Question: How many ring fingers did you see adorned with new bling on your social media feeds over the holiday season? Answer (for my feeds): 15! It appears to have been a very successful engagement season to cap off 2015! If you saw some bling too, do any of those fingers belong to a friend or a family member that you’re thinking of hosting an engagement party for? Engagement parties are such a great way to celebrate the glorious time between the engagement and the wedding; the wedding planning comes and goes so fast so an engagement celebration is perfect before the planning mayhem ensues in full force! The party ideas I’ve rounded up here are sure to impress… let the fun commence!
A Romantic Engagement Brunch with a Bellini Bar
“Let’s Do Brunch” is a phrase in people will rarely reply “no”. Who doesn’t love brunch?! This elegant bellini bar is the perfect focal point for an elegant engagement brunch.
An Engagement Party Featuring a Theme That is Special to the Couple
These are a few shots of the beautiful engagement party that my stepmom threw for Ryan and I. Ryan and I met at an Ohio State tailgate, he proposed on the 50 yard line of the Ohio Stadium and we’re both HUGE Ohio State fans (in case you haven’t noticed that yet 😉 ). Our amazing hostess’ toast even had fun Ohio State analogies and references!
Hand Out “The Proposal Story” Mad-Libs
Whether these are read aloud at the party or the couple reads through them post-party, these mad-libs are sure to bring on some laughs!
Use “He Put A Ring On It” Drink Markers
These beyond adorable drink markers will help guests keep tabs on their drinks, enabling you to lessen the amount of glasses you will have to wash post-party. Win-win!
Serve Cocktails with Save the Date Stir Sticks
If the couple has already selected a date for the big day, these drink stirrers could eliminate the need for sending out Save the Date cards, saving the couple money on their wedding budget and a lot of envelope licking.
Host a “Stock the Bar” Engagement Party
This party theme takes the guess work out of gifting for the guests, while helping the couple prepare to entertain guests (or themselves) in their future married life together.
Have a Sign or Box for Reception Song Requests
I love this idea! Guests can request their favorite songs for the reception which will guarantee more booties on the dance floor. You will want to run this idea by the couple first; they may have specific ideas for their wedding music.
Hand Out Envelopes for Guests to Write Their Addresses
There is enough hand cramping in the bride and groom-to be’s future; take 1 task off of their plates by getting them some thank you notes and handing out the envelopes to guests as they come in… they can quickly pen their own addresses.
Host an Engagement Pub Hop
If the couple enjoys the bar scene, why not organize a bar hop? I’ve seen these “pub crawlers” pedaling through Columbus and have always thought they would make for a fun engagement party or bachelor/bachelorette party. It’s basically a pub on wheels, powered by the pedaling riders. I’ve seen these outings on Groupon if you want to see if they are available in your city.
Have a Ring Toss Game
Get it? Ring? Who doesn’t love a cute pun? This DIY is a fun spin on a traditional lawn game. Outdoor games are also a great way to spread guests out for a party taking place in a smaller space.
Regardless of what theme you decide upon or what you serve, the couple will be so grateful to you for the incredibly thoughtful gesture and will have a blast celebrating their engaged bliss with you and other loved ones.
Have you ever hosted an engagement party? Or been to an amazing one as a guest? What were your favorite elements? Please share in the comments below!
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