[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Throwing an engagement party is a great way to honor and celebrate the soon-to-be newlyweds in your life. Before all the hustle and bustle of planning a wedding, an engagement party serves as a time for the bride and groom to be to enjoy this exciting time in their lives with close friends and family. Any party should reflect the style and taste of the couple, but these four four tips will direct you in customizing an unforgettable experience in the comfort of your own home or at any local event venue![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Engagement Party Tip #1: Determining the Who’s Who

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Engagement parties are typically reserved for an intimate group of people. Everyone invited to the party should definitely be invited to the wedding. A traditional guest list would consist of close family members and the bridal party. However, neighbors, close family friends and co-workers can all be exceptions to the rule. Don’t be afraid to ask the bride and groom for their input, but remember this is a time for them to relax before the hundreds of decisions they’ll be making soon enough! Once you’ve compiled your guest list, it’s time to print the invites. The invitations are fun and less formal than the wedding invites that their guests will soon receive. The invites should be specific to the couple’s style, perhaps incorporating fun personalization with monograms, patterns and fun colors! Check out our She Said Yes Pinterest board for more ideas![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Engagement Party Tip #2: Décor to Die For

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]DIY décor is a fabulous way to customize your party to recognize and honor the couple’s relationship and journey. Incorporating pictures of the couple is a lovely way for the bride and groom to reminisce about their relationship and showcase their love to guests. Photographs can be framed and placed on tables throughout the space, attached to balloons or set up to float over the seating arrangement.

You can also convert the corks of all the champagne bottles you’ll be popping into adorable décor! With a utility knife, slice into the cork and use it as a stand for food signs. If you want to go the extra mile, plan your menu ahead of time and make or order food signs to match the invites!

Get playful with diamonds! Whether you get ice trays in the shape of diamond rings to add to your champagne, download a free diamond printable to use as a topper on your food, make diamond shaped napkin-rings, or decorate your tables with rhinestones, showcasing diamonds is a fun way to symbolize the engagement and further excuse for the bride to show off that ring!

Considering the intimate nature of the guest list, playing games at the party is a great way to keep your celebration fun, simple and memorable. Consider some of the following games and visit our She Said Yes Pinterest board for even more ideas![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Engagement Party Tip #3: Laugh a Little!

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  • Newlywed Trivia: Divide your guests into two teams and ask the couple to act as the host of the game. Have the couple ask their guests questions such as where they met, what they did on their first date, and when he proposed. The team that responds with the most correct answers wins!
  • Movie Quotes: Prepare a playlist of recordings from the couple’s favorite movies, songs, and television shows. Ask the guests to identify the quotes. If you want to take it further, ask the guests to indicate the significance of each movie scene!
  • He Said/ She Said: Compile a list of things the bride and groom to be said about one another or to one another. List the quotes on a note card and have the guests circle who said what.

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Engagement Party Tip #4: Give ‘Em Something Sweet to Eat!

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While it’s important to stay true to the couple’s style in regards to a menu, a fun, casual, and easy option is to keep it simple with just desserts and drinks. Pop the champagne and dish out some sweets—we doubt you’ll hear any complaints! Cookies can be customizable to just about any occasion. Decorate champagne flute, ring, heart, wedding cake shaped cookies, or make it interactive with a cookie-decorating bar!  If the couple hasn’t picked a wedding cake, visit local bakeries to see about samplings to serve at the party. The couple will get some feedback and everyone is sure to taste something they love! Decorate white or dark chocolate covered strawberries, or cake pops, to resemble a tuxedo or wedding gown!

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Whether you decide host from home or utilize the dozens of event venue options on Snappening, following these tips is sure to give the engaged couple a night to remember. Don’t feel like going at it alone? Consider hiring a professional event planner to help you pull off an amazing engagement celebration!
Share your engagement party stories with us on Facebook and Twitter. For more inspiration and ideas, visit our She Said Yes Board on Pinterest!

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