Happy Monday! I know it’s been awhile since I’ve blogged, but I am finally ready to come back for good. I will explain more about this in a post I plan to publish on Thursday. There’s no better time to come back then my favorite holiday which happens to be today, February 13th-
Galentine’s Day! Thank you, Amy Poehler, for creating this lovely holiday which gives girls like me a reason to celebrate Valentine’s Day! For the last three years, I have hosted an annual Galentine’s party. You can see the photos from the 2015 party here, and 2016 party here. I honestly feel weird calling it “my” Galentine’s party because my friends/guests usually arrive an hour early to help set up. I think setting up for the party is the best part. Sure, I love attending parties, but creating them is so much more fun to me; arranging flowers, setting the table, and decorating is just what my friends and I like to do. It really is our party.
This party actually took place in my bedroom. I did it that way because I’m in the middle of renovating and the room had to be emptied out anyway, so I thought I might as well put this empty room to good use. Although the room was smaller than a usual party venue, we made due and I think I turned out quite well. Since there were only 6 of us we weren’t crammed.
This year was also the first year I didn’t take the photos myself. It was kind of weird at first because I’m so used to being behind the camera, but it was amazing having photos of all of my friends together, and the pictures turned out a million times better than if I had taken them. I was also able to be in the photos, which has hardly happened at my other events. I know can’t imagine having a party/ event without a photographer from now on. The beautiful and unbelievably talented photographer was Shelly Slater of Shelly Slater Photography. She did an absolutely stunning job! If you are In Northern Illinois/greater Rockford area and are looking for a photographer Shelly is is amazing. We all loved her, can’t wait to have her photograph more parties for me!
This was actually my first time hosting a tea party in over eight years. Tea parties were my jam when I was a child; I had five tea party birthday parties, but around the age of ten I sadly got the idea in my head that I was too old for tea parties. I now know you are never too old for some Earl Grey, lace, sugar cubes and tiny spoons. When I would host a tea party back in my “lunchbox days” (hopefully you got that Taylor Swift reference), they would always take place on the coffee table in my living room and we would use pillows as chairs. As an homage to those days, I wanted the table for this party to be on the ground with pillows on the floor. The table was awesome and really comfortable, but next time we have a party with a table on the ground, I will make sure to tell everyone to wear longer dresses or pants.
I served Wedgwood Tea, which has the prettiest caddies I have ever laid my eyes on. They matched the color scheme perfectly with their powder blue shade. The tea was served with heart-shaped sugar cubes I made with a recipe from one of my favorite bloggers Kaylee: www.theblondielocks.com .
How cute are these dainty gold tea spoons?
The food was delicious. My gorgeous friend Grace of Gracefully Baking (website currently unavailable I linked her Instagram) made this lovely chocolate chiffon cake recipe from Sweetapolita. Grace also made buttery shortbread cookies that were scrumptious dipped in our tea. I made meringues, truffles, and cheese puffs. The cream puffs tower was made by my sister Cara from Life is Blunderful blog, with Delizza Mini Cream Puffs Thanks, Cara!
The little soiree was so fun and I loved having a day with my close girlfriends. These kinds of parties are my favorite; there’s no pressure to have everything perfect and it was far from that, but my girlfriends didn’t care if the tablecloth wasn’t pristinely pressed or if there were holes in the wall. (This is true! I didn’t have time to fill them so Shelly did it for me in photoshop.) Most everyone was barefoot except me- I’m at least 5 inches shorter than all of them, so it was a must!
This couldn’t have come together without, my friends, Abigail, Amelia, Sarah, Abby, Grace, my sister Cara, and Shelly, the photographer. Oh, and my number one assistant- my mom, Celeste. She is the best! Whenever I have a party, she is going on last minute Target runs and finding missing plates/shoes/ memory cards, and does it all without complaining. She is pretty spectacular!
Haha. I just realized above would be my speech if I won an award …That’s what I get for writing this during the Grammy’s! If only I had someone to thank for designing my couture dress and doing my hair and makeup, Sadly that won’t happen anytime soon, but a girl can dream, right?! For now, I’m happy with tea parties in my room.
How was your Galantines day? Did you do anything special? I hope you enjoyed this post!
If you did, stay tuned, there were so many wonderful moments captured that tomorrow I will be posting more photos from the party, specifically the bar cart and some little details that I couldn’t fit in this post!
Thank you so much for reading! I’m so happy to be back,