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When it comes to gearing up for Valentine’s Day, parents have a lot more to think about then just where to go. Often times dealing with the babysitter and more is first on the list. Once you’ve gotten that figured out, this list will help you plan out a great date for you and your loved one. Los Angeles has much to offer in romance and thinking out of the box. In fact, there are lots of date ideas that don’t require much planning and you’ll find businesses who are willing to do it all for you these days (at a price, of course). Get ready to impress your partner with one of these five Valentine’s Day dates and get lost in love this holiday.
(credit: Fleurish)

(credit: Fleurish)


Fleurish
11906 San Vicente Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 575-8775
www.youfleurish.com

Two minds are better than one. Fleurish, the design-it-yourself flower bar, which is the brainchild of celebrity floral designer Amy Marella of Hidden Garden, invites couples on Friday, February 13 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday, February 15 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for a date night happy hour class to collaborate and make a special Valentine’s arrangement to bring home. Using fresh, seasonal blooms, valentines come together to create a beautiful gift using Fleurish’s design-it-yourself concept and technology. The two-hour class includes fresh-cut flowers, vase and all the specialty trimmings ($105), plus a complimentary glass of champagne.

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(credit: The Colonial Wine Bar)


Heritage Fine Wines
9400 S. Santa Monica Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 888-8042
www.heritagebeverlyhills.com

From February 7 to February 14, Heritage Fine Wines will be offering a special tasting pairing. The French wine boutique and tasting lounge makes it easy (and affordable) for moms and dads to sneak away and toast each other on this lovers’ holiday. For $19.99 each, enjoy one glass of wine and two chocolate tastings. Jordane Andrieu, owner of Héritage Fine Wines, pairs the traditional French almond confection Calisson from Provence with a Taittinger Brut La Francaise, and offers a full-bodied Pinot Noir Burgundy with HNINA’s gourmet raw chocolat with walnuts and cashews. Cheers to a simple yet sophisticated Valentine’s Day date.

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(credit: Eileen Escarda/iPic Theatres)


iPic Theaters
10840 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 307-7003
www.ipictheaters.com

Bring back sexy with the opening of the much anticipated movie “50 Shades of Grey” on Valentine’s Day. iPic Theaters is making it a night to remember. For the month of February, iPic Theaters is offering a specialty cocktail and dessert that patrons can order directly to their seats. Named for “50 Shades of Grey,” the “Red Room of Pain” cocktail is created with red rum, red jalapenos, blood orange, homemade ginger beer and red rose petals. “Banana’s Over You” is a chocolate caramel tart dessert topped with caramelized bananas served with a glass of Prosecco.

Related: Champagne Drink Recipes From An LA Mixologist

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After Dark: A Valentine’s Day Pop Up Date Night
Orange County, CA
(949) 375-2687
www.hushexperience.com

Hush Experience, a local pop up date night event company, is organizing a mystery Valentine’s Day dinner party for couples. Ideal for parents who are bored of the same thing, different day kind of date or don’t have the time to plan in advance, the Valentine’s Day After Dark Date Night will take place on February 13 at a secret location in Orange County – the location is revealed two days before the event. The all-inclusive date includes a three-course meal, crafted cocktails and live entertainment. The exact details of the date are a secret, keeping the spark alive. Early bird tickets are available online for $260 per couple.

(KFWB 980)

(KFWB 980)


Gondolas D’Amore
14045 Panay Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 736-7301
www.gondolasdamore.com

Take a romantic excursion around Marina del Rey in a Venetian-style gondola under cupid’s stars (or in daylight, which lends itself well to crazy kid schedules) for Valentine’s Day. Gondolas D’Amore gives lovers a luxurious and comfortable experience with Italian music, pillows, blankets and specially prepared appetizers and chocolates (caviar and reflexology are available for additional costs upon request). Begin the date by bringing a bottle of your favorite beverage and surprise your lover with a Teleflora Swirls of Love bouquet of fresh red roses mixed with pink sprays, and profess your love. Prices start at $140 for two.

Related: Where To Find Blooming Flowers In LA

Sheryl Craig is a writer with a passion for interesting finds and treasures in Los Angeles. She has a background in journalism and public relations. A mother of two daughters, Sheryl integrates her healthy lifestyle into raising her children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.


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