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Valentine’s Day Party Planning

13 Jan

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Don’t have a hot date for Valentine’s Day this year? Throw a Valentine’s Day party for all your friends instead! Relationships are all about having fun and what’s more fun than a party?

Valentine’s Day isn’t just about the romantic relationships in your life, it’s about all the love in your life, and there is nothing quite like the love between friends. You can have a quiet romantic night with your partner any night, why not celebrate love in all forms on Valentine’s Day (friendships, romantic, etc.).

So, what are the steps to throwing a Valentine’s Day party?

Step 1: Guest List

Depending on the night that you are trying to have the party, the guest list could go many ways. You could decide to throw the ever-famous Galantine’s Day party and invite only your best girlfriends. Or you could decide to throw a couple’s party and only invite your friends who are in relationships. However, I would advise to throw a party that is for everyone: invite your close friends, your partner (if applicable), your friend’s partners, a few fewer close friends to set your single friends up with, and whomever else you might want there.

Step 2: Party Supplies

Valentine's Day Party Supplies from The Stationery Studio

Once your guest list is complete, you’ll need to gear up with some party supplies. I’d recommend getting supplies that are disposable and able to be thrown away – easy party clean-up. For any party that I’m hosting I believe that personalized plates, cups, napkins, etc. takes the event up a few notches. The Stationery Studio’s personalized paper plates, napkins, and shatterproof cups are perfect for just this. They also have Valentine’s Day specific designs perfect for your event. My personal favorite design they have is a little baby cupid that you can put on each of your items.

One of my favorite aspects of Valentine’s Day are the little gift bags that we used to make and receive in middle school. The perfect special touch to your party is bringing back those little gift bags for each of your guests. In addition to your other party supplies make sure to include mini twisted handled bags. Again, you can have these bags personalized to match the rest of your supplies to make your entire party cohesive. Then, each of your guests will feel appreciated whether they have a valentine or not. The next step to planning your party would be to fill each of these bags with little chocolates and other types of sweets for them to take home at the end of the night. Before your guests arrive, have all your bags lined up ready to be grabbed whenever!

Step 3: Food & Drink

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Next and (some may say) most importantly, the final step to planning your party is creating your drink and food menu. The easiest and most entertaining way to serve food is of course a fondue station. If you happen to have a fondue pot, perfect! If not, you can just melt some semi-sweet chocolate chips with a few tablespoons of coconut oil in a saucepan and keep it on low throughout the night to keep the chocolate melted. To go with the fondue, you can put out some fresh cut strawberries, marshmallows, graham crackers, pretzel rods, and whatever else you think would taste great with chocolate! In addition to the fondue, you can serve already made chocolate covered strawberries. Also, a simple charcuterie board never hurts to have at a party. If you’re feeling ambitious, you could create a charcuterie board with heart shaped foods and only have foods with the colors of Valentine’s Day (red, pink, and white). Of course, the final food addition should be a heart shaped pizza (a crowd favorite)!

As far as drinks go you can be as adventurous as you’d like to be. If you’re not quite the bartender and want something easy, rosé is always a perfect option. It’s pink, alcoholic, and all together perfect. For your non-alcoholic option, pink lemonade with a splash of soda water is delicious. If you are feeling adventurous, below is one of my favorite Valentine’s themed alcoholic drinks.

Sweetheart Cocktail

This simple, sophisticated variation of a classic Cosmopolitan is sure to be a crowd pleaser. (source: https://www.diffordsguide.com/cocktails)

Ingredients:

  • 1 fl oz Vodka
  • 1 fl oz Rose Petal Liquer
  • 1 ¾ fl oz Cranberry Juice (sweetened)
  • ½ fl oz Lime Juice (freshly squeezed)

Directions:

Shake all the ingredients with ice and fine strain into a chilled glass. If available, garnish with edible flowers.

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And now you have all the makings of a great party! When we were younger Valentine’s Day was such a memorable and fun day for everyone. Let’s bring the elementary school energy for Valentine’s Day into adulthood!

– Abby

Best Valentine’s Day Treats

16 Jan

Valentine’s Day Treats

sugar-cookies

Valentine’s Day is a month away!  Valentine’s Day is a great time to let someone know how much you love them.  While we’re still in a pandemic, it’s more important than ever to reach out to friends and loved ones.  I think a homemade Valentine is a great gift.  Why not make your special someone homemade Valentine cookies with messages?  We have a terrific recipe from when we were featured on WGN-TV.  Of course, these look amazing in our personalized Valentine’s Day gable boxes.  They are the perfect treat to leave on a doorstep!  You could also fill the boxes with candy and little love notes.

The recipe below is also featured on our website in our Studio Insights.  You can find all types of tips from writing etiquette, personalized napkin tips to party accents.  

 

 

Sugar Cookie Recipe

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1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 egg
3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add vanilla and egg.  Combine dry ingredients in separate bowl.  Add to butter mixture and mix to combine.  Roll out dough between two sheets of parchment to ¼ inch thickness.  Chill for 1 hour to overnight.  Cut into shapes and place on parchment lined baking sheet.  Chill again for 15-20 .  Bake at 350 for 7 minutes, rotate pans, then bake for approximately 3 minutes more until cookies are just beginning to turn golden brown.  Cool on wire racks until completely cool.

Cookie Glaze

3 ¾ – 4 cups powdered sugar
6 Tablespoons whole milk
1 tsp almond flavoring
6 Tablespoons corn syrup

Combine powdered sugar, milk, and flavoring.  Mix until smooth.  Add corn syrup.  Stir until combined and smooth.  If desired, add paste food coloring.

Tips

  • Chilling sugar cookie dough for rolled and cut sugar cookies hardens the butter in the dough so that the cookie dough rolls out more easily.  After cutting the cookies, you can chill them again so that the cookies retain their shape while baking.
  • Instead of store bought frosting, take time to make a cookie glaze which makes cookies look professional, smooth and dries hard for decorating.
  • Use paste food coloring to make vibrant colors for cookies.  Liquid food coloring may change consistency of glaze or royal frosting.  Experiment by combining different colors to make unique shades.
  • For a clean edge on the cookie, outline with royal frosting, then fill in with cookie glaze.  This stops the glaze from running down the sides of the cookie.
  • Great tip for decorating:  Use a squeeze bottle to “fill” surface with glaze.  Spread glaze to corners with toothpick or small knife.  You can purchase bottle at any craft store or Wal-Mart
  • Once the glaze is dry (can take several hours) decorate cookies with a pastry bag for a professional look.  Pastry bags are available at any craft store or in a pinch use a zip-loc bag.
  • Experiment with different types of sprinkles, sugars, and decorations.  For instance, make a border with pearl candies or large sprinkles and/or use sanding sugar for a sparkling effect.

Enjoy!

xoxo,

Jennifer

2021 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

8 Jan

All You Need is L-O-V-E

With a little planning, Valentine’s Day can be just as special this year.  In fact, during a pandemic we could all use a little extra L-O-V-E right now.  We’ve put together some fun ideas to help you celebrate with family and friends.

For Kids

If your kids are still attending school in-person, Valentine’s Day exchange cards are still the go-to.  Personalized exchange cards are not only *extra*, but they are easy!  Just add a sweet treat and you’re done. If you’re not in-person, exchange cards are still a fun way to send a Valentine’s Day greeting to their friends and family.  Here are some of our favorite cards for 2021.

We love the Like the Way You Roll exchange card for a few reasons.  It’s gender neutral and oh-so-cute with the sushi theme.  We love the subtle nod to the pandemic with “the way you roll.”  You really can’t go wrong with this on-trend card.  Why not attach some cute gummy sushi candies to this exchange card to complete the theme?

The Pizza My Heart exchange card is so fun because … who doesn’t love pizza?  No matter what your favorite topping is, this card is sure to please everyone.

The Stuck on You exchange card is on-trend with all things cactus.  This would make a great card to attach to a succulent plant as a gift for a teacher, a neighbor or best friend.

For Neighbors & Friends

If you’re thinking about a sweet treat to give neighbors and friends on Valentine’s Day, why not bake some cookies to gift?  We have a great recipe for Valentine’s Day sugar cookies that would make a great treat to leave on doorsteps.  You can put your homemade treats in personalized gift boxes or personalized gift bags.  Add your own sweet note to make their day.

 

For Loved Ones Far Away


Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to send someone special a handwritten letter.  Take the time to tell them how much you love and appreciate them!  This is also the perfect time to reach out to loved ones that may be isolated during the pandemic and not able to have much contact.

 

For Someone Special

 

Not sure what to gift that someone special in your life?  We have great personalized gift ideas for men and women. Personalized wine glasses make a great Valentine’s gift idea.  Just add their favorite bottle of wine and you have a great gift you can enjoy that evening!

Working from home during the pandemic? Why not give them a personalized sticky memo cube that’s both practical and stylish (and hint-hint … maybe encourages them to write little love notes!)?

We’d love to hear your ideas for celebrating Valentine’s Day this year.  Please share in the comments below!

XO,

Jennifer