1. Chocolate Layer Cake

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    This Valentine’s Day I decided to change things up and add an edible treat to my list of Valentine’s Day gifts. {A gift we both can enjoy? I am totally behind that!}. My husband likes all types of sweets though, so finding the right recipe for him was #WonderfullyComplicated.  The dessert winner… a Chocolate Layer Cake made with Scharffen Berger chocolate.

    Not usually one to bake, I decided to go all out and bake the whole thing from scratch, from the cake to the frosting. Scharffen Berger’s website had the whole recipe {click here} which uses their 99% Cacao Unsweetened Chocolate. The end product was seriously A-MAZING {have you seen the movie Matilda? It’s like the chocolate cake in the movie, no joke, huge!}. So over the top in fact that it was perfect for the whole family to feast on! I would call this a chocolate Valentine’s success!

    This Valentine’s Day I highly recommend ditching the boxed chocolates and going the home-made route. You won’t dissapoint! And need a complimentary Valentine’s cocktail? Be sure to check out this FH section!

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    This is a sponsored post for Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker though all opinions expressed are my own.

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  2. Valentine’s Day Strawberry Martinis

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    I love decorating for Valentine’s Day {obviously, I mean it’s been going on for weeks on the blog} but as much as I like all the hearts and frills I also love something a bit more sophisticated and elegant. So today I wanted to share a simple bar cart display for Valentine’s that includes the most delicious Valentine’s {or Galentine’s Day} martini recipe. Of course the key to making it special is choosing delicate martini glasses {these are the Lenox Tuscany Classic}, adding pretty garnish, and displaying alongside lush flowers! Read on for this martini recipe that I found on AHealthyLifeforMe.com.

    Love Potion #9 Cocktail {ie. Valentine’s Day Strawberry Martini}

    Ingredients:

    • 1½ ounces Vodka
    • ½ ounce Peach Schnapps
    • 3 ounces Pink Grapefruit juice
    • 1 Strawberry

    Instructions:

    In a martini shaker filled with ice add Vodka, Peach Schnapps, and Grapefruit Juice. Shake and pour into martini glass. Add ½ strawberry to rim of martini glass.

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  3. Host the Girliest Dinner Party

    Dinner Party at the Chateau FH home of the Fashionable HostessMarchesa for Lenox china on Fashionable HostessFine China in gold by Lenox USA on Fashionable HostessGold Rimmed Wine glasses by Lenox on Fashionable HostessGirly Pink floral arrangement inspiration of peonies, juliet roses and spray roses on FashionableHostess

    For my very last table setting in our Nashville home, the #TNChateauFH, I wanted todo my favorite type of tabletop, something something pink, feminine, and girly. And with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it was perfectly timed to pull it off. I partnered with Lenox to bring my vision to life with their stunning china line by Marchesa {the well known fashion house!}. The Marchesa china, specifically the pattern I chose called the Gilded Pearl Collection, brings a stunning jewelry-like texture to fine dining. Its chic, intricate borders of hand-applied enamel on white bone china are beautifully accented with gold banding. These paired back to the most gorgeous home-made flower arrangements of Juliet roses, peonies, and spray roses in soft pinks and peaches made this the girliest table I have created to date! I am so in love with this set-up… Galentine’s celebraters, take notes!

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    To create this tablescape I used the Gilded Pearl 5 place table setting partnered back to Marchesa by Lenox gold flatware, Lenox gold rimmed stemware, and Lenox Tuscany martini glasses. Then I used a Lenox crystal vase for my tall flower arrangement. To add just a few girly touches, I placed mini Sugarfina candy boxes at each place setting with yummy Champagne Bubbles candy, and then took my Lenox cake stand {which I placed in the middle of the table} and stacked it more delicious Sugarfina candy options. Each guest was served a pink and fruity cocktail of pink lemonade martinis in Lenox Tuscany martini glasses. The finished look was just as pretty and feminine as I hoped it would be.

    While I am so sad to leave our Nashville home and this stunning dining room space behind, I am excited for what new adventures await us in our Miami dining room! May they be equally as girly and pretty!

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