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Valentine’s Day Do’s and Don’ts

By Nkem Egenuka on Tue, 14/02/2017 - 15:48

Valentine’s Day is here again! A day separated from others to show love. It is a day in which spouses show love to each other, boyfriends propose, girlfriends get proposed to, people show love to their families, to the needy and so on.  

Nonetheless, you may have spent months talking and joking about ‘how you do not believe in Valentine’s Day or its drama’. Hold on! Never get yourself into this trap because Valentine’s Day means so much, even to those who claim not to care.

Whether you are totally single, dating someone, or in a serious committed relationship, there are some Do’s and Don’ts that everyone can observe to make Valentine’s Day a better experience for everyone.

Valentine’s Day Do’s and Don’ts


  • Have a plan ready. If you want a night out, make reservations for two while you still have time. The earlier, the better.
  •   Make the best of the day. This day comes once a year so it wouldn’t hurt to spoil your partner. Relax!, have fun, make and the best of the day.
  •  Do something for your partner, it does not have to be extravagant. We know that couples show each other love, whether it’s a holiday or not but make today special.
  •  Take a chance on the person that asks you out. If you are single and someone asks you out on a date on  Valentine’s Day, give that person a chance and say yes to one date. Even if that person is not your type. That person was thinking about you on Valentine’s when no other person was.
  • Try something new because it is Valentines Day. The day can be adventurous if you make the most of it by trying something with your partner that you have never tried before. It could be a new restaurant, a new recipe, a new movie. Just be open to new things.
  •  Respect your Partner’s Boundaries and decisions, because it is easy to get caught up in our own ideas of what would be great to do on Valentine’s, but it is important that you respect any and all of your partner’s boundaries. If your partner is not comfortable doing something, it needs to be off the list of possibilities for the both of you
  •  If you are alone on Valentine’s Day, Please go out to an event or just out. It is a great time to meet new people that are also single on Valentine’s Day who may be in the same situation you are. Staying at home to avoid people, will make you remain alone.
  •  If your partner is in another City,  you can travel to meet him or her because, it is all about effort. Leaving trails of rose petals, chocolate and champagne. It may be cliché but it gives you something to remember.
  •  Use Valentine’s day to make up with an ex you still love. It's never too late to try to make up with someone you love! Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to show that person you still care
  • Show appreciation and be grateful to your partner, if he or she does something big, or something not as big as you imagined, be sure to show appreciation to people that try make your Valentine’s special.


  •  Don’t get yourself worked up and stressed. Valentine's Day doesn’t always fit a with everyone's schedule because of long distance, work, someone's health, etc.  As long as you communicate and find a way to celebrate, its fine.
  •  Do not limit yourself to celebrating Valentine’s for romantic connections alone. Show love to people who are important to you that you love, in non-romantic ways, and to remind those people that they are important to you. Buying gifts for your Mum is totally acceptable.
  •  When on a date, do not be transfixed on your phone. This could the most romantic day in the year. Rather switch your phones off and focus on your partner.
  • Do not guilt trip your partner into doing something he or she is not really interested in doing.
  •  Do not break up with someone just because it is Valentine’s day. If you are planning to break up with someone, do it way before Valentine’s day to give you both a chance to meet someone new.
  • Do not act bitter on Valentine’s Day. No one wants to associate with a bitter person on Valentine’s Day.  If you are unhappy, have a look at the choices you have made that landed you in the situation you are in. Then consider your options and make better choices so that you can plan for a better Valentine’s next year.
  • Do not get caught up in the marketing of Valentine’s Day. How you celebrate Valentine’s is between you and your partner, and neither of you needs to feel that you have to keep up with anyone else. If the both of you feel fine to spend it quietly and inexpensively, that is Alright. If you both want to go all out, that is also fine too.
  • Do not assume that amazing things will happen JUST because it is Valentine’s Day, especially if you haven’t taken any actions ahead of time to ensure that something special happens.


Valentine Cocktail Treat just for you






6 ounces Ocean Spray® Cranberry Juice Cocktail
1 ounce orange juice
Club soda
Orange wedge, garnish


Pour cranberry juice cocktail and orange juice into a glass with ice. Top with club soda. Garnish with orange wedge. Makes 1 serving.

Wish You all a Happy Valentine's Day!


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