If Valentine’s Day has snuck up on you this year, no worries! You can still whip up a beautiful brunch spread for your lov-ah or your bestie (did you know Galentine’s Day is a thing?? I’m just finding out myself). Anywho, we’ve put together a kick ass brunch spread that will make anyone feel loved. There’s even a quick Valentine’s Day DIY to make you look like that domestic goddess that, come on, we’ll probably never actually be! This DIY is so good, I dare you to spot it in the pics below.

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MARBLE COASTER DIY by Craft & Cockatils 

Black ceramic tile
white paint
gray paint
paint brush
clear acrylic sealer spray
hot glue

Step 1: Lightly sand ceramic tiles. Wipe with damp cloth.

Step 2: Dip a feather in white paint. Using the tip, paint random lines on the tile, pressing harder in some spots to vary lines. Marble lines go in the same general direction, but are random so keep this in mind when painting (we pulled up an image of marble to refer to.)

Step 3: Using a thin paint brush, go over some lines with white and light gray paint to define and differentiate lines. Let dry.

Step 4: Spray with clear acrylic sealer and allow to set.

Step 5: Finally, cut felt into squares to fit the size of the coaster and glue to the bottom of the tile.

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No matter your feelings about candy hearts and sappy sentiments, there’s no reason to pass up an excuse to get fancy. So grab a bottle of Chambord and tap into your creative side. Even if your better half doesn’t appreciate the gesture, you’ll have a ball sipping on your hot pink drink! Check out the recipes for our Valentine’s Day cocktails below – though they’re so good they don’t need to be reserved for a special occasion. I think any old Tuesday would be the perfect time to enjoy one.

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1 3/4 oz bourbon
3/4 oz Chambord
3/4 oz blood orange juice
1/8 tsp Balsamic vinegar
Blood orange slice

Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Strain into a glass with one large ice cube. Garnish with blood orange slice.

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2 oz champagne
1 oz gin
1 oz Chambord
1/4 oz lime juice
1/4 oz simple syrup
a quarter of a vanilla bean

Cut the vanilla bean in half and scrap the seeds out and add to a shaker. Add all the other ingredients but the champagne into the shaker with ice. Double strain into a champagne flute. Top with the champagne and garnish with raspberry & blackberry.


art direction by erin hiemstra // photography, production & original cocktail recipes for apartment 34 by craft & cocktails 

This post is in partnership with Chambord and Refinery 29. All thoughts and opinions are 100% our own. Please drink responsibly. Thanks for supporting awesome partnerships that have kept apartment 34’s doors open all these years. Like seriously. I really appreciate it. Brown-Forman Corporation, Louisville, KY, Black Raspberry Liqueur; 16.5%, 21+.

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