We had plenty to eat and Eugene's Mum and extended family provided lots of Russian delights. The night consisted of fun games, food, speeches, food, cake cutting, food, dancing, food and present opening.
Here are the frugal tasks I've squeezed into my full days -
* Jessica found a few as new coats and dress clothes at Savers op shop she can use for her teaching rounds. Because she was there on a Sunday she received 20% off for being a student.
* Made lots of sausage rolls and mini quiches for the engagement party.
* Mended a cardigan.
* Baked four loaves of wholemeal bread with extra goodness.
* Gratefully received lots of bread bags that I repurposed into bathroom bin liners.
* Fed lots of bread crusts to the chickens.
* Made a double batch of chocolate brownies for the engagement party. Some was leftover which we enjoyed for afternoon tea. The brownie was a huge hit at the party with requests for the recipe.
* Bought bunches of flowers for the engagement party at the Dandenong Market. Baby's breath was half the price of florist's quoted prices. The flowers were used to decorate the tables. I arranged them in the Fowler's Vacola glass jars I picked up a couple of months ago at Savers for 60 cents each. Jessica and Eugene will be keeping them as vases for their home.
* Packed salad lunchboxes to eat while we were decorating the hall. Others went out and got takeaway ( which is fine but we enjoyed the fresh salad ).
* Saved the shower and washing machine water for each next load of washing.
* Dried all but one load of washing on the line. I needed to do a load of washing last Friday night ( the night before the engagement party ). To make life easy and to avoid clothes horses with extra bodies coming in and out of our home, the dryer was the best option ( for my sanity ). I don't like using the dryer but that night it really helped me.
* Ate leftovers form the party for two days. There were lots of carrot sticks leftover so I diced and placed them in a beef casserole.
* We received our electricity bill for the last three months. There was a decrease of just under $20 for the same period last year. This doesn't seem like much but power costs have increased considerably in twelve months. Our wise usage has offset all increases. The little usage table on the bill says we use less than the target amount of one person. Not bad when there are two, sometimes three living here.
* Bought discounted bread at Coles for 38 cents a loaf. Store bought bread tastes better with bbqs and is handy to have in the freezer.
* Converted another $10 worth of Flybuys points into dollars on our card.
|Engagement party table flowers|
|The happy couple|
|The letters I found for $1 each|
|At the start of the night.|
|Table and wall decos by me.|
|Eugene's little brother making a speech.|
|The two families together.|
|Engagement cake ( table flowers from the op shop )|
Present table with letters and flowers I found at the op shop.