A Valentine Brunch among Friends

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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. 

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Here are the invitations I made to announce this special event ~ doily hearts topped with fancy stickers, glued onto folded glossy card stock.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.             IMG_1499

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.

IMG_1491 - Version 2The 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.

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Desserts included pretzel sticks dipped in white chocolate and rolled in sugar hearts, strawberry mousse and the most incredible peppermint brownies on the planet.

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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!

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