Thanks to Shawntel at the SOA Brand for this post.
She went on a Pinterest frenzy a while back and I picked up a few gems, including a pin prompting me to “Find Your Party Personality?” Ever the curious one, well actually I just want to see if it’s accurate (have you guys noticed a quiz trend with me?), I clicked it to take the quiz.
Drumroll please…………… It turns out I’m a Family Style Feaster!
*big gasp* But, how do these people KNOW ME!? There are only three questions! How could it be so accurate?!?!!? So accurate, that I actually considered serving family style at the wedding. It’s like a wonderful mix between a seated dinner and a buffet. I find that it’s a far more intimate kind of dining and I suppose that’s why I favor it so much, especially for larger groups.
Once your party style has been discovered, the site will also pull some suitable themes and menu items for you to try. How convenient! Mine had things like lasagna night, a rustic wine tasting, and a pot luck. Now, I can’t say I’m all too excited about potlucks, but maybe I just don’t have the right friends, or know the right people. Ina Garten makes it looks so easy. Then again, Ina does all the cooking and her friends bring things like flowers and wine. I may give it a go once I get over my potluck anxiety.
Find out your party style on marthastewart.com and host your own little shindig.
We’ve never been a big Valentine’s Day couple. I don’t care for the crowds and since there was a time when we didn’t live in the same house, we celebrated on the Tuesday nearest February 14th, because that was the night he usually came to visit. I’d cook a fancy dinner and we would eat by candlelight in the dining room. We talked about our plans this morning and decided to stick to the tradition. I think Husband really likes it and it’s always fun for me. If you’re anything like us and would prefer a more intimate affair at home, here are a few tips to make it more special.
1) Send an invitation. I came across this super saucy one on pinterest that promised a chance to get laid if the instructions were properly followed. That sounds like a win.
The purpose is to get your Valentine excited about what’s to come. You don’t have to give specifics if you want to keep it a surprise, but at least tell them what time to arrive and how to dress. Which brings me to number 2…
2) Dress up. Just because you’re eating at home doesn’t mean you don’t have to look nice. It’s actually the perfect time to get all dolled up and possibly wear those shoes you love, but never wear because you have to do a lot of walking. Guess what? You’re not going anywhere…PUT THEM ON! And keep in mind, what you wear under your outfit is just as important as the outfit itself.
3) Dine somewhere special. We rarely ever eat in our dining room, so we always have our Valentine’s Dinner in there. It’s different than the norm. If you normally eat in the dining room, create a picnic in front of the fireplace. I was even inspired by this cute streamer canopy filled with pillows. Then you can dine on the floor, and stay there for “dessert.”
Use your wedding china. Drink out of the crystal. Use a tablecloth, place mats, and linen napkins. If there’s anything that you consider too fancy to do on a regular night, do it for Valentine’s day.
4) Set the mood. Turn off the lights. And light a candle. Actually, light lots of candles. Nothing says “I’m serious about this romance business,” like a room full of candles. Furthermore, I’ve heard that everyone looks better in candlelight. If you needed a reason, this is the best one. Also, make a playlist of romantic music to play during dinner. It’ll get everybody in the appropriate mood.
5) Serve something special. I usually let Husband pick, but last year, I got so full I could barely leave the table. I don’t remember what we had, but this year, I’m choosing lighter fare and trying some recipes from my InterCourses cookbook that Boo gave me at my bridal shower. Inside are recipes inspired by foods that have been long thought to be aphrodisiacs, along with sensuous reviews by couples who have tried the recipes, and photos of models tastefully and modestly covered in food. I haven’t tried anything yet, but I’ve prepared my menu and included one of the suggested items in each dish. The list includes things like strawberries, figs, honey, coffee, chocolate, ginger, and edible flowers. There are even a few sample recipes on their website. Even if it doesn’t get the fire burning, it would be fun to try. The most important thing is to keep it simple and do something out of the ordinary. Try to keep it sexy. For example, last year, we did a chocolate fondue. It really only takes a few minutes to make and it was really good. You could dip all kinds of fruit and desserts (and even bacon!) and if there’s anything left over, dip your finger in it and feed it to your partner.
The basic rules are to have fun and do something different. The food is just a bonus. If push comes to shove, keep items 1-4 and serve some take out on your finest china! That’s definitely allowed.
I’ve been on Pinterest for about a month and as promised, I’m not letting my browsing go to waste. I have just reached the 200 pin mark and I’m excited!
Initially, I was skeptical about joining. Millions of women pinning about babies and food and cake and hair and cleaning and ecards. For HOURS! That sounds awesome and addictive and time consuming. All the more reasons to stay away. I would, however, pass through from time to time for a peek. It drew me in slowly, but now that I’m there, Pinterest, I owe you an apology. I misjudged you. You’re more than just those things listed above. You’re wedding dresses, dinner parties, beautiful art, yummy food, and fabulous fashions. I’m sorry.
Since joining I’ve tried two recipes, used four organizing tips, and done two hairstyles. Because of Pinterest, I’ve decided to paint my doors. I’ve also found the Chip It! tool and used it to pick a color. I am pinning about the blog and most importantly, I’m using it to connect with clients and other wedding professionals. I think without being in my current situation, Pinterest would have been exactly what I anticipated it to be…a distraction, but with the right focus…it’s actually a wonderful tool…just the way the developers intended, I’m sure.
You can look at all my magnificent pins by following Suite14a.
I get a lot of my design inspiration from home goods. Maybe because I believe the majority of entertaining occurs in the home. Or maybe it’s because home is comfortable and it’s where we feel loved and safety. Who wouldn’t want to take that with them when they go out? Whatever the case may be, this picture came across my Pinterest feed a few days ago and I thought it was cute. I’ve always wanted a vanity, but that’s not what this post is about. The stand out piece in this image is the artwork.
The design is simple and would be an easy DIY. But it simply says, “I love you” repeatedly in a script just above a vanity. How beautiful is that? To remind yourself as you cover up with make up and style your hair that you love yourself before, during, and even after the process is done. I’m not sure if that was the intent when choosing what to add in this particular case, but that’s what it meant to me.
If we surrounded ourselves with positive words (and beautiful things), wouldn’t we feel encouraged, empowered, and loved? Well, incorporating words and quotes into your event is a big design trend right now, so someone must have agreed with me. You can find thoughtful, motivating, or humorous sayings on everything from dinnerware to lampshades and even aisle runners!
Who doesn’t know that they word CHEERS means there’s a celebration going on?
What bride wouldn’t want to walk down the aisle to a love letter?
Yay! cupcake toppers? Yes, please.
There’s something like being surrounded by the words, that helps move the spirit of the event. The great thing about it is, you can always pick the words and phrases that are important to you and it’s really easy to add this kind of personalized touch to a lot of items you feature at your event.
So what do you say? Would you do it?
I found this on Pinterest. There’s a wealth of information there. Except the name of the original artist. I thought I saw it mentioned somewhere, but not on the one I pinned. I did a quick search on etsy and there are few versions available for purchase. Either way, I find this to be a very inspirational message. And with that, I’m off to organize my sample linens and crafting supplies. A clean office makes for an inspiring place to work.