5 Fun Engagement Party Themes
Have a festive kickoff for your wedding
By Julie Hampton
Engagement parties create a memorable atmosphere for a bride and groom to announce their upcoming wedding plans. The engagement party is typically held no later than three months after the initial announcement. Although engagement parties are typically hosted by the bride's family, these days it's not uncommon for the family of the groom to be financially involved. Engagement parties are also a chance to get creative and have fun announcing the upcoming wedding. Choose a fun theme for your event and have a good time.
Celebrate in tropical style with an island party. Send colorful announcements; images such as a hula girl, hibiscus flowers or a tiki torch can be added to the invitations or envelopes. Instruct guests to wear tropical Hawaiian or beach-themed attire for the evening. Purchase grass skirts and hats for additional party attire. Give each guest a floral lei when they arrive, but make sure you reserve a white lei for the bride. A buffet can include quintessentially Hawaiian fare such as pina coladas, smoked mahi mahi and pineapple chicken on skewers. If your budget permits, see if you can hire entertainers to perform the luau.
Cruise ship theme
Make engagement announcements during an evening dinner cruise. River and ocean cruises are intimate settings for close friends and families. Tie the cruise ship theme into invitations by announcing the bride and groom are going on "a lifelong journey" in the party invitations. Design invitations to look like passports or boarding passes. Use red velvet fabric as a red carpet entrance onto the boat. Purchase captain's hats from a local party supply store and pass them out to guests.
Dessert buffet party
An engagement party doesn't always have to include dinner; instead host a dessert party. The party can easily be held at a private home. Set up a display table with a large variety of sweet treats. Add a chocolate fountain to the center of the display. Surround the fountain with dipping items such as strawberries, cookies and pretzels. Serve champagne, mimosas or martinis. Include clear glass bowls and vases of candy and chocolates in a variety of colors and textures. Create a large display sign reading "So sweet to be in love" with the couple's names for a finishing touch.
What better way is there for a couple to announce that they're getting hitched than a Wild West theme party? Choose a backyard barbecue for the event and include home-style favorites such as grilled hamburgers and baked beans. Place checkered tablecloths on picnic tables and make sure you have bandanas, cowboy hats and other Wild West garb on hand. Create faux "wanted" posters of the bride and groom and place them around the venue with information that includes how the groom proposed to the bride as well as the date and time of the wedding, if it has been determined.
If the couple has decided on their honeymoon location, announce the engagement around the theme. Have guests dress in native costumes or colors if they're headed to an island paradise. Or else, use the national colors of the designated country or location for your design palette. Purchase small flags and place them in clear glass vases or in cocktails associated with the region-- a Jamaican flag in rum and coke cocktails for couples headed to the Caribbean, for example. Serve national foods at the party such as spring rolls representing China and mini tacos representing Mexico. You can also play music from the country the couple will be visiting.
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