the surprise party

This Saturday Mike and I hosted a surprise engagement party for my best friend, Jess and her fiancé, Will. It was the first surprise party I have ever thrown (and the first party we have had in our new apartment). I never stress out about parties, but the "surprise" element of this party made me anxious.

You see, Jess is a really thoughtful and detailed oriented person so I didn't want to let her down.
As I got ready for the party I furiously texted photos of every step to my parents hoping for some sort of moral support. If you're interested, here is a small sample of what they endured…

(apologies in advance for the terrible iPhone pics)

Jess is from New York and Will is from North Carolina, so we did northern and southern desserts to celebrate their roots. I cleaned out my closet last week and got rid of all the cards we had gotten at our wedding. However, I saved any that had pretty decorations on the front. Then I cut them out and glued them onto the labels I had made. The stands are made from clay, decorative straws and gold paper clips. #crafty

We served black and white cookies from William Greenberg, banana pudding from Magnolia Bakery, Cheesecake from Junior's and homemade pecan pie (recipe coming soon). We also served these pumpkin cupcakes. Somehow I didn't get a picture of the full table. 

Jess loves a good mimosa bar so I channeled my inner Pinterest queen and put juices in these reusable glass bottles. And if you hadn't guessed already, their wedding colors are gold and black. Matching confetti was purchased. 

More photos of the signs and balloons in the entry…because nothing says party like having to fight your way through balloon strings when you walk in the door. 

Like I said, this was all about the Pinterest inspiration. I barely did anything for my own wedding so this was my opportunity to go nuts with a theme. We did black and gold candy in glass jars and small monogrammed bags. 

There was a sign but you can't see it in these photos.

Flowers. The one on the right has a cabbage in the middle, which I really enjoy.

In keeping with the theme I wore black and gold heels from J.Crew (old, similar). The dress is Milly (old) and the necklace is J.Crew (also old, similar here). I also took a selfie to show Jess what I was wearing. Didn't want to risk her showing up in a t-shirt…which she told me she was going to do.

The whole party was huge hit (and they were really surprised!) thanks to everyone who helped. From Mike, to the bridesmaids, to my parents, to my in-laws, to the brides parents. Everyone pitched in. My dog-in-law was particularly helpful in the moral support department. She carefully supervised the making of the photo/video montage. I would show it to you, but I do have some measure of respect for their privacy.

The beautiful bride! And in case you're wondering how I lured her there, we told her it was a housewarming party. She may never trust me again.