Are any of you hosting a Valentine’s fete tonight or tomorrow? I’m loving that this heart-filled holiday falls on a weekend. There’s time for a Galentine’s soiree with your besties and Sunday brunch with your love. And if there are sweets involved (there should be), we’ve got this chic last-minute DIY for you to try. Why buy a cake topper when you can craft one as cute as this? Super simple how-to below!
Thin, sturdy cardboard
Hot glue gun
Scissors and/or x-acto knife
Cut a heart shape out of your cardboard using scissors, and then cut the inner portion of your heart out with an x-acto knife.
Glue your cardboard heart cutout to a wooden skewer.
Put hot glue all over your cardboard heart cutout and skewer (leaving room at the end bare to stick in your cake) and then cover your hot glued areas with gold confetti.
Photography: White Loft Studio | DIY + Styling: SMP Living
My husband and I always talk a big game when making Valentine’s plans; fancy restaurant, cozy cabin trip, etc, etc. But often times we find ourselves snuggled up on the sofa with dinner and a movie and endless supplies of champagne. It’s heaven and this raspberry & rose champagne cocktail whipped up by T Bakes and designed + photographed by Brancoprata will fit right in with our Feb. 14 snuggle sesh.
From Tânia and Diogo at T Bakes… Owning a company together means that we spend a good part of our days working and it’s not always easy to come home and turn off the business talk. Sometimes in the bustle of everyday life it can be easy to just go through the motions and not always have quality time with each other. Instead of the traditional valentine’s sweethearts gift exchange, this year we decided to give each other the gift of time. So, for one evening, time slowed down as we shared in mundane but meaningful tasks like making a cocktail or setting the table, in preparation for a soirée of celebrating love and life as newlyweds.
Taking the time to be present and sharing in every step made this extra special. We kicked off the celebration with a delicious and delicate raspberry and rose champagne cocktail. The rose syrup makes it fragrant while the raspberry liqueur gives it a punch of flavor, all gracefully balanced by Moët & Chandon’s softness. Diogo prepared a lovely meal, as he does most days – so much so that he has been named our very own household chef! But no celebration would be complete without cake and so Tânia made her famous champagne chiffon cake with raspberry coulis and belgian white chocolate cream, truly befitting of Valentine’s Day.
We believe happiness is found in small acts of love, taking the time to share in everyday’s life and celebrate each milestone together is important. This valentine’s we are toasting to the future, looking forward with hope and excitement and promising to always make time for each other!
Erin LepperdRaspberry & Rose Champagne Cocktail
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- 1 tablespoon Raspberry Liqueur
- ½ teaspoon Rose Syrup
- (1 part sugar to 1 part water with a couple drops of rose water)
- Mix the raspberry liqueur and the rose syrup and pour into your chosen glass.
- Top with champagne, mixing as you pour.
- Add fresh raspberries and rose petals to garnish and enjoy!
Photography: André Teixeira, Brancoprata | Make Up: Marlene Vinha, Pretty Exquisite | Cake & Creative Direction: T Bakes | Fashion Styling: Diana Vinha, Pretty Exquisite | Flowers & Styling: Sofia Ferreira, Brancoprata | Hair Designer: Alexandre Ribeiro, Diff Hair Designers
Now that we’ve come off the sugar high of this fabulous Sugarfina shindig we shared this morning, we’re rolling up our sleeves for a sweet DIY by mStarr Event Design, with big impact. Adorned with hearts, these coasters are the perfect little addition to your upcoming Valentine’s Day festivities, as decor on your bar or favors on the way out of the door. Details below!
Acrylic paint in whatever color you choose
Thin paint brush
Heart stencil or cookie cutter
Mod Podge matte acrylic sealer
Position stencil or cookie cutter over the coaster.
Trace the inside of the heart with paint, making sure to keep the stencil or cookie cutter flat against the coaster to avoid any bleeding.
Once the heart is outlined, remove the stencil or cookie cutter and fill in with more paint until completely covered (we did 2-3 layers).
Let dry and spray with sealer. Add 4 rubber feet to the bottom of each coaster.
Photography: Lindsay Hite for Readyluck | DIY: mStarr Event Design