{Real Party} Plaid Valentine’s Day Girl’s Night

Happy Valentine’s Day!!! I love today. As a Valentine’s Day treat I am sharing a {Real Party} feature. I think real parties are always my favorite posts. I like to see how everyday people do parties and what the parties ACTUALLY look like in process. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

This past weekend a few of us ladies got together for a fun Ladies’ Night. (Galentine’s Day anyone?) It was hosted at the beautiful home of Suzannah from Adventure’s in Dressmaking. Seriously, her place is so nice that we barely needed to decorate at all! I wanted to steer away from using too much pink in this party…not because I don’t love pink, but because I’ve used it SO much over the years. I wanted something that made me think coziness and winter. We went with a beautiful red, black, white, and grey plaid for the base of our decor. From there we added in some pink and red heart confetti, red flowers, and warm and fuzzy decor items

Photo by Motormouth Studios

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Photo by Motormouth Studios

DIY Decor Elements:

  • Hand-Lettered signs—I’m really, really into hand-lettering and calligraphy lately. If you love those things as well then check out my hand-lettered pin board!
  • Plaid framed signs—I wanted to incorporate the plaid throughout the venue without just throwing it on the tables. So, I took plaid flannel fabric and covered some photo mats. Just cut out the a large square of plaid, cover the mat, crop a small square where the photo will go, and attach all the fabric edges to the back of the mat with tape. Check out this great tutorial on creating a fabric covered photo mat!
  • Fabric flowers— I made small fabric roses from the plaid and placed them throughout the house.
  • Feather pens—These were a fun addition to the “Love Notes” area. I just glued a feather to a pen with hot glue and wrapped leather around the pen and feather. They looked like quills!
top right photo by Motormouth Studios

Activities:

  • Love Notes— A small stack of white cards and envelopes, some lipstick, and some pens made for a great little “love notes” station. Guests would apply lipstick, kiss a card, and write a note to their loved one. It made for some really cute photos of people puckering up!
  • Photo booth— A red tissue paper wall made for a fun background for a photo booth.
  • Sharing handmade Valentines— Most of the guests brought valentines to share… they turned out lovely! It was fun passing the Valentines out like we did in grade school!
  • Fabric flower craft station— We added in a little craft station with all the supplies to make fabric flower broaches or hair accessories.
Photo by Motormouth Studios

Food & Drink:

  • I asked everyone to bring a sweet treat or appetizer for the party. We had a smorgasbord of tasty treats. My friend Bee of The Spicy Bee brought some amazing spicy cupcakes! Check out her recipe here.
  • Besides wine, soda, and water we wanted to continue the warm and cozy theme with a hot drink bar. Hot toddies, hot tea, hot cocoa, and coffee made for a delicious bar!
Photo by Motormouth Studios

Have a LOVE-ly day.

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