How to Decorate for a Romantic Candlelight Dinner at Night

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Candle light sets the tone for a romantic dinner for two. With the help of a few materials around the house you increase the romantic tone of the evening even more, simply by adjusting the decor. Surprise your loved one with a romantic twist on home decor to turn an ordinary dinner into a special one.

How to Decorate for a Romantic Candlelight Dinner at Night
(Artem Kononenko/Demand Media)

Things You'll Need

  • Tablecloth
  • Napkins
  • Dinnerware for two
  • Glassware for two
  • Silverware for two
  • Candles
  • Glass or silver candlesticks
  • Flowers
  • Vase
  • CD player or audio system
  • Romantic music
  • Fabric
Step 1

Place a linen table cloth on the dining table to dress up the occasion. A white tablecloth is classic; a red one can spice up the decor. Set matching or coordinating napkins on the table at the two place settings.

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Step 2

Break out the china or your finest dishes. Use matching plates with a separate plate or bowl for salad. Place water and wine glasses at each place setting. Add salad forks and butter knives to the usual dinner knife-and-fork setting. The formal setting will contribute to the romantic vibe of the meal.

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Step 3

Set the mood with lights. Dim the overhead lights or turn them off completely. Set out candlesticks with long tapered candles in them. Use a candlestick set made out of silver, crystal, glass or something reflective. Strategically place additional candles around the room to add more light.

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Step 4

Add some flowers. Pick up a simple bouquet from a grocery store or local market and arrange in a vase. Place as a centerpiece between the candlesticks. Choose roses or a favorite romantic flower. Avoid blooms in loud, garish colors. Have an empty spot in the room or table available to move the arrangement before you sit down for dinner to make conversation and eye contact easier.

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Step 5

Create some ambiance with music. Bust out a CD player or stereo system and put on some soothing tunes. Let Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Nat King Cole or your favorite ballad singer belt out some soft and romantic love songs. Keep the music low enough to talk with your partner during the meal.

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Step 6

Drape fabric around the room. Add an extra layer of elegance by draping fabric to cover utilitarian or unromantic items. Use soft or shiny fabrics like satin or velvet.

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