On New Year’s Eve 2015 I co-hosted, along with seven other fabulous women, an engagement party for one of our favorite couples. The happy couple got engaged in early Fall and happens to be comprised of my lovely co-author Krista and her boy, Chase.
We all consider Krista to be one of the loveliest women that we know. She is kind, loyal, a realist and always by our sides. She is the one we can always count on and always the one to celebrate us in her perfect way. So we knew that we needed to go all out, for not only her but Chase too because he is equally special to us and makes Krista oh so happy, which is really what matters….
So here is a look below at our NYE party to celebrate the future Mr and Mrs Millemann!
You know the saying “less is more.” Well in this case we went for “more is more.” More balloons, more glitter, more gold, more flowers, more votives, more candles, more tulle, more golden ducks, more, more, more. It was New Year’s Eve after all and we were celebrating our of our all time favorite couples…
Since this party wasn’t only about Krista with all the gold and glitter, (Chase, you matter too!) I took on the task of making as many gold origami ducks as possible to decorate the room since they are both avid Ducks. Go ducks!
We were fortunate enough to rent out the “back room” at ZINC for the evening (side note: if you are looking for a phenomenal party spot to rent out in Ketchum, this is your room!). We decked out the perfectly neutral room in the following:
- 150+ handmade gold origami ducks
- gold origami duck entry
- gold and white balloons with hanging “goldilocks”
- gold votives
- white flowers (hydrangeas and calla lilies)
- gold glitter tulle
- NYE party hats
- homemade shot skis (more details below!)
the gilded room
the entrance to the room (huge shout to my always willing mother for stringing the ducks together!)
obviously more is more
you can never have enough ducks
tulle + ducks + white flowers
a new year’s eve party isn’t complete without party hats!
an “M” for the future millemanns
so much gold, so much glitter, so much tulle
custom family shot skis
Krista’s brother, Drew, and I made these custom shot skis for the happy couple to keep FOREVER! We gathered a retro ski that belonged to both of their fathers and went to work. Drew used a drill press to make custom holes in both of the skis that fit glass shot glasses. I then painted each one with a black rectangle and wrote the family name and their parent’s wedding anniversary. I shed a few tears and essentially Drew did all of the work while I simply played with the puppies…
Cheers to the prettiest shot skis of all time!
tulle makes for the best bows
the “detwiler” ski
the “millemann” ski
all lit up & ready to party!
Since it was NYE and celebrating Chase and Krista, we knew we needed a plethora of delicious food. We decided to go with some healthy, comfort food catering from the Haven as well as order quite a few flat breads from ZINC. We additionally supplemented with a few cheese plates and desserts (since you can’t go wrong with more of either of those!) Our spread included:
- pigs in a blanket
- sautéed brussel sprouts
- chicken skewers
- antipasto platter
- crostini platter
- assorted flatbreads
- cheese plates
- homemade popcorn
- gluten free cookies
- local beer, red wine, white wine and of course champagne!
copious amounts of cheese & classy pigs in a blanket – what more do you need?
gluten free cookies (a single cookie monster ate about 85% of them throughout the party…)
You know a couple is truly loved when you receive a quarter more RSVPs for an event than expected. Friends and family came from near and very far (shout out to Mendoza coming from LA and Chris and Katja from Bend!) to celebrate and smother Chase and Krista with love. The company at this party was truly an outstanding group of brilliant, fun loving and good hearted people. The type of people you want to party with every night.
Cheers to Chase and Krista!
the future mr & mrs millemann ❤
the brass blossom does engagement party
the skenes + jenna
rach & anders
the bride and two of her maids
love this guy ❤
oregon family! thanks for coming from so far!
good looking idaho people
brilliant photo angle (cred: casey hawkes)
taggart & kacie
the bride and (almost all of her) bridesmaids
toasts & cheers!
the detwiler clan ❤
the millemann clan ❤
when things started to get dicey (aka even more fun)
shot ski time!
clearly we was paying attention & didn’t pour the majority of our shots on the ground….
for the win!
the always classy detwiler women + the best photobomb
legs, legs, legs
how any good party ends….
Cheers to the future Mr and Mrs Millemann! We all cannot wait to continue the celebrations!