by Erica Clark, owner, Chez Bonser Patisserie
It’s almost Valentine’s Day, do you know how you plan to spoil your friends and loved ones this year? I personally love the classic gifts. Who doesn’t love flowers, candy or a thoughtful card? I have you covered there with some simple solutions. I also have a few other low-key suggestions that will make you look like a rockstar this Valentine's Day with minimal effort.
Flower arranging doesn’t always have to be complicated. Everyone loves a fresh bouquet, and you can make one special by using this simple technique long beloved by florists. Mix showy blooms like roses or lilies with evergreens and more delicate flowers like baby’s breath or Peruvian lilies. For maximum impact, chose varying textures and sizes of flowers in the same color. For instance, for an all white bouquet, white lilies, white roses, and miniature white Chrysanthemums are striking against some evergreens. These can be assembled from simple grocery store blooms, but given a little panache by adding your own vase. A little presentation goes a long way.
Meals Made with Love
Breakfast. Start your holiday with breakfast in bed. An easy way to make an ordinary breakfast staple - pancakes - romantic or (festive for kids) is to create heart-shaped pancakes. You can do this by either using a ladle to draw the outline of a heart with pancake batter and filling it in or by using a piping bag to create the heart. Pair your pancakes with a glass of champagne or sparkling wine. Add strawberries or raspberries to your glass and, not only does it create a pretty presentation, but the wine will be infused with a pinkish hue! These ideas are also great to adapt for a special "Galentines Day" brunch.
Lunch. Whether your special someone brown bags it or buys their lunch, you can pack something special for them as a lunchtime snack, such as festively decorated cake pops. For extra points, wrap that heart shaped sandwich in some adorable bee’s wrap from Grove Collaborative. Don’t forget to drop in an adorable card, like one of these superhero valentines from Paper Source.
Dinner. If you’re having dinner at home with your sweetheart, then an easy, decadent dessert to make is brownies. Do you have a heart-shaped cookie cutter? Then go ahead and cut your brownies in the shape of a heart! Top off your warm brownie with a scoop of ice cream for a dessert the two of you can share while you binge watch Netflix. Enjoy!
About the Author
Erica Clark is the owner of Chez Bonser Patisserie, (CBP) a bakery that makes delicious, homemade baked goods and ships cookie packages throughout the country. Erica was inspired to launch her business 4 years ago at the urging of family members and colleagues that frequently commented that she needed to share her baking skills with a larger audience! You can view her menu, and follow her on Instagram to see the latest treat she’s baking up like heart-shaped sugar cookies, festively decorated cake pops, triple chocolate brownies and more!
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