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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!

Anti-Valentine’s Day Party

Happy Single Awareness Day!

Valentine’s Day is… great. Sometimes. However, when you are single and have no man to sweep you off your feet with a dozen red roses and chocolates, it’s a great excuse for a party!

This year, my roommates and I are hosting our first ever Anti-Valentine’s Day Party. This isn’t going to be some depressing event though where we sit around and eat a pint of Ben & Jerry’s while watching The Notebook. No way. This party is going to be legen…. (wait for it)… dary! -I’ve been watching How I Met Your Mother again.

Attire:

Of course full out obnoxious PINK! I’m talking over the top, all the shades of pink and red you can get your hands on. Maybe even a nice bobble heart handband.

What To Do:

 Gather your best friends, make a tasteful, yet strong, party punch and turn up the music. We have asked guests to bring their favorite valentine treat. For a twist though, make cupcakes with black icing instead of pink!

Decorations:

I’ve been cutting out paper hearts for DAYS. Black, red and pink hearts will create a nice swooping banner for across room. Then I’ve bought way too many rolls of streamers in red and pink. I want the house to be as pink as it can be. After all, just because we are single doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate each other!

Games:

Okay, so this may or may not be from the movie Valentine’s Day, but we are totally getting a PINATA! My only hope is that we do this before we start drinking. Anyways, fill up your pinata with fun retro candy or big wax lips!

Here are a few things from Party City that I’m thinking about getting to help get everyone in the “anti”-valentine mood!

heart.sunglassesWho doesn’t love heart-shaped sunglasses?!

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And these funny cupcakes as a sweet treat!!

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^^Basically… your house should look like this. ^^

(Minus that engagement photo. Boys… YUCK!)

Favorite Wines

Okay, you caught me! Not exactly an hors d’oeurve, but still just as important!

No party is complete without the booze! Let’s face it, it helps lighten everyone’s mood. Or even at the end of a long day, a glass of wine seems just fine!311meJs5qoL._SL500_AA300_

White Wine Favorites:

Pino Grigio Absolute Favorite is….. Kris!

Experts say: Enticing aromas of acacia flowers, citrus, tangerine, and hints of apricots and almonds. Kris is lean and refreshing on the palate with hints of blossom and honey.

MSB says: Beautiful to cook with and drink! Not overly sweet like other pinot grigios and well priced! About $13

Chardonnay Absolute Favorite is….. Alamos!

Experts say: The mouthfeel is full and rich, with concentrated ripe pear and fig fruit mingled with vanilla and sweet spice oak flavors. The finish is clean and fresh with bright, crisp acidity.

MSB says: Not overly heavy like most chardonnays! One that everyone can enjoy.. about $12

Red Wine Favorites:

Pinot Noir Absolute Favorite is… Kris! (again!!)

Experts say: Deep ruby red in color with purple hues, KRIS Pinot Noir shows enticing aromas of ripe black berries and red forest fruits, followed by firm yet fine-grained tannins on the palate.

MSB says:  The only red wine I will drink! Yes, again I have chosen a Kris wine. Can’t get enough of their great taste and price! $14

Classy, yet Sassy

Typically at dinner parties, you will hear great voices of the past such as: Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald. And though these musicians are classic and fit most dinner parties just fine.. we are now in the year 2013!  It is time to celebrate new music!

Here are some of my new favorites mixed with artists I grew up listening to all with an old jazz feel!

1. Gregory Porter

2. Esperanza Spalding 

3. Cecile McLorin Salvant

4. Keb’ Mo’

5. Taj Mahal 

6. Diana Krall