Romance: Romancing the Room
Everyone has heard that low lights and scented candles are the ticket to romance. While those things certainly assist in the mood department, there are several other things that need to be taken into consideration. Our suggestions can be applied to any room so long as discretion (close the blinds, etc.) is fully implemented. And just changing the locale for romance can add a delightful zing.
What We Smell - Perfume and aftershave are a must.
A bouquet of flowers is wonderful as well, but don't forget the fragrance of candles.
The secret to scented candles is that they all have the same aroma. Toss or save for another use the mismatched half-burned candles you've been stashing. Buy some new, appealing scented tapers or pillars.
Sprinkle the sheets or blanket on the floor or rug with scented talc that matches your perfume.
Try placing scented oil directly on a light bulb. Scent rings are available - you apply scented oil directly to the ring. It sits atop the light bulb or just under it. The heat from the lamp spreads the ring's aroma throughout the room.
What/How We See - We all know how we look in the bright glare of the bathroom mirror. Think dim to escape reality. Use dimmer switches or low wattage bulbs.
The most flattering lighting is soft pink, so try one or two pink bulbs.
What We Hear - Eliminate extraneous noises as completely as possible.
Make special arrangements for the kids to be at camp or on sleepovers. Have the grandparents take the baby for the weekend or even the afternoon.
Although the muted television casts a glow in the room, it would be much better to turn the radio, tape or CD player to music with stringed instruments or woodwinds. This may even inspire a little slow dancing. Have you ever noticed during movie or TV love scenes that you'll hear sexy saxophones playing?
What We Touch - The key here is softness, silky or smooth-soft sheets, fluffy pillows and fuzzy comforters. The sheets don't have to be satin, although that certainly is a plus. Cotton flannel sheets in the winter offer soothing comfort while you're nesting. A velvet throw or faux fur rug offers a sensual tickle to the bare ankle. Luxuriate on a supportive mattress or a pile of pillows.
What We Taste - Strawberries and chocolate are romantic. Crackers in bed, even if dolloped with caviar, are not fun because of the crumbs. Whatever your taste preferences, eating homemade or purchased delicacies adds to the ambiance of an evening.
Set up a candlelit table in the bedroom or the middle of the living room. Appetizers and desserts are always welcome as is a special meal of lobster tails or prime rib. Whatever you decide, when the food is accompanied by an alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage of your choice, your taste buds will come to life to round out the experience.
Don't just go all out on Valentine's Day or an anniversary. You have over 300 other days a year in which to hone your romantic skills. Remember, surprising your partner can only enhance the situation. Start making arrangements now. Wonderful memories will be the added reward for you both.
Spontaneity is terrific, but planning with flexibility is always best.
NOTE: Be sure lighted candles are never left unattended.
Inspired by this article and Romantic Dining, Bonnie Shivley wrote of the wonderful evening she shared with her husband on his birthday and how she'd helped a young friend prepare an evening to remember before her fiancé's departure for Kuwait. Here are some of Bonnie's suggestions:
♥Lightly perfume the sheets and blankets - VERY lightly. Too much scent is overpowering.
♥A small simmering potpourri pot with a little warm water in it can be used to warm a bottle of lotion.
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