A Toast to Love!

However you spent your Valentine’s Day, we hope it was a time of savoring the blessings of family, friends and activities that bring you joy.

I was lucky to be surrounded by all those blessings just before the Feast of St. Valentine (who, btw, was a martyred priest who literally gave his life for love) when a few of my girlfriends joined me for a day of awesome treats, laughter and creating dried-flower bouquets for Wish & Pink’s new FROM THE HEART collection.

Joelle and friends toasting champagne outside

Dried flowers

For this mid-week work (?!) party, Tami Cline of Interior Works transformed my house into a magical party venue worthy of a spread in ELLE Décor. From rustic pitchers overflowing with pink tulips and confetti-filled (how DO they do that??) oversized balloons, to a dessert table aglow with the same pink Glassybaby votives found in my FROM THE HEART boxes and understated place settings serving as a backdrop for boxes of Oak & Ashland coconut rose lip balm (yes, another little luxury in our FROM THE HEART collection), the setting perfectly captured the elegant simplicity we strive for at Wish & Pink.

Joelle and friends with confetti-filled balloons

Decorated Table

Speaking of “captured”, Alanna Maria Photography did just that when it came to documenting a day of good friends celebrating one another and an idea they believed in, whole-heartedly supported and eventually saw bloom into a company devoted to all things beautiful.

Heart-shaped cookies

Naked cake

And, ohhhh, the food… Heart-shaped shortbread cookies and a “naked” (love this trend of an “exposed” multi-layer cake washed in translucent fondant) vanilla cake topped with flowers (spring definitely was in the air that day!) reminded me why Jenny Cookies is a part of every Wish & Pink event. In fact, Jenny Keller, whose fabulous desserts have been featured in People and Brides magazines, inspired our Blissful Baker box, which contains a copy of her cookbook, “Eat More Dessert”. Add to the festivities chocolate fondue with fruit dippers and a flute or two (or three, but hey, it’s a party) of Veuve Cliquot brut (so perfectly festive we chose it for our Celebration gift box) and, well, you get the picture!

Decorated table with items

Note to my accountant: This really was a work party! Tucked into every FROM THE HEART gift box is a bouquet of everlasting flowers chosen, arranged and hand-tied by one of us at the party.

From the Heart gift box

February 14 will forever be associated with Valentine’s Day, but for me it’s also a reminder that spring is not far away. At Wish & Pink we’re bubbling over with fresh ideas for Mother’s Day, Easter, graduation and Father’s Day gift boxes, because we believe love is too wonderful to be expressed only on a single day in February.

Check back often to see what’s new!

Close up of champagne glasses toasting