Monday, March 18, 2019

{My Parties} Winter Engagement Party

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Winter is almost over, thank goodness!
I thought I'd better post this party before the chilly weather is gone!
This engagement party is for a bride-to-be whose wedding I am designing in the early fall. 
Since this engagement party came in January, I wanted to do a warm, slightly rustic and also glamorous winter theme, and also use her favorite colors of white and gold. 

Guests were welcomed by an "I DO" door hanging. If you look closely, you can see that the paper I covered it with has diamond rings embossed in gold. 

I love at-home parties and entertaining because it feels more intimate and welcoming and that's how I wanted this to feel. 
Since this house had such a wonderful focal double-sided fireplace, I set my dessert station there. 

It looked so cozy and welcoming!
A little trick for budget-consciousness. I foraged all this greenery that I used around the party from my backyard and my sister's backyard. We just trimmed our fur trees and used the clippings! It provided a winter texture that was totally free! And, as a bonus, it smelled great!

The host had a bunch of leftover glassware from another party we did together several years ago, so we incorporated all that into the party as well. For the fireplace, I added pillar candles into the tall vases. 

Ten23 Designs custom cut a personalized engagement monogram for me, which I painted with gold glittered spray paint to provide our focal point. 

The dessert table was filled with all the bride and groom's favorite sweet treats, like mini cheesecakes, sugar cookies, and brownies.  I displayed all these on gold and white cake plates, interspersed with sequins and wood tones to provide lots of texture. 

On the front of the table, I custom cut their wedding date using my Cricut. 

Continuing with the theme of re-using glassware from other events, I used these fish bowls again in a completely different way. This time, I filled them with water and floated candles in them for a soft, romantic feel. 

Add a little bit of foraged greenery and it's the perfect winter centerpiece. 

On the other side of the double fireplace, I installed some small guest tables for a cozy feel, but where people could actually sit and eat their food. These X-back Tuscan chairs from White Door Events were the perfect chair for this theme. 

On this mantle, I kept it simple by adding these small gold lanterns and some more foraged greenery. Then, I hung this purchased banner from Hobby Lobby to add some of our gold glitter. 

In the dining room, the guests were treated to some delicious dinner. I wanted to do a big moment in here to cover up existing furniture, so this gold sequin pipe and drape was the perfect solution. I added a balloon installation on the side and then a fun banner that I made with my Cricut that says "Til Death Do Us Party." This couple is super fun, so I wanted something a little bit tongue in cheek!

Congratulations Kristin and Graham!
I'm so excited to be designing your wedding too!


Wooden Monogram: Ten23 Designs
Backdrop: Shindigz

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