Just engaged? It’s party time! And we’re not talking about the wedding (yet). The engagement party is the first, but certainly not the last time, your family members and close friends will celebrate you and your future spouse. It’s usually a relatively casual, fun event, where all of your nearest and dearest can mix and mingle, but there can be some engagement party etiquette issues that arise. Check out these tips to planning a successful engagement party!
Congrats on your engagement! You’ve probably been showered with well-wishes since saying “yes!” and, if you’re really lucky, someone has even been generous enough to host an official engagement celebration. This will be the first in a series of events leading up to the big day itself, so live it up! Pretty up the party with festive details like custom cocktail napkins, party horns, a cool tablescape, or a fun beverage display. Head over to our roundup of engagement party decor ideas for a little inspiration.
Planning an engagement party or bridal shower? Make the hors d’oeuvres and centerpieces mini with these fun “shot glass” ideas. Presenting the food makes a great presentation, and allows for people to easily have conversation without holding a fork and knife. Plus, who doesn’t want a mini milkshake or mini french toast. Yum!
Are you looking for a fun idea for an engagement party or couples shower? How about a Stock the Bar Party! The goal is to have a fully stocked bar at the conclusion of the evening. This includes glassware (wine glasses, martini glasses, rocks glasses, etc.); bar accessories (shaker, strainer, tray, wine carafe, ice bucket, etc.); and of course the beverages (wine, liquor, mixers, etc.).
It’s always nice to have a themed party so your guests know exactly what to bring. Many of these items will be on your wedding registry which also makes gift giving a bit easier.
Tip: Be sure to buy wine and liquor for the party itslef so you don’t have to open any of the gifts right away!