I like to create a theme for special events and parties. While you might not want to paint twelve plates, dinner for two can be really personalized with decorated dinnerware and table accents. That special someone will really appreciate the effort you've made to show you care.
You can use glass paints to embellish or personalize dinnerware. For this tablescape I used Plaid's PermEnamel to create a shell border on plates from Pier One.
I used Mod Podge to decoupage a shell print scrapbook paper onto a jar candle. A bit of raffia and a shell collected from the beach will add the finishing touch to this centerpiece. What can you think of to add to the scene?