A couple of years ago, some friends and I hosted our first Valentine brunch for some of our sweet sisters who needed a little extra pampering. It was a delightful project and so much fun that we repeated it last year This year it’s become an official tradition! I thought it would be fun to share some of the details of last year’s party with you.
Here are the invitations I made to announce this special event ~ doily hearts topped with fancy stickers, glued onto folded glossy card stock.
Next: the centerpiece for the main table. I used huge hot pink Valentine roses, greens from my tree, and little bursts of red faux filler stems (bought at Michaels), all arranged in a tall ceramic vase embellished with ~ what else? ~ hearts! A lavish bow of heart-decorated ribbon tied around the top of the container finishes off the arrangement.
Table setting: First we spread a red-and-pink chevron-striped runner (fabric from JoannFabrics) down the length of the long dining table. Then, we layered red placemats on top.
The big flower arrangement was positioned in the center of the table and we worked outward in both directions, adding a few more roses in bud vases and thrift store glass goblets (always arrange from biggest objects down to smallest), followed by smaller accents.
We scattered white paper lace doilies… glass votive holders wrapped with Valentine ribbons (they look so magical when the candles are lit) … candy dishes filled with assorted Valentine sweets… and as a final touch, chocolate kisses and other candies sprinkled on the table.
It’s always, always the DETAILS that set your creations apart and express your love, whether it’s a floral arrangement, a tablescape or a beautiful party. For example, I love to use big thrift store goblets as flower vases, as you see here ~ an unexpected way to show off one magnificent rose. Tying a big bow around the stem of the glass adds another festive finishing touch.
The menu: Of course, the food was sublime. We served several hot chicken salad casseroles, a stunning fruit platter that was a centerpiece in itself ~ and yes, those are 100% homemade rolls, hot and fresh out of the oven.
Desserts included pretzel sticks dipped in white chocolate and rolled in sugar hearts, strawberry mousse and the most incredible peppermint brownies on the planet.
It was a perfect day in every way, and a delight to spend special time with some very dear friends. Plans are well under way for our 3d annual Valentine brunch and we can hardly wait!