Rustic Winter Engagement Party

Rachel and Hugh's Engagement Party Collage

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!

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I purchased these awesome birch tree straws for the mimosas at the party, simply displayed in mason jars with ribbon.

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Speaking of mason jars, I also used them as accents around the house filled with cranberries and floating candles.

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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.

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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.

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I decorated the drink table with a painted burlap banner.

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And I added a little festivity to the doorway with simple paper cones strung between the dining room and living room

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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

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With a custom burlap cake topper!

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The cookies are of Vermont, with a little sprinkle heart on Burlington where Rachel and Hugh met and fell in love.

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(These gave me a very hard time. I wished I could teleport Clara to help me!)

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Thankfully, the cake went easy on me.

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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.

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Love you guys!

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Over the Moon Baby Shower

When I found out that one of my best friends was expecting her first baby, I was over the moon excited. I knew I wanted to do something special for her shower that reflected my friend’s style and celebrated her soon-to-be baby girl.

With the theme “Over the Moon” in mind, I set to work. First, I ordered invitations from Etsy from a wonderful and helpful seller, http://www.sweetbellastationery.com.

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Once the invitations were sent, I started working on a few extras for the event. First, I made individual 4×6 cards for guests to fill out that would serve as a guest book for the mommy-to-be. Once they were filled out I put them in a little photo album for her to keep.

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I also wanted to do something to keep people engaged and entertained while the presents were being opened. I took inspiration from Pinterest and created these simple Bingo boards.

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A game is no fun without prizes, but instead of making up goodie bags I decided to kill two birds with one stone and incorporate the prizes into the table centerpieces. The winners of Bingo went home with these adorable succulents that I planted in cute pots from Michael’s, and they were a huge hit (there might even have been a couple cheaters trying to get the plants first!).

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I kept things simple with yellow flowers and babies breath in mason jars. Oh, and those fun little plants on the table are moon cacti! (Get it? Over the Moon? 🙂 ). I already knew I was having succulents on the table, so when I found out that moon cacti existed (and were adorable) I knew I needed them for favors. I wrapped them in little pieces of fabric and tied moons and tags thanking everyone for coming.

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Since we had the shower at a restaurant, I didn’t have to worry about food or setting up the tables. The staff were wonderful and so helpful. The last thing to take care of was also the most fun: the cake!

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The mom-to-be’s very talented cousin made the cake, and I popped in my hand-made topper to complete it. The topper was created using iron-on letters, felt balls, and a lot of love.

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We had a great time at what ended up being a fun and stress-free event. Most importantly, the mommy loved it!

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