So.... my family hosted the first official celebration of our upcoming nuptials. Rachel came to visit this past weekend, and we thought we might invite some people over. I mentioned this to my mom who turned "might invite some people over" into engagement extravaganza, and I wouldn't have had it any other way! The party certainly gave me impetus to get the house finished, and aside from some neglected landscaping and a couple of janky ceiling fans, the house was complete prior to the party.
I ordered flowers from Mary and Martha's Florists, and the owner David did a wonderful job.
Entry Hall Table (please notice the new pineapple lamp)
The centerpiece for the coffee table was gorgeous (and massive).
Instead of one centerpiece for the dining room, I ordered three small arrangements that we were able to scatter amongst the buffet.
Earlier that day, Mom, Rachel, and I set up the buffet table, making sure there was a platter, bowl or tray for everything.
The invitations stated "6pm Open House." Well, all of central Arkansas poured into my house promptly at 6:02. It was so exciting to see everybody show up to wish us well. Rachel and I stood in the entry hall and greeted our guests as they arrived. My wonderful family did a phenomenal job of "catering" and hosting. Thanks go to Gabe, Rebecca, Hannah and Tyler for dips, snacks, and fruit. Thanks to Ray (Dad) for the fire pit and roasted pork. Thanks to Matt for all of his help and for the photos of the party. Kaitlin and Tricia (Mom) prepared a majority of the dishes and made sure the table was full of food throughout the party.
The friends were many, the food was great, and the energy was palpable.
Friends visit with one another in the living room.
Guests enjoy the opium den... er, I mean the cozy sun porch.
Neal and the college men station themselves in the dining room (right by the buffet table).
Rachel and Lori smile for a photo op, while Donnie enjoys the witty banter of adult sophistication.
The Kears graciously endure one of my boring anecdotes.
Thanks to all of our friends who traveled near (around the corner) and far (Gurdon, Little Rock, Louisiana, the Deer Woods) to help us celebrate our engagement. We hate that some of you couldn't make it that evening (that's okay, it meant more food for us). Rachel and I are overwhelmingly blessed to have you in our lives and enthusiastically appreciate your friendship.