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6 Last Minute Valentine's Day Don'ts

News flash: Valentine's Day is in less than 48 hours. If you don't have plans now, you will be tempted to take dangerous paths towards Valentine's Day merriment. Luckily for you, we have experienced all of the possible pitfalls and can help you avoid them.

Whatever you do this Valentine's Day, do not:

Become a Chef - Despite what Giada de Laurentiis tells you, watching Food Network does not guarantee success in the kitchen. If your diet consists primarily of Cheez-its and $5 foot-longs, the chances of you working magic in the kitchen are less than good. You could head out for din-din, but we're guessing you don't have reservations either. Try a candlelight picnic with prepared foods instead. Grab some vino, some Italian cheese, olives, and meats from your local grocery and find a good spot to watch the rest of the Valentine's rush while you're getting intimate over antipasti.

Buy a Giant Box of Chocolates - The problem here is that there's always a flavor of truffle that someone doesn't like. For every caramel filled mouth-gasm there's a hidden coconut disaster waiting to b spat out. Skip the impersonal box of chocolates and go for a dessert you know your S.O. will like. Want to get fancy? Garnish with berries, chocolate sauce or whipped cream. Who knows, maybe you'll find extracurricular uses for your garnishes.

Drink too Much - Especially if you're early in your relationship, there is a chance here to score some major romantic points. Do not ruin this by overdoing it on the hooch. Tripping the light fantastic with your sweetie and having a few cocktails is sickeningly sweet. Holding your S.O.'s hair back or cleaning up regurgitations is just sick.

Where are the other three don'ts? Find them on Up on the Sun.

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Jonathan McNamara