This Valentine's Inspired party is all about Roses and Rosé or better described as that time I fell head over heals in love with a cookie. Press for Rosé - yeah that would be the one. It's tucked inside a shindig filled with yummy bites, delicious desserts, a drink spread way too pretty for words and pick a posy bar too. The masterminds behind this inspiration include Holly Chapple + Laura Hooper + Abby Jiu with even more inspiration in the VAULT.
Valentines Day is all about spending time with your loved ones. On February 14th you might make reservations for a special dinner with your significant other, but before that, why not throw a party for the other “sweethearts” in your life, your girlfriends! Here are the steps to throw the perfect “Roses & Rosé Soireé”. This idea is a creative twist for the holiday that’s all about love's quintessential pairing - flowers and wine.
I called upon my talented friend, Tiffany of Buttercream Bakeshop, to create some desserts for the party. She whipped up the amazing “Press for Rosé” cookies as well as some cheesecake tarts topped with the same edible flowers used for the drinks. For the display, I love the stackable tower of cake stands by Rosanna. This was such a great find because the stands are so versatile for any display. And they add the much needed height!
For savory, Heirloom crafted brunchy bites that guests could nibble on while sipping rosé. Heirloom cooked up petite quiche in two flavors - truffled porcini and pork belly with chive. They also made another yummy appetizer that were a big hit, spiced latte pancakes with brulêed bananas topped with a maple mascarpone.
The Rosé Bar
Start off by welcoming your gals with a beautiful rosé bar. It is so easy to make this beautiful display and your guests will love it! I found rose bud flower tea and used the buds to make my own ice cubes that topped off the rosé displayed in vintage silver champagne buckets.
For the rosé itself, add a nice garnish by making gold foiled edible flowers. You can buy the beautiful blooms online and then top them with edible gold foil. To do this, just make a small batch of simple syrup and use it as adhesive to apply the gold foil. Dip a brush in the simple syrup and then lightly press the gold on the petals. The gold will lightly adhere to the flowers and create the prettiest garnish for your rosé!
Add these blooms to the champagne coupes and just pour your rosé on top! For the display of your glassware, pick up marbled paper from the store and line your drink trays for a nice touch.
“Pick A Posy”
After your guests have a drink in hand, give them an activity to get the party started. Purchase blooms or hire a florist like Holly Chapple to select flowers in different varieties to create a “pick a posy” bar.
It’s great to use various sizes of vases to create dimension and depth for the display. Your friends can choose their favorite flowers and then wrap the flower bunch in kraft paper. Another option for the paper is to use the the same marbled paper used for the drink trays.
To add a personalized touch, allow your guests the option to choose their own ribbon. Buy different types of ribbon and trim in varying colors and widths. I found beautiful varieties of lace, dupioni silk ribbon, velvet ribbon and more on MJ Trim and Midori. (Each ribbon was cut to approximately one yard)
Brunch with girlfriends is always the best, which is why I immediately knew a brunch-inspired gift box would be the perfect design direction for this modern, girls-only gathering. You can’t go wrong with decadent pain au chocolat pastries wrapped up in tulle, coffee beans, and a precious box of mini doughnuts.
Marigold & Grey designed and finished the gifts with several Laura Hooper calligraphy pieces (i.e. “love is sweet” and “good morning”) along with an adorable British tea spoon as the final finishing touch. Why not treat yourself to breakfast in bed?
Creating Gifts for your Significant Others
Another fun activity for your guests is to create a special memento to take home to their loved ones. Purchase frames and have your guests write a message on the matte. For this, we had Laura Hooper calligraph couples name’s on the matte. The guests were so excited to take them home! (Tip: Purchase extra mattes just incase someone makes a mistake and needs an extra)