He popped the question. She said yes! Engagement party is on! Look below to find 9 new, fun and creative ideas for the best engagement party ever!
A Hot-Air Balloon Party! Go Up, up and away to celebrate your engagement! Enjoy panoramic views from the gondola. Make a toast mid-air and then land and have a perfect picnic on the ground! See if food actually does taste better outside! Serve chicken salad, apple slaw, cheese & crackers with grapes and sparkling cider. Also, fruit salad in a hollowed-out, carved watermelon “basket” is a crowd pleaser!
Bring it at a Barn Dance! Have an old-fashioned hoedown with or without a real barn! Sit on hay bales, eat corn on the cob and barbeque atop red checkered tablecloths. Use mason jars for drinks, as vases for flowers, or as candle holders. Use burlap runners and tie raffia at the ends of the gingham tablecloth. Line dancing and cowboy hats complete the theme … no bull!
Patriotic and/or Army Base theme! Love – American style! Decorate with red white & blue, camouflage, and olive green. Have “Camp (the couples last name)” printed on signs and t-shirts. Decorate with Americana (flags, buntings and pinwheels). Serve Hamburgers, hot dogs, apple pie and ice cream with a sundae bar. The couple “addresses the troops” with a toast! Hand out sparklers for “fireworks” at the end of the night for a little patriotic pizazz!
Big Game Sports Party! Rent the luxury suite at the stadium and serve hot dogs, pizza and root beer floats. Have the arena post a special love message to the couple on the big screen. Have jerseys made up for everyone with “Team (soon to be last name)” printed on them. Buy an inflatable baseball, football, etc… and write the invitation details on it while it’s inflated. Deflate and send the invitation. Make trading cards with the couple’s “stats” to send home with guests as party favors.
Book a Dinner Cruise! Bon Voyage! Head to the waterfront with your engagement party guests and enjoy dazzling coastal views. Have love-bird Ice sculptures and a grand buffet! Don’t forget the dance with the “Captain and first mate.” Use sand dollars for guests to write their good wishes on or as place cards. Make a ship boarding pass for each guest with the couple’s registry information. Have a boatload of fun!
Low-Country Boil or Clam Bake! Lobster, shrimp, new potatoes, kielbasa and corn on the cob are sure to please! Place picnic tables together and spread newspaper on top to cover. When the food is done, dump it all out on the table and eat Pilgrim-style! Or, if you prefer to use utensils, get enough red plastic buckets for each guest and place all the stuff they’ll need inside (utensils, wet wipes, napkins and butter).
Plan a Pot-Luck and Bonfire! Enjoyed by young and old! Have everyone bring their favorite dish along with the recipe for the bride-to-be. This is a casual get-together and the dishes don’t have to be fancy. For the bonfire, roast marshmallows for s’mores with one big fire or several fire pits. Decorate with tiki torches, candles and white lights. Be sure to try peanut butter s’mores and bake up s’mores brownies and s’mores cookie bars for a quick bite while you roast!
Afternoon Tea for the Bride and Groom-to-be! Cucumber-mint sandwiches, scones, Petits Fours and tea make an elegant menu. (Don’t forget to put your pinky up!) Use your fine china, creamy white tablecloths and top with organza or tulle for a formal finish. Scatter oversized “diamonds” (glass stones made to look like diamonds) around the tables. Check out your local college to see if you can get a cellist or violinist from the music department to perform for free.
Romantic Love Story theme! – Scatter Rose petals on the tables and drape white lights in swags around the room and add lots of candlelight. Bake heart-shaped cookies and have everyone write their good wishes on the cookies with icing pens! Continue the love theme by cutting finger sandwiches and mini-pizzas into heart shapes. Place scriptures that are printed on card stock and framed that read: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1st Corinthians 13:4-7.
Celebrate and enjoy your engagement party to the fullest! The memories will be etched in your mind forever! This is only the beginning of a lifelong celebration of love and commitment!