Tuesday, February 12, 2013

my Valentine dinner party



Hello my friends. In case you’re wondering…


Last night I finally had my little dinner party for our Box Club group and I have a few photos for you. Just in case you’re still in the mood for a couple more Valentine ideas.

I really like to share behind-the-scene details to show you how easy it is to put a pretty table together, once you decide on a theme and choose your colors.


Last night everyone was so appreciative of all the little touches, like these decoupaged hearts I made with old music sheets. 


They were hanging on the boxwood wreaths in the dining room.


Why a Cupid theme? I decided on this theme once I found these miniature Cupids at the Dollar store. Isn’t that how it works? You find one item that inspires you and you’re off and running.

I  used them as place cards that I embellished with Martha Stewart labels and a red  gem that I found on the sticker aisle.


I put white doilies down the center of the table.


And these Cupid feathers are actually Christmas ornaments from Pier One that I bought at a 75% discount after Christmas. Once I decided on a Cupid table, of course I had to use them.




I hot glued pink trim on Mason jars. And I transformed basic Starbucks bottles for my table, filling them with pink lemonade.


Dessert bar



I made used this homemade chewy brownie recipe and used a heart shaped cookie cutter once they cooled. And I served mascarpone filled strawberries alongside them for dessert, another great recipe.


I served chicken and mushroom crepes with a cheese sauce for dinner. I found this perfect crepe recipe which made turning the crepes over… a breeze. 

These were definitely comfort foods on this menu! But this salad with the pomegranate vinaigrette was lighter and I loved it. I would definitely recommend it if you like goat cheese, pears, and dried cranberries in your salad. (I used toasted pecans instead of walnuts).


I put hot pink-colored taffy inside my Grandma’s old teacup …


and inside the Cupid inspired party favors.


I made this crepe paper banner and I hung paper doily hearts from a lots of places.



Well, have you reached your pink and red quota for the day? Maybe?

Well, thanks for visiting … I’m always so happy to have you here. And I hope I’ve left you with a few ideas you can use. Have a great day!




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ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

I love it all Leslie from the pretty tablescape to the hearts hanging from the chandy!! Dinner sounded scrumptious!!

Anonymous said...

Love the silver tray that says "Welcome" and the angel wings on the napkins. I never thought of using the teacup I inherited from my grandma as a sweet little candy dish! Thanks for sharing. Everything looks adorable.

Pitter and Glink said...

It's beautiful! The angel wing napkin holders are my favorite! :)

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Leslie, Your tablescape and dinner are LOVEly! You have so many creative and fun touches. I love love love your "napkin wings" and the upcycles Starbucks bottles.
I would have love to be at your table. said...

I love everything you did-especially the angel wings and the favor arrows-soo cute!!

Kristi said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!! :)

The Divorced Lady's Companion to Living in Italy said...

You are amazing! Love the music scores used as decoration (I play the piano). I'm sure your guests swooned! Xcat

Gypsy Heart said...

Leslie, it's all just gorgeous! So many special touches...I know the ladies loved it. The food sounds divine!

I also love that silver tray with the "Welcome" on it. Did you just paint it with chalkboard paint?


Lori said...

Love all the pink and red ~ makes me feel all romantic. I think you nailed it there girl ~ hope the party was a success!

Christy James said...

Beautiful! I love the cupid's wings for napkin holders, they are the perfect touch!


Linda said...

Leslie you did a superb job decorating for your Box Club!!
But if you are like me enough of the red and white bring on the yellows for spring!!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Oh Leslie, every single detail is so pretty! And the menue sounds delicious too. Your guests must have felt totally pampered. I bet you all had a grand time!

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

What a Beautiful party! I am smitten with those cupid wings and had to pin them. Gotta admit although I don't have a lick of pink in my decor, I LOVE the stuff for Valentines and haven't reached my quotient :)

<3 Christina @ I Gotta Create!

Patty said...

These are really wonderful ideas. I love the trim on the jars. Everything is just beautiful. I imagine your friends had a delightful time.

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