Date for Phased Re-Opening of St. Jacobs Farmers’ Markets
Outdoor Market Phase 1 Re-opening Thursday June 4th
Indoor (and Outdoor) Market Phase 1 Re-opening Saturday June 6th
Hours of Operation 7:00am to 3:30pm
by Meg Carman
Don’t let life pass you by. You can celebrate your birthday, baby shower, graduation, anniversary, and any other milestones safely from home. With a little creativity, you can make the moments you’re experiencing now into cherished memories worthy of reminiscing.
Since we don’t know when it will be safe to gather again, here are three ways to upgrade your socially distanced celebration to commemorate any milestone in a big way. Even if you can’t leave your home.
To make celebrating at home exciting, change up your space until it feels like you are somewhere new and special. Cover those walls that you’ve seen far too often in the past year with balloons, flowers, banners, or string lights!
Victoria Party Store has a vast supply of balloons, themed decorations, and party rentals that are fit for every occasion! They also have yard signs with “Class of 2021!” or “Congratulations Graduate!” that are ideal for drive by graduation celebrations. Plus, they make finding and obtaining the perfect decorations simple with the option to shop online for curbside pick-up or delivery options.
If you’re looking for an upscale, custom design, and don’t want to be responsible for assembling it yourself, check out Wildwood Floral and Event Design. They create beautiful flower backdrops that are unique and fit the space seamlessly. Their flower arrangements have an incredible “wow factor” that will make your celebrations memorable for years to come.
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Once your space looks fit for a celebration, it is time to plan the entertainment. Ask any event planner and they’ll tell you the most memorable events have great activities. And lucky for you, local businesses have adapted their product offerings so that they can continue doing what they love, while keeping their customers safe.
If your group consists of attendees who are 19+, Alchemist Alie, head bartender from the Bauer Kitchen, has the virtual happy hour experience for you! Alchemist Alie’s virtual happy hour comes with a cocktail making kit and includes everything you need to make amazing cocktails.
Virtual cocktail courses are perfect for birthdays, bachelorette/bachelor parties, and as team bonding events to celebrate a big win with your colleagues. You have the option to choose from the seasonal, ever-changing Alchemist Menu, or have the experience customized to meet the needs of your group.
If you are looking for an activity that’s alcohol free, try Queen of Hearts’ Afternoon Tea TO-GO. These fun tea kits are filled with scones, sandwiches, desserts, and of course tea! With new afternoon tea themes being created on a regular basis, such as the Mermaid Princess Tea Party and the special Mother’s Day Berry Best Afternoon Tea, you’ll want to enjoy High Tea for every celebration.
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Food is the single most important item needed to transform a regular day into a celebration to remember! If you are running low on time or don’t have the budget for decorations, an activity/experience, and food, don’t worry.
Cakes are often stunning works of art and can easily fill the role of decorations. Not to mention, the tradition of lighting candles, singing happy birthday, cutting cakes, and eating in general, are all activities to keep people entertained.
If you are looking for a custom cake to make your celebration picture-perfect, you’ll want to order a bespoke cake from Lenjo Bakes. Bespoke cakes are uniquely made for a particular customer and the cake will be as individual as the person/celebration it is for. Since this cake is made uniquely for you, you’ll need to provide ample notice. You do not want to rush art and these cakes are in fact, art.
Another way to use food to make a celebration special, is putting together your very own celebration box. This idea can be used to celebrate people that don’t live in your household. Follow these simple steps.
Create a gift that’s full of themed goodies.
Make sure that the celebrated person is home to receive the gift so that the food doesn’t expire.
Leave it on their doorstep.
Video call them when you get home so that you can view the “unboxing”.
If you can create this gift using all local products, even better! Need some inspiration? Check out this Spring Gift Guide for ideas.
Celebrations are so important for our mental health. They make the people in our lives feel seen and loved. Celebrations, big or small, help us to stay connected and feel purposeful during a challenging time. Use these celebration tips to make the ordinary, feel extraordinary and show your loved ones that you care.
Meg Carman is a writer, photographer, and small business advocate in Ontario.
She enjoys meeting local business owners that are making a difference within their communities and sharing their stories.