How To Host A Fun Galentine's Day Brunch

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Hey y’all happy February! If you’ve been following me a while, you’ll know I love to do tablescapes. I’m so loving this new twist on Valentine’s day, “Galentine’s day”! What fun to celebrate and share all the goodness of great friendships. This year I was so excited to host my own celebration and host a brunch for some of my dearest friends. Last year I shared a few fun Valentine’s day table ideas and you kind find that post here ROMANCING THE HOME FOR VALENTINE’S DAY.
So, follow along and I’ll share all the ideas for my party…

First of all, this look/theme could be used for a bridal shower/luncheon, Mother’s Day tea, baby shower etc. I decided I didn’t want to go with the traditional red and white and wanted to put a pretty twist on my table without screaming store-bought Valentine’s day decorations.  The color pallet I selected was blush, creamy whites, and natural brown. I also didn’t want to make it feel too formal. I’ll explain further down how I did that
 
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I started with simple homemade invitations. I used natural brown paper, added a little doily label to the outside and personalized it with each persons name. I then embellished with some tiny paper flowers. For the inside I just typed up the details on Word using fun fonts, printed on blush cardstock and glued to the inside. Very simple and inexpensive.
 
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When I entertain, I love to give my guests a little take home favor. I usually give them as they are leaving but this time I wanted it to be incorporated into the table décor. I had this vision of making each place setting look like a beautiful package. I bought these little brown gable boxes to use as base of my package and placed the goodies inside.
 
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Here are the items needed to make the favors:

(I purchased all my supplies at Hobby Lobby)
Gable boxes purchased here  https://rstyle.me/n/dfag5pcddip
Paper flowers of various colors and shapes
Glue stick
Creme colored tissue paper
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First assemble the boxes. Then lay out your flowers in the groupings you want to be sure you have enough and the look you want before you adhere to box.
 
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Then glue the flower arrangements to your boxes.
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I wanted the gift to have a very personalized touch so I made some homemade products to place inside. Here are the goodies that went inside the boxes. I also used the boxes as placecards for each place setting, so I made nametags using brown cardstock tags and tied each persons name on word in a pretty font, then printed out on blush cardstock and glued to the brown tags and embellished with the coordinating paper flowers.
 
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I first made scented bath salts. I just used basic Epsom salts, added some essential oil {I used Bergamot and lavender} and a drop of red food color to make it a soft pink. I just mixed it up well in a big bowl them put them in clear bags, tied with coordinating ribbon and made pretty labels with flower bouquets.
 
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Next I made my bergamot, geranium lip balm that everyone loves & it’s so easy to make.
 
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Here are the ingredients:

1 1/2 tsp Coconut Oil https://rstyle.me/n/c4ffc5cddip
2 tsp Shea Butter https://rstyle.me/n/c4fewfcddip
2 tsp Beeswax  https://rstyle.me/n/c4fe3tcddip
2 1/2 tsp Avocado Oil  https://rstyle.me/n/c4ffadcddip
Essential Oils( I use Young Living oils) I used 1 drop geranium & 3 drops Bergamot (I also like to use lavender or Joy.
 
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Put all ingredients but the EO in a double boiler on the stove and melt completely
 
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Once the ingredients are melted, remove from the stove and add your chosen oils.
 
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Once it cools the mixture will harden in the tubes. Be sure to keep them standing upright so once the mixture solidifies it will be level in the container. Wipe any residue from the tubes and add your labels.
 
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I purchased the tubes here then made labels to coordinate with the labels on the bath salts.  https://rstyle.me/n/c4fetmcddip
I placed a piece of tissue in each box, then put the bath salts, lip balm & a chocolate inside.
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For the centerpiece, I placed a runner made of brown craft paper down the center, then placed a delicate garland down the center with a few various faux flowers here and there. Then the show stopper was two-cylinder vases filled with fresh hydrangea and pale crème & pink roses. I also added a touch of the garland on the chandelier to give the table a little more interest in the center.
 
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I had so much fun creating the place settings. This was actually what inspired the whole theme of the party. I wanted to make sure it didn’t feel overly formal so I mixed casual dishes with fancier stemware and flatware with gold accents. The ruffled burlap placemats framed a pretty scalloped charger with gold accents. Then I laid a soft pink napkin to offset the plate from the charger and add that soft pop of pink. To create the wrapped present look, I placed the box on the plate then tied it all up with a beautiful wide creamy silk ribbon. I used about 5 feet of ribbon for each place setting to make a big huge bow. I laid the ribbon down horizontally on the place mat then placed the other layered items. Once the boxes were placed, I brough the tails of the ribbon up through the handle of the box and tied the big bow.
 
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For the food I wanted things I could prepare the day before so all I had to do that morning was assemble everything. I laid out my serving dishes and set everything up as well.
 
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Menu

 

Individual Spinach & Cheese Fritatas

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To serve, garnish with spinach leaves

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped spinach
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons freshly chopped chives
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Prepare a mini muffin pan with cooking spray; set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add onions and sauté for about 2 minutes, until onions are slightly softened and start becoming translucent in color.
  • Add spinach and sauté for one minute. Remove onions and spinach from heat and let cool.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, almond milk, cheese, chives, and thyme. Add in the onions and spinach and whisk until ingredients are well blended.
  • Pour or spoon the egg mixture into each mini muffin tin.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes, just until the center of the frittatas are set and no longer jiggly.

Notes

MAKE AHEAD: These can be made the night before, and refrigerated in an airtight container overnight. To reheat, simply place frittatas on a baking sheet and reheat at 300 degrees for about 5 minutes.

French toast casserole

Yogurt parfait

 
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I layered greek yogurt with granola and blueberries in pretty ice-cream dishes Topped off with granola and a pretty strawberry

French Toast Casserole

Ingredients:
• 1/2 cup of butter
• 12 slices of white bread
• ¾ cup of brown sugar
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• 5 eggs
• 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
• 1 ½ cups of milk
• Powdered sugar for dusting
Directions:
1. Melt 1/2 cup butter and pour in the bottom of a 9×13 casserole dish.
2. Lay 6 pieces of white bread on top of the melted butter.
3. Mix 3/4 cup of brown sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.
4. Pour half of the brown sugar mixture on top of the first layer of bread.
5. Add the second layer of six pieces of bread over the top of the brown sugar
mixture.
6. In a separate bowl, mix 5 beaten eggs, 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract, and 1 1/2
cups of milk.
7. Pour the egg mixture over the casserole.
8. Top with the remaining brown sugar mixture.
9. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
10. Th /next morning, cover the casserole dish with  aluminum foil and then bake at
350 degrees for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 15 minutes.

Fresh fruit

I used a pretty compote bowl and filled it with fresh-cut cantaloupe, strawberries, red grapes, blueberries

Meat and cheese

I wrapped prosciutto around mozzarella cheese sticks

Peach or Orange Mimosa

Orange and peach juice with champagne served in champagne glasses

Strawberry & Lemon infused water.

I put filtered water into a large pitcher and placed in sliced lemons and strawberries in the fridge overnight. The day of the brunch, I poured it into a pretty beverage dispenser. The lemons and strawberries look so pretty in the water.
 
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It was so much fun watching my sweet friends opening their boxes, the joy on their faces was priceless.
 
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Spending this special time with my dear friends was so wonderful and I love that I could spoil them…
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This was so much fun I think I see a new tradition starting. I truly love to entertain and spoil friends and family with all the fun details. I enjoy the planning, prep and watching guests enjoy their time.
As I mentioned before, these ideas can be used for various events but I encourage you to try a Galentine’s celebration of your own. There’s no better way to show your gratitude and love for girlfriends who are always there for us even if we can’t get together much, a special gathering like this is all we need.
Hope you enjoyed this post and got some inspiration for your own Valentine’s celebrations or any party for that matter! As always feel free to pin away and share this post with a friend who may like it. I love hearing from you and always ask me questions if you have them!

Happy Entertaining

February 4, 2019

  1. Lisa

    February 4th, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    Loved being part of your Galentines brunch! We had so much fun and the table was beautiful. Ummm I went back for seconds on the French toast and peach mimosas!
    You’re the most talented at bringing everything together from start to finish.

  2. txbittons@verizon.net

    February 7th, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    Hey my sweet friend,
    Love spoiling you and sooooo glad you had fun(and that you had seconds!!)
    Love you girl
    ~Deb

  3. Laura

    February 5th, 2019 at 1:15 am

    Well done, Deborah! Everything was just so special and I did feel spoiled. You’re a sweet “Galentine” my friend!💗

  4. txbittons@verizon.net

    February 7th, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    Hey girl,
    Thanks for coming!! Love spoiling my sweet friends….
    ~Deb

  5. Kristina Arvizu

    February 7th, 2019 at 1:15 am

    This makes my heart smile… love everything about this!

  6. txbittons@verizon.net

    February 7th, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    Hi Kristina,
    Thank you so much for the kind feedback. It was a wonderful day!
    Thanks for following along
    ~Deborah

  7. Susan

    March 3rd, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    Oh I’m just so jealous of you! What a fabulous idea to host your friends for a galetine valentine! I love the goodie boxes that you made for your girlfriends. You ladies looked so cute! That was I’m sure a lot of work. I love your table scape. Ahhh, the roses are gorgeous! I just love pink. The food looked simply Devine to devour. The greenery on top of the chandler 👍! Thanks for sharing the recipes. I can’t wait to see your next holiday gathering ☘️.

  8. txbittons@verizon.net

    March 4th, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    Hi Susan
    So many kind comments, thank you. It was such a fun party. I’ll definitely be sharing some fun ideas for Easter, Mother’s day and Fathers day.
    I appreciate your feedback and thank you for following!
    Come back soon
    ~Deborah xoxo

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