January 22, 2018

7 Steps to a Perfectly Pink Succulent Themed Valentine's Day

Don't let your Valentine's Day succ!

7 Steps to a Perfectly Pink Succulent Themed Valentine's Day

Galentine’s Day

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, it seems people either love it or hate it. They either think it’s the greatest holiday ever and soak up all the heart chocolates, love songs, and roses, or they think it’s silly and ignore it. And that “love it or leave it” attitude can totally vary from year to year based on life circumstance – and we totally get that!

I guess you could say we’re in the middle of that spectrum. We don’t really get all into the “lovey dovey” parts of it, but we do love the idea of pink and red and candy and any occasion where a party is involved, particularly if it involves balloons!

What we’re all about is Galentine’s Day! We are all about spending time with our girlfriends (whether we’re single or not), and sharing the love among friends in the form of brunch. And that means delicious drinks and fabulous food and perfectly pink decor!

So, keep on scrolling for how to throw the most wonderful Galentine’s Day brunch that will have your friends talking about it for days.

Step 1 : Think on a theme

A theme makes an event or party that much more special, so that’s always the first place we start when planning.

We’ve been all about succulents lately. After all, it’s nearly impossible to kill a succulent (a big bonus in our book!) and they look seriously cool! Marla thought of a succulent themed brunch, and then we quickly made the leap to a “love succs” event – an irreverent, tongue-in-cheek, play on words. We thought it was pretty darn clever! What do you think?

Step 2 : Look for a Location

Hosting a Galentine’s Day brunch at your house is a great idea, but something that can be even easier is hosting it at a coffee shop or restaurant. Think: no dishes to wash afterwards! Yay.

Once we determined we were going to have a succulent themed brunch, Carrie thought of Bebidas, to which we all screamed “YES! Genius!” Truly, there is no more perfect a place to have a millennial pink, succulent themed event than Bebidas, as they are home to some of the prettiest succulents in town! Plus, it also has that awesome blush pink color working in its favor. We just love the atmosphere and the food!

Step 3 : Focus on florals

In terms of decor, we knew succulents would be our main focus, so we partnered with Succulent Bar, who brought all our succulent dreams to life! XOXO “planters” (i.e. metal letters – found here and here) filled with succulents and blush-toned florals served as our centerpieces and floral arrangements. The combination of soft flowers and succulents came out better than we could even have imagined!

Plus, we had a few extra small succulents to mix into the venue. Of course, we brought pink into all of this by way of the painted pots and rocks within the small planters.

Step 4 : Blow up backdrop balloons

In our minds, no party is complete without balloons. We love balloons. No, really, we LOVE balloons. And what party these days is complete without a photo backdrop? As the saying goes, if it’s not on Instagram, did it really even happen? So we brought the ideas of balloons and a backdrop together for this “love succs” pink ombre balloon backdrop! We partnered with Lili’s Balloons and they absolutely nailed it. How fun, right?

Step 5 : Create a cocktail

For drinks, we wanted to stay on theme, of course, so Marla came up with the most delicious prickly pear margarita recipe which matched the decor just perfectly with the pink salt and sugar rim and beautiful color.

Prickly Pear Margarita


(serves 2)

Margarita Rim Salt

In a small bowl, with a flat base, pour in the prickly pear margarita mix. Add just enough to be able to cover the rim of the margarita glass.

In another bowl, with a flat base, pour in the pink sugar and the salt and mix until the colors are well combined.

Turn the margarita glass over and dip the rim in the bowl with the prickly pear mix to wet the rim.

While the rim is still wet, dip the glass into the sugar/salt mixture.

Let the rim of the glasses dry for a few seconds before pouring drink.


In a cocktail shaker add in all of the margarita drink ingredients.

Shake until well combined.

Pour into two margarita glasses.

Garish the margarita glasses with a slice of pear or blood orange.


+ print recipe


  • 3 oz. (2 shots) of clear tequila (we used Don Abraham organic) 
  • 8 oz. (1 cup) of Prickly pear drink mix (we used Spirit Blends, which is made in Texas and has less sugar and calories than others)
  • 3 dashes Orange bitters (we used Free Brothers bitters)
  • 1 oz. Lemon juice 
  • 1 cup of ice 
  • 2 slices of pear or blood orange for garish 
  • Margarita rim mix :
  • 1/4 cup of prickly pear margarita mix 
  • 2 tbsp of pink sugar
  • 2 tbsp of pink Himalayan sea salt

Step 6 : Feature fun foods and favors

Since we knew we would be at Bebidas, we knew their food would be just perfect! Bonus points – their offerings are on the healthy side! Our favorites are the avocado toast, kale salad, and acai bowl. But we didn’t want to stop at that.

We knew we needed to sweeten up this Galentine’s gathering. So, we partnered with Macaron by Patisse to create macaron succulent desserts. Each one was filled with edible dirt (i.e. brownie mix) and decorated macarons. Plus, we had Meg Grant decorate each planter with our guests’ names so they could take them home as favors. Who doesn’t love to leave a party with a fun memento?

Step 7 : Construct cute comical cards

Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day or not, you can’t deny the fun that is silly valentine greetings, right? It brings me back to elementary school when we each made a little mailbox out of manila folders and decorated them in hearts and taped them to our desk. And then everyone would go around the class and put their valentines in your mailbox. Oh to be a kid again!

Well, we decided to bring it back in the form of succulent theme valentines with adorable sayings on each. Everyone went home with their own set of valentines, and you can print them here with a free printable for yourself and your friends, as well!

Have Fun

Bottom line, have fun with it! Your Galentine’s brunch should be relaxed and downright fun. Whether you’re single or not, it’s always nice to celebrate the special women in your life, and this is the perfect time to do so.

Your Thoughts

Do you have plans for Valentine’s Day? Do you enjoy the holiday or kind of skip it altogether? Planning a Galentine’s brunch? Let us know in the comments below. We’d love to hear!

And one more huge thank you to our creative partners for helping make our vision a reality, particularly Bebidas for being oh so generous.

And last, but certainly not least, we have to give a special shout out to our incredibly talented photographer, Mari, who nailed this shoot in every which way.

Have a great day and we’ll see you back here tomorrow!



  1. Alexa says:

    This theme is so incredibly cute, and so so unique. Looks like a party I’d love to attend!

    1. I appreciate that so much! So glad you liked it.

  2. Keala says:

    This is the cutest and prettiest ideas! Those succulents and I loves the Love succs balloons! So creative! Now I need to have a valentines party! Haha

  3. Cheryl Loane says:

    This is such a fun and girly idea. I’m definitely trying the prickly pear Margarita!

    1. Thank you so much! It’s delicious.

  4. Caitlin says:

    This is the CUTEST idea! I absolutely love everything about this party – including that cocktail 🙂

    1. Ah thank you so much, Caitlin! Yes, I could use one of those right about now. 😉

  5. Katie Taylor says:

    Oh I love this so much!! Everything is so adorable/beautiful!

    1. Thank you so much, Katie! We sure had fun with it.

  6. ansley allen says:

    This is such a fun idea! Definitely need to try that cocktail! XO

    1. Thanks, Ansley! It was so much fun.

  7. Love this soooo much! So my style and makes me want all the succulents 😬🙌

    1. Ha! Thank you. We appreciate that so much.

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