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Love Is In The Air This Valentines Day

Love is in the air this Valentines Day with TOAST.life's Pick of the Best Gifts and Decorations

Whether you’re celebrating St Valentine’s or Galentine’s, planning a romantic dinner for two or hosting a singles party for 10, TOAST.Life rounds up some of the best ways to add a stylish splash of romance this Valentine’s Day.

Whether you’re single and ready to mingle or totally loved up - Valentine’s Day is a time for everyone to celebrate love and tell all the precious people in their life that you love them.

St Valentine himself was a priest from Rome who lived in the third century AD – the story goes that marriage had been banned by the Emperor at the time as he believed that married men made bad soldiers, and so the hopelessly romantic priest is said to have arranged marriages in secret.

When the Emperor discovered his treason St Valentine was tragically sentenced to death, but during his time in prison he fell in love with the jailer’s daughter and sent her a love letter signed ‘from your Valentine’ on February 14th - the day of his execution.

And still today the 14th of February is considered the most romantic day of the year, and at TOAST.Life we love any reason to celebrate! So whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s with ‘the one’ or Galentine’s with your girls, planning a romantic dinner for two or hosting a loved up party for 10, TOAST.Life rounds up some of the most stylish ways to add a splash of romance to proceedings! 

TOAST.Life's Pick of The Best -  A Stylish Splash of Romance 

The food of love

It’s well known that oysters have been considered an aphrodisiac for centuries – it is said that the famous 18th century lover Casanova used to eat 50 for breakfast. So why not treat your guests to this tantalising treat by hiring the services of The Oystermen, who specialise in providing bespoke oyster bars with fully trained, experienced and passionate staff for events of all shapes and sizes. As well as their super fresh oysters, which they will shuck live in front of your guests, they also provide all the extras; lemon and lime wedges, horseradish, an awesome hot sauce bar, and shallot vinaigrette. Yummy.

Oystermen

Prices start from around £1.95 per oyster plus a £200 booking charge to cover transport and staffing. For more information and contact details head over to The Oystermen’s page in TOAST’s Little Black Book.
 

A work of heart

Cathy, the artist behind The Origami Boutique, offers a modern take on the traditional art of Origami by creating beautiful intricate paper flowers and decorations. For your Valentine’s Day do, her set of 12 hearts adds an instant romantic touch to any table, but one that is modern, simple and elegant. Choose from a range of cool colours and simply place the hearts in a vase on the table and let them set the tone. Each heart is carefully hand folded and attached to a piece of bamboo stick, making each individual piece unique. And if you’re feeling generous, you can let your guests can take one home. Her Paper Hearts Origami Backdrop is gorgeous too.

Origional Heart Origami

Origami Backdrops start from £45 for a Set Of 12 Paper Origami Hearts, £65 for the Paper Hearts Origami Backdrop. For more information and contact details head over to The Origami Boutique’s page in TOAST’s Little Black Book.

A tender table

Valentine’s doesn’t have to be all pink and red, oh no. Create a stylish and beautiful table scape inspired by nature with this gorgeous handmade Moss and Eucalyptus Wreath from home and event décor emporium The Letter Loft. Made from real dried sphagnum moss, The Letter Loft use faux eucalyptus and ivy before adding some carefully chosen dried items too. Each heart is bespoke and different depending on the season, easy to look after and can last for several years. It makes a stunning table centrepiece, or hang it on your front door for a romantic welcome.

Moss Heart Letter Loft  Moss Heart

The Letter Loft's Moss hearts are £59. For more information and contact details head over to The Letter Loft’s page in TOAST’s Little Black Book. 

Bubble of love

We love Bubblegum Balloon’s vast range of inflatable fun, and their Valentine’s Day creations are nothing short of genius. Treat a girlfriend to a fun ‘Fries Before Guys’ balloon – complete with cardboard boxes of fries and hearts on the tassel. Send the cheeky ‘Turning me on since 2002’ to the lover lover in your life, or post their complete brilliant ‘You’re My Lobster’ balloon to that someone special. All are personalisable and come fully inflated so the recipient will get a wonderful floating surprise when they open up the box! Bubblegum Balloons also have loads of other great loved-up options that are perfect for decorating your home this Valentine’s Day.

Fries Before Guys

Valentines Bubblegum

Bubblegum Balloon's box gifts start from £35.40 each for You’re My Lobster, Fries Before Guys and Turning me on since 2002. Others start from £12.95. For more information and contact details head over to Bubblegum Balloon’s page in TOAST’s Little Black Book. 

 

Romantic mallows

Marshmallows are one of 2018’s trendiest treats and few are cooler than Medicinal Marshmallows’ stylish range of ‘curable confectionary’. Delivered in boxes of 50 these are great for entertaining, and for the most romantic day of the year you can’t go wrong with ‘The Aphrodisiac’ - a rose, ginger and chilli flavoured marshmallow that is almost certainly guaranteed to spice up your love life. Or, if you need some TLC this Valentine’s Day then opt for ‘The Broken Heart Mender’ – a red wine and black pepper flavoured marshmallow. Intriguing…

 Marshmallow Box

Medicinal Marshmallow's collection includes; The Aphrodisiac £30, The Broken Heart Mender £36, both 50 pieces approx. For more information and contact details head over to Medicinal Marshmallows’ page in TOAST’s Little Black Book.  

Flirtatious décor

Super stylish décor emporium Meri Meri  never get it wrong, and their heart shaped glitter-tastic Valentine’s decorations are just fab – however, wherever and with whoever you plan to celebrate. Make loved-filled cupcakes complete with their super cute glitter heart cupcake toppers, string their gorgeous garland above your table, or pack your guests a flirtatious goodie bag adorned with a glittery gold heart. Their metallic heart shaped balloons with tassels are also gorgeous and come in packs of 6 for maximum Valentine’s impact.

 Merimeri Hearts

Meri Meri prodycts start from as little as £2.00 dependent on the item.  For more information and contact details head over to Meri Meri’s page  in TOAST’s Little Black Book

 

Super cheesy

No not cheesy in a bad way – this is the ultimate cheese to serve up at your Valentine’s Day do, whether there’s 2 of you of 20. Based in Somerset, Godminster are masters of award-winning organic English cheese and their Valentine’s range is super cheesy in the best possible way. Wow your guests with a cheese board complete with one of their heart-shaped organic cheddars and one of their heart shaped organic bries, or for real wow factor – treat your guests to their celebration cake - a beautiful 2.6kg tower of their finest cheeses topped with a vintage organic cheddar heart!

 Cheesy

The 200g heart shaped brie and 200g cheddar, are £17.95. 400g heart shaped cheddar £14.50 in gift box. Celebration cake £65.90 (feeds 25-35 people). See www.godminster.com for details. 

Vintage romance

If you’re looking for something original and delicious to send to your loved one in the post, or for a stylish sweet treat to serve up with coffee at their end of your Valentine’s Day dinner party then check out Biscuiteers.  Their personalised Vintage Love Letter Collection biscuit tin is a touch of old fashioned romance. Inspired by vintage love letters, it's the sweetest way to say 'Happy Valentine's Day' and is a post-dinner showstopper. For a smaller gesture that is no less thoughtful then opt for their adorable Love Letter biscuit card which they will ice with a personalised love note for your Valentine, or for a bit of flirtatious fun then how about sending their brilliant ‘You’re My Lobster’ biscuit box to that special someone?

Biscuiteers Love Biscuits

Biscuiteers Love Notes

‘You’re My Lobster’ biscuit box £18, Love Letter biscuit card £12.95, Vintage Love Letter Collection biscuit tin £35. For more information and contact details head over to Biscuiteers’ page in TOAST’s Little Black Book. 

 

Love potion

Greenall’s has been enjoyed for over 250 years by gin lovers everywhere, and their beautifully pink gin that is perfect for Valentine’s Day! The inspiration for Greenall’s gorgeous Wild Berry comes from blackberries growing in English hedgerows; tasty little blackberries are combined with raspberries, and then infused with their award winning Original London Dry gin. Luscious and juicy berry notes are balanced with juniper and warming spice to give a smooth taste and peppery after tones. Why not intoxicate your guests with a Greenall’s Wild Berry & Flora Dora cocktail? All you’ll need is 40ml of Greenall’s Wild Berry Gin, 20ml fresh lime juice, 10ml raspberry syrup and some ginger beer. Simply add all the ingredients to a highball glass over ice, stir and serve. I think St Valentine himself would approve.

Flora Dora Pink Greenalls Gin

Greenall's Gin starts from £16.95 from Master of Malt you can purchase through www.masterofmalt.com.


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