Ideas for Valentine’s Day
It’s that time of year again. Whether it’s your first year together or your 40th it’s always nice to be appreciated so here are some things that have taken our eye online.
Start the day off with some love. Heck have some fun heart-shaped sausages for Valentine’s Day. Renamed Peck, these gluten-free goodies with make you think of love. Available from Tesco and by mail order from www.heckfood.co.uk throughout February.
It’s not just restaurants who are local businesses, so are florists. Betty Bluebell has a studio in East Kilbride and she produces beautiful arrangements, all with a modern twist. I ordered a hessian wreath at Christmas – here it is on our Facebook page and I had to push myself to take it down. The image above shows last year’s Valentine’s creations, we love these vibrant colours and can’t wait to see what she has in store for this year.
£20/£30 seasonal bunches including large-headed, sumptuous red roses and a bag of The Wee Fudge Company’s finest Strawberry and White Chocolate fudge.
Available for collection on 13th February from Betty’s home studio in East Kilbride or delivery 14th February.
#BettydoesValentines: because your other half is worth more than a bunch of supermarket blooms you’d pick up on your weekly shop.
Last day for orders is Thursday 11th February ORDER HERE.
Now I bet you didn’t think that tea was romantic? How about a limited-edition wooden gift box of luxurious Scottish Rose Smoked Black Tea? Scottish-grown tea, roses for love and an excuse to sit with your beloved for a cuppa and more. The Wee Tea Company have a lovely range of teas (their Minty Green Tea is great and their Earl Grey makes an interesting addition to a Gin Cocktail!)
Gordon Castle Raspberry and Plum Gin Liqueurs are infused with fruits from the Walled Garden’s raspberries and plums.
Standard ‘I love you’ engraving or can be engraved to order with a maximum of 5 words.
Of course the dinner – do you make it yourself and risk ending up phoning in a takeaway or how about some of these suggestions…
Delicious fishy restaurant Gamba have a menu with gluten-free options available. Exotic fish soup with dumplings sit alongside king scallops and monkfish with some fillet of Scotch beef for those of a meaty disposition.
The Gannet splashed onto the Glasgow foodie scene and if you are looking to impress with some delicious food and in a relaxed atmosphere, you can’t go wrong here. The menu looks delicious with Scrabster-landed cod as well as Borders hogget (lamb).
You could always nip away for the weekend. Doesn’t have to be Valentine’s Day to have a romantic night or weekend away.
Set amongst 240 acres of private landscaped grounds on the banks of Loch Awe near Kilchrenan in Argyll, it was named Scottish Romantic Hotel of the Year for five years by both the Good Hotel Guide and Scottish Hotel Awards. Ardanaiseig was also voted Country House Hotel of 2015-16 as well. Bed and breakfast between 11 and 13 February is from £99 per room. Dinner, bed and breakfast on the 14th is from £189.
Valentine’s day prices include afternoon tea on arrival, pre-dinner champagne and canapés, and a bottle of Champagne in the bedroom.
The Gleneagles® Hotel welcomes Ballet Theatre UK for an evening of romance this Valentine’s day.
Following a champagne and canapé reception, a three course dinner will be served in the grand Ballroom. Dancers will perform some of the most famous scenes from Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty with musical interludes from Le Swing throughout the evening. For more details visit the Gleneagles website for more information. Check out our visit here.
Something a bit different
Death to Flowers isn’t your usual Valentine’s gift but if that special someone in your life isn’t the flowery type then these new Boxes of Fortune might make for an interesting surprise!
There are 4 available, each come in a Chinese takeaway box containing a fortune cookie with love wisdom from a different celebrity. The celebrities include:
Leslie Knope (from Parks and Recreation)
Boxes are £6 each and also include a dabbity (a temporary tattoo for you young people) and are available from www.deathtoflowers.co.uk
Whatever you decide to do, we hope you feel the love!