Engagement party must haves

Your engagement party is the prequel to the main event; a chance for both sides of the family to meet under joyous circumstances, and a low-pressure get together before the stress of wedding planning sets in.


In order to make sure your engagement party goes off with a bang, just follow our handy checklist of engagement party must haves.

1. Alcohol

Ok, so you may not want to unleash your friends on a free bar, but you need to make sure that everyone has a glass of something sparkling when it is time for the toast. Make sure you have a choice of sparkling cider as well as Champagne (or Prosecco if you’re on a budget).

2. Games

The engagement party will be the first time that many members of the two different families meet, so plan a couple of fun icebreakers to get people chatting. Classic games such as Pictionary or MadLibs are fun for all ages, but if you want to go a little more risqué, try whipping out Cards Against Humanity.

3. Food

Save money by treating your guests to a buffet, and reduce the stress of hosting by hiring a catering company to cook, set up and serve a variety of snacks. At around midnight, order in pizza or burgers for your remaining guests, to soak up some of that alcohol, and save a few sore heads in the morning!

4. Carriages

Make sure your guests get home safe by hiring cars to pick them up and take them home safely. An added bonus is that you can set the end time for the party by simply announcing that the cars have arrived.

5. Party favors

Send guests home with a smile by giving them a small party favor to remind them of your big night. This can be as simple as a personalized chocolate bar, or as generous as a bottle of wine.

For a great choice of party favors, and other engagement party essentials, check out Grand Central Party in Nashville.

Photo source: flickr.com/Coty Smith

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