Saturday morning my friend Alli and I co-hosted a surprise engagement party! A classmate recently proposed to his girlfriend and she’ll be moving here next year, so we wanted to let her know how excited we all are.
It was a tea party theme thanks to some delicious new teas sent to me by Lipton, and turned out even more adorable than we had planned. Check out the cute tea-themed invitation from Paperless Post! If you sign up you get a bunch of credits for free:)
Lipton has new black, green and herbal teas and listen to these flavors: Orange Passionfruit Jasmine, Enticing Chai, Peach Mango, Purple Acai Blueberry and more. Yum!!! We drank them mostly hot, but decided make an iced tea out of the Berry Hibiscus because it sounded so refreshing.
With our tea we had a huge brunch spread: an egg, mozzarella and spinach bake, a big salad, biscuits with lemon curd, yogurt and granola, a big fruit tray and a spread of cookies for dessert.
Alli and I had SO much fun planning all the decor! I borrowed some pretty dishes from my mom, Alli had a ton of mason jars and a perfect tea pot, and we hit up Hobby Lobby and Michaels for a few little extras to make it perfectly pinterest-y.
The best part though…the surprise!!!
We had it all set up so she thought she was going out to a nice brunch for Valentine’s Day, but they had to stop by Alli’s place to sign some papers for school. She was so shocked when we all yelled surprise!
Here’s the bride with her “Mrs” mug filled with Lipton’s Amazingly Grey:)
Once we filled her in on what was going on, we dug into brunch. We had a bunch of mugs out for everyone and people loved picking a tea flavor. It was so cozy to squeeze on the couches with snow outside and hold our warm mugs. I had a hot mug of the Berry Hibiscus and it smelled just as good as it tasted!
Then the main activity was making personalized DIY mugs like the ones I made a few years ago as gifts. No one else had made them before, so we pulled up a bunch of ideas on my lap top and people got really creative. I had a bunch of leftover Sharpie paint pens and Alli found these ceramic mugs on sale for $1.50 at Michaels – doesn’t get much better.
We made the mugs early on so we’d have time to bake them for 30 minutes before everyone left. While they baked, we played a few little games like “guess the name of their first child” and “suggest some fun date ideas in St. Louis.”
She loved the little ring dish we got her with her new last initial:)
We all had the best time hanging out on a Saturday morning and celebrating our bride-to-be. The party went perfectly, my friends loved the tea enough to take a few extra home with them, and everyone got a new cute mug! It was just wonderful.
We’re considering going into the party planning business if med school doesn’t work out. I’ll keep you posted.
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