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Blonde Designs is an inspirational blog focused on invitations, parties, and good design. We are Angie Gubler and Kristin Rees, best friends, graphic designers and moms.
We are both former art directors at Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Weddings, respectively. 
We own Blonde Designs, an invitation and stationery company.

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Friday
Jan142011

valentine's party

I love Valentine's Day. I loved it as a child (especially since my birthday is 2 days before), hated it as a young adult (oh, the pressure of having a "valentine"), and now love it again since I have children. I love the colors (isn't it chic to have a holiday with one primary color and variations on that color?) and I love using the holiday as a countdown to tell my girls all the things I love about them.

Last year, Charles and I thought it would be fun to throw a casual Valentine's party with friends. We wanted to keep it easy and low-key so we decided upon a crepe bar and invited about 12 couples. I sent out invitations the end of January.

I really didn't want to stress about the party so I kept decorations to a minimum – banners made from heart doilies strung on ribbon, glass votives, bowls of pink and red peanut M&M's and small white vases filled with pink carnations (I used to find carnations tacky, now I quite like them in single bunches).

The crepe bar was the highlight of the evening. To continue my theme of low-stress, I asked each couple to bring a filling for the crepes – everything from sauteed mushrooms to guacamole. I've included the menu below (click on it to print). All the ingredients were set on trays on our big kitchen island and our friends had fun seeing what crepe combinations they could come up with.

Charles made the crepes a few days beforehand and froze them between individual pieces of wax paper. We let them thaw out about an hour before the party and they worked perfectly.

I borrowed a few skillets from various friends and everyone took turns heating up their crepes until they reached perfection. It was fun to just hang out in the kitchen and mingle as delicious crepe creations took shape.

For dessert, I made my favorite individual chocolate molten cakes. These are always a hit. I even made them a week before and froze the batter in the ramekins. Then, the night of the party, I just had to put the cakes in the oven to bake. Served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, these were to-die-for.

I also made platters of my now-famous heart sugar cookies.

While we sat around eating dessert, we played our version of "The Not-So-Newlywed Game." I've included our questions above. Each of the winners went home with a prize (Charles made special red and pink blown glass necklaces) and, with minimal clean-up, Charles and I went upstairs to bed. A fun-filled evening before Valentine's Day!

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Thanks so much for the idea! We try to host a valentines day dinner with friends every year. This year I will be 28 weeks pregnant, so I love the simplicity! And I love crepes! :)

Sounds like it was an amazing party last year! The crepes are such a fun idea! I LOVE that invite, so clever the way the wording spills out from the heart! I'm a February birthday too...only the day after Valentine's day! Love the month of Feb!

I love the idea of having guests bring the various fillings to help out... sounds like so much fun!

01.17 | Unregistered CommenterTara

Your ideas are Fanstatic,Hope u will have a great party with this wonderfull decoration.. http://www.edgonline.com/ Thanks for sharing!!!!

What great ideas! The chocolate molten cakes look like a little bit of heaven. I also love the idea of doing the Newlywed Game for Valentine's Day. I bet you'll get some interesting responses to some of those questions!

01.19 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline

Darling invites, Angie!

01.20 | Unregistered CommenterKrissy

I love it! I think I could actually pull this off, following your template. Good thing this not-so-creative girl made friends with ultra-talented designer girls! You guys are amazing.

01.20 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

kristin,
maybe you remember me from new york? how are you??
i just stumbled on your blog and it's lovely, very lovely. hope all is well, though i see you've left brooklyn? (probably long ago. . .)

so did you thaw the molten cake batter first?

thank you for the inspiration!

01.26 | Unregistered Commenterjen

i just love everything you girls do- thanks so much for sharing on this beautiful blog! :)

01.30 | Unregistered Commentersinika

I was wondering if you thawed the molten cake batter as well! Thanks...love your blog!

02.15 | Unregistered CommenterLeah

Well that was a real party! Thanks for the awesome ideas. I should have known this earlier. Now I can hardly wait for the next Valentines Day to come.

Ward

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