Whitney Port And Lulu & Georgia Throw A Party
What do you get when you combine blush-colored blooms, pink chocolates, heart-shaped pastries, red streamers, gold flatware and piles of fresh berries? Well, you get one fabulous and festive Valentine's Day fête! And when you find out that Whitney Port and Lulu & Georgia had a little something to do with the real-life event, we have a feeling that you'll react just like we did: With an enthusiastic, "Add us to the guest list—pronto!"
Today, we're inviting you to indulge in the red, pink, gold and white world created by Whitney and the team behind Lulu & Georgia. The results of this feminine soirée are a feast for the eyes, and we couldn't help but get weak in the knees over the simple DIY touches and luxurious textures throughout. Happily, the entire party is an easy one to recreate at home! Below, Whitney chats with Abby about entertaining and Valentine's Day. Plus, she shares all the details behind the event (clickable resources included), a recipe and a DIY to put the finishing touches on this dream-come-true holiday party.
We love your space! Do you entertain a lot?
Honestly, I haven't been entertaining much recently because my travel schedule has been crazy busy, but I do love to entertain. I grew up in a house where my mom was always entertaining, and I'm from a family of five kids, so the house was always filled with food and people. It's definitely something that comes naturally to me, but I haven't been doing much of it recently.
What do you always have on hand for last-minute entertaining?
I always keep the house stocked with wine and liquor. I think that's good to have on hand for an impromptu anything, and I can whip up a cheese plate pretty easily. We keep crackers in the house at all times and several different kinds of cheese (I love a good cheese!). I also always have grapes, so it's easy to whip up a pretty little display—and it's always a crowd favorite!
I never want to make it feel too stuffy and I always want my guests to feel comfortable. You don't want people to come over to your house feeling intimidated or overwhelmed—we really are all about making it cozy, intimate and casual.
Do you have any hostess tips for our readers?
I think the biggest thing about being a good hostess is planning ahead. I know life is so crazy and you never know what the day will bring, but I think if you are able to plan ahead and do all the shopping and prep work in advance than that makes things a lot easier. I think when you're a host and you're stressed out and doing a bunch of different things, that stresses your guests out.
Do you have a go-to outfit for entertaining at home? Do you like to keep things casual or do you like to dress up?
I definitely like to keep it casual. I mean, I think in terms of my whole life, I try to keep things casual and comfortable. I definitely will try to gear toward boyfriend jeans and a cute sweater and maybe like a Jenni Kayne flat—something simple, chic and easy. I never want to make it feel too stuffy and I always want my guests to feel comfortable. You don't want people to come over to your house feeling intimidated or overwhelmed—we really are all about making it cozy, intimate and casual.
We love the idea of throwing a Valentine's get together with your girls. What do you love most about your girlfriends?
Gosh, so much! I love my girlfriends because we have such a rare form of honesty. We really can be brutally honest and say how we truly feel without the other feeling like we are judging or forcing an opinion. I feel like my girlfriends and I have all really grown up and everyone knows that we all want the best for each other. We're not jealous and we don't compete—we have a really healthy form of communication.
How do you stay in touch when you're traveling?
I'm not a big FaceTime person, but we do a lot of group texting. Sometimes, we'll do a "Roll Call" where one person texts "Roll Call" and we'll all send a picture of what we are doing in the moment. We definitely try to keep in touch—it's important that we do. Some of us live in New York and one of my best friends lives in Minnesota, so we definitely try to keep in touch as much as possible!
What's your favorite flower to give or receive?
I love gardenias. I think that they are simple and classic—and they smell so delicious.
What's your favorite romantic comedy?
There are so many! "How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days" is the first one that comes to mind right now. Also, I don't really know if this is technically a romantic comedy, but I love "My Father the Hero."
My husband and I don't do a traditional Valentine's Day...we're newly married so every day kind of feels like a great, fun, romantic holiday
What's been your best Valentine's Day ever?
Well, my husband and I don't do a traditional Valentine's Day—we feel like it can be such a fussy day. It's always difficult to get reservations at a restaurant and the menus are always prix fixe, so we always do our own thing on another day. I know this sounds a little cheesy, but we're newly married so every day kind of feels like a great, fun, romantic holiday—we don't do anything extraordinarily special for Valentine's Day.
So, what are you doing this Valentine's Day? Will you be staying in and watching a movie?
I'm actually going to be out of town at one of my best friend's bachelorette party, so I'm sort of celebrating Valentine's Day in a nontraditional way this year!
Quick & Easy Coconut Macaroons
- 7 ounces shredded coconut, sweetened or unsweetened (depending on your preference)
- 7 ounces sweetened condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 egg white, room temperature
- Pinch of salt
- 8 ounces dark chocolate
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
- Combine the coconut, condensed milk and vanilla extract in a bowl.
- Whip the egg white and salt in a separate bowl with an electric mixer until the white holds stiff peaks.
- Carefully fold the egg white into the coconut mixture.
- Using an ice cream scoop or a large spoon, drop the batter onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.
- Let the macaroons cool completely. Melt the dark chocolate over a double broiler and dip each cookie in chocolate. Let the chocolate harden completely before serving.
DIY Tissue Paper Heart
*Makes one DIY heart.
- 24-inch Styrofoam heart
- 70 large sheets of tissue paper (any colors you'd like)
- 1/2-inch-wide tape
- 150 to 200 pins (clothing or corsage)
*All items can be purchased at a craft store. If you buy a smaller-sized heart, buy less tissue paper. For example, if you can only find a 12-inch Styrofoam heart, buy half the amount of tissue.
- Separate the sheets of tissue paper into seven flat stacks of 10 sheets each. Fold stacks in half.
- Cut 12 strips from each stack of 10 sheets, starting from the folded edge. You should end up with 84 strips of tissue paper.
- Cut each strip into two 7-inch strips. Each strip stack should now have 20 layers. Discard any excess. *TIP: Save the discarded tissue in a bag. Once filled, shake it up and viola—you'll have confetti.
- Take each strip stack and fan it out.
- Next, twist the center and fold it over.
- Then, tape the twisted end and fluff the tissue to form a "flower bloom." Repeat steps 4 through 6 until you have 168 "blooms."
- Finally, take each "bloom" and pin the taped end into the Styrofoam heart. Make sure to apply pressure to ensure the bloom is snug. Repeat this step until the heart is completely covered with your tissue paper blooms. Make sure to space the blooms approximately a 1/2-inch apart. Have fun with this step and arrange the tissue paper colors any way you'd like.
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- Pebble Parade Embroidered Pillow, Coral
- DL Rhein Love Embroidered Pillow
- Pink Heart Pillow
- Albany Fur Pillow, Bubblegum
- Alda Fur Pillow, Ivory
- Dottie Delight Embroidered Pillow, Pink
- Je T'Aime Pillow
- Cornelia Coasters in Gold
- Cornelia Pebble Dish in Charcoal and Gold
- Cornelia Tidbit Plate in Gold
- Cornelia Bowl in Gold, Small
- Cornelia Cup & Saucer in Gold
- Cornelia Spoons in Gold
- Sorell Tumblers
- Rosalie Bowls, Pink
- Adelise Glasses
- Gold Flatware Set
- Striped Taper Candle, Black
- Cornelia Bud Vase
- Evelyn Vase, Black
- Love Matches
- Muah! Matchbook
- Burnin' For You Matches
- Streamlet Napkins, Black
- Edgewater Votive
- Josephine Owl Candle Holder