Valentine’s Day is the one day of the year that everyone pulls out all the stops in order to impress their significant others or dates. It’s a day that is supposed to be special and romantic. All the fuss about the fourteenth of February can mean a lot of pressure. It can be stressful worrying about creating the perfect night. You want to please your date, not disappoint them.
In order to get it right, it will take some planning and preparation. Waiting until the last minute will only spell disaster. And if you’re not too creative, it can be hard to envision an original plan that’s tailored just for your special someone. Before you get too worried, here are some easy tips and tricks to help you plan a romantic Valentine’s Day.
It’s incredibly important to start planning as soon as possible. If you wait until the last minute, things probably won’t go as planned. If you want to have dinner at a certain restaurant, make a reservation a few weeks in advance. Valentine’s Day reservations fill up fast, so don’t delay. The earlier you begin planning, the more time you’ll have to ensure that everything goes exactly as you want it to. And if something doesn’t go according to plan, you’ll have more time to come up with a backup plan.
Involve Your Significant Other
If you want to surprise your significant other with something, you’ll need to make sure they don’t have a plan that will interfere. Talk about Valentine’s Day with your date ahead of time, and find out what their thoughts are. Do they have any special requests? If they’re working, when will you be able to get together? It’s a good idea to ask what they think before you begin. If you want to take care of everything, let them know. You don’t have to tell them what you’re planning; just let them know that it’ll be a surprise.
Don’t Underestimate the Traditional
On Valentine’s Day, things like heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, bouquets of roses, gold jewelry, and teddy bears are traditional gifts. If you want to do something totally out of the box, that’s fine. But remember that sometimes the traditional works for a reason. Don’t assume that your date won’t appreciate flowers or candy. Sometimes those elements are what make Valentine’s Day special.
While traditional gifts are nice, don’t let them be the only way you express your love. If you really want to do something romantic, think of something that will be personal for your date. For example, surprise them with their favorite dessert. Give them a scrapbook filled with personal photos and memories. Put in their favorite CD to set the mood. If there’s something they really want to do, make it possible. Use Valentine’s Day as a way to show you love your significant other for who they are, and show them that you pay attention to their wants and needs with a personalized gift.
Make It an All Day Affair
Don’t wait until dinner to make Valentine’s Day special. Make it an all day affair. Give your loved one little surprises throughout the day, starting when they wake up and ending right before bed. Try to think of ways to extend the excitement and romance for as long as possible.
What are some of the more creative and/or memorable Valentine gifts you have heard of?