A Wedding Story (from a Groom’s Mother): Engagement Party ~ Southern Style

This is the second in my series, Story of the Newlyweds’ Incredible Wedding Journey {my oldest son & now-daughter-in-law’s journey who were married on 9/30/17}.

engagement party ideas

A second Engagement Party was given in honor of the engaged couple about a month after our party.  This party was co-hosted by several friends of the bride-to-be’s parents.

Come take a look back at this Enchanted Evening.


Special note:  The hosts were kind enough to let me arrive early to take photos before their guests arrived.


This Engagement Party was held at one of the hosts’ lovely home in Atlanta on Saturday, April 30, 2017.  About 100 guests (family & friends) attended the party.

My husband, our younger son, and I attended the party.  Our daughter & son-in-law sadly were not able to make the trip south.  Of course, we had met the bride-to-be’s immediate family prior to the party, but besides them, the three of us had not previously met any of the other guests.  However, each of us experienced the epitome of True Southern Hospitality that evening.  We were warmly welcomed by each guest and treated as very special people.


Pretty flowers & a photo of the engaged couple greeted guests upon arrival where they were asked to sign the Wedding Memory Book.


The party took place in the home’s backyard.  An elegant tent was rented for the dinner portion of the evening, while cocktails were served outside the tent on the patio.

  The weather was perfect – a warm, clear night.

Photo credit:
Jack Parada Photography


The homeowner’s beckoning landscaping.. . I couldn’t help but snap some pics.



“Raise a Glass to the Engaged Couple”


Antipasto Platter:  European & Domestic Cheeses, Fresh Mozzarella, Provolone, Italian Meats, and Grilled Vegetables

Caviar of Black Eyed Peas, Creamy Pimento Cheese, and Macon Bacon Vidalia Onion Dip

Served with Artisanal Breads & Crackers

antipasto platter ideas

Crispy Goat Cheese Bites

I did not have any of these but I heard rave reviews about them!


Strawberry & Brie Crostini

strawberry & brie crostini

Curried Deviled Eggs

 ebgagement /shower party food ideas


Pecan Chicken Served on Petite Waffles

engagement party/shower menu ideas


White draping and hanging chandys added ambiance to our sit-down dinner (buffet style) in the tent…

pretty party ideas in a tent

engagement party ideas (tent)


Round and rectangular tables set with blue tablecloths and blue & white plates accented with crystal wine glasses & red water glasses


tablescape ideas blue and red

pretty tablescape ideas

My counterpart (bride-to-be’s mother) has some very resourceful friends!


Believe it or not, these beautiful table settings were not catered.

One of the hosts (the homeowner) owns and personally supplied all the plates, chargers, crystal, silverware, napkins, and linens for this party of 100 people!!    {A woman after my own heart- loves to entertain}

Of course, all the hosts helped with the set-up and the clean-up.  (I can’t even imagine having to do the dishes that night…)

Spode Blue Italian China with Red Napkins Tied with Red Ribbon

tabllescape ideas with blue and red


Johnson Brothers Old Britain Castles Blue China with White Napkins Tied with Blue Ribbon

tablescape ideas blue and red

Johnson Brothers Asiatic Pheasant Blue China with Red Napkins Tied with Red Ribbon

Blue China with White Napkins Tied with Blue Ribbon

pretty tablescape ideas


Another good friend, of the bride-to-be’s mother, supplied & arranged all these gorgeous  flowers for the centerpieces!  (Other hosts supplied the vases.)

The floral arrangements were all peonies (one of my favorite flowers, but then who doesn’t love peonies!)

And these were the biggest peonies I’ve ever seen!!!

gorgeous floral centerpieces

beautiful floral arrangements ideas

Photo credit:
Jack Parada Photography

Beautiful peony centerpieces

Photo credit:
Jack Parada Photography



As dusk transformed into evening, we were surrounded by numerous twinkling white lights

Photo credit:
Jack Parada Photography

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Photo credit:
Jack Parada Photography


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Jack Parada Photography



Roasted & Grilled Veggies

Grilled Vegetables ideas

Photo credit:
Jack Parada Photography

Couscous Salad

couscous ideas

Photo credit:
Jack Parada Photography

Other food items in our Flavor-Full Buffet Dinner included BBQ Braised Short Ribs, Glazed Apricot Chicken, Green Salads, Risotto, and Scalloped Potatoes

And a Divine Dessert Bar offering Red Velvet Cake, German Chocolate Cake, Devil’s Food Chocolate Cake, Raspberry-Almond Swirl Cheesecake, Strawberry Lemon Torte, Fruit Tart, & Bourbon Pecan Pie with Shaved Chocolate

A Fabulous Evening…

Photo credit:
Jack Parada Photography


The southern hospitality continued into Sunday morning.  We were invited over to the bride-to-be’s parents’ house for brunch before catching our flight home.  The bride-to-be’s sister’s boyfriend “played” Executive Chef, and he was quite the chef!

{Note all the beautiful plate garnishes}

Caramelized Bacon

carmelized bacon brunch idea


Scrambled Eggs

bridal shower brunch food ideas


Prosciutto & Goat Cheese with a Balsamic Glaze on Toast

prosciutto & goat cheese with balsamic glaze on toast brunch idea


Avocado Toast with Prosciutto

avocado toast bridal shower brunch idea


Fruit Salad

My sincerest thanks to Jack Parada (jackparadaphotography.com) for the use of some of his beautiful photography that evening. 
It was a pleasure meeting Jack and his associate.  They took many more great photographs at the party and I would highly recommend them if you’re looking for a professional photographer in the Atlanta area.


Next up in the Wedding Journey:  A small peek at one of the bride-to-be’s showers

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