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How to Plan a Romantic Thanksgiving When It’s Just the 2 of You (Slideshow)

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How to Plan a Romantic Thanksgiving

How to Plan a Romantic Thanksgiving

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From staying in and dining by candlelight to creating a special menu (think Cornish hens and Champagne), there are plenty of little touches that can help make Thanksgiving a romantic, intimate affair to rival any anniversary.  

Setting the Scene: Dress Up

Setting the Scene: Dress Up

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Even though it’s the two of you this holiday, treat Thanksgiving like a date night and get dressed to the nines. A cocktail dress for her and suit for him will add an element of classiness to the meal.

Setting the Scene: Dine by Candlelight

Setting the Scene: Dine by Candlelight

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No romantic dinner would be complete without mood lighting, and that includes Thanksgiving. Dim the lights and fill your tables with lit candles to really make this meal feel intimate.

Menu: Champagne

Menu: Champagne

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Champagne adds an element of sophistication to any meal, so pop a bottle for your romantic Thanksgiving meal to really get the evening going.

Menu: Chestnut Stuffing

Menu: Chestnut Stuffing

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Chestnuts and pancetta help to make this stuffing feel luxurious, and a touch of heat from chile de árbol will add some fiery romance to your meal.

Menu: Cornish Game Hen

Menu: Cornish Game Hen

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Buck the traditional Thanksgiving menu and get roast Cornish game hens. This bird is not actually a hen but a juicy young chicken, and it’s an elegant alternative to the turkey.

Menu: Roasted Root Vegetables

Menu: Roasted Root Vegetables

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Every Thanksgiving meal needs vegetables, but take a spin on the average mashed potato with roasted root vegetables. This easy dish features fingerling potatoes, parsnip, and Brussels sprouts to round out your plate. This sort of dish is forgiving, so if you’re spending extra time getting close.

Menu: Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

Menu: Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

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It may be a bit cliché, but is there any dessert sexier than the chocolate-dipped strawberry? Add a little sensuality to the evening with this interactive dessert.

Add Romance: Snuggle on the Couch

Add Romance: Snuggle on the Couch

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A small holiday meal means a stress-free day, so take your time this Thanksgiving. Snuggle up on the couch (or by a warm fireplace) and enjoy each other’s company while the parade is on TV and the meal is in the oven.

Add Romance: Make It a Date Night

Add Romance: Make It a Date Night

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Turn Thanksgiving into a full-on date. After you’ve finished your meal and done the dishes, go out on a date. See a new movie, people-watch at the mall during for Black Friday sales, or just go on a drive through the country. 

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How to Plan a Romantic Thanksgiving When It’s Just the 2 of You