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.}:


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!





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. 


Told you they were funny. 




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



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


Engagement Party_Set-Up


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


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

XX Leigh-Taylor