February is the month of love at least that's what all big box stores will tell you. We couldn't even get out of New Years long enough before all the pink, red and white hearts were hanging on shelves. Don't get me wrong...I love love and I love Valentine's Day but I wanted to go a more untraditional route with this love thing. So much of Valentine's Day is geared towards "couple" love...but what about the unconditional love that Christ has for us? We all have our different love languages and show how we love in our own way but imagine love across boundaries...countries....continents. In popped the idea of "Love around the world".
I love you. 我爱你 , nakupenda , je t'aime, わたしは、あなたを愛しています , te amo , أحبك ,
jag älskar dig , я люблю тебя , eu te amo
I tried to incorporate details that would translate internationally. From the globe meaning around the world to the magnifying glass helping you "look" for love to the map table runner, this set up wasn't your typical. Very moody and romantic and a nod to Pantone's color of 2018...can you guess? (or google it, haha)
I tried to make a play on the grazing boards that are so popular and opted for a "dessert grazing board". When you think of Valentine's Day, you think sweets, sugar and chocolate so what better way to showcase to your "sweet"ies (get it?) than with a dessert board?
Here are tips on how to recreate your own Dessert Grazing Board:
Ingredients: Various countries' desserts for example: Madeleine Cookies (France), Cinnamon Cookies (Spain), Cheesecake (Greece), Chocolate Chip Cookies & Brownies (USA), Gingersnap (Germany), Chocolate Covered Biscuit Wafers (England), Fresh Fruit - I chose raspberries,
I used a brushed gold baking sheet platter and began to layer desserts of different colorings and textures. I began to make rows of sweets and filled in the gaps with fresh raspberries.
One of my favorite Valentine's Day memories happens to be when my Dad would always surprise me with a Teddy Bear, heart balloon and mini heart chocolates. It was tradition for me to wake up on Valentine's Day and still be surprised and touched, even in my older age, of the sweet thought of the bear, balloon and chocolate. Now I knew that this one day doesn't determine if I'm loved but it was sure nice to celebrate this holiday with our Daddy Daughter traditions. Call me a hopeless romantic with wanting to continue fun traditions like this every year. How are you spending your Valentine's Day? I'd love to know!