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Valentines Dates on a Budget
1/31/2018 5:04:51 PM
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Being in love does not have to mean breaking the bank when celebrating with your special someone on Valentine’s Day. Besides, stepping outside of the ordinary dinner date might win you some creative points with your beau or belle, and it will definitely keep Cupid on his toes.  

Have a game night with friends. Dust off the games that have been sitting in your hall closet for the past ten years, pair them with a bottle of wine and a king cake, and you’ve got a recipe for some good times and great memories together. 

Take in a sporting event. For eight to ten dollars a person, you and your date can cheer the McNeese Cowgirls on to victory against Central Arkansas on Valentine’s Day. The game starts at 6:30, and rooting for the Cowgirls is an exciting, memorable way to spend a few hours together. 

Do lunch instead of dinner. Let’s face it, Valentine’s evening is one of the most popular times to have a dinner date, and it is also one of the most expensive. However, many restaurants have a lunch menu that is similar to their dinner menu, and the prices are more reasonable. Another upside of having a Valentine’s lunch is that you may not have to fight the evening crowd. 

Visit an art gallery. The Gallery by the Lake, located at 106 West Pryce Street, is hosting a Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler exhibit until March 30, 2018. This exhibit will focus on Mardi Gras masks, costumes, and festivities. 1911 Historic City Hall has three unique exhibits this month. Botanical Art and Illustration from the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, through March 24. Freeing the Gesture, by Donald Martiny, through March 3. And The Personal is Political – Portraits of Louisiana Second-Wave Feminists, by Dr. Janet Allured and Dr. Carrie Chrisco, through Mar. 3. Both these galleries close at 5:00 p.m. on weekdays, so plan accordingly. 

Celebrate early with Mardi Gras festivities. On February 13th, for a ten-dollar admission fee per adult, you and your date can catch a chicken at the 38th Annual Iowa Chicken Run at the Knights of Columbus Hall located at 503 East Highway 90. Doors open at 8:00 a.m., and the parade rolls at 10:00 a.m. The captain blows his whistle at different houses and the participants dance to zydeco music in hopes of collecting ingredients for a gumbo. If they are successful, a chicken is thrown into the air to be caught. The chicken run concludes with a zydeco dance at the KC hall. 

Make the night sweeter with delicious desserts. Instead of going to a restaurant for a full meal, just order dessert. You may even choose to restaurant hop and try the desserts at several different establishments. To up the fun quotient, create a rating system and rank the desserts using categories you’ve decided upon. Post your favorites on social media so that your friends can share in the enjoyment, or simply keep your findings a sweet secret.


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