Simple, romantic and sexy!


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Valentine's day table setting idea, peony flower centerpiece, romantic decoration

Simple, romantic and sexy!

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Of course, one might argue that Valentine’s Day is a commercial holiday whose sole purpose is to get us to rush out and spend money at the card/candy/jewelry companies that make money every year. But a less cynical friend might say that Valentine’s Day is all about how we choose to view it: it has the potential to inspire creative and meaningful gift-giving, reminding us to show our loved ones what they mean to us. What I personally love about this holiday is its ability to awaken an inner romance that I often don’t get to touch at other times of the year. From buying myself underwear to tasting a really good piece of dark chocolate, I totally embrace it.

To lighten the spirits, I invited a few friends to a Valentine’s Day brunch to inspire flowers, recipes, and Valentine’s table setting ideas for your own party this year. Whether you’re celebrating with kids, a romantic partner, or throwing a full-blown Galentine carnival, I hope you’ll take away some ideas that will spark a romantic, sensual, and delicious Valentine’s Day in the future.

Special thanks to Ashleigh Amoroso Studio, where we filmed.

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Need a core idea for Valentine’s Day?just look at peonies

A few flowers immediately put me in a romantic mood: roses, ranunculus, and of course ruffled, layered peonies. I love peonies so much that when I was planning my own wedding 13 years ago, I deliberately left out parts of the decor so I could budget for a bunch of peonies on the reception table and bridal bouquet. They are worth the splurge!

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I advocate for all of us to buy ourselves as many flowers as possible – especially on Valentine’s Day. And it doesn’t have to be very expensive or require any flower arrangement skills. Usually I buy one of the best looking flowers at the flower market and simply arrange them. For this arrangement I used a ceramic pitcher with a 6″ opening and then added some green vines to create an asymmetrical composition that is very high on one side and gently droops down to the countertop on the other .

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Simple but Noble Valentine’s Day Table Setting Ideas

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I want my table to be romantic and not fussy, so I create “buffet style” by placing food on the counter, full of plates, silverware and glassware that everyone can bring to help themselves. This table setting proves that casual settings can still feel very special: flowers, beautiful ceramics, and well-decorated food feel regal yet approachable.

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These Farmstead Stoneware Salad Plates from Pottery Barn look handcrafted and very special – in a simple palette with slight variations that mimic the uniqueness of handmade ceramics. Together with coordinating bowls, these pair perfectly with relaxed everyday settings as well as more formal tabletop environments.

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My matte black cutlery was stolen from Target and I love the contrast it brings to this table, which is otherwise set in a mostly light palette. When it comes to table setting ideas for Valentine’s Day, there’s nothing more romantic than these beautifully textured champagne flutes, especially when they’re filled with sparkling, sparkling, and festive Avaline rosés.

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These clay-colored linen napkins from Gjusta Goods are a longtime favorite – I love that the shade is a nod to femininity while still maintaining an earthy vibe. To keep the table from looking formal, I threw a white linen tablecloth over it, but subtly left it messy and crumpled. PRO TIP: Remove large lines and folds from tablecloths while maintaining the intentional “wrinkles” by spraying this anti-wrinkle spray on the linen, giving the linen its character.

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An Easy, Sexy Valentine’s Brunch Menu

My menu was simple but indulgent enough, with high profile ricotta and raspberry toast followed by the best brownie you’ll ever have.

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Creamy ricotta drizzled with delicious raspberry jam, all on crispy sourdough toast…and it’s basically the best toast you can imagine. This ricotta and raspberry toast is so special and perfect for a weekend brunch with friends, but I can’t think of a better way to elevate a normal weekday morning – it’s easy and ready to go set off.

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Here’s how to make it:

  • In a small bowl, combine a spoonful of full-fat ricotta cheese with a dash of honey and toss to coat.
  • Bake a piece of sourdough (or gluten-free bread) until crisp.
  • Spread a layer of honey ricotta cheese on toast, then scoop a little Bonne Maman raspberry preserves on top. Use the back of a spoon to lightly spread it into the ricotta cheese.
  • Top with fresh basil or mint leaves and a pinch of flaky sea salt. taste!

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all you need is chocolate

This milk chocolate pound cake, to be exact. My mom has been making a version of this pound cake for years – it requires lots of melted chocolate (Hershey bars to be exact) in the batter, but somehow it’s light, fluffy and decadent at the same time . I made a few tweaks and added a chocolate ganache glaze to this one, and I’ll be sharing the recipe here next week.

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little love letter

Since I think every party starts with some thoughtful conversation, why not use Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to get deeper with your loved ones? If you’re spending the day with a romantic partner, put a bunch of intimate questions in a bowl, take turns drawing cards, and let them guide your conversation. Some ideas to help you get started:

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  • What quality do you like most about me?
  • What’s the best part of our relationship?
  • My sexiest feature is…
  • What is your favorite memory of the past 5 years?

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This *might* be more fun (just saying) after a glass of champagne.

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