Candlelight Dinner Ideas

Candlelight DinnerCandlelight dinners have a certain romantic aura surrounding their effect, and give off a calmness that its light exudes. Maybe it’s the dimness, or the flickering flames, or even maybe the way the essential oils it gives off smells – it all comes down to invoking different sensations. Candlelight, unlike other sources of light, have the perfect hue of yellow that is more natural and comforting. It sets things in motion like a good conversation, a peaceful atmosphere and a sense of kicking back and relaxing.

It doesn’t have to be all shirt and tie or a mini black strapless dress, but can have an informal element to it too. With these candlelight dinner ideas, rest assured that with the following suggestions, you’ll truly pull off a fabulous romantic night of fun.

Ideas for a Candlelight Dinner

To set the mood right in the following dinner ideas for two, you need to first put together different items to make it rise above the mediocre, and look like you put some effort into it the ideas for dinner. No one likes a half-hearted job now, right? So here are some ideas for you…

Scented Candles
If there’s one thing I know girls love, is scented candles. When coming up with a romantic idea for two, you need to include these aromatic delights into your dinner setting. A guy too, yes a guy too, will love the smell of cocoa, or honeycomb when he steps into the house/place you’re decorating as a surprise. It automatically sets your mind at ease, unwinding those tensed muscles, so that you feel instantly rejuvenated by just whiffing those pleasant smelling candles.

Place these randomly around, keeping it simple yet beautiful. Don’t leave them lying around too close to you, to avoid bumping into them. The last thing you need is something catching on fire, or candle wax burns. Don’t permeate two candle scents into the air, and use just one kind of flavoring. If you go with say lavender, then use the mini candles in pairs around the place, or the huge ones in singles in different corners of the area. Don’t overdo the candle lighting, since the smell might get a little too strong when inhaled. Wondering what to eat?

Candle Stands
There are beautiful candle stands that you get in any store that houses home furnishings or home decorating items. Get a nice one, which holds roughly 5-7 candles (candles without aroma) that you can prop into the stands. Place it on the dining table so that it highlights the eating area where you will be seated. Make sure it’s facing the two of you as you sit side by side. You can sit face to face with the candle stand on one side and not right in the center, as it will obviously obstruct your view of each other. Decorate the candle stand surrounding area, with fresh flowers in little neat bunches, and avoid high stemmed ones close to the flame (if that’s what you prefer, place them a good distance away from the candles).

Red roses, are so passé. Go with something more interesting like blue roses or purple, or even flowers like lilies or orchids. It’s in with the new and out with the old, unless you’re old-fashioned and prefer red roses, which is still an okay idea. No harm experimenting though with these romantic candlelight dinner ideas. The reason why I’m telling you to use fresh flowers and not scented candles, is so that the subtle fragrance of the flowers filters through the air instead.

Dinner in Bed
Nothing explicit here, so calm down. Let’s skip out on the usual let’s-do-the-romantic-dinner-in-the-dining-room for now. Decorate the room with aromatic candles, and look for colored glass that you can encase these in. Use one color only, and cover only some candles, so that the room has a slight glow emanating of another color, and doesn’t look like the two of you are shrouded in it completely.

Dinner with Lanterns
This would work great for fixing dinner in the backyard or in your porch, and placing lanterns around so that the candlelight doesn’t get extinguished. Make sure that you do this when there are no other light sources coming in, ruining the effect of your candlelight dinner at home.

Besides these ideas for candlelight dinners, you can even try out these added suggestions, eliminating the act of doing the same idea over and over again. You could try the following candle ideas as well.

Image oriented/designed candle holders that reflect shadows when lighted.
Rotating candle holders that cast moving shadows of images.
Floating candles with interesting shapes/colors. (you can place these in the pool area if you have one, or use little water bowls filled with water and floating petals.
Artificial candles (comes with effects like slow dimming, and is available in a range of colors)

With these candlelight dinner ideas, I’m sure that you’ll have a good thing going, provided you really put your heart into it. These dinner ideas, using candlelight, will help you come up with something feasible, and innovative at the same time.


Creative Romantic Gift Ideas

Romantic GiftThere is no dearth of occasions to celebrate and exchange gifts, be it an anniversary, birthday, or a special holiday. Every now and then people who are in love, exchange gifts in order to express their love for one another. However, at times you just don’t want the same old clichéd gifts like red roses or candy hearts―you want something more, something special. There are occasions which call for special, and far more creative ideas that really touch the heart.

In this Buzzle article, we will give you some such ideas that you can choose from.

Romantic Gift Ideas for a Partner

Being creative is not that difficult especially when you know that the person you’re about to give a gift to is someone special. Let’s take a look at some really creative romantic gift ideas in this following section.

The Love Map
Draw a miniature map of the city where you and your partner spent a majority of the days during your courtship. Now think of all the places that you frequented while you were dating, or the ones that hold a sentimental value or a special memory. The coffee house where you spent hours together, the park where you had your first kiss, your favorite restaurant, the place where you had your first fight, the place where you had your first date and so on. Now mark all these places on the miniature map. Use cute colors, drawings, and stickers to make the map more interesting.

Use faded paper (you can burn the ends of a sheet of paper before lightly coloring it with coffee-infused water) and mark the latitudes and longitudes with a brown marker or a brown color pencil to give the map a worn out look. For the final touch, burn out the edges of the map to make it look like a really ancient and tattered map. Next, roll the map and tie it with a simple brown string and put it in an old glass bottle, cork the bottle and present it to your beloved. To preserve the map, your partner can get the map laminated in a thin plastic film after he/she is done seeing it.

The Invisible Love Letter
Everyone writes love letters when in love. But how about a love letter written in invisible ink? Won’t it be fun to see the confusion on your partner’s face when they see a blank paper presented to them, and see them smile as the words appear from nowhere to reveal your loving message? All you need is some plain unadulterated, freshly squeezed lime juice, a pointed twig and a piece of blank un-ruled paper. Yes, lemon juice is the invisible ink we are talking about. Just dip the twig in lemon juice and write your love letter onto the blank sheet of paper and allow the letters to dry out.

Once dried, roll the letter and tie it up with a satin lace and place it in a wooden ornamental box. Next, pack another small box and keep a lighter in it. Be creative and choose a lighter which has a mushy lovey-dovey print on it like hearts, roses, or teddy bears. Now wrap the lighter and place it in a small box along with a small note that says, “Can’t see any words on the paper? Just hold the paper over the flame at a safe distance to read my message to you.” When your partner holds the letter over the flame, the words will appear on the page. This happens because the lemon juice reacted areas of the paper take a deeper color than the rest of the paper. Thus making the words stand out.

The Perfect Gift
Think of the most popular romantic couples starting from the ones in history, the fictional ones, the celebrity ones or even the ones in you own family. Create a timeline collage by pasting pictures of all the couples in and around the border area of the paper and leave out a conspicuous space right in the center of the collage. Stick your photograph in the middle to create a beautiful collage that conveys your emotions. In order to make it easier to preserve, get it laminated and cherish your fond memories forever.

Romantic Memorabilia
Memories always enrich the bond of togetherness. How would you like your partner to have a collection of all your romantic memories rolled into one beautiful scrapbook? Sounds interesting, doesn’t it? If you have been collecting your courtship memories with pressed roses, candy wrappers, or any other mementos and photographs that are related to old memories, fill those in the scrapbook. Even if you don’t have these, you can always rely on photographs and go back to your favorite places to get the memorabilia items.

The movie tickets from the first date, the tissue paper with her lipstick marks, the sugar sachet from your favorite coffee house, the painting she made when you were in second grade, the photographs from you first vacation―take a big scrapbook and stick all the things that symbolize your beautiful memories. Write the dates and interesting details about your memories associated with those things as well. You can also add interesting love quotes and romantic movie dialogs from your favorite movies.

With these ideas to do your bidding, your partner is going to be sufficiently floored. Of that we are sure. Get moving on these gifts then and have a great gifting session.


Online Dating Advice and Tips

Online Dating The very use of the word ‘dating’ brings on anticipation and intrigue. The whole exercise of allowing someone else into a special niche carefully crafted by your psyche spells the need for a buffer. Previously, dating meant ‘going steady’. In modern times, it refers to getting to know someone, who may or may not become the ‘special someone’. The sites are designed to enable you to take on a little nonchalant attitude on a date. The 21st century man or woman is not one to commit on day one. The contemporary lot needs time and expects to have a choice. It is for this very reason that exclusive dating sites have been organized.

Online Dating

The nervousness and excitement that comes along with meeting someone of the opposite sex, in a pre-arranged meeting, is an experience that is rare to forget. Boys and girls, men and women today have hectic lifestyles and leave the arrangements to the professionals. The Internet technology is a boon to the century and something that makes our interactions more qualitative and advanced. A number of free dating services and paid resources gather dedicated profile details and display the same online. For a small fee, the matchmaking services provide access to chat rooms and photo displays and email IDs. With detailed information available via Internet surveys, it becomes much easier to plan a date with someone you would like to get to know. Of course, when meeting a person for the first time face to face, other shades of the person’s character will unfold. However, the faceless nature of the online forum or the ‘stranger’ tag does not in any way hamper the ‘first experience’.

Tips for Online Dating

Considering the use of technology for something as personal as speed dating, there are a few things to be kept in mind prior to waltzing off on the first date or subsequent ones with strangers. The online dating service providers themselves also offer dedicated advice and tips. Precaution is better than the need for cure and similarly it is far better to stay on guard than regret any move later.
When meeting someone through an online forum for the first time, you should avoid divulging your residential address for a formal pick-up. Later on, if the two of you really hit it off, you could take the sharing of sensitive information a step further.

You not knowing the person enough is ample reason to meet in a public place. It is good and wise to have other people in close proximity, even though they too might be strangers. You could also plan a group outing. Plan ahead with friends or a double date to create a comfort zone.

Avoid allowing the person to pay the bill or become extravagant all at once. Share the expenses as far as possible. There is no telling what the other person may have in mind as far as ‘pay back’ is concerned. It is better to pay half the bill and not feel any obligation at all.

You should be careful while wining and dining on your first date. Avoid alcohol completely. It is known to hamper judgment and lessen inhibition. It is wise to keep the person and his or her actions visible at all times, especially if a visit to a pub prior to dinner is on the cards.

Ensure that you use your own transportation. This would avoid a terrible ‘left in the lurch’ situation. It pays well to ensure that the vehicle has enough gas. You should never let your guard down and assume that a man or woman is safe by claim.

Adult as well as teen dating online is safe if you follow your instinct. If you don’t feel right about something, just play safe.


Women’s Suits for Weddings

Coco Chanel had once said “a girl should be two things: classy and fabulous”. Suits make a girl or woman look absolutely elegant, sophisticated, and classy.
A woman’s suit is an outfit, which has a skirt/trouser, blouse, coat, and a beautiful pair of shoes. It is different from regular office attire, as wedding suits or party suits are more dressy, and very elegant. They go well on any body type, weight, and height. Except the bride, any one else can wear it. Although, they are mostly preferred by the groom or bride’s mother, this attire can be worn by anyone for winter, summer and fall weddings. Various top of the line designers have started showcasing wedding suits in many fashion shows because these suits are easy to wear and maintain. There are three types of suits that can be worn for weddings – pant, skirt, and dress suit.
Feminine Suits
Feminine suits are classy, elegant, and feminine in every way. Simple yet posh, these suits are a must have in every woman’s wardrobe.
Suits again
You can wear a suit for a day wedding as well as night wedding; all you have to do is choose the best accessories to go with your suit. The most unique thing about wedding suits is that they look chic, formal, and easy to carry off.
Dress suits are also available in various colors, designs, and fabrics. An A-line dress paired with a nice and crisp coat, hat, shoes and a nice clutch is an amazing outfit to wear to a wedding. It looks formal yet trendy. For a night wedding, wear dresses in colors like bottle green, ink blue, red or maroon with a nice chic black jacket.
Look for a skirt or a pair of trousers in a color that complements the color of the blouse. You can go in for materials like linen, wool or silk. You could also try heavier materials like corduroy or charmeuse, if the weather permits.
For a wedding at night, you could get a nice pair of light-colored trousers in raw silk and pair it up with a dark-colored blouse and some jewelry.
Look for a blouse, preferably a light-colored for a day wedding and a dark-colored one for a night wedding. Your blouse should be in a rich material like satin, silk or cashmere.
Blouses could be bejeweled with rhinestones, sequins, or even some delicate embroidery (but not completely covered with sequins and stones). For a night wedding, you could wear a blouse that is dark in color with a ruffled front.
A coat, blazer or jacket is a must to complete your suit. Apart from adding a touch of grace and style, they look fabulous and also offer protection from the sun (if the wedding is outdoors) and cold (in the winter). For a night wedding, you could carry a coat or jacket that has a touch of shine and sequins to it.
Proper hats, scarves and purses are very essential when it comes to completing your ensemble. Your makeup should be simple, elegant, classy and done very neatly. You can have your hair down or in a bun.
Close-toed shoes, pumps and strapped stilettos are good to go. Your shoes should complement your accessories.
For a night wedding, lose the hat and scarf, put your hair in a bun, wear a pair of earrings (studs or dangles – your choice) and a pair of very eye-catching shoes.
What Not to Wear
~ Do not wear blouses that are transparent and show too much cleavage.
~ Your skirt should not be too short, it should be knee length or longer.
~ Dinner jackets are a complete no-no.
~ Do not wear leggings. Opaque tights or a pantyhose is the best choice.
~ Do not wear a completely black suit. If you are hell-bent on wearing black, then you can team it up with a blouse in pastel shades.
~ Do not wear a suit for a black-tie wedding.
Without realizing it, most women have what it takes to put together a suit right there in their wardrobe. All it takes is a good eye and patience to look through your wardrobe to fish out the perfect outfit. You can always reuse the suit at another occasion like a get-together, formal dinner, luncheon or just at a nice Sunday brunch.

Dresses to Wear to a Wedding

Let’s face it. A wedding is about the bride, and unless you want to be in her bad books, you should definitely not upstage her. So where does that leave the guests, you may ask? You are left to tread that fine line between being the-impeccably-dressed-I’m-so-glad-I-invited-her guest and “the-oh-my-god-she-is-making-my-wedding-look-ugly” guest. Deciding what to wear to a wedding can give even the trendiest woman out there the jitters. So if you need a little help, this article should give exactly what you need.
What You Should Always Remember
Don’t Wear White
Attending a wedding comes with its own list of dos and don’t s. And as a guest, it is essential that you strictly abide by these, especially when it comes to dressing.

Don’t wear white. That is and always will be the bride’s prerogative, unless of course she is having a white wedding à la Kim Kardashian. Avoid shades like ivory, too. You could opt for a mix of black and white in floral prints or stripes.
The wedding invite is the best way to understand what you are expected to wear. Most invitations specify the dress code. If your hosts have decided on a color theme, then ensure that you wear accents from the specified color palette.
Always respect the sentiments of your host and dress appropriately. Skimpy clothing, club wear, hoodies, denims, etc., don’t belong at a wedding. If you doubt what you’ve picked out for yourself, then you probably shouldn’t wear it.
The weather, the time of the day, and the formality of the event should all be taken into consideration when picking your outfit. If you think it will get chilly, then carry a throw or a bolero jacket.
Always wear comfortable shoes. Weddings translate to dancing, and you definitely don’t want to be sitting in a corner when everyone else is on the dance floor.

End Your Ensemble Woes
Scorching heat means you can experiment with lighter fabrics. For a formal, black tie event, wear an elegant chiffon gown that flows. For a cocktail wedding, go all out; a strapless, knee length dress with the right accessories will ensure that you make a statement. Dressing for a casual wedding can be tricky because you can’t really stroll in wearing a sundress and flip-flops. Wear light fabrics in soft colors. Choose a clean silhouette and you will definitely hit it out of the ball park.

Fiery in fall
A fall wedding is all about looking elegant and chic. For a formal wedding, pick a gown in jewel tones. Experiment with fabrics and textures. Use lace and velvet for a richer feel. For a cocktail event, team a red dress and a no accessory look for impact. Opt for a dress that combines two fabrics; a heavier base with a lighter, flowing layer to stand out. For a casual wedding, wear a clean-cut, comfortable dress.
Wondrous in Winter
The season of cheer and chills; the season of celebration; and a wedding in this season means that you get to go all out. While the wedding will be indoors, it makes sense that the gown you wear to a formal do is made of a luxurious, rich fabric like velvet. Glitzy and warm; the perfect combination. For a cocktail wedding, wear a dress in a deep, rich tone and accessorize. You can’t go wrong with that. A casual wedding in winter does not mean that you can throw on a sweater and be done with it.
Sassy in Spring
Think beach resort chic. For a formal event, try a printed gown or tea-length dress with spring motifs. Add on statement accessories and high heels, and you will be making the perfect entrance. Attending a cocktail wedding? Wear a short, frilly dress in a bright color. Choose neon green, yellow, or any other shade that shrieks spring. A casual wedding at springtime is the perfect do. You can wear a dress in a pastel color, wear a pair of thongs, and opt for a cute, side-swept hair do.
A wedding is the perfect event to rediscover the fashionista in you. All you need to do is follow some basic tips and not break some cardinal rules. Instead of dreading the occasion, look forward to showing off your stylish self.

Blind Dating Tips

Blind dates are spine-chilling and the mere thought of it can send jitters down your spine. At the same time, it can be very exciting and an excellent opportunity to find your romantic interest. Nonetheless, such dates are very similar to ‘the first meeting’. The biggest glitch lies in the fact, it’s an actual date as compared to a casual meeting with friends. Thus, you need to take a few precautions, if you are going on such a date.

Choosing a Location
Since you don’t know much or anything about the person, the first advice is choose a public place. A coffee shop you regularly hang out at, a restaurant you frequent, or a mall you usually shop are at perfect places for such a date. Remember, it’s not your first date, so the set doesn’t have to be romantic. Choosing a fairly crowded place, will be a good escape from awkward moments, if any. Moreover, being in familiar surroundings will make you feel more comfortable.

Getting There
Now that you have finalized the location, the next question is how do you get there? Preferably, have your own mode of transport. Your own vehicle will give you mobility and independence. Asking him to pick you up from a certain place, will make you dependent on him. In case, the date takes a nasty turn, your own mode of transport can help you get out of the situation as quickly as possible.

Dressing Up
Your clothing plays an important part in making the ‘first impression’. Provocative dressing or gaudy dressing can cast negative impressions about you. A blind date, is when you are meeting the person for the first time, which is why you need to put your best foot forward, with sober, simplistic and sophisticated clothing.

What To Do
Since you don’t know your date, it would be wise to find out more about one another. Ask each other questions about likes and dislikes. Be a good listener, to what the other person has to tell you, be friendly and don’t get on the offensive or defensive side.

Who Pays
Here comes the tricky one. If he is paying then it’s your choice. You too can pool in your share or pay for him. This one is completely your call. However, since it is a blind date, or the first meeting ever, share the expense. Why should only one person bear the brunt of it, if at the end you are still looking out for options to date?

The End
The ending can get a bit awkward. However, make sure that you’ve thanked the person at the end of the date. You don’t really have to be open about what you felt about the person, but you surely can make it clear whether you would want to meet again or no. Agree to another meeting if only you are willing to keep the promise. If you agree to meet again, then you can safely exchange phone numbers.


Romantic Dinner Ideas at Home

Okay, so it has been sometime that you have not had a real, seductive, and romantic time with your partner. It is high time then, you have it as soon as you can! Don’t you think so? Thus, what you ideally would vouch for is to have a delightfully romantic dinner date, exclusively for the two of you. There is nothing like a nice meal, coupled with wine or champagne to pep up that romance. It only adds to the pleasure of spending time with that special someone. You also get to know him or her well, in an informal set up of a house, which is again a plus of having such a rendezvous. Get ready for a dash of romance and the spice of each others’ company with these dinner ideas!

Romantic Dinner Ideas

Re’Candle’ your Romance
I know this is a huge cliche. But, all said and done, no artificial light can make up for a candle-lit dinner. Candles are fantastic! (You might not be able to see what you are eating but who cares!). You inevitably associate romance with candles and candle-lit dinners. Then why not go the traditional way? Have a candle lit on the table between the two of you (do I need to tell you that?). If the candles are fragrant, whoa! Even better. Just ensure that the table is not too cluttered. A small table will be fine, just set it impeccably. Now you are ready to unleash your charm!

Tent it Up
This is something really cozy and romantic. What you need here is to prop up a small tent in the living room or the balcony. That is half the battle won. Then cook up a meal, it need not be a seven-course meal or anything elaborate! It could be just a plain pasta or packed Chinese food, accompanied with wine or the likes. Take the plates and the necessary stuff in the tent and eat your food in the tent! There is hardly any scope in a tent for you two to move away from each other, hence cuddle up! It is going to be all up, close and personal! Try this out, it will definitely not fail!

Cook it Up
Another fantastic way to spend time together and also ensure that you do not starve, is to cook the food together. This is undoubtedly one of the best ideas for a romantic dinner at home! Cooking together leads to a gastronomic as well as romantic delight for you two. Be it Mexican fajitas or simply noodles or chicken, it is bound to taste amazing on account of the company and the beautiful moments you are spending with your partner.

Under the Starry Sky
If you are tired of the same old balcony and home, set up the table, or better still, prepare a seat by procuring a quilt or blanket, cover it with a sheet and have some small pillows. Have a small table if you want to set up the food or else chuck the table. The patio floor is great for that. Prepare the food, lay it out on the patio with plates and stuff! There you go! Lean on the pillows (or, well, you know what to do!) and have the food while enjoying the moonlit and starlit sky! Wow, that is totally enchanting, huh?

Finally, do not forget about what you wear in the flurry of having that appropriate ambiance and food when it comes to a romantic dinner at home. Flatter yourself, make sure you look ravishing and bedazzle your partner! And hey, do not forget the fresh flora and some soft music! It will add to the magic of the already magical evening! Have a fabulous time with your partner and store the memory of the time spent until the next rendezvous with your partner!


Homemade Romantic Gifts for Men

Homemade romantic gifts are the ideal way to express your love when you wish to add a personalized touch to the same. Whatever the occasion, it would always be a better idea to surprise your man with a personalized homemade gift rather that buying it off the shelf! Homemade gifts have that extra edge over those bought from the store – exclusivity and the fact that you have made an extra effort for your loved one. This goes a long way in expressing what you feel about the person. The paragraphs below enlist some homemade romantic gifts for men.

Cook a meal

The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Cliché, but true! You can plan this for a weekend and call him over for a weekend full of romance and complete pampering. Chuck out those menu cards of fast food eat outs, he must be probably eating out many times during the week. Make a handmade invite that displays the items prepared, and let him have his pick. This is one time when you can pamper him in true style. There could be nothing better than this homemade gift and besides; you can make it really romantic by spicing up the interiors of the house as well. Bring out the beautiful drapery, and deck up your home with the presence of fresh flowers! This is bound to delight any man provided you know the fine art of cooking!


Homemade romantic gifts for men can include something created by you if you have that flair for painting. How about painting a soothing landscape or a special moment that represents something specific and special between the both of you? It could the place where you first met or even a portrait, which would depend upon your talent with the brush. Get the painting framed, and hang it in his bedroom to remind him of the immense love you feel for him.

Make a gift basket

This gift can be handmade in every special way. Gift baskets prove to be an ideal homemade romantic gift idea for men if you manage to gather the right elements for the same. Bake some cookies, and make some romantic cards with your own words. Add some of his favorite perfume along with the most treasured photographs of your special moments. Add some CDs of his favorite music and even a romantic movie, which you both can watch over the weekend. This gift basket, which is arranged by you personally, will surely have a better result than buying the ready-made stuff available in the malls.

Paint a Tee

This homemade romantic gift for your guy can be flaunted with great pleasure if you have that creative streak in you. Buy a simple white tee, and use your creativity to paint it as per your likes. It could be a snazzy graphic or a very witty message; the choice is yours! A personalized message would also be an even better idea!

Love coupon

These can be completely homemade and something you both can enjoy as a couple! Prepare various love coupons and use different options for each, such as a basket full of red roses or dinner at the snazziest restaurant. Use this option creatively to find things you both enjoy doing!


Ditch the computer for a change, and write an old-fashioned love letter to him. Make a pretty card to accompany. Talk about all the love you feel for him and about all the special moments shared. Make him feel special in every way and let him know how much he means to you. Snail mail the same thing to his address!

Use these ideas for homemade romantic gifts for men to express your profound love for him in a special way.


What Guests can Wear to a Beach Wedding

Tradition takes a humble bow, beach weddings in particular, have gained importance and favoritism. So to say, weddings which were once a formal affair have now begun to embrace a carefree approach. Beach weddings are not just cost-effective, all due credit to the natural picturesque ambiance that it creates, but also boasts a bohemian feel, along with glamour and fun.
The beach wedding, as exciting as it may sound, may leave you baffled when deciding on the attire. One rule to remember here is to pay close attention to the details specified in the invitation card. When deciding on the attire, let the invitation guide you. Your first clue for right dressing is the scheduled time of the wedding. Then consider the season, if it is a winter, fall, or summer occasion. Last but not the least, you have to check the card to see if it makes a mention of the incorporated theme. Remember, unless specified by the couple, casual attire for guests is welcome. However, not every beach wedding will incorporate the Bohemian look.
The Not-so-formal Look for Women
Dresses! Dresses of any kind, that are not too elaborate, and can keep you comfortable in the outdoors are the only kind to wear to a beach wedding. Drape dresses and soft lace dresses with floral or digital prints in bright colors are your best bets. Give those high heels a rest and opt for stylish flat sandals instead.
While dresses do have their own charm, no woman should be denied of the obvious sensuality that a skirt renders. Experiment with a dressy skirt and a simple top for an evening wedding. Or go for a simply, yet classy look with a bright colored skirt, matched with a neutral top and a stylish throw.
The Not-so-formal Look for Men
A summer suit complete with linen shirts and khaki pants with or without the tie is permitted. Pair it with sandals to suit the warm and sunny feel of the wedding party. If you’re in the mood for something unconventional (and if the invite permits it), wear a pair of shorts with your jacket and a vest inside.
If you’re not one for suits, you can drop the jacket and just wear a light-colored button-down shirt with linen pants. Yellows, whites, light greens, light blues, and browns are the hot favorite for semi-formal shirts for the outdoors!
The Not-so-formal Look for Boys
Your best shot is a button-down shirt, tucked into a pair of light-colored trousers (beige, cream and khaki work best for a beach wedding). If it’s bound to get chilly later in the day, make him wear an additional tee inside.
Alternatively, he’ll look absolutely smashing in an adorable pair of suspenders. A light shirt, paired with slightly darker trousers and comfortable shoes; your little prince is ready to charm the ladies!
The Not-so-formal Look for Girls
All they need is a reason to dress up. And just because it’s a beach wedding, doesn’t mean they can’t. The frills must take a break, but can easily be replaced with lace! Yes, have your little princess dress up in a bright colored dress that has hints of lace; just enough to make it look dressy and at the same time keep her comfortable.
You can explore for a semi-formal look – for a beach wedding – is a dress with a couple of tiers. Yeah, it’s not just women’s clothing that adheres to trends. The little ones’ do too. Just remember the basics: light colors, sleeveless or short sleeves, comfortable shoes, and minimal accessories. As far as kids’ wear is concerned for a beach wedding, tassel-free is hassle-free!
The Casual Look for Women
The first thought that comes to mind when we think of a casual outfit for a beach wedding is definitely a pretty, flowing dress that is luxuriously light, and at the same time gorgeous to look at. Make sure the fabric is light and flowy so it waves a bit in the warm beach breeze.
For a casual skirt, the safest option you can choose is a light-colored one that will absorb the sunlight. Pair it with a bright and fresh colored top. Cotton is the best choice for a simple skirt and you can use a flowy fabric for the top. Match these with a comfortable pair of open sandals and you’re good to go!
The Casual Look for Men
No one can resist a man in all white on the beach. There’s something so ethereal about the simplicity of this outfit that it draws attention from almost everyone. What we’re trying to say is, you can NEVER go wrong with white trousers, a white shirt, and a pair of comfortable open sandals.
If you think you’re not cut out for the all white look, you can always turn to your most reliable friend in the clothing department: denims. Just team a pair of faded blue jeans with a button-down shirt and loafers. Don’t forget to roll up your sleeves. Super sexy!
The Casual Look for Boys
How adorable do little boys look in dungarees, right?! Have him wear a pair of light colored ones with slip-on sandals. Have him put on a matching hat to keep the sun at bay. Of course, you don’t know how long the hat and sandals will last on his head and feet, but at least you’ll have the satisfaction of trying.
If he just won’t agree to dungarees, then play it safe with a favorite: jeans. This way he won’t feel like he’s overdressed so he won’t make a fuss. Plus, he’ll be really comfortable. A comfortable kid is a happy kid, and isn’t that what you want at a wedding: kids minding their own business while you soak up all the love?
The Casual Look for Girls
Does your little girl refuse to give in to a fussy dress? Are you worried she’ll be uncomfortable with lace? Try something simple, yet stylish. Go in for a dress that is light and comfortable like the denim one shown here. It’s a no-fuss, practical and comfortable wear.
If she’s one to play ‘dress up’, then she’s in for a treat. Make her wear a cute, short skirt in a bright, playful color. Team this with a neutral top and give her a pair of fancy kiddie sunglasses to flaunt. She’ll love the attention and so will you.
Spring Dresses for Women
Wear breathable fabrics for the wedding. Stick to short dresses but avoid short flowing dresses unless you want to do a Marilyn Monroe. Short and dressy sleeves are permissible, and avoid anything that is to flashy or revealing. If it is too windy, do remember to carry along your tie pin/clips and a hat to keep your hair from blowing wild.
Winter Wedding at the Beach
Dressing warm is the key. Though not a lot of beach weddings are held in the fall and winters due to the cold, there may be a rare case like the one you are going to and it would be wise to keep yourself warm. Having said that, you can carry along your Bolero jacket or a fancy throw to keep yourself warm. The men can wear heavier dress coats while the children can be kept warm with layered clothing and sweaters worn beneath the actual dress.
If you are still hesitant about what to wear for the upcoming beach wedding, ask the bride or the maid of honor who will be able to help you better. Make sure you check all of this well in advance and not end up calling up the bride a day prior to her big day.

Easy Dinner Recipes for Two

Whether it’s Valentine’s Day eve or just a simple date, a dinner for two should be a warm and cozy affair, that gives you enough scope to spend quality time with your partner or friend. Some basic guidelines for beginners to keep in mind are whatever meal you cook should appeal to the taste buds of your guest. Along with this, creating a perfect ambiance for the dinner, especially if it’s a romantic dinner, is equally important. Champagne, flowers and candles, soft background music, etc., will surely add a personal touch to the evening. However, if you want to make the most out of the evening, make sure you are already done with the cooking well before your guest arrives.
Tuna Casserole
tuna casserole
Macaroni: 2 cups
Tuna: 1 can
Garlic: ½ tsp
Onion: (chopped) 1
Margarine/butter: 2 tbsp
Campbell’s Cream of Celery Soup: 1 can
Cream cheese: 1 small pack
Dry mustard: ½ tsp
Grape nuts: ¼ cup
Milk: ¼ cup
Green Peas: ½ cup
Method of Preparation
Cook the macaroni as per the instructions on the package and keep it aside. In a casserole dish, add cream of celery, softened cream cheese and milk, and mix well until smooth. Next, add the tuna, garlic, dry mustard, onion and cooked macaroni, and stir well. Add grape nuts and green peas to the melted margarine and spread this mixture over the top of the casserole. Finally, bake the dish in a preheated oven at 375°F for 40 – 45 minutes, and serve.
Slow Cooker Ribs
slow cooked pork ribs
Pork baby back ribs: 4 pounds
Brown sugar: ½ cup
Ketchup: 2 cups
Vinegar: 4 tbsp
Chili sauce: 1 cup
Hot sauce: 1 dash
Dried oregano: 2 tsp
Worcestershire sauce: 2 tsp
Salt and pepper: to taste
Method of Preparation
Season the ribs with salt and pepper. Put them in a shallow baking pan. Brown the ribs in a preheated oven for 15 minutes at 400°F. Now turn them over and brown the other side of the ribs for the same time, and drain the fat. In a mixing bowl, combine the ketchup, chili sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, oregano, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, salt and pepper. Transfer the ribs to a slow cooker, pour the sauce over the ribs and coat them well. Cover and cook for 7-8 hours until the ribs are tender.
Blueberry Muffins
fresh blueberry muffins
All-purpose flour: 3 cups
Unsalted butter, softened: 10 tbsp
Grated lemon peel: 1 tsp
Baking soda: ½ tsp
Blueberries: 1½ cups
Plain yogurt: 1½ cup
Sugar: 1 cup
Large eggs: 2
Baking powder: 1 tbsp
Salt: ½ tsp
Flour (if using defrosted frozen berries): 1 tbsp
Method of Preparation
Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together. Keep it aside. Mix butter and sugar together in another bowl until it gets fluffy. Add the eggs and beat well along with the grated lemon peel. Now add the dry ingredients and yogurt to the bowl and beat well. Fold in the berries. If using frost berries, defrost them, remove the excess liquid and coat them in some flour. Take a muffin pan and coat each cup with oil or butter.
Pour the muffin dough into each cup and bake in a preheated oven at 375°F for 30 minutes. Insert a long toothpick into the center of the muffins to check whether they are baked or not, and if the toothpick comes out clean, it means the muffins are ready. Remove the muffins from the cups and serve warm.
These were some easy dinner for two recipes, and can be cooked without requiring much of your efforts. Since most of the ingredients are easily available, you can try these yummy and enticing dishes at home at even the shortest notice.