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Ah, Valentine’s Day. I always think it’s kind of a made up holiday, but it is a good reminder that it’s important to show love to the people in our lives. When my kids were smaller, instead of tackling the cattle call of restaurant reservations, we would opt to celebrate at home with them, and then go out for a nice meal on a less busy night. With the 50 percent capacity rules this year, I don’t think reservations are going to be any easier this year! 

So, I’m returning to the tradition of Valentine’s Day at home with the family. Since there’s no Valentine’s party at school, I plan to throw the kids one here, complete with candy and homemade cards. And because I’m now talking about a blended family that includes five boys, most of my budget will go towards food, food, and more food! I’ve learned this lesson well after the last six weeks of being married and the boys eating us out of house and home! 

This got me wondering what some of my creative employees were planning to do with their loved ones this weekend, and what they’d do if they had $100 to spend, and I wanted to share some of their ideas here. 

Of course restaurants are always popular. Operations Director Greg Wright says he’d take his wife to Ted’s Montana Grill, while Operations Associate TJ Atwell chose Tony’s, his girlfriend’s favorite. (Although $100 might not be enough, TJ!). Carter Hench took the smart approach of letting his fiancee choose the dinner spot. (Well done Carter – you’re on your way to a happy marriage!)

After dinner is when the creativity kicks in. Greg is headed for Battle Axes and ice cream at Crank & Boom. Carter would indulge his fiancee’s love of horror flicks by finding a new scary movie to watch over a bucket of popcorn. TJ chose ice skating for the date night activity. 

McKellar Ciurlizza, our director of client services, plans on staying in with her family as I do, building pillow forts with her boys, and treating them to Crank & Boom. She and her husband would enjoy a charcuterie board from local favorite Fete Boards while they all watch movies as a family. Sounds perfect. 

How will you be celebrating the day of love this year? We’d love to hear your ideas, and Happy Valentine’s Day. 

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