23 Christmas Party Engagement Ideas That Will Bring the Holiday Cheer

Make the season merry and bright.
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Updated Nov 27, 2023
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If you're planning on hosting a Christmas engagement party now that the holiday season is in full swing, you're in the right place. What's great about Christmas is that there are so many ways to celebrate. With that said, there are equally as many ways (if not more) you can celebrate your engagement. Regardless of whether or not you want to throw a classic Christmas engagement party in your home or travel to a festive venue, we've got you covered. We've also included a list of Christmas engagement party decor you can use to adorn your home (or other engagement party venue) during your upcoming celebration–you can thank us later.

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Christmas Engagement Party Ideas

Whether you're looking to throw a classic Christmas engagement party or are looking to host something a bit more personalized, read on for some ideas that'll have you and your guests feeling merry.

1. Ugly Christmas Sweater Engagement Party

Invite your guests to wear their ugly Christmas sweaters to your celebration. You can stir up some friendly competition by having attendees vote on which sweater they think is the ugliest–just make sure to have a festive prize handy (or a couple in case it's a tie).

2. Ornament Decorating Engagement Party

Have a table filled with plain ornaments ready for your guests to decorate as soon as they arrive. Whether you opt to have paint, stickers or markers available for crafting purposes is up to you–either way, each attendee will have a beautiful new souvenir to take home with them to remember your special event.

3. Christmas Tree Farm Engagement Party

For a rustic Christmas engagement party, rent out your local Christmas tree farm for a couple of hours. You can set up a couple of tables with some popular engagement party foods including bruschetta and charcuterie in addition to another with a Bluetooth speaker (blasting holiday tunes) and dining utensils.

4. North Pole-Themed Christmas Engagement Party

Bring the North Pole to life at home or wherever you decide to host your holiday engagement party. You can decorate with a "Letters to Santa" station and a sign welcoming guests to your version of the North Pole. Regardless of how you choose to make the North Pole your own for your celebration, this engagement party theme will have your guests feeling nostalgic and filled with holiday cheer.

5. Elf-inspired Christmas Engagement Party

This one is for Elf-loving couples. Incorporate this classic holiday film into your celebration of love. Hang banners with some of Buddy The Elf's most memorable quotes or add some festive plates to your snack tables. You can even have the movie playing in the background for your guests to enjoy and reminisce about while they chat amongst themselves.

Christmas cookies are a popular holiday treat and for a good reason. Whether you like gingerbread, chocolate chip, sugar or snickerdoodle cookies, you can splurge for your celebration to create a table filled with more cookies than you (and your guests) can chew. Add a cookie decorating station filled with red and green frosting tubes, festive sprinkles and icing decorations where your guests can set their imaginations free to create the Christmas cookies of their dreams and then some.

7. Winter Wonderland Christmas Engagement Party

Even if you're not celebrating your engagement in an area where it snows, you can transform your engagement party venue into a winter wonderland by taking advantage of decorations that are white and reminiscent of things that are generally associated with winter which may include snow, presents and ornamented trees to name a few.

8. Gingerbread House Making Christmas Engagement Party

Celebrate your engagement with your friends and family while you each create your own gingerbread house. DIY gingerbread house-making kits are fairly easy to come by (such as these miniature ones from Target) and are an easy way to put your guests in the holiday spirit. Although it'll be hard, we'd recommend trying to not eat the candy before everyone completes their house–that way you can snap a photo of your efforts.

9. Christmas Karaoke Christmas Engagement Party

If Christmas songs are an essential part of the holiday season for you and your partner, host a Christmas engagement party filled with Christmas karaoke. Whether you purchase a karaoke machine for the occasion, or simply create a YouTube playlist with "Jingle Bell Rock," "Last Christmas" and other lively songs, your guests will have a fun time singing or listening to the other guests do so.

10. Ice Skating Holiday Engagement Party

Take your engagement party to an ice skating rink. You can rent out the rink for a more private celebration or simply skate near your friends and family for a couple of hours before heading back home for some hot chocolate.

11. Matching Pajamas Christmas Engagement Party

This one's for couples who like to wear matching pajamas during the holiday season. Pick a pajama set together that you want your guests to wear and then include the name or a link to it when you send out your Christmas engagement party invitations. We'd advise including that you're happy to purchase some in case a couple of attendees don't have any wiggle room in their budget for a new pair of pajamas–no one should feel left out.

12. The Grinch-Themed Christmas Engagement Party

Fans of How the Grinch Stole Christmas will appreciate a holiday engagement party inspired by this iconic character. You can serve up some Who Hash for your guests to enjoy while listening to "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" on loop–we think that sounds pretty nice.

13. The Nightmare Before Christmas Engagement Party

If you want to surprise the to-be-weds with a Disney-inspired Christmas Engagement Party, The Nightmare Before Christmas can serve as a great theme. Once you secure some themed engagement party cake toppers and decor, you can get straight to celebrating.

14. S'mores Making Holiday Engagement Party

As long as you have a firepit at home or at your engagement party venue, a s'mores-making celebration is a great idea. Start the fire and pull out some chairs or benches for your guests. Then, ensure you have plenty of marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate ready for the occasion which will surely be a sweet one.

15. Wreath-Making Christmas Engagement Party

Channel the crafter inside you (and your guests) with a wreath-making Christmas engagement party. Whether you want to buy a wreath-making kit for each individual guest or a couple that can be worked on in groups or by family is up to you–either way, it'll be a fun time. Add some plates of red and green M&Ms, sugar cookies and other snacks for your guests to munch on while working. After all, it's always easier to concentrate on a full stomach.

Christmas Engagement Party Decor

Every Christmas engagement party needs decor regardless of the theme. From joyful centerpieces to cheery photo backdrops, we've provided some affordable decorations that you can add to your cart for your celebration that won't break the bank.

"OMG Santa I Know Him" Banner

'OMG Santa I Know Him' ELF Christmas Engagement Party Banner
Photo: Amazon

Regardless of the Christmas engagement party ideas you're considering, adding this "OMG Santa I Know Him" banner to your cart is a good choice. However, we'd particularly recommend this piece if you're planning on hosting an Elf-themed engagement party.

Spritz Christmas Honeycomb Trees Centerpieces

Christmas Honeycomb Trees
Photo: Target

Embellish your Christmas-themed engagement party with these honeycomb tree table centerpieces. Since these packs of three don't require any assembly, all you have to do is take them out of the packaging and place them on your tables of choice.

Printable "Letters to Santa"

Printable letter to santa template for christmas engagement party
Photo: Crish Studio

If you're looking for a printable engagement party game to incorporate into your Christmastime engagement party, consider these "Letter To Santa" printable templates. Although this is more of an activity as opposed to an engagement party game, your guests will still have a fun time filling them out.

Personalized "Merry Little Engagement Party" Sign

Christmas Engagement Party Welcome Sign
Photo: Party Bee Invitations

Welcome your guests to your celebration with this Christmas engagement party sign. Since it is a downloadable file, you can edit it to include you and your partner's name before the phrase "merry little engagement party" underneath.

"'Tis The Season To Be Married" Banner

'Tis The Season To Be Married' Christmas Engagement Banner
Photo: shop paper and parties

This "'Tis The Season To Be Married" banner may be just what you need in the background when snapping photos with your partner and guests at your Christmas engagement party. It's extravagant enough that it'll be noticed by your guests when they arrive, but subtle enough to not take away from the main focus of any photos taken.

Lighted Gift Box Decorations

Christmas Lighted Gift Boxes for christmas engagement party
Photo: Amazon

Your Christmas engagement party venue can glow with the help from these festive lighted gift box decorations. They're easy to turn on and off since they are battery operated. And, the pack comes with three boxes (each a different size) to add some dimension to your decor.

Candy Cane Napkins

Candy cane napkins for Christmas engagement party
Photo: Target

These candy cane napkins are a simple way to add some holiday cheer to your Christmas engagement party decor. They can be purchased in packs of 20, so make sure to do a headcount when engagement party planning to make sure every guest can have access to at least one.

"Our Winter Wonderland" Christmas Engagement Party Cake Topper

Silver 'Our winter wonderland' Christmas engagement party cake topper
Photo: Walmart

This "Our Winter Wonderland" cake topper is a sweet way to turn a classic winter phrase into a romantic one. And, since it's glittery, your cake will glisten aside any of the lights that decorate your venue.

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