Getting engaged can be an exciting life event. It marks the beginning of a new chapter and the beginning of a life with someone you love. One of the best parts about being engaged is getting to share this experience with those closest to you. A common way that people often mark this life event is by throwing an engagement party. It’s a way of celebrating and making sure your loved ones can do so with you. However, putting together this party takes a little bit of planning, depending on the scale you’re doing it on. Here is how you can throw a memorable engagement party.
Set a Budget
It’s so easy to go overboard when it comes to throwing a party. What is supposed to start off small can turn into a carnival overnight, and this can be tough on your wallet. To avoid going broke before you’ve even planned your wedding, decide with your partner how much you can afford to spend. Once you’ve spent your budget, your next job will be to plan a party within your set budget.
Find a Venue
Now that you’ve been able to put together a budget, think about where exactly you want your party to hold. This will depend on personal preference as well as the theme that you choose. Although not every party has to have a theme, choosing one can make your party look more coordinated, and it can also make it a lot more fun.
If, for instance, you decide your party will be a buttoned-up BBQ party, then it may be a good idea to do it at an outdoor venue. When choosing, make sure you consider the distance, capacity, as well as the cost.
Make Sure There are Enough Refreshments
Drinks are one of the most important elements of a good engagement party. You’re bringing people over to celebrate, so what better way to do so than by having a few toasts? You have a few choices with refreshments, depending on your budget and preference. For one, you could decide to put drinks on a table and let people help themselves. If you’d rather someone help you manage them, then get mobile bartenders. This will also ensure everyone is served and you don’t have to worry about a thing.
Hire a Cater
Just as refreshments are important at a party, so is food. You want to be sure that your guests have enough to eat and leave fuller than they came. In terms of the kind of food you can offer, you want to try and choose a menu that most of your guests will enjoy. Some nice nibbles to consider are bruschetta, charcuterie, and mini meatballs for snacks or finger foods. Fried shrimps, kebab and pizza, should do the trick for more filling delicacies. Don’t forget to include vegetarian and vegan foods for the non-meat lovers.
Decide Who’s Hosting
To keep your guests entertained at your engagement party, you want to be sure there’s a good host. They should make your guests feel comfortable and also help coordinate the party. If it’s a small and intimate party, you and your fiancée could host, otherwise get a friend or family member to get stuck in. There’s also the option of hiring a professional if it’s within your budget.