The Ultimate Valentine’s Brunch

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I could pretty much eat it for every meal with all the savory and sweet offerings. So celebrating Valentine’s with my loved ones with a celebratory brunch seems like the best way to show them how much I adore them! Here are my perfect details with my sample menu:

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Ina Garten’s French toast bread pudding recipe is for the sweet lovers

Mario Batali’s Chorizo and Monchego strata recipe is for those that want to start with a savory treat

Valentine’s tablecloth, Sears, $62

Flower burst mug, Tenereze, just $8.40 through Valentine’s Day!

Foil dot napkins, Anthropologie, $24

A luscious red velvet cake, Williams-Sonoma, $70 *You could make one yourself too!

Personalized cylinder toasting flutes, set of 2, Tenereze, $25

Five Easy DIY Projects You Do with String, Ribbon and Paper!

I am a craft and art supply hoarder. I can’t help it. I have two entire closets and two bins in the basement of items that I think I will need someday. Because what happens when I need something and don’t have it? I kick myself for not having bought it off the clearance rack. One of the things that you can never have enough of is various strings, ribbons and yarn types. See five great examples of what you can do inexpensively with string!

ombreweddingchairVarious grosgrain and satin string tied around a simple chair achieve a fabulous ombre effect via Wedding Ch

267763Wide, varied and fanciful ribbon make a grandiose backdrop via Style Me Pretty

73563A rainbow of colored ribbons and tissue poms make a real statement against nature via Wed Over Heels

big-fringe-garlandsCut your own crepe paper sheets for fringy fun via Oh Happy Day

mwd106482_win11_bowondress1_xlWho says a corsage has to be floral? Tie on a velvet ribbon corsage via Martha Stewart Weddings

10 Sweet Gestures for Valentine’s Day | Print Out List

I love to plan surprises. Parties, gifts, anything. So with under a month left, Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to plant lots of surprises and little goodies for my husband to discover. I’m hoping to pull off at least five of these!

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Late Night Treat | Take Home Favor : Wedding Cookies

For our wedding day favor, instead of a keepsake, we gave away bags of freshly baked cookies tied to cartons of milk. Our guests absolutely gushed about it after all the dancing. It was a favor that was much appreciated and totally hit the spot. I’ve gathered up some of my favorite takes on baked goodies in different themes. Enjoy!

The look of homemade-ness is totally irresistible although I’m more of a regular milk kinda gal!

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The pretty dove and bunny are almost too sweet to eat!

dove-and-bunny-rabbit-ivory-and-gold-iced-biscuits-1-LRPhoto via Julia Stallwood Cakes

I adore the (edible) handwritten quality with the bright monogram. So chic!

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Play up the romance with an engagement ring cookie.

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A macaroon package of coordinating colors – love it!

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A Yummy DIY for Valentine’s : Creamy Fudge Hearts

I love to cook and I love to craft. So this DIY is the perfect combination project for Valentine’s Day or a wedding favor. Creamy Fudge Hearts are easy to make and look so pretty in a variety of packaging with your colors and themes. See the full instructions via Martha Stewart Weddings.

And Happy Friday, everyone!

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favorboxesFavor box kit includes 20 boxes with coordinating ribbon, $25 for 20

10-1815Sweet little dots for a unique favor box, $9 for

12407450With a large sheet of paper, cut long strips the width of your favor box to size and fold over fudge hearts. Voila! Pretty white blossom paper to line the boxes, $8 per sheet

Too Cute DIY! Valentine’s Day Crackers via Not Martha

I walked into the grocery store the other day and there was Easter candy. Yes, Easter candy out on the shelves already! I thought, “what happened to Valentine’s Day?” Low and behold, I made my way into the center of the store where an explosion of red and pink was awaiting me. Whew! My hubby and I don’t go out on Valentine’s anymore (we had our share in 2006 when balloon and curly string ended up in our coq au vin…) but we do like to give little gifts to one another.

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For a loved one, colleague, kid or just a kid at heart, here’s a do-it-yourself that’s going to knock your socks off. It takes a little dedication but these Valentine’s crackers are just too adorable to ignore. Thanks to Not Martha for the complete instructions here.

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A Short List of Things to Do Before Getting Married via Simply Bridal

There are so many things to think about when you’re planning a wedding from taking care of the guests, to getting all the logistics right to making sure you look your best. Thanks to Simply Bridal for sharing their essential list of 5 Things to Do Before Getting Married. Have a great weekend everyone!

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Over the Top *Texture* Wedding Details

There’s so much paper and flat design at a wedding, or any part for that matter. Why not give your guests unexpected eye candy with a few textural elements? Here are a few pretty inspirations.

SONY DSCMulticolored floral covered cake by Krishanthi London

vintage-garden-peach-wedding-ideasTextural decorations made from doilies via Vintage Garden Peach Wedding

6a01156ed03c2b970c0120a61628dd970b-500wiSpiny and thistle via a creative mint

j-mendel-look-7__detailLayers of floral via J. Mendel

balloons blown up to different sizes and just taped to the wallAdd visual interest with a backdrop of transparent pops of color via Honey + Fitz

pleated veil | reem acraReem Acra lace and lines via Once Wed

Got Milk? Three Holiday Cookie Recipes I *Have* to Try

Every Christmas, my aunt from Iowa sends a beautiful fruit cake and/or cookies. It’s something that I look forward to all year. From the powdered melt-in-your-mouth chocolate pinwheels to the buttery pecan half moon delights, I don’t know what’s my favorite. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. I don’t dare ask for the recipe though, because I’ll never be able to live up to it. But a girl can dream. And eat lots of cookies in the meanwhile. Here are three that I’m going to try. Happy baking!

gingerbread-cookies-473-mld108759_vertA variation on a good thing, Gingerbread iced cookies via Martha Stewart

RX-JIF_Chocolate-Hazelnut-Peanut-Butter-Pinwheel-Cookies_s4x3_lgThey use JIF peanut butter, perhaps a plug? Chocolate hazelnut pinwheels via Food Network

29089_chocolate_crinkle_cookies_3_620This looks simply decadent! Chocolate crinkle cookie via Chow

Do You Know What You’re Serving at Your Bar? Signature Drink Choices

There’s nothing like having a signature drink at your wedding. It saves on the bar bill and your guests will love trying your favorite concoction.

img_gathertogetherlg_5Lavender and blueberry goodness via Country Home

signature drinksMultiple signature choices via Rustic Wedding Chic

white-wine-spritzer-signature-cocktailWhite wine spritzer via One Hitched Lane

Check out this booze list from Brooklyn Bride’s guide of liquors for some fun and small label choices. What’s your custom cocktail going to be?

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