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As Valentine's Day approaches, many people's thoughts turn to flowers and candlelit dinners but not to awkward moments when a date takes a cell phone call at the table or long pauses when the check comes. Yet this can be the reality for so many would-be romantics. Let us help you navagate Valentine's Day stresses with grace!
Also take a look at our Valentine's Day Etiquette Daily blog post for helpful Q&As!
Peter Post’s Top Valentine’s Day Tips:
- If you can’t cook, make reservations. The sooner the better.
The best and most popular restaurants will book up well in advance. Don’t forget to arrange for a sitter too.
- Mind your table manners.
Nothing will ruin your evening faster than chewing with your mouth open or holding your fork like a medieval weapon.
- Go get the card now!
Don’t wait till the last minute when the selection includes only the ridiculous and most mushy sentiments.
- Special and meaningful doesn’t have to mean expensive.
If you’re on a tight budget, plan accordingly. Cook a romantic dinner at home. Candles and chocolates are within most budgets and can set the tone for a romantic evening. Shower your significant other with love notes or give them a back rub.
- Don’t believe the hype.
Even if you spouse or significant other doesn’t buy into the V-Day propaganda, use it as a chance to acknowledge how much you appreciate having them in your life.