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.
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 three – Adding Decor to the Outdoor Dining Room
Part four – The Final 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!
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.
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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.
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!
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.
I also had some personalized frosted cups made that we used at the bar. How adorable are these?
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
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.
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