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5 Tips For Creating a Romantic Night and Fun Dinner at Home

Valentines Day is just around the corner and maybe you're already thinking how to make this occasion really special. Here are some ideas for a romantic and fun dinner at home either for several couples or just for two.
Sensual Scents
Whether planning for one guest or several couples, let robust spices (think cloves, canela, cardamom and black pepper) help set the mood with the help of a standard frying pan. Toast the spices just to their smoking point, and the room will fill with an inviting--and delicious--bouquet.
Pairing Is Caring
When prepping for a perfect evening, pairings are a fun way to turn any meal into a special occasion and spice up the fun. Plan three courses and pair each with a small cocktail. A fun and easy way is to use one base spirit in three different ways.
Make It A Group Effort Let your guests in the kitchen and encourage them to enjoy the tactile sensation of the food as it is prepared. Start the party early and enjoy cocktails as you cook.
Forget the Utensils Feed…

Fresh Spring Changes

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With springtime comes the exciting promise of new life. Get into the spirit of the season by making small, positive changes around the home. The atmosphere can change dramatically with just a few little alterations. Make home feel as bright and happy as spring feels!

Rearrange Furniture


Breathe new life into rooms by rearranging existing furniture, or by rehoming pieces that no longer belong. Life changes, so sometimes a different setup makes more sense than the old one did. A new perspective is refreshing! An added bonus is that rearranging gives an opportunity to clean and get rid of things. For added ease, mount phenolic caster wheels on smaller furniture pieces to make them mobile. Phenolic plastic prevents scuffs and scratches, so hard floors are safe.

Coffee Station


Even if it’s only a small corner, dedicate a space in the kitchen to a coffee station. A small console table from another room even works in a pinch.
  • Keep coffee and tea easily within reach by unboxing them from their original packaging and putting them into matching canisters. Do the same for sugar. Beans and leaves will stay fresher longer, and it looks so much nicer than having mismatched, half-empty containers sitting around.
  • Clean up the space by keeping canisters and items like filters on a tray or plate nearby. If there is a spill or drips, the tray can be easily moved and cleaned.
  • Mount special coffee mugs on the wall using a mug rack or even simple cup hooks. To avoid added clutter and to make the space look cleaner, keep the number of mugs to a maximum of 5.


Clean Windows and Drapes


Take down all the window coverings. Get curtains and drapes in the washing machine or to the dry cleaner’s, and take blinds into the shower and spray them down. (This is a dirty, wet job, so be sure to wear grubby clothes in the process!) While coverings are being washed, let in as much of the spring light as possible. Using a solution of dish soap, water, and vinegar buff the windows with cloths until they shine. Add a nice, natural touch and place a vase of fresh flowers on a table. The whole room just feels nicer with flowers!

Using what’s available and shedding new light on existing items brings a whole new perspective on home decor. It doesn’t take big money or all new decor to give the home a spring makeover.

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