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winter valentines day party

For her annual Soup Potluck, Courtney of Joyful Joyful Designs, hosts a white winter party, but this time she threw in a splash of red for a {We Heart Winter} Valentines Day Party! For v-day crafting ideas, that would go perfectly with this dinner party, click here and here!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Stamped soup bowls wrapped with red and white twine
  • Red doily heart wreath and fireplace garland
  • Glittered candle votives & DIY paper placemats!

we heart valentines day party

valentine party

winter soup potluck

doily heart wreath

glitter candles


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Courtney…

Every season, my husband and I host a party to celebrate what we love about that season: the food, music and decor are all tied to our favorite things of that time of year. Last year, our party was the weekend before Valentines Day, so I decided to switch up our normal wintery-white decor and go with a fun red & white heart Valentine inspired party. Our winter party is always a soup potluck, so each couple brings a delicious soup to share. My husband makes a delicious sangria and we also have seasonal appetizers and desserts.

I love to have an interactive element to all of our parties, so for this party, I cut a huge heart out of red & white striped wrapping paper (that I got for 50 cents after Christmas!) and attached it to the wall. We had guests write what they love about winter and attach it to the heart. It served as a guest book of sorts and everyone loved reading what our friends had written.

I decorated soup cups with bakers twine and stamps and made simple heart garlands to hang over the table. For linens, I used white sheets that I already had to save on cost. I also used the striped wrapping paper to cover the food table- such a cheap, fun way to add some pop to the decor. I made mini banners for our banner stands that said “we *heart* soup” and “we *heart* winter”. I dressed up some plain glass votives with glitter, yarn & ribbon.

Vendor Credit
2017-01-26T16:08:18-08:00January 31st, 2013|Categories: Valentine's Day|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative lifestyle and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (10) and Rylie (8). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. Wendy January 31, 2013 at 11:04 am

    This looks so lovely and Courtney’s description shows she put so much love into it. Great job Courtney!

  2. courtney February 4, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Yay! Thank you so much for sharing our winter party! It is such a special tradition for our family and our friends.

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