Whitney Port’s Tips for a Fuss-Free Valentine’s Day Party

Katie Sweeney

Newlywed Whitney Port is a tastemaker who offers advice to fashionable young things on a broad range of topics, from career tips to wedding gift ideas. Today she’s shared her suggestions for a chic and easy Valentine’s Day party with The Glitter Guide. Port partnered with one of our favorite online stores, Lulu & Georgia, to create an party that is filled with pretty pink blooms, heart-shaped pastries, and red and pink taper candles. Below, you’ll see pictures of the feminine event and find Whitney’s sage entertaining pointers.

On how to be a good hostess: “I think the biggest thing about being a good hostess is planning ahead. I know life is so crazy, and you never know what the day will bring, but I think if you are able to plan ahead and do all the shopping and prep work in advance, then that makes things a lot easier. I think when you're a host and you're stressed out and doing a bunch of different things, that stresses your guests out.”

On always being party ready: “I always keep the house stocked with wine and liquor. I think that's good to have on hand for an impromptu anything, and I can whip up a cheese plate pretty easily. We keep crackers in the house at all times and several different kinds of cheese (I love a good cheese!). I also always have grapes, so it's easy to whip up a pretty little display—and it's always a crowd favorite!”

On Valentine’s Day: “My husband and I don't do a traditional Valentine's Day—we feel like it can be such a fussy day. It's always difficult to get reservations at a restaurant and the menus are always prix fixe, so we always do our own thing on another day. I know this sounds a little cheesy, but we're newly married, so every day kind of feels like a great, fun, romantic holiday—we don't do anything extraordinarily special for Valentine's Day. I'm actually going to be out of town at one of my best friend's bachelorette party, so I'm sort of celebrating Valentine's Day in a nontraditional way this year!”

On making her guests feel comfortable: “I never want to make it feel too stuffy, and I always want my guests to feel comfortable. You don’t want people to come over to your house feeling intimidated or overwhelmed. We really are all about making it cozy, intimate, and casual.”

For more of Port’s tips, including her recipe for coconut macaroons and her DIY tissue paper heart how-to, head to Glitter Guide now.

Love the gold polka dot Champagne coupes used in the shoot? So do I! Shop them here.

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