Here’s how our deputy editor styled her engagement party…
While we are still considering where to wed we decided to throw an engagement party. We toyed with the idea for a while, wondering if it would be better to save every penny for the big day itself, because we now think we will get married in 2019, we decided why not! We wanted to celebrate with our family and friends, and well, any excuse for a party!
Initially we played around with a couple of venue ideas, including a tea party at a country house, an evening cocktail party or inviting everyone out for dinner, but we felt it might be to formal for us – we usually shy away from the limelight, so a more relaxed affair felt right for the occasion. In keeping with tradition, my lovely parents offered to host an afternoon celebration in their garden over the May bank holiday weekend. This meant we could invite more people because we weren’t restricted by numbers, and obviously it kept our costs down as we didn’t have to pay for a venue.
We decided to have an afternoon tea, so that everyone could pick and choose what they wanted to eat, with a selection of sandwiches, quiches, Scotch eggs and sausage rolls followed by tempting treats including scones with cream and jam, cakes, miniature cupcakes and macarons from Dinahs Desserts, pick ’n’ mix sweet bags and an amazing marshmallow tower from La Maison Guimauve, which took centre stage of the table! I also made meringue kisses, mini lemon cheesecakes and a cake that I decorated with a soft pink buttercream, flowers and flamingo food picks, from Talking Tables, as cake toppers. The brilliant Junior Designer at Wedding Ideas, Bethan also baked up a storm, making the best gluten-free brownies we’ve ever tasted! We put all of the savoury dishes on one table and created a second table for desserts.
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I decorated the garden by dotting celebration flags and golden animals from Talking Tables around the flower borders and put up tassel bunting (which I made myself) around the gazebos and umbrella. I love making things and getting creative so I knew that I would be able to decorate the place for relatively little money. I will definitely be a hands on DIY bride – I just cant help it!
We had such a lovely day playing garden games like giant pick up sticks and quoits, which we found at The Wedding Of My Dreams. We also played team games like balloon relays and Mr and Mrs paddle questions from the Wedding Ideas website, which really got everyone involved and our different social groups mingling, something I (being a worrier) was worried about! We were so lucky with the weather too! If you’re considering whether to have an engagement party I say do it! You don’t need to break the bank, it’s fun and you really have nothing to loose!
DIY Meringue Kisses!
You will need…
A pipping bag and nozzle
Gel food colouring
A thin paint brush
To Make: Follow a basic meringue recipe (whisk together three eggs and 150 grams caster sugar until you have a glossy mixture that holds a stiff peak). Put the nozzle into the piping bag and paint stripes on the inside. Fill the bag with your meringue mixture and pipe out uniform droplet shapes. Bake on a low heat (around 150˚) for around an hour, until the meringues have dried out completely. Allow the meringue to cool in the oven (a quick change in temperature will cause them to crack) and voila – beautiful, bright meringue kisses!
Plates, cups, decorations Talking Tables
Marshmallow Tower La Maison Guimauve
Macaroons and miniature cupcake Dinah’s Desserts