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Party Plan: At Home Date Night

It’s Valentines week!  Are you excited or dread this day?  I’m grateful to have my husband in my life and his love, but we don’t usually do much for Valentine’s Day.  So I thought it would be fun to just do a little at home date night.  Thanks to some much earlier bed times for our kiddos we have more time to spend together in the evenings.  While most of those evenings are spent falling asleep next to each other on the couch, maybe for Valentine’s Day we can manage to stay awake and enjoy a nice meal together?

If you’d like to celebrate with a special someone, it doesn’t take much.  Share a delicious meal together, add in some quality time just the two of you and it we be the perfect evening.  I hope this party plan gives you the inspiration you need.

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At Home Date Night Tablescape

I set up this pretty tablescape that is all things red, pink, and love.  Thanks to a kind neighbor I was able to just borrow the red chargers and not have to buy them for myself.  To complete the place setting I used my new gold flatware.  I’m in love with this set, it’s really heavy duty and so pretty.  I love it more because I waited (with fingers crossed it wouldn’t be sold out) until it was 66% off after Christmas at Hobby Lobby.  Such a steal!

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I used some champagne glasses we already had on hand and some pretty purple water goblets.  A quick bunch of flowers from the grocery store in some pink vases and the table was set for a pretty date night.

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At Home Date Night Menu

Now moving on to what to make for dinner.  Several years ago after almost a year apart from each other (thanks dual deployments), this entree was one of the first meals I made for my husband once we were reunited, and it was so good.

Plus, the man loves him some baked brie, so I found a really yummy looking recipe.  It only has three ingredients so it’s easy too.

For our date night dessert, something simple.  Some brownies and strawberries with a little whipped cream.

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You can find all of the recipes below.  Just click on the links and get the full recipe.

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What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?  Are you going to celebrate with your special someone or do you normally just consider it another regular day?  I at least hope you take a minute and show some love to those that are special to you.  And if you have the time, make a special meal to share with your spouse and have an at home date night.

 

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Valentine’s Day Snack Time Party

What’s a better reason to celebrate than snacks?!  My daughter is ALL about snacks!  She’d literally eat them all day long and never have a meal if I let her.  What is it about a snack that make kids so happy?

So in honor of snack time and the fact that we won’t be around our friends on Valentine’s Day I decided to throw a snack themed Valentine’s Day party for my daughter.

Here are all the details of what snacks we had, the tablescape, snack buffet, and crafts we made.  It’s so easy to celebrate, just invite a few friends over and set out some snacks.  It doesn’t have to be elaborate or fancy.  Just spending time with friends is the goal!

Valentine’s Day Party Snack Buffet

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I set up a little snack buffet of goodies all kiddos will love.  Mini oranges, cheese sticks, and Valentine’s treats like cookies and cupcakes.  other really good snack options are pretzels, popcorn, carrots, and apple slices.

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I can not get over how beautiful these sugar cookies are!  I got them from a friend of mine that makes beautiful and delicious cookies.  She owns Cookieliciousness and you can find her on Facebook here.  Go order some NOW!

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Valentine’s Day Snack Party Tablescape

I set up a fun color scheme table so my daughter and her friends could chow down on these snacks.  I used our DIY valentine’s holders as a placemat and as a way to collect the valentines that everyone brought.

A simple piece of wrapping paper covers my table to keep it safe and clean while tying into the theme.  Adding some colored napkins and color themed plates ties the whole table together.

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How cute are those handwritten names on the Valentine’s?  I’m getting so impressed with how well my daughter is learning to write letters. Thanks preschool 😉 kids Valentine's day party ideas, kids snack party, Valentine's day snacks

kids Valentine's day party ideas, kids snack party, Valentine's day snacksThis is one reason why I love party styling.  Tying fun straws to the juice boxes took an extra couple of minutes, but it made the table so much cuter.  Adding a little extra time or effort can really enhance the look of your party, but it doesn’t need to be anything over the top. kids Valentine's day party ideas, kids snack party, Valentine's day snackskids Valentine's day party ideas, kids snack party, Valentine's day snacksThese cookies were a big hit.  Why are these soft sugar cookies so delicious?  I know they are not good for you, but man they are tasty.  This little lady obviously loved them. And she had so much fun playing with her friends after not seeing them for awhile because of being sick.

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There were oranges offered to so there was a somewhat healthy alternative to cookies.  #balance

This was a really fun way to host a playdate.  It’s something anyone could do, just invite friends over and provide snacks.  The kids will love it!

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Tablescape Tuesday: Christmas Tablescape

Hi friends, it kind of feels like I’ve been away for awhile, but I guess that’s what happens when you have a busy weekend.  Is everyone in full blown Christmas mode yet?  It’s only two weeks away!  So much to do before then, right?

I wanted to get a little ahead of the curve and created my Christmas tablescape early.  On Christmas I’ll be busy enjoying the kids with their gifts and cooking Christmas dinner.  The table is now one less thing I’ll have to deal with.

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I wanted to use a lot of candles this year to really reflect the season of light we’re in.  Some candle holders and votives I’ve had add a touch of light while a few red candles make it festive.

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I also added pine cones to the centerpiece and place settings.  Right before dinner, I’ll add name cards to the pine cones. I’ll just stick the name cards between the different “branches” of the pine cones.

Thanks to the garland I bought for another area of the house, I was able to snip a few branches off to add some greenery to the centerpiece as well.  I’ll be posting a full Christmas home tour coming soon.  I just need the lighting to cooperate long enough to take pictures.

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Christmas tablescape, Christmas table settings, Christmas table decor, rustic table decor, rustic Christmas centerpieceI jazzed up the top of our bar with some Christmas tins and extra ornaments.  I made the chalkboard sign a few years ago and it’s still holding up.  Although it could use a bit of touching up.  This is a really easy way to fake a chalkboard.

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I’d love to see what your Christmas table looks like.  Do you decorate it or have a centerpiece?  Do you leave your table empty and let those gathered around it make all the memories?

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The Anatomy of a Dessert Table

Once again, I feel like a “real” blogger today with my good friend and photographer snapping all of these dessert table photos for me. Check out her contact info at the end of this post.

I recently put together a dessert table for a party and thought, there is definitely a bit of a science behind this so I wanted to share some great tips with you.  I think there are four main things you need when designing or setting up a dessert table.  Keep reading to see all four of them and a ton more ideas too.

How to Set Up a Dessert Table

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1. Height

Be sure to vary the height of your desserts.  A good rule of thumb is to put the things in the back higher so they can be reached.  A variety of heights also adds a ton of interest to your table. I used some wood slices, different height cake stands, and a variety of candy jars to differ the heights of my table.

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To tie the whole table and party together use a backdrop.  Having a backdrop at your dessert table makes it a focal point of the party.  It also allows you one big area to go overboard with the theme.  And it makes all of your desserts pop.

For this dessert table I simply used some kraft wrapping paper as a backdrop and added some paper flowers and a super quick banner.  I’ll be doing a tutorial post on that banner soon.  I love that I could just write whatever I needed on the wrapping paper backdrop.

Other great ideas to make an easy backdrop are to use tablecloths, shower curtains, balloons, or streamers.  I love the use of decorated pallets at this rustic wedding as a backdrop.  Flowers, banners, and lights are also really great options.

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So this may be a no brainer, but to make a dessert table, you will need a table or something similar to set all of your desserts on.

Instead of just using a table think outside the box and use what you have around your home.  Try using a dresser, a collection of side tables, a bar cart, wine barrels, or a vanity as a dessert table.  Using something unexpected really adds dimension to your dessert table.

Obviously a tablecloth is a great way to tie into the party color scheme.  I highly recommend investing in a plain white linen tablecloth.  You’ll be able to pull it out for so many occasions and it looks so much better than a plastic, themed, throw away tablecloth.  I promise you’ll get your money’s worth out of it.

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You can’t have a dessert table without the dessert!  I love all desserts, but having a variety ensures your guests will find something they like.  Mix it up with cookies, cakes, pies, cobblers, candy, cupcakes, or macaroons.  Not a baker?  No worries, your local grocery store has plenty of options for you.

I didn’t bake a thing for this dessert table, but picked everything up at the grocery store and didn’t break the bank.  I was excited to see so many options too.

How to set up a dessert table, dessert table how to, dessert table styling, dessert table backdropHow to set up a dessert table, dessert table how to, dessert table styling, dessert table backdropHow to set up a dessert table, dessert table how to, dessert table styling, dessert table backdropNow that you have the four critical parts of a dessert table, I’d love to see what you put together for your next party.  Be sure to tag @thedailyhostess on Facebook and Instagram so I can see all of your creations.

Do you have any other ideas that you feel need to be part of a dessert table?

Photos courtesy of the talented Tricia at Tricia June Photography.  Email for info at tjephotos@gmail.com or visit her Facebook page here.

 

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Tablescape Tuesday: Eucalyptus Centerpiece

Well folks, Thanksgiving is just around the corner!  Who is excited?  I love the holiday because it’s all about the food and just being together.  It’s such a cozy holiday with friends and family gathered around the table.  No party decor necessary.  But, I can’t let a holiday or get together go by without some sort of decor. Enter an inexpensive bunch of eucalyptus to pull this tablescape together.

Thanksgiving is a great time to put all your effort into the tablescape.   You’ll be spending a lot of time eating delicious food around the table anyway.  So today’s Tablescape Tuesday is an inspiration for your Thanksgiving table.

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Thankgsiving tablescape with eucalyptus leaves, eucalyptus and pumpkin thanksgiving centerpiece, thanksgiving pumpkin table centerpieceI later got the biggest bunch of eucalyptus from Costco.  You should have seen my face when I saw that they had eucalyptus.  I thought I had won the lottery, because a massive bunch was only $9.99.  Almost every bunch they had came home with me, but I restrained myself a bit.

I used what I needed from the bunch for an event I was planning, then had a lot left over.  So, right before we hopped on a plane for a quick trip to our hometown for my son’s baptism, I put this tablescape together.  Nothing like a deadline to make you jump into action.

Thankgsiving tablescape with eucalyptus leaves, eucalyptus and pumpkin thanksgiving centerpiece, thanksgiving pumpkin table centerpieceI laid the eucalyptus down the center of the table making sure all the stems were covered with leafy areas.  Then I placed the pumpkins and gourds randomly on top of the eucalyptus.  I wish you could have smelled the centerpiece.  So delightful and refreshing.

Thankgsiving tablescape with eucalyptus leaves, eucalyptus and pumpkin thanksgiving centerpiece, thanksgiving pumpkin table centerpieceI like that this centerpiece is low so you can still converse with all of your guests.  There is also plenty of room around the eucalyptus to place your favorite Thanksgiving dishes.

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I loved the touch of tying a name card onto a sprig of eucalyptus.  It ties into the centerpiece, but could also be a cute way to label leftovers for everyone.  Just tuck the stem with the name card into your wrapped up leftovers.  Last year I bought to go containers for Thanksgiving leftovers and they worked so much better than a bunch of paper plates wrapped in aluminum foil.

Thankgsiving tablescape with eucalyptus leaves, eucalyptus and pumpkin thanksgiving centerpiece, thanksgiving pumpkin table centerpieceThankgsiving tablescape with eucalyptus leaves, eucalyptus and pumpkin thanksgiving centerpiece, thanksgiving pumpkin table centerpieceWhile my husband was loading up our luggage I was feverishly snapping pictures to share this tablescape with all of you.    Does this make you want to run out and buy all the eucalyptus like I do?  I’m probably going back to Costco to see if there is more before Thanksgiving.  My only complaint is that this tablescape doesn’t last very long.  If the eucalyptus isn’t in water it dries up pretty quickly.

I hope you have a great Tuesday, and be sure to keep your eye out for bargain eucalyptus!

 

 

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