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Tips and Ideas for the Engagement Party

Congratulations on your engagement! Now it’s time to celebrate! Announcing your engagement to friends and family and planning an engagement party begins an exciting step in your relationship journey. An engagement party can come in all different shapes and sizes with disparate themes and creative ideas to make each celebration unique.

This momentous celebration is an opportunity to bring family and friends together to formally celebrate the newly engaged couple. The idea is to create a memorable and meaningful event. Not every engagement party takes place in a formal ballroom or involves an upscale dining experience. However, many couples choose elegance to meet their taste. While this party is usually coordinated and hosted by the bride’s parents, the trends are shifting to an anyone or everyone can put it all together. If someone else is putting the party together, they should know you well and ask for your input during the planning process. Your engagement party is about you and your partner, and should exude your energy and vibe.

Backyard Celebration

When it comes to an engagement party, a backyard barbecue is just as acceptable as a formal banquet hall. A backyard gathering can create an intimate and low-key experience to celebrate with close friends and family. Seating on a deck or beneath a backyard tent with stringed lighting will add a little touch of formal to the setting. Add floral centerpieces to the tables and votive candles. Staging a garden setting around the event can make the backyard engagement party a little extra romantic. Gather for a home cooked meal or outdoor barbecue in the romantic space. Backyards create opportunity for games and outdoor fun, such as cornhole and horseshoes. Make the engagement party festive and romantic with sparklers.

Themed Engagement Party

An engagement party can be inspired by a fairy tale or a season. Many engagement parties incorporate a season into the theme. Fall months offer pumpkin patches and hayrides. Add pumpkin pie and apple pie to the menu. Have guests bring a homemade pie for a tasting contest. October vineyards can make the perfect backdrop for a romantic engagement party. Summer creates island themes. Winter is a wonderland. February is all about hearts and Valentine's Day themes. Incorporating the season into the event is a fun way to celebrate the season of love.

Have fun with engagement party themes. Create passport themed invitations to an around the world themed engagement party. Stamp the invitations as the guests answer trivia questions about the couple correctly. Add a few geography questions to stick to the theme. The first passport to fill with stamps wins the game. Serve dishes inspired by destinations around the globe. Play cultural music and games.

A beach party theme can take you to a seaside restaurant, on a dinner cruise or to your backyard Hawaiian luau. Consider renting a beach house or celebrating with a pool party. Serve tropical drinks and don't forget the umbrellas.

A fiesta themed engagement party adds color and fun to the festivities. Consider sweetening things up with a pinata, and adding a little spice with authentic Mexican cuisine. Sometimes recreating the first date or meeting place of the bride and groom can make the most meaningful engagement party theme.

Formal Engagement Party

For most, announcing the engagement can be nothing less than an extravagant and formal affair. Crystal Ballroom North Tampa creates formal engagement party celebrations to match any theme of your imagination. Create your magical celebration in a whimsical ballroom. Meet with an in-house design team and planners to customize your unique theme with napkins, linens, sashes, runners, overlays, chargers, votives, and centerpieces at the location of your dreams.


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