Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life -Confucius (smart guy)
I feel this is never more true for me than when I’m working on decorations for a loved one. One of my best friends since we were 13 recently got engaged to her beau and her mom wanted to throw her an engagement party right after Christmas while friends and family were in town for the holidays. This made a very busy month for me between Christmas shopping and working on decorations, but I loved every minute of it.
I wanted a winter theme that would tie in the Christmas decorations that would still be around the house for the party. I went with a winter woodland theme with birch trees and pops of red and turquoise.
These beautiful invitations were ordered from Oh Happiness Cards on Etsy. Everyone loved the back detail!
I purchased these awesome birch tree straws for the mimosas at the party, simply displayed in mason jars with ribbon.
Speaking of mason jars, I also used them as accents around the house filled with cranberries and floating candles.
Along with mimosas, we also served coffee and tea, so I made custom hot cup sleeve covers with a birch tree stamp and the couple’s initials.
I love the way covering cups and bottles with printed paper makes them that much more special. I created little custom labels for the champagne bottles that made them really stand out.
I decorated the drink table with a painted burlap banner.
And I added a little festivity to the doorway with simple paper cones strung between the dining room and living room
Something I don’t usually tackle for parties (except those I host) is desserts. For this party I actually made two desserts- a cake and sugar cookies.
First the cake: chocolate with vanilla icing, decorated with cranberries and rosemary
With a custom burlap cake topper!
The cookies are of Vermont, with a little sprinkle heart on Burlington where Rachel and Hugh met and fell in love.
(These gave me a very hard time. I wished I could teleport Clara to help me!)
Thankfully, the cake went easy on me.
Love the birch round I found at Michaels to use as a cake stand!
Lastly, I painted a sign for the couple that sums up the feeling going into the new year and celebrating their lives together.
Love you guys!