Put your own stamp on Valentine’s Day this year by celebrating at your luxury Terraces at The Ambassador Gardens home in Pasadena. Old Town Pasadena’s local enterprises have all the romantic gifts and flowers required to set your partner’s heart aflutter. Throw in an amorous feast, spin some Marvin Gaye—and you’ve got a perfectly passionate night in for two.
Make Them Giddy with Gifts Galore
Forget oversized teddy bears: Pasadena’s boutiques are brimming with thoughtful presents that your other half will genuinely appreciate. Tell them you love them with a gold-plated double heart necklace from Homage. Elevate their beauty routine with All Love Collections’ high-end skincare lotions and serums. Or, if your better half is a kooky so-and-so, go off-piste with a biscuit porcelain anatomical heart sculpture from Gold Bug.
Leave Them Breathless with a Beautiful Bouquet
You may have already spotted one of Twigzz‘s stunning bouquets and not realized it. These expert florists fill Pasadena’s restaurants, hotels, and events spaces with dazzling displays—when it comes to floral arrangements, they’re blooming geniuses. Tell Twigzz which hues, scents, and flower varieties set your beau’s heart racing and trust them to conjure up something special. You can get them delivered straight to your Terraces home too.
Rustle Up a Romantic Repast
Only one thing upstages dinner at an upscale restaurant on Valentine’s Day, and that’s making the meal yourself. Olive Magazine has some swoon-worthy suggestions on how to wow your paramour: spoil them silly with Japanese-style ginger oysters, followed by angel hair pasta and lobster. Or go for a breaded goat cheese starter, with spinach and ricotta gnudi to follow. Whatever’s on the menu, remember you’re also playing sommelier for the evening: order a few bottles from a local merchant like Everson Royce, which has an excellent line in organic, biodynamic, and natural wines.
Delight with a Dessert Denouement
You’re on the home straight now, but there’s still dessert to come. Take the pressure off by preordering a blackberry passion fruit cake—studded with fresh berries and oozing with passion fruit curd—from Vanilla Bake Shop. Or get unctuous brownie sundaes delivered, courtesy of homemade ice cream parlor Paradis. They’ll melt your lover’s heart (and possibly give them brain freeze too).