We have both made it our tradition to spend Valentine’s Day at home (luckily this works so well with the current trend LOL), and take this as our opportunity to set the table beautifully while making a special meal for our hubbys. We have had fun in the past coming up with a menu consisting of food items that we do not regularly serve and fun themes that will keep things exciting. As moms, we have continued this tradition in a more kid-friendly fashion, and this year will once again plan something special for our husbands and all of our girls. Here’s a look back on how we each celebrated Valentine’s Day last year. Hopefully this will inspire you to create something special for this fun holiday (at home)!

T Side: With all that has gone on since, it truly feels like a lifetime since last February … and don’t even get me started on the “if I would have knowns”! If I would have known we would have gone into lockdown a few weeks later, maybe I would have planned this dinner out LOL! Well, hindsight is 2020 hahaha. Ok, enough with the jokes. Last year at this time, we had a brand new baby (only one month old) and an almost two year old. To say my hands were full is a complete understatement, but you all know I live for a chance to decorate in pink hearts and such! So that’s what I did! 

In my personal holiday decor, I usually will take the challenge of using all kinds of scraps and materials I have lying around to create a gorgeous set up. In this case, this rose gold runner is actually a roll of wrapping paper I had on hand, and I cut up tissue paper into cute little hearts and sprinkled them everywhere. You better believe this is why they pay me the big bucks to plan big fancy parties (wink). 

I did purchase a brand new pack of Valentine’s themed paper plates and napkins for this occasion, and my husband Phil brought home this beautiful bouquet of pink roses to finish our table off right. I wanted our set up to feel super girly and sweet (just like my two girls). My oldest is a bit obsessed with “ballerines” (as she calls them), so I used this as my overall feel for our decor and the way I dressed Joie and Sadie for our meal. 

One of our traditions is to give cards. In the past, I have created my own, but ‘aint nobody got time for that! 
A couple years ago, Phil took over cooking and planning our Valentine’s Day meal. Halleluyah! There’s a reason they call him @grillmasterphil (cuz his steaks are always on point), and he made us homemade lobster tails too! Yum!

What’s for dessert? Chocolate chip cookies, of course!

I am honestly looking at this picture right now trying to figure out how an entire year has passed! My little Sadie is now a walker, starting to communicate, and has so much personality! I am excited to include her in our plans this year for Valentine’s Day and to continue this tradition for many years to come! 

L Side: All of my girls (Ava – 6, Cara – 3, Sienna – 3) were really into Valentine’s Day last year, and even wanted to help with the planning. So I decided to go with a concept that revolved around them. There were a few different set ups each with a different activity involved.

First, I set up a card making station. We all picked a name and made a card for that person with some fun stickers, markers, and other things we had on hand. 

Here are my girls dressed in their matching Valentine’s dresses enjoying an art project as always!

Next, I set up the table for pizza making complete with sauce, cheese, and fun toppings. 

Everyone made their own crusts (Ava attempted a cute heart shape) and topped their pizzas as they wished.

A little sparkling juice makes a holiday extra special (some bubbly for mom and dad), and they loved their homemade pizzas too.

Last set up was for chocolate fondue. Ava decided on this one and even came up with different items to dip. Can’t say I was mad about it …

… Even when I had to throw these dresses out after! I love this little tradition that our family has created. We have already started planning for this year and getting the girls involved planning means they enjoy it even more! 

We each plan to have an equally special Valentine’s Day this year (at home), and promise to take lots of photos! Make sure to check out our IG stories to get in on the fun! Whatever you plan to do with your Valentine this year, remember that what is really important is that you make the day special and show them how much you really love them! Happy Valentine’s Day from Side by Side Design!

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We are so excited to announce a special project we are launching for Mother’s Day in collaboration with cream + sugar that you are able to order starting today! Looking for a great gift for your wife, baby mama, mother, mother-in-law, yourself? These boxes make your life super easy, and each mama will love what’s inside. All you have to do is select one of the options below, pre-order by April 30th, and if you are within the Los Angeles area we will deliver it to your door for Mother’s Day.

Bubbly ($250) – Does she love champagne? Does she deserve some pampering this Mother’s Day? Then this is the right box for your loved one! Each Bubbly Box includes a half dozen macarons in this design by cream + sugar, a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Rosè, cute cocktail napkins, a custom designed sleep mask (to hide behind in quarantine),  Charcoal Peel Off Bubble Mask by Lapcos, and a fun ILNP nail polish.

Staycation ($200) – Is she more of a tequila kinda girl? Does she desperately need a “vacation”? Don’t we all!? How about a staycation? This box is a great option for a mom who needs a break. What does this box include? A half dozen macarons with some tropical flair by cream + sugar, a bottle of Sesion Premium Tequila, cute cocktail napkins, a custom designed “Vacay Fund” coin pouch, a pink rock candy stir, and Beauty Counter Body Butter in Citrus Mimosa (This product purchase even gifts a charcoal bar to the frontline workers). 

Indulge ($50 – $100) – Has she been working her butt off getting the house and kids in order while working her day job from home as well? Then this woman deserves to indulge! Let’s be honest, she deserves a medal and more! This last option can be shared with the whole family or mama can devour it all by herself … Whatever she prefers! You choose either a dozen delicious cookies for $50 or a 6 inch cake with topper for $100 in these stunning designs by cream + sugar

Get your Mother’s Day in a Box today! Place you order by contacting us at info@sbsdesignla.com. Custom boxes available as well starting at $250, and feel free to ask about our Birthday in a Box if you have a loved one celebrating a birthday soon!

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We have both made it our tradition to spend Valentine’s Day at home and take this as our opportunity to set the table beautifully while making a special meal for our hubbys. We have had fun in the past coming up with a menu consisting of food items that we do not regularly serve and fun themes that will keep things exciting. As a mom, Lauren has continued this tradition in a more kid-friendly fashion, and this year will once again plan something special for her husband and all three of her girls. As a new mom (last year), Tami was excited to incorporate her daughter into her plan as well. Here’s a look back on how we each celebrated Valentine’s Day in 2019. Hopefully this will inspire you to create something special for this fun holiday!

T Side: Last year, Phil really wanted to get in on the fun of planning a special Valentine’s Day celebration for our family. I wanted to make sure to surprise him just a little bit too! Therefore, he took care of the menu and made a Phil staple but included some new elements for this special day, and I took care of the rest … Making sure Joie looked Valentine’s Day ready, setting the table just so, and creating handmade cards for my loves.

You can’t really tell from this picture, but Joie’s tights had little sparkly hearts all over them, and I loved any chance I got to put a bow on her head back in the day! She won’t wear them any more (now that she’s almost two) … But thank goodness for photos like these!

I believe handmade cards tell your loved ones just how much you really LOVE them! I am constantly keeping little bits of scrap wrapping paper (like these gold foil lips) to use in my creations and incorporating stickers and sparkle into the cards I make at home.

A formal black tablecloth is made more casual when topped with a burlap runner. I used our every day dishes and glasses to set our table for two … We ate after Joie went to bed to ensure an optimal dining experience and popped open a bottle of red wine too!

Phil brought home the most beautiful red roses that I included in this otherwise pink flower arrangement for our table.

Did I mention that Phil made his favorite dish? Steak, of course! Filets because they are my favorite, and topped with perfectly grilled and seasoned shrimp. These mushrooms were a new recipe and absolutely delicious!

L Side: My girls were excited last year to celebrate Valentine’s Day, and I was excited to create something a little bit special that didn’t feel like just an average evening in our home. I sent the girls off to play in our playroom so that I could surprise them with a fun set up, and while doing so, Scott came home and surprised us with gorgeous red roses for each of his girls. It was a fun night, we all felt special, and the small details went a long way.

My girls were so cute dressed in red and pink, but I can’t believe what a difference a year makes!

I got to enjoy these gorgeous flowers all month long!

I set the table with a mix of treats for my hubby and the girls. They could hardly wait to dig into this dessert board I created and neither could Scott!

Aren’t these XOXO gummies from Trader Joe’s the cutest?

For the adults, a delicious chicken recipe I had lying around, salad, steamed artichokes, and rose. For the kids, bow tie pasta with butter. Yum!

Although I love spending time with my girls, the best part of the night was when Scott and I were able to wind down a bit after they went to bed. What more do you need than a fire, gelato, and two spoons?

We each plan to have an equally special Valentine’s Day this year! Lauren, Scott, and the girls are continuing to keep things simple and keep their at-home tradition alive while Tami and Phil will enjoy spending this day with their two daughters Joie (and Sadie born just last month) in on the plans. Whatever you plan to do with your Valentine this year, remember that what is really important is that you make the day special and show them how much you really love them! Happy Valentine’s Day from Side by Side Design!

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By taking one of the looks from our Get Inspired: January boards, we are providing our readers with further information for where to purchase similar items with a range of price points (from super affordable to fancy and one of a kind). 

Written by: Lauren

Make new goals and get rid of the old … One is silver and the other’s gold! Ok, super lame, but now I have your attention! I am all about setting goals this January / New Year both personal and professional and want you all to take this advice … Set goals for your house or event and crush them! Follow your dreams for how you would like these spaces to look. The sky’s the limit! Here is a list of ten items that are personal favorites of mine (in case you need a place to start)! Don’t worry … I included a link to make getting each item that much easier. Enjoy!

Interior Items

Milano Chandelier Brass with Lucite Accents – Clayton Gray Home – $1,155

Rivulet Gold Stainless Steel Upholstered Velvet Bar Stool – Modern in Designs – $485 

Aqua Virgo Dining Table – CB2 – $599

Marble Flatware Tray – Williams Sonoma – $89.95

Blanca Glass Canisters by Guzzini – The Container Store – $15.99 – $22.99 each

Event Items

Cheers Classic Balloon Mix – Bonjour Fete – $14

MerryNine Paper Garland – Amazon – $12.99 for a pack of 5

Finessa Dinner Plates – Williams Sonoma – $35 – $140 each

Kaloh Dinner Plates / Pink – West Elm – on sale for $8 – $32 each

Balloon Tassels – Etsy (ModParty) – $8.95

Start the New Year off right by setting goals and bringing the right interior and event items into your space. Happy New Year from Side by Side Design!

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Written by: Tami

How did you ring in the new year for 2020? We kept it simple this year … Lauren had a few other families over for dinner, drinks, and an early ball drop, and my family did the same at a friend’s house. But first, we got in one last event set up of the year! A roaring 20’s New Year’s event at Braemar Country Club

For this event, our focus was on decor and as it was New Year’s we made sure to pull out all of the stops! We set up a prop station next to their photo booth for 20’s inspired fedoras, feathered tiaras, and lots of pearls. Each guest was encouraged to dress up for this fun themed event, and as they were able to keep these hats throughout the night definitely looked the part.

Each table was dressed up as well … In black or gold sequins! We just couldn’t help ourselves!

Centerpieces were created with a gold charger as each base, a glass vase full of ostrich feathers, more pearls, party horns, and lots of candle light. We love how these napkins were folded providing us the perfect place to leave each guest a noisemaker to blow when the clock struck twelve!

Cocktail tables were the perfect place for sequin runners and “midnight kisses” …

… and the buffet was dressed up as well! We added more tall feather arrangements, and don’t you just love a good gold lamè fabric?

We know each guest had a grand old time celebrating New Year’s at Braemar, and that our decor was a nice pairing to all that they had planned … A speakeasy bar, casino games, DJ, dancing, delicious catered cuisine, and more. This last photo was our favorite detail. Beautifully displayed champagne coups that no doubt were filled and enjoyed at midnight. Love it!

Interested in booking our event services this year? Contact us at info@sbsdesignla.com. We would love to hear from you and assist with all of your design needs!

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