Scenes of an Engagement Party

April 6, 2011


This is a good one, I promise! Ok, so what do you get when you pack 30 people into a 750 square foot apartment, let the booze flow, toss in some cheesy papusas, and fun tunes???  Our engagement party!

As you may know, I am engaged to a wonderful man and we live in a tiny D.C. apt with our pup. Last weekend, in honor of our recent engagement, my mother came to town and helped us throw a party.

I was worried that it wouldn’t work. The entire day was booked with bridal appointments and when we finally finished, I was so exhausted I would hardly lift my arms, much less prepare a fabulous meal for our guests.


So…we ordered out! And it was perfection.


We called up a whole-in-the-wall place up the street and ordered mountains of papusas (black bean, cheese, and jalapeno), chips, salsa, and guacamole. The food was a hit and by the end of the night, there was nary a scrap left!

We served ice cold Mexican beer. Another hit!


Space was once again a concern. I didn’t know how we would manage to maximize space so that guests could enjoy the party without being crammed face to face. We solved this problem by creating stations so that people wouldn’t congregate in one spot.  There was a food station, a beer station and…


A margarita station! Ole!

The party was a great success. After a long day of dress shopping, it was the perfect way to spend the evening.  Friends, family, and good food!

Here are some of my favorite scenes from the night.


The hosts, yours truly.

And our guests.

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This one is classic.


Love these shots taken with mom.


Thanks to our friends and family for celebrating with us! We love you all!

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Janee Juliano April 23, 2011 at 8:53 pm

And Congratulations!!

Janee Juliano April 23, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Great party – loved the pupusas!!! Too bad I had big swollen pregnant face lol.

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 23, 2011 at 11:59 pm

Glad you could make it! You looked fantastic! The party was so much fun!

mitzi April 8, 2011 at 2:20 pm

wow looks like you pulled off the party really well! im sure ordering out helped a TON.
congrats on your engagement!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 9, 2011 at 9:53 am

Thank you, Mitzi! Ordering out saved my life!

Dishes of Mrs. Fish April 7, 2011 at 7:46 pm

What a beautiful party for such a wonderful occasion!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 8, 2011 at 7:48 am

Thank you, lady! It was a lot of fun!

Clarissa April 7, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Congrats on the engagement and party wooo! Mexican food in DC is pretty fantastic I have to say. Some place in Georgetown called the Cactus something-or-other? They make their own tortillas, yum!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 8, 2011 at 7:51 am

Oh, I’m not sure which one that is. I’ll look into it though! Love finding new Mexcian food places in the city- thanks for the tip! :)

Lauren at Keep It Sweet April 7, 2011 at 7:10 am

Looks like everyone had a blast at your party! I love the idea of a margarita station:-)

Meredith April 6, 2011 at 9:15 pm

i love that you shared these great pics. too bad the pup wasn’t invited. ; )

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 6, 2011 at 10:12 pm

Sad she couldn’t attend, but no room for all those people and a little fur ball!

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