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! :)
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