16 Mar

Elegant engagement party inspiration with Crate and Barrel | Photo by Jennifer Young Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/elegant-engagment-party-inspiration

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.

Elegant engagement party inspiration with Crate and Barrel | Photo by Jennifer Young Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/elegant-engagment-party-inspiration

Elegant engagement party inspiration with Crate and Barrel | Photo by Jennifer Young Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/elegant-engagment-party-inspiration

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!

Elegant engagement party inspiration with Crate and Barrel | Photo by Jennifer Young Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/elegant-engagment-party-inspiration

Elegant engagement party inspiration with Crate and Barrel | Photo by Jennifer Young Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/elegant-engagment-party-inspiration

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.

PS did you know Crate and Barrel has a beautiful line of metallic frames? Perfect for the engagement photos! *wink*

Elegant engagement party inspiration with Crate and Barrel | Photo by Jennifer Young Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/elegant-engagment-party-inspiration

Elegant engagement party inspiration with Crate and Barrel | Photo by Jennifer Young Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/elegant-engagment-party-inspiration

Elegant engagement party inspiration with Crate and Barrel | Photo by Jennifer Young Studio | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/elegant-engagment-party-inspiration

Linen napkins (and gorgeous flowers) add such a thoughtful touch to a party at home. We love them wrapped in these copper napkin rings.

Elegant engagement party inspiration with Crate and Barrel | Photo by Jennifer Young Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/elegant-engagment-party-inspiration

Marble platter with cheese and charcuterie? Always a welcome addition to a fancy party.

Elegant engagement party inspiration with Crate and Barrel | Photo by Jennifer Young Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/elegant-engagment-party-inspiration

Isn’t that geo candelabra just AMAZE?

Elegant engagement party inspiration with Crate and Barrel | Photo by Jennifer Young Studio | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/elegant-engagment-party-inspiration

Elegant engagement party inspiration with Crate and Barrel | Photo by Jennifer Young Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/elegant-engagment-party-inspiration

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.

Elegant engagement party inspiration with Crate and Barrel | Photo by Jennifer Young Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/elegant-engagment-party-inspiration

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!]

Elegant engagement party inspiration with Crate and Barrel | Photo by Jennifer Young Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/elegant-engagment-party-inspiration

Elegant engagement party inspiration with Crate and Barrel | Photo by Jennifer Young Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/elegant-engagment-party-inspiration

3-Tier Server for stunning desserts, only.

Elegant engagement party inspiration with Crate and Barrel | Photo by Jennifer Young Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/elegant-engagment-party-inspiration

Elegant engagement party inspiration with Crate and Barrel | Photo by Jennifer Young Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/elegant-engagment-party-inspiration

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 DecanterTino DecanterCamille CoupeMingle bar glassJasper cocktail glass, Cube Ice Bucket11×14 gold wall frame Buffet setup: Copper napkin ringsHelena Blush NapkinsSmall 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

 
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13 Mar

Engagement party registry with Crate and Barrel | Photo by Jennifer Young Studio | 100 Layer Cake

Let’s head into the weekend with a teensy peek at our next shoot with Crate and Barrel, shall we? Come Monday we’ve got a gorgeous, elegant engagement party for you but we thought we’d first share some of our favorite picks for a modern engagement gift registry with Crate and Barrel. Sure, many guests will bring a nice bottle of champagne or wine as a gift, but some would love to pick out something from your registry.

Our recommendation is to add a few fun, affordable pieces that will set you on the path to stylish drinking and entertaining, pronto. You’ll definitely be needing new champagne coupes to drink all of that lovely bubbly, so why not make stocking your bar the theme of your gift registry for this festive event?

Engagement party registry with Crate and Barrel | 100 Layer Cake

1. Cube Ice Bucket / 2. Camille Champagne Coupe / 3. Gabriel Candle Holder / 4. Half Pint Tumbler with Crown and Moscow Mule Mug / 5. 2 Tone Large Marble Board / 6. Baird Covered Server / 7. Mingle Decanter and Gala Decanter / 8. Wrap Copper Napkin Rings 9. Orb Cocktail Shaker and matching accessories / 10. Ivory Marble Wine Cooler / 11. Linen Cocktail Napkins / 12. Stainless Steel Bar10der / 13. Jasper Martini Glasses / 14. Orb Tray / 15. Hexa Appetizer Plates / 16. Mingle Bar Glass and Harry Rocks Glass / 17. Mini Rectangle Maple Board / 18. Martini Pitcher and Wood Cocktail Spoon / 19. Hue Light Grey Platter / 20. Sphere Ice Molds

We’ll see you on Monday for the whole shoot!

Above photo by Jennifer Young Studio.

 
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13 Mar

Engagement shoot at The London Hotel | Photo by Jennifer Young Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/The-London-Hotel-engagement-shoot

Morning cakies! How are you all on this Friday the 13th? Worry not, this shoot is all good vibes. While we were shooting engagement cocktail party inspo for the next installment of our Crate & Barrel partnership (remember our breakfast in bed ideas from last month?) we worked with two stunning models who just so happen to be newly engaged (congrats guys, btw!). Check back this morning for a sneak preview of the party, but for now you can get to know Natasha + Frank through their engagement shoot at The London Hotel in West Hollywood…

Thanks to Jennifer Young Studio for the ever-impressive photos!

Engagement shoot at The London Hotel | Photo by Jennifer Young Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/The-London-Hotel-engagement-shoot

Engagement shoot at The London Hotel | Photo by Jennifer Young Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/The-London-Hotel-engagement-shoot

Engagement shoot at The London Hotel | Photo by Jennifer Young Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/The-London-Hotel-engagement-shoot

Watercolor Wardrobe Styling couldn’t have done better with the fashion for this occasion, we think.

Engagement shoot at The London Hotel | Photo by Jennifer Young Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/The-London-Hotel-engagement-shoot

How about this Badgley Mischka gown?! Can’t. Look. Away.

Engagement shoot at The London Hotel | Photo by Jennifer Young Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/The-London-Hotel-engagement-shoot

Engagement shoot at The London Hotel | Photo by Jennifer Young Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/The-London-Hotel-engagement-shoot

Engagement shoot at The London Hotel | Photo by Jennifer Young Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/The-London-Hotel-engagement-shoot

The London is perfect for a wedding or engagement weekend for a couple who want a luxurious but understated city experience. The hotel’s location on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood puts a couple and their guests at the center of all there is to discover about greater LA, but within walking distance of shopping, restaurants, music, and outdoor exploration. Not to mention the impressive views that it gives in all directions for events. We’re particularly enamored with its impeccable mixture of modern elegance + old Hollywood glamour.

Engagement shoot at The London Hotel | Photo by Jennifer Young Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/The-London-Hotel-engagement-shoot

Engagement shoot at The London Hotel | Photo by Jennifer Young Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/The-London-Hotel-engagement-shoot

Engagement shoot at The London Hotel | Photo by Jennifer Young Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/The-London-Hotel-engagement-shoot

Engagement shoot at The London Hotel | Photo by Jennifer Young Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/The-London-Hotel-engagement-shoot

Congrats Natasha and Frank! We are so pleased to have been able to work with you two.

Check back soon for a preview of our engagement cocktail party shoot with these two + Crate and Barrel! On Monday we’ll be revealing the whole thing, too.

Photographer: Jennifer Young Studio / Venue: The London Hotel / Fashion Styling: Watercolor Wardrobe Styling / Dress: Badgley Mischka / Earrings: Sterling silver diamond drop earrings, with those gold L’Dezen by Payal Shah / Bracelet: AV Max from Rent the Runway / Ring: Swarovski / Shoes: Palter DeLiso

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