Yes …. it's THAT time of year again where women idealize the “perfect” date and men panic … I jest, however, with Cupid about to fly into all of our lives in a little over a week, it's not to early to start thinking of some ways to implement a little more LOVE into our lives. OK, you say, why can not I just buy some chocolate & flowers …. well you can (especially the chocolate!) Feng Shui for Valentine's Day As far as color goes, in Feng Shui (Black Hat Sect) there are 3 colors you can use to “activate” the RELATIONSHIP energy depending on your status (and while this applies for social & business relationships as well, the focus of this article is for romantic relationships): RED-if you are in a LEGALLY binding relationships (married, engaged w / date set) PINK- if you are single & looking or dating PEACH-if you are single & not looking for a relationship *** Integrate your applicable color into your bedding (pillows, throw, sheets), flowers, tableware (napkins, placemats) and wardrobe options. *** The element for the Relationship Area is EARTH.
Think items made from the earth: brick, stone, clay, marble, semi-precious stones …. (diamonds are always nice!). In Feng Shui, in the “productive cycle” (meaning ADDS TO) you want to use FIRE as well to “amp up the energy.” Think candles, fireplace-anything that represents an open flame or fire. Shape for EARTH is a square. Shape for FIRE is a triangle (can also use star or pyramid … anything with points). *** Integrate this into your decor with stone figurines of couples or other things in pairs (2s), candles, or anything else that reflects light such as mirrors (display candles or flowers on a mirror base to “double” the reflection). *** Other ideas on how to incorporate this into Valentine's Day decor include:
- Set your table set w / red or pink square placemats or dishes.
- Fabric draped across table / chairs … anything that will bring a sense of “sensuous” to the room. Use velvet, silk, satin, leather, cashmere … anything that is soft to the touch and encourages you to feel it.
- Items should be grouped in 2s or pairs-think a couple!
- Accessories that represent ROMANCE to YOU & your significant other … beach scenes, castles, gardens, wedding / honeymoon pictures. NOTHING that includes: friends, kids, family or other people … it's about YOU & your significant other.
And remember, you can keep Valentine's Day all year by implementing this into your bedroom design! The bedroom is synonymous with romance / relationship. You should only have things here that represent rest & romance-no exercise equipment or pictures of your in-laws or kids. Those can be definite romance killers! Only things that represent you and your partner or what is romantic to you!
Applying Feng Shui to Your Menu Romance is about sharing, loving & having fun. Think about cooking dinner together! (or at least ordering from the same take out menu!).
Food needs to be shared and not too heavy (which will make you tired … you want to be energized!). Again, going along our theme of EARTH & FIRE-we are going for spicy and hot. Shrimp Tempura w / dipping sauce Japanese Nabe Fondue Most types of shellfish (oysters, lobster) Tuna Brochettes w / tempeh Vegetable sushi Desert: Green tea ice cream w / chocolate sauce CHOCOLATE anything! Crepe suzettes w / sambuca Raspberries w / creme fraiche *** Remember the Sex & the City episode with Charlotte & Harry going to the French restaurant for their romantic dinner.
They ate a 5 course VERY HEAVY meal which ended up making them sick it was so rich … Do not let this happen to you or you'll be remembering the night for some different reasons! . *** The most important tip though is for you and your partner / date, to have fun & do what is romantic and fun for you! If it's movies w / pizza, a romantic weekend getaway to Napa or somewhere in between-do what YOU like to do. Just remember to add some Feng Shui color to it! Did you enjoy the tips on using Feng Shui in your menu planning? Stay tuned for updates on DeAnna's next book, Party Like You Mean It!