10 engagement party themes to get your guests celebrating
Engagement parties really have grown in popularity over the last decade. Whether you’re planning on waiting a few years until the actual wedding and want an engagement party to keep you going in the meantime or you’re having a small intimate wedding and want an event more people can intend, throwing a party to celebrate the proposal is a nice touch.
Of course, you can go for the standard pub gathering or a night in a bar, but it’s nice to make your engagement party stand out from the usual Saturday night drinks. Here are a few ideas to make your engagement party that bit more memorable.
Engagement Party Theme #1. Rooftop party
There are plenty of bars, restaurants and hotels around Ireland with beautiful rooftop gardens you can host your party on. Even if it rains, these venues are well equipped to keep you and your guests warm, dry and comfortable. Aside from the great views and the novelty of the occasion, there are usually options for tapas or even barbecue-style food to keep your guests full while they celebrate your engagement.
Engagement Party Theme #2. Festival
If your engagement is taking place during the summer, what better way to celebrate than with a festival-themed party! Friends or family are bound to have a large garden or a field you can borrow to host the festivities (be sure to hire a professional cleaner as a thank you!); simply throw a barbeque, blast some tunes and decorate with fairy lights and streamers. If you want to push the boat out, hire a bouncy castle, some inflatable sumo suits and giant Jenga to entertain guests. You can also hire a band or gather any musical friends you have to perform.
Engagement Party Theme #3. Wine tasting
If you want to throw a party with a little more sophistication, why not turn it into a wine tasting afternoon? Wine lovers will enjoy trying new varieties from around the world and other guests will enjoy the chance to gain some knowledge. Who wouldn’t like knowing what they’re doing when the waiter hands them a wine menu? It’s the kind of party suited to mixing relatives with friends, but it’s also versatile enough that you can tailor it to you and your fiancée’s tastes.
Engagement Party Theme #4. Brunch
An engagement party doesn’t need to be a crazy Friday night affair and who doesn’t love a good brunch? You can go for a traditional menu with French toast, buttermilk pancakes and eggs benedict or dream up a special one that reflects you and your fiancée. Maybe you got engaged in Barcelona and want to opt for a Spanish-style menu or you’ve decided to travel around Italy for your honeymoon and want to celebrate that with your brunch. You can host it at home, have a sit-down meal in a restaurant or opt for a cocktail brunch where guests can stand and mingle with finger foods and drinks. Just don’t forget the mimosas, Bellinis and Bloody Marys.
Engagement Party Theme #5. Sunset cruise
If you want to make your party truly special, a romantic sunset cruise is the perfect way to celebrate your engagement. Rent a barge and sail down the canal in Dublin or hire a boat and sail around the coast. Just make sure you have plenty of bubbly and nibbles.
Engagement Party Theme #6. Cooking class
Best suited to a smaller gathering, guests will enjoy the novelty of learning how to cook brand new dishes or discover a new twist on an old favourite. Choose a cuisine you and your fiancée both love and treat guests to an amazing experience.
Engagement Party Theme #7. Black & White
Perfect for the couple who want an elegant celebration without blowing their wedding budget on the engagement party. Tuxes and ball gowns aren’t necessary – the gathering will look effortlessly suave with everyone wearing a black and white colour palette. It’s also a great way to tip people off if you’re planning on a black tie wedding.
Engagement Party Theme #8. Hawaiian
Maybe you got engaged there, maybe you’re planning your honeymoon for the islands or maybe it’s out of your budget, so you want to bring a little bit of Hawaii to Ireland. Whatever your reason, a Hawaiian luau guarantees fun and excitement at your party. You can host it at a bar or function room, or simply set up a back garden to look the part.
Engagement Party Theme #9. Garden party
If beer and bouncy castles isn’t how you see your engagement party, but you still like the idea of being outdoors, why not throw a classic English garden party? Have a buffet with some barbequed meat, lemonade, punch, Pims and of course, plenty of cake.
Engagement Party Theme #10. International
If you’re getting married abroad or having a multicultural wedding, your engagement party is a great way to kick off your wedding
celebrations with some cultural flavour. Decorations and food can be tailored to represent the country or culture you want to celebrate and you can even organise some special entertainment, like a dance lesson or a native musician.