. There is a lot of useful information. Thanks and 5 stars for you. Check my lens about Russian Brides

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      lovebe2 10 years ago

      Obviously romantic films can be a great source of inspiration - but beware of copying romantic gestures (or even cheesy lines) from your favourite Hollywood Blockbuster 1 to 1.

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      I-Love-Flowers 10 years ago

      This is one of the places I recommend people buy romantic fresh cut roses. Unlike many florists, the flowers come just blooming and last for weeks.

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      ApnaVichola 10 years ago

      Hi dcgal, very nice lens. 5 Stars. please feel free to stop by our South Asian Matrimonial lens. our visit our Punjabi Matrimonial site. Thanks.

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      badmsm 10 years ago

      I think I remember all the little things my husband did when we didn't have money. It really expressed his love and creativity, and showed he put a lot of thought and effort into it. Great Lens!

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      dcgal 10 years ago


      Thanks for the heads up on the spam comment. (It's so gone now.) Your suggestions are also appreciated.

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      groovyoldlady 10 years ago

      How'd you do that Glyphman? That comment is WAY more than 300 characters!

      and forgot the chocolate, dear. There is NO romance without the chocolate. And not that M

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      dcgal 10 years ago

      Thanks JENart.

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      JenniferAkers LM 10 years ago

      Wonderful ideas for a romantic evening at home! Looks like you have it covered- I'm adding you to my lensroll in Perfect Valentine's Day Gifts. You've shown it's easy to win her heart with thought and love.