Pin Party // Vaguely Valentine

February 19, 2013
This month’s edition of Pin Party has a decidedly love-inspired feel to it, but for the folks who like to stay away from being too theme-y, here’s a round up of a few details that can be used to show your loved ones that you care, but is neutral enough to be used throughout the year.  
In the case of this collection, it was the gilded metallic block lettering and the botanical silhouettes in the design piece that first caught my eye, and then the actual name “Gerard” that really drew me in… Perfect for celebrating my Sweet G!
Drink // How chic do those simple pink drinks look with the easy addition of fresh flower  buds?  As long as you made sure that the blooms were food-safe (look for them in the produce section of your grocery store!) it would be such an easy way to make an outstanding impact. Would look SO cute in this vintage pair of silver polka-dot tumblers!
Decorate // These pastel colored leafy eucalyptus branches (by the lovely and talented Jillian Nicole!) add such a soft touch to the organic floral arrangements, but to keep things from looking too sweet, a few dark “black” blooms add just the right amount of edge.
Design // The branding work for fine art & furniture store, Maison Gerard, is serious perfection.  I love everything from the color/texture of the paper, to the gilded lettering, to the stark silhouettes of the branches. 
Dress // If you’re hosting a cozy dinner at home, I’m of the school of thought that says YOU get to decide how upscale or casual the dress code will be.  In the case of creating an atmosphere that would work just as well for romance with your beau or quality time with friends, I’m a big fan of a comfy sweater (extra points for hearts!) and a well-fitting pair of black ponte leggings (I swear by them!) – just make sure they’re not faded or stretched out.
Dine // This tasty dish needs hardly more than a bit of assembly, and could be put together by even a novice in the kitchen.  Swap in different spices/toppings according to the tastes of your guests, or make it even more interactive by setting out all of the different condiments (red onions, rosemary, cream cheese, lemon curd, watercress, capers, spicy mustard, etc), and let people put stack up their own!  Me thinks it would be a great case for this bread tray, and a few of these gorgeous white bowls.
As I look more closely at the layout above, I’m realizing that this concept would also work really well for a casual Easter Brunch, as well… Might have to start getting one in the works!  Are you planning on hosting any get-togethers any time soon?  I’d love to help by featuring your questions about hosting here, so email me and your project could be featured on S&P!
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Pin Party is a feature where my assistant Sarah and I share images, recipes, decorating ideas & outfits all inspired by a piece of art or tidbit of graphic design from my Pinterest boards.
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    7 Comments

  • Reply Naomi February 19, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    The smoked salmon looks so yummy and I love the floral arrangement!

    The Occasional Indulgence

  • Reply Ashley February 19, 2013 at 6:22 pm

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  • Reply Cara Northcutt February 19, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Everything looks amazing!

    xx Cara
    http://www.carascliche.com

  • Reply Jillian Nicole February 19, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Thank you so much for including my floral arrangement in this month’s EntertaineD, Jessie! I hope you had a great Valentine’s Day and you were totally right–it is eucalyptus!:)

    • Reply Jessie Artigue February 19, 2013 at 10:23 pm

      Oh my goodness, of COURSE! Thank you so much for noticing, and leaving me a little message… I’ve just updated the post to make sure to link back to your blog (duh!) I LOVE your site and your work, and have really enjoyed clicking around and finding out all of the fun things we have in common! :) XOXO

  • Reply Street Lily February 20, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    that sweater dress is unreal cute!!! in love…

    http://streetlily.blogspot.com

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