August 27, 2011

An East Hampton Engagement Soiree

Michelle and I put on our first party together this July. It was an engagement party for 50 people in East Hampton and was absolutely perfect. The weather was incredible, sunny and clear, the food was delicious and the decor was beautiful. Our bride to be sent us a link to Style Me Pretty for the inspiration for her party. With this we designed a black, white and yellow engagement soiree.

We designed the party with the base of a damask print and worked our color around this to add pops of yellow throughout the party. Since the party was held at our client’s private residence in East Hampton we wanted to keep a beachy vibe by using lanterns on the tables and starfish as napkin weights.

Our bartender was fantastic and totally on top of the drinks that we served. We kept the bar simple with ice cold beers which we served in galvanized beverage tins with sunflowers stuck in, white and rose wines, prosseco and a signature drink which was the hit of the party – an organic vodka lemonade.

Our LMP assistant Ali designed personalized bottle labels for the water we served on our bar. They turned out looking chic and were a fun way to display a simple product for the guests at the party adding some pizzaz to the bar.

As far as the food we put together a table of “nibbles” including summer gazpacho shooters, a crudités bar, fresh focaccia, prosciutto wrapped melon + figs and marinated mozzarella, tomato + basil skewers that we presented in wheat grass crates.

The table came together beautifully. Everything looked and tasted fresh and the guests were nibbling away as they sipped on their cocktails and mingled at the start of the party.

For the dinner portion of the evening we served foods that could be eaten while standing and chatting. We passed the following around to the guests:
* Sage and lemon meatballs served with balsamic for dipping
* Rosemary lamb chops with fresh mint and parsley sauce
* Shrimp salad LT’s (lettuce + tomato)
* Zucchini ribbons with goat cheese
* Chicken summer rolls with a peanut sauce and chili cilantro for dipping
* Garden veggie orzo salad cups

An LMP signature “extra” is the personalized napkin. Always a nice touch to add a little something special into the mix with the food we serve. Another LMP “extra” that we provided for this special couple was a scrapbook for their friends to sign. We added a Polaroid camera with extra film, sharpies and tape so each guest could snap a shot, stick it into the book and sign a note. A wonderful keepsake filled with good advice and wishes for the future Mr. & Mrs.

Last but certainly not least was dessert. We served stationed at the same table used for the nibbles and had a sweet and pretty assortment including lemon + chocolate macarons from our favorite spot in the city called La Maison Du Macaron, brownie bites topped with raspberries, fresh fruit skewers, chocolate hearts and chocolate covered pretzels topped with sunshine sprinkles.

For the guests to take away we served a bowl with M&M’s along with a scoop and berry containers to be filled with the small treats.

As for the photography, our bride works for the incredibly talented Christian Oth. From the studio Shawn Connell worked the engagement party and took magnificent shots.
Overall the party was a huge success and the bride + groom we worked with were absolutely darling. The family and friends who were at their party were also terrific and it was a great pleasure working with this entire bunch. We look forward to sharing many more celebrations with M&J in the future!
Best wishes from LMP on your wedding.  xx

xx, Seri
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