PS--I was not good about taking pictures! Once the party started, I was running around and completely forgot. So I never got a picture of the final table with all the desserts. But it was quite a sight!
For the invitations I searched for those little bottles and finally find them at A.I. Friedman. I filled them with m&m candies for the "chocolate pills". Very apothecary.
Part of the backdrop of the serving table, I hung spring flowers in mason jars. I wrapped wire around the mason jars and hung with ribbon.
Some of the desserts were served in these apothecary jars with labels. All the guests were asked to bring something chocolate. So, when they came to the party they were given these tags to label their dessert. This helped with the chocolate contest, so everyone knew what was what and what dessert they wanted to vote for. I must say that this year the desserts were amazing. I know I say that every year! But it seemed like everyone put alot of thought and preparation into their desserts. No Costco brownies at this chocolate table!! Oh no. My favorite was the chocolate bread pudding with vanilla bean sauce. I'm not kidding--I had dreams about it that night. But the winner of the contest made chocolate crepes with raspberry filling and hazelnut filling. Oh yum. Some other favorites were red velvet chocolate balls and chocolate oblivion torte with strawberry sauce.
At the end of the night, guests were given a pastry box to fill with remaining desserts because there's only so much chocolate you can eat in one night!
Another take-home favor each couple got (since this is a couples-only party) was a herbal aphrodisiac tincture. My sister (she's my witch doctor) made some for a valentine's party she did, and I thought it would go perfect with my apothecary theme, so she made some up for me. We called it...what else...Love Potion: No. 9. This was a big hit and really finalized the party.
I'll post pictures of the games tomorrow!