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By Amanda Bochain
Love is in the air and it must be because Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Every year, on February 14th, we get the chance to celebrate those we love. But how did Valentine’s day start? Was it always a day for love and admiration? Not quite…
There are actually a few different versions of how Valentine’s Day came to be. The first account begins with the Roman festival of Lupercalia which was held in February. The main reason for the festival was to celebrate the coming of spring. However, this also included a lottery that paired men and women together. Not so romantic! At the end of the 5th century, Pope Gelasius I replaced the festival of Lupercalia with St. Valentine’s Day and declared it a day of romance.
A different version of Valentine’s Day history claims that St. Valentine of Terni defied the emperor’s orders of sending men into war. He would marry couples in order to help spare the men, as married men did not need to fight. Love wins!
Formal Valentine’s messages first appeared in the 1500s and by the mid-1800s, Valentine’s cards were being printed in mass. Valentine’s cards often had an image of cupid, the Roman god of love. Birds also became a common symbol on Valentine’s Day cards as February happened to be avian mating season. Flowers, candy, and roses later became a part of Valentine’s Day as symbols of love and beauty.
Many countries celebrate Valentine’s Day including the United States. Canada, Australia, Mexica, France, and even South Korea. Everyone loves to celebrate love! While everyone may participate in Valentine’s Day differently, the sentiment is the same regardless of where you live.
So what are you planning for this year’s Valentine’s Day? Will you write a love note and send it with a bunch of classic red roses? Or will you buy a box of chocolates for someone you love? Maybe you are planning to prepare a gourmet meal for everyone in your family. That is one idea that we can get behind!
Dining on delicious food is definitely a Valentine’s Day tradition. There is no better way to show your love than through great food! This year, skip the restaurants and make a home-cooked meal with a little help from these online food retailers. They have prepared appetizers, desserts, and full 3-course meals to help make your Valentine’s Day dinner one to remember. Explore the Valentines Day Dinner ideas below and don’t forget to add that extra special ingredient- love!
Deluxe seafood dinner for two consisting of six large crabs, two 4 ounce jumbo lump crab cakes, one pound of spiced shrimp, and crabmeat bisque. The crabs, shrimp, and soup are ready to eat and the crab cakes just need to be quickly cooked.
Arrives in 1-2 days, Pre-order now for a delivery date of your choice. Free Shipping!
Delight your Valentine with this surf and turf dinner. Two extra-large, 7-8 ounce, Wild Maine Lobster Tails and two tender cuts of filet mignon. Basic cooking instructions included. Filet is from 100% grass-fed beef and the lobsters are from independent lobstermen located on the coast of Maine.
Order now and schedule a delivery date in advance. Most boxes ship the next day, with no expedited shipping options and no signature required.
Porter Road has teamed up with Luke’s Lobster to offer a Valentine’s dinner we all want and need this year. The Limited Edition Surf and Turf Kit ($75) features 2 Luke’s Lobster Tails and 2 Porter Road Dry Aged Filet Mignons. The Kit will be available while supplies last or through 2/10.
Two juicy, aged prime boneless rib-eye steaks, four twice-baked potato halves, a whole New York style lemon strawberry cheesecake, and a tin of peppercorn steak spice rub. A complete meal that is easy to prepare for the one you love.
Order by Wednesday, February 10th for standard shipping delivery on Valentine’s Day. Order by February 11th for overnight express shipping to arrive on Valentine’s Day.
Help spread the love with this limited-edition kids baking kit that includes everything your child needs to make awesome Valentine’s cookies. This baking kit comes with pre-measured ingredients and clear instructions in a specially decorated box. It even has a Valentine’s Day craft ideas guide that will make the day complete! Grab one for yourself or give as a gift!
Twelve single-serve bottles of premium California wine to share with your friends and loved ones. Three bottles of cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, red blend, and rose. Everyone can choose their favorite!
End this special day with something extra sweet! This Valentine’s Day collection features 4 pints of premium ice cream and 12 assorted cookies with super cute heart conversation labels. Ice cream flavors include Mint Cookie Crunch with Fudge Swirls, Chocolate with Chocolate Chunks, Cookies & Cream, and Sea Salt Caramel.
End your Valentine’s evening with these decadent gourmet drizzled chocolate covered strawberries. Choose from 6-, 12-, or 24 fresh strawberries dipped in a white chocolaty confection with milk chocolaty drizzle, a milk chocolaty confection with white drizzle, and a milk chocolaty confection with milk chocolaty drizzle.
$44.99 (for 1 dozen)
Valentines Day Gift Ideas For Him and Her (and Your Pet)
Valentine’s day isn’t just about chocolates and roses. Now you can put the “man” back in romance with the gift of beef jerky. It may look like a big red box of chocolates but the contents are even tastier.
What They Get: Large red heart box filled with 10 individually wrapped beef jerky bites. Ten different flavors so the jerky lover in your life can try everything from ghost pepper flavored jerky to whiskey maple jerky.
The way to a woman’s heart? Bubbly and chocolate! Give her the gift of a stunning 91 point bottle of Champagne and a box of 25 Belgian chocolates this Valentine’s Day.
What They Get:
Laurent-Perrier La Cuvee Brut Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France. The wine comes from the purest grape juice and it alone allows Laurent-Perrier to craft ‘La Cuvée’, a champagne of great finesse and a beautiful freshness obtained after a long aging process in their cellars.
Rated 91 Points: James Suckling
Neuhaus Belgium Chocolate Discovery Collection
The Neuhaus Discovery Collection box brilliantly showcases the luxury of Neuhaus Belgian chocolate. 25 Neuhaus chocolates have been carefully selected to showcase a variety of gourmet Belgian chocolates. Milk, dark and white chocolates filled with pralinés, ganaches, caramels and more come in a beautiful gift box.
Jinx has teamed up with West & Willow to offer the ultimate dog-lovers Valentine’s gift. The Furever Valentine Gift Set includes a West & Willow framed custom pet portrait (12×16) and heart-shaped, plant-based Pumpkin & Apple Biscuits and Peanut Butter & Blueberry Biscuits from Jinx. Buy this for yourself, your spouse, or another dog parent and they will be sure to LOVE it.
Plus, 1% of all orders will go to a charitable partner that helps shelter dogs thrive. Limited time offer.
$80 (Retail Value is $104 | $24 Savings)
Top Valentine’s Movies
Looking for Valentine’s Day movie ideas? We’ve rounded up our favorite romance and romantic comedy movies perfect for a night alone, a night with your BFFs, or a night with your main squeeze.
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Pretty Woman (1990)
Something’s Gotta Give (2003)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)
Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
Coming to America (1988)
Love, Actually (2003)
Sixteen Candles (1984)
The Big Sick (2017)
The Princess Bride (1987)
Groundhog Day (1993)
Notting Hill (1999)
You’ve Got Mail (1998)
The Wedding Singer (1998)
There’s Something About Mary (1998)
Say Anything (1989)
Mamma Mia! (2008)
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
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