Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Valentine's Day party

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How to host the perfect valentine's day wine and chocolate party

Valentine's Day is coming! 

Noah and I have a pact to stay in on Valentine's Day this year, (more on why later this week...) so this year instead of going out we put together an intimate dinner for us and our BFF's. 

How to host the perfect valentine's day wine and chocolate party

We decided on an appetizers, dessert and red wine theme, and kind of ran with it! Maybe a bit too far, but hey, 'do or do not, there is no try,' right? 

How to host the perfect valentine's day wine and chocolate party

Today I'm going to show you how we put it together (with a couple of DIY's of course) and the food we served. Click through for all the details! 


How to host the perfect valentine's day wine and chocolate party

 The idea was to have dinner while the sun was setting, so during the course of the meal you could gradually progress to eating by candlelight. 

Noah is proficient at origami, so he folded gold paper napkins for each place setting into a crane:

How to host the perfect valentine's day wine and chocolate party

I used the pattern for my crochet heart garland to make tiny crocheted gold and red hearts, then hung them on my newly painted gold jewelry tree (as a clever play on the Dreaming Tree wines we used for our party!)

How to host the perfect valentine's day wine and chocolate party

I used tiny glittery gold stickers in place of wine charms to claim individual wine glasses. 

How to host the perfect valentine's day wine and chocolate party
How to host the perfect valentine's day wine and chocolate party
How to host the perfect valentine's day wine and chocolate party

I made DIY gold-dipped wine glasses to use as candle holders, both the red ones with the gold stem, and the stemless gold/clear version. Check back next week for a tutorial!

How to host the perfect valentine's day wine and chocolate party

 For food, I baked my rich, decadent flourless chocolate cake but made a wine-infused red velvet version. To make your own, use my recipe but add 1 Tbsp of red food coloring, 2 tsp almond flavoring and 1/3 cup of red wine of your choice. It was amazing. Adding to the chocolate theme, I crumbled almond barkTHINS® snacking chocolate mixed with raspberries on the top. 

How to host the perfect valentine's day wine and chocolate party

I also made home made hummus and served them with my favorite blue corn Food Should Taste Good chips. I. Am. Addicted. To. This. Combo. 

How to host the perfect valentine's day wine and chocolate party

And because I had leftover barkTHINS® snacking chocolate I served it on it's own, too!

How to host the perfect valentine's day wine and chocolate party


And of course, we served wine! We served Dreaming Tree Crush, North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir.

How to host the perfect valentine's day wine and chocolate party

As the night went on the whole tablescape changed as the light died and the candles got brighter. 

How to host the perfect valentine's day wine and chocolate party
How to host the perfect valentine's day wine and chocolate party
How to host the perfect valentine's day wine and chocolate party

I hope our party inspired you to think differently about spending Valentine's Day at home, or even sharing it with other people. The traditional expectation of a night spent one on one is just one option for a fantastic holiday.

Also: Here's a kiss for you all this Valentine's Day! Love you guys!

How to host the perfect valentine's day wine and chocolate party

Oh, and be sure to check out your local retailer for wine tasting demos!

Photos by Noah Hanson
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8 comments:

  1. What a creative idea! Everything looks so amazing and much better than a night out for Valentine's Day! #client

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  2. Dave and I used to do this when our kids were little. We'd serve them an early special kids only supper, read them their favorite books and then once they were asleep we'd make our supper and eat by candle light. A restaurant meal can soon be forgotten but those special at home meals are memories we cherish. We'll celebrate our 33rd anniversary next week.

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    1. What a wonderful idea, oh my gosh! The only problem we've had is getting the kids down and finding time alone. I love the idea of a kids only dinner!

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  3. Oh my, everything is beautiful! We love staying in for Valentine's day and this would certainly make it special!

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  4. Everything about this post was spectacular! That cake is to die for! I love how your meal was set to begin right b4 the sunset to progress to a candlelight dinner. Very nice! Visiting from the Shine Blog Hop

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  5. Great party ideas! Thank you for sharing :)

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  6. Everything is really pretty including your fingernails, love those too! So glad you shared with us at Merry Monday. Love those origami napkins!

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  7. What a beautiful party--including you and your nails! Love it!

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