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November 27, 2013
Are you newly engaged? If so, congratulations! While the weeks after the proposal can be overwhelming, they are also very exciting. One of the most exciting parts is how happy everyone is for you. This could lead to an offer to throw an engagement party, so bottoms up! Whether someone plays host for you or you and your fiancé end up throwing the party yourselves, here are some tips to make it extra special.
Keep it fun and simple: The point of the party is to celebrate you not stress you out. There are months of stressful planning ahead, so keep this event lighthearted and fun. And if you can stay out of the planning altogether, DO (just forward this guide to the planner!).
Pick a theme: Even if it’s just backyard barbecue, it’ll be good practice for putting together the big show (aka your wedding). If you’re stumped for a theme that is easy to pull off, just incorporate some bright colors and fun decor and call it a day.
Try a digital invite: Engraved invitations aren’t really necessary for an engagement party, but you still need to get the word out. An e-invite allows guests to RSVP online, see who else is coming, and give you a better handle on head count. Designs are modern and most are free.
Bring on the bubbly: It’s a celebration, and toasts will be plentiful. Make sure the festive beverages are flowing.
Full plates, happy guests: Food makes everyone smile, so make sure there is lots of it!
A picture-perfect display: Set out white photo boards with pics of the bride and groom for people to write messages on. Or you can go the high-tech route and have a laptop running a photo slideshow on a loop.
Swap stories: At some point during the party, the host should ask guests to share stories about the couple, any memories that are funny, romantic, or surprising. You can also share a few stories of your own, like how you met or how the proposal was made.
Get ready for lots of toasts: A proper engagement party isn’t complete without a toast. Your parents or someone important to you and your fiancé typically gives the toast, but they should be asked to say a few words before the party begins so they can be prepared.
An engagement party is one of the most enjoyable parties one can plan or attend. With a little preparation and a laid-back approach, throwing a fabulous get-together is about as easy as saying “I do!”