Tuesday, February 14, 2012

All-Girls Dinner Party

Happy Valentine's Day to all my sweets!  If I had the funds, I would send each of you flowers  and a glass of champagne to let you know you're loved.


As I posted about here, I threw an all-girls Valentine's Day dinner party this past Friday.  It was such a fun time!  We had multiple  champagne cocktails, salad, fettuccine alfredo, and red velvet cupcakes.  Festive macaroons were also served!  
My kitchen is on the second floor of the house, so when guests arrived there was an elderflower elixir waiting for them by the staircase.  


This cocktail is super easy to make.  Combine 3 parts champagne with one part St. Germain elderflower liquor.  Drop in a raspberry for garnish.  The elderflower adds a fruity flavor to the champagne.  Even the pickiest of drinkers will love it!


Here is my tablescape.  I love my French table, so I couldn't stand the thought of covering it with a tablecloth.  Instead, I opted for a homemade table runner.  I first saw the idea here.  My sweet boyfriend helped me glue white and red heart dollies together to create the runner. He gets a few brownie points for that one!  I picked out two white hydrangeas for the centerpiece and surrounded them with mercury glass candles from Anthropologie.
And what Valentine's Day event would be complete without conversation hearts?  


Reminiscent of second grade crushes, I just had to have a few dishes of them on hand. Each place setting had these darling napkins from Anthropologie (can you tell I am obsessed yet?).  Since this party's focus was to celebrate friendship, I also included a quote about friendship on each plate.  The quotes were typed out on vintage cardboard.


Lavender, raspberry and chocolate macaroons were served in girly colors.  The red velvet cupcakes on the bottom platter had festive hearts as a topping.  


Here's another picture of the table I took via my Instagram.


I am so glad I got to catch up over dinner with my girlfriends.  Their friendships really have meant the world to me and made me feel so at home in Houston.  Here's a photo of my friend Carol, me, and my friend Hope.


I'm thankful I managed to pull this off with no fires or major disasters.  Now I need to find a good excuse to throw another dinner party!  Happy Valentine's Day! :)

53 comments:

  1. I love every bit of your party! It makes me wish we had thrown a little Valentine's Day dinner, putting it together sounds like a blast. PS I am in love with your table and chairs- gorg!

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  2. Happy Valentines Day, love! Looks like a perfect dinner party with good friends ;) xox

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  3. I need to do this next year! Such a lovely, thoughtful get together!

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  4. This is a great idea! Your table is lovely!

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  5. How fun! Everything looks gorgeous and I love your dress.

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  6. The party turned out perfectly! Such a thoughtful get together. My girlfriends & I are opting for a night out tonight- but I'm SO trying this next year. xx

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  7. Maybe the cutest dinner party I've seen! Love that you had cocktails waiting by the stairs. Best touch. xo

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  8. Sam you are the cutest and most thoughtful friend! Those cards at each place setting...adorable. And I just love how you had an elderflower elixir waiting on the first floor. Such an unexpected, delightful surprise when your guests arrive. Now I wish I had 2 floors! Happy Valentine's Day!

    xoxo

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  9. Looks like it was a perfect girl's nite! xoxo

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  10. Aw, what a fancy party! Looks so fun!

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  11. Sam- Absolutely adorable!! I was going to through a little "no boys allowed" Valentine's cocktail/appetizer party myself until everyone realized that TCU made this week test/project/paper week so everyone is on their last nerve studying :( Oh well - next year! You did a splendid job & Julia's right... the champagne cocktails at the bottom of the stairs was the perfect way to start a wonderful night with friends! xo Happy Vday!

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  12. aww it looks so cute :) i love this, cute post xx

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  13. What a great idea for a girls night! I love it... the cocktails sound scrumptious and the table setting = too cute. Is your dress Alice & Olivia? I think I have it.

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  14. so so cute! the spread looks amazing! happy valentines! xo

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  15. Your house is beautiful and I wish I could have attended your dinner party :) Loved the pics :)

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  16. Looks like a perfect party! Great work! I, of course, loved all the frilly little details!!

    Raegan

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  17. Oh my goodness. It looks perfect. Happy Valentine's Day darling!

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  18. um...woooow, what a totally decadent soiree with you and the girls!! loved everything about it!!

    <3Amanda
    feast.fashion.faves

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  19. Looks like the perfect night. Happy Valentine's Day!

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  20. i love love love your tablescape. valentines perfection!! i could also use one of those champagne cocktails right about now ;) xo

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  21. You're a dream! That is such a beautiful table, and set up.

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  22. I love the idea of a girls Valentines Dinner. I will def be making the Elderflower cocktail sounds delish. Your table looked gorg as did you!

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  23. this is just the sweetest idea! Love the cocktail waiting at the door, what a nice touch!

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  24. this is too cute! I love the cocktail awaiting your guests by the door!

    xoxo navy & orange

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  26. Your table scape was adorable! I especially love the Ward quote!

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  27. looks like SUCH a lovely little party! i'm the same way when i throw mine! to the very last elegant detail!

    love your blog, and am now following <3

    happy valentines day!!



    hugs, xo!

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  28. what a great dinner party!! i love your decorations and the quote you printed is so perfect. i love the photo of the roses in an ice cube so cute

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  29. This is so pretty, and those white hydrangeas are the perfect accompaniment.

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  30. Sounds like you had a great time! You thought of so many special touches!

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  31. Aw, your party looks like a BALL!!! Too cute! I'm about to head over to my girls party in a few. P.s. just saw you sponsor a child through Compassion, ME TOO!!!! Ah! He's adorable his name is Edward and he's from Ghana.


    Anywho,

    Hope you have a great night love!!

    xx,

    Erin

    www.ashesoflaughter.com

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  32. That is so stinkin' adorable! We definitely need to live closer to each other so I can get invites to these fab little get togethers! (c: Happy V-day, Sam! You are such a sweetheart, hope you are having a good one!

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  33. Lucky friends! The quote on the napkins are my favorite part, besides the yummy desserts of course.

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  34. Omigosh, what an amazingly sweet party! I love all the little details. Your friends are so lucky! Happy Valentine's Day! :)

    xo, alison*elle

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  35. what a fantastic dinner part! everything looks lovely.

    you make me miss my girlfriends.

    thegirlieblog.com-beauty,fashion,seattle

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  36. You did such a fabulous job! The table looks gorgeous and all of the festive treats sound delicious. You look gorgeous too!

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  37. You did an amazing job; it looks like it was a fabulous dinner party! I loved your tables cape and the quote you left on each of your friend's napkins - such a lovely idea! xx

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  38. Your table looked beautiful! What a fun night!

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  39. How fun is this? You hosted such a lovely little party - it's beautiful! Love the Anthropologie touches (I work there but I'm not biased or anything haha) and the conversation hearts! I could eat those things for days.

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  40. Good choice on not covering your french table. I love that rusticity it brought to your Vday tablet setting. Super cute!

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  41. What a fabulous all girls party! Love the table setting and the friendship quotes!

    Your dining chairs and zebra rugs are beautiful, by the way!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  42. What a sweet friend you are!!! Wish I was in Houston to celebrate with you! XO

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  43. Your party was adorable! Love your tablescape and that drink sounds yummy :)

    Coley @
    whatyoumakeit-coley.blogspot.com

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  44. What a lovely party - Champagne cocktails, macarons and cupcakes - a perfect combination for me! I love elderflower - thanks for introducing St Germain to me - will definitely try it! Will make this cocktail too. I made Raspberry Prosecco Cocktail for Valentine's (you may like it -I posted the recipe on my blog)
    http://missbbobochic.blogspot.com/

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  45. Oh my goodness! Your party looked awesome! Great work!

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  46. you are SUCH a genius Sam!! So would have loved to go to your party! xox

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  47. Such an adorable dinner party! Love all of the details!

    MEGAN LAND
    xo

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  48. This looks like so much fun! Thanks for sharing the photos!

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  49. What an amazzzzing girly party! Sounds like SO much fun!
    And you are GORGEOUS!

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