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Tablescapes and Dinnerparties: Galentine’s Coffee

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Can I be honest with you? Although the inspiration for this tablescape was identified weeks ago, this post snuck up on me in the middle of one of my busiest weeks I’ve had in a while. Yesterday I found myself finally setting the table, making decisions as I go and pulling things out of cabinets and closets to create a Galentine table that would hopefully be beautiful and inspiring to my lovely group of 196 subscribers. Can I tell you my secret(s)?

*Matching your plates with your candles and flowers creates an instant theme.

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and

*Every single thing I’m serving is from Trader Joe’s. Trader Joe’s is a lifesaver for last minute entertaining.

Drinks:

You know how much I love my heirloom punch bowl from Mimi, and am doing my darnedest to bring them back to mainstream entertaining. I’m not serving punch at my Galentine’s Coffee, but how beautiful does the cut glass look as an ice bucket? A bottle of Perrier, French Market Sparkling Pink Lemonade and even a bottle of TJ’s Champs stay chilled in the bed of ice.

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These Fleur-de-lis tumblers from Anthropologie make for gleaming lavender vessels for the cocktails of your guest’s choice. Floating fresh blueberries in French Lemonade is a simple and inexpensive way to make each drink a little more special.

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Include a couple of decanters of brightly-colored juices to your table. They can be added to champagne for a morning Mimosa or even drunk alone if children are around or for someone who prefers a non-alcoholic drink.

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A small French Press of coffee served with chocolate almond biscotti rounds out your drink assortment. These tiny demitasse spoons are probably my favorite purchase from Cascine Market on our last visit to Florence, and I’m always anxious for an excuse to use them.

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Food:

When it comes to breakfast-type food for a group of women, you can go one of two ways. First, an entire spread of quiche, breakfast casseroles, french toast pie etc… or Second, keep it simple, because most likely you will be rushed and your friends don’t really want the calories.

I chose option two: a few sweets and some fruit…and plenty of champagne!

A box of macaroons and little chocolate Valentine cookies are plenty. You did your job to provide pretty food that’s on theme, and the girls can help themselves to what they like. Easy-to-peel Cutie Oranges add color and cut the sweetness of the cookies, while dripping their own acidic sugar down chins between grins. And trust me there will be a few grins.

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  The centerpiece:

This entire concept was inspired by a photo from Pinterest using these sweet Alphabet Mugs from Anthropologie as vases. I spelled LOVE but, with the entire alphabet at your disposal, the sky’s the limit: CUPID, VALENTINE, HEART etc…

Each cup rested on a handmade doily crochet by my Mimi. The aesthetic around my home isn’t typically old-fashioned or antique, but I love incorporating little pieces of my heritage into my tablescapes.

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Invite your gals over for an impromptu Galentine’s Coffee. No gifts or love poems required for entry!

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-ciao for now-

lauren

  • Christina - Fun post, Lauren. I’m inspired!ReplyCancel

    • Lauren Palmer - Thank you Christina! Glad it was inspiring for you!! :)ReplyCancel

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