Tonight we're hosting a Valentine's Day dinner for our family on the Upper West Side. It turns out that our all-white furniture scheme is perfect for the holiday--it really makes all of that pink and red pop! For our centerpiece, we used branches from upstate, spray painted them white, cut out construction paper hearts and scotch taped pink ribbon to them which we then tied to the branches. We fed the remaining pink and red construction paper through our paper shredder and filled the glass vase with it. It creates an additional decorative element while holding the branches in place. We used a red runner and place mats (the latter as napkins) from Pottery Barn for the table linens and we'll fill white ramekins with Sweethearts candies (not exactly a great accompaniment to dinner, but fun and colorful). Finally check out the favors (below)!
We found these great hearts, roses and lips (yep, lips, like those wax lips from when we were kids) magnets! So we crossed the silverware at each place setting and topped them off with one of the magnets. They hold them together, look cute and our guests can take their magnets home. Love it! For our meal, we'll start with mixed olives, butter toffee cashews, an herbed French brie, a NY extra-sharp chedder, baguette, red and green grapes and a sparkling rose' (bubbly pink wine for Valentine's Day of course). We'll follow with an orange walnut salad with sweet and sour dressing, mixed veggies and beef macaroni and cheese--simple and comforting. We'll end the night with chocolate chip cake from Corrado Bakery in Grand Central. Recipes and more photos to follow!