With February 14th only two weeks away, many are finding themselves in a sudden panic over V-day protocol. If you are nervous, or simply want to avoid a Valentine’s Day disaster, read these tips for survival.
Plan ahead. And if that isn’t possible, keep it simple. The more complicated the itinerary, the more opportunities for mistakes and disappointment. If you are able to plan ahead, shoot for the moon, but make sure your plans are dependable as well as easily changed if any last minute tweaks are needed.
Go with the flow. The restaurant lost your reservation? That’s ok, don’t stress. Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest times for the restaurant industry, and mistakes happen. If they absolutely cannot squeeze you in, then make new plans. Don’t let a hiccup spoil the mood of the evening. Show your date that the only thing that you need to be happy on this night of romance is their company.
Don’t get distracted. Make sure all of your attention is on your partner. So, put away all cell phones and devices, switch them to silent (not vibrate), and don’t be tempted to check twitter if there is a lull in the evening. Enjoy the quiet, and just smile at one another – that will break the ice soon enough.
Take it easy on the alcohol. Maybe this is the first time you have been out in a while and you would like to let loose, or you are just feeling the pressure to have the perfect evening and your nerves are getting to you. Don’t be tempted to go overboard on the drinks. Make sure you are pacing yourself and getting enough to eat. The last thing you want is to end the night with your partner taking care of you until 2 in the morning.
Communicate your expectations. Make sure that you two are on the same page about what you have in mind for Valentine’s Day. To avoid disappointment, have a discussion outlining the ideas you both have for the 14th, and go from there. If your partner has asked you to plan the whole evening as a surprise, remind them gently that you can’t read minds, and you would love a few hints to help make their night special – because all you want is for them to be happy.
Be prepared. Discuss ahead of time if you will be exchanging gifts or tokens, and maybe have a gift ready to go just in case. You don’t want to be caught unaware and without something to give your date in return.
Be the best version of yourself. Don’t be someone you are not. Your partner fell in love with you, the good qualities and the bad. Valentine’s Day is a celebration of your love and a time to reminisce about your finest moments, such as the moment you met, or a great achievement you accomplished together. Be the person your date fell in love with and remind them of why you two are so great together.