A Galentine’s Day Gathering
A Galentine’s Day Gathering to celebrate the sisters you love, by sharing a little self care routine over a ladies tea party.
I have to be honest my inspiration for this little gathering came from one of my favorite southern books by Reese Witherspoon, Whiskey In A Teacup. Not only do I adore her as an actress, icon and woman, but her book is just a slice of southern life that I think we can all relate too. After reading this book last year, I absolutely knew that I would host a ladies tea party where there would indeed be whiskey in teacups. At the time I didn’t know whether it would be for a beautiful bridal shower, or a Galentine’s Day Gathering much like this one. One thing that this party had to have was fresh flowers. All ladies love fresh flowers, so I decided it would be a fun treat to really go all out and make some pretty centerpieces for them to take home at the end of luncheon to enjoy. Since I do work alot with flowers, I like to use unusual flowers in my arrangements, as well in season and native grown flowers. This is just another easy way to spread some Galentine Day love that can be enjoyed for a while after your gathering is over. These arrangements have the tropical Proteas as a focal flower along with wild flowers like blue thistle and pink wax flower. Of course it would not be Valentine’s Day without the appearance of the quintessential roses in various shades of red and white. How it all came together, I accented the table with ruby red chargers and pink napkins bound with golden napkin rings, which matched my Lenox Golden Eternal China. I love to use my fine china for special occasions, it gets so little use that I really find myself wanting to make sure I am putting it out on the table whenever the occasion arises. I picked up this sweet little table runner last year from Ballards Outlet Center on clearance for nearly nothing. I thought that the simple red and white pattern would serve me well no matter whether it was Christmas, Valentines or even the Fourth of July. That is one of the most amazing things about red decor, it can be used for so many seasons, even into the fall if paired with the right colors. I layered this sweet runner directly over a bamboo runner I grabbed after Christmas that had these amazing red and white tassels, again it will be very versatile. Also everyone got a sweet little treat bag since the theme of gather way based on self care. The gift bags were filled with a beautiful scented soy wax candle, some natural aromatherapy oils and all the ingredients for the perfect stay in spa day, for a little self love and self care time. A portion of our gathering was actually used mixing and creating some of our very custom spa treats together as a group activity. This created a fun social experience and we could all just have fun as we learned from each other, and chatted about life another great way to distress among friends. Be sure to check out my post next week on how I set up my DIY self care spa bar, along with all the DIY recipes we created. There were really some great natural and holistic spa goodies for them each to take home and enjoy on there own time for Galentine or Valentine’s’ Day, however they chose to spend their time.
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Shots
I also made a few fun Valentine themed shots, which would be perfect for any Valentine’s Day gathering you choose to host. I know my ladies love their Bailey’s, so I created a fun Chocolate Covered Strawberry Shot by mixing equal parts of Bailey’s Red Velvet (which is chocolate flavored) and Bailey’s Strawberries & Cream. I used a spoon pour method seen here to create the pretty pattern, by pouring the Strawberries & Cream in last over the back of a spoon to make the pattern as it went into each glass.
Not only did it make a great color combo, but depending on how you add your liquors you can make fun patterns like this one too. I rimmed the edges of the glass with pink sugar after dipping the glasses in water, which is totally optional.
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