Tuesday, 3 February 2015

E N G A G E M E N T P A R T Y - Bubbles all round

So as some of you may know I recently got E N G A G E D to my partner in crime Brian aka B-Unit. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world and have been celebrating non stop with all of our friends family and loved ones. As the engagement happened in the gorgeous Edinburgh Scotland when we were back there on our Christmas holidays, it gave us a great excuse to have a party with our Australian family when we arrived back in Perth. So the booze was ordered, beers were chilled, caterers organised, invites sent and decorations made.

Here is a little snap shot of our day and links to suppliers, providers and caterers that made the occasion such a success. Enjoy :)

Happiness  (Photo by J.Shepherd)
25th January 2015
4:00pm - 10:00pm
My Parents House & Garden, Subiaco
Food & Drink Served
Invite Only
If you are on a budget then DIY is a great option which allows to you have complete control over every aspect and enables those necessary last minute changes. For me I took this opportunity to really test out how it would be like doing invitations for the big day (eek!). I am glad I did this as there are definitely some things that every bride to be should know before sending out invites.

Now if you go onto Pinterest and search wedding invites it can be quite overwhelming, but it is a must! Who new there were so many ways to invite people to a party? Figure out what you like, what you don't like, but most importantly make it personal to you as a couple? Our inspiration was simple Edinburgh, a city that now has a special place in out hearts and a memory we will always cherish. So this is what we came up with:
Our invitations :)
Things I will note for the final wedding invitations and save the dates:
  • Have them ready in advance, they took longer to put together then I initially thought.
  • Use a professional printer, the quality is superior and really shows. The majority of printing companies will also help with cutting or any design ideas that you may have. BONUS!
  • Get photoshop. Although I am happy with the out come I know I could of been a lot more creative if I had Adobe installed, but the time frame & budget was just to tight at the time.
  • Get more than 2 people to check the final proof. I am saddened to say that unfortunately our invites had an address error despite two proofs (no one noticed but I had to contact everyone before the event to confirm the location).
Now I can't take any of the credit for this as my lovely Mum organised the gorgeous catering, but I wanted to thank and highlight two fantastic companies (mother and daughter) who supplied the most incredible food at our celebration. Everything was demolished and everybody was raving about it. I highly recommend On Tray Catering and Banana Rawpublic if you want yummy food, fantastic personal service which is tailor made to your special occasion.

Yummy Yummy Yummy are the three words that I would use to describe their food. It was incredible and the service was faultless. What made them special apart from the mouth watering food was they tailored it to our needs, helping us with dietary requirements and offering so many choices that you could ensure that everyone was happy. My favourites from the day were the dukkah crusted prawns and the feta stuffed dates wrapped in prosciutto. See our specially tailored menu & photos below.
On Tray Catering Perth WA
Menu from our Engagement Party by On Tray Catering

Banana Rawpublic
Firstly follow this incredible duo (Courtney & Todd) on Instagram  to get an idea of just how amazing their Raw food is and then secondly take my word for just how amazing they are. We ordered mini lemon cheesecakes and they were insane. I have never seen raw food that looked or tasted as good as these. Everyone had 2 they were that good and no one could not believe how fantastic they tasted. Half of them refused to believe that they were vegan and raw. I will defiantly be using them again at any opportunity and so should you.

Banana Rawpublic - Amazing! Follow these guys on Instagram. I highly recommend their services for any of your upcoming events YUM YUM

 Booze Bubbles and Beers
With mum taking the catering Brian and I set about doing the alcohol :) lets be honest it is the most important job for a party. But like everyone else trying to throw a party it is so difficult trying to calculate how much alcohol (wine, beer and bubbles) to buy everyone. So we have all heard of these formulas or online calculators that tell you how much to buy. But to be honest with a guest list of 35 people Brian and I were pretty confident that we could organise this without some online wizard. We did try a calculator and it suggested ordering a ridiculous quantity. You know your friends better and you know what your friends like. Trust your gut. We knew that our friends inhale bubbles  (Redbank Emily Brut) and like pale ale as well as larger so we ordered that as well as some red and white wine (Vasse Felix). Anything that we were left with was a bonus :) Dan Murphy's were our supplier with their online ordering system and brilliant delivery service it was done within 15 mins. Brilliant.
Important fact about an Engagement Party or even your Wedding for that matter, favours are important! They send your guests home with a little something to remind them of the night, and they also act as a way of telling them how much you appreciate them being there to celebrate your special moment. Pinterest was my friend for this and I instantly fell in love with the below idea! Also super cheap and relatively easy to do :)
Note: There are so many options out there for favours varying in prices suit ideas that suit your party, guests and budget.
Jam Jars filled with homemade popcorn - He Popped the Question
You need the following:
He Popped the Question - Rosemary, Garlic and Parmesan Popcorn
Brian and I had a fantastic day, our tender states the next day showed how good of a time we had. We want to thank all our loved ones who came and thank all the caterers and suppliers that made our day special. Thank you.

See more photos from our party below. If you celebrated your engagement, please share how you made your day special, I would love to see and share ideas on this, whether is caterers locations, etc. Either drop me an email or comment on this post below :)
Hamish my brother with the Dukkah Prawns Yummy Photo by J.Shepherd
Me enjoying the party - Photo by J.Shepherd
Homemade bunting 

Me and my amazing father xx
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