Fun and love doesn't have to be expensive - DatelineCarolina

Fun and love doesn't have to be expensive

Dianne Lee, Waffle House manager, likes to do something special and see the smiles on peoples faces. Dianne Lee, Waffle House manager, likes to do something special and see the smiles on peoples faces.
Lee expects a good turnout this year. The Waffle House in Lexington, on South Lake Drive, is about 65% booked for the dinner. Lee said they are taking reservations as late as the day of. Lee expects a good turnout this year. The Waffle House in Lexington, on South Lake Drive, is about 65% booked for the dinner. Lee said they are taking reservations as late as the day of.
Bouquets of flowers are set on each cloth lined table for the romantic dinner Waffle House offers. The manager says sometimes the men will come in early and bring their own flowers and gifts for their ladies. Bouquets of flowers are set on each cloth lined table for the romantic dinner Waffle House offers. The manager says sometimes the men will come in early and bring their own flowers and gifts for their ladies.

By Jamie Ussery

A table draped in red cloth, dim lights, soft burning candles and a vase of flowers create a romantic scene for two. Add a floor strewn with rose petals and this could be the scene of an expensive, dreamy Valentine’s dinner.

But don’t let the heart-y setting fool you Romance doesn’t have to be expensive if you pull into a Waffle House that’s hosting a Feb. 14 special: “It’s a Waffle House Love Story.”

For diners, the night starts off with a T-bone steak dinner for two and ends with that sweetest of Valentine’s treats, chocolate pie.

At the Waffle House on South Lake Drive in Lexington, manager Dianne Lee said she enjoys hosting the Valentine dinner, not to profit, but just to spread happiness to the community.

“We’re just doing it more so as a community thing; to get involved with the customers and the community,” Lee, manager of 14 years, said.  “It has always been a lot of fun.” This year, she is including a photo booth.

Three Waffle Houses in the Midlands are taking reservations for the special dinners, including one on Harden Street and another on Sunset Blvd.  The cost for two is $29.

Lee’s location in Lexington has continued the tradition for eight years.  Lee loves the rose petals on the floor and the soft music that plays through the restaurant.

“While the music is playing we actually have some people get up and dance, and that’s kind of sweet,” Lee said. “I’m waiting on somebody to propose.”

There are other opportunities for simple, and inexpensive, celebrations.

A Netflix and chill night might be in your plans, but do those plans include a 1953 bittersweet romantic comedy? Harbison Theatre is showing the classic, “Roman Holiday” on Saturday, which includes sweets and champagne before the movie.

Looking up at the night sky can be a lovely sight. You can explore it along with the notable romantic relationships of the state at the South Carolina State Museum.

Valentines Day is not just about couples. The Columbia Museum of Art has created a heartfelt day for the family on Saturday.  Kids can take tours, do the gallery hunt and create Valentines at the art station.

How about a live show with prizes, and a raffle? Cupid’s Cabaret has music, burlesque, prizes and more. You and your special someone special can be a part of the dazzling night they offer.

And for those who aren’t into romance, the Columbia Boat Show is in town. All weekend the show will be in the S.C. fairgrounds for many to attend and enjoy.

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