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aphrodisiac-inspired Valentine's Day fete
by Mandy Karls | 1
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In addition to color and scent, a recent study conducted by Penn State
music and psychology students confirms music is a powerful tool for
engendering and intensifying positive emotions too. Science aside, the
notion that music can affect mood is no real secret. Just try watching
your favorite epic without the soundtrack if you're not convinced. Like
a good movie, your party should have a soundtrack too. Burn several CDs
with different types of music to help set the mood as the evening
progresses. Label each CD to indicate the general theme
("ambient," "funky," "groovy,"
"chill," etc.) so that you and your guests can play them at
appropriate points in the night.
Of course no party would be complete without the guests.
While this party can be booked as singles-only evening,
there's no reason not to invite couples too. In either case
encourage guests to help "stock the pond" by
bringing a single friend who is not on the guest list. No
matter who you invite, keep in mind that it's always awkward
to be one of the first people at a party. Ask a couple of
good friends who don't mind coming early to be your
"party starters" and help mingle with guests as
Don't forget to also expose your guests to tactile elements
throughout the evening. Skin is the body's largest organ and
contains over four million nerve endings that are sensitive to
touch. Soft and silky fabrics create especially pleasurable
sensations when they come in contact with the skin. Girls, if
you're like me you probably have at least one satin wrap that came
with a bridesmaid's dress you've only worn once. Pull that puppy
out of the closet and use it as a sleek table runner. You can also
pick up silky table linens from your local party rental center.
They're surprisingly affordable -- especially the napkins -- and
you usually don't have to wash them before you bring them back.
Velvet and chenille throw pillows make for cozy floor cushions and
compensate for a lack of seating options.
lives in St. Paul,
Minnesota where she enjoys entertaining and cooking for family and
friends. Luckily, they don't seem to mind. Mandy has always had a passion
for getting others excited about great food. While coordinating local
culinary programming and marketing for an international natural foods
retailer she was recognized as a "PR Genius" by the
Minneapolis Star Tribune. Although she is currently completing her law
degree, Mandy's flair for party planning and gastronomic curiosity
continue to provide an outlet for her creative energy.
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