Make: Hosting an Engagement Dinner
Message from Maggie:
Mr. Magpie and I hosted a backyard engagement party last weekend for our dearest friends Adam and Annie. Find ideas for DIY invitations and easy make ahead menu items and decor for your next party below.
- Create a Canva account on canva.com.
- Begin creating a design by clicking the invitation icon.
- Using the layouts on the left choose the one that suits your needs.
- Make edits to personalize the invitation.
- Click download and save as a PDF for print.
- Print at a local print shop. Note: In this case I was pressed for time so used FedEx online by uploading it to their site and having it printed on heavy cardstock before picking it up at a local shop. Typically when I have more time I like to utilize Catprint.com.
- To give it a more professional look use rounded corner punch on each corner. Note: I already owned this tool but you can pick up at a craft store for about $5.
- Cut burlap into the shape of hearts.
- Place heart on top of card and wrap with raffia and tie in a bow.
- Purchase envelopes.
- Customize envelopes using a personal address return stamp, themed postage stamps, themed rubber stamps and washi tape. Note: Besides the postage stamps, I had these items, which helped me keep costs low. I used a Washington, DC cherry blossom themed postage stamps, a “here comes the bride” themed rubber stamp, and gold polka dot wash tape.
- Chopped veggies and hummus cups: Chop veggies like peppers and carrots. Fill cups with hummus and place vegetables on top.
- Chips and salsa cups: Fill cups with salsa and stack chips no top.
- Mozzarella, tomato, basil skewers: Skewer grape tomatoes, mozzarella balls, and basil.
- Green salad: Toss butter lettuce with olive coating each piece of lettuce. Then toss with balsamic coating each piece of lettuce. Shred parmesan cheese on top and toss again.
- Smoked brisket served with a variety of sauces
- Corn and tomato salad
- Twice baked potatoes
- We rented a large table and chairs from our local rental store. Note: If you are in the DC area try Fraeger’s Just Ask Rental.
- We got basic table linens and white napkins on Amazon.
- I used my marquee and letter board to make custom signs.
- I used mirrors from our wedding to create a menu board and welcome sign.
- I framed the couple’s save the date and engagement party invitations.
- I used gold banner flags from the Target dollar section.
- We have bistro lights strung in our backyard and added paper lanterns we found on amazon.
- We used our own glass wear, silverware, and plates.
- I used the vintage forks my dad bent for our wedding as place card holders.