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Once that ring is on your finger, you’ll want to celebrate the big news in a big way. You’ll also want your engagement party to be fun for everyone and unique in ways that show your personality.

Engagement Party Ideas

Now you’re wondering about those unique ideas, right? Read on! Our engagement party ideas will make your celebration memorable – whatever time of day you choose to celebrate.

Brunch

Everybody’s busy, but most people have weekend mornings free. Catch your favorite people during that time for an engagement party brunch. The bonus is that brunch dishes are so, so easy to make. Yummy egg bakes can be made ahead of time and baked that morning. Set up a DIY bar with fixings for mimosas and Bloody Marys. If you’re a gourmet chef-in-the-making, try out some awesome new recipes like making croissants and soufflés. Not so much? Talk to your local bakery about making you decadent pastries and breads. And don’t forget the coffee.

Lunch

Make it casual! Get out the grill and cook up your specialties – steak and shrimp and kabobs are always a hit. Serve hearty potato salad, big slices of watermelon and all your favorite picnic snacks. Lemonade is the perfect beverage for an engagement party barbecue, so get creative with different flavors. Then set a rustic, country-style scene with checked tablecloths, hay bales for seating and yard games like croquet and badminton for fun.

Cocktails

Right after work and before dinner is a great time to throw a cocktail engagement party. Get your bartending skills in shape, set up a DIY bar with a variety of beverages and mixes, or hire a bartender for the night. Brainstorm a signature drink for your party that plays off your names, the event or your hobbies (i.e., “Thinking Pink” strawberry martinis if your wedding color is pink, or “Mr. and Mrs. Kisses” chocolate flavored liqueur). Cocktail snacks are quick and easy to prepare. A gourmet olive bar, a selection of imported cheeses, bite-sized quiches and seasoned meat on skewers will make the party festive.

Dinner

Whether you cook it yourself or have it catered, a sit-down dinner is an elegant and traditional way to celebrate your engagement. Serve a five-course meal and impress your guests – appetizers (perhaps with champagne while mingling before the meal), soup, salad, entrée with vegetables, cheese plate, dessert and coffee. Sitting down together will make conversation easy and will allow the memories to flow.

Movies

If you’re movie buffs, throw a late evening Hollywood theme engagement party. Rent a big screen TV or projection screen and show all the romantic classics, from Casablanca to Sleepless in Seattle. Set up the furniture theater-style, and cover the floor with big cushions for lounging. Serve a big variety of popcorn and iconic movie candy, along with fun drinks. Then cuddle up and let in all the romance!

Be sure to pick engagement party invitations that compliment whatever type of party you choose to throw!