Better late than never guys and gals, I thought I’d put together some last minute Valentines “tips” to make your evening as enjoyable as possible this year
If you haven’t booked a restaurant by now, to treat the love of your life to a fine dining experience, fear not, you still have options,
DO NOT in a last minute blind panic book the only available restaurant available, there will be a reason they still have availability. They will either have a shocking wine list, a health and safety warning or in fact be known as Greggs. (Or all of the above!)
DO orchestrate a “dine in” where you become the chef, host, sommelier and potentially the desert (All going well wink: )
DO think about your food/wine matching, but I am preaching to the converted here, and remember, just because you fancy that 15 year old Barolo lying in the Garage she/he may fancy the cadoulet de Beaucastel .
4)DO make an effort with the food… last nights left over pancaked won’t cut it
- DO try to be romantic, you know the usual… candles, soft music, a sparkling Champs/ cremant/cava to start the evening off. (If in fact your culinary skills are not up to scratch, this will prove a great distraction ), Also, easy on the heavy metal… you may like it but it may not go well with the scallops.
6)DO NOT ask for help cleaning up, your hopes of “continuing the evening” will be severely in jeopardy .
DO enjoy your evening and the chance to spend quality time together accompanied by great food and wine. As opposed to phone checking the latest bitcoin/ripple valuation, which leads to the next point…
DO turn your phone off.
So maybe this will be a tad controversial, especially coming from a female, BUT Valentines to me, is about spending time with your significant other. It’s about taking time out from our crazy lives and appreciating what we sometimes take for granted.
So for me, a gift is not really necessary but the effort and commitment that goes into planning something , like a special night in or out.
However, in saying that, I love a bunch of flowers like the next person, so these are my do’s and don’t of gift giving…
1)DO NOT under ANY, ANY circumstances buy the love of your life a “household” gift… ie: a new vacuum cleaner, blender, kettle… you are likely to be found IN the blender days later.
2)DO NOT purchase a “vase” unless of course it comes free with the flowers you’ve sent! (An ex-boyfriend once bought me a red vase because its my favourite colour!, I had purchased him a top of the range rip-curl wetsuit!, he was lucky I didn’t crack it over his head)
3)DO buy flowers, unless of course she is allergic to them or specifically know she doesn’t like flowers, They are romantic, they smell nice and giving flowers imho shows you care.
(edit: Jury is out on chocolates… I don’t like them… I like to keep my as the size it is but again personal choice slight_smile:)
4)DO buy a card, a nice one. The crude ones just aren’t funny unless you’re 19
5)DO go and purchase a gift/experience you think she/he will appreciate and love. Whether it be a bottle of craft gin, grower champagne or the necklace she’s been after for ages. If you know your date categorically would love a particular gift then do it. No point in waiting until her/his birthday/ Christmas. Seize the moment and be a winner.
6)DO NOT purchase for the sake of purchasing when you don’t have a clue what to buy… see “vase story” above. Flowers, romantic meal and the experience will most certainly suffice.
So go forth, enjoy your Valentines and let us know how it goes. Bon Chance