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Engagement Party Ideas

An engagement party is a fun way to kick off wedding celebrations. Now keep in mind, engagement parties are pretty new on the scene of wedding festivities, and they're totally optional. They're meant to be the first celebration in the succession of wedding parties, followed by the bridal shower, then bachelorette and bachelor parties. The big benefit to an engagement party is that it's a great opportunity to bring all the wedding guests together prior to the wedding.

An engagement party can be hosted by the couple themselves, or a parent or close friend. Planning an engagement party doesn’t have any rules, it can be an intimate dinner party or a huge blowout, so get an idea of headcount before planning anything. The number of guests in attendence will dictate a lot of other details, from theme options to venue.

Looking for engagement party ideas? Start with the couple themselves. How do they spend a Saturday night? Do they have hobbies that can inspire a theme? What’s their favorite type of food? Once you choose an engagement party theme, the rest of the planning—location, food, decorations, favors and more—can all fall in to place. Personalize the party by hiring live entertainment that will break the ice, and don’t forget a fun signature cocktail to mark the occasion. Perhaps one that fits the theme or is named after the newly engaged couple.

No engagement party is complete without a toast to the newly engaged couple. Ask their parents or a close friend to do the honors, or perhaps the couple would like to say a few words themselves. May this be the beginning of many happy celebrations. Cheers!


Popular Engagement Party Party Themes

Engagement Pool Party Theme

A pool party is a laid-back engagement party idea, perfect for a free-spirited couple that wants a laid-back vibe. A beach band can play chart-topping tunes while guests nibble light fare, such as fresh fruit pizza. They’ll raise glasses filled with hurricane cocktails to toast the couple. Swim attire is completely optional!

Prohibition Engagement Party Theme

Is the couple into jazz? Plan an engagement party inspired by the prohibition-era. This is a party theme that’s equally squanky and quirky. For engagement party entertainment, you’ll want to hire a jazz band, of course. For food, nostalgic finger sandwiches fit the bill. And you can’t forget classic cocktails, like a sidecars. Bottoms up!

Clambake Engagement Party Theme

A summer engagement can be deliciously celebrated with a festive clambake. Book a spot on the beach or a room in a local country club for this New England-themed fete. Serve a decadent feast of boiled shellfish and corn on the cob, along with spices and sauces for dipping. Here, the food doubles as decoration; serve it just like a traditional clambake: on rows of kraft paper and with refreshing and colorful cocktails, such as bloody marys!

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