Lizzie And Peter Photo By Chellise Michael Photography

Lizzie & Peter

Engagement Parties

Lizzie and Peter

Photography by Chellise Michael Photography

There’s an old saying that many people find their future spouse at a wedding, and for Lizzie and Peter it was sort of true. The couple, who are planning a December wedding, first met while they were both undergrads at Duke University in 2004, but it wasn’t until years after graduation when the two were at a friend’s wedding in Nicaragua that they began dating.

While their winter wedding will be in Deer Valley, Utah, they decided on a low-key engagement party at the bride’s parents’ home at Columbus Circle overlooking Central Park. “I think our whole vibe for everything we are doing is casual and fun. The engagement party invites said ‘dress up,’ but we don’t like a lot of fussiness. We try to keep it more funky and silly,” the bride-to-be tells Twirl New York.

According to Lizzie it was a coincidence that a number of the party’s details were in the bride’s favorite color, purple. Alpine Creative Group silk-screen printed the engagement party invitations on purple Lucite, which were mailed in coordinating purple envelopes. Purple cocktail napkins and purple (and white) m&ms were placed in bowls throughout the apartment. Even the bride accessorized her Giambattista Valli dress with purple pumps by Gianvito Rossi.

The party menu, catered by Peter Callahan, included bite-sized hors d’oeuvres served on Callahan’s custom-designed trays, and included mini margarita pizzas, bacon and bourbon, fried wontons and spaghetti and meatballs.

Our whole vibe for everything we’re doing is casual and fun. —Lizzie

While the guests mixed and mingled, a pianist with Jazz at Lincoln Center played various tunes on a clear, acrylic piano in the family’s living room with wrap-around views of the park and the uptown skyline.

Towards the end of the evening the father of the bride made a toast to his daughter and future son-in-law, which drew a few tears from the crowd.

Lizzie is half of the duo behind Fête-a-Tête. Along with her business partner Katie Witten, these two millennial hostesses with the mostest share party-planning tips for everything from a backyard bash to intimate dinner parties at home. You can check out their site at for entertaining ideas, and see how they envisioned a summer engagement party you could totally throw for your BFF in the upcoming summer issue of The Book – out next week!)

Photography Chellise Michael Photography
Invitations Alpine Creative Group
Dress Designer Giambattista Valli at Bergdorf Goodman
Bride-to-Be’s Shoes Gianvito Rossi at Bergdorf Goodman
Catering Peter Callahan
Groom’s Suit Alton Lane