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By: Kara Keigan
You’ve found your dream man, he has popped the question, and you’ve got a ring on your finger to prove it! Now before you can be bombarded with “When’s the wedding date?” it’s time to plan the perfect engagement celebration. Whether you want a laid back party or an upscale occasion, it’s time to gather your closest friends and family and celebrate the start to forever! And while we love a unique gathering, here are some tried and true favorites for engagement party themes and everything you need to shop to pull them off!
A no-fail celebration theme is brunch, so pop the bubbly and grab a champagne flute! Have a mimosa bar greet guests alongside layers of donuts and breakfast treats. Utilize tiered trays, cake stands, and serving platters for displaying items. Pop in ring-shaped toothpicks to mini donuts for an on-theme food spread.
Blush, marble, and neutral tones will always feel fresh and classic for brunch. Dress yourself in a sweet ruffle mini dress and a fun pair of earrings. A balloon installation is an inexpensive decor idea that can serve as a backdrop for your brunch display or even a photobooth! Pop the bubbly and get ready to celebrate!
A backyard party is the perfect low-key way to gather friends and families to celebrate your new engagement. Lean into this theme with paper lanterns, gingham tablecloths, and tons of smoked meats! This is the perfect opportunity to show engagement parties don’t have to be uptight affairs. Hosting a backyard BBQ is the perfect Americana-inspired soiree.
Dress in a casual stripe jumpsuit to stay comfortable as you mingle amongst your friends and family. With the help of tiki torches, cafe string lights, and paper lanterns, plan this affair for late afternoon and expect it to go well into the evening! As a sweet late night touch, have a basket of sparklers for guests to play with (and for even sweeter photo ops!)
Garden Tea Party
For those inspired by anything vintage, a Garden themed engagement party is perfect for you. Gather different assortments of furniture, floor cushions, rugs, and chairs to layer around the yard for a perfectly mismatched aesthetic. This type of party pairs best with colored glassware, natural invites, vases, and plenty of flowers.
Opt for a dressier take on boho like this drop waist plisse dress. It will match the natural aesthetic while still drawing all eyes on the bride! Put out a rosé station for guests to enjoy and embrace an abundance of flowers as your main decor ideas. Use fresh blooms to decorate your dessert, petals to dress up your ice cubes, and single stems in layered bud vases sprinkled around the event. What’s a garden themed party without flora!
Throw away the awkward formalities of normal engagement parties and embrace a casual way to celebrate your engagement- a pool party! Stock the pool with on theme floats like heart shapes, diamond rings, and kissy lips. Embrace the laid back nature of the event and plan fun pool games for all to participate in.
Standout from the crowd with a white swimsuit and sweeping white cover up (bonus- this would also look great on a warm Honeymoon getaway!) Amp up the party with adorable partyware like painted wooden cutlery and sweet cocktail umbrellas. Set out drink stations and a photobooth backdrop for guests- and don’t forget the sunscreen!