Valentine's Day is just around the corner and you know what that means: it’s time to plan a night of romance with that special someone, even if it's just a group of your girlfriends aka Galentine's. Coming up with a date that’s worthy of the occasion can be more than a little stressful for anyone, especially if you wait until the last minute.
Here are a few recommendations that can help you come up with a spectacular Valentine’s Day date night that’s free of last minute panic and confusion.
Make Reservations in Advance
If you want to dine out on Valentine’s Day but forget to make a reservation with a restaurant, you’re probably going to be straight out of luck. It’s one of the most popular dates for restaurants across the country, which means planning weeks in advance is a must. Also, keep in mind that eating out on Valentine’s Day might cost you a pretty penny since most nicer restaurants require a set menu as their only option. After all, millions of couples (or girl squads) will be dashing out to fancy eateries and bars, so what can you expect? Come up with a budget to match the reservations you make so nothing will take you by surprise.
Decide on an Outfit the Day Before
Nothing will screw up a romantic date more than a girl who’s experiencing a fashion crisis. To make sure everything goes without a hiccup on the day of, pick out your Valentine’s outfit the day before. This will give you plenty of time for last minute changes. Not sure what to wear? Try to keep things simple with an elegant dress or romper. You can’t go wrong with classic styles and timeless pieces of jewelry, and if you’re going to wear heels, make sure that they’re a reliable pair that won’t give you blisters on your lovely evening.
Buy a Gift With Plenty of Time to Spare
Waiting until the last second to snatch a gift for your partner at the local card store is a terrible way to start Valentine’s Day. Think about your significant other’s hobbies and interests, then select a gift that will actually mean something to them. Have it wrapped and ready to go a few days before Valentine’s to ensure that there are no bumps on the big day.
Consider Staying Home for Part of the Night
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be about going out and flaunting your stuff. If you’re not in the mood to shell out the big bucks for a fancy restaurant and drinks, think about spending the evening at home. You can cook a delicious home cooked meal, drink wine, and have a casual but intimate night together. Not only will it save you plenty of money, but you might actually have a better time than you would have if you battled crowds and traffic outside.
Remember Why You’re Celebrating in the First Place
The most surefire way to ruin your Valentine’s Day is to get wrapped up in the details instead of looking at the big picture. Sure, your outfit and the date are important, but why are you really celebrating the holiday? Try to keep the answer to that question in mind, regardless of whether the night goes according to plan or not. You’ll find it’s much easier to have an enjoyable evening if you shirk the stress of the holiday and keep your eyes on the person you’re spending it with.