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Who Loves Ya Baby?

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Valentine's Day is just around the corner and love is in the air! If you've risked frostbite decorating a loved one's car, burnt your fingers baking heart-shaped cookies, and spent hours stringing up paper hearts with cute little sayings, try something new this year. Celebrate it with a party for all of your special valentines! Follow these steps for the perfect Valentine's celebration for family, friends, church group, or community organization.

Checklist

  • Lifetime round tables
  • Lifetime folding chairs
  • red and pink felt cut into hearts (see downloads for templates)
  • pink or white plates
  • miniature red, pink, and white roses
  • little silver cups
  • napkins
  • long stems of ivy small, handwritten love notes
  • thin satin ribbon (red, pink, or white)

Steps

  1. Decorate the top of a round table with BIG red and pink felt hearts placed on top of a white or pink cloth that goes to the floor.
  2. Use pink plates (or white plates with a pink heart cut out of felt at the top of the plate.
  3. Place miniature red, pink, and white roses in little silver cups.
  4. Tie napkins with long stems of ivy secured with a "love note" written on beautiful paper and tied with a thin satin ribbon.
  5. Put folding chairs around the table.
  6. Wrap the chairs in pink tulle or a lightweight pink fabric and tie the back with a length of ivy and a tiny bouquet of roses.
  7. Prepare delicious Lobster Shooters to make the evening extra special.

Tips

  • Add embellishments and involve the kids! Put out bowls of decorations such as sequins, jewels, rhinestones, pearls, ribbons, lace, etc. along with some glue. Make a heart template before you begin to cut hearts to insure uniformity in size. Pre-cut the felt into big hearts in sizes 6 inch, 7 inch, and 10 inches across (see downloads). Supervise the kids while they glue the decorations onto the hearts. You will need about 12 hearts to cover a Round Lifetime Table top.
  • You can purchase felt at any fabric store and most department stores.
  • You can purchase pink plates at any department or party supply store.
  • Everyone looks better in candlelight. Sprinkle the table with votive candles, being sure to put one at each place setting.
  • For an extra romantic "Dinner aux Deux," place your table in front of the fireplace, put on some soft music, and enjoy the evening.

Lobster Shooters

  • 1 lb. Lobster, cleaned
  • 1/2 cup grapefruit juice
  • olive oil
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1 English cucumber, diced
  • 1/4 sweet onion (Vidalia or Maui) diced
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • zest of 1/2 lemon

Dressing

  • 4 T. seasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 6 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. Sweet mustard
  • 1 tsp. freshly grated ginger
  1. Split the lobster and clean it. Marinate in grapefruit juice for 1/2 hour. Drain and brush with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  2. Grill the lobster over hot coals until just done, brushing with grapefruit juice. Do not overcook!
  3. Remove the meat from the shell and cut the meat into small chunks. Place in a small juice or shot glass.
  4. Combine the tomatoes, cucumber, onion, cilantro, and zest. Mix well.
  5. Whisk together the rice wine vinegar, olive oil, ginger, and mustard. Pour over vegetables and mix well. Spoon the vegetable mixture over the lobster and serve with a sprinkling of cilantro.Serves 8 as an appetizer.

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