I'm not a teen. (Yes, I went to college for this job.) However, I do know that the 2020-21 school year has been tough for a lot of high schoolers. Many students have had their proms canceled for the second year in a row while other schools are "getting creative" (as the Philadelphia Inquirer reports) to make sure teens get some sort of memorable experience, even if it won't feel like prom in the traditional sense.
So to help high schoolers add some creativity to their own prom—whatever it may look like in 2021—Red Lobster is jumping on an odd trend we've seen emerge over the past several years: putting baked goods on your boutonnieres and corsages. And of course, in the seafood chain's case, they're suggesting you use one of their signature products: Cheddar Bay Biscuits. It's an idea so cheesy, it just might work.
This week, Red Lobster released video instructions on how to create your own matching D.I.Y. Cheddar Bay Biscuit boutonniere and corsage. Now, admittedly, step one is literally "Order Cheddar Bay Biscuits to go." That pretty much lays out Red Lobster's motives from the get-go. But think about it this way: Most crafting projects require you to buy supplies—and most of those supplies aren't delicious—so at least you're starting with something tasty.
From there, the instructions are extremely straightforward: "Step two: Glue decorative elements to cardboard backing; Step three: Glue Cheddar Bay Biscuit to other elements; Step four: Enjoy prom!" Just to take a step back, Red Lobster clarified to me that, no, they don't expect you to eat the glue-covered biscuit, but instead, since the biscuits are usually sold as half-dozens or dozens, you can sacrifice one for fashion and eat the rest.
And yes, overall, the instructions are more broad brushstrokes than a detailed diagram—but for Cheddar Bay Biscuit diehards, consider it a chance to bring your own creativity to the project. Personally, I would maybe take something like the top of a plastic fork and glue that onto the cardboard, and then maybe I could attach the biscuit to the fork? Because you know damn well you're going to want to eat that Cheddar Bay Biscuit, and you shouldn't have to sacrifice even one for the greater good!
But regardless, I think Red Lobster's broader sentiment here is clear. Life is what you make of it—and whether you're having a traditional prom or you have to settle for something else, in the end, your experiences are whatever you bring to them. If bringing Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits to those experiences will make them better for you, then don't let all of the other noise bring you down. Thank you for listening to my graduation speech, Class of 2021… unofficially sponsored by Cheddar Bay Biscuits, I guess.