Go beyond candy and flowers

If you're struggling to find something to impress your sweetheart with on Valentine's Day, try one of these options.

February 08, 2011|By Candice Baker
  • Sometimes a box of Sweethearts conversation hearts is still the simplest and most humorous way to share your Valentine's Day message.
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With Valentine's Day on a Monday this year, many couples are making more creative plans to celebrate. Restaurants are offering weekend-long deals, and many are offering special incentives like gift cards for Feb. 14 diners to entice people to dine out on a Monday. To get an idea of availability, visit and peruse the offerings. Here are some of our favorite options, ranging from the traditional to the eccentric.

Slow hands

Spa Gregorie's is offering the chance to develop your massage technique repertoire for $15 per couple. Learn in class, then take your knowledge home. The class, from 7 to 8 p.m. Feb. 10, is hosted by the spa's Newport Beach location, 200 Newport Center Drive No. 100. To make a reservation, call (949) 644-6672 or e-mail

Put on a funny face

For a lighthearted evening, consider attending a comedy murder mystery dinner show at 7:30 p.m. Valentine's Day at the Wyndham Hotel, 3350 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa. This year's show is set during the prohibition era of 1933, at Ruby West's illegal speakeasy. The PG-13 show is $75 plus meal tax for early bids, and includes a choice of entrée and dessert if ordered in advance; there also will be a bar (open at 7 p.m.), costume contest, prizes and a free bottle of champagne for every four seats booked together. Advance reservations are highly recommended; walk-ins will be accepted if there is room. Call (949) 509-9889 or visit


Think pink

Remember giving and receiving candygrams in high school? If the person on your mind is a froyo fanatic, relive your glory days from Feb. 11 to 14 with Pinkberry's hand-delivered Swirly Gram gifties, complete with heart-shaped balloons.

Choose from Swirly Spree, a gift-wrapped Pinkberry gift card from any amount, or the $10 Cupid's Swirl and larger $20 Take Me Home yogurt delivery options, which come in three flavors: original, paired with toasted almonds, strawberries or dark chocolate crisps; blood orange, paired with blood orange pieces or waffle cookie; and chocolate, paired with brownie bites, raspberries or shaved milk chocolate.

Order online at or at local stores, including those at Fashion Island, 941 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, or 7811 Edinger Ave. Suite 116, Huntington Beach.

Simply stated

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