Creative Details of the Engagement Party

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This is the fourth blog post about the engagement party we hosted a few years ago for my oldest son and his fiance. I have a few more creative details about the decor to share and specifics about the menu and bar.

The Engagement Party

I had so much fun planning this engagement party. I hope you picked up on one or two ideas that you can use at our own party.

You can also read my other posts about the Engagement Party.

Part One – How to Plan the Party of Your Dreams

Part two – How I Built an Outdoor Dining Room for Sixty Five Guests

Part three – Adding Decor to the Outdoor Dining Room

Part four – The Final details of the Engagement Party

The Final Creative Details of the Engagement Party

Personalized DIY Ideas for the Engagement Party

Save the Date Favors

Ok, so how adorable are these cookies? I found cookies like these on Pinterest and was thrilled when I found @designer_cookies to make them for me! These were the Save the Date giveaway gifts for all of our guests as they left. Hopefully, they were eaten too. I hear they were delicious!

The Final Creative Pillows of the Engagement Party

Personalized Pillows

As I was planning the decor for the engagement party, I wanted to include lots of surprises for the bride and groom. One of the ideas that I came up with was to create pillow covers that were special to the bride and the groom. These pillows feature the wedding date and the humor of our “California Hamptons” theme. I also made pillows that feature their cat and dog names. When the party was over I gave the pillows to the bride and groom to be.

The Final Creative Pillows of the Engagement Party

Ready to make some personalized pillows? Click on the photos below to check out everything you need to make these personalized pillows, and … the Cricut Maker is on sale!!

The Place Cards

I hand-wrote the place cards on small chalkboards that I purchased here from Amazon. They were .50 each and came with some really cute easels. Unfortunately, it was a bit breezy when we were setting the tables (and they kept blowing over) so we didn’t use the easels.

The Final Creative Place Cards of the Engagement Party
The Final Creative Details of the Engagement Party

Personalizing the engagement decor was so much fun! I used chalkboard place cards and mini-polaroids of our favorite photos. Click the photos below to create your own!

The Bar

I made some chalkboards for the party. My favorite one was the Special Cocktail list at the bar. We featured the favorite drinks of the bride and groom to be. To make the chalkboards I cut a stencil on my Silhouette machine and then used liquid chalk to make the sign from the stencil.

The Final Creative Bar of the Engagement Party

I also had some personalized frosted cups made that we used at the bar. How adorable are these?

The Final Creative Printed Cups of the Engagement Party

Personalizing the bar was so much fun! I used this chalkboard stand to announce the signature cocktails and there are so many cute drink glasses to choose from now. Click the photos below to check out these fun items!

The Menu for the Engagament Party

For the first time in a gazillion years, I did not cook all of the food for a party. I really wanted to focus on the setup and the decor and hired a good friend and her catering company, Craig’s Crew, to handle the food. There was one exception, I did make my famous Crab Cake recipe. I made about 140 crab cakes and if you haven’t tried this recipe, you have to make them!

The menu for the Engagement Party was based on our California Hampton’s theme and the preferences of the bride and groom to be. Andrew’s first solid food was ice cream (I know, I am a terrible mother) so that’s why we had an ice cream bar for the dessert.

Here is the menu for the party:

Appetizers – Tray Passed

Leslie’s Crab Cakes

Mini Grilled Gruyere Cheese Sandwiches, Served with Orange/Fig Preserves

Pork & Vegetarian Asian Dumplings

Main Menu (Buffet)

Spinach and Field Green Salad, Tossed with Gorgonzola cheese, cherry tomatoes, red onion & balsamic vinaigrette

Roasted Beef Brisket

Grilled Rosemary Chicken

Red Roasted Potatoes

Grilled Baby Vegetables

Cornbread and Butter


Ice Cream Bar, Cookie Dough, Vanilla & Chocolate Ice Creams

Assorted Toppings, including sprinkles, whipped cream, maraschino cherries, chocolate syrup

Waffle Cones

I am not exactly sure what I was doing while the food was served because I do not have a single photo of the buffet, appetizers, or dessert bar. In fact, I actually never saw the dessert bar. Not once. How funny is that? But I can tell you the food was fabulous and everyone loved it. It really was wonderful to know that Craig’s Crew would serve a fabulous dinner. And they did!

It’s time to close this chapter on the Engagement Party. I have been talking about the party for years because it really was that special.

Final Thoughts About the Engagement Party

Planning this party was the most incredible experience. It was a group effort as I had so much help from family and friends. Being able to create a magical evening for Andrew and Charlotte was my goal and it truly was a dream come true. Thanks for joining me on this amazing journey.

The Future Bride and Groom
My Family

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  1. I’m impressed that you had enough plates, napkins, silverware and glasses!

    The tables looked stunning. Aren’t you glad you decided not to cook too?

  2. I just enjoyed reading about your son and daughter-in-law’s engagement party! It looked just wonderful!! My younger daughter was married on June 1, 2019 also!!
    So much fun with all the planning! Your post brought me back!! On New Year’s Eve 2020, after a tough year(I lost my mom also) that couple gave me a beautiful grandson to add to my one grandson and granddaughter from my older daughter! So much fun with family!! Thank you for bringing me back to those fun occasions!! I don’t cook like you though!!

    1. Oh wow, we have a lot in common. Congratulations to your daughter and I am so sorry about the loss of your mom, I completely understand. I am glad you enjoyed and could relate to the post.

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