This past weekend, we threw a little engagement party at my place with 50 of our closest friends to celebrate. I love hosting parties, so of course I jumped at the opportunity to go all out and Pinterest my little heart out. The best part? Every single person we invited was someone we knew we couldn’t celebrate without. It made the night feel so much more special and intimate to know that each and every person there was supremely happy for us and had nothing but best wishes for our future.
It was really wicked seeing my blush & gold engagement party inspiration board come to life. The easiest things to source were obviously the ones I’d pinned from vendors like Indigo and SS Print shop. It also helped that Indigo released their Holiday 2013 collection the week before our party and it was almost entirely gold and white. That’s what we call a great coincidence!
Gold letters: Indigo | Frame: IKEA (spray painted metallic gold) | Ampersand print: SS Print Shop | Diamond candle holder: Mom’s collection of knick knacks
I had a bit more trouble with other items, but it’s really helpful to have resourceful friends. I became a little obsessed with these gold foil letter balloons after spotting them all over the place on Pinterest. Luckily my coworker Jesse’s girlfriend, Michelle (whom I adore), had similar letters at her birthday party and directed me over to Balloon Queen on Queen St. E. At $17 a pop (incl. weights), they were a pricey addition to the party but I’m super glad I made the investment – they added so much to the decor! Plus, I’m told they’ll last about a month – I’m hoping to use them for when our immediate family celebrates our engagement later this month.
Bombette: Dolce Bombe | Candy: Johnvince Foods | Cake, macarons + meringues: Bobbette & Belle | LOVE balloons: Balloon Queen | Gold ice tongs: Anthropologie | Cake serving utensils: Kate Spade
I’d decided early on that I wanted the sweet table to be the focal point of the party. Given the layout of my home, I knew people would likely travel between the kitchen, living/dining room, foyer and family room (the Leafs were on, of course – a demand of the hockey lovers in attendance). With that in mind, I wanted to give people a reason to hang out in one particular room. The answer is always candy and balloons. On our sweet table, we had meringues, a carrot cake covered in frosting and sugar flowers and a meringue tree designed by Bobbette & Belle.
These were without a doubt my favourite parts of the table – the different heights, sizes and shapes of the goodies allowed me to play with height on the table and make it more visually interesting. Everything stayed within the pink & gold colour scheme of course…except for the bombe. Nutella gets a pass every time.
We served real food as well as sweet treats. Culinary 2000 catered and served up deliciousness like bacon-wrapped scallops, stuffed mushrooms, bruschetta and more. If you’re looking for great in-home catering, I’d definitely recommend them! Everyone raved about the food.
To round out the decor, I added my signature item to the party – a photo booth! This one was a cheap & cheerful last minute DIY project using painter’s tape, washi tape and crepe paper. It did the trick.
What I wore: Kate Spade Miki Dress, Banana Republic Leopard Print Skinny Belt, Jimmy Choo slingback pumps, statement necklace from Andrew’s at Bayview Village. Hair by Dianna Mauro, Creative Director at Brixton Parlour
Having a specific area where a camera is set up is pretty helpful in encouraging people to stop & pose. We got photos of pretty much every single guest at the party, which will be great for my inevitable wedding scrapbook. I also set out a book of love poems I stumbled upon at Anthropologie that just happened to have a cover in my colour scheme. As a bonus, it turns out it’s an excellent collection of poems as well. Guests left a love note on each page, making for great memories and a lot of giggles.
When it all came to an end, I found myself trying to piece together the evening. It went by in such a blur – exactly how I keep hearing our wedding will go. All that mattered in the end was that everyone we cared about was there and that we all had a great time celebrating together.
The party was a great omen for wedding plans to come – on Sunday we chose our venue and last night we met with the priest at my parish to solidify our wedding date. We have one! It’s exciting to know we can now relax since the huge details are taken care of. There’s quite a bit of time until the actual date and I can’t wait to fill it with the little details that are so important to us.