February 13, 2017

How to throw the best Galentine’s Day brunch

FILED IN: Cocktails, Recipes

First off, what is Valentine’s Day really about? I find it kind of silly and ridiculous because why not show love for that special someone all the time and not just on this designated day, when everyone else is doing the same thing? For those who are single, it can be a bit of a downer! Which leads to the invention of secondary “holidays” like Singles Awareness Day. I subscribed to this one back in the day. Haha bitter much? Then there’s Galentine’s Day, a day to celebrate your friendships and share a little extra love with those you are so grateful for! I can totally get behind this one which is exactly why I am going to detail how to throw the best Galentine’s Day brunch!

This past weekend, I got together with one of my girlfriends, Emilee of Tasteful Tatters to put together a Galentine’s Day brunch. She brought on a talented calligrapher and Chloe of Bloom & Beam Floral Co. I put together the food items and photographed this beautiful brunch spread.

You may wonder where to start to put together a table spread! It can feel intimidating. We started out by coming up with our theme, then collaborating on a Pinterest board and picking a color scheme from there. Think blush and touches of red and gold.

How to throw the best Galentine's Day brunch, set the table

How to throw the best Galentine’s Day brunch, The Decor

Emilee is a wedding planner, so basically has a magical array of gorgeous pieces on hand which she brought together for the table. You’ll be happy to hear the pieces are from stores that are easy to find and totally affordable!

Tall Glasses: World Market

Tumblers: Anthropologie (similar ones can be found here)

Chargers: Michaels

Flatware: Target

Favor Boxes: Hadron Epoch

Mini Piñata: Lula Flora Designs

A lot of the other decor is from Target! She DIYed the beautiful peachy pink napkins by dying them with avocado pits! What? I know it sounds crazy!

The hand written calligraphy menus were a beautiful touch! The gorgeous floral arrangement was done by Chloe! I mean how perfect do they look together?

How to throw the best Galentine’s Day brunch, the details

Chloe had some leftover green rose buds, and Emilee suggested taping them to the wall with clear tape. How dreamy is it? Emilee seriously has the best eye for this stuff!

How to throw the best Galentine’s Day brunch, the food

I decided to make some super easy and delicious sweet treats for the menu. I like that they look rustic and homemade but they didn’t take a ton of time to create. This is ideal when you are putting together a brunch, since there’s always a bunch of other items to check off of your to-do list!

Conversation Heart Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

(complete with Mean Girls sayings written on them)

How to throw the best Galentine's Day brunch, conversation heart cookies

Feel free to make the sugar cookies from scratch or get an easy mix. Grab a heart shaped cookie cutter. Then make some Royal Icing and either write on the frosting with a food coloring marker or a contrasting color (preferably red) icing!

Royal Icing Ingredients

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Directions

  1. Put the powdered sugar into a bowl of a mixer (the recipe I used said to sift the sugar, but I didn’t and it turned out just fine), with egg whites and lemon juice.
  2. Mix on low until combined.
  3. Mix on high for about 7 minutes or until thick.
  4. Added food dye of your choice. I love this stuff. Note: I prefer gel food dye. A little goes a long way, and doesn’t leave that icky food coloring taste.

The Royal icing is best applied with a piping tip. I used a very small round piping tip from this set to outline the outside of the heart. I highly recommend this set, because you can do so much with them! After outlining all of the hearts, I thinned out the royal icing a bit with leftover lemon juice and piped more into the middle of each cookie with a larger tip, then spread it out evenly with a back of a spoon. Be sure to let the icing dry before writing on it.

Rustic Homemade Pop Tarts

These are beyond easy to make! Since I still had some leftover royal icing from the cookies, I ended up thinning it out, changing the color a bit and using it on these as well.

Ingredients, servings : 6 pop tarts

  • 1 pack premade pie crusts (should come with 2)
  • about 1/2 cup jam or preserves of your choice
  • 1 egg
  • icing (used leftovers from the recipe above)
  • sprinkles
  • about 1 TBSP cornstarch (to thicken jam)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Flour a surface and roll out your pie crust evenly.
  3. Cut off the round edges, so that you have a square left. Cut into 3 equal sized long rectangles.
  4. Mix jam and cornstarch to thicken it up. Spoon jam onto one end of each strip.
  5. Beat egg in a bowl. Brush egg around the jam.
  6. Fold over pie crust to cover the jam and crimp the edges with a fork.
  7. Bake for about 15 mins, or until golden brown on top.
  8. Once cooled drizzle icing in middle and add sprinkles!

Note: You can also experiment with other shapes, like the heart ones pictured above!

I filled my pop tarts with cherry preserves and topped off the icing with the cutest assortment of sprinkles I got from one of my favorite cafes in Los Angeles, located in Pasadena.

How to throw the best Galentine’s Day brunch, The Booze

For any get-together I recommend having cocktails that are easy to make, but don’t taste like it. Here the super simple and delicious cocktail that Emilee mixed up for the Galentine’s Day Brunch.

Not Your Mother’s Champagne

Ingredients

  • Champagne
  • Elderflower Syrup
  • Raspberries

Directions

Add 1 oz of elderflower syrup to tumble. Add about 5 raspberries and muddle. Top off with champagne and an ice block if needed. Voila! A perfect crisp champagne cocktail to pair with all your sweets!

Gather some cute decor, decide what you want to grub and sip on, then invite a few of your favorite gal pals over for a fun day. You can even integrate some DIYs into the mix if you want activities to do! This equation will work for any of your future get togethers. Enjoy!

Design Concept & StylingTasteful Tatters // FloralsBloom & Beam Floral Co. // Calligraphy (menu & place cards): Jenni Murphy // Food Styling, Recipes & Photography: myself

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  1. Yay! Dream team! Cannot wait to do something like this again

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