So I am well aware that we have been super MIA for the last few weeks but I honestly don’t think I have ever been this busy.
So here is a little update…
- Hope has been working hard at finishing up our parent’s kitchen remodel (full post coming soon!)
- Sophia had been planning her graduation party (that was yesterday!) and getting things ready for her official college move in next month!
- Noelle has been working hard at her summer day job, getting ready for her 21st birthday, and perfecting her sugar cookie recipe and decorations (wait until you see what she came up with for our parties!).
- Last but not least, I have been burning the midnight oil getting my wedding planning started, creating DIY decorations for my engagement party that happened this weekend, and officially nailing down a wedding date!!!! 8.18.18!!!!
Not to give excuses, but hey life happens and we are finally going to get back into a routine around here.
Without further ado here is a look at my magical engagement party that all came together with the help of my awesome mother and my soon to be mom-in-law.
Although Ethan and I got engaged in October, it took us a few months to decide where we wanted to throw our engagement party. We went back and forth with having it at one of our favorite local breweries, parks, and some of our favorite restaurants. The problem came with being able to do what we wanted within those places. Most places were limited with their options so we found it difficult to make a decision. That was until my Mom suggested that we hold our party in her backyard. DUH! Why didn’t I think of that.
My parent’s backyard is a massive flat yard with a huge deck. Perfect for the cocktail type party we were planning on having. We set up the bar table and desserts on the deck and then we had cocktail tables, long dinner tables, and the food in the yard and in the lower driveway.
In the back of the yard my sweet little brother set up yard games (corn hole, bocci ball, and can jam) for party goers to participate in. My dad and Ethan also set up a little sitting area in the back of the yard where you could sit while waiting your turn.
The food and drinks|
When it came time for food and drinks we had no problem picking what we wanted. A few weeks before the party, Ethan, his parents and my parents sat down to go over what food and drinks we were going to have. Ethan’s dad runs the coolest little Italian restaurant around us and his mom takes catering to the next level. Our menu included:
- A variety of sushi platters
- Two different types of paninis
- Buffalo Chicken Dip
- Sweet and Sour Meatballs
- THE MOST AMAZING CAPRESE PASTA SALAD
- Pittsburgh Popcorn (we got Cajun, Peanut Butter Cup, and Brown Sugar Caramel)
- Fruit Platter
- Cheese Platter
- A whole table of cookies (Cookie tables are a little bit of a tradition here in Pittsburgh for wedding events)
- The bar included: two types of beer (kegs), pinot grigio and cab, the most amazing mango sangria from one of my bridesmaids (I’ll have to get the recipe from her), soda, water, and sparkling water.
All of the decorations at our party were made by Ethan’s mom, my mom, or myself (with a little bit of help from Ethan!).
I will have a few DIYs up later this week on how I made them as well.
I originally was planning on making the flower arrangements out of fake flowers from Joann’s and Michaels, but after looking around I decided that I was going to grab a few bouquets from my local grocery store and attempt to make them myself (huge success in my opinion!).
I placed the flowers in smaller mason jars to place on the cocktail tables and the longer tables and then I put larger arrangements in vases that DIYed.
Behind the buffet that held Noelle’s sugar cookies and the popcorn was a tulle skirt that Noelle and I made last second and the cutest wreath ever! Any guesses as to what it is made out of!?!?
If you guessed a hula hoop then you were right!
Ethan and I made this together and it was so easy and fun to make. The whole entire party loved it as well. I will be posting the DIY later for this as well.
Lastly, Ethan’s mom put together the cutest little burlap trees and hung pictures of Ethan and I from the past and present. It was the cutest addition to the tables we had set up at the party.
I originally had a thrifted white cocktail dress picked out for the day, but then I came across the most amazing lace dress at Forever 21. At our Forever 21 store there is a small section of “Web Exclusive” pieces that are usually one of a kind in the store. I was doing one of my usual shopping trips with my sister when I first saw it. I picked it up immediately and was shocked when it was in my size… I almost had a heart attack when I saw that it was only $38!!!! These pieces are always a higher price than the other pieces in the store so the fact that it was so affordable felt like the stars were all aligned.
I paired my dress with a simple pair of slide on sandals from Noelle’s closet.
My makeup was done by my best friend and one of my maid of honors, Liv (@livski_ or @livlovelipstick). To say she totally killed it is an understatement. It was everything I wanted and more. The most magical thing about it was that I didn’t even show here a reference picture or anything and yet she brought my vision to life. I will do a post later this week on the products she used to complete this look!
I did my own hair, but I recently just got a whole redo on my hair at the beginning of the week. I got rid of all of the rest of blonde I had and then I chopped quite a few inches off. My soon to be sis in law (@jackiehead_) made all my hair dreams come to life, per usual.
Ethan gathered his outfit all last minute right before the party started (typical boy!). We stopped at the mall and he went straight to his go to store, H&M. He picked out a pair of tuxedo shorts, a light weight long sleeve shirt that he rolled the sleeves up on, and he finished the look with a pair of white canvas shoes.
All in all I could not have asked for a better day with my favorite people. They made me feel like a queen and made all my engagement party dreams come true.