Harlow & Grey designs beautiful modern party goods inspired by fashion, graphic design, and pop culture. Their products add the perfect touch for any party or event, and with Valentine's Day coming up, we wanted to get their take on how to decorate an Insta-worthy table setting. We got to chat with their Creative Director and mastermind behind their product design, Gloria Wong Tritasavit. She has a background in fashion design at Levi's and event design for luxury weddings and high-profile events. Read on for Gloria's guide to having the most stylish Valentine's (or Galentine's) party ever!
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What's your favorite way to celebrate Valentine's Day?
My Valentine's Days now as a mom of three are very different than they were seven years ago before I had kids! Now, I'm lucky if my husband and I can sneak away for a rushed dinner at a nearby restaurant. Before kids, I loved celebrating at a slower pace. I liked making a meal together at home and watching a movie in bed. Very low key!
Your modern party goods are so gorgeous! Which collection would you suggest for a V-Day or Galentine's get-together?
Aww, thanks! Our Erika Collection is a great one for a Galentine's get-together. The bold graphics and abstract strokes were designed for today's modern multi-faceted woman. Galentine's events are all about celebrating this type of dynamic girlfriend!
What are your top styling tips for decorating an Insta-worthy Valentine's Day table setting?
I love well-edited tables. Less is more! Some pretty blush colored taper candles flickering in different heights. Rose gold flatware. Love notes. And of course our Harlow & Grey plates and napkins to finish off the table! Our Manhattan Collection which features dark green with pale pink would be the perfect color palette for a romantic dinner.
What's your favorite way to style a Galentine's Party? What games or activities would you suggest?
A spa theme is always appreciated for any girls' get-together. What girl doesn't like to be pampered, right? A fun way to style a Galentine's party is to incorporate spa products directly on the dining table. Bottles of nail polish look awesome next to place cards and also make great take-home goodies for guests. When my girlfriends and I get together, we love to put on face masks, nibble on some chocolate, sip on some bubbly, relax, and enjoy each other's company.
What are the best time-saving decorating tips?
For a more casual, fun, upbeat get-together, I would just grab a mass of balloons and call it a day. For a more formal gathering, I would stick with flowers. You can't go wrong with pretty blooms!
What are the new decor trends this year?
We will never tire of metallics here at Harlow & Grey. We love the thought of mixing metals for parties. We see gold, silver, rose gold all displayed together for a sparkly shiny event.
What's the most important element of decor?
Upon entering a room, I think anything above eye level makes the most impact. A huge floral chandelier. Hanging garlands. However, on a table itself, when everyone is seated, I think pretty tableware is important!