A Julia Child Valentine’s Day



Remember this scene from Julie and Julia?  It really was one of my favorites.  As you know, I’m not huge on Valentine’s Day, but this sort of dinner party is right up my alley. 

Crisa asked if we should like to celebrate Valentine’s Day together a day early.  Jumping at the chance to avoid crowds and way too much teenage public affection, I said, “YES!” 

Crisa LOVED the Julie & Julia movie and has a passion for cooking so we came up with a simple yet tasty menu: 

Shrimp Cocktail Appetizer with Horseradish Sauce
BBQ Skewers with Chicken, Eggplant, Zucchini, Bell Peppers, and Mushrooms
Apple, Celery Root, and Fennel Salad
Strawberry Lemonade to Drink (Complete with strawberry iced cubes)
Crisa’s Red Velvet Cupcakes

It wouldn’t be a Julia Child Valentine’s Day though, without decorations and paper hearts.  So I got to work earlier that week turning our 1950’s home into a Julia Child Valentine Wonderland. 

I started by making red paper heart garland.  It was fairly simple.  I made a template and then cut out hearts from cardstock (I had a little help from a bored student, too).  She ended up cutting out 60 hearts and I was so grateful! 

I also grabbed a pack of large and small doilies.  Then I ran the hearts through the sewing machine alternating with the large and small doilies.  Here’s the end result: 

It’s so easy and you can use any shape to make your own. 

I picked up some tulips from Fresh and Easy on Thursday and they had just enough time to bloom before Saturday night. 


Since my bored student cut out so many hearts for me, I was able to place them around the house and make three garland. 


I decorated the kitchen too!  We also did a few portraits in front of the stove.  I mean, come on… this is a Julia Child Valentine’s Day. 


The table was adorned with red and pink tulips, red napkins, and of course everyone got a giant red paper heart to wear. 


We finished it all up with decaf coffee and red velvet cupackes for dessert.  These cupcakes were an entire decoration in themselves.  I mean, just look at them! 


I’m hoping to get the recipe from Crisa to share with you all, but if not you’ll just have to go by my amazing description: 

These cupcakes were fantastic.  Thick, creamy frosting and light fluffy cupcakey goodness. 

If that doesn’t convince you, well… I don’t know what will. 

Happy Valentine’s Day!


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5 Responses to “A Julia Child Valentine’s Day”

  1. Anonymous bored student Says:

    I do believe I deserve one of those delicious looking cupcakes, if I do say so myself :) I’m just kidding…you did a fantastic job decorating, and I’m glad I got to be a small portion of that. I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

  2. Christina Says:

    In case Crisa wants to keep her delicious recipe to herself (I do that sometimes) here’s a wonderful one I always use for Red Velvet Cupcakes. I don’t know if they’re as good as Crisa’s, but they’re pretty amazing!


  3. Jessica Isaac Says:

    WHOAOMG!!! Those cupcakes look ridic!!!!

  4. Crisa’s Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe « bricka brack Says:

    […] you remember the amazing cupcakes I wrote about in our Julia Child inspired Valentine’s Day Dinner?  Well, Crisa was kind enough to offer up the recipe for me to share with you all […]

  5. Poles Says:

    That was a really amazing post!!!

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