Getting engaged is something worth celebrating, and there is no shortage of opportunities to raise a glass. From dress shopping, to the bachelorette party, to cake tasting, it’s all one big party leading up to the main event. What better way to start the entire process than with an engagement party commemorating your new status? Now, the thought of throwing another party on top of the wedding can be nothing short of overwhelming, but whether you’d like an intimate affair or a more extravagant gathering, engagement parties are the perfect opportunity to bring everyone together and set the tone for the main event.
So whether you decide on an over-the-top party or a more understated debut, read on for some creative engagement party ideas.
Set the Tone With Your Invites
Whether you’re planning a casual housewarming or a more formal affair, your invites will set the tone and let your guests know what to expect. Unlike a wedding invite that’s made up of multiple pieces, an engagement invite can consist of a single one-sheet detailing specifics of the event—but feel free to get as creative as you like.
Candlelight is the perfect way to add a touch of romance to your celebration. Use single candles spaced throughout the table, or set them up in clusters, using a variety of sizes and shapes to add interest.
Candles also make for a pretty centerpiece if you’re looking to skip the usual florals.
Customize Little Details
Don’t be afraid to differentiate your party from other festive affairs with hints of wedding-inspired items, especially ones that are a nod to you and your S.O. Include a few special items that help tell your love story like airplane cookies if you were in a long distance relationship.
Rent Food Trucks
Have a food truck at your venue to serve guests. It's a much more relaxed take on regular catering.