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Tell You How To Throw A Chic Engagement Party

The Knot shows you how to style a sweet celebration, featuring Crate & Barrel’s practical registry gifts. Get ready to pop the champagne! ​​​

Just in time to kick off proposal season, we teamed up with Crate & Barrel to show how you can use their gorgeous barware and top Gift Registry items to throw a stylish engagement party. Read on for fun ideas—and cocktail recipes!—you can recreate at home. Then don’t forget to add your favorite pieces to your own Gift Registry.

Set The Bar

The first step to hosting an awesome at-home engagement party? Setting up the bar. After all, everyone’s going to want to clink glasses and toast the happy news. The timeless, versatile Lawrence serving tray can pinch-hit for an actual bar—just top it with the tools and ingredients to make each cocktail and display it on your counter or even a windowsill. For a more polished look, pour the liquor from not-so-pretty bottles into elegant glass decanters like Wells and Tino.

Set The Bar

Fresh Arrangement

And, certainly, you’ve gotta have flowers—but you don’t necessarily need a vase. Sticking with the cocktail theme, we loosely arranged proteas, sunflowers and eucalyptus branches in the faceted Cube ice bucket.

Fresh Arrangement

Cocktail Station

Before your guests arrive, mix up a couple of each drink and serve them on the handsome wood and copper Beck tray. You’ll be less stressed and your friends can immediately grab a drink and start mingling—win-win!

Cocktail Station

Herbal Citrus Martini

The Jasper cocktail glass is a modern update on the classic martini glass—just like this refreshing cocktail. Want to try it? Scroll down for the recipe for this and the other drinks.

Herbal Citrus Martini

Chic Cheese Board

The secret to a killer cheese platter? Variety. We served one hard, aged cheese, a soft blue, a semi-hard cheese and a goat cheese atop the roomy square end grain cutting board. A few different fruits help round it out, cutting through the richness of the cheese and adding a little color. The finishing touch: Copper-handled soft and hard cheese knives.

Chic Cheese Board

Tools of the Trade

Once the party’s in full swing, let guests help themselves with a DIY drink station, complete with all the bar tools they’ll need to shake up their favorite concoction. The warm copper finish on the Orb jigger and shaker makes them total standouts.

Tools of the Trade

Orange Maple Whiskey Cocktail

What better than the vintage-looking Hatch rocks glass for this new take on the classic old-fashioned? The secret to pulling off this speakeasy-style drink is in the ice: Large spheres made in Tovolo ice molds are slower to melt.

Orange Maple Whiskey Cocktail

Tray Chic

When gifts aren’t required at an engagement party, they’re always a welcome surprise. Set out the beautiful stainless Lawrence serving tray to collect them at the beginning of the evening.

Tray Chic

Pomegranate Fizz

The graceful Oregon champagne glass, an all-time Gift Registry favorite, pairs perfectly with the bubbly-based pomegranate fizz.

Pomegranate Fizz

Dessert Bar

You can’t have a celebration without a little something sweet. We love the look of a naked cake atop the understated Marin cake stand, piled high with fresh berries.

Dessert Bar

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