45 Ways to Set the Perfect Mood for Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day Mood Setters

Part of making any type of celebration special and romantic is setting the mood for it. The perfect mood can be set in a number of ways, from just being excited about it to decorating in order to create an overall effect. The point is to create an environment that exudes love and romance so that the both of you can get caught up in the moment!

The first thing you’ll need to do is decide exactly the type of mood you want to set. Ask yourself what it is that you are trying to accomplish and what mood you want to convey: playful, romantic, sexy – maybe even all the above! Knowing the type of mood you want to create will help you gather the right tools to set the perfect ambiance. To help create the perfect Valentine’s Day for your partner, here are a few of our favorite ideas for setting the mood for love!

Cute Nicknames

One of the ideas in our Valentine’s Day Countdown Ideas article is to call each other only by a chosen nickname. Here is a list of a few popular nicknames. Use different variations of them, or create a whole new one that is a reminder of a special event!


Click here for a full list of romantic nicknames!

Decorations from the Heart

Why limit decorations to just the traditional holidays? Help create the perfect mood by spreading a little love around…

  • Take out your Christmas lights (red lights are the best) and put them up around the house. Over the past years, stores have taken much more of an interest in Valentine’s Day and there are quite a few romantic lighting options available. Use this to your advantage!
  • Buy roses and fresh bouquets and put them EVERYWHERE!! Remember, most grocery stores sell roses and bouquets at quite a reasonable price compared to florists.
  • Candlelight is one of the most popular symbols of romance. Go to a local discount or craft store and stock up on as many candles and candlestick holders possible. Place them everywhere and light them every night instead of using your normal lighting. You’d be surprised at the result!!
  • Tie red ribbons on all your plants!
  • Have red candles of all shapes and sizes all over.
  • Balloons are a great way to say “I love you.” Buy a bunch of balloons and put them all over the place.
  • Use red satin sheets.
  • Burn incense or scented candles.
  • Play your favorite romantic music.
  • Place heart soaps in the bathroom and kitchen.
  • Have scented massage oils in the bedroom.
  • Use red potpourri.
  • Make a canopy of red crepe paper over your bed.
  • Use red garland! For something fun, make a heart out of it.
  • Put cutout hearts all over the walls.
  • Buy some romantic prints of people kissing or couples.
  • Use red bedding.
  • Have holiday packaged candies like M&M’s, Hershey’s Kisses, etc. around.
  • Lay a rose on your love’s pillow.

Having The Right Ingredients

In order to set the proper mood, especially if you’re planning on a romantic evening at home, you need to have the right ingredients! Below is a list of a few things you should have in “romantic” stock at all times!

  • Candles, preferably scented.
  • Incense or Potpourri
  • Romantic music
  • Satin Sheets
  • Soft Pillows
  • Stereo
  • Massage or Baby Oil
  • Bubble Bath (find their favorite scent!)
  • Scented oils!
  • Big Comfy Bath Towels
  • Ice Bucket
  • Champagne, Water and Wine Glasses
  • Picnic Basket
  • Breakfast In Bed Tray
  • Champagne, Water, Wine, Sparkling Water and Fresh Juices
  • Romantic/Sexy Clothes
  • Romantic Movies
  • Finger Foods

Personal Enhancements…

We’ve covered ideas on how to set the mood through romantic gestures and creating your own love haven. Now it’s time to take a look at how to use your physical self to create the perfect setting!

  • Get a makeover, cut your hair… whatever personal attribute you’ve been meaning to get taken care of… DO IT!!
  • If you’re planning an evening of romance at home, make sure to wear something that compliments your theme. If lingerie isn’t to your liking, then try a romantic nightgown or something similar.
  • If you’re going out, wear that knock-out outfit, or go buy the one you’ve been eyeing for a while. Remember – the better you look, the better you’ll feel.
  • Wear something comfortable. If you’re going out in a new outfit, wear it for an hour or so to make sure it will be comfortable and isn’t inconvenient. Don’t forget to break in any new shoes.
  • Go to a hair stylist and test a few new “do’s”. Guys, go out and get a professional shave and cut.
  • Take the time to do something special with yourself. If it means taking an extra five to ten minutes in your personal grooming, do it. Most of the time, it’s the small things that end up meaning the most.
  • If you’ve gained a few pounds during the holidays, start exercising or start in on some healthier eating habits. Imagine how special your love will feel to know you’re making a better effort in your appearance just for them!!

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