For the Love of Pink, host a dinner party!


All Images via this Food and Wine article, Martha Stewart, and Faire Frou Frou

It’s February and I love the romance and colors of this month.  Winter’s last embrace before we are looking for signs of Spring.  I adore the romance of a dinner party “just because”.   Pick some Valentine’s be it a girls night in, your favorite couples, people you keep telling “we have to get together” and do it!  Just because!

  • Send a handwritten invite on a notecard- tell your guests to dress up for a special night “at home”.
  • Mix up your guest list – go outside of a clique.
  • Plan a seasonal menu- have a few little bites pre- dinner set out, and offer a classic cocktail.  A simple mesclun salad with mustard vinaigrette followed by a warm beef bourguignon is easy t.  Offer Bubbles, Red and White to accompany your feast.
  • Pull the good stuff – raid your sideboard and those registry must haves still in boxes or your favorite champagne coups.
  • Take a great (bowl, urn, or vase) from your home to a local flower shop and have them create a special arrangement, or make them yourself.  Little compotes in the foyer, powder room, cocktail table can be simple and easily done in tiny votive cups.
  • Tall taper candles make a gorgeous centerpiece just like Jackie’s!
  • Rent a single table linen- see how the pink and black above make the white plates, or flowers pop!
  • Wear a special family piece of jewelry or something you don’t normally wear out.
  • Make sure your co- host looks equally dapper and get him something special to wear like cool colored socks or a tie.
  • Have a few extra blooms or petals to put on dessert plates, or hors d’oeuvres trays.
  • Simple sweets are often more appreciated in the living area with port, scotch, or dessert wines.  A few cheeses, chocolate, macarons, and pate de fruit are perfect.


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Image Credit: Jackie Kennedy at home in Georgetown, 1954 | Posted in entertaining, inspiration, Winter | Tagged , , , , , , | 6 Brilliant Comments

6 Brilliant Comments to For the Love of Pink, host a dinner party!

  1. lizziefitz on February 8, 2011

    Effortless elegance, at least thats how jackie O always appears:)

    • annebook on February 8, 2011

      “No matter what’s involved.. always make it look effortless”, is one of MY favorite quotes!

  2. Linda on February 9, 2011

    Her style is absolutely timeless. I love all things Jackie!

  3. Beverly Book on February 10, 2011

    You’ve once again captured the ‘magic of the moment’ both in pictures and words. Reading this will either inspire someone to host an elegant at home supper OR wish they were invited to one. Love it.

  4. lexapro on September 29, 2011

    Great post I must say. Simple but yet interesting and engaging. Keep up a good work!

  5. Gina Montaleone on February 1, 2013

    so chic…totally inspired to host a v-day party at home! eating out is way too crazy and less personal that weekend anyway!

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