1. DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts

    DIY Home made Valentines Day Gifts for your friends and loved onesjpgvalentines candy bags by Fashionable Hostess

    I love to get each of my girlfriends a little gift on Valentine’s Day, so this year I decided to be a bit crafty and do something DIY! I started thinking what do girls want on Valentine’s Day… chocolate, obviously! So I found the cutest cellophane gift bags and got to work. While these are incredibly easy to assemble, it’s amazing how putting a little effort into your gift is so much more meaningful than a store-bought box of chocolates! So whether you are brainstorming a fun idea to bring people at the office, need to bring your V-day party hostess a gift, or simply want to put a smile on a single gal’s face, I have a feeling these treat bags will do the trick!

    Make Valentines Day Gifts for your friends DIYDIY Valentines Day Gifts for your friends

    To create these little Valentine’s Day treats, I started with a pack of heart cellophane bags {similar}. I then laid out a selection of red and white candies including Lindt Lindor truffles, Hershey kisses, red licorice bites, and white chocolate covered pretzels, but of course get creative with your favorites. My favorite part was the finishing touch, a set of ‘XO hangtags’ {from Chicfetti} that I used to seal the bags. And that’s it… spread Valentine’s Day cheer to friends and family. XOXO

    Cute Homemade Valentines Day Gift ideas

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  2. Create a Winter White Table

    Winter White Tablesetting by Fashionable Hostess Winter White Table by Fashionable Hostess White Tabletop Display by Fashionable Hostes

    Entertaining at home is the way to go in these cold winter months, so right now I am embracing a beautiful winter white color scheme for my tablescapes. {I was actually inspired by some of the stunning wedding flowers on my ‘Wedding Details’ Pinterest board.} The first step to creating the look was finding an assortment of romantic winter flowers for the bouquets. My friend Carly, a local to the flower scene, suggested anemones, ranunculus, dusty miller, hydrangea, brunia, and eucalyptus. After a bit of snipping and arranging, three vases were created to run along the center of the table. 

    Keeping with this white, elegant, and classic table theme I got to work on the tablesetting. I started with round white placemats and topped with white dinner plates and two-toned ikat salad plates. For napkins, I chose simple linen Kim Seybert napkins with a Greek key detail {currently on sale at Barney for $12!}. For glasses, I wanted an elegant mix of crystal so I started with my Villeroy & Boch Boston Claret set for water glasses. Then a table this fancy requires serving adequate bubbly, so I placed my Juliska Amalia Boxed Flutes out rather than usual wine glasses. 

    White floral arrangements - winter wedding floral inspirations

    Interspersed between the three flower arrangements I placed little votives filled with unscented tea light candles so I could really dim the lights for guests. The the finishing touches were a pretty cake stand and large silver candlesticks. The cake stand {a 3 -tiered cake stand by Mariposa} was the main centerpiece of the table and I packed it full of white frosted cupcakes {beyond delish}. Then at the very front end of the table {the first thing guests would see as they enter the dining room}, I placed my favorite candlestick duo with tall unscented candles. 

    I am so in love with the way this came out. And the surprisingly great part is it’s relatively simple to re-create at home. Most people own white dinner and salad plates, so really the main element missing is a selection of white flowers.

    What do you do to make staying in on these cold winter nights special? I would love to hear in my comments section below!

    West Elm Salad Plates, Gold and White platesCupcake Tower on Winter White Table by Fashionable Hostess

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  3. Create a Romantic Night in

    Dessert and Champagne for two

    It’s freezing and you don’t really feel like heading out with your significant other {or in my case, with my husband, which is even easier to just say “no thanks!” because we live together}. Join the club of lazy snow bunnies… I feel like this lasts for me for the majority of winter! Well, this past week where I spent both New Years Eve as well as my Birthday nuzzled in my cozy home, I remembered that staying in doesn’t have to equate to ugly pajamas and boring take-out. Mixed with a pretty display and some delicious bubbly, you can create an even more romantic night than heading to even the fanciest of restaurants… see how we put ours together.

    Strawberry Shortcake and gold servewareNew Years Eve At Home Celebration

    First things first, get dressed, and I mean in going-out clothes! You may think I sound crazy because you aren’t leaving the house, but don’t you want your boyfriend or husband drooling? Get on that hot dress {best part, no tights for the cold!}, high heels, and even a bright red lip. You will feel better about yourself, not to mention more in the mood for a fun romantic time.

    First things first, get dressed, and I mean in going-out clothes! You may think I sound crazy because you aren’t leaving the house, but don’t you want your boyfriend or husband drooling? Get on that hot dress {best part, no tights for the cold!}, high heels, and even a bright red lip. You will feel better about yourself, not to mention more in the mood for a fun romantic time.

    Next, prep the set-up. Here I focused on a gorgeous dessert display. First I started by laying down a metallic placemat {similar to this Chilewich Pebble Placemat}. Then I picked up an extra delicious strawberry shortcake for dessert and placed on a simple white cake stand with my West Elm gold flatware. I used my favorite Juliska Amalia champagne flutes for Champagne. And the finishing touch, fresh white roses displayed in my small crystal Baccarat vase. To make it extra special, I like to splurge on great champagne, like this “I am the After Party” Chandon bottle. It couldn’t be more perfect since this IS in fact the after party.

    Now turn on some music, dim the lights, and cheers! Enjoy the perfect night in, no braving the cold required!

    Chandon I am the After Party Champagne

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