Hosting My First Galentine's Day Brunch!

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You know those people who are effortless hostesses? 

The people who have everything ready to serve at the right temperature when guests arrive and can put together a good looking cheese plate and also be showered and done-up themselves? Yeah, I'm not one of those people. But my parents are. My entire life they've hosted multiple events every year--Thanksgiving for 30+ people, Super Bowl parties, Tour de France parties, Oscar parties, etc. To be honest, it used to always really bug me as a kid that we always had to keep the house super clean leading up to these parties, and spend the day after cleaning up. But as I've gotten older I've learned that entertaining and being a good hostess is a hard-won skill. I have always wanted to host a Galentine's Day brunch for some girlfriends, and this year being an MSIV and having more time on my hands post-interview season, I decided to take the plunge. I tried to make as much of the cookies and cakes ahead of time as I could, and freeze them which really helped. I also wanted to make a savory food for brunch, but with cooking not being my strong suit, I knew it to be simple. With a little digging I found this recipe for strata that looked both delicious and easy (linked below) and paired it with a citrus salad for a pop of color. The rest of the items I've made posts about and are linked below. The most difficult part was the macarons, which I failed at 4 times before giving up--it was such a bummer, still troubleshooting on what went wrong! However I still really wanted to serve them so I bought frozen Trader Joes Macarons and dressed them up by swiping some white chocolate ganache (I added pink food coloring for the vanilla ones) as well as edible gold leaf. Overall, I am still working on my hostess skills--I didn't have time to put on makeup before guests arrived and I hadn't even made the salad yet! Thank god med students are so proactive...they saw oranges and a bowl sitting on the counter and immediately started slicing them haha. Even so, it was so fun to catch up with girlfriends and celebrate my favorite holiday Leslie Knope style! 

Galentine's Day 2018 Menu 

Strata with Gruyere and Kale

Citrus Salad

Naked Cake

Glazed and Embroidered Sugar Cookies

Heart-Shaped Oreos 

Chocolate & Vanilla Macarons 

Valentine's Day Snack Mix

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The ganache and the gold leaf can be applied most easily with a clean, never-used paintbrush! 

The ganache and the gold leaf can be applied most easily with a clean, never-used paintbrush! 

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My classmate's daughter, Abby, brought the COOLEST polaroid camera and captured these pictures! 

My classmate's daughter, Abby, brought the COOLEST polaroid camera and captured these pictures! 

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One of my med school friends recently had a baby and she stole the show! There was literally a line of people waiting to hold her haha. And she never cried once! #angelbaby. And that BOW! 

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Gotta teach 'em young that cake for the road is a necessity :) 

Gotta teach 'em young that cake for the road is a necessity :) 

Happy Valentine's Day!

Photos by Natalie Wan

Photos by Natalie Wan

Favorite day!

I'll be posting tons of photos and recipes from my Galentine's Day party a couple days ago--stay tuned! Until then here are some pics I snagged with Noah (who thought it was super lame but knew it would make me happy) using the balloons I bought for the party. 

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