An Engagement Celebration

September 17th, 2014

I’m going to write about Matt & Carlie one more time. Okay, I lied. Two more times. Today & just after their wedding in January. I can’t help it. They’re getting married!

Paul & I were so excited to be able to host an engagement celebration for this sweet couple. I was a bit nervous as this was, technically, the first adult celebration I have been in charge of executing. So here’s how I did it.

I started mid-July with a Paperless Post Save the Date. I hadn’t committed to the invitation design just yet but I wanted to make sure people had this party on their radar. And by on their radar that they had it sharpie-d into their calendars. It gave me a little bit of wiggle room to spend a little bit of time on their invitation. I’m not a graphic designer but I sure do like the ability to design my own paper goods. Even if it does take be about 8 years to get it just right. So that’s what I did! I went through several variations but I finally landed on this {Okay, it was white! And I just made up that address. So don’t come try to get me.}:

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It just seemed so”them”. Much more so than the others I had in the assembly line.

This next part my OCD comrades will totally understand. I can’t handle an uncoordinated color scheme & lack of cohesion in aesthetics. I don’t feel this way when other people throw a party but when I am I can’t look at it over and over unless it feels like it fits. I’m not sure if anyone else does this but I kind of just collect things from Michael’s. I see ’em, I like ’em, I get ’em. I realized I had no idea where to begin. So where did I begin? The straws! I had picked up a couple packs of gray and coral straws from Michael’s several months ago and used them as a bit of a home base for the rest of the decorations. I had just recently grabbed the below floral paper because I couldn’t get over how awesome it was.

As for the beverages we kept it simple! We had over 25 people coming to our NYC apartment. And while we don’t live in a total cave, we’re not in a mansion. In an effort to keep traffic moving at the bar we had a drink for the bride: rose syrup + champagne, and a drink for the groom: gin + tonic. We had a couple bottles of red wine and a bottle of Bourbon as a shoutout to Matt’s second favorite liquor. I’ve always heard people will have what you serve. It was true! There was not a drop of liquor left. Not. A. Drop. There was a bottle of Tonic left and a swig of coke. If you missed my recipe for rose syrup take a peek here! It was a really lovely addition to the champagne.

Here’s a few pictures of the decorations and the party!

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Throughout the party guests filled out “Wed Libs”, instead of Mad Libs. We had so much fun reading them aloud at the end of the night. 

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Told you they were funny. 

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I used left over paper from the garland to cover a block of styrofoam & used some extra hearts to deck out our meatball toothpicks. 

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I stamped our white napkins with “Carlie & Matt” and “Mr. & Mrs.”

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We went to the roof for a few minutes. That’s me on the right playing party host and pouring some traveling champers. 

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Cheers to Matt & Carlie! We just can’t wait for January!

XX Leigh-Taylor