Valentines Day Celebration!

"Cookies & Cocktails" : 
A Gal Pal Celebration


   I couldn't let Valentine's Day come to an end without one more fabulous party!  Any excuse to get together with girlfriends, is a good excuse for me! 
   If you're looking for the perfect Valentine celebration, a shower idea or you just want a few gal pals over for a fun get-together, then this "Cookies & Cocktails" theme could be just the ticket.  It's chock-full of fun ideas and inspiration to make your next gathering a sure hit!

    I LOVE a great wreath backdrop!  I chose a heart shape of course for Valentine's Day but it could also work beautifully for a bridal shower or even a birthday celebration or you could simply make it round to suit really any occasion.  A little greenery with a couple colorful tissue flowers definitely makes a bold yet elegant statement.


   I chose to stay traditional with the palette using various shades of pinks and reds throughout.
   The dessert table was simple yet achieved a boldly elegant feel from the popping red cakes plates adorned with elegant crystal details. Topped with beautiful sugar cookies, whimsical cupcakes, a stunning drip cake and a couple mini floral arrangements and the table was complete!






   The tablescape design started with a lovely piece of red velveteen running down the center.  TIP: You'd be surprised how many endless table runner options there are at your local fabric store! 
I filled a white wooden box with loads of gorgeous blooms and placed it in the center. 
Each place setting started with darling pink heart shaped melamine plates topped off with mini heart wreaths adorned with each guests name. A whimsical striped napkin was topped with the loveliest red and white disposable silverware.  Yes, I said "disposable".  You'd never guess it from the look of it. Right?

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 A mini floral arrangement tucked neatly in glittery gold votive holders was placed above each setting and the sweetest little favor box of macarons sat to the left.  Last but not least, was a delicious raspberry Rose spritzer garnished with the most adorably decorated straws.




Now, I don't know about you, but I LOVE charcuterie platters.  I am all about variety and grazing.  I am also a huge fan of sweets.  So I thought, why not make a "Sweet & Savory" Charcuterie plate.  That's exactly what I did! I placed one at each end of the table so everyone could reach and I filled them with savory meats and cheeses, crackers, nuts, chocolate covered strawberries and pretzels, macrons and lots more decadent yummies!  It's definitely the way to go.


  
I LOVE having a craft or activity of some sort at all my gatherings. It's not only fun, but it's a great way to keep everyone entertained and engaged.  
Number or letter cookies/cakes are all the rage these days. I thought, what a fun activity this would be, just miniaturized of course! I chose a heart shaped sugar cookie filled with buttercream and topped with sprinkles and confections!  Each guest would get a beautiful red pastry box to put their creation in, wrap it up with a lovely ribbon and darling tag and give it to their favorite Valentine!  HOW SWEET!










Now gather some of your favorite Gal Pals and host your own "Cookies & Cocktails" party for any occasion!







Thanks for stopping by!

CREDITS:

Styling, Desserts and Photography: A Lovely Design / Misha

Cake Plates: Amalfi Decor

Gold Glitter Votives: Kate Aspen

Favor Boxes: Oriental Trading

Silverware: Sophistiplate

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Sweetheart Soiree

Sweetheart Soiree


     What better way to celebrate Valentine's Day, than with your favorite gal pals!  The inspiration for this celebration came from these lovely balloons. There were so many gorgeous colors to choose from, but I ultimately decided on a palette of deep plum, rose gold, chrome gold, blushy magenta and white. If you really want to make your balloon displays POP!... try mixing in different finishes, various sizes of balloons and add in a few confetti filled balloons for a splash of fun!

Noon Year's Eve!

Happy NOON Year!!




      Most kiddos can't hang to the wee hours of midnight to ring in the new year so why not have a NOON Year's Eve Party for the littles instead!  Include all the fun of a New Year's Eve party like noise makers, festive party hats, yummy kid approved food and drinks as well of lots of fun games and activities. Instead of ending the party with a count down, kick off the party with a super fun countdown at NOON!


     I decided on a colorfully whimsical color palette with hints of gold for added glam!


    Nothing says festive and fun like a fabulous balloon backdrop!
To create this look, I first hung a fun ruffled backdrop behind my table.(It's actually a shower curtain.)  I then created my balloon arch using black and white balloons.  I also tucked in some white tissue flowers for added texture.  Stick pins, twine and a low temp glue gun are your tools for this display.
Finally, I hung the sweetest "Let's Party" banner across the center.




     The desserts were a festive collection of chocolate covered Oreos, chocolate cupcakes, marshmallow pops and a yummy powdered doughnut tower.  The centerpiece of the table is the multi colored number candles for the perfect countdown!  Just before the clock strikes noon, light the candles and have the kiddos blow them out one by one!  They will love it!







     The tabletop was whimsical and fun, starting with a white tablecloth topped with a wide black and white striped runner and finally a thinner gold sequined runner down the center of that. Using the adorable party hats down the center made for a super fun yet super simple display! Each place setting was made up of a gold plate topped with a whimsical color wheel plate, topped by a cute clock dessert plate and finished with a darling little "Ring Pop" favor box.  The milk glasses had festively sugared rims and black and white striped straws!  And finally, no NOON Year's Eve Party would be complete without a party horn!





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     There were so many super simple details in this party, like the tassels on the back of the chairs or the rainbow tissue tassel garland across the beverage cart... It's all in the details!!




     Now, to keep these kiddos entertained....
How about a "Make your own SLIME Station", perhaps a game or two of  TWISTER and to finish off the day, a New Year's Resolution Station!
That one's as simple as some pens and sticky notes and perhaps a white board to attach them to!

Here's a super simple SLIME RECIPE:

  INGREDIENTS


     ½ Cup Washable Clear Elmer’s Glue
     1 TBL Saline Solution
     ½ TSP Baking Soda
     ½ cup Water
     Glitter

  1. Mix glue and water in a bowl.
  2. Mix in baking soda well, then add saline solution.
  3. Stir thoroughly.
  4. Knead with hands.
  5. Finally, sprinkle glitter onto slime and knead and pull till it’s mixed throughout.
  6. Store the slime in little plastic jars.
Happy Sliming!!











                    Now let the countdown begin…..5 4 3 2 1!
HAPPY NOON YEAR!

Credits:

Styling, Printables and Photography: A Lovely Design / Misha

"Let's Party" Banner:  Sweet Georgia Sweet

Party Hats, Plates: Target