Cool Engagement Party Ideas

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Cool Engagement Party Ideas
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Congratulations! Someone asked, and someone said yes. Getting engaged feels wonderful and exciting and new and amazing, and it makes you want to celebrate. What's next? An engagement party! Here are some fun and exciting things that you can do for your engagement party to share your excitement with your loved ones.

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Pick a Theme

Picking a special theme for your wedding party can bring some extra fun to the occasion. You could go with a lavish and elegant cocktail party theme involving black ties, slinky dresses and tuxedos. Or, you could pick your favourite decade of the last century and watch your father bounce around on the dance floor with an 80s hairstyle or some bell-bottomed trousers. If your tastes run to the fantastical, consider doing a pirate-themed engagement party and picture all of the buccaneering outfits and fine dresses your guests could get into.

Find a Great Venue

Although you could have your engagement party in your own family living room (which comes with the freedom to decorate it however you like), consider renting a party room at a local nightclub or fancy restaurant. If you've decided to go with a very fancy black-tie and tuxedo theme, check to see if the local jazz club has a section of tables they could rope off for you. If you've gone with an 80s theme, you can shop around the local bars and dance clubs to find out when one near you is having an 80s night and reserve a party room for the occasion.

Go Wild with Decorations

Whatever the theme you've decided on, or even if you've gone without a theme, you can let yourself go wild with decorations. If you're doing a pirate-themed engagement party, you could buy a trunk full of children's beach toys. Tape pictures of you and your spouse-to-be on them and then toss them on the walls or hang them from the ceilings. If you've decided to have a traditional, elegant engagement party, consider getting printed napkins with a picture of the engaged couple on them.

Plan Activities for the Guests

Whatever your party looks like in the end, you want to make sure your guests go home at the end of the evening feeling entertained: You want to have great memories of your engagement party! The key is to have fun activities for one and all. Have engagement photos taken; pass around a microphone and let everyone make a toast to the engagement couple or hire a professional video photographer and encourage your guests to go as wild as they want so that you can watch the video later on and laugh. Set up a bunch of white boards or a big blank book full of white paper and encourage your friends to leave wedding advice. Oh, and don't forget the karaoke machine.

Give Party Favors

Of course, once the party ends for the night, everyone has to go back home. Bring memorable party favours to your engagement party, something they'll take home, keep and use to look back with fond memories. If you've decided to go with a pirate-themed party, you could buy a bucket full of chocolate coins wrapped in gold and paste pictures with photos of the engaged couple. Magnets and stickers with the couple making funny faces and reminding people of the wedding date goes over well, too.

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