How to Survive Valentine’s Day: 6 Ways to Impress Your Date

On a cold February morning in Chicago’s North Side, seven associates of the notorious gangster George “Bugs” Moran were cut down in a hail of submachine gun fire. That bloody event, which fell on February 14, came to be known as the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.

February 14th can be stressful for men, whether you’ve just started dating someone or have been married for decades. Although our Valentine’s Day will most likely not play out the same as it did for Bugs Moran’s unfortunate friends, there’s a lot riding on just how we show our affection on this special day.

That’s why we’ve put together a few tips on how to survive Valentine’s Day. Take some of the advice listed below and avoid disappointment, arguments or even tears this Valentine’s Day.

Shower Her with Flowers
Flowers are a must. Arrange to have the flowers delivered to her office, or have a bouquet waiting by the front door before she leaves for the day. While you’ll definitely want to have a date night of some kind planned on top of the colorful bouquet, the flowers will regularly remind her you care for her throughout the day—and for many days and weeks in the future.

A flower tip: go for an orchid.

These exotic flowers look great and last for months, even though they can be a little more expensive than roses or other bouquets.

No Reservations? Then Get Cooking!
This is a romantic option for those procrastinators who waited too long to get a reservation at their favorite restaurant hot spots. Stick with a recipe you’re comfortable with, or check out these easy date-night recipes. Even if you ruin the meal due to your lack of cooking skills, and have to speed dial the local pizza place, the thought and effort you make is what really counts. Make friends with your local wine shop and get their recommendations on what libations to serve. Champagne is a natural choice, but you can even go with an inexpensive and bubbly Prosecco. For dessert, pick up a heart-shaped, chocolate ganache cake from your local bakery. (We don’t expect you to cook dinner and bake dessert!) Before she arrives, set the table and light some candles.

Look Your Absolute Best
Your lady friend is going to look amazing, and you should too. Whether it’s a sport coat and jeans type of night or a more formal affair requiring a snazzy suit, be sure to give her something to look at. Spruce up your outfit with a silk bow tie or a pair of clever-looking cuff links to really knock her off her heels.

Treat Her Like a Star
Book a reservation at a restaurant for dinner and have a limo pick you up and drive you there. This will be a more expensive Valentine’s Day experience of course, but it will really show her how much you care—and it will be incredibly memorable to boot. Dress sharp and make sure she doesn’t know about the limo. With a grand gesture like this, you’ll be sure to gain a lot of romantic mileage for the year to come.

Find a Gorgeous View
Find a view that overlooks the city, or take your date on a scenic hike in the countryside. Ideally, you should fully research the area first to make sure it is safe. Don’t forget to check the weather and pack jackets for both of you, just in case Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate. If you happen to live by water, taking a boat cruise together isn’t a bad idea either.

Don’t Forget the Card and Chocolates
If you must buy chocolates from a drugstore, check out this review of inexpensive chocolate options.

At the very least, give your Valentine a card and a box of chocolates.

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