Monday, February 7, 2011

French Chocolat Valentine's Party

Unlike most of America, I didn't care that it was the Superbowl this weekend.

I had some girlfriends that also didn't, so instead of watching the game, I threw a small pre-Valentine's Day party for them. To me, Valentine's Day isn't just about romance - it's about any love that makes your heart happy - and that includes the valuable friendships I have in my life. So to celebrate, I decided to throw a French Chocolat themed party.

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I made lots of yummy chocolate treats, and decorated with hearts and flowers. I didn't want to do the usual cheesy Valentine's red, instead I went with blue, gold, white, brown and little hints of black.

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It was a lovely time with some lovely friends.

48 comments:

Natalie Nicole said...

I didn't care about it being Superbowl time either, but Owl City made some really funny posts on his twitter about a LOTR-themed Super Bowl.
I love the color combination you chose for this party! It's so much better than the (as you aptly said) cheesy red. It's such a sweet thing to do for friends. Those cake balls remind me of those on the blog Bakerella. Were you inspired by her? Also, where do you get your plates and teacups? They add such charm!

lyndsey @ the stationery place said...

ooh, how fun! i'm not really into the super bowl either, glad to hear i have company :) your party looks so beautiful & great! good work.

Custom Comforts said...

What a sweet idea Dionne. Did you make all the food? Were the place settings from your collection of dishes? Looks like you had some delicious food and delightful decorations. I bet your friends felt very special and blessed.
Cindy

jamfiescreations1 said...

I'm not a super bowl fan either. I just love your photos, everything looks so beautiful.

Alejandra Ramos said...

What a GORGEOUS party. I also didn't watch the super bowl and instead spent the evening writing and playing around in the kitchen. I love the cake balls on the old typewriter. Very inspiring!

Dionne said...

Natalie - yep, the first I ever heard of Cake Balls was from Bakerella, but now they are everywhere - there are stores here that sell them, and a lot of weddings have them. I'd never seen them made with carrot cake, so I decided to experiment with that and they turned out yummy!

Custom Comforts (Cindy) - yup, I made all the food, and from scratch. And yup, all the plates, etc. are mine. I collect vintage plates, decorations etc, and they come in handy for parties like these :)

colores said...

Gorgeous! Love your party pics so much! You are so talented and surely your friends were impressed, weren´t they? Kisses

Michele said...

Man.....I wish I lived closer and was there! Your friends are so lucky to have you to throw a party like that, seriously. Love everything...the dishes, the typewriter(my fave), the food....Dionne, you ARE superwoman. :)

Kelly J. R. said...

What a fun idea! Everything looks beautiful and delicious. Now my stomach is growling!

the southern hostess said...

You are amazing! Those desserts look unbelievable.

Dancing Branflake said...

It's like a fantasy party! You seriously need to start your own magazine and teach us all how to live your amazing life.

Nicole said...

I loved your first sentence. I, too, didn't care about the superbowl (or football in general), but my roommate insisted I watch it with her. I would so much rather have been at a French chocolat Valentine's party! Your decor and treats look AMAZING! I love how you used a typewriter to prop up your treats... and I love those mugs! Did you get them from Anthropologie? I remember seeimg something similar to that there a couple of weeks ago! Also LOVE your flower arrangements!

Barbara said...

Well, I do like football, Dionne, but I would have come to your party anyway! What lovely table settings and delicious Valentine treats! And presented beautifully, the way you always do things!

Kris said...

YOu did a lovely job! I hope to one day to have an apartment at which I may entertain in. Someday...

Sey said...

You gave me a great idea for the colors. That is so unique. Now I already have an idea for a fun friendly party for the valentines day. Thanks. This is great!

simply objekts said...

wow dionne, you did a great job! everything look so wonderful. and i also notice a lovely copper kettle ;o)

have a wonderful week!
hanlie

Brandi {not your average ordinary} said...

My jaw is on the floor. Dionne, this is stellar! I didn't watch the SuperBowl at all either, but why didn't I think of throwing a French Chocolat party? Brilliant idea!

Nuha said...

so very cute! and so very sweet of you! I'm all about celebrating v-day with a group of people instead of going to dinner with the hubs. I love him everyday, I want to show everyone else I love them too!

Celeste said...

These are so perfect. The typewriter photo is my favorite.

mylifereinvented said...

This is an amazing idea. I wish more people actually threw Valentine's Parties. However I would most likely go into chocolate overload.

photojoy said...

Dionne, first of all, did you notice your followers are over 1000! Congratulations! That's SPLENDID! So many bloggers love your site. Full of art and full of love. I'm so proud of being one of your followers.
Valentine's Day isn't just about romance----that's very true. I'm thinking something that makes my heart happy for the day. Thanks for sharing.

Melanie's Randomness said...

Oh my my!! I love the lil chocolate dipped fortune cookies & the ginger flowers & the typewriter is soo cute!! It must have been lovely!! Good for you!!

Melanie's Randomness

amy b.s. said...

wow! everything looks amazing! and yummy!

Vanessa said...

I think it's incredibly sweet that you threw your friends a Valentine's party! I should do the same... After all, I've loved them for much longer than I've loved my boyfriend and they were there cheering me up on the Valentine's Days before I ever met him and was scared I never would.

Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com} said...

how beautiful! i love the color scheme you went with. the cheesecake looks divine :)

Brittany said...

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Sarah said...

I love your chocolate dipped fortune cookies! I think I'm going to have to make some for Lucy's birthday party Saturday! You throw some great parties my friend! =)

AMKreations said...

You made all that?!?!?! WOW! amazing.

And I'm with you...could care less about the Super Bowl or football in general. =)

Phoenix said...

Girl...every time I read one of your posts about a fun party you went to, I'm always thinking to myself: "WHY don't I live in Houston again?!" Because it would be totally worth it to hang out with you more than once a year.

Gloria said...

what lucky girlfriends you have! the teapots filled with flowers are absolutely stunning - this looks MUCH more fun than watching football :-)

Looking Glass said...

This looks positively decadent & downright delicious! How lovely.

~ Clare x

LBB said...

Oh what a sweet friend you are to go to such effort! All the details and delicious food! It looks like it was a very feminine, sweet party...I'd take that over the Super Bowl any day!!!

Little Miss Tiara said...

how i wish you were my mommy, look at all those food!!! :O I would be one happy baby for sure.

*sigh* why do you have to live so far away? If you were here I'd stop by your house every now and then just to get some yummy food...

heck I might as well made up a story of me being kicked out of my house or something to stay in yours, food supply!!! Hahaha ♥

Jess said...

Oh yum! What a great idea! Do you have any leftovers? I'd be happy to take them off your hands!!!

shealennon said...

What a beautiful party idea! That beats a superbowl party any day!

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

A beautiful afternoon with chocolate and friends . . . who need a Super Bowl?

Fondly,
Glenda

Caroline said...

Dionne! You've outdone yourself! I love your color scheme! What a perfect way to welcome in Valentine's Day this year.

Bethany Dirksen said...

It's moments like these that I become a big jealous that I am not your best friend. If I were, I'm sure I would get to go to all your splendid parties!

Tender Branson said...

A nice superbowl alternative. Will it become a yearly thing?

Diana Mieczan said...

Aww..what a sweet idea:) I love the whole table setting and the chocolate cappuccino ice cream looks delicious:) Happy day, darling
Kisses

Notes from Holly St. said...

what an amazing party! the details are absolutely beautiful. you have some lucky friends!

Kristin said...

everything is so beautiful! your friends must have been struck speechless when they walked in the door and saw your lovely table full of gorgeous flowers and tantalizing desserts. My mouth is watering just looking at your photos. I have to try some carrot cake balls... do you mind sharing your recipe with me?

Thanks for always inspiring. Now I want to throw a v-day party for my girlfriends. ;)

Gaia said...

That's true you know how to throw a party!
Fantastic the invitations, the decors, the food...
It's great!

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

oh my goodness Dionne! all this delish things together! amazing party! xo

Heather Taylor said...

I much prefer this party to the Super Bowl any day of the week!

Becka Robinson said...

So pretty! And everything looks delicious!

theeclecticlife said...

The Super Bowl was also not a monumental event in my life even though it was hosted in Dallas where I live. I definitely love the idea of hosting a fab French chocolate party for close friends instead. These photos are absolutely gorgeous! How can I possibly get an invitation to one of these Dionne hosted shindigs?

theeclecticlife said...

The Super Bowl was also not a monumental event in my life even though it was hosted in Dallas where I live. I definitely love the idea of hosting a fab French chocolate party for close friends instead. These photos are absolutely gorgeous! How can I possibly get an invitation to one of these Dionne hosted shindigs?