You can also read my earlier posts about the Engagement Party.
Part one – “How to Plan the Party of Your Dreams“.
Part three – “Adding Decor to the Outdoor Dining Room”
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.
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 so we didn’t use the easels.
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?
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 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 feel like I have been talking about the party for a month when it has only been a week and a half. 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.