A few weeks ago my sister got engaged. ENGAGED. My absolute favorite thing about an engagement is all the festivities that surround the couple. Parties here, parties there. It's really just a big celebration right up to the finale, the wedding. The first celebration was hosted at my brother's place in the woods last weekend. We strung up cafe lights in the gazebo, picked blackberries for the crumb cake, and collected bay leaf branches for the floral arrangements. It really was a great way to kick off the next eight months of parties.