VALENTINE’S DAY CELEBRATION!
Involving our Senses in a Practical and Romantic Dinner for Two!
Every night can turn into a date night, especially during this season. February is the month when we celebrate love.
Why are date nights necessary? Date nights foster communication, increase feelings of intimacy, decrease the chances of taking each other for granted, decrease stress, and build attachment.
With that said, we’ve come up with a list of date night ideas such as Cooking Lessons Online to spice things up during this season.
A little history…
Valentine’s Day is celebrated in several countries of the world, including The United States. Valentine’s Day began to be popularly celebrated around the 17th century.
By the middle of the 18th, it was common for friends and lovers of all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes, and by 1900 printed cards began to replace written letters.
An estimated 145 million Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year according to the Greeting Card Association. This makes Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year.
Chef Eric could not miss this important month to give you his advice for a practical and romantic date night or/and Valentine’s Day celebration at home. These 6 tips will awaken your positive emotions and your 5 senses.
Send a virtual invitation, even if you are celebrating from home. Find a virtual site such as https://www.paperlesspost.com and https://www.greetingsisland.com/invitations to create your card. Take the first step to awaken emotions in your partner, in this case, SURPRISE and HAPPINESS. This invitation must be consistent with the time of the date, pastel colors by day, and stronger colors if it is at night. The most important is to think about your common tastes, colors, and styles. We suggest that you add a phrase that identifies you as a couple, a verse from a poem, or a song that is part of your relationship’s history.
2. Cancel Plans:
You and your partner must be clear that during the date cellphones should be off. This time and activity should be dedicated to the two of you ONLY. If another activity or invitation interferes with the celebration, it is suggested that these plans get canceled right away. If there are children, look for the option of a babysitter or someone to take care of them. All the free time should be for an unforgettable date night or Valentine’s Day celebration. The emotion of LOVE will be part of tip #2. Why? Because you will be giving undivided attention and priority to your partner. This will make your soulmate feel special and appreciated.
3. Recreate a Good Environment:
This element is a must because it will remain in the memory forever. This tip will awaken the emotions of JOY and SURPRISE as well as your SIGHT and SMELL senses. You have different options, such as decorating the table either inside or in the garden of your house, with rose petals or flowers of your partner’s preference. We recommend red roses for an ultra-romantic and unforgettable setting. Use candles with aromas, such as cinnamon, lavender, or vanilla. The kitchenware should not be disposable, try cloth napkins instead of paper! This works better for a romantic time and at the same time it is planet-friendly. Another fun option is to recreate a picnic. You can choose to do it inside or outside in the garden. We recommend that you check the weather in advance, the cold can spoil your evening! Or use a heater and make a small campfire.
A strip of very dim warm light bulbs or a strip with special photos hanging is a great option to remember the special moments that you have lived as a couple. Don’t forget to dress to impress and wear a good perfume, you are also part of the environment!
Liven up the romantic setting with good music and low volume. This tip complements the previous one of recreating a good atmosphere. It is suggested to put together a playlist with songs that are part of your relationship’s history. A fun idea is to put the songs in chronological order to remember the first time that song or songs were part of the stages of your lives. You can also add songs to the list that are of your preference and that awaken your sense of HEARING. You can even go further, generating a CALM and FUN environment. Take advantage of this element to dedicate a new song to your partner or get a little romantic, and invite your partner to dance.
5. Quick and Easy Meal for Two:
This tip is one of the most important parts of the celebration. The idea is to spend a pleasant, calm, and, stress-free day. Chef Eric suggests preparing a quick, easy, and delicious meal that will awaken all of your senses. Cooking Lessons Online can help you achieve this task like a pro!
SIGHT: Good plating, highlighting the food, and ingredients. Remember that at the end of the day, everything enters through the eyes.
SMELL: Through the perception of the aroma of each ingredient, and also the aroma of a good wine that will accompany the dish.
TOUCH: Through the textures of the food and the temperature. So be careful, the human palate can withstand temperatures from -4 ° F to 122 ° F.
TASTE: Through the harmony and intensity of the foods.
HEARING: When you talk to your partner about what the menu is going to be; awakening the appetite. The hearing sense also participates with the sound of the different food textures!
Check out Chef Eric’s Online Cooking Series, where you can learn more about food prepping, plating, quick – easy, and chef-grade meals to enjoy with your partner. These Cooking Lessons Online can definitely help you to WOW your partner!
6. Couple Games:
To end a successful date night, you can plan different games. Get creative, write words on the back of your partner so that she or he can guess the words. This game will cause laughter and caresses that will awaken the sense of TOUCH, exploring the emotion of DESIRE towards your partner.
We hope you enjoy our date night tips. Keep it simple, let yourself go, and play with your senses. Happy Valentine’s Day!