The Whelan Girls

paper & design studio

The Hostess // Valentines Dinner on 14th Street

Mimi Whelan
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This Valentines Day, our youngest Whelan Girl, Mimi hosted a Valentine’s Soiree to christen her new little NYC apartment. So what are the ingredients to a great party for a novice entertainer you ask? Focus on a few details and make them shine.

Inspiration

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Invitations

As a paper and design studio, we seize any opportunity to create custom invitations.

With Mimi on illustrations & Katie on design, a few Face Times back and forth…et voilà

What better way to make your guest feel special than a personal invite in the mail? A lost art in our tech savvy generation. Take note my friends, get yourself an address book!

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Menu

In true Whelan Girl fashion, the menu was dessert forward - featuring chocolate torte, raspberry bars, cheesecake, and sugar cookies. With the help of her roommate Danielle and her favorite local bakeries, Mimi created a sweet spread to delight even the most seasoned dessert connoisseur.

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Homemade:

Rich Flourless Chocolate Cake-- Sweet Laurel (recipe)

Paleo raspberry layered bars-- Shira Rd’s Food Therapist (recipe)

Left to the experts:

Chocolate graham cracker cheescake- -Mah Ze Dahr (West Village)

Heart shape sugar cookies-- Bakeri (Greenpoint)

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To cut the sweet and incite the sass, Mimi greeted each guest with an Espresso Martini in a pink tinted coupe.

To cut the sweet and incite the sass, Mimi greeted each guest with an Espresso Martini in a pink tinted coupe.

Decor

Inviting guests into a warm and welcoming environment is key. Lights dimmed, candles lit and Billie Holiday in the background set the mood. Designing Woman was projected on the not yet decorated wall.

Setting the table

In the kitchen covering her island with a yard of pink linen, she sprinkled  the table with heart shaped tea lights and flowers. Rows of glasses, a full cocktail shaker, and cheese boards fill the table. Making this her guests’ first stop--to nibble on snacks while being fixed a drink and introduced around. A point taken from master entertainer, Rebecca Gardner, “a great host makes sure that every guest has a full glass and a new friend.”

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As the evening continues and knives start cutting into dessert, the party moves into the living area. The coffee table (because who has room for a dining table)  transformed with in a loral table cloth- thanks Sara- tall pink candle sticks and a few Whelan Girls place settings.

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After diving into the sweets and sipping on cocktails, guest grab a fun filled kiss cracker. The countdown ends in squeals and a sharp pop. Bubbles, erasers, chocolates, bouncy balls, and heart shaped rings are strewn across the room. If someone enters the party at this point, they are met with a room full of 24 year olds blowing bubbles and chasing bouncing balls across the limited square footage of this West Village apartment.

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Flowers - The city is dusted with bodega flower stands…

Table cloth - 1 yard of pink linen from MOOD

Taper candles - Flying Tiger

Heart candles - Flying Tiger

Brass candle holders - Chairsh

Gold paper plates - Flying Tiger

Few borrowed pieces from a fellow hostess--Sara Mullaly…. What other 23 year old can you depend on for crystal candy dishes and floral tablecloth?

A special touch--Sharpie in hand Mimi took the plain white napkins and added a Whelan Girls touch. Each paper napkin sealed with a kiss and compliment.

A special touch--Sharpie in hand Mimi took the plain white napkins and added a Whelan Girls touch. Each paper napkin sealed with a kiss and compliment.