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Valentine’s Girls Night Inspiration

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You guys, I’ve been so excited to share this gorgeously pink and gold, heart-sprinkled, Valentine’s inspiration with you! Seeing as V-day is on a weekend this year, we’ve got two fabulous nights to celebrate the love: One for you and the beau, and the other? Well, a girls night of course! This Saturday, I’m hosting 10 of my best girls for a night of bubbly, girl talk and friendship celebrating and I couldn’t help but share a few of the pretty details.

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Inspired by the Sugar Paper Gold Hearts Noteset, which I used as the invites, I went with a berry pink, gold and white palette. Since the cocktails will be plentiful, coasters are a must and how could I resist these scalloped ‘XO’ coasters from the J.Crew and Sugar Paper collab?

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Because every party deserves balloons (whether you’re 8 or 80) I picked up some mini heart-shaped ones from Mignon Kitchen Co. to sprinkle around the bar area.

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In order to save myself a bit of stress, time and moolah, I asked each girl to bring an appetizer or dessert. I’ll be doing a super-easy cheese board and gold lined cupcakes, so I’ll have plenty of time for decorating.

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I love my self-inking address stamp for any holiday or celebration. It makes sending out cards and invites and whole lot easier, and pretty too! Of course, gold hearts are fun too.

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I’ll be stocking the bar with bubbly and frozen berries, wine and berry sangria. Yum!

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This love necklace was actually given to me by one of my girlfriends (who is also coming to the party) for my birthday last summer. I wear it almost every single day and am still obsessed with it. You bet I’ll be wearing it this weekend! 

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I’m really not a lipstick girl, way too much effort for me. But I do love a stain, gloss or chapstick with a hint of color. The Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment is my favorite, especially when I’m drinking red wine! If you’re hosting a similar girls night, considering giving these as favors if you have a little extra to spend.

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Pink striped straws always make an appearance at a girly event. 

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For an easy start to cocktail hour, line up your glasses filled half way with frozen berries and when the girls arrive, top with bubbly!

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Valentine’s Day Love Notes

Have you guys picked up your love notes for Valentine’s Day yet? I know, I Know, it’s five weeks away. There’s just something so exciting about tucking a sweet greeting away for your love to find, or sending your best girls something sparkly, don’t you think? And if you’re stationery-obsessed like me, it’s the perfect excuse to load up on pretty paper. Here are a few gems I’m loving this year!

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Planning parties gives me an immense amount of satisfaction. Pulling all my loves into one happy process might explain why—selecting pretty paper, crafting yummy cocktails, arranging flowers to my hearts content and hand-picking the most gorgeous decor. In the planning process, every hostess needs go-to’s and BHLDN sits high atop my go-to list for decor. Most of you may know them for their beautiful wedding goodies, but let’s face it, they’re fitting for just about any soiree you can dream up!

I’m planning a Valentine’s evening with a few of my closest girlfriends and you bet I’ll be scouting BHLDN for a touch of pretty. Here are a few of my faves!

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Happy Hour: Chocolate Caramel Stout Float

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 Merry Christmas Eve, friends! Around here, the next couple of days are all about feasting. Our tradition (passed down by Shawn’s family) is steamers and lobsters on Christmas Eve and tomorrow, we’ll make a big lasagna, followed by plenty of tasty treats. Including this new concoction I whipped up for the first time last week. An adult version of the root beer float, this overflowing, beautiful mess is complete, utter heaven. It’s a MUST-try and it couldn’t be more simple. Maybe too simple for the unbelievably delicious result. Keep reading for the recipe below. Wishing you a cozy evening and a Merry Christmas!

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Chocolate Caramel Stout Float
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Ingredients
  1. 1. Brooklyn Brewery Double Chocolate Stout
  2. 2. Häagen-Dazs Dulce de Leche (Caramel) Ice Cream
  3. 3. Spiced Chocolate
Instructions
  1. Pour chocolate stout into mug first, leaving 1-2 inches for the ice cream. Slowly add three scoops of ice cream to the top. Shave spiced chocolate over the ice cream and dive in! If you're feeling brave, add a cookie to the top! (I won't tell)
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