While traditionally thought of as a day for lovers, anyone can and should celebrate love.
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching – so the time to prepare is now! Rather than a last-minute dash for a leftover bundle of roses at the supermarket or a card which you hastily scratched a message on in the driveway, plan a special day or part thereof for your special someone. While traditionally thought of as a day for lovers, anyone can and should celebrate love. Here are some ideas to mark the special day.
With the cooler weather, and this year’s public health restrictions, you may opt to celebrate at home in 2021. But that doesn’t mean that it has to be an evening like any other. In fact, with careful thought, innovative ideas and a sense of fun, your at-home Valentine’s Day date is likely to be remembered for a lot longer than an evening out.
If movies are your thing, there are lots of romantic flicks to pick from, from classics like Singing in the Rain or Casablanca to favourites like Groundhog Day and Love Actually. It may be fun, though, to stretch your romantic muscles and try something completely new and different. How about queueing up a tutorial for a couple’s paint night; you each do a canvas and they fit together into one picture. Or what about learning the foxtrot? Perhaps challenge your partner to a game duel (checkers, dominos or cards) with a prize for the winner.
“But, really, what would any celebration be without the food?”
But, really, what would any celebration be without the food? With last summer far in the rearview mirror and the next one not yet visible on the horizon, why not have a Valentine’s Day picnic in your living room. This is where you call on Mary – Mary Manette Seafood, that is. With a carefully curated seacuterie board, starring tins of our sustainably sourced smoked mussels and smoked herring, the delicious possibilities are endless.
Layer a charcuterie board (or large platter) with lettuce and place a bell pepper full of our lemon horseradish sauce in the centre. In addition to our famous tinned seafood, add in a variety of cheeses from the Charlottetown Cheese Company, mustards or chutneys from the Lucky Bee Homestead, slices of multigrain baguette from Angelika’s German Bakery Pastry Shop, and a range of snacking vegetables such as carrot sticks, cucumber slices and cherry tomatoes. Toast each other with a glass of Little Sands White from Rossignol Winery or 2 Scots Go Wild Cider from Riverdale Orchard. And wrap up your feast with a skillet cookie.
Here in Atlantic Canada, our culture is unique and we are proud of that. We look after one another and our neighbours in many ways. Fundraising for those who have fallen on hard times, supporting local little league teams, delivering casseroles or baked goods just because, or helping a neighbour finish the harvest before an impending storm are all traditions maintained over the years to show love for others. We are also proud of our bond with the sea – simultaneously recognizing its power and its wholesome bounty. That bond is carefully sealed in every tin of our Mary Manette Seafood. Unleash some with your love this Valentine’s Day!
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