Love is in the air at Stockland Merrylands
It’s that time of year again, Valentine’s Day is coming up on Thursday 14th February. Preparing for Valentine’s Day can be nerve-wracking, but can be approached in a step-by-step manner that’ll assure you make your sweetheart feel special. You can show your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife or friend how much you care. Here’s your top ten list of things to remember to do to make the day extra special.
1. If you’re going out, book your restaurant early
Dinner dates are a big part of romance and love. Valentine’s Day is a special day that can bring two new lovers closer, or rekindle the love of a seasoned romance. When you’re in a new relationship, you may want to spend an evening at a fancy restaurant. And when you’re in an older romance, you may want to try a nice local place together to keep the relationship exciting and new. Whether you’re dining out style is canoodling by a candlelit dinner or sitting by a sushi train, having a slice of pizza or enjoying a Pad Thai – don’t forget to book your table in advance.
Dining Special offers:
+ The Coffee Emporium Merrylands – Fresh Strawberries and Cream, served with a rich chocolate dipping sauce for only $8.50. Available from Monday 11 Feb to Sunday 17 Feb.
+ Monaco Italian Bar and Grill Merrylands – Five course Italian set menu for $65 per person, including a complimentary glass of Champagne or long stem rose. Click here to view the menu. Bookings essential on 02 9897 7787.
+ Sushi Bay Merrylands – Print off this page, or show this page on your mobile device to receive 10% Valentine’s Day discount. For photo lovers, Sushi Bay is also holding a photo competition in the store – ask instore for full details.
Restaurants to consider for dinner (located on McFarlane Street): Crust Pizza, Mashawi, Monaco Bar & Grill, Moon Light Bakery & Café, Mrs Wongs Chinese and Thainabox.
Cafes within Stockland Merrylands to consider for lunch or coffee and cake: Caffe Cherry Beans, Coffee Chooo, Dahlias Café, Donut King, Gloria Jean’s Coffees, Jessys, Krema Bar, Michel’s Patisserie, Sergios Cake Shop, The Coffee Club and The Coffee Emporium.
2. If you’re staying in and cooking up a storm, make your dining area romantic
If you’re planning on cooking up a romantic meal at home, here are some tips to create the perfect romantic atmosphere:
- Begin with simple, yet stylish decor in mind. Dig out the good china that’s been handed down from Grandma and select a colour scheme.
- Pick some pretty flowers that match your chosen colour scheme. Remember that you want to be able to look lovingly into each other’s eyes, so avoid large or tall arrangements.
- Set your table formally just like a five star restaurant would. Remember to include different cutlery for entrée, mains and dessert. If you’re having dinner rolls, don’t forget a bread plate and knife.
- Light some candles for romance. Small scattered tea lights will keep your view of your partner open and create a romantic glow.
- Use attractive serving dishes or serve the food onto plates from the kitchen – make sure you keep pots and pans out of sight.
- Relax and enjoy yourself, try to avoid stressing over the little things. Your partner will realise how much work you’ve put into the evening, so don’t sweat the small stuff.
+ Cooking tip spice up your food. We all know that great food is the way to a man’s heart. If you’re cooking this Valentine’s Day, spice up your cooking with spices from Green Valley Spices Merrylands. Whether you’re fantastic in the kitchen or scared by the sight of a frying pan or wok, there’s no doubt that your taste buds crave yummy flavour. The only way to achieve that is to have the right ingredients or, better yet, the perfect spices that’ll make your meal a memorable one. Green Valley Spices Merrylands carries every spice imaginable. Pop into Green Valley Spices and pick up some teas, herbs, spices and specially blended spices to make your next meal amazing. If, like many of us, you’re not quite sure which spices to buy, simply let the expert Spice Assistants know what you’re cooking, and let them help you choose.
Shops to pick up homewares: Homeart, Pots and Pans, My House, Chef King, Big W, Kmart or Target.
Pick up from flowers at: Flowers for Everyone (located at the McFarlane Street entrance, near Franklins).
3. Get the perfect valentine’s day gift:
+ Allegra & Co Merrylands – Sale up to 50% off. Free gift with purchases over $100.
+ Angus & Coote – Solid 9ct Gold Bangle WAS $999 Now $499 . Diamond heart pendant with 9ct gold chain WAS $299 NOW $159 . Onyx & Cubic Zirconia Pendant WAS $89.95 NOW $59.95 [1745112}. Amethyst Earrings with Diamonds WERE $199 NOW $149 .
+ Pandora Merrylands – Say ‘I love you’ this Valentine’s Day with PANDORA and receive a red love heart shaped jewellery box as a gift with any purchase over $150*. Nothing says ‘love’ and ‘affection’ more than pavé-set gemstones and dazzling diamonds set in sterling silver or 14 carat gold. So give a gift from the heart that will be cherished for a lifetime. Offer valid until 14 Feb 2013.
+ Prouds Merrylands – Celebrate love this Valentine’s Day and save at Prouds The Jewellers. Our Valentine’s Day Catalogue is out now. Savings on Diamonds, Gold, Fashion jewellery, watches and more! Can a dream come true? It can at Prouds.
+ Travelword Merrylands – Cruise with your Valentine from $499 per person. Enjoy an outside cabin for a 4 night cruise including all meals and entertainment. Witness dolphin feeding in the wild. Quad biking, sand dune tobogganing and more. What a great Valentine’s Day surprise, passports not required. See Travelworld Merrylands for more information, or call 02 9912 2800. Dates and costs based on dates required and cabin availability.
For more gift ideas, consider:
Jewellery: Allergra & Co, Angus & Coote, Epiphany Jewellers, Michael Hill, Pandora Merrylands, Prouds The Jewellers, Watch World Enterprise or Zamels.
Gifts: Newsexpress, Mercury, or Typo.
Makeup / hair / beauty vouchers: A Rumour’s Hairdressing, A Style Hairdressing, Ella Rouge, Eva Beauty, Evolution Laser Clinic, Hair Addiction, Hair Culture, Hair Industrie Merrylands, Hairhouse Warehouse, L’Amour Nails Spa, NP Set, Pearl Nails, Russell’s Barber Shop, Shashi Beauty, The Nail Salon, or The Nails Club.
Massage vouchers: Massage Link Merrylands, Magical Natural Therapy, or Lee Massage & Accupuncture.
4. Girls, look good, and feel good
Feeling great and dressing well is more than wearing the latest fashion trend, it’s about feeling good about what you’re wearing, looking composed and feeling confident. Girls, we all know that something as simple as how you dress can affect your self-confidence. If you’re looking for something red to wear for Valentine’s Day, choose an item that makes you feel beautiful – that’s the secret.
+ Bardot – Up to $50 off selected Valentine’s Day dresses. While stocks last. Offer begins 6 February, ends 17 February.
+ Chicabotti – Dresses from $9.99. Selected items only.
+ Foxx Foe – Treat her with a gift voucher this valentines day from Foxx Foe or ger her the perfect outfit with all sale stock under $15.00.
+ Paperscissors – Dresses from $9.99. Selected items only.
+ Ella Rouge Beauty – Beauty Treat Package. Deluxe Facial, Back Massage, Eyebrow tidy $139 (save $39). Plus, Total Bliss Oxygen Facial, Back Massage, Eyebrow tidy $149 (Save $50)
5. Write a love letter or card
It’s not always easy to express our feelings to the people we love most. It’s so much easier to show our love through actions. Isn’t how we feel already obvious? Surely they already know what we feel for them? A sweet way to express your love is by writing a love letter. Here are some tips for writing your Valentine’s Day card or love letter:
- Recall a romantic memory (‘I was thinking today about when you and I….’)
- Tell them what you love about them (‘I love the way you…and….’)
- Tell them about how they made you feel (‘when you….you really make me feel…..’)
- Explain about how your life changed when they came into your life.
- Write a draft and let the words flow out, when you’re ready, write your words into the card or on paper.
- Be honest, and speak from the heart.
- If you want to be cheeky, remember to be cute (and not crude).
- End your letter sharing your hopes for your future together.
- Finally, remember there aren’t any mistakes in a love letter.
Pick up your cards or nice paper from: Newsxpress, and Typo.
6. Make something homemade
Handmade cupcakes are always a winner – the more delicious, the better. Surprise your sweetheart with homemade and home-decorated cupcakes. The ones below were decorated from a Valentine’s Day cupcake pack from Typo. Allow 15 minutes to prep, half an hour in the oven and don’t forget to fit in some bowl licking time.
Items sourced from: Cupcake decoration kit [Typo Merrylands], clear bowl + red spatula [Kmart Merrylands], cake mix + eggs [Coles Merrylands].
7. Advice for the singletons?
Easy, grab your girlfriends, stock up on your favourite snacks and watch a DVD, or curl up with a good book.
Where to pick up your DVDs: JB Hi Fi, Big W, Kmart and Target. Where to pick up a books: Your Bookstore, Big W, Kmart and Target.
8. Guys, buying some lingerie for your girl.
Buying lingerie can be a mine field for guys. Forget the style and colour – that comes later – the first step when choosing lingerie for your Valentine is to get the size right. Once you have the size, write it down, bring in a current photo of your girl, and let the ladies at Bras N Things help you select a style suitable for your lady’s size, shape and style.
Where to pick up your lingerie: Bras N Things.
9. Nothing beats a dozen red roses
Roses are the traditional gift given on Valentine’s Day. The color of a rose can have a very different meaning from what you intend. Red roses proclaim “I love you”, they are the ultimate symbol of romantic love and enduring passion. Yellow roses indicate friendship – so don’t send them if your intentions are romantic and long-lasting. So guys, if you have love on the mind, then red roses are the way to go!
+ Flowers for Everyone – Valentine’s Day special, 12 Premium red roses in the signature box [as pictured] for only $99. For guaranteed delivery order by Wednesday February 13th or pick up on the day 14th. Offer valid instore, delivery fee additional. Flowers for Everyone, located at the McFarlane Street entrance, adjacent to The Coffee Emporium and Bakers Choice.
10. Remember, the best things in life are free.
Sometimes the best things in life are free. A kiss on the cheek, breakfast in bed and a nice smile and cuddle go a long way. Or catching up with friends old and new or just taking some time out for yourself.
Happy Valentine’s Day. Stockland Merrylands will be open until 9pm this Valentine’s Day, Thursday 14 February 2013.