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Valentine Party… Success!

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The “Anti-Valentine” Party was quickly transformed to a true Valentine celebration when I noticed just how much I love pink. Here are a few snaps of the party and my girls! I’ve also included my “secret” Love Bug Punch recipe.

Love Bug Punch

(serves… a lot)

2 Bottles of Champagne

2 Bottles of White Wine

1 Can of Frozen Lemonade

1 Can of Frozen Limeade

1 Can of Strawberry Daiquiri

Rasberries for yumminess and aesthetics!

Here are the few pictures of the decor that I snapped!

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DIY Glitter Bottles and Polka-Dot Champagne Glasses (which later tumbled)

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Lights and all in action!

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Roomie Pic!

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I highly recommend throwing at least one valentine party in your life. It is a fabulous celebration of pink and friends!

Love is Sometimes Overwhelming

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Love. Everyone wants it, but we all look in the wrong places. Self love is one of the most important things in this world and is something everyone should constantly work on; however, appreciating the love that is already around you is just as important and can make you love yourself even more.

Every year on my birthday, when the cake comes out and my friends/family around me are singing, I start to cry. EVERY TIME! After further pondering this weird habit, I realized that I cry because other people’s love and care for me was hard to take in!  Think about it: a whole room of smiling people who want to be with you on your special day to show how much they care? That’s incredible. It was especially incredible to me on my 10th birthday. Fellow cast members of a musical I was in sang me “Happy Birthday” and all I could do was cry my eyes out. Love is sometimes overwhelming– so much so that it is difficult for me to absorb it… hence the tears. (If you know me well, I can be incredibly emotional). But these tears are tears of appreciation and joy. To know that someone cares for you and shows that through little things like offering to pay for your Starbucks when you are having a rough day, or someone who just sits and listens to your worries- Some of you may never know how appreciative I am of those things and because I keep those feelings bottled up until my birthday…well, Niagara falls appears in my tear ducts.

What I want you to take from this though is that everyone is loved by someone. Somehow, someway, somewhere! And what  us more reserved people need to do is appreciate that love every day so you won’t embarrass yourself year after year as you’re blowing out your candles.

Starting a Supper Club

Supper Clubs are a great way to meet new people and reconnect with old friends.  Many have talked about starting one but don’t know where to begin! Here are some tips on how to get started!!!

1. Who to Invite:

You don’t want to have a massive throw down so let’s keep the guests to 8-10 max. What I think can be fun is for the hostess to invite 4 or 5 and ask them to bring a friend or date! That way new people are constantly meeting!

2. Set a Date:

Check with people’s schedules and see when works best for others. I’m planning on having one of the first Sunday evening of every month.

3.  Decide who brings what:

Appetizer, Entre, dessert. I’d say BYOB. (Wine that is). You can put 2 people on appetizers, 2 on entres, 2 on dessert and others can bring supplies such as napkins, plates, utensils if you are deciding to make your clean up MUCH easier.

4.  Budget:

Typically I would tell people not to go crazy. There are many food items you can make for a group of 8-10 for under $15. However, if someone wants to splurge… I’m not opposed!

5. Themes:

Keep it interesting! You could have indoor picnic nights, wine and cheese nights, passport nights… these themes can also effect the dress code for the evening and music!! I.E. costumes & playlists

6. Tablescape:

You don’t have to spend a lot of money on flowers, but a little effort doesn’t hurt! Get some baby’s breath and cut them to place in a short glass. Candles are also another great way to set the mood without going overboard on price. (I know y’all have candles at home.) Tablecloths are optional as is putting out all the china! Remember how great an easy clean up sounds.

7. Menu:

Print out the menu and say what item is! Encourage guests to try everything. It is a fun way to break the ice by trying new things together. Also include who provided the dish!

Hopefully this will encourage you to start a supper club or at least get some friends over for dinner! It doesn’t have to be fancy… it’s not the last supper-just a nice relaxed evening with friends.