It’s no secret that Valentine’s Day is on Friday, and for this year, I decided to plan a little Literature Inspired Valentine’s date.
First, I talked to my husband about exchanging books or a bookish gift this year. I’m not a huge Valentine’s Day fan in general, so while I like to take the time to remember the people I love, I don’t want all of the candy or teddy bears or anything like that. So this year, the gifts will be bookish.
I picked out a book that I knew my husband would like and wrapped it bookishly.
I have some pages from an older, falling apart book, so I drew hearts on them using chalk (so it will wipe off easily) and cut a few out. Then I wrapped the book using some scrapbook paper I found at Target (Dollar section win!!!) and taped a few of the bookish hearts to the front.
Then comes the actual date. I’m planning a literary dinner with courses inspired by books that my husband and/or I have read.
I didn’t do anything too fancy – just brainstormed, typed it out using Microsoft Word, and glued it onto a second sheet of scrapbook paper.
The menu itself is very self-explanatory, but here’s a quick rundown:
- Appetizer – Since my husband is in finance, I’m making a salad with a bunch of greens, plus a roasted red pepper vinaigrette
- Entree – We’ve both read the Harry Potter series, and since I have already made an HP-inspired fish and chips, I thought I’d change it up with a new recipe, Shepherd’s Pie.
- Side Dish – Inspired by a book both of us have read, David Baldacci’s The Winner (about a lottery scam), I used the play on words to represent the bread rolls.
- Dessert – No worries, no poison berries will be used, but I have always just loved the idea of a poison berry inspired dessert. It’ll be simple and light, a sorbet with some fresh berries.
If you’re interested in the actual recipes I am planning on using for Friday, and/or in the sheet itself, here it is, with the recipe links on the second page! Feel free to alter it to fit your needs.
What are you planning on spending Valentine’s Day?
Did you write a book love-ish post for this week?
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