Fall Engagement Party

This past weekend we had the privledge of hosting an engagement party for one of my husband’s oldest friends, Mike and his fiance Zoe.


Buddies – Walt and Mike

I haven’t thrown an engagement party before but we enjoy entertaining and Mike has been there with us through many milestones so we were delighted to celebrate.

Once we determined the date would be in October, I quickly decided on a rustic, fall theme. I wanted to make use of colors, elements and foods natural for season. Yay for pumpkin beer!


For decorations, I used burlap for a bunting and tablecloth. I painted the words “Falling in Love” on the bunting. I used my Silhouette to create leafs on orange, yellow and red cardstock paper and then glued them to a string of twine. The heart-shaped twig (or grapevine) wreath was from Michael’s.


For a fall tablescape, we kept it simple and economical leveraging a bouquet of flowers (from Costco) to be the main attraction.


I painted an inexpensive piece of birch wood (from Michael’s) with chalkboard paint and wrote the word “love”. Then scattered a couple of spray painted dollar store pumpkins around the house.


For ambience, I placed tea light candles in aluminum cupcake holders and embedded among wine corks.


The party started at 5:30 so we decided on having more of a cocktail party. We offered several horderves and desserts. In addition to the menu below, I had a cheese plate that included an apple cinnamon goat cheese and a toscano cheese soaked in syrah and an apple and pear fruit plate (again thinking seasonal which also means economical).  A whole bag of apples was less then $5 so I used them as decoration as well.


I thought the pumpkin macaroons and pumpkin beers were a fun theme – appropriate option but they were also a party favorite.

I couldn’t resist posting a couple of pictures of the couple that I took from Facebook – especially this one of the actual proposal. I had a 16×20 enlargement made at Staples for $5.


 I think the party was a success. Several of us were meeting each other for the first time yet we parted with many new friends!


The mothers of the bride and groom to be.


Zoe with her parents


Mike and his mom


Family friends


New Friends! Isn’t she adorable – and she used to teach our oldest – small world!




The fabulous hosts – aka us! :)

And our farewell treats for guests….


I couldn’t decide between dark chocolate salted almonds or salted caramels


   so I set out the almonds in cupcake tins (gold for milk chocolate and silver for salted dark chocolate) and gave the caramels to go.


Recognize the sign? I pulled out anything lovey, dovey that was woodsy, rustic, or vintage-y. Click here for more on the “you have my whole heart” sign.



I used to get so stressed out about parties and my husband and I would get into arguments but it seems like it’s getting easier with each one. I was even able to sit down and chat this time! I think we need to do a few more of these!

Source list:

  • Thank you favor bags – handmade (tutorial coming)
  • Salted caramels – Trader Joes
  • Chalkboard Thank you basket – Decor Steals
  • Utensil holder – previous Decor Steals deal of the day
  • Menu and Love Chalkboards – Painted birch wood from Michael’s

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  1. Patsy herman says:

    Dear Angela, I love your blog! This lovely couple is blessed to have you in their life. You are an amazing hostess, friend and coworker.

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