A Valentine's Day Macrame Lady Date
Looking for a fun and fresh way to spice up your Valentine's Day celebration this year? We've got just the thing: A Valentine's Day-inspired macrame date night with your closest friends! To help motivate your party-planning prowess ahead of Feb. 14, we're sharing all of the details of a pink-tastic party hosted by Beijos Events and Jesi Haack. The concept for this girly soirée centered not only on guilt-free feminine frivolity, but also on the idea of learning how to macrame. With instruction by Elsie Goodwin of Reform Fibers, party-goers learned the process of making handmade wall hangings, and below we're sharing both the party details and the macrame pattern so that you can recreate every last hot pink detail in your own home!
What was the inspiration behind this party?
We had the idea for a fun lady date for Valentine's Day and wanted to incorporate a fun activity. We came across Reform Fibers, run by Elsie Goodwin, and fell in love with her designs. We just had to reach out because Elsie is so talented and she also offers teaching lessons at parties, too! It's always fun to learn something new, especially when you're with a great group of girls and drinking a couple of cocktails! We wanted the décor to be fun and pink, but not over-the-top Valentine's themed, so we added some royal blues, which we loved. We really do love any excuse to have a lady date with our gal pals, but because Valentine's Day is one of our favorite holidays, it just made it that much easier!
How can our readers get the look or create something at home themselves?
The talented Jesi Haack made the adorable X and O banners and those can definitely be recreated at home with a sewing kit or even some hot glue and a trip to Jo-Ann's! They were so cute and added the perfect Valentine's touch to the soirée. As far as décor, we were lucky enough to have the pretty tabletop goods from The Hostess Haven and florals by JL Designs, but you could find lots of pretty pieces at a few go-to shops like West Elm, Anthropologie, World Market, Target or even Whole Foods (it has a great floral selection). But for any party, all you really need is good company, food and wine!
It's always fun to learn something new, especially when you're with a great group of girls and drinking a couple of cocktails!
What's your go-to signature cocktail to serve on Valentine's Day?
Definitely some Champagne mixed with seasonal fruit, like blackberries or strawberries!
What's your perfect V-Day outfit?
Well, Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse (like I need one) to wear pink or red! I love the idea of getting dressed up and going out on the town with my hubby. However, I also like the idea of being casual and going out for pizza. I think the best thing for Valentine's Day is actually a bold pink or red lip with anything you wear!
Conversation hearts or chocolate?
What would be the best Valentine's gift you could receive from a significant other?
I love the significance of a Valentine's Day card—having my husband's love written down in words is always super romantic and touching. But, let's be honest, a little jewelry never hurts!
We really do love any excuse to have a lady date with our gal pals, but because Valentine's Day is one of our favorite holidays, it just made it that much easier!
What is your ideal Valentine's Day date?
I personally don't like the overpriced hustle and bustle of going out on Valentine's Day. I much prefer a cozy night in at home with my husband and son! Start off with some oysters and then a yummy dinner with some wine and Champagne, plus a movie night with some dessert, and I am a happy girl. But with him doing all the cooking and cleaning, of course!
Mini Macrame Wall Hanging Pattern
*Makes one wall hanging measuring 4 inches by 14 inches.
- 30 feet of 1/8-inch rope in your color of choice
- 1/2-inch-by-6-inch wooden dowel rod
- Cut six 58-inch cords and one 12-inch hanging cord.
- Fold each cord in half and mount it to the dowel using the Larks Head Knot (bar in front). This gives you 12 cords numbered 1 to 12 from left to right.
- Tie one row of Square Knots, using four cords for each knot. In other words, the left Square Knot uses cords 1 to 4, the center knot uses cords 5 to 8 and the right knot uses cords 9 to 12. This will give you three Square Knots across.
- Tie one row of alternating square knots. This will give you two Square Knots in the second row. The left knot uses cords 3 to 6 and the right knot uses cords 7 to 10. *You ignore cords 1, 2, 9 and 10 for this row of knots.
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 one time.
- In row five, tie one Square Knot using cords 5 to 8.
- Now you will make a right angle row of Diagonal Clove Hitch Knots, wrapping cord 1 (filler cord) with cords 2 to 6. Repeat this row one time.
- Tie a left angle row of Diagonal Clove Hitch Knots using cord 12 as the filler cord and stopping at cord 7. Repeat this row one time, but stop at cord 6. This will give you one extra knot on this row and secures the two sides together.
- Cut your cords at a chevron angle or to your desired length and untwist. This will give you the striped effect. Trim again to clean up the ends.
- Attach the hanging cord and tuck the ends in at the back.