Weekend Style | The Valentines Day Edition

Weekend bike rides | A Fabulous Fete

I'm not going to rain all over your plans for those of you that have them, but, I don't really like going out on Valentines Day (anymore). Sure, the first time we didn't, I was probably super annoyed because someone forgot to make reservations. As the years passed and we started making dinner at home, I started to enjoy having a higher quality meal (at a fraction of the cost) in the comfort of my pj's. There's lots of other reasons (like, please don't rush me through my meal to move on to your next reservation) but I will skip over that and focus on what I really want to share. The outfit that I would spend my ideal Valentines Day in.

Weekend Neccessities | A Fabulous Fete
Future State tees, weekend wear | A Fabulous Fete
I'm bananas for you tee | A Fabulous Fete
Champagne and roses | A Fabulous Fete

I really am bananas over these tees from Future State. Perfect, for my perfect day of spending time outside, grabbing champagne, roses and cupcakes, then kicking back to enjoy it all. The cheeky little embroideries looked best paired with a skirt and converse... in my opinion. How are you guys spending love day this weekend?!


Galentines Day | Entertaining

A guide to a galentines day gathering | A Fabulous Fete

Valentines Day has never been something I dreaded. Although I can't remember every year, I don't ever recall being bummed because I didn't have a special someone to celebrate with. For me it's always been a time that all things girly and pink and sweet are totally acceptable for the first 2 weeks of February... so, YES. I'm in. When we were kids (and even adults) my mom always gave us vday gifts (speaking of, hey mom, totally ok with still getting those gifts). Through high school my friends and I always gave each other valentines. It's just always been a fun time to share the love. So I absolutely love the idea of bringing back that fun and gathering your girls for a Galentines Day party. I've partnered with Seven Daughters Wine to share my 7 steps to hosting a fabulous little flower shop party for you and a few friends. At least this way we'll all be guaranteed a few roses when the 14th rolls around;)

Galentines day celebration | A Fabulous Fete
White roses wrapped in kraft paper | A Fabulous Fete
Treat your galentines to a DIY bouquet bar | A Fabulous Fete

1. I've always wanted a flower shop and this seemed like the perfect chance to create a mini version in my home. Pick up a few bouquets in different shades of red and pink from your local grocery store. Separate them by color or flower type in individual glass containers, just like a real shop.

Dusty roses | A Fabulous Fete

2. This should actually be number one as it's arguably the most important part of this party, the wine. The Seven daughters Moscato is sweet and bubbly and can be mixed with a bit of Rose Lemonade to make a festive and easy cocktail. The whites all seemed appropriate for this light and fun party, so I also set out the Crisp White and Chardonnay.

Pink lemonade, the perfect decor and mixer at your galentines day party | A Fabulous Fete
Wine and candy for your galentines and valentines | A Fabulous Fete
Custom stamped merci favor bags | A Fabulous Fete

3. Favors! Yes, the flowers are definitely a favor in itself, but a little candy never hurt anyone. I stamped small muslin bags, perfect for guests to grab and raid a candy bar and take to enjoy the next day. Plus, any way to get friends to reduce the amount of leftovers is always good.

Mini bouquet favors | A Fabulous Fete
Wooden candle holders to tone down all the pink that comes with vday | A Fabulous Fete

4. Set the mood with candlelight. To contrast all of the pink and red, I picked up these rustic tealight holders. A little contrast in style or color is the best way to add some interest to your table.

Gold plated cups | A Fabulous Fete
Heart shaped candy as decor | A Fabulous Fete

5. Did I mention the candy? Yes, but I'll say it again. Make sure it is abundant, and in cute jars or even champagne coupes like I did here. It's fun for friends to snack on, adds color and is decor on it's own.

Wildfox sweatshirt for lounging with your galentines | A Fabulous Fete

6. Dress the part and ask your friends to as well. I'll admit, I've already worn this sweatshirt more times than probably acceptable in the last week, but how perfect is it for a Galentines party? Or February? Or life?

Text invites instead of paper for your Galentines gathering | A Fabulous Fete

7. Well, okay maybe this is the most important part, invite your gals. Galentines Day isn't exactly a paper invitation holiday, let's keep it casual. Download this invitation for your mini flower shop get together, text it to your friends and add your details in directly after. Done (and you know they saw it, so now they have to respond;)

Wine and flowers, a winning combo for Valentines day! | A Fabulous Fete

Once your girls have arrived, open the wine, devour the sweets and put together a better bouquet than any guy could ever pick out for ya.

Will you be valentines-ing or galentines-ing this year?

Post in partnership with Seven Daughters Wine.

Weekend Notes | Get Crafty + Some Vday Links

Wilde House Paper Giveaway | A Fabulousfete

Happy Friday! This week has been one of those, I know I worked my butt off but barely made a dent in the stack of projects sitting on my desk, types of weeks. Anyone else with me? Monday's are always so hopeful, even if there are a lot of things to get done... you still have 5 full days to do it all. Then Friday rolls around and panic sets in. Good thing the team is growing otherwise I might just crawl back under the covers today and hide;)

Have you stopped by the Wilde House instagram this week? We're hosting a really fun contest called Treat Yo Wilde Self and giving away a pretty cool prize at the end of the weekend. Basically we've given simple prompts for you to follow and treat yourself. All you have to do is gram it and win! The photo above was from our 'get creative' prompt. Not only has this been a fun contest to plan and host, I've actually had fun participating as well! I picked up a few mini canvases, some acrylic and played around for a few, something I never take the time to do otherwise. I can't wait to make more of these small paintings, aren't they cute?!

And last but not least, with only a week away, I wanted to recap some of my favorite love day projects from the past in case you have some free time this weekend. Enjoy your weekends!

  • Decorate your party or home with this DIY flower garland
  • Customize this banner with your fave candy heart saying, would be super cute in your work space or to give as a gift!
  • My quick tips on how to create a simple vday arrangement
  • Printable valentines for your loves, all time favorite collab!
  • 4 quick wrapping ideas for small gifts. Seriously, grab some candy or another treat and you're set because the wrapping is so darn cute on it's own.
  • Printable pocket love notes. Stick in pockets, wallets, lunch boxes or under windshield wipers and share the love.

Image via the Wilde House Paper instagram feed.

Shades of Green Botanical Suite | Calligraphy

Botanical wedding invitation suite | A Fabulous Fete

A while back I worked together with Harmony Creative Studio to create a suite that tied in with their black tie botanical theme. And, if you know me, I'm a sucker for anything green, viney, leafy, flowery... you get the idea. Rather than going with the typical botanical border, I decided to give this vine covered crest a try. And guess what, I found that crests are really fun to work with. They take a lot of focus, sometimes some actual measuring (and rulers, hate), and you kind of get lost while you are creating. Or at least I did. It's on the agenda to create more of them. I love that they can be used across all of your wedding stationery over all of the different occasions to tie it all together.

I also played around a bit with the watercolor lettering here too. Instead of the solid color I am used to working in, I went for a mixed effect with a few different shades. It was a fun playful touch on an otherwise formal event and style. Here are a few of my favorite shots from the shoot!

Mixed green watercolor | A Fabulous Fete
Gold calligraphy escort cards | A FAbulous Fete
HNYPT Black Tie Botanical Shoot | A Fabulous Fete
Shades of green crest suite | A Fabulous Fete
Custom crest return address
Fern Decor | A Fabulous Fete
Rustic wood cocktail bar sign | A Fabulous Fete

I also created these custom drink menus, one for the bride and one for the groom. This stain is one of my all time faves, and I CANNOT remember what it was called. So, also on the agenda? A stain menu slash an assistant who enjoys creating menus and guides to help me stay organized;)

Custom crest recreated for backdrop | A Fabulous Fete
Wedding bar cocktail signs | A Fabulous Fete
Escort card display | A Fabulous Fete
Botanical Wedding Decor | A Fabulous Fete

Photography: Diana McGregor | Floral Design: Heirloom Design House | Wedding Dress: Sarah Janks | Cake: Frost It Cupcakery | Venue: HNYPT LA | Event Design, Coordination & Styling: Harmony Creative Studio | Paper Goods + Calligraphy: A Fabulous Fete | Featured on Style Me Pretty

If you are looking for wedding invitations, you can browse through some of the current designs here, or contact me for something custom!

Ooh La La | The February Edit

Love is in the air! Okay, maybe not love, more like the need to buy excessive amounts of pink and sweets... and I AM OKAY WITH IT. I love pink and sweets, bring it on. I've had lots of these little goodies on my wishlist for a while, so I figured I'd show them some love and put together a mini guide to shopping for your love, your pal, or yourself.

Click on the items to be taken directly to the source.

Have you edited down your February faves? What's on your list?

Ooh La La lettering © A Fabulous Fete