I haven’t always been a girl’s girl. Truthfully, I’m not even sure I am now. But as the years have passed, I’ve grown from an angsty tomboy to a less angsty tomboy with deep rooted feminist views (I guess that’s what happens when you spend your days in the male dominated construction industry). I’ve come to realize that there is power in numbers and that we rise by lifting others. Women are so often pitted against each other, or more ridiculously, against themselves. There are unbelievably unattainable standards by which we are expected to live. Eat this, do that exercise, buy this $50 mascara, drink this weird as fuck skinny detox tea, ingest these neon, hair vitamin gummy bears. Is it so bad that sometimes we just want to get into our grungiest sweatpants and watch 85 episodes of The Office face deep in an XL order of Chicken Pad Thai and a side order of nachos? Just let us live, alright?!
I am lucky to surround myself with some badass, top notch women. They are intelligent, passionate, caring, hilarious and, yea they’re all friggin’ stunners in their own right. So while I’m not typically one for holidays rooted in consumerism, I do think there is something to be said for taking an opportunity to show the people in your life how much they mean to you; and if that means you need a yearly reminder on February 14, so be it. The world already sucks enough sometimes so I think it’s important to spread love when we can, ya’ dig?
Anyway, let’s get to the point of this post, GALENTINE’S DAY! I felt inspired by all of the hearts and sparkle and seas of red on all of my fave blogs and Instagram accounts so I thought it might be fun to try to pull off my first styled blog post. I whipped up a Galentine’s Day brunch complete with sweets and treats, and well… meats. Because - as my father would say - if you don’t have a charcuterie board, are you even having a gathering?
Let’s get into it, shall we?
I will be honest, I snagged most of my supplies from Michael’s for 60% off, otherwise this whole post would have looks a lot less festive, so I’ll chalk that up as a win. After scouring Michael’s for all things St. Valentine, I hit Homesense to add a few pieces that are sort of neutral and I intend to use them in my future home decorating endeavours. Most of those items we’re no more than 10 bucks so, you guessed it - another win!
The flower arrangement might be my favourite part of the whole tablescape. I grabbed a few bouquets of roses in red, light blush pink and a sort of pink ombre. I started by laying some of the roses down and then trimmed the others and started layering the buds to create a cascading shape out of a small lantern. With a couple shimmering, sequin hearts, I am seriously wishing my dining room table always donned a waterfall of flowers.
No celebration is complete without delicious snacks so I whipped up some sweet treats for the festivities. I started with Cherry Chip Cupcakes with Maraschino Cherry Buttercream icing. My ‘secret’ hack? Boxed cake mix. Seriously, I’m not Wonder Woman so any opportunity to save time is IDEAL. I did make the buttercream icing from scratch but it was pretty standard. Butter, icing sugar, vanilla extract and then a dozen diced maraschino cherries and some of the juice from the jar folded in. Pipe it on and Bob’s your uncle.
The next treat was my personal fave! Mini waffle sandwiches with maple whipped cream and strawberry preserves. ‘Secret’ hack: buy the boxed mini Eggos and toast to your liking annnd '“preserve” is just code for whatever the hell jar of store bought jam you’ve got sliding around your fridge door. I did redeem myself when I made homemade maple whipped cream. Super simple - 2 cups of whipping cream, 4 tbsp of icing sugar and mix on high until peaks form, then continue mixing while drizzling in GOOD maple syrup (not that Aunt Jemima shit) to suit your taste.
Annnnd finally, here are all the other photos I snagged that I just want you to experience because I love them:
That’s all she wrote! Happy Galentine’s Day!