Traverse City Record-Eagle

Northern Living

February 10, 2013

Say it with flowers

Flowers are just one of many possibilities at Valentine's Day

TRAVERSE CITY — Five days and counting and you still haven't decided how to celebrate that most romantic of holidays?

If whisking your valentine off to Paris or showering her with diamonds is a bit, well, over the top, consider these more reasonable alternatives.

Say it with flowers

Roses are red, but to really make an impression, give her — or him — a bouquet that's out of the ordinary, like orchids, hydrangeas or tulips, or tropicals like birds of paradise or protea.

"A lot of people just want a nice mix of flowers. Roses, they're not necessarily stuck on," said Cindy Hardy, owner of Lilies of the Alley, in the Front Street alley behind Votruba's Leather Goods in Traverse City. "Some men are, because they think it's what they're supposed to do. But sometimes if we have stuff made up, like orchids in a vase, they love it."

Tulips are a safe bet because you don't have to spend a lot of money to get a nice bouquet, whether wrapped or vased, Hardy said. And their colors — and promise of springtime — are a pick-me-up this time of year. But if your heart is set on giving roses, get creative. Choose an unusual color like the palest pink, mix complementary colors like peach and yellow, or consider unusual greens or vases to set them off.

"You don't have to get red roses. I think women like the different colors," Hardy said.

Cost: $5 and up.

Get dirty together

It's not what you think, say organizers of Dirty Date Night at Blackbird Arts in Traverse City. Instead, grab your sweetheart and prepare to get dirty ... on the pottery wheel.

You'll work side-by-side with potter Phil Wilson to explore how to throw clay on the wheel and form a special (heart-shaped?) piece, while enjoying wine and cheese appetizers. Billed as a fun, creative and interactive way to spend time with that special someone, the class fee covers everything you need — except that music from "Ghost."

Class time: 6-8 p.m. Cost: $30. Registration: 421-8085 or blackbirdartstc.com.

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