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Whether you are single, loved up, or looking for ways to celebrate with friends or family, these suggestions will have even the most cynical feeling the love this Valentine’s Day

Perpetually the most hated holiday of the season, V. Day can stir up apprehensive emotions and tension around celebrations for singles and couples alike. This year, instead of refusing to celebrate and succumbing to dread, how about relish in the day of love, by celebrating with one of these unique ways?

Whether spending this Valentine’s with a loved one, alone, or with family and friends make it one to remember.

1. Breakfast in bed 

Start the day off with a little extra endearment and wake up in the most romantic and relaxing way possible. A breakfast in bed can be shared with your significant other or you can choose to make it a family and kid-friendly experience. Have the kids help prepare and organise in the kitchen, this will have your entire family, or partnership, feeling the love from the get-go, whilst relaxing in the comfort of their pjs under covers.

2. Celebrating with kids 

When you have children, Valentine’s Day is a little more crowded. If you can’t spend this Feb 14th alone, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the day just the same. This is the perfect day to spark the inner child in you and have fun with the ones you love. Head to an arcade, park or check out our summer activity guide for exciting ways to spark the fun and love back into your life. A family activity day is inclusive and ensures that you and your partner can still be together with the involvement of your children. 

3. Play tourist 

Feel the love by exploring the city with fresh eyes. This can be done in couples or with friends and children. Explore the streets and stores of the city, local landmarks, parks and tourist destinations . This will highlight a sense of gratitude for not only the ones you love, but for the city you live too. 

4. Galentines

For those single, it is the perfect day to share the love with your nearest and dearest girl gang. “Galentines” celebrates platonic friendships, showing appreciation for a love that is equally important to romantic love. Celebrate with a brunch, paint and sip, floral arrangement class or champagne slumber party. Add a touch of V. Day flare, with gifts and girly gossip, play a game of Never Have I Ever, or elaborate on past dating disasters. You and your posse can spend a night of fun as romantic couples may appear to be frolicking at every turn. 

5. Exchange love letters

Many fail, or struggle to express the care they have for those in their lives. Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to unleash all the soppy feels. Communicate to anyone you are grateful to have in your life, just how and why you love them. The more specific and personal the better, as they just might read over it when they need a little extra love. This communication in letter format, will not only spark love into the ones reading, but those who are expressing too. 

6. Games Night

For those looking to celebrate with a little added competition, enjoy the day of love with Games Night. The perfect night-in for the young and “young at heart”. Games night can be celebrated with your loved one, or in groups of friends and family. A little fun can go a long way when celebrating with the ones we love, and it is the perfect opportunity to see a different, more competitive edge in our relationships.

7. Picnic 

Whatever time of the day you can spare (extra points for sunset), a picnic is always a special way to celebrate in a romantic and comfortable setting. Spending quality times with the ones you love, whilst overlooking a beach sunset or river is a relaxing and comfortable way to kick back, enjoy quality time as well as points for affordability. Get out the picnic blanket, chocolate coated strawberries and enjoy!

8. Share a night under the stars

There’s something magical and enchanting about the night sky and planning a date under the stars can add to pre-existing romance this Valentine’s Day. There are numerous ways to spend a relaxing night under the stars with the person or people you love. Look out into the bigger picture by laying under the night sky with blankets and pillows, go camping, to a drive-in or the observatory. A night stargazing, also reminds observers how small life’s problems are, sure to send sparks flying and open hearts and minds.

9. Movie Marathon

A movie marathon is an affordable and easy way to cosy up with your S.O. or family and friends. Snuggle into the ones you love with blankets, popcorn and some candles. For romantic partners, a movie night is also the perfect way to set the mood for Valentine’s night romance. For singles or a family situation, it’s a great way to spend quality time and relax with the ones you love.

10. Let the music play 

There’s nothing that brings people together quite like music. This Feb 14th, you can celebrate with song and dance. Head to a gig or summer concert, watch a live show or turn up the tunes at home. Whether enjoying from the mosh pit or from the comfort of your own home and record player, grab a drink and your favourite dancing partner and enjoy. 

11. Book a night at a hotel or Air BnB

Booking a home away from home or staycation is the perfect way to spice up your usual routine this February 14. Relaxing with a night away will have you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Book a night at a local hotel or Air BnB, enjoying the comfort of fresh sheets and towels whilst celebrating in style.

12.  Bake something sweet

Valentine’s Day can bring out the sweet spot in even the most hard-to-crack cases. Bake something sweet with or for your loved ones. Cakes, cookies and brownies will warm the hearts of your nearest and dearest. Putting in a homemade quality touch communicates you care, and gifts the greatest of all, an act of service and time. Spread a little love by sharing and gifting them to your mum, friends, partner or neighbours. For those who aren’t particularly good in the kitchen, you can also alter the baking to a chocolate fondue night or platter option instead.

13. Craft and create 

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to create in the name of love. Crafting will let you express your love and give the gift of a personal touch.  Make Valentines cards, decorations or DIY gifts is the perfect activity to show you care, mail or gift them to anyone special you wish to show appreciation to in your life. 

14. Eliminate a spot off your bucket list 

Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate love on a grand scale. Our usual calendars and schedules can become so built up, that we fail to do the things we have been aspiring to tick off. Use this holiday as a day to check out a new bar that has opened, visit a holiday destination or a restaurant in town that you’ve been wanting to go to for months. You may also want to get hearts racing with adrenaline, experiencing something out of the ordinary with your partner, such as skydiving, shark cage-diving or swimming with the whale sharks. Crossing off your bucket list with someone you love will give you a sense of fulfilment as well as a memory to reflect back upon with the person or people you love.

Jelly Belly recipes
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TUXEDO JELLYBEAN FUDGE

INGREDIENTS:
-1 cup
sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
½ cup heavy cream
1 ¾ cups mini marshmallows
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 ½ cups white chocolate chips
9 oz Jelly Belly jelly beans

METHOD:
1. Line 9 x 13 inch baking pan with waxed or parchment paper so ends overhang sides of pan; coat with cooking spray.

2. In saucepan over medium heat, combine half of measure of the following ingredients: sugar, salt, butter, heavy cream and marshmallows. Stir until butter and marshmallows are almost melted.

3. Bring mixture to boil; cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add semi-sweet chocolate chips and stir until chips are melted.

4. Pour mixture into lined pan. Cool until firm, 15 minutes.

5. Repeat basic recipe with white chocolate chips. Then pour mixture over chocolate layer. Refrigerate 10 minutes.

6. Score fudge into 1-inch squares, press in two Jelly Belly jelly beans per square.

7. Let fudge cool in pan at room temperature, 3 hours. Remove by lifting paper from pan; cut fudge along scored lines. Plate and serve.

JELLYBEAN SPRING WREATH

INGREDIENTS:
-10-14 inch foam wreath
-Glue gun with glue sticks
-1.5 kilos Jelly Belly jelly beans
-Decorative ribbon
-3m white ribbon
-8-10 anchor pins

METHOD:
1. For a seamless application, wrap wide ribbon around foam wreath in spiral until foam is completely covered. Use anchor pins to secure ribbon in place.

2. Apply jellybeans to wreath using glue gun

3. Place jellybeans in rows around the wreath in ring shape. Repeat until wreath is completely covered. Taper rows closer to centre of wreath form.

4. Allow wreath to dry.

5.  Tie decorative ribbon around the finished wreath and hang for colourful decoration.

 

CHEERS TO YOU COCKTAIL CUPCAKES

INGREDIENTS:
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
¼ cup finely chopped coconut
¼ cup white coarse decorating sugar
1 can (450g) vanilla frosting
Blue food colouring
1 sponge cake (400g)
½ cup Jelly Belly jelly beans in Berry Blue
Toothpicks

METHOD:
1. Lightly brush the rim of four 8 ounce martini glasses with the corn syrup. Dip the rims of 2 of the glasses in the chopped coconut and 2 glasses in the coarse sugar; set aside.

2. Spoon 2 tablespoons vanilla frosting into a small zipper bag. Press out the excess air and seal. Divide the remaining vanilla frosting into 3 bowls. Tint one bowl pink, one light blue and one light green with the food coloring. Cover the frosting with plastic wrap to prevent drying.

3. Place the pound cake on a clean work surface, flat side down. Slice horizontally into thirds to make 3 thin layers. Use a 4-inch round cookie cutter, cut out 6 circles of the pound cake. Take the scraps of cake and cut into ½-inch pieces.

4. Working with one color of frosting at a time, heat the frosting in the microwave, stirring frequently, until the frosting is the texture of lightly whipped cream. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the melted frosting into each martini glass; blue in the coconut rimmed glasses, pink in the sugar rimmed glasses, green in the plain glasses, and swirl the frosting to coat the inside of the glasses. Let frosting sit for a few minutes to set, and then working with one glass at a time, add some of the chopped cake to fill the bottom of one glass. Top with a cake circle, pressing down to make sure the cake is lower than the rim of the glass. Pour the remaining same color melted frosting on top of the cake in the glass to cover. Repeat with the remaining tinted frostings and cake in the other glasses.

5. Garnish the pink glasses with the pink jelly beans along the inside edge of the glass. Arrange the green Jordan Almonds in the shape of a flower using a red jelly bean as the center of the flower. Wrap the gummi worm around the lollipop stick securing at the top with a dot of frosting and a red jelly bean. Insert into the glass as the stirrer.

6. Garnish the green glasses with a row of green jelly beans along the inside edge of the glass. Add a few Champagne Bubbles in the center with a few green Jelly Belly beans and some more sugar. Cut the yellow Sunkist Fruit Gem in half crosswise. Snip a very small corner from the bag with the vanilla frosting. Pipe lines on top of the cut Fruit Gem to look like a lemon slice. Add the candy lemon slice to the side of the glass.

7. Garnish the blue glasses with a row of the blue jelly beans along the inside edge of the glass. To make the olive, trim the green Sunkist Fruit Gem into an oval. Cut the red jelly bean in half crosswise. Attach one half of the red jelly bean, cut side against a short end of the green candy oval for the olive. Press a white Licorice Pastel on either side of the green candy to look like a toothpick. Place on top of the glass.

 

 

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