We love ANY excuse to throw a party and seeing as it’s now commonplace for couples to plan their wedding (and be engaged) for over a year, throwing a festive fête to mark your engagement has never been more en vogue. Or if you’re like us and already hitched, planning a party for friends freshly betrothed is a welcome way to put the gifts from your own gift registry to excellent use. We styled this elegant, cocktail-focused engagement party with our friends at Crate and Barrel to inspire stylish spring entertaining of any kind this year.
But first, let’s not forget the engagement party gift registry! Sure it’s part of your regular gift registry, but we think it’s nice to include a special group of items that guests will be excited and inclined to give for this particular occasion. Did you catch our top engagement registry picks we posted on Friday? We love the idea of focusing your gift registry on the theme of your engagement party. Cocktails, of course, in this case!
Signature drinks look so much more delicious in special glassware. Plan your registry around glassware that suits the drinks you love to make together, and add a few unexpected pieces, like fancy decanters, to dress up your home bar.
Marble platter with cheese and charcuterie? Always a welcome addition to a fancy party.
Isn’t that geo candelabra just AMAZE?
Love those hex appetizer plates. Total conversation piece at the buffet line, if you ask us. And affordable enough to register for two dozen so you’ll always have enough for a future party.
Now the fun part. A big stack of black and white boxes!
[Side note: How sweet are Natasha and Frank? They’re freshly engaged (for reals!) *and* our readers. Which made having them at our party so much more lovely and authentic. Congrats, guys!]
3-Tier Server for stunning desserts, only.
Ready to plan your engagement party and more importantly, your registry? Click over to the Crate and Barrel Wedding & Gift Registry to get started.
Photo: Jennifer Young Studio / Concept & Styling: 100 Layer Cake / Flowers: Celadon & Celery / Catering: Heirloom LA / Mixologist: Pharmacie / Calligraphy: Anne Robin / Fashion styling: Watercolor Wardrobe Styling / Hair & Makeup: Fiore Beauty / Location: The London Hotel West Hollywood
Cocktail Bar setup: Mingle Decanter, Tino Decanter, Camille Coupe, Mingle bar glass, Jasper cocktail glass, Cube Ice Bucket, 11×14 gold wall frame Buffet setup: Copper napkin rings, Helena Blush Napkins, Small hexagon appetizer plates, Black Jett Flatware, 3-Tier Server, Rectangle platter, Wood-marble square platter, Gabriel candle holder, French kitchen marble fruit bowl, French kitchen Marble cheese dome