Monday, February 14, 2011

Girlfriends' Valentine Brunch (and a Crafty Feature!)

Valentine's Day doesn't always have to be about smoochy lovey dovey romance. Sometimes it can be about showing your friends and family that you care about them! My friend Heather hosted a beautiful Valentine's brunch for a few girls from our MOPS group on Saturday, and I just had to share it with you today.

I was expecting maybe some donut holes and coffee, but Heather really went all out! My camera card was acting up, and I can't find the photo of the table with the cute lollipop and chocolate favors, but this one's not too bad:

I make my Chocolate Croissants with chocolate chips, but Heather uses Nutella and crunched up heath bits...and they are ah-mazing! Right out of the oven too...yum!

She also served a really tasty egg and sausage breakfast casserole that had little bites of apple in it. I'll have to see if she'll share the recipe with me.

Because my camera card decided it hates me, apparently I also lost the shots of the beautiful little yogurt parfaits (chocolate granola on top!) and the pretty flower centerpieces. (I hate you, stupid camera card, and I don't even care if it's Valentine's Day!)

It wouldn't be a brunch without refreshing beverages. Heather served sparkling juices paired with OJ...a very nice little mocktail. And it's never a party without caffeine. I brought my espresso machine and played barrista for awhile. Y'all know I make a mean Cafe Mocha!

We loaded our plates high, and stuffed our faces with croissants, casserole, fresh fruit, and yogurt parfaits.

(Fyi, I enjoy being the photographer because it guarantees there will be no photos of me featured here)

We followed brunch in the family room, swapping wedding photos to ooh and ahh over!

(So, I lied. The girl in the veil on the top of the silver and black album is me.)

All too soon it was time to head back to life, back to reality. But this pretty little break was exactly what I needed to refresh and recharge before taking on the rest of the day with the bebes.

As I write this, I have no idea what Valentine's Day in our house will bring. T is working late tonight, and his usual holiday plan of attack is to frantically run up and down the aisles of the nearest Target or Wal-Mart with my sister on speaker phone, trying to find something I won't hate.

I had to share the card I found for T because I know it will make you laugh:

Something I don't deserve is a feature over at The CSI Project! I am tickled PINK (in honor of Valentine's Day) that the girls over there invited me to share a project today.

If you'd like to see how I made this Ruffle Flower Stretch Headband and Matching Bag, please head over to The CSI Project! This week's challenge is Accessories.

I would be sooooo grateful if you'd leave me some comment love over there today!

And, if you're visiting from CSI, welcome! I'd love to have you join me for the I {Heart} My Crafty Cutter party on the 21st. Please feel free to click around the blog and make yourself at home!

{Happy Valentine's Day! Are you doing anything special today?}


  1. That Valentine Brunch sounds like such fun! I love that everyone shared their wedding pics:) I'm heading over to check out your cute bag now!

  2. How sweet! I love the brunch idea with friends for valentines day & how sweet of you to share your savvy mocha making skills :-) I'm dying over that adorable tote & headbands you made (I left a comment at CSI) They're perfect & I completely would have done the same in buying the ruffle trim, saves a lot od time & swearing. Lol!

  3. How sweet is that!!! I checked out your bag and headband this morning over at CSI and I love it! I wish I had more reasons in my life for more totes (my hubs makes fun of me b/c I own like 20)! I totally agree on buying the ruffled trim, who wants to deal with all that?

  4. What a super fun idea for Valentine's Day. We invited some friends over on Saturday night and it was so casual and fun, I tihnk a dinner in will become a new Woodwards tradition. Happy Valentine's Day!

  5. That looks like it was a very fun brunch, and sharing wedding photos was a great idea! You know, I don't even know where mine are currently.
    Congrats on the feature over at CSI!

  6. Loved your post on CSI project. You are such a great writer and your tutorial was so professional! I just love reading your blog. Looks like you had a lot of fun times had at your get together, good for you for taking the time to be with friends.

  7. The brunch looked great! How fun to get together with the girls and celebrate!

    Congrats on your CSI post! How fun!

    The Valentine to T cracked me up! But so true! : )

    Happy Valentine's Day!

  8. Your Valentine Brunch looked like so much fun!The food looked awesome!I also wanted to let you know that I hit a milestone on my blog and wanted to Thank You for helping make it possible by you having been so kind to have left a comment on my blog! Thanks Again!

  9. What a fun idea! I should have planned something like this for my posse but I didn't even think of it!

  10. Thanks for sharing this special time! I love a girls night out with our Bible study ladies, but this has been such a tough winter in upstate NY that we haven't done it very much. Maybe in the spring!

  11. Looks like y'all had a great time at the MOPS brunch. The food looks wonderful. I knew that was you in the bridal photo! Gorgeous!

    Congrats on your CSI guest post! WOO HOO! YAY AMANDA!!! I'm heading over there now!

  12. How fun! I am so stealing that Nutella croissants idea! That does sound amazing & how cute to share your wedding pictures! I love that idea!

  13. This looks so fun Amanda- and I seriously want to devour that casserole!!

  14. That Valentine's Brunch looked like a really fun time! What a great idea to celebrate love with your girlfriends.

    Hope T liked his card! :)

  15. What a fun idea for a V Day brunch! I love that you all brought your wedding albums too. Very cute.

  16. How cute! What a fun idea (: I love the girls' headbands! Those cookies look delish (:

  17. What a nice time spent with good girlfriends. That time is so important.
    Oh and I love that Valentine's card!
    Off to check out your guest post...very cool!

  18. Those chocolate croissants sound delicious! Everything looked beautiful too.

  19. I can't wait for the crafty cutter party!

    That girls v-day looks so fun! And you know, now I'm just hungry. The food you pictured, and described sounds amazing!

    I too had V-day with the girls. My husband worked, and I have a friend who is recently divorced, and another friend whose husband had we totally had take-out together on fine china and watched Hawaii five-o together!


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