News flash: Valentine’s Day is Sunday – whaaaaaaaat?
If you forgot to make that reservation at one of South Florida’s hottest restaurants, forget about it, they’re booked. But fear not, dear procrastinators, we have some creative solutions for you, beyond the standard chocolate route – not that there is anything wrong with that.
1. Love is in the air – and in the garden.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day being serenaded by Grammy-nominated artist Renee Olstead at the annual Valentine’s Day Concert at 7 p.m. at Fairchild Tropical Garden, Coral Gables. Cost is $75 and tickets are available at the door. Visit the Valentine’s Day Concert webpage. Or during the day, enjoy all the the garden’s splendor and a special exhibit, the Orchid Odyssey, with your special someone.
2. All you need is … brunch?
Start your day with a love-themed yoga on the lawn followed by brunch at W South Beach; RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or head to the Ritz-Carlton in Coconut Grove’s “Art of Love” brunch or choose a more laid back experience at Shooters Waterfront in Fort Lauderdale. Here are 12 best boozy hotel brunches in Miami
3. Let technology be your friend.
You can create a Valentine’s video for your loved one using the Google Photos app on your phone in seconds. Just create a new “movie,” select the videos and/or photos you want to use, choose the hearts template, add romantic music —done. Want to outsource your Cupid work for as little as $5? The Internet has you covered there, too. Go to the task site fiverr.com and find dozens of offers for custom cards, videos (such as the one above) or your own heart candy (our fave is someone will be your pretend special Valentine on social media for a mere $5).
4. Valentine’s Day can be a family affair.
Surprise your spouse or family with this Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt complete with free printable clue and task cards that lead to personalized gift bags (yes, you can still fill them with the beloved chocolate.) Find it here.
5. Bring the candlelit dinner to you.
Order in from dozens of restaurant choices through Caviar’s app-enabled food delivery service or pick up prepared foods from Whole Foods (and flowers, wine and a card while you are at it). Top your dinner off with this easy recipe for chocolate-covered strawberries.
6. Show your love to the world.
There may no better way to say “Be My Valentine” than with a rose that helps a good cause. Each single 3D printed rose from Brit & Co. and delivered by on-demand service Postmates helps support Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in tech and engineering. Each comes with a tag designed by Miami Girls Who Code alum, 18-year-old RaShawn Dixon.
7. Music under the stars.
Stretch out a blanket and bring a picnic for the “Moonlight & Music” Valentine’s Day Concert at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Deering Estate, featuring singer-songwriter and pianist Johnny Rodgers. Tickets are $25.
8. A candlelit massage for two.
Zeel is one of several on-demand massage services that have popped up recently, brining the massage experience to your home. Zeel offers in-home couples massage and you can reserve through the app with an hour’s notice. Price for a one-hour couple massage for two is $203.64, including taxes and tip, by using the VDAY30 discount code. You supply the candles.
9. You need roses, stat.
Many florists will deliver with a day’s notice or even less — at Field of Flowers, for instance, you can order by 4:30 p.m. Saturday for Sunday delivery. But what if you need them nearly instantly? Amazon’s Prime Now members can order one- or two-hour delivery of roses via the Prime Now app.