7 Engagement Party Ideas

Get ideas for themed engagement parties today!

You may need some engagement party ideas if you plan an engagement party to announce your engagement or if you are throwing one for a couple you know who has recently become engaged. If you are not looking for specific themes but a set of guidelines, I have a different article that might be what you are looking for called Your Engagement Party. If you are looking for themes, keep on reading.


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Engagement Party Ideas and Themes – The Beach Theme

There are many popular engagement party ideas, and one of the most popular is having a beach-themed party. You could either literally have it on the beach, or you could just make a home or dining hall look like a beach. You could use several different decorations or incorporate different ideas. 

You could have grass skirts, coconut drinks, leis, and seashells. You could decorate with beach pails filled with sand or small items bunched up in various places like seashells, starfish, and sand dollars. You could have centerpieces made to look like sandcastles or get an engagement cake decorated to look sandy or like a beach at sunset. You could also stick with the theme and serve roasted pig or sweet and sour pork or any other traditional beach or luau foods you think of.

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Engagement Party Ideas and Themes – Your Honeymoon

If you already know where you are going, you can have the engagement party theme be your honeymoon destination. If your honeymoon is in Paris, you can make your party location look like a French bistro, complete with a large French flag hanging prominently in the room. 

Planning on a skiing trip, you can turn the party into a ski lodge with a fireplace and spiked hot cocoa. Going on a honeymoon cruise? Make the party feel like a cruise ship and have activities available that you will be doing on your cruise.

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Engagement Party Ideas and Themes – Fairy Tale

Need more engagement party ideas? Is the upcoming wedding a fairytale come true? How about having the theme be a fairytale. You can dress as Cinderella, Prince Charming, or any other fairy tale couple you love. You can make your location look like a castle. 

You can have pretty gold tablecloths, play classical music, and have everything heavily draped in dark rich tones like burgundy. Don't forget the silver, one wonderfully silver item to use either as centerpieces or to simply decorate the room would be candelabras.

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Engagement Party Ideas and Themes – Decade Themes

Not all engagement party ideas are created equal. Some are easier to pull off than others. One way to have a lot of fun with your party theme is to choose a grand idea and pick a decade to center your party around.

Many people pick a decade and base a theme around those wonderful years. A couple of the more popular decades for a party are the 1920s and the 1950s. If you choose the 1920s, your theme will probably be the roaring 20s. 

To throw a roaring 20s party, you can send invitations to come to your speakeasy. Any alcoholic drinks you serve can be called by different names as alcohol is illegal. You can play music from the 1920s, and if any televisions are available, you can show silent films from the era. If the 1950s is the era you want to use, you throw a Sock Hop. Don't forget the music from the 1950s; rock and roll is king. 

Play all the greats; you can even have a dance marathon. Don't forget the pizza and the ice cream sundae building station. If you like the 1950s but are unsure about the Sock Hop idea, try the drive-in or a soda shop instead.

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Engagement Party Ideas and Themes – The Summer BBQ

Every engagement party does not have to be a super formal, adult-only event. If that is what you prefer, that is perfectly fine. However, if you are looking for something a little more casual and down to earth – why not have an Engagement BBQ instead?

A BBQ can be a lot of fun for everyone involved! You can serve traditional summer food like hamburgers, hot dogs, cold salad, fresh fruit, and lemonade. Of course, you can also serve more expensive or upscale food like chicken, steak, ribs, baked potatoes, wine, champagne, and beer. The choice is really yours!

You can rent a nice tent to ensure that people have a place to go if the weather takes a turn for the worst. Besides the food and drinks, you can have backyard games, fireworks, or live entertainment. Think about all the summer BBQs you have ever attended. What made them memorable in a positive way? What do you wish they did instead? Use your own experiences and preferences when you are in the planning stages.

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Engagement Party Ideas and Themes – Wine and Cheese Night

If you want an adult event and are either a foodie or a wine connoisseur, you can always turn your engagement party into a wine and cheese night.

When you specify that this is the type of party you will have, it will also let people know that you are not serving a sit-down meal, encouraging them to prepare beforehand.

Some people use this party to try new types of wine or cheese they have never done before. You can use this party to broaden your horizons and open yourself up to new experiences. Just like getting married will be a unique experience for you!

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Engagement Party Ideas and Themes – A Dessert Party

Don't want a sit-down meal and are thinking of something decadent to celebrate your engagement? What about a dessert party? There is little more decadent than a party dedicated to overindulging in one sweet treat after another.

How often will you be able to sample all the pies, cakes, cookies, brownies, fudge, truffles, and other delectable desserts all at once in your life?

If you or your partner is all about desserts and sweet treats, have this type of party. After all, the party is all about you, your love, and your future life together!

There are plenty of engagement party ideas out there. Hopefully, the few we listed above will help you decide what is right for you!

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Want To Buy Engagement Party Invitations? Here are Some of Our Favorites!

Here are some great engagement party invitations. I included ones that on the same themes as what we discussed in the article! Enjoy!