Plus, ideas for pulling off each.
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It's time to start planning your engagement party! While a casual backyard gathering or evening event with cocktails is always appropriate, your first bash as an engaged couple is the perfect opportunity to have some planning fun. If you're considering throwing a themed party, you're in luck. We've rounded up a list of four unique engagement party ideas (that haven't been done to death!), plus the ideas you'll need to bring your vision to life.


Taco 'bout a party! A fiesta-themed engagement celebration will leave your guests feeling festive and excited to attend every wedding-related event. Whether you host the bash in your own home or at a restaurant, consider setting up a taco bar, complete with all the fixings, for a fun, interactive build-your-own meal. Cacti balloons, centerpieces, and décor will set the mood, as will a piñata-even if you don't actually use it. And while a classic margarita is a great signature cocktail choice for this party, we think you should go with something a little more creative. Try a Cactus Cooler, made with amix of tequila, orange juice, cranberry juice, and fresh lime. Top it off with a touch of triple sec and finish with lemon-lime soda.


This party is going to make you want to book two tickets to paradise. A floral balloon arch around the entrance will set the tone for this themed bash. Inside your space, top tables with pineapple centerpieces (you can scoop out the inside of the fruit and fill it with flowers!) and add flamingo accents around the space, including on your cocktail napkins, drink stirrers, and photo booth, if you have one. Guests can sip frozen coconut Mojitos, made by blending four cups of ice with four ounces of fresh coconut, 4 ounces of coconut rum, two ounces of fresh lime juice, and eight mint leaves.

Pancakes and Pajamas

Brunch it up with a pancakes and pajama-themed engagement party. Start by making a breakfast-themed food display. A wall of donuts or a dessert bar with morning-themed treats, like mini cinnamon rolls, scones, and muffins, are sure to be a hit.You really can tie the whole theme together by using decorative paper plates, straws, and plastic silverware. Finally, gold letter balloons are perfect to use as decoration in nearly any space. As for cocktails, while we know mimosas are delicious, we think your guests will love Cranberry Brunch Punch, too. Make it by mixing cranberry, orange, and pineapple juice and lots of ice with as much Champagne as your heart desires. Add fresh berries on top to finish!

Garden Party

If you like the idea of a fancy engagement party, this is the theme for you. Plan an elevated garden party with plenty of pretty florals and a high tea-themed meal. Just remember, you can't have a garden party without some string lights! Up-the-ante by adding paper lanterns to yours.For a favor that pulls double-duty, set up a flower arranging station. Set out your favorite blooms and a selection of pretty vases, then get your guests create a bouquet they can take home with them. As for your signature cocktail, we love the idea of a prosecco bar. All you really need is a tray with fresh cut apples, raspberries, limes, blueberries, strawberries, and oranges. You'll leave your guests with their jaws dropped.


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