Valentine’s with the Hostess With the Mostess

February is the month of love, and as tradition holds full of reds, pinks, hearts, and flowers. But what is there for those of us who do not fit the norm? Those of us who are inspired by the modern and refreshingly eclectic? In these days of reinvention a valentine takes many different shapes, and the possibilities are endless. Inspire us Hostess.

Jennifer Sbranti is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Hostess with the Mostess® (HWTM), a hip and modern party planning resource. HWTM brings creative entertaining ideas to light through an inspirational “how-to” website – and popular daily blog –

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all about pink & red! For a fresh take on the traditional holiday palette, try pairing a signature valentine color with an unexpected hue, such as bright red with warm shades of mango & orange. Bold colors and shapes + whimsical details – like ruffled flowers, eclectic patterns, butterflies, vintage glass, and bloom-topped stir sticks – create a pretty, “modern-meets-romantic” vibe that would work beautifully for everything from a Valentine’s Day table to a charming bridal shower or wedding.

  1. Kiku Lacquer Dinner Plates ($5.95 / set of 8)
  3. Orange Floral Lunch Napkins ($5.95 / set of 20)
  5. Double Happiness Chopsticks
  7. Rice Bowls – Circle Orange and Flower Red ($5.95 ea)
  9. Brilliant Red Artificial Feather Butterfly ($6.49 / set of 12)
    Natural Monarch Artificial Feather Butterfly ($6.49 / set of 12) Brilliant Red, Natural Monarch
  11. Red “Genie” Decorative Glass Bottle ($2.75 ea)
  13. Orange “Bulb” Decorative Glass Bottle ($2.25 ea)
  15. Bloom-topped Cocktail Stirrers (via
  17. Red Sparkle Runner ($30)
  19. Gold Border Place Cards ($5 / set of 10)
  21. Centerpiece #1 – Eclectic arrangement of “ruffled” blooms (via
  23. Centerpiece #2 – Red Ranunculus in Red Pot (via
  25. Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail & Mocktail
  27. Orange Floral Cocktail Napkins ($4.95 / set of 20)
  29. Kiku Lacquer Cocktail Napkins ($4.95 / set of 8)
  31. Mango Orange Lotus Capiz Candle Lantern ($3.95)
  33. Rice Paper Wave Print Votive Holder ($3.50)
  35. Rice Paper Rosette Print Votive Holder ($3.50)

Stay tuned for more eye-catching inspirations with part 2 of our featured series with the Hostess With The Mostess.

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2 Responses to “Valentine’s with the Hostess With the Mostess”

  1. Courtney Says:

    I love mixing the red and mango, very cute! and I’m on my way right now to buy some of those cute votive holders! They would be great year-round.

  2. Tracy @Ascending Butterfly Says:

    Butterflies have been spotted by Ascending Butterfly yet again on Layla Grace, LOVIN it! :)

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