I am back from hosting an Engagement Party at parent’s home (who were gracious enough to let us borrow their home for a night), and I think I can say a great time was had by all!
My original idea for the party was to have it outside with a “Fall” theme. Initially we hoped to have it at a Pavilion near my parents home which is convenient to most of the guests including the Bride & Groom, which my new home definitely is not. However, we weren’t able to arrange that, so we hoped to make use of their lovely porch, but the weather was cold and very windy that night, so inside we went.
Since I had planned the menu expecting to need food to help keep everyone warm, I made a few last minute changes like skipping serving soup and instead serving small sandwiches. Mostly I wanted to keep my stress level down so I kept the menu really simple–sandwiches, spinach & artichoke dip, roasted orzo pasta salad, and brie with cranberry topping (thank you, Wegman’s).
The one thing I did which was a great success was to have an “Apple Cider Bar”. Obviously it would have been a good choice for a cold night, but it was still a hit indoors. My husband was unsure that anyone would bypass traditional cocktail drinks for it initially, but it turned out to add something really fun to the mix. Everyone enjoyed creating their drink –or in many cases, putting my ex-bartender husband to good use mixing something yummy up for them, which he happily did.
Another wise choice on my end was employing Terry’s baking skills to make the most delicious apple spice cupcakes, some guests even asked if they were “real” they were so beautiful, and they tasted just as good. (Isn’t that a great friend? Thanks Terry for the delicious dessert!)
All in all it was wonderful to celebrate the beginning of my brother-in-law and future sister-in-law’s life together and it is always nice to have an evening to catch up with family and friends.
And, a special note on Veteran’s Day, my family sends out our deepest thanks to all of you who serve this great country! Have a great day…