The minute that Craig and I got engaged I had two thoughts: ugh, this outfit I’m wearing is so not cute, and omg how many cool blogs I’ll get to create. Oh yeah, and obviously that I love him.
We wanted to celebrate with our friends, so I threw a low key party inspired by Lauren Conrad’s book Celebrate so everyone could eat, drink and celebrate us almost being married. Most times for my parties I make elaborate photo booths or force games on people, but for this I just focused on the people who are about to deal with us being insane for the next year, and of course the food.
Cheesy Love Story Plate:
Leaves of Love (Jens only contribution to the party, naming the salad)
Tying the Garlic Knots (ok they’re rolls, garlic knots are hard to find)
Kisses and Ca-Noodle Bar featuring 3 different types of pasta
I Cannoli Love You chips
Aimee’s Raisin Bread Pudding
Rosemary Me Honey Lemonade – I made a rosemary simple syrup (hint: only add about a cup, mine was super rosemary tasting, which is only good if everyone loves rosemary), combined with pink lemonade and encouraged mixing with champagne or vodka and club soda.
I Love You My Beer- kept in coolers outside
I Promise Not to Wine Too Much- I had 2 red, 2 white, and I definitely suggest 198 more bottles of white (I think my friends have a drinking problem)
Helpful Hints for the Developing Bridezilla:
1) Get Things PreMade
I am definitely guilty of overextending my cooking talents for my parties. I’m a great cook, but there’s only one of me so making 75 things at once isn’t an option. I got most of the appetizers pre made from Wegmans, and splurged for pasta catered by our favorite restaurant. It was delicious and I didn’t have to worry about getting messy, except for transferring the tray to the warmer rack (which were only $6 at a party store!)
2) Get Yourself Ready At a Decent Hour
Every party I find myself doing last minute prep details until people are walking in, leaving me looking like a hot mess. Since it was MY engagement party I wanted to look cute, so I got ready THEN stressed over last minute details.
3) Have Different Areas for Socializing
4) To Go Containers
We had about 25 people, and enough food for 100, so I picked up cheap to go containers at the party store so everyone could take some with them.
5) Clean Up As Much As Possible That Night
After everyone left, I was exhausted but didn’t want to wake up to a mess. With Craig’s help, we got all the food put away, cleaned up any big messes and only had to deal with a sink full of dishes that soaked overnight so it was a quick job in the morning.
6) Stop the Bridezilla Now
Prior to the party I had a meltdown because my ring hadn’t been sized yet, and there was a water stain on my ceiling. After the party, I realized how wonderful all our friends are and how lucky I am to have Craig. Stop sweating the small stuff, it will all be fine 💕