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Valentine’s Sweetheart Party

Happy One Month Before Valentine’s Day day!  I know it’s super early, but I wanted to get a head start on all of the fun things happening for Valentine’s Day.  To start, I put together this super pretty little pink and red Valentine’s Sweetheart table.  It’s such a great way to show someone you love that you don’t mind sitting reeeeallly close to them!

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My thought in doing a sweetheart table was that it would be kind of romantic to dine with whoever you love in an intimate little setting and the size and closeness of the table help.  I plan on putting this table back out on the patio to celebrate Valentine’s day with my husband in about a month (sorry to my husband that won’t be surprised at all since he reads the blog!), and making a delicious dinner with no kiddo so we can just enjoy each other.

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To dress up the table I used a red tablecloth (typically seen around here at Christmas, everything has to work double duty) and made place settings with everything we already had, gold chargers, and our everyday plates layered onto red plastic outdoor plates.  For the place cards, I cut hearts out of card stock then added a border by gluing a layer of pink sprinkles.  It surprisingly didn’t take many sprinkles, but they do kind of get everywhere, so be forwarned.

For the centerpiece I finally did something that you can see on Pinterest all the time and put a smaller vase inside a bigger vase and then filled the area between them with candy sweethearts.  It turned out so cute, but I did have to go back to the store to buy more sweethearts.  I severely underestimated how many it would take to fill the space, so my tip to you is to buy waaaaaay more than you think you’ll need.  The centerpiece would be nothing without those beautiful pink roses.  I got two dozen at Costco for only $16.99!  They are just gorgeous!

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Here’s a closer look at the vase.  You can kind of see that blue mason jar holding the flowers and the sweethearts surrounding it in the clear vase.  It really adds a fun factor and a lot of color.

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These flowers!  I just can’t with how pretty they are!

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I quickly took a page from Yolanda Foster’s book and added a “My Love” label to the place cards.  #namethatreference  You could easily add your names, the menu you’d be serving, or a sweet Valentine’s message.  Remember all of those Valentine cards growing up and their corny little sayings?  Try and replicate that on your place cards for some fun!

Sweetheart TableAny party table of mine would not be complete without some champagne. Luckily a friend brought me a bottle of pink champagne which fits perfectly in this setting.  Paired with some floral champagne flutes, it’s a perfect way to pop the bubbly and enjoy a cozy night together.  Because we will be dining on the patio in February, and even in Southern California it will be chilly, I plan to add some cozy throw blankets to this sweetheart table along with some candles to light our meal.

I think this sweetheart table is just so pretty, from the flowers to the idea of dining so close to my husband!  I’m looking forward to putting this one to use.  You also don’t have to save this just for Valentine’s Day, put something like this together for an anniversary or birthday or even a random Tuesday.  I promise it will make your dining experience so much more special.

And here’s my little photo bomber “helping” me with this shoot.  Take it in now girl, because you’ll be in bed when it’s really being put to use!  It’s always interesting doing these things with a toddler running around.  It definitely requires strategic picture taking!

Sweetheart Table

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Tablescape Tuesday: A Twist on the Pink and Gold Trend

Welcome back to the first full work week of 2016 and the first post of the new year!  Today is another episode (is that the right word?  Probably not, but speaking of episodes, I’m so glad TV is back from the holiday break, my DVR has been woefully empty lately.) of Tablescape Tuesday.

In the Tablescape Tuesday series, I show you options to dress up your tables. It could be your dining room table, coffee table, gift table, or buffet table. I think putting a little extra effort into how a table looks and is designed can make your guests’ experience so much better.  Today’s post is putting a twist on the ever popular Kate Spade, preppy, pink and gold trend.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the trend, just look at the blog color scheme, but changing it up can be good too.

So, I’ll be showing you a pink and gray/silver tablescape today.  I think this is a great option for a not so girly Valentine’s Day tablescape or just a way to use some fresh new colors for the new year.

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Pink and Gray Table

To make the tablescape, I used some Target Dollar spot wrapping paper as a runner and then ran some gray ribbon down the center of the table.  It’s such an easy, cute, little touch, plus it’s a great way to use up those holiday ribbon scraps you have.

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Pink and Gray table

For the centerpiece I used some mercury glass candle stick holders, a shiny silver faceted candle holder (a great hostess gift I received), and some thrifted bud vases.  To make the bud vases all I did was find some glass or other material bud vases at my local thrift store and then just spray painted them white.  So it really doesn’t matter what the vase is made of because you’re just going to cover it with paint anyway.

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I tied the silver ware together using some leftover gray grosgrain ribbon.  Don’t they look so cute!  And yes, if you can’t tell this table is set up right in the middle of my living room, haha.  Just searching for the best light on a rainy day!

Pink and Gray table

Do you think this pink and gray color combo is going to be as big a trend as the pink and gold trend?  What TV shows are you glad are back on your DVR?  Hopefully this first full week of the New Year will fly by for you because Saturday is another Simple Celebrations post!  Keep celebrating!

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Saturday Simple Celebrations: Candlelit Dinners

Well it’s been a busy week of visiting family, packing, and traveling, so posts have been kind of light this week.  Today I wanted to do another Saturday Simple Celebrations because it’s been way too long since I’ve done one.  Saturday Simple Celebrations is a series where I share quick, easy, entertaining ideas to make everyday celebrations a little extra special.  See other simple celebration posts here and here.

This week I want to talk about making regular weeknight dinners a little more romantic.  How about lighting some candles and dining by candlelight?  I’ve added some inspiration photos below, but you don’t even have to be that elaborate, just light whatever candles you have.  Although, I’d avoid the scented ones around food, you don’t want to eat balsam scented spaghetti, haha!

 

After gathering all of these photos I realized I had a theme to the inspiration.  I guess greenery and white candles were really speaking to me.  So, go light some candles and turn off the lights for a little dinner romance tonight.  Have a great weekend!

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Tablescape Tuesday: 5 Thanksgiving Place Settings

Happy Tuesday friends, and welcome back.  I needed yesterday to recover from all the birthday celebrating I did this past weekend; I had a great 30th birthday!  Check out how awesome my cake turned out on The Daily Hostesses Instagram, you’ll love it!

Today I want to get back into our Tablescape Tuesday series with some Thanksgiving inspiration, it’s been a while since I’ve done one. In the Tablescape Tuesday series, I show you options to dress up your tables. It could be your dining room table, coffee table, gift table, or buffet table. I think putting a little extra effort into how a table looks and is designed can make your guests’ experience so much better. Hopefully these five festive Thanksgiving place settings will get you excited to spruce up your Thanksgiving table, it is only about a week away!

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Just add a charger + a plate + a napkin + a little pumpkin + a name tag + silverware= super simple place setting.

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Just add a charger + plate + napkin + silverware tied with twine + name tag embellished with some washi tape + napkin + a sprig of rosemary = a fragrant place setting.

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Add a place mat + charger + plate + napkin + silverware tied with twine + washi tape embellished name tag + pot of succulents tied with a matching bow (this would make a great little Thanksgiving dinner favor) = a mossy green themed place setting.

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Add a place mat + kraft paper (throw away for easy clean up and write whatever you want directly on it) + plate + pot of succulents + rolled burlap flowers (how=to post to come) = rustic, easy to clean up place setting.

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Add burlap tablecloth + charger + plate + grocery store flowers + pine cones + pumpkins + pumpkin name card holder (just slice a small opening in the stem and stick the name card in there) = flower filled place setting.

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Taking just a few festive things and adding them together can really take your Thanksgiving dinner from sitting at a basic kids table to dining like an adult.  Although that doesn’t mean to overlook those kids tables.  Using some kraft paper and adding a few crayons could be super fun for the kiddos attending your Thanksgiving.

I hope you are ready to gear up for the biggest meal of the year.  Have you done all of your grocery shopping yet?   If not, don’t forget to grab a bunch of flowers from the grocery store and make a place setting like #5 above!

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A Beautiful Real Life Party

Here at The Daily Hostess I’m all about “celebrating every day!”  When it was time to officially launch the blog and put it out there to the masses, I thought there was no better way than to celebrate with a launch party.  We recently hosted the launch party in our home with some of our closest friends and family.  I’m really proud of how beautiful the party turned out.  I think the color scheme was perfect and reflected the blog so well.  We had yummy appetizers and a signature cocktail, and of course we had a champagne toast because no party in my opinion is complete without champagne.

Pinterest Graphic-Blog Launch PartyHere are a bunch of gorgeous photos from that night.  You can see how I planned the party by following my 5 easy steps here.  Stay tuned for tutorials on some of the decor that I diyed and a crowd pleasing, delicious, appetizer recipe in the near future.  Without further ado, take a look at The Daily Hostesses Blog Launch Party.

The entrance to the party.

The entrance to the party.

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There were several varieties of appetizers, dips, and a couple different charcuterie boards.  For something a little sweet we had mini-cupcakes from my local grocery store.

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I purchased flowers at wholesale prices at Costco and cut and arranged them myself.  It’s a cheaper alternative to buying arrangements from a florist, but it does take a little extra time.

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I placed my business cards with all of the blog information throughout the party so the guests could have an easy way to reach the blog and share the info with others.

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The tablescape was made using a wrapping paper runner, some gold candle holders, pink vases, and a few tissue paper garlands.  Tutorial on how to make those garlands will be posted in the next week or so, be sure to come back and learn how to make them yourself.

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For the “launch” part of the launch party, I did a quick tutorial on everything you could find on the blog.  I wanted to make the TV area where we were showing the tutorial a focal point of the party.  I loved the way those pinwheels and tissue poms looked so much that they stayed up for several days after the party was over.  I also made a quick banner with the blog initials.

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I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at one of my real life parties as much as I enjoyed planning and decorating for it.  Hopefully you’ve seen something here to inspire you for your next gathering.

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Celebrating everyday!