Valentine's Day may be the day of love, but it sure is fraught with a lot of questions. Like, how seriously should you take the holiday? Is it as important as everyone makes it out to be? And oh yeah, how do you get a last minute Valentine's Day reservation because you totally forgot?
If you're not opting for a night in with your sweetheart, it can feel totally overwhelming to plan a big dinner out, so you probably put it off. And if you're not one who normally plans a night out for the holiday, it may be surprising to hear that you should've made your Valentine's Day reservations about a month before the big day. But let's be real here, chances are, life got in the way. It's not like Valentine's Day is Christmas, where everything's been planned for weeks and traditions are in place. It's a holiday that can quickly sneak up on you until you realize it's Feb. 13 and you still have to find a box of chocolates that doesn't suck for your boo.
But if you didn't make your Valentine's Day reservations in advance, that doesn't mean your holiday is ruined. Although you may not be able to enjoy an 8 p.m. dinner date at a high-end restaurant, you can still enjoy a night out with your valentine. I spoke with Cheryl Brandes and Deena Duron, restaurant managers at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temeculac, California, who shared some amazing ways to enjoy your Valentine's Day sans dinner reservations.
"As long as you're not winging it the day of, the creative choices can be endless," says Duron. Brandes agrees, offering her own advice of making sure the holiday is more about memories. "Remember, it's not about the destination, it's all about the journey getting there." Follow their expert advice with these four tips, and you and your sweetie are sure to have a great Valentine's Day no matter what.