Our Engagement Party in Virginia

This past  weekend was our Engagement Party in Virginia. My parents threw the party for us in honor of our recent engagement and upcoming wedding. It was a great reason to have our family and friends get together for an night of fun!

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Everyone was recruited to help out in some way or another. I volunteered to be in charge of the flowers. Check out one of my arrangements, look familiar?

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My parents friend and neighbor was in charge of the cupcakes which turned out incredible. Rhonda is a master baker. The cupcake selection included red velvet, raspberry mousse and carrot cake. YUM!

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We tried to keep the decor focused on simple details.

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Here is the dessert table all pretty and ready to go. Check out my first engagement present on the table too! It made the voyage down to VA just for the party. Thanks Pat & Bill!

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At the party we had a beer, wine and specialty drink bar. The specialty drink I dreamed up was called the “Marry Me Mojito” – pretty much a regular mojito, but I liked the new name. I tried to think of a drink that guys and gals would enjoy. I think they were a hit!

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This is the table where we set up the appetizers. My mom picked up these cute bride and groom bottle covers. They make me laugh a little.

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Some more floral creations by Leslie. I am available for hire!

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Then it was time to open up a present from my parents before the party got started! Engagement Party 040Engagement Party 039

Champagne flutes!! Woohoo!!

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I wanted to put them to use right away! Haha.

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Jackson had a fun time watching us open presents.

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After opening our gifts we set up an area to the side for a champagne toast. The toasting glasses all had raspberries in the bottom. Yum!

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The bronze goblets on the right side of the champagne are my parents toasting glasses from their wedding 30+ years ago. The ones on the right are the brand spankin’ new ones my parents got for us!

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Then it was time for a little photo shoot action before the guests started to arrive.

Here is my brother, uncle (holding Jackson), mom, fiancé, me and my dad. Hi family!

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My parents and their favorite (only) daughter/bride-to-be!

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Then the future in-laws came by before the party started for pictures too!

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Group shot

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Then all we had to do was wait for our guests to arrive. While we waited I gave the future in-laws a tour of our house and we put the finishing touches on the decorations.

My mom got us this matte frame for everyone to sign, which was very nice. I can’t wait to put one of our engagement pictures in the middle.   

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The dining room all set up for appetizers.

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And then the guests started flowing in! It was very hard to talk to everyone because the second I started talking with one person, another person would arrive and I would go over to greet them. I feel like I got to talk to mostly everyone a little bit which is important, but I wish I had more time to spend with everyone. I know so many people traveled to come to our party, which I greatly appreciate. I can’t even imagine how hard its going to be to talk to everyone at the wedding!

Any tips on this subject are well appreciated!

After a while of talking to everyone I remembered that I needed to take some pictures! Here are some party shots.

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I snapped a picture of the future in-laws and future sister in-law, Kate finishing their dinner. I know my family and friends were so excited to meet them!  Engagement Party 086

Villanova girls Ashley and Dana. Ash got married the day before I got engaged!

Engagement Party 090Amid all the craziness I managed to spend some time with fiancé. It was a party to celebrates us, so I wanted to make sure we were able to see each other a bit! 

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I know fiancé had an awesome time seeing all his friends that came down.

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Michelle snapped a pic of me looking a little partied out, but then it was time for the champagne toast so I perked right up!

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My dad gave an awesome speech welcoming everyone here to the party and thanking those who had traveled.    Engagement Party 115

He spoke some kind words about me as his favorite (only) daughter and he recognized some influential people there too.

Engagement Party 116It was so nice of him to say a few words about me and about fiancé and I. It made me feel very special and I appreciated it very much.

PS – Look at how happy my mom looks! That makes me so happy too!

PPS- Isn’t my mom’s dress rocking? I heart it!

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Then my dad welcomed fiancé into the family, and we all raised our glasses and everyone toasted the happy couple

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Thanks dad!

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Cheers to our future together!    

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Then it was time for some more partyin’ and some more picture takin’! Here are some group shots of everyone who went to Villanova that was there.

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Go Wildcats!

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PVI girls.

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PVI girls and their men recreating a prom picture moment on the stairs. Haha.

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Michelle and I doing our signature high school pose.

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My mom and brother enjoying themselves.

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Then when some people started to head out, a group of us went downstairs in the basement to party it up, beer pong style! Does it get any classier to play pong at my engagement party in my pretty white dress? I think not!

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I think everyone had a good time.

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Fiancé and I then busted out our bride and groom koozies!

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If this isn’t love then I don’t know what is!

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Jackson made another appearance downstairs. He is pretty much the life of the party.

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And then the boys busted out Mario Kart! Check out the focus on all of their eyes! Intense!

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When all was said and done we had a massive amount of gifts to open, but we saved that for the next day.

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Here is a little up-close look of the amazing champagne flutes we got from my parents. I love them!

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And I wanted to give a little shout out to Michelle (with 2 L’s) who made me these awesome planning boards. She made an inspiration board, a to-do board an another future wedding collage board (not pictured). She personalized them all and they are just so awesome. She’s so sweet I had to give her a shout out! Seriously, how creative is that? Love you girl!

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All in all it was an amazing party with my family and friends. I hope everyone had a great time and I want to thank everyone who helped out. Apparently I learned that night that many of my parents friends are avid blog readers, so thanks for that!

I also wanted to give a special thank you out to my parents who planned and organized the whole thing. We really appreciated you throwing the party for us. It was awesome.

I love you mom and dad. XO.

So there you have it. That is the big recap from our engagement party this past weekend. I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed living it and writing about it! Regular blogging will resume tomorrow.

May 21, 2011 is coming! Don’t forget to Save the Date!

My friend Kate also did a recap of the party on her blog. You can check that out here. Another perspective of a party is always fun!

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  • Reply stephtbs April 28, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Ahh I love the drink idea!! You are so creative and it look like you all had a blast!

    So your fiance is from Haddonfield? My bf grew up in Voorhees but lives in Haddon Heights now-small world yet again 🙂

  • Reply Cassie April 28, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Leslie – you look so happy and beautiful in all of your party pics 🙂 i love your dress, you totally rocked it. congrats again to you and fiance!

  • Reply Jessica April 28, 2010 at 10:35 am

    SOOOOO FUN! I am so happy for you and cant wait to read/hear about more wedding plans! Live it up!

  • Reply Meghann April 28, 2010 at 11:02 am

    looks like a great party! I love all the personal traditional touches. I am a sucker for tradition and passing those on. 🙂

  • Reply Genesis April 28, 2010 at 11:04 am

    sounds like a great party!

    p.s. i absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE your dress! if you dont mind me asking, where's it from?

  • Reply scargosun April 28, 2010 at 11:14 am

    I am totally hiring your family for my next event! You looked great btw too!

  • Reply Kelly April 28, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Love your dress! Looks like the party went very well, love that you had your parents toasting goblets there also!

  • Reply Emily Kathleen April 28, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Your engagement party looks like it was lovely! Such fun pictures! Love the dress and the picture with your parents champagne saucers!

    BTW – Love the picture with the high school pose! I have several pictures with friends in high school where we're doing that same pose!

  • Reply Jacqui April 28, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Glad you had such a fun time. Enjoy the planning!!

  • Reply Evie Clercx April 28, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    I love a signature drink at a party. It adds a level of fun and sophistication. You looked beautiful. Congrats!

  • Reply Ashley April 28, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Where did you get that dress? It is so cute! We didn't have an engagement party and now I'm kinda sad about that!

  • Reply ladypurpl April 28, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    So glad you and fiance loved the party – it was so much fun planning it and having it all come together with our Virginia friends, some family and of course your friends and future in-laws. Would do it all again!
    Love you!

  • Reply amanda April 28, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    how lovely! all of it. cupcakes displays are my favorite. you looked soooo pretty! LOVE the dress. like a lot.

    umm…did you frequent brownies a lot while at villanova? i think i maybe had a random dancing night with one of your friends in the picture there. ha, wouldn't that be so weird? but i could be very wrong….

  • Reply MoraPiggy April 28, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Looks like a great time was had. You all looked wonderful, love that chunky purple necklace.


  • Reply Mel April 28, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    It looks like a great time was had by all. You were stunning by the way! Love all the pictures and your flower arrangements were gorgeous. Congrats on the engagement and best wishes for the wedding!!

  • Reply Lauren April 29, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Aww these photos are great! I love your dress (and your mom's too!).

  • Reply kathleen April 29, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Great pictures! Love the champagne flutes – always fun to drink the bubbly out of a pretty glass!

  • Reply Megan April 29, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    How fun! It makes me wish I had an engagement party… but I did get 4 bridal showers! haha

    And have you noticed just how much C stands just like his dad? hahahahah

  • Reply Michelle April 29, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Thank for the shout-out!! I loved making your gifts…its probably b/c I love you soo much!! I love our pose…we need to get one at EVERY memorable momment–engagements, weddings, delivering babies–WHAT?? j/k..not really.

    I also enjoyed being your personal "here… drink MY drink Les" and being your blog photo taker!

    miss you love you! muah!

  • Reply Trying To Heal April 29, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    I've only been to one engagement party! yours looks beautiful!!!

  • Reply Charm City Kim April 30, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    LOVE your dress!

    And I love the Marry Me Mojito. Very cute. It makes me want to plan an engagement party for someone!

  • Reply Merelicious May 5, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    OMG, where do I start? First, great job on the hair and makeup- I am so proud, I feel honored to have helped style you for the day, (loved the necklace choice too!) Second, the engagement party was beautiful and I loved the cute touches your mom made and the Marry Me Mojito's–SUPERCUTE!–I think your mom and my mom would get along famously!
    (like their daughters…hmmm?)
    You have beautiful family and friends, congrats doll!

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