We held our engagement party in August at Reece's family home. There wasn't even a fleeting thought to holding it anywhere else. The house is huge and holds so many memories for the boys. It is the beating heart of the family unit, and already felt like home to a lot of Reece's guests (whose heights at various ages are marked on the wall next to the pantry. - so sweet!)
We didn't want to make too much mess but wanted to have a little mixology going on, so we opted for a mimosa bar. We purchased bottles of cheap champagne with gold foil tops, and used PVA glue and glitter to jazz them up. I found that the fine glitter worked far better than course glitter.
We also had an esky handy with few slabs of beer/cider and soft drink/juice for those who don't share our enthusiasm for the humble mimosa.
Hot Tip: Paper straws may look cute, but one mimosa in they tend to get rather soggy.
Cups & Cutlery
It may not be the height of sophistication, but for the sake of your hosts sanity, go for recyclable plastic wear. We found gold plastic plates, knives and forks at Spotlight to suit our theme. We also gave our plastic cups the glitter treatment, using the same method we used for the bottles.
Hot Tip: be cautious with how you stack and store you cups after you've glittered the bases. Otherwise, your guests may end up with tiny glitter floaters.
We were lucky enough to have Reece's mum, sister & best man help us out with the catering. On the menu for the evening was:
- Vegetarian Cob Loaf
- Cashew Nut Slice
- Vegetable Frittatas
- Veggie Sticks & Dips
- Turkish Bread
- Devilled Eggs
- Mini Spring Rolls
- Meatballs w/ Bacon
- Chicken & veggie shish Kebabs
- Homemade S'more Brownies
- Custom Vanilla Fondant Cookies from Petit Cakes Perth
Hot Tip: Always over cater. Left over food will be a hit the next day during the debrief.
I spent a few days before the party putting together a playlist to set the mood with a mix of cheesy love songs, old crooners and top 20 hits. It wasn't exactly my taste in music, but I think its important to try and appeal to as many people as possible when curating a playlist.
Hot Tip: Couldn't be bothered making your own playlist? You can use ours. Find it here.
My one regret was not having a photographer for the evening. Reece's little sister managed to capture a few great shots that you see above, however Reece & I were so busy socialising with guests that we didn't even get a decent photograph together the entire night.