Wear red to party
Alone on Valentine's Day? Check out the Red Party at Pearl Ultra Lounge from 7 to 10 p.m. today, a girls' night out vent with a charity bachelor auction for those in need of a super date.
Dress in red and enjoy complimentary champagne cocktails plus Valentine's Day gifts from Watanabe Floral and Big Island Candies. Proceeds from the auction will benefit Women Speaking Out, former Miss Hawaii USA Juliet Lighter's Domestic Violence Foundation.
There's no cover charge, and Valentine's specialty drinks will be $5 all night. Call the Pearl at 944-8000 or visit www.pearlhawaii.com for more information.
Treats for sweeties
Shop Toast has come up with a special-edition Valentine's Day favor, an "I Heart You" Soda Snack of chocolate espresso beans in a soda bottle, with the chocolate tinted in your choice of silver, bronze and rose.
Each bottle comes with a 1-inch heart pin charm to wear after all the sweets are gone. Find them at The Wedding Caf at Ward Warehouse and Manoa Marketplace.
27 dresses for brides
Should a proposal come your way on this sweethearts day, you're in luck. The Wedding Caf will be hosting a Bridal Couture Fashion Show to start the planning.
The event starts at 6 p.m. Sunday at The Bridal Boutique at 614 Cooke St., featuring a show of 27 dresses for brides, bridesmaids and flower girls, plus bridal trends and tips for avoiding the dreaded cookie-cutter wedding.
The hosts will also give a wedding gown valued up to $2,000 to one lucky bride-to-be, and each prospective bride will receive a coupon book with discounts from vendors offering everything from makeup to flowers.
The cost to attend is $15. Reserve by calling The Wedding Caf at 988-1005 (Manoa), e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.theweddingcafe.net.
THE WEDDING CAFÉ
The Paloma blanca gown, $2,200, is among the 27 dresses to be shown Sunday.
Think green for V-day
"Green" is the buzzword for 2008, and Waste Management of Hawaii is encouraging all to "Share Your Love, Not Opala" in considering durable or sustainable alternatives for Valentine's Day gift-giving, because face it, those balloons and cut flowers aren't going to last, only ending up in our stuffed landfills. Consider:
» Instead of cut flowers: Give potted plants and flowers, such as orchids or jade, and trees, such as plumeria or tangerine, which can be transplanted into a garden.
» Instead of balloon bouquets: Give more durable items that will remind your Valentine every day that you care, like a framed photo or a piece of artwork.
» Instead of cards: Give e-mail greetings, a photo with a message written on the back or share your holiday wishes verbally.
» Instead of boxes of candy: Give sweets with less packaging, homemade treats or a gift card to your Valentine's favorite restaurant or coffeehouse.
» Instead of stuffed animals: Give other items that are warm, cozy and useful, such as a blanket, bedding or a robe.
If it's too late this time, rethink your gift-giving at other times of the year.