Style Notes Guest Post :: Bright Star

Camille from Style Notes here, and I'm kicking off Valentine's season with a party inspired by one of the most passionate love affairs in history. Jane Campion's new film, Bright Star, transports viewers to London circa 1818 to witness the romance between poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne. Fanny kept a collection of butterflies to keep her company in John's absence, so this soiree centers around two of my favorite motifs: winged beauties & lettres d'amour.

Old-fashioned script on envelopes & place cards recalls handwritten love letters.

Take guests on a flight of fancy with labels that appear to flutter on the edge of a wineglass. These are from Timeless Paper.

Sure, a romantic meal is nice, but we all know that Valentine's Day is about the sweets. Prepare the classic French dessert, Coeurs a la Creme, fittingly in the shape of a heart. This recipe from Barefoot Contessa tops it with fresh raspberries & Grand Marnier sauce. Or spell out your passionate musings on the tops of these glazed chocolate cupcakes.

Set a gorgeous table with roses in shades of red, pink, & coral. A pomegranate at each setting is a surprising organic element, and pillar candles at different heights cast a seductive glow. If ever there's a time to indulge your girly side, it's now. Via Style Me Pretty.

Provide a sweet, handmade parting gift with wrapping as romantic as its contents. A love letter or poem is made even more special when tied up with these darling heart seals. Get the DIY instructions. Or let the wrapping do the talking with amorous words scrawled right on the ribbon.

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