How To Do Valentine's Day, The D.C. Way



vdayPhotos: Courtesy of Bloompop; BaubleBar.


In our minds, a little locally sourced love is never a bad thing. To prove it, we’ve rounded up some of the best V-Day gifts and events right here in the DMV. Whether you're pining for a sweet necklace or a specialty cocktail, read on to get totally prepped for the 14th.

If you're looking to buy yourself a little something (or need to give your S.O. some guidance), head to NaturalGorgeous' Etsy shop. The D.C.-based jewelry designer boasts beautiful, one-of-a-kind vintage pieces, including some dainty heart pendants. Our favorite pick: the Tiny Vintage Blue Heart Necklace. Order fast, since there are limited quantities of each piece.

Anyone can grab a drugstore card at the last minute. Why not aim higher and order some quirky Valentine’s Day cards from Baltimore-based stationer Row House 14? Pick from cute phrases, like “You’re Foxy," or the, ahem, even cheekier options.

Still haven't made a dinner reservation for Friday? SEI Restaurant and Lounge is offering a playful Harajuku Hearts Valentine’s Day dinner that promises to be a good time. The Tokyo-themed event will revolve around a wild five-course prix-fixe menu, with choices like roasted lobster tail with raspberry beurre blanc and bittersweet chocolate mousse for two.
Friday, February 14. SEI Restaurant and Lounge, 444 7th Street NW; 202-783-7007. For reservations, call or reserve by email.

No one says you have to celebrate Valentine's Day. If you're not feeling it this year, head to KABIN's Anti-Valentine's Day singles' party instead. Solo ladies can enjoy a two-hour Champagne open bar and complimentary chocolates, so you can still sample the highlights of the holiday.
Friday, February 14. KABIN, 1337 Connecticut Avenue NW; 202-810-2770.

If you're looking to extend the love, SAX Restaurant and Lounge is hosting Heart Beats, a burlesque Sunday brunch. Expect bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys, a three-course meal, and DJ Amen Ra spinning choice jams.
Sunday, February 16, 1 to 4 p.m. SAX Restaurant and Lounge, 734 11th Street NW; 202-737-0101.

The Georgetown Cupcake sisters have paired up with BaubleBar this month to create a special jewelry collection inspired by their baked goods and their personal style. The whimsical pieces make a perfect gift-to-self, or a special surprise for your BFF. There are three special-edition cupcakes inspired by the line, too, so you can opt for straight-up sugar if you've had your fill of bling.
Shop the jewelry collection here; find the specialty cupcakes at Georgetown Cupcake, 3301 M Street NW; 202-333-8448.

Flowers are obviously a quintessential element of V-Day. Take the easy route and use Bloompop, a flower delivery service that lets you choose among artisan bouquets from local independent florists. The site is also offering a 10% discount for a limited time, which makes the idea smell even sweeter.

Hosting a party to honor February 14? Whip up the fun and delicious French Kiss cocktail, courtesy of Style Within Reach. Cheers to love!