Engagement Tea Party – Saturday 19th September 2015 Last Saturday we held our engagement party at our house, we spent the day with around ...
Engagement Tea Party – Saturday 19th September 2015
Last Saturday we held our engagement party at our house, we spent the day with around twenty of our close family members and it was lovely. We decided against having a ‘big’ party at a venue with everyone we’ve ever met as we’re not really ‘going out’ people any more, it was much more ‘us’ to hold the party at our house. The party began at about 1:30 in the afternoon and the last people left at around 8 in the evening. We were so tired when everyone had gone, it was such a long day with all the preparations included. I tried to take as many photos as possible of the decor and food so you could see what I decided to do. The lovely folks at Talking Tables sent me some fantastic pieces from their Truly Scrumptious and Truly Alice ranges to decorate the party with, so everything looked very pretty indeed. I will be doing separate posts on some of the decorations too, so if there is anything you’d like to see more of, please let me know.
I hope you like what you’ve seen, we had an amazing time and everyone really enjoyed the party. Now, time to start planning the wedding!
Did you have an engagement party?
I love a good top coat and especially one that promises a gel effect. The Nail HQ brand is not one that I am familiar with but it is available to buy in Superdrug, the range has a selection of nail care products including base coats, primers and cuticle oils.
I tried out the Gel Top Coat with Optical Brighteners on my nails this weekend for my engagement party. The top coat dries really fast and is super shiny in the light. I’m really impressed with how thin the formula is and how smoothly it applied – other gel top coats I’ve tried have been really thick and gloopy. I haven’t noticed any chipping or peeling of the nail polish which tends to happen with gel top coats that are too thick.
I will definitely be checking out the other products in this range as I am seriously impressed with this top coat. My nails are so shiny and smooth looking.
Have you tried anything from the Nail HQ range?
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now you’ll know that I’ve been a fan of Jacava for a few years, when I was contacted about the new Woodlanders collection I was intrigued. There are 17 shades in the new range and there is definitely something for everyone; from blues and greys to golds and reds. I chose three of the shades to try out – Ormande Gate, Eaton Square and Kings Road.
Jacava London nail polish is ‘9 Free’ which means that it contains no Formaldehyde, Camphor, Toluene, Parabens, Phthalates, DBP, Tosylamide, Xylene, Ethyl Tosylamide or Lead. It also vegan friendly and never tested on animals. The nail polish is packaged beautifully with an elongated gold handle which makes it really easy to apply. The brush tip is quite thin but this makes it great for really covering every bit of your nail. The nail polish dries fairly quickly and has good coverage on the first coat, I applied 2 coats in the images below.
Each of the shades applied really nicely, the blue shades both had really good coverage and only really needed one coat. The nail polish dries quickly and evenly with a nice shine. I think I like the Kings Road shade best as it’s a really interesting colour which I don’t think I’ve seen in a nail polish before.
If you are interested in winning the entire 17 shade Woodlanders Collection there is a competition over on the Jacava London Facebook page today. Check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/JacavaLondon?fref=ts
What’s your favourite nail polish from the collection?
Party Plate DIY
20 Plastic Plates – 59p – Home Bargains
UHU Glue - £1 – Wilko
It’s our engagement party on Saturday so I’ve been busy preparing lots of decorations and treats for that, we have around twenty people coming to our house for a tea party. I thought I’d share a little DIY that I’ve been using to make some of the more boring partyware a bit more exciting. I was sent these adorable paper doilies by Talking Tables and thought they’d be perfect for jazzing up the plain plastic plates I bought.
I simply glued the centre of the paper doily onto the middle of the plate and pressed down, I then left to dry for an hour or so. I really like the effect the larger doilies give with the ruffled overhang, but the smaller ones also look cute. Perfect for serving cakes and sandwiches on at the party.
Let me know what you think
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When I spied these Karl Lagerfeld frames on the Specsavers website I knew I had to have them. They’re a deep red colour with a multi-faceted cat eye shape – what’s not to love?
I was a bit concerned that with my red hair and penchant for red lipstick that I’d look a bit too red, but the shade of the glasses changes with the light so I don’t think it’s too much of the same. To be sure I wore my favourite red dress and my hair down to go and try the glasses on – my sales assistant said they looked good and so they were mine.
I love the multi-faceted details to the frames, it makes them look really interesting and the shape of them changes depends on where the light is. I also love that the cat eye shape isn’t too exaggerated like my last pair of glasses, I feel like this shape goes more with my day to day style. I have had a few comments about my love of ‘red’ since I got them though, but I love the way the red colour brightens my face when I’m not wearing make-up. Perfect for the early mornings now I’m back to work.
I would definitely recommend Specsavers for purchasing glasses, I’ve bought all of mine from there and I’ve never had an issue. From the eye test where everything is explained and the newest technology is used to the fitting where measurements are taken with an iPad and costs clarified. It’s normally just a week until you can pick your glasses up after they’ve been ordered which is pretty speedy. They check the fit on collection and are able to adjust the arms so that your new glasses are perfect. You are also welcome to go back to the store if you find that once you’ve left your glasses need adjusting a bit more. Amazing customer service.
Have you ever bought glasses from Specsavers?
Allow me a moment of indulgence, I know I probably shouldn’t be showing off my ring in macro but I am so in love with it. In post engagement bliss I took loads of up close shots of my new ring so that I could see all of the detail and I’m not really sure what to do with them now.
The ring is a vintage trilogy ring with a ruby and two diamonds, I was adamant that I didn’t want a brand new modern ring and Jamie must have been listening to my hints. I also made it quite clear that I didn’t want a diamond – rubies are much more me! Jamie told me that he chose the trilogy style as he liked the meaning of past, present and future that it represents. I also love that it is gold, I much prefer it to silver. He did good.
If you saw last week’s Wedding Wednesday post you’ll know that we are planning on having an Engagement party in a couple of weeks. This week I thought I’d share some of the decorations and partyware that I’d love to incorporate into the party. We’re going for an afternoon tea party theme so lots of florals and bunting is necessary. When I spied the Truly Scrumptious range by Talking Tables I fell in love, I’d happily have everything from the range for my party there is nothing I don’t like – I especially like the Truly Alice pieces which are Alice in Wonderland themed. I’ve also spotted a few bits and pieces in HEMA especially their bunting range – loving the chalkboard bunting, perfect for adding your own words to.
Talking Tables Truly Scrumptious & Truly Alice Ranges
Have you spotted any cute party decor any where?