Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Backyard Engagement Party

As mentioned in my last post, here is a look at the engagement party held for our son and his fiancé in our backyard a few weeks ago.

First off, let me say that of course you see lots of gorgeous sunny pictures of outdoor events on Pinterest and various blogs but there are very few pictures of alfresco get-togethers occurring in the rain. (Believe me, I've looked!)

This post and its pictures will capture real life
with real weather!
Yep, it rained! 
After weeks of beautiful weather, we woke up to pouring rain on the day of the party. It did dampen our spirits but only for awhile.  Thanks to advanced planning (rain was in the forecast) and the terrific attitude of our guests, the gathering was a great success in spite of the weather.
 
We ended up wrapping all the banners and signs I had made in plastic to keep them from getting wet. (Special thanks to Mr. Delight for coming up with this idea below even if the letters did get a bit off kilter.)
 
Fortunately, we have this cabana for one covered area and I attached a banner on it.
(My daughter is lighting some lanterns inside)
We set up all of the other tables under borrowed canopy roofs. The blue tarps almost looked like blue skies!
(C'mon, work with me people!)
 
I tied white curtains to some of the poles to try to "pretty" them up a bit. Mr. D added lattice to the back.
  

The engaged couple had chosen Hunter Green & Kelly Green along with some brown accents as their colours.
We borrowed blue/gray chairs from our church which, although not part of the colour scheme, blended in nicely.
One of the guests of honour, our son lights the candles in preparation for the party.
The tabletop décor reflected the couple's love of nature and incorporated a woodland theme.
(Click HERE to see post about the table décor)
(I rented the tablecloths, chair sashes, cloth napkins and beer glasses but the rest of the items are mine.)
 
My dad put his talents to use and created these wonderful wooden initials for each table.
 They really personalized the décor.
 
Guests were greeted at this Welcome Table where they left their cards and gifts.  Framed photos of the happy couple taken throughout their courtship were on display.
I decorated a white birdcage to hold the cards.
  
The take-home favours were also on this table.

M&L had ordered some lovely autumn flower seed bombs wrapped in tulle for their guests.
 
Drinks were a help-yourself affair at the beverage station.
 
Another sign directed guests to the food on our sundeck.
 
 
A vegan taco bar was prepared by my son's fiancé reflecting their lifestyle choice.
 
Crockpots held the delicious warm choices which included refried beans, Mexican rice and "veggie ground round".
 
There were so many toppings to choose from!
 
Cloth napkins and cutlery were kept handy in woven baskets.
 
I made this ENGAGED banner and hung it over the plate/cutlery station on the sundeck.
 
One of the guests of honour (aka the chef) helps herself to a taco.
 
It rained off and on.
 
Although not too attractive, I was happy we had set up the tarp canopies.
 
Thankfully, it was a warm rain with no wind and
 
the guests seemed to take it all in stride.
 
 
The engaged couple certainly enjoyed themselves and by doing so, set the tone for the party.
 
Even their doggie had a good time and was dressed for the occasion.
 
 
As the day turned to evening, I brought out a basket of throws for any chilly guests and eventually the rain stopped completely.

 
A late night snack of order-in pizza helped the party continue on...
 
...as did gathering around a fire.
 
So despite the rainy weather that threatened to turn a celebratory day into a dreary affair, the engagement party was anything but and a good time was had by all!
 Wishing M&L all the best for their upcoming wedding. 
Love you both so much!
 
Thanks so much for visiting and checking out the party!

I'll be linking this post to these wonderful blog parties:
Creative Ways Link Party at Posed Perfection
What's It Wednesdays at Ivy & Elephants
Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design
Grace at Home at Imparting Grace
Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch
WOW us Wednesdays at Saavy Southern Style
Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush
Feathered Nest Fridays at French Country Cottage
Show & Tell Fridays at My Romantic Home
Say G'day Link Party at Natasha in Oz
Amaze Me Mondays at Dwellings
Inspiration Mondays at Redhead Can Decorate
Sunday Showcase at Under the Table & Dreaming
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Inspire Me Tuesdays at A Stroll Thru Life 
Tutorials & Tips at Home Stories A to Z
The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict
Be Awesome Link Party at Echoes of Laughter

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Engaged!



Back in March, we got some exciting news and were thrilled to learn that our son had proposed to his girlfriend of 4 years. 

Of course, a celebration was in order!
 
 The happy couple wanted to host their own engagement party in our backyard when they returned home for vacation this summer.  They did give me one job...the décor! They didn't have to ask twice!

The party was to be outdoors but I started working on a "sample" table in our dining room so I could get some ideas before the actual event.
The guidelines towards a theme included the colours they had chosen, Hunter green and Kelly green along with their love of nature.
 
 
This inspired me to go with more of a woodland-natural themed tablescape.
 
 
I incorporated wooden initials and birch log pieces along with pine cones and bits of greenery. 
 

 
 Green Mason type jars were used as vases for a "natural" type bouquet. (faux for now until real event)
 
Smaller canning jars were also used as candleholders.  These were filled with green "water-gel beads" and a votive holder on top.
 
 
 
 
I kept the place settings simple since this was just a mock-up table.
 
Butterflies on the stemware helped add to the nature theme.
 
Side view...
 
The décor on the sideboard included the "Engaged" banner and the "M & L" initial banners I made.
 
 
 
I placed the  M & L initial banners atop baskets turned upside down and added a frog, burlap daisy and a candle.
Our son and his fiancé arrived home on vacation at the end of July and were very pleased with the ideas I had created here for the upcoming engagement party.
 
 Hope you will check back soon to see my post about the actual event held here last weekend.
Thanks for visiting!
I'll be linking this post to these fantastic blog parties:
Time Travel Thursday at Brambleberry Cottage
Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design
What's It Wednesdays at Ivy and Elephants
Creative Ways Link Party at Posed Perfection
Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush
Grace at Home at Imparting Grace
Fabulously Creative Fridays at Jennifer Rizzo
Tablescape Thursdays at Between Naps on the Porch
Feathered Nest Fridays at French Country Cottage
Be Awesome Party at Echoes of Laughter
Show & Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Table It! (Mondays) at Rustic & Refined
Amaze Me Mondays at Dwellings
Show & Share at Coastal Charm
Sunday Showcase at Under the Table & Dreaming
Tutorials & Tips at Home Stories A to Z
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
The Scoop at Stone Gable
Wow us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style