This year, pop the bubbly and celebrate the international day of love with a delightful brunch for your sweetie and your Carillon neighbors to enjoy! Though Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year, don’t let that deter you from hosting a charming breakfast-y affair.
Impress your guests using these four tips to help your Valentine’s Day brunch shine this February 14.
Create a DIY Bar
Show yourself some love and consider bowing out of bartending duties by incorporating a do-it-yourself setup.
Decide what drinks you want to feature and what will be easy for guests to serve themselves. Bloody Marys, Bellinis and mimosas are popular and relatively hassle-free, but feel free to include the fixings for any kind of cocktail. For bloody Marys, stock up on premium vodka, such as Ciroc (which is made from grapes), Grey Goose or Belvedere. Load up on Champagne, prosecco, cava or sparkling wine for first-rate Bellinis or mimosas.
Remember to have plenty of mixers and garnishes on hand so your guests can make their drinks to their liking.
If you’re in not in the mood for cocktails, you can always sip on plain Champagne or theme-appropriate rosé bubbly.
Focus on Décor
As the owner of a beautiful Carillon home, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to deck it out for your fabulous V-Day brunch.
First, set a theme. Do you want a high-end affair, complete with crystal tableware, a glitzy centerpiece and pearls galore? Do you want to keep it simple and sweet, with heart-shaped accents, tea lights and fresh roses? Selecting a theme will help you prepare a shopping list and will ultimately set the mood for your brunch.
Whatever theme you choose, don’t neglect the details. Topping off the place settings with a handwritten note for each guest is an intimate touch that’s sure to be appreciated.
Jazz Up the Fare
Valentine’s Day is all about romance, and what is a more universal sign of love than a heart?
It may seem cutesy, but adding a heart-shaped element to a brunch dish is an easy way to impress your guests and set the tone. Just purchase cookie cutters in a heart shape to make sweetheart pancakes, French toast or cookies. You can even make heart-shaped pizzas, quiches, finger sandwiches or pasta.
If you don’t have time to make a heart-shaped creation, you can top off ready-made cookies with icing and sprinkles or purchase a Valentine’s Day-themed dessert at Central Market or Nothing Bundt Cakes.
Make a Goodie Bag
You set this brunch up to celebrate your love for your family, friends and neighbors. Let them know how much you adore them with goodie bags straight from the heart.
Just fill a velvet pouch or decorative bag with chocolates, heart-shaped cookies, a mini Champagne bottle (found at local liquor stores) and a little something special (perhaps a miniature heart-shaped frame with a picture of the two of you).
Whatever you decide to include in this personalized gift bag is up to you, but rest assured your guests will value the memento—and the experience—long after Valentine’s Day has passed.