1. Do not communicate your expectations.
Are you hoping for flowers and going out to eat but never tell you man! DO NOT ASSUME HE KNOWS YOUR EXPECTATIONS! If you communicate them to him your chances of getting your hopes met are much higher. Throw away the idea that it is more romantic if he thinks of it on his own. It's not fair to expect your partner to know what you hope for if you never tell them.
2. Use it as a pity day.
Are you single and depressed because you don't have a date? Instead of having a miserable day, why don't you use this as a day to show friends and family that you care about them. You don't have to be romantically involved to show love on valentines day!!
3. Don't plan in advance.
Do your plans usually get screwed over last minute because the wait is too long or child care fell through. You knew valentines day was coming for all of your post adolescent life. Plan for it in advance so your day doesn't have to have unnecessary screw ups. (I know, helpful info from a post a day before valentines day :/ )
4. Go through the Motions.
Do you do the same thing every year and it's starting to get boring? Be creative. Find a way to celebrate your love in a unique way that fits you and your significant other. It doesn't have to be dinner, flowers and movie. It can whatever you make it!!
5. You ruin your night with bitterness.
So you wanted to go on cruise for valentines day and you guys are going on a walk instead. You have a choice. You can be angry and disappointed or you can choose to have a good time anyway. Make the most of what is in front of you and don't let bad attitudes ruin your day.