Thursday, February 11, 2010

How to Have the Perfect Valentine’s Date


Laurie over at Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie is throwing a party and we’re all invited! I think she has been hiding Johnny Depp in “the closet”, so there is no telling what we will find. For many years Beloved and I have struggled to find the perfect Valentine’s gift for each other.


Early in our marriage he sent red roses. I accused him of having no imagination.


He brought home boxes of chocolate. I threw away the ones I didn’t like.


I made dinner reservations. He said, “There are too many people and the service stinks”. What’s a girl to do? Plan your own Valentine’s date, of course!


Beloved found these tickets in his Christmas stocking---The Jersey Boys!! He is finally reaping the benefits of my little part time job! Broadway is something we both enjoy!


This is the story of “how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history”—the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The reviews are great and I can hardly wait for the music! We’ll be seeing it in the beautiful Orpheum Theater in Memphis.


Admittedly, the Orpheum near famous Beale Street, is not much to look at from the outside. The inside, however, is a different story. Originally the Grand Opera House, the building was destroyed by fire in 1923 (during a strip tease). Musta been some strip tease :) At the time it was called the “classiest outside New York City”. After being rebuilt, it spent several years showing first run movies. However, in 1982 the theater was given a 5 million dollar face lift. The inside is beyond elegant and even has its own ghost in box 5. Beloved was thrilled and even added to the fun.


He has made reservations for brunch at the Peabody Hotel. This is a picture of the lobby with the world famous Peabody ducks who march in daily. They descend in an elevator and walk through the lobby on a red carpet to the fountain where they swim for the rest of the day. It is a huge tourist attraction and these ducks have it made!


Maybe this will be the year I’ll change my opinion of Valentine’s Day! After all, big girls don’t cry! If you haven’t entered the giveaway for my blogaversary, you still have time to own an original Fifi! Click here to enter.

Join Laurie here –Don’t be late for her party. She’s a fabulous hostess! Happy Valentine’s Day!


  1. Oh Susan, everyone who has been to see Jersey Boys says it is just the best! We had tickets the night they cancelled because of the snow, and we couldn't get rescheduled. Had to give the tickets away. And the Peabody too! You are going to have so much fun! Thank you so much for linking this to the party. It IS the perfect date! laurie

  2. What an absolutely wonderful Valentine's Day treat. We saw "Jersey Boys" when we were in London, and it was wonderful.

    The best part of the deal was that we got tickets on Row L, dead center for 25 pounds each because we bought them at the box office less than an hour before the curtain went up. The theatre had that great deal for "seniors" going.

    Those Brits had the Jersey accent down perfectly, and the music was wonderful. BTW, I'm loving listening to your music.

  3. Now that is good planning! What a a fabulous day you will have!

    I have seen those ducks at the Peabody on an episode of 18 kids with the Duggar family. How exciting!

    Happy valentine's!

  4. Now, that sounds like the perfect date, Susan! I love Memphis, but I haven't been in years. My favorite place to eat there was called The Rendevous. Is it still there? It must have been twenty-something years since I went there to eat, but boy, was it good!

    Sounds like you and your hubby have come up with an excellent Valentine's weekend. Have lots of fun and tell us all about "Jersey Boys" and staying at the Peabody. I haven't stayed there, but I did see the ducks which were so much fun! LOL! Those flowers are out of this world, Susan. Love that arrangment!

    Happy Valentine's Day...


    Sheila :-)

  5. Oh, what fun you will have. Happy Valentines Day

  6. Oh my goodness! What a wonderful Valentine's Day you and your husband will have! Have not seen the "Jersey Boys", but have heard nothing but great reviews. Can't beat the Peabody!
    Have a wonderful time!!!

  7. what a great way to celebrate Valentine's day. I've heard Jersey Boys is wonderful! Enjoy!

  8. this siunds like SO much fun! Have a wonderful time!
    xoxo Pattie

  9. That is one awesome fountain holding up that floral boquet! What a nice place for the ducks to enjoy getting their feet wet! Wish it were me!

  10. How Wonderful Susan!
    I love your date idea,that should be such an awesome time! Very creative and very memorable too! Hugs, Cindy

  11. What a fun date. One you'll both enjoy and remember. Rosie

  12. Have a wonderful time. I've never seen Jersey Boys! Maybe one day.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  13. Sounds perfect! I adore this of the best ever! I can't think of a better way to celebrate the day! Enjoy!

    Happy Valentine's Day!

  14. I totally agree. This sounds like a perfect date! Have fun!!!

  15. How cool is this...just to see those duks would be a memory made for me...Hope you have a wonderful Valentine with your honey my friend...Please let us know how it when...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  16. (a trip to the wild part of town... a safari? oh i can just imagine the blog posts you would i dare say he would indeed be thrilled!)

  17. You're going to have such a wonderful Valentine's. I will get a card. Other than that, the effort is down to me. xx

  18. It looks like you have planned an unforgettable Valentine's Day! I am hoping to take my dad to that show in NYC, he'll love it....if it is there this Spring? I was scrolling through your posts and everything is so pretty, I adore the Strawberries arranged in flowers. I like adding fruit to my arrangements and you are right it really does cut down on the cost, I put leftover red and pink ribbon candy in my Valentine's arrangement, it looked pretty and much more affordable!
    Thanks so much for stopping over at my blog

    Happy Valentine's Day

  19. Oh my! Sounds like a dreamy Valentine's! Enjoy and have fun on this special day.

  20. Sounds great to me!!~ We are going for a nice romantic dinner tonight!~ Although the chocolates and champagne look good to me too!!~ Enjoy!~

  21. Now that sounds like the perfect evening and such a romantic one too. Hope you have a super Valentine's. Hugs, Marty

  22. I think you'll start loving Valentine's Day after you see Jersey Boys! It's fantastic, and you'll have a great time! You've made me want to visit the Peabody Hotel now, just so that I can see those ducks. I have to Google this now, so that I can read more about it!

  23. What a sweet treat! Love truly lives in the details.

    Happy hearts day!

  24. Oh how fun! We saw Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons in concert last year...such great music. We went to a concert last year on Valentine's Day and it was a blast. Our theater has closed (hopefully opening again in the fall) and I'm really missing the chance to see a show this weekend. Have fun!


  25. O, what a fabulous time you will have.
    How interesting about the ducks...that would be a sight to see, for sure!
    Have a WONDERFUL Valentine's Day with your sweetie...
    xo bj

  26. I love all the date tips! Too bad we're snowed in today, so our date will be a trip to the grocery store. Ha ha... Thank you for sharing tips for a lovely date!

  27. This sounds like the perfect date to me! Happy Valentine's Day!

  28. What a perfect way to spend Valentine's Day! Who wouldn't want to see 'Jersey Boy' My hubby and I usually spend a quiet evening at home where we exchange home made cards. Happy Valentine's Day!

  29. Hi Susan! What a delightful day you'll have! I've heard nothing but great comments about "Jersey Boys". Have a wonderful time! God Bless! Lauralu

  30. Sounds like you have a fabulous Valentines Day planned! Good for you!

  31. Oh lucky you with those tickets and lunch too. We saw Jersey Boys in Las Vegas and it was totally awesome. What a fun way to share Valentine's day. Enjoy the day!

  32. Hello sweet lady...

    Ohhh my goodness!!! What a fabulous Valentine's Day you and your honey are going to have! Seriously, Girl...what a fun way to spend the day! Ohhh...and brunch at the Peabody...spectacular!!! I would love to see Jersey Boys...I love all the 50's bands and music! You'll have to tell us all about it...hmmm, and maybe take a photo or two? I'm so happy for you, Sweet Lady! You and honey go and have the time of your lives!!!

    I also visited your beautiful Valentine's Day very pretty! What a great idea to add strawberries into the floral arrangement...I love that idea! Love those darling red and white polka dotted plates too! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful table with us!

    Also wanted to thank you for coming by and taking a peek at my Beloved Valentine table! My friend, you just made my day with your warm and generous compliments! I'm still smiling!!! Thank you soooo much!

    Happy Valentine's Day to you and your honey!
    Chari @Happy To Design

  33. I had always wanted to see Jersey Boys while it was in loss! I want to hear all about it! The Peabody looks like a wonderful place for lunch. I'd die to see those ducks walking around!!!

    Happy Valentine's Day, Susan!


  34. Can you believe I haven't seen it and I live in NY!

  35. It sounds like an awesome date. I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day!


  36. What a fun way to celebrate Valentine's...We've never been to Memphis, I've always wanted to see the ducks at The Peabody. Enjoy your show and brunch!

  37. Oh what fun! My friends went to see the Jersey Boys in Seattle....they waited outside for "THE HOUR" to come, thinking it was 6:00. Finally, about 5:45 they went inside to get their seats. The show started at 5:00! They were so disappointed.

    Happy Valentines Day.....I hope you have a wonderful evening.

    Warm blessings,

  38. Glad to hear you had a wonderful celebration!
    I loved Jersey Boys. Have fun at brunch and tell those little duckies I said hello!


  39. What a fabulous Valentines Day you'll have! I'm so fascinated by those ducks. One day I'd love to visit that hotel just to see them. Gorgeous! :D

  40. Sounds fantastic!
    ~Happy Valentines Day!
    Love Rainey~

  41. What a wonderful treat.
    Happy Valentine's Day hugs ~lynne~

  42. That's what I call a perfect planning, Susan. I love the Jersey Boys, one of my favorite broadway shows. Love the 4 Seasons music and it was funny and sad at the same time.....Christine

  43. that is going to be a very memorable valentine date!!!! enjoy and happy valentine's!(^^)

  44. I totally agree with your husband that Valentine's Day is an awful day to go out to eat. We solved it by going a couple of days in advance.

    That theater is gorgeous. What a face-lift. Your Valentine's date sounds fabulous.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. It's very nice to meet you and I'm going to have a great time looking around and reading your posts as soon as I finish this comment.

  45. Wow! I loved Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons - went to a concert in my college days. What a great evening for y'all! Linda

  46. Sounds like a wonderful Valentine's date ;o)

    Blessings & Aloha!
    (I am partial to roses :o)...I am one that enjoys them fresh for afew days, but then has to turn them over and dry them out so that I can enjoy them forever ;o) I have my hubby's bouquets and the single roses dried and displayed that he has brought home for special occasions and for "just because"... )

  47. Hi Susan,

    What a special way to spend Valentines Day!
    I hope that you enjoyed the show.
    Loved the thought of the ducks walking down the red carpet.


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