Hello to all you Where My Heart Resides readers! My name is Ashley, and I blog over at That is All. When my Internet buddy, Ashlee, asked me to participate in this week of love-ly, I thought, “Hooray! An excuse to throw a party!” I asked all the girls in my family to come over for a Valentine’s brunch. Yummy treats were eaten and many laughs were had. I’d like to share some pictures from that day and some tips for throwing your own love-ly Valentine’s party.
#1. Centerpiece. Create a centerpiece at your party that will draw your guests together. Some ideas would be flowers or candles. I decided to use some Martha Stewart pom poms (find a tutorial here) and a tiny cupcake tower.
#2. Pretty Details. Put some time into pretty details that will make your guests feel special. I found some pink hot chocolate (how cute is that?!) at World Market and completed it with heart-shaped marshmallows. My guests couldn’t stop talking about it.
I will caution you not to get too bogged down with details, though. I stayed up late making cupcakes the night before my party and unfortunately slept through my alarm the morning of. All my dreams of perfectly frosted cupcakes went out the window. This could have thrown the entire day into a tailspin. Instead, I roped my guests into decorating cupcakes when they arrived. It turned out to be a lot of fun. So plan and work hard, but if things don’t go perfectly – it’s ok. Your guests feed off of your energy, so be happy and they will be to.
#3. Memories. Simply, make memories. Tell stories, laugh, snap photos, give yourself something to look back on after the cookies are all gone and the kitchen is clean. Some ideas from my party – wrap up leftovers in cute containers for your guests to enjoy later and have some props for a mini photo shoot (if you want to go all out, look at this amazing Christmas photo booth from Promise Tangeman).
I hope these tips and photos have inspired you to have a love-ly party of your own. I’d like to say a quick thanks to Ashlee for thinking to include me and to Katrina from Pugly Pixel for the photo templates and bunting flag clip art.
That is all.