Valentine's Day Style: A Sweet Double Date Dinner

 
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Let's be honest, Valentine's Day is kind of overrated, and making dinner reservations for the week of February 14th can totally suck. Celebrating friendships and love are two things that should happen daily, but it's nice to put something special together to honor those close to you.  A double date night at home is such a brilliant idea. Good food + good friends + the comfort of home= Perfection. I designed this heart-themed tablescape for a small, at-home double date party just in time for Valentine's Day.  I was inspired by pastries for this design, so I looked to some of my favorite cookbooks for inspiration when creating the color palette and picking the textures throughout the design. I decided to go with poppy reds and pinks and accent with creams, golds and silvers. 

 
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This is a small home with no dining space but a fairly large kitchen with lots of counter space, so we utilized part of counter for a small sweets and drink table. There's still plenty of space for food prepping and cooking, as well. The bar area is where dinner will be served. Note: I shot this a week in advance. 

 
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A good-design is nothing without flowers. I've always been a fan of baby's breath and I decided to pair them with some punchy, fuchsia stock flowers. If you are gifting flowers, be careful, as these are extremely fragrant. As gorgeous as they are, I moved them to the patio right after the shoot. If you know your Valentine (or Galentine!) is sensitive to smells, they may appreciate a Peace Lilly instead!

 
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I put together these super-cute heart pennant banners, I'm in love with them! They remind me of big sugar cookies. 

 
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My inspiration cookbooks and a Cranberry Bellini to finish things off!

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I am loving how this tablescape turned out. It's sweet and elegant and can be used for a double-date night at home, or a gal-pal brunch party, or a fun valentine's celebration with family. What do you think of it?  Do you have a party coming up but are stuck planning the design of it?

 

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Peace + Love,

Jamie