There can often be a lot of pressure to plan a great Valentine’s Day celebration, but a lot of this comes from last-minute planning. With a little foresight, couples can make reservations in advance and take the worry out of the day so they can enjoy it. But if that’s not for you, there are still many great ways to make the day a success (without too much planning).
Here are our tips for planning a great Valentine’s Day:
This is a Valentine’s Day classic for a reason. It’s best to stick to a restaurant that you can make a reservation at so you’re guaranteed a spot. The last thing you want is to be waiting in line for an hour to eat or being forced to eat somewhere you don’t want to because that’s all that’s available. Additionally, choose somewhere that you know you can afford and that will provide you with great service. Another option is to head to a restaurant for dessert and drinks only. You might not need a reservation in this case, but call ahead to make sure.
Book a Spa Day
Who doesn’t like to be pampered? Booking a spa day is a great Valentine’s Day indulgence — and it’s one you can spend together or separately depending on what you both want. Look into couple’s packages first and see if any interest you. Many of them include champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, and roses in addition to spa treatments like hot stone massages, facials, full-body massages, and manicures. If a couple's massage isn’t your cup of tea, pick the services a la carte so you get exactly what you want.
Cook at Home
For many couples, eating out — especially on a major holiday — is just too stressful. What’s the point if you’re not going to enjoy it? Thus, many couples are opting to cook a romantic meal together at home to celebrate the holiday. Some of the most common dishes include oysters, steak, pasta, and risotto. But don’t forget the dessert! Themed cupcakes, chocolate cake, or strawberries and cream are all great options.
Take a Mini Holiday
Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year — So why not take a weekend trip somewhere you’ll both love? If you and your partner’s idea of fun (and romance) involves hanging out in a great pub, why not pack your bags for a mini holiday in Dublin? Dublin is known for its beer, and it’s estimated that there are more than a thousand bars and pubs in the area. Head to the pub or take a themed tavern tour, and indulge in the history and beauty that’s packed into every block.
Or, why not plan a weekend in Paris, which is sometimes more commonly called the City of Love? By Eurostar, Paris is only about two hours from London. Treat yourself to a luxurious hotel and a fine meal to celebrate the holiday (and your love for one another). And don’t forget to take a few romantic strolls. Even in February, Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Have a Staycation
Depending on who you ask, a “staycation” can have different meanings. For some, it means to spend a luxurious weekend at home where you pamper and treat yourself. For others, it means to book a nice hotel in your city to experience what it would be like to be a tourist. And then there are those who interpret it as any holiday trip within your own country. How you choose to interpret “staycation” for Valentine’s Day depends on which option sounds most appealing to you.
Can’t decide? Go for the middle route. Pick a hotel in your city that you’ve long been curious about. Maybe it has trendy decor or maybe it’s known for its restaurant or amenities. Book a night or two at the hotel. Order room service, make a spa appointment, get drinks in the bar, or get dressed in your evening’s best for a night on the town. No matter what you decide, have fun with it!