| Published: February 4, 2004
Games of love
Romantic plans, board games and body frosting help rekindle
by Sue Dremann
for romance may not be an inherited trait, but we can probably
all use a little help at times. Sheila Holmes, a maven of romance,
helps couples rekindle that spark. Her Internet business, Romancing
Your Lifemate, is one of a growing number of companies offering
romance games, romance plans and everything from edible body frosting
to a board gaming involving chocolate -- and stripping.
Holmes enjoys ministering to spouses who, after giving that
box of candy and flowers, also want to be a wonderful lover and
mate. She credits her wildly romantic marriage with providing her
material for success.
Her husband is the incurable romantic. "After 37 years of marriage, my husband
still stuns me," she said. "I thought, 'Why horde this? Why not share
Among her most successful products are custom-made romance plans. The plans are
not only about physical intimacy, they are a sharing of the heart, she said,
involving communication as well.
"People are so hungry for this, especially husbands. There's a joy in giving
something to people that they need," Holmes said.
Plans can be as inexpensive as $10. A seduction involves more than just what
happens in the bedroom. Plans can include ideas for love notes, romantic gestures
and getaway ideas.
One husband wrote to Holmes after his wife suffered a spinal-cord injury while
giving birth to their child. The injury lowered her self-esteem.
"The things you have taught me to romance her make her feel like the most
beautiful woman in the world," he later wrote, Holmes said.
Love games can spark the imagination. "52 Weeks of Romance" comes
with a satin pouch full of scratch-and-reveal cards with romantic
I.O.Us, love notes,
coupons, interlude ideas and more. Expressions of love, passion,
and games of seduction are designed to keep the flame burning for
week of the
And "Simply Romantic Nights" contains 24 sealed envelopes
with suggestions for romantic places where couples can spend time
together, such as a stroll
on a moonlit beach or a fireside chat in a cozy mountain cottage.
Intimate romantic board games, such as "An Enchanted Evening" take
couples to new levels of discovery. Each player writes down a secret
wish, and players follow instructions picked from a deck of cards
as they move
around the board. Some cards may suggest gentle touching; others
may ask a question. The first player to reach the finish gets his
Or how about a game of "Strip Chocolate"? It's a game
of sensual pleasure. Your clothes will come off; the chocolate
go on, according
Divine Desserts, makers of the game and a number of chocolate body-frosting
Speaking of ecstasy, chocolate body frosting comes in five tasty
flavors, including Espresso Dream, Wild Cherry Chocolate and Midnight
Mocha. "Quickie recipes" accompany
the 10-ounce jar. Just apply with a paintbrush.
If slathering on chocolate isn't tantalizing, it's also delicious over ice cream
or fruit, said Mary Schenone, vice president of sales and marketing.
Body frosting evolved from the company's chocolate-sauce business as an alternative
way to use the products, Schenone said. Gift sets with paint brushes, stencils
with alluring messages that can be licked off -- even a chocolate body bar to
cover one's loved one in chocolate are available.
There's even something for those who aren't going to have a happy Valentine's
Day because love has taken a wrong turn. Chocoholics has created a chocolate
voodoo doll. They suggest putting a spell on it -- or biting its head off.
Typically, women over the age of 50 purchase the products from
retail stores. "They're
popular for bridal showers and wedding gifts," Schenone said.
But men often purchase online, perhaps because they can do so anonymously, Schenone
Do they spark romance?
"I get teased a lot that the product must be working because I'm pregnant
for the third time," she said.
Chocoholics Divine Desserts are at www.bodyfrosting.com
Products are also available at:
Andronico's, Stanford Shopping Center, 327-5505
Draegers, Menlo Park 324-7700; and Los Altos, 948-4425
Piazza's Fine Foods, Palo Alto, 424-1629
Whole Foods Market (around Valentine's Day), Palo Alto, 948-4425