Can you hear that whoosh?
It’s the sound being made as the last Valentine’s Day cards fly off the shelves at your local greeting card shops.
By the way, did you get your sweetie a Valentine’s Day card yet?
If you’re clueless in the romance department, Cranberry Patch is here to help. Here are five last-minute ideas to surprise your significant other.
1. Get That Card!
I mean it! Find the biggest, mushiest, most romantic card out there and write a heartfelt message in it for your loved one. It’s guaranteed to melt even the stingiest, I-don’t-believe-in-Valentine’s-Day-because-it’s-just-a-holiday-the-card-companies-made-up-to-make-money heart. There are Hallmark stores in the Cranberry Mall on Route 19 and another one in The Streets of Cranberry shopping plaza. There’s also a Hallmark in the Northgate Plaza in Harmony. Target on Route 228 also has a great variety of cards, and so does the Cranberry Giant Eagle. Get there!
2. Go For a Couples Skate
Put your love on ice with this unique Valentine’s Day idea. There will be a special sweetheart couples skate from 7:30-9 p.m. at North Park Ice Skating Rink. When you pay for one admission, the second is free, and each couple gets a carnation (while supplies last).
3. Trust Your Animal Instinct
Plan a great evening with your loved one and some of your four-legged friends. The Bottlebrush Gallery in Harmony is having a Valentine’s Day party from 6-8 tonight to benefit The Butler County Humane Society. In lieu of an admission price, participants are asked to bring a dog or a cat toy. There will be live music, refreshments, animal-themed art, a silent auction and a gallery scavenger hunt. She’ll woof it!
4. Leave Her a Shout Out on Cranberry Patch
Tell the whole world (or at least our Cranberry Patch readers) how much you care. Click here to send a Patch valentine to your sweetie. You can upload photos or video messages by clicking the Submit Your Photos button in the article. We'll feature your Valentine's messages for all your neighbors to see. Score!
5. Say it With Flowers … And Dinner
This is a classic for a reason. Nothing beats roses and a romantic dinner with your best friend. Fortunately, there are plenty of lovely restaurants throughout the Cranberry area to choose from. Just make sure you call first to make a reservation. Our suggestions are the Springfield Grille, Siba or the newly opened Tamari, which features an Asian-Latin fusion menu, in Warrendale. If all the restaurants are booked, cook your loved one a meal accompanied by a playlist of romantic tunes you handpicked from your iPod. We’ll even help you decide what to make. Click here for some great recipes from food guru Rachel Ray.
Girls love chocolate (at least, this girl does). If baking a dessert isn’t your thing, pick her up at sweet treat she won’t forget from Stohr Haus Bakery in Harmony, or grab some red velvet cupcakes from Bartram House Bakery in Pine. First though, get your lady some roses. Check out Gerard Boeh Flowers on Route 19 in Cranberry or Mussig Florist on Main Street in Zelienople for some fabulous floral arrangements.
Voila, you’re done. Now go and enjoy your romantic evening!