I was seriously just going to Target to get toilet paper and a few groceries. You all know though, you never leave Target with ONLY the things you went there to buy…
They had the CUTEST brunch supplies in the Bullseye’s Playground/Dollar Spot area at the front of the store. Valentine themed champagne flutes and pitchers, pretty pink cake stands, this awesome white platter that says “Let’s Do Brunch.” So I did what any normal person would do… I bought all 7 boxes of the champagne flutes and a bunch of other stuff, and then decided to have a party so I could use it all. Reverse planning?
I’m lucky to have a lot of wonderful women in my life: friends I have had for decades, (non-legal) sisters-in-law, co-workers who make going to work FUN! I thought that the perfect way to put my Target haul to use would be to throw a Galentine’s Brunch to show these lovely ladies some appreciation for the joy they bring into my life.
I kept things easy by ordering catering from Panera (their breakfast souffles are SO good), and making a Valentine’s treat themed charcuterie board. The board was filled with Pepperidge Farm cookies, Raspberry Creme Kit Kats, Valentine Ding Dongs, Sugarfina Bubbly Bear gummies, Hershey’s Kisses, Lindt Truffles, marcona almonds, candied pecans and raspberries. I used another cute platter from Target for strawberries and grapes, and then put macarons from Dana’s Bakery and PEEPS Vanilla Creme Hearts on the cake stand.
Obviously, the most important part of any brunch is the mimosas! I had a make your own mimosa bar, with orange, orange mango and pomegranate juices. I also had some Jackson Morgan Southern Bread Pudding and Chocolate Therapy (chocolate wine!) from Laurita Winery on hand in case anyone wanted a shot of something sweet! On top of all that, some gifted Red Velvet Bailey’s and wine finished off the libations.
I decorated with some balloons and a cute little heart banner I picked up at the Christmas Tree Shops. I found the neon “Love” sign at Kohl’s, and adorable candle that says “You’re like really pretty” candle was another Target find!
The most fun part was the photo “booth” I created by hanging gold and rose gold foil fringe curtains in front of my kitchen sliding door. I had a bunch of Valentine’s headbands and glasses plus Galentine’s themed photo props for everyone to use (#friesbeforeguys).
You can’t have a party without great music, so I put together an amazing playlist full of songs from my favorite female artists.
Finally, as a little parting gift, everyone got to choose an Anne Taintor sticky note pad or magnet and a Cheryl ‘s buttercream frosted heart shaped cookie!
I’m thinking of making this an annual event! If you have any fun Galentine’s Party ideas, let me know in the comments so I can start planning for next year!