Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Engagement Party Themes

The Engagement Party is not usually a party thrown by a bride & groom to be, but these days traditions are out the door! Couples are using the engagement party as an opportunity for their families to get to know each other better and in some cases, meet for the first time. A fun theme and an informal, casual environment will make this a great opportunity for everyone to relax and the celebrate the happy couple and the upcoming wedding!

First Love
How about recreating your first date? See if that local restaurant you went to has a private room so that all of your guests can enjoy the great food you two shared on that first night. Maybe recreate the atmosphere of the ice cream parlor where you two shared a sundae. Get a few kinds of ice cream and toppings and create an ice cream bar for your guests and be sure to inform your guests of the significance.

All in the Family
You can celebrate the joining of your two families by celebrating both families. Have each guest bring the oldest picture of the bride and groom to be and have an area to display them all at the party. You could also display the wedding pictures of other family members to prepare everyone for the joy of the expanding family.

Old Hollywood
A great theme to celebrate love is to pay tribute to the Hollywood couples of the past. Invitations with pictures of lovebirds such as Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn or Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart will definitely set the tone for this soiree. Of course, martinis are a must!

A Tropical Luau
Tiki torches, tropical flowers, and a bonfire can be a great way to celebrate the impending nuptials. In a fun, tropical-themed invitation, request that the guests wear grass skirts and Hawaiian shirts. As each guest arrives, place a lei on their neck. Fun foods such as a roasted pig and pineapple really pull everything together. Of course, everyone should toast the happy couple with a pina colada!

Global Love
Another fun theme to celebrate love is to celebrate it with the atmosphere of romantic locations like Paris or Venice. Passports or postcards will make great invitations. An Eiffel Tower setup and lots of french pasties or Italian music with yummy tiramisu will create a global, romantic effect.

No matter how you celebrate, remember that this is your first celebration on your way down the aisle. Surround yourselves with the people that you love the most and make it fun!

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