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