Valentine’s Day Dessert Ideas

Valentine’s Day and sweets go hand in hand. You could enjoy that heart-shaped box filled with truffles or you can score extra points by making a tasty dessert for your sweetheart. Here are two Valentine’s Day dessert ideas that are super easy to make and sure to impress:

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Marshmallow Treats

Use a heart shaped cookie cutter to turn marshmallow treats into hearts, then embellish them with frosting, chocolate, peanut butter or candy.

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Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

These are super easy to make, but they look and taste so good. If you’ve never dipped strawberries before, here’s an easy recipe.

Pair one of these desserts with a love letter written from the heart, and you’ll show your loved one how much you care. Do you have any favorite Valentine’s Day dessert ideas? Let us know in the comments.

How To Write a Love Letter

Valentine’s Day is around the corner. Instead of letting a greeting card company craft your sentiment, why not write a love letter from the heart? Take a seat at your writing desk and let the words flow. We promise it will be cherished forever. If you’re not sure where to begin, here are five love letter writing tips from the folks at Hallmark.

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1. Start off Right

Instead of “Dear,” why not try “My Darling…” Get creative. Nicknames are definitely allowed.

2. Offer Affirmations

What are your beloved’s best qualities? Has he or she done something lately that you’re grateful for? Mention this!

3. Look into the Future

Are you looking forward to something? Seeing him tonight? Going on that romantic vacation? Growing old together? Yep, mention that, too.

4. Finish Strong

Scrap “Sincerely,” and go all in with something like “All my love,” or “Forever yours.” XOXOXO is good, too.

5. Make it Special Delivery

Leave the love letter somewhere you know he or she will find it – like on a pillow or car seat. The element of surprise will make it more special.

Kris Jenner’s Holiday Décor Inspiration

You can’t be surprised that Kris Jenner’s holiday décor is over the top.

Her Calabasas home is a whimsical winter wonderland. With a massive evergreen tree in the foyer to the luxurious touches throughout her home, keeping up is pretty impossible. Our favorite part of this tour by Architectural Digest is hearing the insights from Kris and her designer. The use of red is classic, but the execution is totally contemporary. Here are three tips we gleaned that could be used in your home this holiday season:

 

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Plaid Plates

You can never go wrong with plaid plates for the holidays. The bonus is that you can use them throughout the year when you want a traditional touch. In classic red, they’ll never go out of fashion.

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Red and Black Ornaments

We love the idea of mixing red and black ornaments for a naughty but nice holiday look. Black is unexpected; it provides a bit of glamour and drama, letting the classic red feel bold.

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Faux Fur

From white faux fur stockings to animated fur reindeer, Kris Jenner’s holiday décor features lots of texture. We think she’d love this white faux fur tree. Imagine it as a centerpiece or on a table in your foyer.

What is your favorite part of Kris Jenner’s holiday display?

Celebrate the Season with Whimsical Holiday Décor

Need some holiday inspiration for your home décor? Our Creative Director Broc Clark has identified three important holiday trends for 2018, each with its own distinct style and twist. Get a peak at the dramatic and unique Starry Night or stay true to traditional holiday style with Classic. This week he offers the latest look, Whimsical holiday style.

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Bright colors

Evergreen trees are lovely, but why not go unexpected and use a pink tinsel tree instead? Imagine the surprise on the faces of your friends and family as you color outside of the traditional holiday lines. Decorate it in all white, tropical colors or even black ornaments. You could easily leave it as is and simply string lights. Your holiday will be extra bright when you find a way to use vibrant colors.

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Flamingos

Flamingos are iconic—and they’re also the “it” creature of the moment. Make your front door extra festive by adding this whimsical rug. It might be snowing outside, but you’ll feel like you’re on vacation every time you come home.

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Tropical colors

Red and green are classic holiday colors, but add a sense of whimsy by choosing tropical colors for décor, instead. Turquoise, pink and purple ornaments will bring your tree to life. Or choose metallic chargers in tropical colors to add fun to your holiday entertaining.

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Wreaths

Your front door will set the tone for your holiday décor, so make sure your wreath reflects your penchant for whimsical. It can be as simple as an evergreen wreath with blue and silver ornaments. Or choose a wreath in an interesting shape, such as a square, or in a unique texture, like metal.

What do you think of Whimsical holiday décor? Let us know in the comments, and dare to try something different this season.

 

Enjoy the Spirit(s) of the Season with a Holiday Bar

Holiday entertaining at home often includes an assortment of beverages, soft and not so soft. You’ll feel like a guest at your own party when you set up a bar where friends can serve themselves. Here are four tips for creating a libation station holiday bar:

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Choose an out-of-the-way spot

This will make sure it doesn’t disrupt the flow of the party. Choose a corner of the room where you expect people to gather, or use your dining room sideboard or kitchen island. Leave enough space so more than one person can be pouring to avoid a line or congestion in the area.

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Stock it with the basics

You can make things easy by serving just soft drinks, beer and wine. If you want to stock a full bar, consider bourbon, gin, rum, scotch, tequila, vermouth, vodka and whiskey. You’ll also need orange juice, cranberry juice, ginger ale, tonic, club soda, lemons, limes and olives. And champagne is always a great option. These ingredients will cover the most common mixed drinks. You might also consider adding coffee liqueur or Irish crème. To know how much to purchase, check out this handy drink calculator.

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Create a special holiday drink

For a holiday-theme, choose a beverage such as eggnog, mulled wine or white cranberry “snowflake” martinis. You can make a pitcher ahead of time or fill glasses and display them on a tray, replenishing as needed. Or put out the ingredients and have a recipe card on the bar and invite guests to mix the drink themselves.

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And have the right supplies

Be sure your holiday bar area has sufficient ice, cocktail napkins, one or two towels for spills, corkscrew, shaker, measuring glass and trash container. And you’ll need an assortment of glassware. If you want to streamline things, just set out basic wine and old-fashioned glasses. If you want to do things right, offer champagne, red wine, white wine and highball glasses.

All that’s left is gathering your friends and enjoying the spirit – and spirits – of the season. And always remember to drink responsibly.