You could look at my Instagram feed for 2.5 seconds and tell that I have a serious pink obsession. Even when I try to branch out and incorporate other colors, I always come back to pink. So it's no surprise Valentine's is my second favorite holiday! I love love of course, but I'm more in it for the sweets, pretty flowers and an excuse to wear an obnoxious amount of pink all month! Earlier this week, my good friend and super talented photographer, Michelle came over to shoot inspiration for a Valentine's/Galentine's party that's overflowing with all my favorite things. If you follow along on IG stories, you might have seen the behind the scenes craziness that was happening on my screened porch. As much as I would love a studio space for shoots like this, it's amazing what a huge roll of white paper can do!
When I setup tablescapes or parties, I always make sure to add a lot of layers and almost crowd the table. I like things a little messy when I style because I think it makes everything more interesting visually. Plus who doesn't love confetti sprinkled everywhere?!
I'm going to let the photos do most of the talking in this post, but I'll share little tidbits on how I pulled together the details throughout!
I've had the chance to work with Sydney, the talent behind Okie Doughkie multiple times over the past few weeks and she always does such an amazing job! I asked her to design cookies for the shoot inspired some of my favorite enamel pins and to create a more modern take on the traditional conversation hearts. I chose three fun phrases, "you're magic, heart of gold and hey cutie" and I LOVE how they turned out. If you're in the Houston area and looking for unique cookies for a party or gift, you must to reach out to Sydney!
After a few failed attempts to add brushstrokes to macarons, I've learned it's best to leave this to the professionals! I found these raspberry macarons at Central Market on Sunday and I knew they would be the perfect addition to the table. This particular party is centered around sweets and bubbly drinks so I wanted to make sure I had a fun assortment of pink desserts.
I found these festive wine glass charms in the Target dollar section. The tassels and the acrylic LOVE charms were originally separate but I love how combining them creates a layered look. Then I used die cut foam hearts from the craft store instead of coasters. This was a last minute addition to the table but it really compliments the other details!
For the drinks, I served berry flavored sparkling water with floating frozen strawberries and coupes filled with sparkling brut rosé garnished with a heart shaped Peep! I originally chose this garnish because of the cuteness factor and not for taste, but since Peeps are sticky in the middle, it stayed put on the glass when you're sipping. Functional AND cute!
How cute are these love letter and pencil cookies?! The envelope was inspired by this enamel pin and I love how it turned out.
Whether you're celebrating Valentines or Galentines, I hope this inspires you to make it a little sweeter this year!
Styling, design & flowers by Me | Photos by Michelle Able Photography & Cotton Weddings | Cookies by Okie Doughkie | Donuts from River Oaks Donuts | Table, chairs & pink plates from IKEA | Champagne coupes | Pink scalloped table & wine glass charms from Target | Macarons & heart shaped Peeps from Central Market