So, my daughter is getting married next year, so (as parents of the bride), my husband and I threw her and her fiancé an engagement party this past weekend. It was for about 50-60 guests (close family and the wedding party — friends of the bride and groom) and was outdoors at our home. It was decorated with loads and loads of color and pizazz, and it was so much fun to plan and execute!
The happy couple got engaged June 14, 2016:
Here was the plan for the party:
We had the party catered by Nuevo Laredo (our family’s favorite Mexican restaurant in Atlanta). They also brought a frozen margarita machine – THAT was de rigueur for my party!
My friend, Abby, provided the cake! Lulou’s Bake Shop is absolutely THE best for cakes near me! Abby is just so talented and creative, AND …. the cakes are delicious! She made a dark chocolate with buttercream frosting for Caroline (her favorite) and Brian:
The bride-to-be with her cousin, Emma:
Mom and Dad pic with the bride prior to the party getting started:
The adorable bride and groom:
My hilarious father after we finally got the flamingo pool float inflated:
Just prior to everyone arriving at the house:
It’s the SOUTH and we are a football fanatic family, so we HAD to have an outdoor TV available, since it was after all “football season”! Didn’t want people staring at their phones to check scores!
I ordered (from Shingdiz) these water bottle labels (with their wedding hashtag) and had 2 cases of waters to keep guests hydrated, since it was a hot September evening in Georgia!
We had Wade Hudson sing and play guitar for the party. He snapped these pics as the party was getting started. We rented 8 30″ tables and 32 chairs for the party from a local party rental store.
I bought these 2 adorable floats for the party – they were adorable floating around the pool the entire evening.
Father-of-the-Bride welcome toast:
The groom and his bride-to-be toast:
Caroline and her bridesmaids (minus one):
Brian and his groomsmen (minus one):
Our family wore these hilarious buttons that I ordered (so inexpensively) from Wacky Buttons! ;0)
Our “sweets” table (after we demolished the cake!) – with M&Ms, Mexican wedding cookies as party favors, and of course THAT cake:
Caroline with one of her bridesmaids, Riley:
Suzanne, Jaclyn and Riley (Caroline’s Auburn girlfriends)
Caroline’s grandparents and Aunt Debby: (with the swan trying to steal the spotlight!):
*All photos are mine unless otherwise noted.