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Little Things Celebrates Alecia’s Engagement Party

Nov 15, 2010

Yesterday was certainly a day to celebrate! All of the Little Things employees attended Alecia’s engagement party on Sunday, November 14, 2010 at the Harvest Bistro in Closter, NJ. The party was any bride-to-be’s dream: Alecia chose an autumn theme, which coordinated perfectly with the rustic setting of the restaurant. Walking in, guests were greeted by birch trees and a tremendous stone fireplace. Wrought iron candle holders with leaf accents and mini orange pumpkins were at the center of each table, and autumn leaves were scattered around the centerpieces. Even the cake was designed to match: the three-tiered delicacy was accented with fondant leaves falling down the tiers; and inside was chocolate, buttercream and dolce de leche. Additionally , there was a chocolate fountain with assorted dipping items such as strawberries, bananas, apples, brownies, homemade marshmallow, pound cake, and pretzel rods. The food was absolutely delicious as well. Guests had their choice of Caesar salad, assorted fresh fruit, hot turkey, a pasta station, Belgian waffles, French Toast, potatoes gratin, and green beans. Yum!

Of course, Alecia featured some of our wedding favors and accessories at her bash. Our Fall Wedding Custom Banner was hung above the fireplace (though it fell shortly after and was then moved to a tree). She also used our Personally Yours Guest Book in ivory (she’s saving the ring pillow for the wedding), and these “Fall for Love” Leaf Magnets as her place cards. Unfortunately the glass leaf candle votive she used for her engagement party favor was discontinued, but the favors were beautifully wrapped in a beige paper, a brown ribbon, and finished off with these Personalized Square Theme Labels in the tree design. Finally, she toasted and sliced the cake with our elegant Venice Gold toasting flutes and serving set.

We can all definitely say that Alecia’s party could not have been any better, and the warm, autumn theme had us “falling in love!” Congratulations, Alecia! You looked absolutely beautiful and we hope you had a great time. We wish nothing but the best for you and Marten. We can’t wait to start planning the wedding!

Enjoy your week! <3 Kelsey

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Engagement Parties 101

Nov 9, 2010

Everyone in the office is attending Alecia’s engagement party this weekend, and we couldn’t be more trhilled for it! All the talk about engagement parties led to us asking questions; and we found answers. Lately I’ve been writing a ton of articles about engagement parties: how to plan them, what to wear, what to give as a gift, and proper etiquette.

Many argue that the engagement party is a dying tradition, yet there are many couples who opt to have this pre-wedding party. To put it simply, the engagement party is to congratulate the newly engaged couple, and to begin creating bonds between the families of the bride and groom. Here are the basics you need to know when planning an engagement party:

- These parties can be thrown anywhere–from five star restaurants, to banquet halls or even a backyard with the BBQ going.

- Anyone can throw the engagement party, though very rarely do the maid of honor or best man host it as they take care of the bridal shower, bachelor and bachelorette parties. Usually the parents of the bride or groom, or another close family member or friend throws the party. Even the couple can throw the party for themselves.

- Dress accordingly to the weather and location of the party. No matter where the party is taking place, definitely avoid jeans and sneakers. The most casual should be khakis and a polo for the guys; a skirt and fancier shoes for the ladies.

- Typically it is thrown three months after the proposal; six months to a year prior to the wedding. Everyone invited to the engagement party should be invited to the wedding.

So there’s an engagement party in a nutshell. Check out our pre-wedding articles for all of the latest engagement party tips! I’m so excited for Alecia’s party this weekend. I already have my attire picked out, and have her gift wrapped and ready to go. Tune in next week to read about her party and get all of the juicy details. Congratulations, Alecia!

Don’t forget: if you’re planning an engagement party, you’ll need engagement party favors. Though most of our wedding favors can double for engagement parties too!

All my love <3 Kelsey

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