PHOTOS: Former Bachelorette Desiree Hartsock’s Engagement Party Will Inspire Your Next Bash

02/25/2014 at 02:39 PM ET

The Bachelorette Desiree Chris Engagement Party
Carla Ten Eyck Photography

There’s nothing like photos of a pretty party to get us thinking about what to do the next time we have something to celebrate.

Former Bachelorette Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried toasted their upcoming wedding at an elegant dinner Saturday night, planned by Jocelyn Cates for Capstory.me and held at DeLille Cellars in Woodinville, Washington.

Created by Blue Ribbon Cooking in Seattle, the menu for the night featured a three-course dinner, starting with a sweet salad of cinnamon-infused pears, gorgonzola cheese and vanilla-chipotle pecans. After a starter of crab pot pie, guests had the chance to try four entrees during a festive family-style course: flat iron steak with chimichurri sauce, bourbon-glazed chicken breast with flambeed apples, a savory bread pudding with mushrooms and kale, and simple grilled veggies with sea salt.

“The food was amazing,” Hartsock said. “And we had a cute little dessert bar. It was like a wedding!”

The Bachelorette Desiree Chris Engagement Party
Carla Ten Eyck Photography

We’re not sure how anyone saved room for the dessert buffet — check out this colorful array of sweets. Note to selves: Tiny sprigs of bright herbs or edible flowers make any dessert look like it’s right out of a magazine.

The Bachelorette Desiree Chris Engagement Party
Carla Ten Eyck Photography

The Bachelorette Desiree Chris Engagement Party
Carla Ten Eyck Photography

The Bachelorette Desiree Chris Engagement Party
Carla Ten Eyck Photography

The Bachelorette Desiree Chris Engagement Party
Carla Ten Eyck Photography

The Bachelorette Desiree Chris Engagement Party
Carla Ten Eyck Photography

The Bachelorette Desiree Chris Engagement Party
Carla Ten Eyck Photography

Not present at this party: milkshakes, although you may see them at the couple’s wedding. “[Chris] wants a milkshake bar,” Hartsock tells PEOPLE. “He loves milkshakes!” Instead, after an evening of dancing, the two served the ultimate late-night snack: truffle mac ‘n’ cheese served out of mason jars.

With a few final touches, like a chalkboard featuring a sweet message about love and classic place settings, the welcoming, warm vibe was complete. Check out the photos below and let us know if you agree!

The Bachelorette Desiree Chris Engagement Party
Carla Ten Eyck Photography

The Bachelorette Desiree Chris Engagement Party
Carla Ten Eyck Photography

The Bachelorette Desiree Chris Engagement Party
Carla Ten Eyck Photography

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Katelyn on

OMG! Those menus are fabulous!! Do you know who made them? I want them.

Robin Turkell on

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leesa on

that would not be my “ultimate late night snack.”

She is so pretty but man that dress is ugly!

Jocelyn Cates on

Reblogged this on jocelyncates.

Heather on

Everything is beautiful….The bride, cookies, setting. Now I’m hungry!! The photos are incredible. If the photographers can make cookies look that beautiful, I can only imagine what they can do with a bride on her wedding day. Congrats Desiree and Chris! (I will look up photographers…hope they’re west coast!!!!)

Sally on

So fun to have my calligraphy chalkboards included in this lovely party! Congratulations to Desiree + Chris! http://www.lahappy.com

Anonymous on

If this is the official engagement party, I can imagine how beautiful the wedding and reception is going to be. If I was Des, I would use the same venue for the wedding, right down to the lace tablecloths.

Vanessa Volkman on

It was such an honor to cater this event! We really enjoyed creating a customized menu for this wonderful couple. It was also fun to showcase our desserts! Check out Blue Ribbon Cooking’s All-Inclusive Wedding and Catering Packages at http://www.blueribboncooking.com

Eddy Martinez on

Natural Impression Design is thrilled to have created the Laser Cut Invitation, Place Cards and Menus for such a beautiful couple and event! For locations nationwide visit http://naturalimpressiondesign.com.