Last month, we threw an engagement party for my best friend, Amy, and her fiance, Will. They’re a very chill couple, and I knew that whatever we did, would need to match their personalities, while also being fun, and allowing me to have my own twist on it.
We were excited to invite 40 guests to Casa de Crews, and with the help of the both of their families, and my guy, we were able to pull off one successful, and fun fiesta for our taco-loving couple!
I decided to keep things simple with food. A DIY Nacho Bar was the way to go. A DIY food bar, allowed me to make a batch (actually two batches – we had a lot of people to feed!) of shredded chicken in the slow-cooker the day of, with Mexican spices. I was also able to make ahead my homemade blender salsa, corn salsa, and guacamole, so that the day of, we just had to display, and go! A few hours before, we made a double batch of cilantro-lime rice, and this Mexican Chopped Salad.
For drinks, we made a triple batch of my Summer Sangria, and the most potent (but delicious!) margaritas, ever. After hosting enough events at home, and for other clients, in their home, I’ve learned for a crowd, it’s easier to make-ahead, in mason jars. Unless you’re paying for a bartender, it’s just best this way! Make sure to exclude ice, as to not water down the drinks – guests can add ice later. I snagged loads of fun straws from the Dollar Spot at Target, so guests could write their names and keep track of their cocktail. P.S. If juicing by hand, sixty fresh limes, is not true love, I don’t know what is.
For dessert, my husband made homemade churros (bless him), and I put out toppings for a churro bar (can you tell I like food bars?!). We also had ah-mazing cupcakes from the bride to-be’s brother, who is a popular pastry chef, in Orlando.
I wanted simple, but fun decor to go with this fiesta! It took me for-ever to find inexpensive, but delicate papel picado, but I finally did (here)! I also found paper flower crowns from the same supplier, and thought that would be added fun for this fiesta (I may have spent $15 on one at a Cinco de Mayo festival, and too many margaritas one year). I found a table runner from Amazon, as well as these simple paper fans (though after buying online, I started noticing them at other craft stores, so if time permits, start there first).
…and I knew right away, I needed these boutique balloons from The Flair Exchange! I love a good font.
I realllllly wanted something silly with mustaches for the food trays at the Nacho Bar, but I could not find what I wanted. So…I made it myself. The easiest DIY craft, ever. I bought paper trays from this Etsy shop, and a stamp from Michael’s. Voilà! I also ordered little finger mustaches from Oriental Trading.
I also displayed photos throughout the house of the happy couple, their invitation (sent with these return addy labels – I could have made myself, if time permitted, but at $3/sheet, you can’t go wrong), as well as date night cards for guests to fill out – the date night cards would also be a great idea for a bridal shower.
One cannot have a fiesta without a piñata! Thanks to Target, I found a TACO piñata for under $20. Sadly, since Will has some guns, this pinata didn’t last very long, but it was fun, and my niece (the only toddler there) got a chance to swing at it.
My best friend and I snap all day long to one another and I thought as a fun surprise, I’d have a custom snapchat filter, just for the party. It was very easy to upload, once I had the design (here is how you can upload a custom geofilter on Snapchat), and we had fun playing with this filter all night long!
This engagement party was a success, and everyone seemed to leave with full bellies, and happy hearts, which made me a happy host! I am so excited for my best friend, and can’t wait to stand next to her on their big day <3