Romance coming up roses for florists
ROMANTICS in the Tropics are expected to stock up on chocolates and flowers before making plans for a night out when Valentine's Day arrives in the Far North on Thursday.And with Australians last year forking out $900 million for the occasion, retailers are hoping cash registers will again open early and often in the lead-up to the day.
Many florists are putting on extra staff and recruiting delivery drivers in preparation for one of their busiest days of the year.
Wild About Flowers manager Claire Hughes expects to have sold about 2500 red roses by the end of Valentine's Day.
"It's definitely still red roses and it's a dozen, always," she said.
With more than 30 Valentine's Days under her belt as a florist, Ivy Floral Design owner Cathy Parks likes customers to be creative when choosing flowers.
"I like to encourage the idea of having some mixed flowers as well, a little bit of variety is good, but red roses are always very popular," she said.
Bookings at the region's restaurants and hotels are also coming in quickly, with the occasion falling in the midst of Chinese New Year celebrations.
And singles don't despair Salthouse will host a St Singles party for those going it alone on February 14.
What to do on Valentine's Day
- Salthouse will host a three-course menu, including a glass of champagne and matching canape on arrival. Price $75 per person.
- Shangri La Hotel's North Food and Wine restaurant $75 three-course menu, with glass of french champagne and stemmed rose and diners going in the draw for $1500 worth of jewellery.
Hot air ballooning, try something different and treat your partner to a 30-minute scenic hot air balloon ride. Prices from $235.
- Event Cinemas on Grafton Street will host a special presentation of classic Breakfast at Tiffany's, starting at 7pm. Tickets available at www.eventcinemas.com.au
- Salthouse St Singles party , two hours of canapes and one drink for $45 per person.
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Petal power: Ivy Floral Design owner Cathy Parks likes it when customers order something other than red roses on Valentine's Day. Picture: MIKE WATT