{Real Party} Love...CHIC - Valentine's Day Dinner Party

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You all know that I am a SUPER HUGE fan of entertaining at home no matter whether its a few good friends or 50.  I think that all events are special, but there is something to be said about livening up a space that is familiar, adding FABULOSITY and a touch of flair. This year, one of my goals is to entertain more at home, just for fun.  For designers, sometimes “just for fun” is difficult.  It is so easy for things to turn “project like” real fast.  But I read on the extremely talented Preston Bailey’s blog that you should “practice your craft” as often as possible.  So even though I am knee deep in details for a June wedding and ankle deep in my daughter’s first birthday party, I thought that now would be the perfect time to do a little “just for fun” while “practicing my craft” and share it with you all! So here is how it all started…
I originally wanted to blog about the addition of some delectable delights as signature items to our Luxe. “Sweets Bar”…well, that is all true, and you will see a few of them featured here today.  But I love to share my fabulous finds with friends, and I felt like it wouldn’t do them justice to just take pictures of them and tell you how fabulous they were.  I figured since I had been blessed with these sweet treats, it would be that much better if I actually had people over to EAT them J.  So my husband and I invited over one of our FAVORITE couples and voila...let the party commence!
First, I received a beautiful sampling of Bedazzled Bon Bons from the oh so fabulous ‘bedazzle queen’ Sasha Vincent.  Then I met the wonderfully talented Sara Dandy of Dandy Delights via Facebook and she sent me some of the most delightful shortbread cookies.  These sweet treats acted as my inspiration and from it, a BEAUTIFUL , intimate Valentine’s Day Dinner Party was born.  We call it Love…Chic! And CHIC it was.
I embarked on a journey of bright FUSCHIA and TURQUOISE {look familiar} with a dash of black, bling and silver!  Although traditional V-day colors are nice, I wanted to mix it up a bit.  Our guests were greeted with centerpieces made of Vendela (Ivory) roses, Hot Princess (Hot Pink) roses and hydrangea…  and the place cards from Blumebox {blinged out by me!!!} added extra flair!
Anyone that knows me, knows that I ABSOLUTELY adore giving gifts! So, for favors our guests were given 3 boxes….each with a sweet treat inside: a rum ball from The Flour Pot Bakery, of course a Bedazzled Bon Bon and some Dandy Dots {custom shortbread cookies}.  We shared a lovely meal from Napolatano's and for dessert we had blueberry filled cupcakes (decorated by my favorite decorator chick Abbe at Publix), custom designed cookies from The Flour Pot Bakery, more Bedazzled Bon Bons and apricot filled cheesecake cake pops by me! 

Even though Valentine’s Day isn’t officially for another week, I think our Love…CHIC party was a great precursor to the Main Event.  I will be back later this week with some “last minute” how-tos for some budget friendly centerpieces! Until then, take a looksy at my REAL PARTY!

{You can view the whole album here}

Live. Celebrate. Luxe!!!! Happy Planning, Creating & Partying!