January is such a quiet time and everyone seems to be recovering from a hangover or on detox.
Things were quiet at the Chocolate Cellar at the beginning of this month and the team brainstormed to come up with some fab new ideas for our Valentines Day Collection and also design some stunning new cakes.
So now we are all beavering away to turn all those ideas into reality Ė watch out for some show stopping cakes!
Tuesday 5th January was pretty eventful for us. We had decided to take a day out for a team building exercise. We started off with breakfast at the new Novotel Hotel across the road from us. If you havenít paid them a visit yet, do pop in Ė the staff are extremely friendly and the breakfast was delicious Ė many of us had the veggie option as well as the meat Ė eating one!!
Just as well …. our next task was a treasure hunt around the city of Liverpool … A big thank you to the Stig who allowed us to have his picture taken with our team ūüėČ
There was no definitive winner as we didnít have enough time to complete the challenge… I do think our team won though as we completed more of the bonus tasks!
The bad weather and horrific grid locked traffic descended on us the same day and most of us were then challenged with the task of getting home! It is so nice to feel warm again after such a cold week. We were forced to close the shop for most of that week due to the bad weather and we do apologise to anyone who made it to the chocolate cellar only to find it closed!
We now seem to be back to normal and our winter warming hot chocolate and cakes seem to be flying out. We are using January to try out some new ideas Ė so keep your eyes and ears open Ė there are always a few little samples on offer in return for honest feedback!
Keep warm … hope to see you soon Ė Bala
‚ÄúLove begins at home, and it is not how much we do… but how much love we put in that action.‚ÄĚ¬† – Mother Teresa
I love this quote. For me it shows what Valentine‚Äôs Day is all about.
Many people seem to find Valentine‚Äôs Day a stressful time.
Quite often couples agree not to do much on Valentine‚Äôs. Men are then baffled when their partner presents them with a gift on the day with an expectant look on their face. There is then a sudden panic as one tries to arrange an amazing experience for their partner that they can present them with as a surprise on Valentine‚Äôs Evening. We have often been called in to save the day last minute!
From a female perspective I would say it is not about the gift itself. Obviously there is a certain standard that the gift should pass. It is more about the gesture. It is about the thought and effort that has gone in to the gift. It is about feeling valued, and knowing that you weren‚Äôt an afterthought on the way home from work. It is about the delight you feel when you go through the mechanics of untying the ribbon, opening the box and finding a little treat just for you.
We have put together a few tips that we think are important ‚Äď we hope you find them useful:
- Plan ahead ‚Äď look around you. When you start to see pink and red in the shop windows with lots of hearts everywhere it is time to think about what you would like to do for Valentines. The date does not change ‚Äď it is always on 14th February.
- Keep it a surprise ‚Äď most people love surprises!
- Consider the recipient ‚Äď think about what your Valentine really likes. Find out if they prefer milk or dark chocolate before buying that box of chocolates!
- ¬†Wrap it ‚Äď even if it is in a ready-made gift bag.
If you do come to the conclusion that our chocolates would make the perfect gift, here is the link to pre-order www.thechocolatecellar.co.uk/shop
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