Ok guys. Let's take it WAY back to last June and talk about my amazing engagement party. I honestly can't believe I haven't posted it sooner, but I really wanted to get this post just right. It was GORGEOUS, but also a lot of work. Just showing pretty pictures isn't my thing, so I really wanted to talk about how to use my engagement party as inspiration for your own. I want to talk about how I got it done, where stuff came from, and how to replicate the look for yourselves. This post will showcase the photos, and the next post will be chock full of tips, links, and DIY projects!
It was truly a magical day, with perfect weather. Since it was an outdoor party, and we had about 50 people coming, we were REALLY counting on a warm and sunny day. Luckily, we got that! We used a combination of our own tables/chairs, borrowed ones, and "rented" ones that a family member borrowed from his job. We also had a few small tents set up to block out the sun. We hired a photographer friend to capture the event, Ken Camara. He did an AMAZING job with our photos. I highly recommend having a photographer at your event if you can swing it. If you find an up-and-coming photographer or photo student, you can have gorgeous and affordable photos that you'll always cherish. It's worth the investment!
Fun fact about me- I LOVE DISNEY. No really... I'm pretty obsessed. I watch the movies over and over, I'm listening to a Disney Spotify playlist as I type this, and I'm probably going to Disney World for my honeymoon... Truly a Disney-loving girl over here. Anyway, I love so many of the movies that I don't think I could ever pick just one to focus on for the party, so I decided to have as many Disney-inspired elements as I could. To keep the party cohesive, I decided to have designated zones for each movie. This prevented a yard sale effect and helped people recognize all the elements, especially since some were obscure. I also had my sister make graphics with romantic quotes from Disney movies for each table. The day before the party, I went to the supermarket and purchased a bunch of flowers and created my own arrangements on the day of the party. This helped me save a lot of money!
For my welcome table, I used a Snow White and Fairy Tale theme. The Wishing Well was made from some sort of hanging letter holder I found at the thrift store. Using scrap wood and paint stirrers, I had my fiance create posts and a roof, and I painted it all white to match. A few vines and flowers from my craft hoard completed the look. Next to the Wishing Well, I placed some Best Day Ever tags (a Rapunzel reference!) so that people could give us some advice for our wedding, marriage, or life in general. I added some inexpensive accessories to enhance the look, like a spray painted dollar store toy horse, a dollar store mirror, and some moss from Michaels.
I made these cute Up-themed pins for our parents and siblings. Since not everyone had met, it was a nice way to distinguish our immediate families so that everyone could meet them. If there's any interest in how to craft these, I can definitely make a blog post about it!
Since I figured some people would want to stand, I purchased a folding bar-height table for our deck. I wanted to keep the decor on this table simple since it's pretty small, so I put a globe and a helmet with goggles for UP. I also created a really cute picture frame that was house shaped with balloons for this table, but sadly forgot to put it out! It's hard to remember every little thing when it comes to a party this big, but you've just gotta accept that things get forgotten sometimes.
When I went thrift store shopping, I added "gold pirate ship" to my list, fairly certain that I wouldn't be able to find anything. Lo and behold, I found this amazing gold ship at the first store I went to! I hung it up on my front door using clear fishing line, and it was such a statement piece. I loved it so much that I left it out for nearly the whole summer!
For Rapunzel's table, I decided to go with lots of lanterns and flowers. The gold sequin runner was symbolic of her long golden hair, and the tallest lantern was symbolic of her tower, complete with the "magic golden flower" on top! The small paper lanterns were a pattern from Designs by Miss Mandee. As soon as I saw these lanterns, I knew I had to make them for my party! I went out and purchased a Cricut specifically for this, even though I had put off buying one for years. The smaller lanterns are inexpensive ones from Ikea, filled with dollar store flowers.
Since I ended up ordering a lot of Cinderella items, I was able to use it both indoors and out. Most of the pumpkins were borrowed from my Fall decor, since it was really hard to find pumpkin items in the summer. I took about half my cheap pumpkins and spray painted them gold and silver so they would match better. The horse was from the dollar store and was spray painted silver. Nice and cheap!
The Little Mermaid
This was one of my favorite tables. I added lots of seashells and nautical elements to this table, along with a gold sequin table runner to be the "sand" at the bottom of the ocean. I found this funny Flounder cup at the thrift store (score!) and spray painted him rose gold to match, since his usual yellow and blue color was a bit much for the decor. I added a candelabra since it's one of Ariel's items from her collection, which gave the table some nice height.
I added a half fan garland, which looked like seashells to me! It was way smaller than I thought and the fence kinda make it look even smaller, but whatevs. You win some, you lose some.
Here's the outdoor Cinderella table! This one had a similar feel as the one inside, except it had a few more pumpkins and these awesome pumpkin candle holders I spray painted gold. They're one of my favorite decor items for Thanksgiving now! It's amazing what a can of spraypaint can do.
Since this table had an umbrella on it, there was less room for centerpieces. I kept it simple by adding a bouquet of flowers, some wintry candle holders and lots of sparkle. The frozen table was probably the hardest, because how do you prevent it from looking like a winter table?! For this reason, I only used sparkly snowflake items. It reminded me of the scene where they first meet Olaf in Elsa's wintry wonderland. The gold sequin runner (instead of silver) also prevented it from looking too much like winter, and kept the whole thing glam.
Beauty and the Beast
This was my other favorite table. Since this table had larger elements than the others, I kept the rest of the decorations minimal. I had an enchanted rose on a stack of books, a candleholder for Lumiere, and a thrifted teapot for Mrs. Potts. Then, all I did was add some fake roses and voila! You can be our guest.
The rose was a fake one from Michael's that actually looked incredibly real. Funny story about the books- I bought them from the Dollar Store! They have tons of books at the Dollar Tree, but most have a book jacket on them. However, when you peel it off, the hardcover book underneath might be a cool color. So I went around peeling off all the jackets to find the prettiest books, and putting back the ones that weren't.
The bar cart didn't have a specific theme, so it was mostly fairytale and engagement/love themed. Since our special sangria ran out before I could find the chalk, our talented photographer, Ken Camara, created this really cute sign using our hashtag. The Pop Fizz Clink sign added some sparkle, and it came from my New Year's Eve decor.
Alice in Wonderland
There's a rabbit hiding in the bushes who's late for a very important date! (Just kidding, there's no rabbits in there!) This was a really easy decoration, since all I had to do was grab our kitchen clock and put it in the bushes.
I also had my fiance make these ADORABLE flamingo croquet mallets as an activity for the guests and kiddos. They were a hit (hah! no pun intended) and made an awesome photo op. The tutorial was by Damask Love, and honestly it was one of my favorite parts!
Oh hey, here I am (on the left) with my super cool sister, posing with our croquet mallets.
I saved up some wine bottles, which we spray painted to create a ring toss game. I figured this was a cute play on the whole "he put a ring on it" thing. It was really easy and cheap to do! We used an old planter box we had to house the bottles. It was practically free and so much fun!
And, lastly, we had some Disney themed coloring books for the kids! I found the Disney Princess Brides one at the Christmas Tree Shop and there was nothing more perfect! There was a lot of stuff going on so the kids didn't need the coloring books at the party, but they made for a nice favor. It would be cute to scribble a note inside so that maybe the kids could read it one day when they grow up and have an engagement party of their own!
The engagement party was so much fun to plan, and it was an amazing day! I have to thank my family and friends that came and helped out before and after the party. Plus, my fiancé was a HUGE help by finishing up some of the projects I couldn't do, like ring toss and the flamingo croquet mallets. It was definitely a stressful few days leading up to it, but the reward was so much greater than the struggle.
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So what do you think about this Disney themed engagement? Would you do anything differently? Let me know in the comments below!