And here we are again. Another Valentine’s Day.
That probably sounded a bit pessimistic but we promise, it wasn’t intended. Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays where you either love it or hate it. We usually fall somewhere in-between.
We loved Valentine’s Day while we were children in elementary school. Kids were passing around Valentine’s themed candies and treats and we were required to participate in Valentine’s Day themed art activities. It felt pretty good for a post-Halloween holiday, or pre-, depending on how you look at it.
As an adult, Valentine’s Day can be a romantic and fun holiday or it can be dreadful and annoying.
We don’t consider ourselves to be much of romantics. Don’t get us wrong, we love buttering each others biscuit (literally, we love biscuits) and just doing whatever feels right for one another, no matter the day. Now, lets get something straight. Before moving in together, every holiday was just fine. Now that we have a place to call our own, we feel as if every major holiday should be celebrated to the best of our abilities.
Yes, you caught us, we’ll be celebrating Valentine’s Day this year.
We don’t have any elaborate plans, but it’s a holiday filled with super cute pink things (our couple color) and we truly can’t resist. If you guys are anything like us, there are some do’s and dont’s for Valentine’s Day. Please keep in mind that this is not a guide on how to live your life. These are simply things we consider when we’re planning our Valentine’s Day.
Here are our Valentine’s Day do’s and don’ts.
#1 Don’t: walk into a restaurant without making a reservation.
Actually, don’t go to a restaurant at all for Valentine’s Day. Restaurants will most likely be one of the most crowded places on the planet for this occasion. If you’re looking for some intimate or quiet time, you might not have much luck in this setting. But if you absolutely must go to one…
Do: Make a reservation ahead of time.
Need we say more? Making a reservation before the day of will save you a lot of time. We have to be honest with you guys though, even with a reservation, there might still be a waiting period, so make sure you guys plan ahead.
#2 Don’t: toss rose petals all over the place.
We are aware that plucking rose petals off of their beautiful stems is supposed to be a romantic gesture, but if you’re anything like us, as the receiver, all we’d think about is how it’s going to need to be cleaned up. I know, such a grand gesture and all we’re thinking about cleaning it up? Yes! We both love a clean home as often as we can maintain it and honestly, loose rose petals lying all over the place would just distract us. But instead of loose rose petals…
Do: buy flowers attached to a stem.
We’ll keep this one simple for you guys. No mess, no hassle, no one has to clean them up. It’s an equally popular romantic gesture.
#3 Don’t: show all of your love and appreciation on this one day.
Make sure you’re showing love and appreciation to your loved ones all year round. Although Valentine’s Day is a day to show love and appreciation, it won’t feel as nice if you aren’t showing some appreciation all year round. It’s okay to show a little extra love and appreciation to those around you on this day, but make sure you’re walking that walk and talking that talk all year round.
Do: Take a little a little extra time to spread some love this Valentine’s Day.
It’s a pretty cute holiday and we personally don’t know anyone that won’t appreciate a little kindness.
#4 Don’t: buy an overwhelming amount of stuffed animals.
Unless you’re gifting these stuffed animals to someone who personally loves them, don’t go overboard. They’ll eventually catch dust and probably creep you out to have them lying all over.
Do: Buy a lot of edible things.
Chocolate? Yes. Cookies? Yes! A favorite home cooked meal with a nice bottle of wine? YAAAS!!! Food is honestly the way to our hearts. You know those “eat a snickers” commercials? We relate so much.
#5 Don’t: go the stereotypical route just because it’s Valentine’s Day.
We aren’t even mad at stereotypical things on Valentine’s Day. The problem you may face when going the stereotypical route is you may not be keeping both you and your loved ones in mind when you buy a card and teddy bear. Does your loved one even like teddy bears? You have to ask yourself a few questions before you go and pick up the first Valentine’s Day themed gift you see.
Do: put some thought into what your loved one actually likes.
Once you’ve put some thought into what your loved one likes, take that information you’ve gathered and tailor your plans to relate to the holiday. For example: if they love cooking but hate restaurants, find a cookbook or recipe that they love and prepare the recipe for them. If you have zero kitchen skills, you can set everything up and plan to cook the meal together as a super cute way to spend time together.
Valentine’s Day is honestly what you make it. If you don’t anyone to share this holiday with, get that box of chocolates and love yourself because simply put, it’s a day dedicated to love.
Don’t forget to check out our last post on the ways we say “I love you” here!
Until next time,
Ariana & Hannah