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Candlelight Home Dinners
Have you ever dreamed of eating in a fancy restaurant, while
elegant clothes, and listening to soft, romantic music? What's
stopping you? Is it the money? Or the area you live in? Don't let
finances or the lack of an upscale restaurant ruin your dream.
charge today. Turn your kitchen into a one-time candlelight dinner
experience with these simple steps:
1. Find a babysitter. Find sleepovers for each one of your
kids. Candlelight dinners just aren't the same when you have
children running amuck.
2. Soft, romantic music. Do you know someone who can play the
violin? Hire (or barter) his/her services for the evening. Don't
know anyone or can't afford to hire someone? Play a tape. If you
don't have any soft, instrumental music, turn on the radio and
some. Then place a small tape player under your kitchen table,
it down low, and let the music set the mood.
3. Prepare a fancy meal. If you can't cook, order a meal you
would not normally eat, at home, and have it delivered. Is there a
meal you have always wanted to make? Something that looked a bit
hard, but is really fancy and perfect for a special night?
making that meal before your candlelight dinner—so that you're
to get it just right. On the night of your candlelight dinner,
prepare your food in advance, so that you are not getting up
the meal. The idea is to spend your time concentrating on the
partner across the table.
4. Set the table. When setting the table, choose a solid white
sheet as the base, then a smaller, dark cloth to place diagonally
across the table. Put your best dishes and silverware out. If you
don't have any chip-free dishes, buy some cheap ones! If you're
married, pull out the wine glasses you used at your wedding. If
aren't married, buy a set of wine glasses and have them etched
the evening's theme in mind. What is your partner's favorite
If it's not too overpowering, purchase that in a scented candle,
place it in the middle of the table.
5. Hire a waiter. If you really want to have the feel of being
in a restaurant, find a teen to serve your meal, refill your wine
glasses, and offer you dessert, such as Chocolate Strawberry
6. Take away distractions. One of the hardest things about
keeping with a romantic theme is all the distractions that can
place, such as realizing one is still in his/her own kitchen. To
help transform the evening, hang a nice black sheet over your
cabinets, sink and stove area, and any busy walls.
7. Dress elegantly. Does your significant other own an elegant
black ensemble? Ask him/her to wear it. If he/she doesn't own such
attire, surprise him/her with a nice pre-evening gift! In other
words, go out and buy something really elegant and nice, then
it to your significant other a few days before the big evening,
a note asking him/her to wear that outfit on your "date."
8. Consider a theme. Another idea to make your evening more fun
and festive is to turn your evening into a theme. Is there a place
you've always dreamed of vacationing, but have never had the time
money to go? Say, Venice, Italy? (http://www.invenicetoday.com)
9. Relax, have fun, and enjoy. Don't talk about politics,
religion, kids, finances, health, or other problems. Take a deep
breathe, remember what it's like to be on a first date, and just
enjoy being in the presence of your significant other.
||About the author:
Alyice Edrich is the author of several work-from-home e-books,
including one that allows parents to earn $50 in two hours,
without joining an MLM, or home party business. She is also
the editor of The Dabbling Mum.com,
http://thedabblingmum.com – an online magazine for BUSY