MR BEAUFORT: 5 WAYS TO GET VALENTINE’S DAY RIGHT THIS YEAR
Lothario’s prepare, it’s that time of the year already. Iron your shirt, throw on a jacket and settle in for a great Valentine’s Day with your significant other. If, however, the occasion has been a disaster zone in the past then Mr Beaufort has penned below five ways to get Valentine’s Day right this year (he says it’s really quite simple).
- DRESS TO IMPRESS
I might be stating the blaringly here but if you’re hoping for a successful evening then you better brush up! Let’s face it; she’s not going to be impressed by the ‘I work at Google look’ so ensure you put on your best shoes and shirt that morning. If you’re struggling for sartorial inspiration then I would recommend you just keep it simple, Valentine’s Day is not an occasion for expressing your natty sense of style. Why not try a stylish Oxford Shirt.
- WHEN IT COMES TO FOOD, PLAN AHEAD
Please, for romance’s sake don’t plan your Valentine’s meal around a top five list of culinary aphrodisiacs. Oysters might be one of the most notorious aphrodisiacs but have you ever seen a human delicately consume one? Bleurgh! Instead, I would recommend a much simpler, more civilised option. Try The Modern Pantry in Finsbury Square, she won’t be disappointed!
- GET HER A GIFT SHE ACTUALLY WANTS
There are a number of seminal moments that every man must go through in his life. Receiving his first pay check, passing his driving test, leaving home and walking away from cheap prosecco and a stuffed bear when choosing valentines gifts. Be warned, she’ll be using Valentine’s Day as a present giving dry run. Equally, don't be that guy who gives a sexy gift unless you're positive it's something she wants. Yes, Valentine’s Day is a marvelous excuse to get busy but don’t do your relationship a disservice by handing across the table a bundle of explicit goodies.
- DON’T, PLEASE DON’T PROPOSE
Don’t do it - it shows your lack of creativity. Instead of creating your own special day you are making the decision to propose on the one (and only) already romantic day of the year. How on earth are you going to make the proposal special enough to be a cut above the general cheese that flies around on Valentine’s Day? Yes, it’s going to make remembering the date easier but it couldn’t be more cliché if you tried. Already set your heart on doing it? I’ve heard Moonpig.com does some wonderful engagement rings…
- SHE SAYS SHE’S NOT BOTHERED
Danger! This is often a trap set for men in sub one-year relationships that are yet to gauge their partner’s appetite for Valentine’s Day. A man and a women’s definition of ‘not being fussed’ can vary hugely so I would recommend you err on the side of caution in this instance. Rather than passing Valentine’s Day altogether, spend some thinking about what is the most thoughtful gesture you could pull together. If you’re thinking chocolates and flowers , don’t! Do something small but meaningful – purchase all the ingredients for her favourite meal and cook at hers.
Words by Mr. Beaufort.