Inspire: Pink Ombré & Love Quotes

Valentine’s Day is only a week away, folks! CLD absolutely adores this holiday, not just because it celebrates the main thing that powers weddings (LOVE), but also because it comes with so many colors, flowers, and themes to get inspired by!

Our Los Angeles CLD office decided to host a Valentine’s Day party a little early and we actually were inspired by some of our own previous events and projects. We opted for décor that was a little rustic (mason jars), but peppy (pink ombré shades with metallic accents) and with a twist of thoughtful (by using some favorite love quotes).

Rustic: Mason jars, we could not live without you. Not only are they a key staple for storage in the kitchen (or for shaking up drinks in a pinch), but they are fabulous as flower vases. They come in so many sizes, almost any type of flower arrangement can work with them. When placing flowers around food or candles, you want flowers to be a little on the lower side so you don’t end up knocking things over! Half pint (or one cup) mason jars fit the bill beautifully, and they can be spruced up with little bits of lace, twine, burlap, or gold metallic paint (see our tutorial on painting glassware).

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White hydrangeas are great flowers for mason jars as one stem takes up a lot of room and they can be cut low.

White hydrangeas are great flowers for mason jars as one stem takes up a lot of room and they can be cut low.

Pink Ombré: One of our favorite floral pieces of 2013 was this amazing floral display on the escort card table at Brittany & Chris’ wedding at Casa del Mar. While we wish had the time and talent to put something like that together, we went the more simple and straight-forward route. We picked 3 varying shades of pink roses, cut them low for smaller mason jars, and made them the main display on the dining table.

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Thoughtful: After scrolling through our quotes Pinterest board, we decided to spread the whimsy feeling by incorporating some of our favorite love quotes throughout the party. We can’t lie, we actually have a healthy selection of chalkboards in storage to use at our weddings, so we got a little creative with some sidewalk chalk! We also printed a few of our favorites on colored heavy stock paper!

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Is it really almost February?

How did this happen?  My husband just wrote our rent check for February today (I love an early planner!) and it hit me that the month has come and gone and I’m already falling behind one of my (many) new year’s resolutions: blog more!  Blog more helpful, useful info…not sure some of my other blogs about my crazy life or car or husband weren’t helpful, but whatever 😉

And then, I realized Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  Oh boy.  Personally, I LOVE Valentine’s day.  I have loved it ever since I was in 1st grade and handpicked which of my Snoopy Valentines that were clearly more flirty than others, would go to the cute boys in class, and which would go to the ones I didn’t like (but was forced to send one to).  imagesI loved Valentine’s day for high school choir when we would be bought to do singing telegrams in classrooms and you could see people be so embarrassed but stoked at the same time.  I loved Valentine’s day for the martinis I would have with my single girlfriends when weweren’t dating anyone and wanted to celebrate that fact and how lucky we were to have each other.  I love Valentine’s day because my mom gives me socks every year with hearts on them that I can, and do, wear year round (… I also get Christmas, Halloween and Easter socks too, btw).  I loved Valentine’s day before I was married, and that is why I will continue to love it.

Consumer holiday or not, who cares? No need to be bitter, no need to “buy” into anything. No need for roses.  You just need LOVE.  LOVE for anything, anyone. So this Valentine’s day I encourage you to do something to celebrate that.  In a relationship or not, do something from your heart for someone.  It’s just an awesome day to surprise someone and let them know you care about them.  Isn’t their surprised face worth the extra effort? Here are some great never-disappointing options that you can give to ANYONE, not just the lover in your life:

1. Bake. Cookies, cake, cupcakes, who cares!  All around hit for everyone and guaranteed to be eaten because no one resists sweets this day.

2. Make a mix cd.  Seriously.  Bring it back to 1997 when you just learned to burn your own discs and write all over them.  Taylor Swift is a definite must for this one.images-1

3. Vodka with one of those cute glasses that have writing on them and a recipe.  Do I have to say why this is a hit? This is a great DIY option too if you’re feeling creative!

4. Make a movie night pack, with popcorn (fresh off the stove, highly recommended by my gf for an old-fashioned feel), candy, wine and either your fav rom-coms or your fav action-packed hits.  Definitely something you’ve seen before so you can talk over it 🙂

5. Make a cheesy, construction paper card in pink, red and purple with cut-out hearts, glitter and the works.  Then actually mail it out snail mail style to someone.  Grandma? Dad? Brother?

Love, no matter the relationship, is about the little things.  Make it a good one!

xoxo,
Christina