A Southern Style Engagement Party

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A Southern Style Engagement Party

By Brandon Branch

What do you get when you get a couple head-over-heels in love, a handful of their closest friends and family, Paula Deen’s house, and a little touch of fabulous Southern charm?

An engagement party – Deen-style no less!

Sarah, who has been a part of Paula’s team for years, recently got engaged to her now-fiance, Ben. As a congratulatory gesture, Paula, who treats her entire team like family, wanted to throw the two lovebirds an engagement shower to be remembered!

An engagement photo of Sarah and Ben. Photo credit to Christine Hall.

To get the shindig underway, Paula and I enlisted the help of my friends at Reveal Event Style. Together, we decided on a very Savannah-centric theme: a traditional low country boil.

Here are some takeaways from the party!

Flowers add a welcoming feeling that will put your guests at ease.

Fresh Cut Flowers Make it Friendly
There’s really nothing more stunning than a bouquet of freshly cut hydrangeas (and it doesn’t hurt that they’re Paula’s favorite flower). Abby, Jennifer, and Catherine, the girls at Reveal Event Style, and I called them a “magnificent statement of summer”! They were a beautiful centerpiece in Paula’s foyer as Sarah’s and Ben’s guests arrived into the home. Hydrangeas are also perfect to transition your party from daytime to evening.

Turn Flowers into Art!
The party took place on Paula’s back patio, which overlooks one of Savannah’s coastal waterways. Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House catered a delicious low country boil, and other amazing finger foods, like Paula’s delicious Shore is Good Seafood Dip! For the focal point of the buffet, Abby, Jennifer, and Catherine constructed a gorgeous floral centerpiece out of bamboo from Paula’s yard, and two over-sized vases. We had some lanterns already on Paula’s property, so we hung them from the structure to add a little more drama (and light!).

Paying attention to little details show guests how important they are to you.

It’s All in the Details
The girls found some garden elements around Paula’s house to turn into cutlery vessels. We made the cutlery extra special by bundling individual sets together with some coral-themed napkins and twine. Not only did these pieces make a statement, but they were also a favorite among the guests of the party.

Perfectly Practical Party Favors
If you’ve had a low country boil before, then you know that it’s not a meal for the faint of heart. It’s truly a hands-on kind of meal! The girls at Reveal designed adorable burlap bibs for Sarah and Ben to wear, so that they wouldn’t have to worry about ruining their party clothes. Paper replicas were made for the guests, so that everyone could enjoy the bounty of food that was provided.  Not only were these “favors” fun, but they were also smart!

Save Room for Dessert!
I contacted one of my favorite Savannah bakeries, Two Smart Cookies, to come up with something sweet for the bride-and-groom-to-be. They came up with these delicious monogrammed cookies in the shapes of weddings dresses, cakes, and hearts. Sarah’s and Ben’s guests enjoyed being able to grab a cookie and enjoy it while socializing with others at the same time.

The most important part about planning any party is to make sure to have fun! The happy couple was able to relax and get the most out of their event, while meeting and greeting everyone that came in their honor.

More about Reveal Event Style
Reveal Event Style designers Jennifer E. Milam & Catherine A. Rector established Reveal Event Style from a passion for beautiful moments and the elements that make them so. With Jennifer’s expertise in floral and event design and Catherine’s eye for interior décor elements we were a perfect team to develop the concept of an event design firm with a solid foundation of education and experience. Jacki Wickersham is our staff planner producing the logistics of all our events and Abby Sellers who is our creative and crafty guru. We are a balanced collaboration and run like a well-oiled machine! A little more about what event design is- Event Design embodies the experience, aesthetics and memories of your day. With skillful detail and guidance, we envision an experience with regard not only to the design theory but also to the procurement and production. We take extensive measures to ensure that you understand the purpose of every element and detail.

Items used for this party were from: Reveal Event Style, Sandscripts, Something Detailed, Two Smart Cookies, and Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House.

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As a owner of a Florist i love looking at all your beautiful flowers and table arrangements love your sight Paula and admire you too

By Laura Naeger on July 17, 2012


I just wanted to know some of your ideas about my wedding down here in the south. I really need some good ideas. As far as colors and a grea theme. Also on a great grooms cake for the groom and also a wedding cake? I watch your show all thye time and record it on dvr.. I love you Paula.. Thank you so, very much Jessica Vela

By Jessica Vela on July 13, 2012


Great Job Paula and team. I loved the flowers and all the colors were beautifull. Paula, you should add " Wedding Planner to your job list" smile

By Voncile Jones on July 13, 2012


This is so beautiful and I love all the Deen shows ive learned lots watching them. Thanks keep up the great work .

By Maranda Hawie on July 12, 2012


OMG Paula, I would DIE in Savannah eating @ your restaurant,FOOD,FUN,Laughter,WEIGHT change...Before I could leave you would have to make your doors bigger and all I could say with a chunk of cheesecake hanging out of my MOUTH is...IT WAS NICE KNOWING YOU! <3 <3 <3

By Tina Petroff on July 12, 2012


Was sort of hoping it was for Bobby Deen. Oh well, next time.

By Robin Dinsmore on July 12, 2012


Great article! This is so cool! I wanna have a party like this sososososososososo bad!

By Latoya on July 12, 2012

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