60 Engagement Party Ideas & Themes That Will Wow Guests

Celebrate your engagement with one of these unique (and Instagram-worthy) themes.
by Sarah Hanlon

Your partner popped the question, and you said yes. It's time to celebrate! We've rounded up the ultimate list of engagement party ideas and themes that will seriously wow your guests. If you and your partner are hosting the gathering or you, as a loved one, are taking on planning duties, these engagement party ideas are unique, creative, and perfect for honoring the relationship milestone. (Not to mention, these themes will kill it on the 'gram.)

From simple backyard get-togethers to themes inspired by pop culture moments you definitely haven't seen before, these engagement party ideas are fit for any couple. Browse through our collection of ideas to get inspired, and get to work on planning the best engagement party ever.

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Backyard Engagement Party Ideas

Keep it relaxed with a backyard engagement party. There's no need to rent out a glamorous event space if that's not in keeping with the couple's preferences. Here, we outline the best casual engagement party ideas—all you need is a great backyard. 

I Do BBQ

Whether you have a backyard fit for entertaining (or a friend is willing to lend their patio), bring together loved ones to toast with an "I Do BBQ." Deck out the space with romantic string lights and set up a picnic-style feast with classic homestyle dishes. Incorporate fun lawn games like cornhole or Bocce ball for a true backyard party. 

Backyard Bonfire

Pitch a few tents and invite guests to ring in an engagement with a camping excursion in your own backyard. Build a bonfire to roast hot dogs and s'mores while sharing stories and enjoying the great outdoors. 

Love Blooms

Have a garden? Host an engagement party among blooming flowers and luscious plants for a picturesque evening. (If keeping a plant alive isn't your forte, search for local greenhouses that are available to rent out.) Regardless of where it's hosted, an engagement party held among fresh flowers and greenery would make for a romantic setting.

Lei'd Back Luau

Dreaming of a tropical getaway? Host a Hawaiian-style engagement party with a backyard luau. Dress guests in grass skirts and leis while serving up Piña Coladas and Mai Tais. Make it even more authentic with a luau dance contest and a coconut carving station. 

They Found Their Main Squeeze

Bring back childhood memories with this nostalgic engagement party idea. Nothing tastes quite as refreshing as a cup of hand-squeezed lemonade, making it the perfect drink for the main squeezes who just got engaged. Yellow accessories are a must for this engagement party theme—deck out the space with lemon garland or witty wood signs and send guests home with bright yellow sunglasses

Engagement Party Ideas at Home

Home is where the heart is. Say "yes" to planning any of these engagement party ideas from the comfort of your own house. 

Dinner for Two

Not feeling an over-the-top party? No problem. Celebrate your engagement with your new fiancé by keeping it low-key with a dinner party at home. Whether you make a brand new recipe together or order your favorite takeout, enjoying each other's company (and that newly-engaged bliss) is a great way to ring in your engagement. 

Movie Night

Commemorate the moment they "popped" the question with a cozy movie night at home. Keep it laid back by creating a cozy setup indoors, or take it to the next level by screening a flick in the backyard. (You'll need a projector and a white sheet to make it happen.) 

Slice, Slice Baby

Who doesn't love a good pizza party? Keep it casual with a celebration from the comfort of your own couch with—you guessed it—a few pies. See if your local Italian restaurant can take it up a notch by creating the pizza in a heart shape to make it an extra cheesy celebration.

Fall Engagement Party Ideas

Proposal season officially kicks off in November, meaning autumn is a great time to host a fancy fête for the newly-engaged. These are our favorite fall engagement party ideas. 

A Pumpkin Patch Party

Head to the nearest pumpkin patch for an afternoon of cider tasting, corn mazes and hayrides. Then, host a pumpkin carving contest to see who can create the best design. Or, flex your baking skills by whipping up a homemade pumpkin pie. 

The Apple of My Eye

Forgo a pumpkin patch for an apple orchard instead. The couple did pick each other, after all, so it's only fitting to pick a few delicious apples during their prime season. Make it sweet by hosting a competition to see who can bake the best apple pie. 

Vineyard Hopping

Fall is the ideal time to schedule a vineyard-hopping trip. August and October mark the peak harvest months for vineyards, so the grapes will be fresh and the vineyard will be in perfect condition to serve as the backdrop for an Instagram photoshoot. Coordinate a bus (or find an organized winery trail in your area) to sample the best local wines and ciders.

Fun Engagement Party Ideas

Engagement parties don't have to be formal gatherings at an upscale restaurant or event space. Think outside of the box with these fun engagement party ideas. 

Barcade Takeover

If an engagement party at a bar doesn't sound exciting, take it up a notch by hosting it at a barcade. Guests can sip on cocktails while playing games like darts, ping pong, Mario Kart and air hockey. Who says an engagement party can't get competitive?

Beach Clambake

Oh, you found your lobster? Host a beach clambake engagement party. Cover tables with classic gingham cloths and decorate with string lights, seashells and burlap accents. Offer classic seafood dishes like lobster, crab legs, oysters and mussels and add in must-haves like potatoes, corn on the cob and seasonal veggies. 

Casino Royale

Bring the famed Vegas strip to you with a casino-themed engagement party. Guests will feel like they've been transported to a James Bond era with this sophisticated idea. Decorate the space with black and red motifs, and encourage a semi-formal dress code to elevate the theme. (Pro tip: Gold playing cards or mini gumball slot machines would make excellent party favors.)  

Top Chefs

Calling all foodies: Upgrade your culinary game by using a cooking class as an engagement party activity. Not only will attendees learn a new skill or two, they'll get to enjoy their delicious creation as a reward. How's that for a win-win scenario? 

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

If you're celebrating die-hard sports fans, round up a group of friends to catch a game. The newly-engaged couple will love nothing more than cheering on their team alongside their friends and family. Bonus points if you get an engagement shoutout on the Jumbotron! 

Love Wins

Show off your competitive side with an engagement party full of games and prizes. The options are endless, whether you organize a flag football tournament or keep it relaxed with beloved board games. No matter what you play, guests will have a great time winning prizes and celebrating the engaged pair.  

A Murder Mystery Party

Murder Mystery parties are all the rage right now, and it's not hard to see why. Any dinner party is instantly more fun when there's a problem to solve, making this a great idea for the couple always in search of their next adventure. Plus, with everyone dressed up in costumes and role-playing a character, it'll make for an engagement party with remembering. 

The One Where They Got Engaged

Could this theme be any more fitting for Friends fans? Channel the beloved 90s sitcom with this engagement party idea. Etsy has no shortage of Friends-themed decorations and memorabilia, making it easy to pull together a gathering for two people who found their lobsters. 

Weekend Getaway

Who says an engagement party has to feature an extensive guest list? Grab your new fiancé and plan a weekend trip to your favorite city or a place that's been on your bucket list. Feel free to invite a few close friends to tag along. Or, keep it between the two of you to enjoy your just-engaged status. 

What Do You Meme?

Meme culture isn't going away anytime soon, making this unique engagement party theme a must for the couple who's pop culture- and internet-obsessed. The sky's the limit with this idea—invite guests to come dressed as their favorite meme, or decorate the space with art that reflects pop culture's most defining moments. 

White-Out

Get in the wedding spirit with a white-out engagement party theme. Encourage guests to come dressed in all white, and serve a menu of white food and beverages. Weave in gold or silver metallic accents to give the party glam vibes.

Surprise Engagement Party Ideas

Chances are the engagement came as a surprise. If that's the case, follow it up with one of these thoughtful surprise engagement party ideas. 

Family Gathering

What's sweeter than a surprise engagement? A surprise family gathering to celebrate the engagement, of course. The couple will appreciate being surrounded by their loved ones from out of town to toast to their next chapter. Have them waiting in a nearby restaurant (or even just down the block) to make the proposal that much sweeter.  

Happily Ever After

They got their happily ever after, so surprise them with a magical engagement party to follow suit. Any Disney fan will appreciate an engagement party theme inspired by classic romantic flicks. Even better? Organize a surprise trip to Disney World to soak in that just-engaged bliss at the happiest place on earth. 

Rooftop Soirée

Add to the element of surprise by planning an engagement party on a stunning rooftop with sweeping views of the surrounding city. The skyline will make the perfect backdrop of an evening of toasting and partying.

Engagement Party Brunch Ideas

Who can say no to an engagement party brunch? Be sure to stock up on champagne and OJ if you choose to carry out any of these chic engagement party ideas. 

Afternoon Tea

Royal-watchers and brunch-lovers alike will appreciate an afternoon tea-inspired engagement party. Serve finger sandwiches, scones and pastries with a variety of tea flavors. To take the engagement party brunch theme to the next level, encourage guests to attend in their fanciest cocktail attire. 

Let's Brunch

There's no need to follow a strict engagement party theme if that's not fit to the couple's taste. A mouthwatering brunch (bottomless or with specialty-themed brunch cocktails) is a no-fail way to bring together loved ones in celebration. Grab a reservation at your favorite brunch spot and toast with mimosas to the start of a new relationship milestone.

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Channel Audrey Hepburn's classic romance flick with a Breakfast at Tiffany's-themed engagement party brunch. Stick with a classic Tiffany blue and white color pattern and serve up classic brunch favorites like eggs benedict, pancakes, waffles and pastries. Don't forget to offer guests accessories like pearl strands and diamond tiaras to stick with the theme.

Pancakes and PJs

No one is ever too old for a pajama party. Throw the ultimate cozy engagement party brunch by allowing guests to attend in their favorite PJs. Offer beloved brunch foods like pancakes, waffles and omelettes, or get creative with a cereal bar, a potato serving station or a self-serve mimosa stand.

Creative Engagement Party Ideas

Need an out-of-the-box idea for an engagement party? These creative engagement party ideas inspired by movies, television and pop culture are sure to delight. 

After the Final Rose 

As any Bachelor superfan knows, an engagement on the show is followed by a final rose. Give the couple of honor their own After the Final Rose special with a Bachelor-inspired engagement party. Roses are a must, as well as flutes of champagne for cocktail hour. (Psst: Etsy has plenty of Bachelor decor, from thematic candles to cupcake toppers with classic show one-liners.) 

Bravo-Holics Unite

Celebrating a Bravo-lover? Host an engagement party inspired by the beloved reality TV network. From Housewives franchises to spin off shows likeVanderpump Rules and Below Deck, there's no shortage of inspiration for a Bravo-themed engagement party. Whoop it up with cocktail napkins, wall banners and party favors inspired by unforgettable show moments. 

Carnival Fair

Fuel nostalgia with a carnival-themed engagement party. Rent popcorn machines and cotton candy spinners to give guests a taste of their childhood memories spent at a summertime neighborhood fair. Classic games like ring toss and prize wheels will delight guests. (And if you feel like being bold, rent out a dunk tank to take the theme up a notch.)

Donut Mind if "I Do"

If it feels like you see a donut wall at every wedding related-event you attend, you're not imagining it. Equal parts delicious and Instagram-worthy, donut-themed celebrations are a must for anyone with a sweet tooth. Give a nod to the soon-to-be weds with this inventive engagement party idea. 

For the Feyoncés

They put a ring on it, so celebrate the feyoncés as Beyoncé would. A playlist featuring the singer's best hits is a must, as well as decorations inspired by iconic song lyrics. (This "Drunk In Love" banner is an absolute must, as well as thematic photobooth props and Beyoncé confetti.) If one thing's for sure, this party will be flawless. 

Ice Cream'd 'Yes'

Ice cream social, anyone? Stock up on a variety of sweet flavors to mark the moment the engaged couple said (or screamed) "Yes!" There couldn't be a sweeter way to recognize the special experience. 

Love at First Swipe

There's a change the recently engaged couple met on a dating app. If that's the case, honor their digital beginning with a "Love at First Swipe"-themed engagement party. If they matched on Bumble, incorporate a bee theme. For Tinder users, red decorations would be perfectly suitable. Even Hinge has an online shop filled with goodies like branded marshmallows and piñatas. 

Love is Sweet

Satisfy your sweet tooth by arranging a mouth-watering dessert table (or candy bar) at your engagement party. From towering cupcake and cookie displays to rows of colorful candy (along with customizable take-home bags), guests will love indulging in a few treats. Because after all, love is pretty sweet. 

Love You a Latte

Prefer coffee over champagne? No problem. Instead of a cocktail engagement party theme, provide guests with a variety of espresso beverages instead. Attendees can raise lattes, macchiatos, mochas and cappuccinos in honor of the couple of the hour. 

Meant to Bee

This engagement was meant to be, so party in style with a witty theme. Weave in a bumble bee motif with buzzy wall hangings, banners, balloon arches and table accents. Guests won't bee-lieve how cute the party is. 

Nacho Average Engagement Party

Ideal for the couple who loves Taco Tuesday almost as much as they love each other, a nacho-themed engagement party will make them as happy as can be. Build a menu with dishes like nachos, tacos, quesadillas and chips and guac, and offer a build-your-own margarita bar to entertain guests. Or, take it to the next level by organizing a taco truck for late-night snacking needs. 

Netflix Marathon

Give your favorite TV series a nod with an engagement party that encourages couples to come dressed as their favorite characters from a Netflix original show. Follow a theme inspired by the couple's favorite binge-worthy show, or invite guests to come dressed as a character from their own favorite series.

Perfect Pairs

Life is full of perfect pairs: peanut butter and jelly, bacon and eggs, chips and salsa, and the newly engaged couple of course! Throw an engagement party with a menu designed in honor of the best culinary duos—perfect for the latest pair that found their perfect match.

Bon Voyage, Single Life

Honor the couple sailing into married life with a nautical engagement party. Whether you rent out a boat or keep the festivities on land, toast to the happy news with this theme—you'll have a whale of a good time.

Say Cheese

This engagement party idea is cheesy in the best way possible. Instead of a dessert table, offer up an impressive charcuterie spread for the couple who prefers savory treats over sweet. Set up a photobooth for guests to show off their cheesy smiles, and use their photos as a guest book to reminisce on the memorable evening. 

Snow in Love 

Snow bunnies unite. If a winter wonderland is more appealing than a tropical beach, host an engagement party inspired by the cold winter months. Deck out the space with deep-colored winter florals and warm string lights, and serve a hearty winter menu accompanied with warm drinks like mulled wine or sangria. The engaged duo is snow in love, after all, making this theme a great fit. 

Something Blue

It's never too early to get in the wedding spirit, so why not host a "Something Blue"-inspired engagement party? Stay on theme with blue décor, blue drinks and desserts topped with blue icing and decorations. Bonus points if guests come dressed in blue attire! 

Stuck Together Forever

Celebrating dedicated plant parents? Give a nod to their green thumbs with an engagement party theme inspired by succulents. Not only will plants serve as great décor, guests can take them home as a unique party favor. 

They Said "Oui"

Avid travelers and francophiles will appreciate this imaginative theme. Bring the romance of Paris to your own event space with a French-inspired menu (cheese and baguettes, s'il vous plaît).

A Trip Around the World

Grab a passport-themed invitation suite and invite guests to celebrate an engagement with global flair. Perfect for the couple who's always looking for their next trip, a travel-themed engagement party will fuel their wanderlust alongside their closest friends and family. Elevate the theme with globally-inspired dishes and thoughtful decorations like Passport-inspired stickers and a travel-inspired guest book

Two Less Fish in the Sea

Get inspired by the ocean, because an engagement means there are officially two less fish in the sea. Stay on-theme with delicious snacks (blue drinks and Swedish fish, anyone?) and give the venue a blue makeover to give it underwater vibes. 

Written in the Stars

Download the Co-Star app and let the stars inspire this fresh engagement party idea. A great idea for the couple who can list off their sun, moon and risings signs (along with their element and house signs), all you'll need is a black and gold color palette accented with Instagram-worthy decor pieces like a moon phase banner and a metallic star garland

Cocktail Engagement Party Ideas

Raise a glass (or two) in honor of the to-be-weds with these mouth-watering cocktail engagement party ideas. 

Après Ski

Skip the physical activity and host an engagement party inspired by après ski activities. Serve warm drinks like spiked hot chocolate and hotty toddys while guests mingle in a ski lodge-inspired venue. No snow boots required! 

Brews and Bites

Give guests a taste of local breweries by offering a selection of locally-made beers. (Don't forget small finger food selections like inventive dips and hors d'oeuvres!) A great alternative to a wine tasting, a "Brews and Bites" engagement party theme is great for the couple who loves entertaining as much as they love sampling the best new beer concoctions. 

BYO-Cocktail 

If you've got a group of aspiring mixologists, encourage your friends to come to your engagement party with the fixings to make an original cocktail recipe. The to-be-weds can judge the competition. (Pro tip: this creative engagement party idea can double up as research for the couple's signature wedding day cocktails.)

Eat, Drink and Be Married

The core of any great party comes down to good food, great drinks and even better company. Get back to the basics with this simple (but fun!) engagement party idea. Serve the couple's favorite food and beverages while soaking in the newly-engaged bliss. After all, it's only a matter of time until they will be married.

Rosé All Day

Celebrating a wine-lover or two? It's time to rosé all day. Stock up on the couple's favorite bottles of pink wine and scour the web for the cutest rosé-inspired party favors. Brands like Yes Way Rosé and Babe Rosé offer plenty of beverage options as well as cute party favors. (Psst: A pink balloon arch and rose gold fringe curtain are also must-haves for an Instagram-worthy backdrop.)

Sip Sip, Hooray

Looking for a punny title for your engagement party idea? Call it a "Sip Sip, Hooray" celebration. Whether it's being held at an upscale restaurant or in someone's home, sites like Etsy have plenty of decorations (like frame-worthy signs, invitations and party favors) in keeping with the fun theme.

Vintage Engagement Party Ideas

Throwbacks don't have to be corny. Get inspired by something old with this roundup of vintage engagement party ideas. 

By the Decade

Travel through time with a decade-inspired engagement party theme. Ask guests to come dressed in their best looks inspired by their favorite decade. Prepare a playlist with hit songs from each era, from the 1970s to the 2010s. 

The Roaring '20s

Channel Jay Gatsby's extravagant soirées with a 1920s-themed engagement party. Deck out the space with glitter, confetti and lots of champagne towers, and encourage guests to sport their best flapper-inspired ensembles. This engagement party idea is a great option for history buffs and classic literature lovers. 

Something Old, Something Borrowed

Encourage guests to get creative with a thrift-shop themed engagement party. Attendees should shop for an outfit at a local consignment store, while the newly-engaged couple should rock vintage-inspired wedding ensembles. Not only is it a unique theme, it's a nod to a classic wedding tradition. 

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Updated January 2020

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