Thank You notes

My fiance and I are at the stage of sending out thank you cards to everyone who bought us gifts or gave us money/gift cards for our engagement, and I thought it would be a good chance to write a little bit about the etiquette for sending thank you notes for any event, including engagements, weddings, baby showers, etc. There’s a few key points to get the most out of your thank you notes.

Engagement thank yous

1. Be prompt

Try and send your thank you notes as soon after the event as you can. We weren’t able to stick to this as much as we’d like as we wanted to make thank you notes using photos from our engagement party, which we had to wait a couple of weeks for as well as a few days for the cards to arrive after we ordered them. It helped for us to write a list of the gifts we received from people as we were opening them, as this comes in real handy when trying to remember who bought what, as you’d be surprised how quickly you can forget.

2. Be personal

Both in the creation of the card as well as the message you write. We created our notes using the photos taken by the professional photographer we hired for our party. We chose one posed and one more candid shot to capture the vibe of the night for those who weren’t able to attend. We then wrote a personal note on the back of each person’s card thanking them for the specific gift they gave and if it was a gift card or money we also explained what we were planning on spending it on. For close family and friends we also added a thank you for the help they offered for the party, so for you this could be with catering, decorating the venue, providing music, etc.

3. Be prepared

I would suggest buying a few extra thank you notes for people who may give you a gift late. If people have been on holiday, or you just haven’t got around to catching up with someone who was not able to attend your event, it’s good to have the opportunity to thank them too. I also printed an extra copy for myself as a memento for the evening.

4. Be kind

You may not be over-the-moon with all the gifts you receive but the giver of the gift has spent time and money on getting something that they thought you would like, regardless of whether you do or not, so it is important to acknowledge that. You don’t have to be too over the top with the sentiment, as they will probably see right through it, but it’s polite to recognize the thought that has gone into the gift and it’s good to show your gratitude.

Hana’s Engagement Party

After getting engaged in Mexico in August, and after a few weeks of planning, my fiancé and I’s engagement party took place on Saturday. Most of our friends and family were there to celebrate with us, and they were very generous in the gifts they gave us. It was a really fun night of drinking and dancing, full of lovely memories and a few sketchy ones to go with it. If our wedding turns out half as good as that, then I will be one happy bride. Unfortunately, at the moment, I don’t have any usable photos of me and my future husband but we hired a professional photographer to capture moments from the night, so in a week or two I should be able to share a few extra pictures. For now I have shared a photo of Lucy and I looking super happy.

Engagement Party Playlist

Engagement Playlist

When organising any party it can be difficult to cater to everyone when it comes to the music you play. We’re very lucky with the DJ that we’ve hired for our engagement party as he’s a family friend who we’ve known for many years and who has been present at lots of mine and Lucy’s birthday parties. This means he knows my music taste and will happily play any requests we make. He has many years experience and I know we can rely on him to be up-to-date with any recent chart hits. He has however asked us to put a short list together of any songs we really want played, and it’s been great fun remembering all the songs we love from years gone by. Here’s a few of our choices that will hopefully get all our guests up on the dancefloor.

  1. Lionel Richie – All Night Long
  2. Jagged Edge ft. Run DMC – Let’s Get Married (Remix)
  3. The Foundations – Build Me Up Buttercup
  4. Black Eyed Peas – I Got A Feeling
  5. Bruno Mars – Marry You
  6. Beyonce – Single Ladies
  7. The Rembrandts – I’ll Be There For You
  8. The Cure – Friday I’m In Love
  9. R Kelly – Ignition (Remix)
  10. Taylor Swift – 22
  11. One Direction – Best Song Ever
  12. Michael Jackson – The Way You Make Me Feel
  13. Justin Timberlake – SexyBack
  14. Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris – We Found Love
  15. Katy Perry – Roar
  16. Little Mix – Move
  17. Montell Jordan – This Is How We Do It
  18. Usher – U-Turn
  19. Kelly Clarkson – My Life Would Suck Without You
  20. Lady Antebellum – Bartender

DIY: Simple Bunting

The venue in which we’re having our engagement party is fairly plain so to brighten it up we will be decorating the hall with lots of pretty things. I wanted to save some money by making many of the decorations myself so this is my first creation. This is made using napkins, doilies and a length of ribbon, with double-sided tape for sticking. It couldn’t be simpler and cheaper to make a unique party piece that would add a bit of gorgeousness to any room. You could even hang it in your home to liven up a boring wall, just pick a napkin that would fit with your decor and that’s it!

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What You’ll Need

  • Patterned napkins
  • Doilies
  • Ribbon
  • Double-sided tape
  1. Fold the first doily in half, placing the ribbon between the fold, and sticking the two sides together using double-sided tape.
  2. Fold the first napkin in half, so that two opposite corners of the square are touching, creating a triangle shape. Place the ribbon between the fold, and stick the two sides together using double-sided tape.
  3. Repeat these steps until your bunting reaches your desired length. Hang your bunting and enjoy!

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Engagement Party Colour Scheme

It’s just over 2 weeks until we will be celebrating our engagement with our nearest and dearest. The colour scheme we’ve decided on for our party is yellow, black and white as we didn’t want anything too feminine, and with three colours it means it should be quite easy to find items to fit. I will be using some of my crafting skills to make garlands to hang from the ceiling, as well as putting together some pre-made pom poms to hang above the buffet table. I will be posting a few simple tutorials over the next couple of weeks showing you how I made some of the decorations.

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A Summer Afternoon Tea

An afternoon tea is becoming the perfect way to celebrate all sorts of occasions, from being the basis of a bridal shower to a special birthday celebration. So, when Hana and I wanted to spend a little time with our parents on their anniversary weekend we thought we’d host a simple little afternoon tea at their house. It doesn’t require much to put together your own afternoon, just a few simple sandwiches and a few simple sweet treats. And, of course, a few different types of tea. See below for a few of our ideas.

Afternoon Tea 1

To decorate the table: How you decorate will depend on the theme of your afternoon and as ours was all about summer colours, we went with a bright table covering, slate placemats, patterned plastic plates, napkins, wooden cutlery and bright glasses and straws. The perfect centrepiece is a bunch of gorgeous flowers and a couple of cake stands to place the sandwiches and cakes on.

Afternoon Tea 2

Recipes: We had four different types of sandwiches to suit us all (Brie & Grape, Ham & Pickle, Cream Cheese & Cucumber, Chicken & Pesto) and a few different sweet treats (Scones – recipe here, Victoria Sandwich – recipe here, Welsh Cakes – recipe coming soon). We also had four different teas to choose from (Berry Fruits, Salted Caramel Green Tea, Chamomile & Honey, Chai), so there were a bunch of different choices for everyone.

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Extras: Instead of using name cards for each place setting, we used a mug with each person’s initial on it, so that it could double as a

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Supplies: Table Cloth, Placemats, Plates, Wooden Cutlery, Napkins, Glasses, Straws, Vase, Mugs.

Photo Credit: Lucy