People either love or could care less about Valentines Day. There really is no in between when it comes to this holiday. From the looks of this blog post I bet you can tell which side I sway towards 😉
To be honest I love every holiday, they’re all just a reason for me to throw a party and enjoy the company of the ones I hold dear. VDay was no different. I’d been wanting to have a dinner party for quite some time and Valentines Day was the perfect opportunity. I initially wanted to have a singles only party but upon planning the guest list realized that most of my friends are in committed relationships, so I had to quickly think about a new guest list and theme. In doing so, I asked myself what I loved most about the holiday and there were two things that came to mind- chocolate and romance . So “Death by Chocolate” was to be my theme.
Romance came into play when I invited two of my favorite married couples (a pair of newlyweds and a couple that’s been together for close to 10 years) to attend with 5 of my favorite singles. It turned out to be even better than my singles only idea! Having a crowd of singles and couples gave us a chance to pick each other’s brains and made for great conversation. Don’t you just love when a guest list works out perfectly?
As I mentioned “Death by Chocolate” was the theme and together with my two favorite chefs Malick and Adah from Daily Fed ( you’ve also seen me talk about them here) we came up with a menu that infused a taste of chocolate in every course. My friend Molly over at Sparks in Bloom made the most gorgeous arrangements. I simply sent a few ideas over to her and what she created was truly a breathtaking.
To get some conversation going I decided to play a little game during dinner. On 10 note cards I wrote questions geared to both the singles and couples. You picked a card and had to answer the question on that card. The questions were all based around love and made for some great insight into how each of us views it. As you can see it got us all talking.
I loved this dinner party! The food was delish, the decor on point and the wine flowing, however none of it would mean a thing if I had no one to share the moment with. Special thank you to my amazing friends and all who helped me pull it off. When I plan a party I’m usually stressed but it’s all worth it when I see the smiles on my guests faces.
So Weekender’s, how did you spend your Valentines Day? Are you among those folks who could care less or do you go all out?