In May, one of my childhood best friends got engaged to her prince charming. Kathleen and Brandon met a few years back, and I knew early on that he was probably “the one”. Brandon went all out with the proposal including borrowing the bar stools from the bar where they met, roses, champagne, a person holding a sign with her name on it in the middle of the road, and one gorgeous rock! Brandon made the mistake of telling me the week prior that he was going to propose. I was bursting with so much excitement that I had to avoid Kathleen that week in fear that I might slip and tell her! I knew right away I wanted to throw them a shower or engagement party, and the planning started shortly after.
I teamed up with two other childhood friends (Laura and Brittany) to throw K & B a Low Country Boil themed engagement party. Lucky for all of us, Laura is an event planner at The Duke Mansion. She provided her party-planning expertise throughout the entire process, and also had access to vendors and discounts that helped us a lot! We decided on a low country boil because its summery, and fun, and what’s easier than throwing a bunch of food on a table? We ordered the invitations from Invitation Box and used the red and aqua from the invites throughout the party.
The original plan was to host the party in the backyard of Laura’s parents adorable Plaza-Midwood home. However, Mother Nature threw us a curve ball with these unseasonably cold temperatures and plethora of rain. Lucky for us, we had a fantastic backup plan at Magellan Idea Center in South End. Magellan Idea Center is a creative meeting space that companies can rent out for the day, week, etc. to get away from their mundane office space and ignite creative energy. The Center is designed expressly to visually stimulate, encourage open dialogue and inspire new ways of thinking. My mom helps manage the space, and the owners were extremely gracious to lend us the space for the night. The Center is located in The Atherton Lofts, which is a restored textile mill from circa 1893. The exposed brick and high ceilings created a very unique venue that all the guests loved.
We used colorful scrapbook paper and burlap to create banners and signs to decorate the space. The aqua and red linens were rented from Party Reflections. We chose to use a variety of round tables, and a few taller cocktail tables. The red and white checkered plates, napkins, and tablecloths were a bargain purchase from The Dollar Store. To create a more personal feel, we included picture frames around the space of the happy couple. We used lanterns and votive candles as centerpieces to help carry out the nautical theme. Essential to a low country boil were the paper towel rolls on each table.
Kathleen and Brandon are certainly loved by many, and all of the guests that showed up were a testament to this. One friend even flew in all the way from Arizona to help celebrate! It was so great to be reunited with many old friends, many from college who we don’t get to see often.
A special thanks to all of our parents who helped us beyond belief! From standing out in the rain preparing the boil, to making multiple ice runs and emergency beer runs, to coming back the next morning to help us clean up, we couldn’t have pulled this off without each and every one of you! Although we’re “adults” now, I don’t know how we would pull these things off without you!
Kathleen & Brandon – we are so happy we get to share this special time with you both! The happiness you have brought to each others lives is contagious. We love you both and can’t wait for May 10th, 2014!