Our Family Grows By One: An Engagement Celebration

Big news has come to our family!  There is going to be a wedding in the very near future uniting two of my favorite people in the world.

Our immediate family is growing by one, our extended family by many, and our happy hearts by leaps and bounds. Family is an important ingredient in the recipe of a happy life, and we could not be more pleased the happy couple chose to include The Places In The Home gang in celebrating their joyous occasion.

Aunt Darleen had a 48 hour window to get her engagement party act together.  The future Mr. and Mrs. phoned to tell us they were coming in for the weekend, and that they wanted to have dinner at our house Saturday evening. I immediately knew a surprise engagement family celebration dinner was in order. The menu needed to be a little left of a traditional Sunday dinner with a comfortable and unpretentious vibe.


Blush Rose Punch

Fresh Fruit Tray

Crispy Cheese Straws


Pita Chips and Pretzels


Spring Mix & Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Creole Pecans, and Honey-Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Main Course~

Beef Roast with Golden Mushroom Gravy

Baked Potatoes

Green Peas with Pearl Onions

Fried Corn


Vanilla Creme Cake


Iced Tea

There was a method to my tablescape madness.  Dinner plates in “Emma-tation” pattern fashion featuring double rimmed beaded detail in closed circles, band of gold salad plates, and polka dot design dinner napkins served function and meaning. Round and round we go until we complete the circle of love.

Three hundred white tea light candles lined the walk to the proposal and to the heart of the man K will call her husband.  Eight white and two red tea light candles symbolically surrounded one heart.

The Kate Spade dessert plates were the hit I thought they would be.


From our home to theirs they went, hopefully a treasured memory from a most special evening.

Congratulations, K and C, and thank you both for making a special effort to include us all in your engagement celebration!


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