Top Valentine’s tips

If you are one of the lucky people dating someone on the most romantic day of the year, Valentine’s Day, then perhaps you are preparing to do something other than sit at home over a pot noodle discussing both your days at work.

The cynics that roam among us would say that Valentine’s Day is a trumped up date, created by florists and restaurants to suck the very money from our pockets. But it is rare that someone, particularly a lady, would turn their nose up at some blooms delivered to their office and a lovely romantic dinner.

So how do you make Valentine’s Day a memorable occasion? Read on Macduff…

Make a dinner reservation in advance.
It may not shock you to learn that 14 February is one of the busiest nights of the year for a restaurant, and so the odds of you getting a prime table overlooking the water when you call 30 minutes before you’d like to arrive are nil. Don’t leave it until the last minute, or you may find you and your sweetheart with a lovely table by the toilets or at home (see “pot noodle”.)

Know your date.
Your idea of romance may be a bungee jump with a dodgy company, but hers may be different. Perhaps you think chowing down on puffer fish together is terribly romantic because like Romeo and Juliet, you could both die together. Unsurprisingly you may end up chowing down alone. Choose a date that both of you will enjoy.

It doesn’t have to be expensive.
Sure, it’s wonderful to get a limousine and go to a fancy restaurant, but if you don’t have the dough, don’t put yourself in debt to pay for it. Get a bottle of champagne and sit on the beach with two glasses, an iPod or iPad with your favourite tunes on it, and watch the sun go down.

Think outside the box.
Dinner, flowers, a gift and card are pretty standard for Valentine’s Day, but why not do something different if you think your date is up for it? Take a helicopter ride or do the bio-luminescence tour. Dates are more memorable when they are a bit different.

Don’t drink and drive.
Nothing says “I love you” like bailing your significant other out of jail. Why risk ruining the evening by drinking and driving? Spend the money on a taxi or limousine and leave the driving to someone else if you’re going to indulge.

Happy Valentine’s Day!!