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One of my favorite things about planning a wedding is that by the time you say I do, you + your spouse are pros at party hosting. Much of this training come from the several parties you or your family may throw in the months leading up to the wedding. Two of my favorite parties are engagement parties and showers, so I created an inspiration for each with Target party essentials. The first one, an engagement party inspired by rocks, with lots of gold and copper accents from Target:

Most, if not all of my picks can be part of your registry since these are items that you can also use every day, like a modern set of white dishes and a few bar cart staples. Decor objects can be pulled from bookcases and placed on the table as part of centerpieces, like this Agate bookend a la this Rock Quarry inspiration shoot. The second inspiration board is for a couple’s shower, which so many people seem to have these days.

This barbecue inspired shower is so much more approachable for those who aren’t completely sold on going to showers, and both partners get a little of what they like. Aqua and lattice details for decor, grilling for the barbecuers, and complete set of entertaining staples like dipping dishes and beverage dispensers.

These are just some of the many party ideas to throw leading up to your wedding! You know at Target you can find everything you need to throw a unique party that blends both of your styles. Don’t forget to enter the “Be Yourself, Together” photo contest here by today! The lucky couple will win a $500 Target GiftCard and 4 additional winners will receive $100 GiftCards each. Check out Target for more entertaining essentials!



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