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Acing a Valentine's Date with a Millennial

February 11, 2016

written by Erin Diaz

The big day is finally here! It's the day to show someone how important they are to you by planning a killer date. Do you want to knock the socks off of your boyfriend, girlfriend, or that guy or girl in your brother/sister dorm that finally said you can "hang out"? The following steps are 100% tested, tried and true when it comes to planning a great date.

Step One: Whoever is picking up the other person for the date, make sure you are playing love songs that are by extremely obscure artists. If the song has ever seen a top chart, it should not be playing in your car (don’t even think about playing Bieber’s new(ish) album!!).

Step Two: If you're a guy, make sure your dashboard is lined with an appropriate amount of trendy plants (succulents, anyone?) for when you pick her up. If you're a girl picking up your guy, then this should already be checked off the list.

Step Three: Make sure your outfit complements the VSCO filter you have chosen for the night. If it does not complement the filter well, you should both take the time to change your clothes if you care anything at all about how creative people think you are.

Step Four: Boots. It's February, and you need to make sure boots are included in the outfit you have chosen to run with. And if you're not cuffing your pants, you aren't doing it right.

Step Five: Make sure to stay away from "untrendy/ungrammable" foods. You want your Instagram to scream trendy, not trying. Make sure you stand on some sort of chair or booth to get the full effect of the photo.

Step Six: After dinner, it's obviously picture time. Don't forget to grab a few selfies, awkwardly ask a stranger for a picture of the two of you against a rare brick wall (which the stranger will definitely not capture the way that you want them to), and take a "follow me" picture. If you need help knowing how to pose for this picture, simply make sure that there is a good background and your significant other is walking in front of you. If you do this, everything in your life will be okay.

Step Seven: Netflix. And chill. Not the phrase that refers to something that Liberty students would never do, but actually kick back, turn on the series you are going through together, or start a new one. Just make sure there is room for the Spirit (and also Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) on that couch. Whatever show you choose, remember that it will be vital to the growth of your relationship, since you'll be watching it together often.

Honestly, if you follow these steps, you will have a pretty good time. And not only will you have a good time, but you will show everyone how great of a time you had. What could be better?

Well, there is one simple step that could help you enjoy your night like never before:

Step One: Unplug.

Put your phones away and enjoy each other's company. I promise you, your night will be much better than you expected. Happy Valentine's Day, everyone.