At the beginning of December, we had the pleasure of my parent's hosting some close friends and family for an evening of celebrating our engagement. It has been over four months since Joe had proposed to me and a dinner party was long overdue. When my parents asked to host our engagement dinner, we jumped at the opportunity to celebrate the joyous milestone with our families. While hosting this sort of celebration can be simple, we wanted to plan something a little more special for the occasion that was bringing our families together and most of them meeting one another for the first time.
We tend to go a little overboard when hosting a party; we get super excited, coming up with all these ideas. We knew we wanted to keep it small and wanted to keep it in theme of our Napa Valley proposal. That is when we turned to our planning powerhouse tools, Pinterest, and Etsy!
We found everything we needed for this gathering through our extensive pinning (or more so my excessive pinning). After ordering our super cute invitations, I knew right away that I wanted to stick to the imagery on the invitations when organizing the plans for the dinner's decorations. Once I collected and compiled a Pinterest board of ideas, I went on a search to find the materials I needed for my DIY the decorations ideas.
We added tones of brown, red, and white for that Napa Valley/wine feel through the dinnerware and decor. The restaurant we held the gathering in helped tie this theme together with the beautiful hand-painted vines and murals of Italy they have around the room.
The wooden palette sat right at the front door and was one of the first things guests saw when arriving. This was an easy and super affordable addition to have at the party. We picked up a wooden palette at our local hardware store. (Simply ask for one they were not using, you can get them for free!) Joe sanded it down and stained it and I decorated it.
I'm so thankful for the creative and kind makers on Etsy, who, through their pieces, helped us put the night together!
Etsy Shop: ArtHomeBoutique
Etsy Shop: Lucky Blue Shop
It was the perfect time to bring everyone together, to share good food and lots of laughter! We filled our bellies with amazing food from an amazing local Italian food restaurant who has been a keystone treasure to my family; the only Italian restaurant we encountered when first moving to Staten Island that was willing to cater to my food allergies safely! To this day, they still handle the situation with care and respect.
After everything was over and the night was through, Joe and I just sat together and were like…”We have really good friends and family. How did we get this lucky?” The night had definitely treated us well and have gotten us even more excited for all the upcoming wedding stuff!