COLUMBIA: valentines ideas

Valentines day is right around the corner.  Some couples might have planned a date night months ago, others of us might be waiting until the last second! No worries if that is you, you still have plenty of time to whip together a lovely evening for you and your significant other. A few ideas are below and each heading is linked with more details!

Amore Under the Stars

Enjoy a night under the stars at the State Museum! An incredible planetarium experience along with a champagne bar and delicious dinner. You can dance the night away with the DJ and you’ll even leave with your own souvenir champagne flute. Tickets are $35 or only $28 if you’re a museum member!


Fern Studio

Want to wow your special someone with a BEAUTIFUL flower arrangement? Fern is offering a variety of different flower arrangements this year. They are a lovely local florist that will put a special touch on each arrangement. Don’t have time to go pick it up? No worries, for a small fee they will deliver for you!

The Grand Valentines Day Bowl 

If you and your significant other enjoy a little competition, this Valentines challenge could be a great date! This whole week before Valentines day The Grand is holding a little bowling competition. The winner receives a lovely Valentines day dinner at the Grand!


Trader Joes (On Forest Drive)

Trader Joes always has an assortment of flowers pre-arranged for anywhere from $3-$10. They have a delicious featured Rose right now (pictured above). Grab a bottle, some cheese & crackers and make a great spontaneous Valentines day date anywhere! Need some suggestions? You could head to the River Walk or the State House and have a lovely little picnic, weather permitting of course.

Studio Cellar Valentines Class

Studio Cellar in the Vista is offering a class on Valentines day this year! For $95 this Valentines day package includes 2 tickets, 2 canvases, bottle of wine, and sweet treat!


Pure Barre Columbia Bring on the Men

Do you and your significant other enjoy exercising together! Columbia’s Pure Barre studio in Five Points is hosting their annual Valentines day Bring on the Men class! Class is at 6:30pm and you can sign up with the link above.  

Weekend of Valentines Day:

Maybe the day of Valentines day isn’t an option for you this year. Here are some options for the weekend of Valentines day!

Spotted Salamander 5 Course Dinner

The incredible Spotted Salamander located on Richland Street is offering a 5 course Valentines day dinner this year! Their food is incredible and desserts are to die for so this meal will NOT disappoint!

Love Is Love Is Love Cabaret

On February 16 & 17 the Trustus Theatre is performing Love is Love is Love Cabaret! Tickets are $15 or you can get the Venus package for $40 (2 tickets) and you also receive a bottle of champagne! 

Just enjoy time with those you love on Valentines day no matter what you're doing! 

ORGANIZATION: preparing for the holidays

Holiday season is upon us and with that comes decorating, cooking, and cleaning! This time of year can end up seeming so overwhelming that we miss out on the reason for the season. Hopefully these few easy steps can help lend itself to be an enjoyable time of year with the people you love!  

                                          photos from my best friend Callie Davis' beautiful home, found  here . 

                                         photos from my best friend Callie Davis' beautiful home, found here

1. Declutter

This isn’t time to completely clean out & reorganize your house. I repeat: DO NOT try to clean out your entire house before Thanksgiving! It is however, the perfect time to give away old decorations that you don’t want anymore. Time to throw away old ornaments that are broken or you’ve been meaning to fix.  So before you start decorating grab an old Amazon box that’s lying around. As you unpack decorations/move items to decorate set aside items you want to donate or sell. A good question to ask is "will I be excited to put these decorations back up in the spring?"


2. Safety

Before family and/or friends come over for dinner or to stay for a few nights, this is a great time to check on a few items around the house. Are all your light fixtures/lamps working in your guest rooms? Do you have a fire extinguisher in each room? Are your smoke & carbon monoxide detectors working? If you live up north do you have salt/shovels ready for snowy walkways?

3. Bedrooms/Bathrooms

Check on the bedrooms and bathrooms now so you aren’t stressed the day before everyone gets there! Do you have a clean set of sheets for each bed? A towel & washcloth for each guest? Is each bathroom stocked up on toilet paper? Do you have a little tray of items guests might need (ie. Cotton balls, q-tips, and extra toothbrushes)?

4. Breathe

Enjoy this time with family and friends. It is such a gift to be around all the people you love for a while! If hosting is going to be overwhelming and you feel like life is in disarray then what can you do to mentally prepare? Do you need to get a massage? Hire a professional cleaner to clean so you can enjoy being with people? Have your spouse, child, or friend help with wrapping presents? Listen to your body and take those steps ahead of time so that you’re an enjoyable family member/friend/spouse to be around this time of year!


If you need other organizing/cleaning tips for this time of year feel free to reach out through the contact tab and I’d love to help any way I can!