Snow storm got you feeling down? Turn those blues into shades of red and pink by planning a Valentine’s brunch for that special someone in your life. I teamed up with food writer and friend Chelsea Moore to put together a how-to guide on celebrating Valentine’s Day with brunch, booze, art, and music.
Here’s your one-stop-shop for recipes, romantic tunes, food and decor ideas, and art.
Waffles with a Cherry Blueberry Compote
Waffles are one of my favorite food groups. Last year my mom sent me a waffle maker for my birthday, making waffles a regular part of my diet. I love how easy they are — and how delicious they are too. Whip up a batch and then drizzle this Cherry Blueberry Compote on top.
Cherry Blueberry Compote
1.5 cups frozen cherries
1.5 cups frozen blueberries
splash of orange juice
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon chia seeds
dash of cinnamon
Heat the fruit and orange juice in a saucepan. When it starts to boil, reduce heat to low and add in sugar, cinnamon, and chia seeds. Mash fruit with a wooden spoon, leaving some fruit whole for aesthetics. Keep on the stove for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Makes enough for two generous portions.
A light boozy drink, perfect for mid-morning.
1 ounce vodka
1 part chilled cranberry juice
1 part chilled ginger ale
Garnish with fresh cranberries.
Siggi’s strawberry and rhubarb yogurt is amazing, but let’s be honest: when is Siggi’s ever not good? Top with your favorite local granola, and drizzle with honey. Mix in berries for added fruit flavorings.
Christine and I tag-teamed on the styling. Lately I’ve been all over white + gold combinations, and was excited to pair them alongside reds and pinks.
To set the table, I used my favorite white plates from Crate and Barrel, white flour sack dish cloths as napkins, and gold flatware from my great-grandmother’s collection. I spooned the yogurt parfait into porcelain ramekins.
Christine is so talented, and her art makes an incredible backdrop to any scene. I loved how the table settings were brought to life against her canvas.
Make your intimate valentine’s day thoughtful and memorable with a placecard to keep to mark the occasion. Place card ingredients include: watercolor paper, red/pink watercolors, water, a brush, a pen/sharpie, (gold leaf optional). Cut and fold your watercolor paper into a 3inx3in square. Dip the brush in water and then the paint and apply till the color is the tone your desire, add more water to mute the color. Let dry or blow dry. Once dry trace, or write your name and your beloved’s name onto each place card respectively. To add gold leaf, simply get a glue stick and apply the gold leaf to the corners or desired area.
Set the mood as soon as you click play. We’ve created a playlist of flirty tunes to inspire you to turn the music up and the romance on without the hassle of creating your own playlist. Listen on Spotify!
We did the work for you by curating a board filled with our favorite Valentine brunch ideas. From the simple to the detailed, we’ve got you covered. View the Valentine’s Day Pinterest Board for Ideas!
Cheers! To you best Valentines yet!
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