Engagement Party in Tampa
The engagement party is the official start to all the wedding celebrations. Since it begins the wedding-day countdown, you might feel overwhelmed with all your other wedding planning responsibilities. If you can't devote the time it takes to put together a nice engagement party, Calabash Events is here to help. We'll use our engagement party planning expertise to help you relax and enjoy the festivities.
When to Have an Engagement Party
Engagement parties typically happen soon after you announce the engagement. If you plan on having a long engagement, you can have your party within the first three months of the announcement. While most couples pick a date one or two months after the proposal, anytime that's more than six months before the wedding is appropriate. Some couples even choose to have a surprise engagement party and announce the news then.
Sending the Engagement Party Invitations
Engagement parties are usually small, casual gatherings where families and close friends come together to celebrate the happy news. It's a time for everyone to get to know each other better. As a result, you don't have to send fancy invitations or worry about matching the rest of your wedding stationary. You can hand-write the invitations, or you can choose a printed card that has a clean and classic design.
Choosing an Engagement Party Theme
While you don't have to, choosing a theme for your engagement party is always fun. It also makes it easier to come up with decorations and engagement party food ideas. Some couples choose a theme that reflects the two families. Other options for a theme include:
- Wine tasting
- Garden party
Picking an Engagement Party Venue
Depending on how many people you invite and the vibe you want for your engagement party, there are plenty of options for venues around. If you're going for something relaxed, a home, park, or beach are all nice options. If you'd like something a little more elegant, consider a private room at a country club, restaurant, or hotel.
Planning an Engagement Party Menu
The engagement party menu will also follow the atmosphere you'd like for your celebration. A buffet or potluck will do nicely for a casual party. A formal party at a restaurant can simply order off the menu. Other options for the menu include:
- Finger foods
- Passed appetizers
- Dishes that represent the family
When it comes to dessert, engagement party cakes are always a popular choice. However, that's not the only option you have. Other fun ideas for dessert are:
- Seasonal treats
- Baked goods
- Gourmet ice cream sandwiches
Deciding on Engagement Party Decorations
You don't have to worry about over the top engagement party decorations. In fact, you want to make sure your engagement party doesn't upstage your wedding. Therefore, it's fine to consider something simple like small floral arrangements for pops of color.
Contact Us for Help With Your Engagement Party
If you're looking for help planning an engagement party, Calabash Events is here for you. Simply give us a call to learn more about our engagement party services.