If you’re like me, Valentine’s Day plans come last. I don’t know why I don’t care more about the “holiday” but I seriously don’t even think about it until like two days beforehand. And by that point, every romantic restaurant that I can think of is totally booked.
Well, it’s happened again this year, which brings me to this blog post. What other options do you have if you’re a horrible planner and you still want to do something special. Here are some ideas that I’ve come up with –
Cook at home
This one is a given, but don’t just cook an average meal. Try something that you’ve never tried before, and do it with your special someone. It’s a great exercise in communication (or lack thereof) and if you’re both food lovers, it could be a great bonding opportunity.
Both love fried chicken but never made it at home? Try it! Always wondered if you could replicate your favorite sushi roll from the restaurant? DO ITTTT.
Try something moderately difficult, but avoid anything that’s too complicated if you’re not a pro. AKA leave the beef wellington for another night.
Eat at the bar
Yeah, this might sound a little tacky, especially if you were given the responsibility of making reservations somewhere. But I personally love eating at the bar (yes – even at fine dining restaurants), and I don’t really care if people think it’s tacky.
You get to eat the same food, plus you’re front row center if you want your next round of libations. HEYOOO.
Go somewhere international
I hate to say it, but I’m guessing a lot of the international restaurants aren’t booked for Valentine’s Day. For whatever reason, when you’re trying to be romantic, you don’t think about Indian food or Vietnamese.
But guess what? An international restaurant can be just as romantic, with probably less stress on you to make the “perfect” evening.
Celebrate another day
Your lady friend probably won’t want to hear this, but if none of the above works for you, maybe you need to just postpone Valentine’s Day to another night. Who cares if it’s not on actual Valentine’s Day – it’s the one you’re with that really matters, not the date on the calendar, right?
If you celebrate Wednesday or Thursday, you’re bound to get in wherever you want and you won’t have to deal with all those lovey dovey couples around you.
As you can tell, I’m clearly not much of a romantic. After all, my perfect Valentine’s Day = me on the couch watching Law & Order SVU with a bottle of wine and pizza. And my boyfriend is A-OKAY with that.
But hey, that’s just me.
For everyone else out there, I wish you the best of luck. And just remember… Valentine’s Day isn’t a real holiday! Don’t stress! XOXO