Now that the Virginia beaches aren’t quite as crowded, it is the perfect time of the year to enjoy them. I’m not a water worshipper, per se. I never do beaches in the summer. I don’t like the crowds and I can’t handle the heat and humidity. However, in the late spring and early fall, Virginia beaches are stunning!
I’m always looking for a little something different to keep the spice in my marriage. My husband and I have been together for 43 years, so we know virtually everything there is to know about one another. But every once and a while I like to surprise him. Keep him off guard keeps me a woman of “some” mystery, which is always a good thing within a marriage.
Recently, I decided to invite him to a romantic dinner on the beach. The evening was such a hit and turned out to be so special that I thought I would share the idea with you. Perhaps you can dream up your own similarly romantic evening for your significant other.
I didn’t want dinner to be the standard fried chicken, potato salad, and baked beans. That is great for a family get together but I wouldn’t call it the least bit “romantic.” So I planned a menu that was a little bit off beat and that had some meaning specifically for us. If you should decide to try this idea, I encourage you choose something similarly special to the two of you as a couple.
To remind my husband of how we met and first fell in love, I made an invitation out of a plain white folded card. Inside, I invited him to dinner in a poem format and placed a beautiful red and white stripped ribbon in the center. (Note: I was a candy stripper and he was an orderly at the hospital where we met.) I taped the invitation to his steering wheel so that I knew he would find it.
Since our first date was a high school football game, I chose to use a throw in our school colors (of blue and white) as our beach blanket. Then I made a sandwich loaf in the shape of a football. I even colored the outer cream cheese coating in the perfect pigskin brown. The inside loaf layers contained all of his favorites; chicken salad, port wine cheese, and lobster puree.
To accompany the sandwich loaf, I made a fresh peanut coleslaw; another one of his favorite dishes. And for dessert, I made apricot cobbler. The apricots had significance because when we first met I had an apricot tree in my yard. We sat under it for hours talking and feeding each other fresh apricots.
I still had a bottle of Oklahoma wine made by a former business client of mine. With her approval, I made a new wine label for the bottle using our school logo. I also purchased two blue crystal glasses at the local dollar store. I chilled both carefully and put them on one of those bags that holds in the temperature until you open it.
Those of you choosing to try this idea will want to pick dishes that are special to you as a couple. They don’t have to be complex or take hours to prepare. The fun is in the “meaning” of the food more than the actual food itself. Perhaps your beloved doesn’t care for wine but is a real beer aficionado. Whatever the case may be, choose food and drink that will set the tone you want for you.
To add further to the illusion for the evening, I duplicated the mum corsage he purchased for me for our first date, which was a homecoming game. I also made a school pennant for him. I pulled his old letterman’s sweater out of mothballs and wore it just like I did my entire senior year when he was stationed overseas.
Although it may sound strange to those of you are not true movie lovers, I brought along the first movie that we saw together as a couple – – “The Art of Love” – – and our portable DVD player. We watched it together in each other’s arms just like the first time at a local drive-in movie.
We ended the evening watching the sun go down and taking a walk along the beach, hand in hand. It was wonderful feeling fifteen again, even for one evening. And spending time with my soul mate was the most wonderful aspect of the evening.
Again, those of you who might opt to give this idea a try, whatever you choose to do – – and how you choose to do it – – should speak to the two of you as a couple. You don’t have to dress up for your evening. Nor do you have to “do” anything with your time except to enjoy one another’s company.
Different people consider different things romantic. Tailor your evening to your own individual sense of romance. The idea is to reconnect as lovers and keep to keep the flames of love alive.