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Jim is the founder, with wife, Sheri, of Growthtrac Ministries as well as Program Director of GrowthtracRadio and the architect behind growthtrac.com. Jim holds a B.S. in business management and is a facilitator for PREPARE/ENRICH, the most widely used customized couple assessment tool. He has authored numerous articles, interviewed leading relationship experts and Christian artists, and has contributed to Dr. Les Parrott’s book, The Complete Guide to Marriage Mentoring. Jim has worked for more than 15 years to help premarital couples and married couples build and maintain healthy relationships.
Ultimate Romatic Dining It’s 8 o’clock; the love of your lifetime is about to walk in on a dinner set for two. What will they find? Well, if their partner researched and did a bit of “romantic” planning they should be engulfed in a setting of dimmed lighting, soft music, beautiful ambiance and all the time in the world. If this sounds like something you’d like to plan for your next romantic evening… read on.
The first goal in planning a romantic dinner is to create the perfect mood. You should decide this now. Choices can vary from sensual to carefree. I’ll address different foods & items you can have to set different moods in a bit.
Once you’ve decided what mood you want. The next thing you should do is decide where the ideal place that depicts this mood is. If you want an endless romantic night try and find a place that looks over a large body of water on the night of a full moon. Personally, my favorite way to achieve this is to rent a hotel room on the beach and have room service delivered and set up on the balcony or patio of the room overlooking the ocean.
If passion is your plan, try setting up pillows all around on your living room floor with a bed tray somewhere near filled with finger foods to feed each other.
Take some time and research different settings and places around your city to find the ultimate spot. The time spent will most definitely be worth it.
Now that you have the mood and place decided, it’s time to plan the menu. Plan your meal around the mood you are trying to create. Here are a few complete dinner ideas.
Carefree and Romantic
Above all else, be creative. Each couple is different and has different tastes. The key to creating the “ultimate” dinner is finding those tastes!
After you’ve chosen a menu, it’s time to stock up on your mood setters. An absolute must is candles, no exceptions with this one. Also, include soft music, chilled wine or champagne and flowers. Anything that can add to the atmosphere of the mood you’re trying to create… do or get!
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