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You just got engaged… now it’s
to party with friends and family!
You dial her number. She answers. You exuberantly shout, “we’re
After the screams and “ahs” and second-by-second replay, you and
your closest girlfriend reminisce and giggle about the past—including
all the last-name guessing games, in anticipation that
maybe this one is really the one!
Well, finally, you know what your name will be… and it’s
time to execute those well-thought-out dreams of the
But, where in the world do you start??
Fortunately, your mom is on top of it! She knows that
her responsibility to host an engagement party (even though it’s perfectly
fine if you and your fiancé…
or anyone else… takes charge!).
There are many fabulous party ideas that you can pass
along to mom—some
are more elaborate and pricey, others are more casual
Bar-B-Que: Whether held in someone’s back
yard or the local park, guests will appreciate the laid back
atmosphere to come and go as they please, to dress how they want
and to socialize casually. If you want a little more activity,
there’s always sports--volleyball, baseball, et
Check out the cute BBQ invitations at www.finestationary.com!
Elegant Dinner Party: Unless it’s
catered by a local top-notch restaurant, this option
may take a little more prep time. However, if your mom
loves to entertain and the guest list is at a minimum,
go for it! Check out all the great recipes at www.marthastewart.com.
Wine Tasting: If you live close enough
to a winery, take a small group out to celebrate. Make
sure, though, that no one is sensitive to alcohol—you don’t
want to make it awkward for anyone! Get the couple a
personalized bottle of wine from www.signaturewines.com.
Sports Event: Rent a skybox at your
home-team game! For sports lovers, it makes for great
conversation. For those who care more about socializing,
then knowing the outcome, be sure drinks and hors d'oeuvres
are in ample supply. If budget is low, why not reserve
just a section—with free popcorn
Dance the Night Away: If you’re a dancing
queen, why not invite a DJ to your party—or rent
out a room or dance club, already equipped with DJ equipment
and a disco ball. Get grandpa on the dance floor for
Three, Two, One, Liftoff!: Take your party up
in the air, with a hot-air balloon. Some carry up to 16 people
or you can rent several balloons with smaller baskets. Guests
will never forget this experience! Land in a beautiful spot where
your guests are served a catered brunch.
Down by the Sea: (or lake or ocean).
If you and your fiancé love the outdoors, others will appreciate
various water sport activities—or simply enjoying
Cocktail Party: For a fancy but not-too-expensive
event, have a cocktail party at your home (or your parents’).
Offer guests hors d'oeuvres and drinks! Themes are always fun
too—for example, guests can dress up as their favorite
First Date Reunion: Host the party at
the place you had your first date—whether a nice
restaurant or a little old-fashioned ice cream parlor.
Champagne Brunch: Several hotels will host your
brunch! For a fun party gift, you can give small bottles of champagne
(or an engraved glass) to each guest. Try tying a white ribbon
on them with a poem written on parchment paper and cut out as
Check out the engraved glasses at www.hansonellis.com.
Other Themes: Have a theme related to
your proposal. If your fiancé’s a romantic
and asked you on the Empire State Building, have a NYC-themed
For more ideas and guidelines, get the book: Wedding
Occasions: 101 New Party Themes for Wedding Showers, Rehearsal Dinners, Engagement
Parties, and More.
Now, girl, remember that your celebration is a special time for friends and families
to get to know each other ... and celebrate your new season.
Don’t get caught up in too much planning.
It’s more important to focus on the marriage, than
the wedding day!
P.S. Check out www.plumparty.com!
They have a great variety of random things you might need for any party.