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aphrodisiac-inspired Valentine's Day fete
by Mandy Karls | 1
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With a little imagination you can transform your favorite libations into
love potions too. Premix your favorite drinks in carafes or punch bowls
and label them with cute names that allude to the theme. A mint mojito
becomes "Mojo-ito" while a lemon sour can be billed as a
"Pucker Up." Pomegranate seeds, red berries, and grenadine can
make any drink blush. Remember to offer non-alcoholic options too.
Conveniently, designating any "mocktail" as a
"virgin" will seem apropos for this affair.
Smell stimulates the brain's memory and emotion centers,
activating our primal desires. Scents including jasmine, musk,
opium and ylang-ylang have traditionally been used as
aphrodisiacs, but some studies indicate that the smell of cinnamon
rolls and pumpkin pie can also do the trick. If you don't feel
like baking, don't fret, fresh flowers, incense, scented candles
and fragrant oils can all be used to perfume a room.
Expand the theme beyond the main gathering areas of your
home. Your bathroom can be a mini-retreat with scented
soaps, candles, and other extras. Surprise your guests with
a basket filled with mints, fragrance samples, lotions and
stacks of soft hand-towels.
Colors can also trigger a variety of emotions. Take advantage of this
phenomenon and decorate with reds and oranges to stimulate psyches and
charge the room with romantic energy. Replacing white light bulbs with
red ones can instantly and inexpensively make any room feel exciting.
Straight-sided vases and glasses filled with varying levels of food
color-tinted water mimic the look of potion-filled beakers. Float a
candle in each to illuminate the liquid and create a sassy centerpiece.
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