Various engagement party ideas are available for various preferences. You can essentially come out with your own ideas as well and you can even make it as creative as you like. Some great examples include the afternoon tea party, restaurant party, English tea party, or the Western style party.
Planning a wedding engagement party doesn’t have to be stressful and it does not need to be a big bash. You can avoid planning a party that’s just like every other engagement party you’ve been to in the past five years as well. Get creative with your plans to make the party both memorable and fun.
Depending on the time of year, a casual outdoor party can be perfect. If the couple is comfortable going casual, then have the party on the beach, by a lake or in your backyard. A barbecue-style party also will be less expensive and allow the couple to invite more family and friends.
An afternoon tea party is ideal for a small engagement celebration guest list, or a couple that prefers elegance without all the fussiness. If you’re hosting the party, purchase a quality tea set for serving the guests fruity or minty flavours of tea, then reveal to bride-to-be near the end of the event that the tea set is for her. Serve finger sandwiches made of cucumbers with fresh mint, chicken salad or pimento spread, along with small dishes filled with fresh fruits like berries and melon. Tea parties can take place both in and outdoors, making them appropriate regardless of season. Use floral tablecloths for the decor, as well as live flower arrangements of roses or daisies, and tell guests to wear formal hats or sport coats for great engagement tea party pictures.
One of the simplest ways to hold an engagement party is to make a reservation at the restaurant where the couple shared their first date. Inform the restaurant that the celebration is for a large party, so you can hold the event in a private room or area of the restaurant if possible. Print the full address and phone number for the restaurant on the invitations, as well as an RSVP phone number and date, so guests can contact you to confirm their attendance and ask where the couple is registered. Ask the restaurant if you can bring your own cake to the engagement party, and bring the dessert and small decorations such balloons, along with streamers and confetti for the tables to adorn the space about half an hour before the guests of honour and party-goers arrive.
Many times an engagement party presents the soon-to-be husband and wife with an opportunity to connect with friends and family from far away. If you hope to spend the party visiting with loved ones, select a theme such as an English tea for your party. Put together tables covered with tablecloths featuring large floral prints. Break out your teapots and teacups. Serve cucumber sandwiches, scones and a variety of different teas. Send small baskets full of different teas home with guests as party favours.
If you are fans of Western style, use this as your party’s theme. It offers many decorating possibilities. Start the decorating activities by making centrepieces from old cowboy hats turned upside down and filled with wildflowers in the wedding colours. Use bandanas for table napkins, Mason jars for glasses and blue graniteware place settings. Grill up some barbeque and use bales of hay for seating. Hang Western-themed decorations on the walls, including wanted posters featuring the bride and groom. Use the wanted poster images for your invitations and encourage guests to dress in Western wear for the party.