Galentines Day

If you don't know what Galentines Day is, let me fill you in. It is a holiday created by Leslie Knope (played by Amy Poehler) on the TV show Parks and Recreation. It's a day to celebrate all of your best gal-pals and shower each other with tasty food and treats. To quote Leslie, "Oh, it's only the best day of the year!" Leslie Knope was one lady who truly knew how to love on her friends!

Another lady who has this concept all figured out is Bertha, of Chic in Academia! She planned an evening for her friends full of delicious food, champagne, cakes, flowers, photography and swag bags. A perfect excuse to get all dressed up with friends! I was so excited when she asked me to design flowers for this dinner-party-turned-styled-shoot. Bertha pulled together some super talented ladies who harnessed their creative forces into an absolutely picturesque dinner party. Be sure and check out her full post about throwing the event! 

For flowers, I did all shades of pink with just a touch of white, and gilded eucalyptus to add a really special element. I wanted the flowers to be feminine, bold, and full of character-- just like the ladies they were meant to be celebrating. For the place settings, I had a crazy idea that I wanted to try out. I designed the place card flowers to double as floral hair pieces by making them on alligator clips. This way, once everyone found their seat, they could put some flowers in their hair, if they felt so inclined. It was a really fun way to get a double use out of the place setting flowers. Plus, who doesn't love to have flowers in their hair?! 

Now on to the good stuff-- the photos! All photos by Mary Margaret Smith. Styling by Chic in Academia. Food by The Nutritious Bite, and Tropicalio. Cakes by The Cakerie. Calligraphy by Swan Lindsey Lettering. Fashion styling by My Life Well Loved and Southern Mama Guide. Swag bags by Fabrik Homewood

Galentines Day or Valentines Day floral arrangement with hot pink roses, white O'hara garden roses, pink ranunculus, gilded eucalyptus, golden eucalyptus, pink carnations, pink stock, pink spray roses. Little red dress Valentines Day outfit. Florals by Gold Leaf Floral // @goldleaffloral. Fashion styling by My Life Well Loved. Photo by Mary Margaret Smith.
Galentines Day or Valentines Day floral arrangement with hot pink roses, white O'hara garden roses, pink ranunculus, gilded eucalyptus, golden eucalyptus, pink carnations, pink stock, pink spray roses. Little red dress Valentines Day outfit. Florals by Gold Leaf Floral // @goldleaffloral. Fashion styling by My Life Well Loved. Photo by Mary Margaret Smith.
Galentines Day tablescape place setting with floral place cards that double as hair flowers. Pink roses, gold eucalyptus, wooden chargers, rose gold, red dress. Florals by Gold Leaf Floral // @goldleaffloral. Fashion styling by My Life Well Loved. Calligraphy by Swan Lindsey Lettering. Photo by Mary Margaret Smith.
Floral hair clip for Galentines Day or Valentines day with spray roses, stock, and gold eucalyptus. Florals by Gold Leaf Floral // @goldleaffloral. Fashion styling by My Life Well Loved. Photo by Mary Margaret Smith. 
Galentines Day tablescape with fresh flower centerpieces, place card holders, and wooden chargers. Pink, gold white and rose gold. Florals by Gold Leaf Floral // @goldleaffloral. Styling by Chic in Academia. Photo by Mary Margaret Smith. 
Galentines Day table setting with fresh flowers, wooden tree slice chargers, and name cards. Florals by Gold Leaf Floral // @goldleaffloral. Styling by Chic in Academia. Photo by Mary Margaret Smith.
Origami heart name card place setting with gold hand lettering. Galentines Day or Valentines Day flowers with pink roses, pink carnations, pink spray roses, pink stock, o'hara garden roses, and gold eucalyptus on a wooden charger. Florals by Gold Leaf Floral // @goldleaffloral. Calligraphy by Swan Lindsey Lettering. Styling by Chic in Academia. Photo by Mary Margaret Smith. 
Galentines Day or Valentines Day floral arrangement centerpiece with hot pink roses, white O'hara garden roses, pink ranunculus, gilded eucalyptus, golden eucalyptus, pink carnations, pink stock, pink spray roses. Florals by Gold Leaf Floral // @goldleaffloral. Styling by Chic in Academia. Photo by Mary Margaret Smith.
Galentines Day or Valentines Day table setting floral arrangement with hot pink roses, white O'hara garden roses, pink ranunculus, gilded eucalyptus, golden eucalyptus, pink carnations, pink stock, pink spray roses. Wooden chargers. Plantain soup by Tropicalio. Florals by Gold Leaf Floral // @goldleaffloral. Photo by Mary Margaret Smith.
Galentines Day or Valentines Day gold speckled heart shaped cakes with marbled topper. Cakes by The Cakerie. Photo by Mary Margaret Smith.
Bacon wrapped green bean bundles with balsamic glaze by The Nutritious Bite. Photo by Mary Margaret Smith.
Galentines Day super food salad by The Nutritious Bite. Photo by Mary Margaret Smith. 
Galentines Day or Valentines Day floral arrangement with hot pink roses, white O'hara garden roses, pink ranunculus, gilded eucalyptus, golden eucalyptus, pink carnations, pink stock, pink spray roses. Floral hair piece. Little red dress Valentines Day outfit. Florals by Gold Leaf Floral // @goldleaffloral. Fashion styling by Southern Mama Guide. Photo by Mary Margaret Smith.
Galentines Day outfits. Fashion styling by My Life Well Loved, Chic in Academia, and Southern Mama Guide. Photo by Mary Margaret Smith.
Galentines Day inspriation. Photo by Mary Margaret Smith.
Galentines Day rose champagne toast with striped straws and marshmallow hearts. Photo by Mary Margaret Smith.