{Love Bites} A “Bittersweet” Valentine’s Party (and a Giveaway!)

love bites mini cupcakes

A “Bittersweet” Valentine’s Party

Jen of Blush Printables and I teamed up for a dreamy yet humorous take on this romantic holiday. Inspired by lyrics of popular love songs and common “love” phrases, Jen designed all the party printables and paper goods for this shoot. I almost squealed when I saw it all – her work is outstanding. From the shimmer paper to the tiny details on each design, her work is divine. We chose a blush pink and champagne gold color scheme as we both find it simply dreamy.

Read on for a giveaway from some of the “glittered decor” used in the shoot!

vanilla valentine's cupcakes

Simple vanilla cupcakes with ruffle strawberry frosting set the tone for an arrangement of sweet desserts! These cuties are from Nashville’s Whole Foods but you can easily achieve a ruffled look with the Wilton ruffle tips! Top with a bit of crystal sugar, and you have a fancy mini cupcake!

bittersweet valentine's party shoot

The mini candy containers and scoops were a find from Michaels. The little scoops fit right down in the side, so darling! I filled these with Valentine’s M&Ms, but any little treat would be perfect!

bittersweet valentine's party

valentine's day dinner party invitation

shot through the heart valentine's sugar cookies

I LOVED the signs that Jen made. She just has such an eye for design, working with her is a dream. Her work is fantastic. One of my favorite elements she made were the votive wraps! So easy to wrap around a candle and the candle glows so beautifully through the design.

valentine's day mini cherry pie shots

Who doesn’t love anything mini sized?! Making cherry pie shots to go with the “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” was a breeze. All you need is little shot glasses (these are acrylic plastic ones from The Container Store) and Cherry Pie ingredients. You can make your own Cherry Pie or use cherry pie filling with puff pastry or ground graham cracker crumbs. I did the latter and they turned out delicious!

valentine's chocolate and pink desserts

valentine's smores by sweet lydias

Sweet Lydia’s made the heart shaped smores with edible glitter in champagne gold and pink! They were such a hit when I served them at a Peacock Engagement Party that I knew I wanted to use them again! Sweet Lydia’s is part of our Gourmet Guide so be sure to check out her delectable treats!

valentine's ticket to love smores

The heart medallion tags with glittered edges were a fun find on etsy. Little Pumpkin Papers made them, and let me say, she is delightful and her products are quality (and reasonably priced)! I will be ordering again for SURE! I highly recommend taking a peak into her shop!

{GIVEAWAY} I’m going to give away 5 of the heart medallion tags used in this shoot to a lucky reader so leave a comment below if you’d like to be entered to win! HURRY! Deadline to enter is Wednesday, February 9th. Winner will be notified Thursday, February 10th!

valentine's pots de creme

Hope you enjoyed this Valentine’s inspiration party shoot!  – Courtney

Vendors & Credits

Styling, Photography – Courtney Dial/Pizzazzerie
Place Cards, Invite, Signs, Votive Wraps – Blush Printables
Smores – Sweet Lydia’s
Heart Medallion Tags – Little Pumpkin Papers

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  1. oh geeze… how much cuter than this post get?! love it. (and now craving sweets!)

  2. This makes me want to have a Valentine’s Day party!!! Everything is absolutely beautiful and yummy! I’m definitely craving some sweets now. haha Great job! :)

  3. This shoot is GOR-GEOUS! It is so appealing to the eye but those little signs Jen made crack me up! “It’s not me, it’s you” <— Winner! Happy Valentine's Day ladies. :)

  4. Cineca@ Dreamin'N Details says:

    Beautiful…and I love the Pat Benatar reference :) xoxo

  5. BANANAS IS THE WORD! BTW I love it. Kill him but leave it sweet…bittersweet! This spoon rocks!

  6. Beautiful design! Makes me want to host my own valentines day party!

  7. Forgive my phone! Not spoon! It should say “this so rocks”!

  8. Love it! Especially the creative signs/cards! SO cute!

  9. Beautiful as always!!!! Would love to win the giveaway!!!!

  10. Elizabeth says:

    Love the pink and champagne color design! Everything looks lovely and delicious.

  11. I love the bittersweet theme! Very unique, and all of it gorgeous with the blush pink and champagne theme.

  12. Candy Celebrations says:

    Love the colors and everything mini…makes it easier to try one of everything! Great inspiration for those of us who aspire to your level of creativity!

  13. Absolutely love this! Shot through the heart…that is the best! =D I love it all and I hope I win!!

  14. Love, Love, Love. Way too adorable!! I always look forward to seeing what you come up with for holidays! You ladies did a fabulous job!

    CK Events

  15. Melinda H. says:

    I wish I had a bunch of girlfriends to have a party like this with! Maybe I’ll make a little mini-party for some family. Cute ideas without being gaudy or tacky!

  16. No wonder you love your job, putting things like this together would be the MOST fun! What an adorable shoot. Fabulous photography, too, Courtney! :)

  17. dawn elder says:

    I love everything in this shoot. I am always looking for cute ideas. I work in an office with mostly women and a couple of men, so on Fridays I always try to fix something cute and good to eat. The women (and men)have started looking forward to see what I am going to bring in next, so I am definately going to use some of your ideas….Thanks a bunch!

  18. Bizzy Lizzy says:

    Super cute and sweet! Love the color combo. So much talent!

  19. I love all the 80s songs references! So cute!!

  20. I love this Courtney, GREAT JOB!. It’s so feminine and fun! The sayings are too cute!!! xoxo

  21. LOVE it!!! Very Cute.

  22. This turned out *so* incredible, Courtney! It was such a pleasure working with you!

  23. Rowaida Flayhan says:

    This is amazing and so inspiring, love love! wish you a wonderful weekend

  24. I love all the valentine stuff. I would love to know what tip they used to decorate the cupcakes.

  25. I absolutely LOVED this tablescape because hearts are my absolute favorite! It is gorgeous and I can appreciate all the work that goes into it because I host a Valentine’s Day tea & dinner every year. Your website is VERY inspiring and I appreciate that you share it with all of us. I used to think I was creative until I started looking here :0 Love, love, love it!

  26. Absolutely beautiful! Everything is soooo cute! LOVE it!! :)

  27. way cute! i’d love to come to one of your parties!

  28. These are great! I’d love to win.

  29. This is absolutely ADORABLE! It’s so sweet on the eyes and I love how everything is bite-sized. I would want to try every dessert! Awesome job!

  30. Lovely party ideas! Love the votive candle wraps and the cupcakes! :)

  31. so so amazing and lovely! these are the kinds of parties I want to through once my fiancée and I move into our first home. :)

  32. Your website is inspiring and I’m collecting so many ideas for my sweet girls 1st birthday! I think I might just have to throw a Valentine’s Day Party now too!

  33. What great ideas! Thanks for the tip about the little candy containers and scoops at Michael’s. It[‘s time I make a Michael’s run, so I’m going to look for these.

  34. Stephanie says:

    nothing like pinks and reds and hearts and sweets to turn my head!!!!! Very inspiring–love the whole “shot” theme—-(makes me think of pudding shots)

  35. ABSOLUTELY beautiful!!!!!!!! Jen I LOVE the pinks!!!! Excellent ideas to inspire those in October for breast cancer awareness!!!!!! You rock!!!!!!

  36. Gorgeous details that inspire me!!!

  37. It’s all so beautiful! I am inspired!

  38. Very cute! Love your blog.

  39. Ok, I’m feeling inspired… My fiance and I agreed to not buy gifts/doing anything big this year since we’re saving our money for our upcoming nuptials. But last year was our first Valentines Day together and we didn’t see each other – bad timing for travel as I was gettting ready to move from TX to TN. Long story short (kinda), I have decided to put thought in to the decor and not just the food for our at-home celebration. It needs to at least be a little special this year :) Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Megan, your sweet comment made my day! Thank you! I’m so glad you’re inspired, because really cute little printed place cards and a few little desserts is inexpensive and still super romantic & sweet! I’m glad you’ll get to celebrate Valentine’s day with your fiance this year :)

  40. Love this theme! soooo romantic!

  41. Those are so cute!!!! That would totally make my Valentine’s Day since I have no plans!!

  42. This shoot is delightful and so clever. You all did an amazing job. With all of the love and hearts for Valentine’s day, how refreshing to see something so adorable and yet so different.

  43. Peter Dragonetti says:

    Ill hope my girfriend gonna make one of these when i shall meet her again ( love bites) ok…wery wery beautyfull…thx for sharing

  44. This is such a cute twist on the traditional valentines day parties.

  45. Jackie S. says:

    beautiful yumminess!!!

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