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Last night our life group got together to celebrate Valentine’s Day together. We typically meet every Thursday night and Valentine’s Day just happen to fall on one of our meeting days. It was the perfect chance to have a potluck dinner and fellowship together. The group asked me to organize it so I brain stormed with Jeff and we came up with the idea of a “Perfect Pairs” potluck. Here was the invitation.

"Perfect Pairs" Potluck Valentine's Day Themed Party. Guests bring food items that are pairs like cheese and crackers or spaghetti and meatballs etc. - clementinebean.wordpress.com

Jeff and I brought cheese and crackers and chocolate covered strawberries.

"Perfect Pairs" Potluck Valentine's Day Themed Party. Guests bring food items that are pairs like cheese and crackers or spaghetti and meatballs etc. - clementinebean.wordpress.com "Perfect Pairs" Potluck Valentine's Day Themed Party. Guests bring food items that are pairs like cheese and crackers or spaghetti and meatballs etc. - clementinebean.wordpress.com

I have to say our cheese platter was a big hit. We had brie, mozzarella, and smoked gouda. Instead of just cheese and crackers I wanted to create little pairings for guests to try. On the tray itself I set out three examples, brie with cranberries and honey, mozzarella on a toasted baguette with bruschetta, and smoked gouda with green apple. Some of the other favorites during the night were brie with orange marmalade and gouda with stone ground mustard.

"Perfect Pairs" Potluck Valentine's Day Themed Party. Guests bring food items that are pairs like cheese and crackers or spaghetti and meatballs etc. - clementinebean.wordpress.com"Perfect Pairs" Potluck Valentine's Day Themed Party. Guests bring food items that are pairs like cheese and crackers or spaghetti and meatballs etc. - clementinebean.wordpress.com"Perfect Pairs" Potluck Valentine's Day Themed Party. Guests bring food items that are pairs like cheese and crackers or spaghetti and meatballs etc. - clementinebean.wordpress.com

Some of the other items people brought were Mac and Cheese, Spaghetti and Meatballs, Artichoke and Red Pepper Pasta and a fun salad bar to make your own perfectly paired salad.

"Perfect Pairs" Potluck Valentine's Day Themed Party. Guests bring food items that are pairs like cheese and crackers or spaghetti and meatballs etc. - clementinebean.wordpress.com "Perfect Pairs" Potluck Valentine's Day Themed Party. Guests bring food items that are pairs like cheese and crackers or spaghetti and meatballs etc. - clementinebean.wordpress.com

One of my other favorite things during the night were these “we go together like…” cards that I made. I got the idea from this pin and recreated it. I put the same saying on the front and back of the card so no matter where you were sitting you could read what it said. Some of the best sayings were we go together like: “teen girls and vampires,” “milli and vanilli. girl you know it’s true,” “nerds and glasses,” and “butt cracks and plumbers.”

"Perfect Pairs" Potluck Valentine's Day Themed Party. Guests bring food items that are pairs like cheese and crackers or spaghetti and meatballs etc. - clementinebean.wordpress.com

I had never celebrated Valentine’s Day with a group before but we had such a great time. The night wasn’t filled with store bought cards and flowers but instead homemade goodies, an eclectic mix of food and decor, and great friends. That is some much more my style than the Hallmark/Party City Valentine’s throw up.

There are many different ways you could adapt the “perfect pairs” theme to fit your own party. Make it a wine and cheese only and have every guest bring a pairing they think would work. Do a desserts only “perfect pairs” potluck. Our group was a mix of singles and couples, but if you only had couples you could ask everyone to dress up as their favorite Hollywood couple. How fun would that be?

I hope you all had a great Valentine’s Day and have a wonderful long weekend! Word has it that Jeff and I get to sneak off for a little weekend getaway which I couldn’t be more excited for!

 

 

 

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