Just the mere mention of Valentine’s Day is enough to strike fear into the hearts of many ex bachelors. Planning a romantic evening is difficult enough at the best of times, but if an impromptu romantic night isn’t perfect, then you can at least get points for trying to be spontaneous. With Valentine’s day, you don’t have that excuse. Here are a few tips that will help you to make this year’s Valentine’s Day a one to remember for all the right reasons.
Make a Day of It
If you can somehow manage to get the time off work, why not make a day of it? Treat your girl to a spa visit, or a romantic short break. Even if you’re not planning on popping the question to your girlfriend this year, a romantic getaway is a great way to spend some quality time with your significant other, and it will make all her friends jealous!
Pick the venue well in advance
If you’re planning a Valentine’s Day dinner, you’d better get your booking in early. All of the best restaurants will fill up quickly. If you plan to host your romantic evening at home, then you’ll still want to decide well in advance so that you have time to buy in the ingredients for the meal, tidy up, and tell your flatmates to clear off for the night.
Find something nice to wear
For a night at the pub or the cinema, your beloved jeans and slogan tees might be fine, but for Valentine’s Day, some smart menswear is in order. If you don’t own any smart menswear, you don’t have to rush out and buy a full suit – just pick up a pair of nice trousers and a Barbour jacket. You’ll look nice and swish, and be able to say that you made an effort.
Spruce Yourself Up
Your girl will probably have spent all month getting prepared for Valentine ’s day, with facials, manicures, hair dresser’s appointments and detox diets. You don’t have to go to quite the same lengths, but a haircut, good shave, and a scrub of the nails (if you work a manual job) will turn you into Prince Charming for the night.
Don’t Forget Customs
Don’t get so wrapped up in the romantic night out side of things that you forget about Valentine’s Day cards and gifts. You don’t have to shower your significant other with expensive gifts to have a good Valentine’s day, but a nicely presented token gift will always go down well.
Arrive on Time
So, your reservations are sorted, you have a card, and you’re looking swish in your Barbour jacket – and then you get stuck in traffic. That’s a great way to ruin the evening. Leave earlier than you usually would to give yourself plenty of time to get to the venue. If you’re early, you can sit in the bar and enjoy a nice glass of wine while you wait for your table.
Written by Amy Fowler on behalf of Anna Davies, expert stockists of smart menswear and Barbour jackets.