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Galentine's Day

 
 

The other week I hosted a (very) early Galentine's Day Brunch with my friend Christina Brockman of Huckleberry Collective for some of our friends and we had a ball! We wanted to put together a little something before we all got busy but we also wanted to try out a few things to see if they're something we'd want to share with you. We had the best time and tried some new recipes, a caterer in Birmingham you have to book for your next event, a cocktail that's too easy to make it's silly, decor to add color to your party, a flower arrangement that will make you squeal, the most beautiful invitation suite for our guests, and sercies for our guests that they'll actually use.

The Decor

We hosted the brunch at a friend's house (it basically came out of a magazine, so beautiful!) that has plenty of seating, an open floor plan, and a beautiful kitchen! We wanted a beautiful flower arrangement and some other fun decor without overdoing the Valentine's Day theme. Head over to Huckleberry Collective's blog to see how she styled the arrangement and what flowers she used!
I found a shop online called The Paper House that sells the cutest party decor but also the most fun office supplies and gifts. This is where we got the balloons + "Be Mine" banner that we hung in the kitchen with the balloon bouquets scattered around the living area.

 
 
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The Food

We had the greatest menu put together by Dixie Design Collective of the plates that Ashley Mac's put together for us. It was the greatest combination of sweet and salty. You have to look at the cake and read what kind it was! To see the rest of the menu, check out Huckleberry Collective's blog

 
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The Cocktail

The cocktail concoction was so simple and so fun! It's especially great for large groups because the ingredients are easy to mix and serve! See the full recipe here.

 
 

The Guest Favors

There is the sweetest olive oil and vinaigrette shop in Mountain Brook Village here in Birmingham, Alabama called Olio. We used their fused olive oils as gifts for our guests with tags attached by Dixie Design Collective that said "olive you." Each friend got a bottle of either Blood Orange, Wild Rosemary, Mushroom and Sage, or Cilantro Red Onion. This is a great gift idea for your girl friends, mom, or even teacher gifts! They have lots of other flavors as well as vinaigrette options on their website.

 
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Little touches of excellence in the details make events like these memorable and elegant. We loved being able to incorporate some of our favorite vendors to support local and small business. That fact that we had Christina to style and make everything beautiful was so much fun! Everything she touches turns to gold! Don't believe me? Look at her Instagram.

What do you do to celebrate Valentine's Day with your gals? We want to know!