An Engagement Party Inspired by Chocolate


Here’s a sweet idea for your engagement party for the couple that loves chocolate (or maybe even a bridal shower if the bride loves chocolate)! And for those of you out there that love chocolate, here is a fun fact about me you probably didn’t know – my mom worked as a chemist for Hershey Chocolate and I grew up right outside Hershey PA – where yes, the town does smell like chocolate (at least by the factories!). Probably sounds great to a lot of you, but I’m not really a chocolate fan! I know, what are the odds??! Well, I know I’m in the minority here on the chocolate, and I think a lot of couples would love this idea!

Thanks so much to LeilaGianna who came up with the fun idea! Using vintage props, food/desserts all made with chocolate, bold colors in the floral, and decadent stationery elements, their vision came to life. And how amazing are Lane Dittoe‘s dreamy photos? Love it!

chocolate engagement party invitations

chocolate cupcakes

dessert table with picture frames

I adore their dessert table made of frames – what a fun idea! And totally doable for even your wedding (and the best part – you could use these frames in your house after the wedding!) Chocolate lovers can feast their eyes on mini brownies, french macarons, chocolate covered pretzel rods, and dessert shots.

dessert table with picture frames

dessert table with picture frames

chocolate wedding cake

love ring

couple with frames

wedding bouquet purple flowers

wedding table decor flowers

Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach, CA is the perfect spot for an intimate party (and I can attest as I’ve been to a party here!) The outdoor modern elements complement whimsy and fun perfectly.


couple laughing

couple holding big letters

Thanks so much to all the following vendors for sharing this sweet idea!

Concept and Shoot Producer: Leila Khalil of Be Inspired PR // Photographer: Lane Dittoe // Venue: Shade Hotel // Wedding Planner: Gianna of Chic Celebrations // Desserts: Cupcakes Couture of Manhattan Beach // Vintage Furniture and Props: OC Propgirl // Stationery: Mintwich Design // Flowers: Joanna Park of Floral Sense // Rentals: Classic Party Rentals // Love Ring: Forever 21

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  1. I also grew up right outside Hershey and am getting married there in August. This post was perfect for me!

  2. Congrats Carly! One of my best friend’s was married at the Hershey Hotel :)

  3. This is so sweet! No pun intended!
    I want an icecream engagement party!

  4. Thanks Jen! Our RD is at the Hotel, and the wedding is at the Hershey Country Club. We’re very excited- and all of our out of town guests are excited for the chocolate! (I’m like you- not a chocoholic even though my Dad worked there for 25+ years!)

  5. This looks amazing!! Thanks so much Green Wedding Shoes for posting this, so much talent worked on this shoot…so much fun!!

  6. OMG! That cake blows my mind! so gorgeous!!

  7. Absolutely love this idea! Now thinking of throwing a chocolate party.

  8. Everything looks fabulous! Thanks Jen for posting this, love it!

  9. Thanks looks awesome and great working with everyone :)

  10. How lovely is that?!?! So cute.

  11. Aside from the fabulous chocolate elements, love all the wood textures, the ornate frames as food pedestals, and the richly colored florals. The total effect is a perfect blend of decadence and charm!

  12. Plum Pretty Sugar on:

    Everything looks so delicious! Love the table idea with the frames!


  13. Green Wedding Shoes- you rock!! The photos are absolutely stunning, and you, Be Inspired PR, and the rest of the gang were a pleasure to work with. Come visit JoLise and I again soon!

  14. Leila you always put together an amazing team of vendors! It was fantastic working with you all on this!

  15. Very cute, I love the frames on the table.

  16. chocolates are always sumptuous…never goes out of style…
    I love her dress too! :)

  17. I’m dying over that cake… never seen anything like it!

  18. I LOVE chocolate! This shoot is possibly my favorite ever!

  19. LOVED this engagement party inspiration. I feel like engagement parties are starting to set the tone for the whole year of wedding events! Thanks for loving it as much as well all loved working on it! xo

  20. *Drool* !

    I really shouldn’t have read this post with a rumbling stomach! – It’s now so loud i’ve had to turn up the office radio to drown out the sound!

    Chocolate aside, this couple look so, so happy together it made me smile alot :-)

  21. ‘An engagement party inspired by chocolate’ Well theres a headline thats going to draw me in!

  22. I want to eat that cake…YUM! And the frames on the dessert table?! Brilliant….LOVE it!

  23. Thank you so much for posting Jen! This was such a fun and yummy shoot to work on and the team of vendors was awesome. Can’t wait to work on something with them again soon :) xo

  24. That cake is phenomenal!

  25. omg love her dress! where did she get it??

  26. OK- this is a great post- not just for the YUM value- but it really shows off so many great ways to use chocolate in your wedding, showers, rehearsals dinner etc-


  27. Beyond perfect….that cake is amazing!!

  28. Hi there, I wish to feature this dessert table and of course put a link to this post and all the vendors/ stylish. please write if you kindly give me a permission:)

  29. Chocolates are indeed sweet! Perfect theme for engagement parties. I love the setup – very light and cozy… I just love it! Great job on the photos.

  30. Very nice, love the picture frames to separate the desserts. Love the creativity and the theme, very delicious.

    Jennifer with

  31. This is such a fun shoot! I love all of the different kinds of chocolate! I love the frames!


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