February 13, 2012

Love is in the NYC air

Valentine’s day is less then 48 hours away. Do you have a plan? If you’re a last minute planner like I sometimes am which is when I often do some of my best planning…then let us help you out with a few fun, easy and creative ideas for you and your honey or someone special this Valentine’s day…
xoxo#1: Skate your heart out at the Standard Hotel’s ice rink. Growing up in Toronto my family spent a lot of time on the rink. I used to love getting out on the ice holding hands with a loved one and snuggling over some hot cocoa afterwards. The rink at the Standard Hotel is not only special for it’s trendy location but for their incredible après-skate menu that will knock your winter socks off. You’ve got your must have hot chocolate with marshmallows, whipped cream or crushed peppermint candy cane.  There’s also egg nog, hot apple cider, teas and cappuccinos. Even spiked toddy with your choice of bourbon, brandy or dark rum. And It doesn’t end with these boozy delights as the rink offers a delicious menu of savory treats that will make your mouth water just from what you read here. The 3,000 square foot ice playground dropped right in front of the hotel offers pick up ice hockey in the mornings, skating lessons all day and 3 kinds of skate rentals to choose from. Bundle up and get your honey buns out there! The rink is located at 848 Washington Street on the corner of 13th Street.  Tickets are $12, and skate rentals are $3.  Hours of operation are 10am – Midnight seven days a week.

xoxo#2: Bring a New England style clambake to your stovetop from the Lobster Place in Chelsea Market. This unique, delicious and fun way to create an intimate dinner or even a feast for 24 is the perfect answer to your Valentine’s day entertaining. Act fast because the Lobster Place will require 24 hour advance notice to prepare your clambake for pick up on the 14th. In addition to the finest hard shell lobster, Prince Edward Island mussels, littleneck clams and steamers they provide fresh New Jersey corn on the cob and new potatoes. You just add water, bring to a boil and in about 30-40 minutes you’ve got a spread that will make you feel like you’re dining Downtown-style on the Maine coast. Each clambake includes butter, clam juice, lemons, lobster bibs, lobster crackers and picks. How fun?! Pick up some of these taper candle holders from CB2 to add some romance to your table, draw some butter and eat your hearts out!

xoxo#3:  Send a love note via Cocodot‘s chic website. Super cute, sexy or cool…they have an amazing selection of Valentine’s day cards, invitations and love notes that you can send to those you care about…or who you’re looking to invite over for some last minute V-day entertaining!

xoxo#4: Bake sugar cookies for your sweetie…or your tot’s class mates! My son had a ball rolling out the dough and using the silicone heart shaped cookie cutters that I picked up for our festive goodies. We used this simple recipe from the Kitchn. Once the cookie’s cooled I took some red chocolate discs and melted them in a Wilton squeeze bottle and drizzled the red chocolate over the cookies. I thought it would be fun to package the cookies up for each child in Chinese food take out cartons with the cookies wrapped in pink napkins inside. My son and I put a red heart sticker on the top to close each and then attached a sweet valentine for each of his class mates. Looking forward to dropping these off tomorrow and if you’re looking for a fun and easy way to sweeten someone’s day…you should give these a go!

Whatever you end up doing this Valentine’s day, hope you have a good one. Big hugs and kisses from LMP! xoxo

xx, Seri
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