I love all things “Love” so, it may come as bit of a surprise, that I’m not a big fan of Valentines Day. I know, I might be a bit of a "Debbie Downer" for saying it but I’m sure that I’m not the only one! Something about people feeling obligated to make loving gestures because of a designated day, puts me off. Have you witnessed someone buying a sad looking, odourless and artificially coloured bouquet at the grocery store, because they don’t want to go home empty handed? Noticed all the stores fully stocked, with an assortment of low quality chocolates and cheesy, stuffed animals holding hearts?? Then you might understand my sentiments. In my opinion, it can be more of a day with “love expectations.” Of course, this is just my opinion and if you're sentimental about Valentines and it's a special day for you, then that is wonderful! After being married for 11 years, my husband and I both feel that we don't need to have a special day, to show each other love or get out for a date night. We like to make time for each other and do those kind of things on a regular basis.
Then I discovered the other half of Valentines Day. February 13th, also referred to as “Galentines Day.” A day when you celebrate your love for your lady friends and it doesn't matter, whether you're single or not! Now this, was something I could get into! As a busy Mom, I’m always looking for an excuse to have a ladies night or to get out and enjoy good times with my girls. Spending time with girlfriends is right up there with “me time” and self care for me. Of course, ladies nights usually include wine so, even better! If you don’t know me, then you should know that I’m a huge lover of local wine. Living so close to the Okanagan, we have a bit of a wine country, right in our backyard. There are several wineries opening up right here in my city.
What better place for a Galentines celebration, than a winery!? The Glass House Estate Winery, is local and family run. (Not to mention, a beautiful venue for all kinds of celebrations!) With the lovely ladies from Girls Supporting Grapes, we enjoyed the two types of delicious Rosé that Glass House has to offer. Their ROSE DES PINOTS is a blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. It's a fun, festive and delightfully refreshing estate grown Rosé that offers delicious aromas and flavours of ripe strawberries, raspberries, candied cherries and orange creamsicle. Yum! The other is a gorgeous, ruby coloured Cameo Rosé that is crafted with a blend of their Tempranillo and estate whites. When it comes to picking a favourite, I really can’t decide which one I love more! It’s hard job trying to choose but I guess someones gotta do it! We had such a good time tasting and learning directly from the family behind the wine. I would highly recommend visiting their winery and tasting room, located in South Langley, British Columbia.
I created a sweet table with an assortment of treats and styled it to go along with the “Rosé All Day” vibe. I always love incorporating some super cute party ware and balloon decorations from my favourite party shop, Paper and Parties. We indulged in chocolate covered strawberries, as well as my custom sugar cookies, and cupcakes. I included another talented local baker who made two types of macarons for us. The heart macarons were a rose flavour that Janice of The White Oven, made using rose petals and rose water (the taste of luxury) X’s and O’s were raspberry macarons with a white chocolate ganache. Delectable! I also included some Rosé gummies from Sugarfina. Their “Yes Way, Rosé” candy bento box fit in perfectly with the theme.
The ultimate eye candy were the gorgeous florals from November Blooms. Gloria is an amazing local florist who created the stunning flower arrangements to top everything off. Pretty and fragrant fresh flowers, are one of my absolute favourite things. Talk about the ultimate indulgence! Beautiful blooms, tasty treats, delicious Rosé and the sweetest girls to enjoy it all with. You don’t need to go over the top to show your girlfriends some love this Galentines but it can be so fun, if you choose to! I think we all need to treat ourselves more. Whether it’s a relaxing bubble bath with some peace and quiet or a dance party with your favourite ladies. I hope this inspires you, to find the best way to show some love to yourself and others, so that it doesn’t feel forced but exciting and lots of fun instead!
Photography by Sparkle & White