Wedding: Our Engagement Party

We’re headed off to an engagement party for my college roomie and tennis partner tonight, so I thought it would be fitting to share the details of our own engagement party today!

It seems that engagement parties are becoming a thing of the past, but ours was an absolute blast!

Jim’s aunt and uncle hosted our engagement party at their house, with the help of both of our moms. It wasn’t a surprise, although I knew little more than the date and guest list. 🙂

The evening of the party, we arrived at 6 to find a group of our families and closest friends which included our bridal party.

Jim’s aunt and our mothers had a delicious spread of finger foods, our favorite drinks and desserts waiting, along with an adorable Tiffany box cake made by our friend’s mom.

Our families have known each other for a long, long time, so the engagement party wasn’t the traditional meeting of the families. It was, however, a time for us to celebrate just being engaged before the craziness of the actual wedding planning set in.

According to Emily Post (my official guide to wedding planning & etiquette!) an engagement party can be held by family members, friends, and even the couple themselves. Looking back, if a party hadn’t been hosted for us I would definitely consider hosting our own engagement celebration. I’ll always remember our engagement party as a special night that kicked off the path to our wedding. 🙂

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The Two Monsters

Busy day of running errands with Mom today!  First up was lunch at one of our favorite spots- Panera! 

The thing about Panera is that it’s generally thought of as a healthy option for fast food, but it really depends on what you order!  A pick 2 deal or full size salad can quickly consume a lot of your daily calorie intake!  I usually pair a low-cal soup or salad and sandwich, but the cool fall weather had me craving soup today!  I opted for my favorite tomato soup with a whole wheat baguette on the side. 

ImageI’m a notorious bread monster, so I immediately wrapped up the baguette and stuck it in my purse… I have plans to turn it into croutons and freeze them for a future salad or soup bowl at home. 😉 

After lunch we buzzed through Kohls, Target and TJ’s (where I scored a new pair of workout capris!) before rushing home to walk Sydney before tennis practice.  While I may be the bread monster, my little cutie pie has become a chew-everything monster as she loses her baby teeth.  

Unfortunately today she set her sights on Mom’s new kitchen cabinets. 

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Yes, it’s horrible.  And yes that’s the perp’s cute little nose to the side, sleeping and totally unaware that she’s done any wrong.  

After we finally calmed down a bit, I had just enough time to take Sydney on a 2-mile loop before practice.  

I usually spend most of practice feeding balls, but this afternoon I threw myself into the mix for some doubles action and a little bonus workout.  We’re headed to the fair tonight & I’ve got my heart set on a gyro! 😉