Engagement Party Ideas
Whether the word is out or has yet to be spread, your engagement is the perfect time to celebrate by planning an engagement party. From the type of invitations to send out to engagement party ideas to consider, we are your go-to resource. This pre-wedding party starts with a little etiquette. We have the 411 on when to throw the party, who hosts, whom to invite, and how to tastefully notify guests about the wedding registry. While you wouldn't want to upstage the wedding, engagement parties can be as casual or as formal as you wish. Why not encourage mixing and mingling with a cocktail party where guests can gather at different food stations? A seated dinner with centerpieces and decorations is a more formal way to go. Or, you might opt for a casual cookout on the beach. Once you've settled on the place and style, search our endless ideas for invitations, appetizer and main dish suggestions, clever cocktails to serve (a big batch punch is always a festive way to go), and décor ideas to give your celebration an instant upgrade (crepe paper streamers, anyone?). If you're looking for an easy way to personalize the party, create a custom playlist to set a celebratory soundtrack. And don't forget to scope our picks for dress ideas and beauty tips as the ultimate finishing touch.
The Etiquette of Engagement Parties
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Mandarin CocktailTry this simple champagne cocktail for a delicious drink perfect for special occasions.
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Bridal Beauty Diaries: Tiana – The Engagement Party That Almost Wasn’t
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Rhubarb Marmalade, Ricotta, and Mint on Corn CrackersAdapted from Ivy Manning's Crackers & DipsRecipe
1–2-3–4 Lemon CakeThe name of this old-fashioned cake comes from its simple measuring formula: one cup butter, two cups sugar, three cups flour, and four eggs. Our take on the classic offers layers of textures and tastes, with sweetened whipped cream, custardy lemon curd, and fresh mixed berries.Recipe
Rum Rose CakeThis cake offers an easier way to pipe buttercream roses: Just one oversize star tip creates each bloom. The pastry bag is filled with two shades of frosting, half untinted and half pale pink. Underneath, four layers of sponge cake are brushed with a light-rum syrup and sandwiched with pastry cream.Recipe
Chocolate Bundt CakeGuaranteed to satisfy any chocolate craving, this is an excellent cake to keep in mind when you have a houseful of guests. The ganache glaze makes it dressy enough for dessert after a special dinner.Recipe
No-Bake Cheesecakes with PomegranateIndividual-size cheesecakes made in muffin tins are just as cute -- and irresistible -- as cupcakes. The homemade pomegranate jelly makes a festive and tasty topping. If desired, you can substitute any other flavor.Recipe
Tipsy Parson's Porch Swing SwizzleThis is a dangerously delicious bourbon whisky, mint, and ginger beer concoction.Video
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One Bowl Chocolate CakeUse this cake recipe as the base for Jason Schreiber's Gooey Caramel and Chocolate Cake with Salted Peanuts.