A Guide to a perfect (and affordable) Valentine’s Day

By Guest Writer, Grace Motahari

For over 100 years, Valentine’s Day has been a major part of the world. As soon as February begins, you see heart shaped boxes in the windows and fresh bouquets of roses pop up everywhere you go. Even though some may not be as excited as others, many teenagers can hardly wait for this holiday. Hopefully, with this guide, you will have a Valentine’s Day to remember.

There are many restaurants around North Springs that couples can go to for Valentine’s Day. One of my favorites is Zafron, a Persian Restaurant a little over 1 mile away that is filled with flavor and zest. Entrées start at about $11, and the food is just to die for. If you’re craving Italian, Maggiano’s is the place to go. Only 2.5 miles away, this classy restaurant offers the romantic atmosphere perfect for your dinner with your Valentine. There are many other affordable restaurants around North Springs, like Erawan Organic Thai and even P.F Changs, which offers flavors from the Eastern side of the world.

After going out to a restaurant, it’s always better to follow up with a movie. Many people go to the Regal Perimeter Pointe 10 Theater, and really enjoy it. If you’re looking for comfort, there’s the AMC Theater in North Point Mall. Studio Movie Grill kills two birds with one stone, offering dinner and a movie, as well as comfortable seats. Lastly, there is the Lefont Theater, which offers independent movies and is only 1.9 miles away from North Springs.

If you don’t want to stick with the original “Dinner and a Movie” concept, there are other paths you may want to take. Some people think it’s romantic to go Ice Skating. There are some places like The Cooler, and The Marietta Ice Center that offer Ice Skating sessions for a reasonable fee. If it’s not too cold outside, a picnic in a local park or near a river would be really cute. Other things to do for Valentine’s Day would be to go to a concert or even bowling. No matter what you plan, make sure that both of you will enjoy your day.

Valentine’s Day is all about the memories you make with your loved one, but it’s also about gifts. Girls usually love the roses, chocolates, and a stuffed bear. If you want to add something on top of that, you may want to go with a necklace or a bracelet with a nice pendant. Guys on the other hand, like shoes, wallets, and maybe some cologne. It all depends. When buying a gift for your loved one, try to think about what they really like. Consider if they’ll even use the gift or if it will be shoved into a corner to collect dust. Just make sure that it will come from your heart. That’s all that matters.

If you don’t have a boyfriend or girlfriend to celebrate Valentine’s Day with, don’t worry! You still have a lot of caring people around you. You can plan a cute brunch with your girlfriends, or even go play paint ball with some of the dudes. Whatever you do, don’t lock yourself in a room with a tub of ice cream and watch chick-flicks. Try to enjoy your day, and don’t let being single get you down.

Overall, there are many things you can do for Valentine’s Day. You can go with the traditional “Dinner and a Movie” concept or think outside of the box by going Ice Skating or even bowling.  Try to enjoy this day and make the best of it. I hope this article helps you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

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