You don't have to spend a fortune on a night on the town to let your significant other know you really care. Spice up your at-home ambiance a bit and get ready for romance!
- If applicable, be sure to make arrangements for babysitting or farm the kids out to grandma for the night.
- If you're on a budget, get the best wine you can afford and buy a couple of good steaks instead of caviar and oysters.
- The invited guest for a romantic evening should arrive bearing roses, chocolates, jewelry or another gift that says, "I love you."
- Plan a romantic dinner. Serve foods such as asparagus, oysters, caviar or other dishes believed to have aphrodisiac qualities.
- Create a romantic ambiance by arranging flowers, lighting candles and playing soft background music. Don't forget to dim the lights.
- Use your best linens, china, silver and crystal.
- Dress up. Wear something sexy but understated.
- Take the phone off the hook and turn off cell phones and other distractions.
- Serve champagne with dinner and something decadently chocolate for dessert.
- Continue the mood after dinner. Read love poems to each other, rent a romantic movie or put on some music and dance cheek-to-cheek.
- Take a bubble bath together. Light candles around the tub and drink champagne.
- Give each other a massage using oils (such as lavender) designed to heighten the romantic mood.
- Fill in the blanks, then fall asleep in each other's arms.
Before you go overboard with romantic notions, be sure the person you invite over for a romantic dinner feels the same way about you. Otherwise, this could be a very embarrassing evening for both of you.