We held it in my parents backyard, as its a beautiful space, with limestone walls, large private courtyard, big back room with french doors opening into the lush garden..
We got a couple of kegs, some cases of wine, made some killer punch and cranked the bbq and had a very laid back backyard party with 100 or so of our friends and family.
It was so much fun, from beinning to end.
Planning was so effortless..We made some funny invitations , the Mr's parents supplied some fresh meat from their farm, we bought some gourmet sausages at a discount from local butcher. I made the punch from a great recipe given to me by my friend, my Mum made some delicious salads, My Aunty was in charge of the dips and nibblies and Dad did a great job setting up lights in the back yard.
We got the alcohol at a discount through the pub where the Mr's Sister works. We have had fun making a playlist on our i-pod, and the Mr.'s mate bought round his decks for later on..
It was a roaring success, everyone let their hair down, we have had so many compliments on the food, the alcohol flowed all night, everyone loved the music, we are still getting calls from people thanking us for such a good time. We are so stoked that everyone had a great time and think it was a good warm up for the wedding!
I've been thinking about what made it such a joy to plan...
We held it somewhere easy.
People were happy to help and we were happy to let them.
We invited whoever we want.
We kept food and drink simple yet filling.
We werent too precious about any of the details.
We stuck to our budget.
We had fun doing lots of the fun stuff together.. music, invites etc
Ahhh I hope that planning the wedding can continue like this.....