5 Glam Engagement Party Ideas

Your engagement party shouldn't be just another beer bash. Turn up the style dial with these five glamourous engagement party ideas.
by Lori Seto

Think "unforgettable" when you plan your engagement party. As in, the creme de la creme of celebratory occasions. Lay on the style, the muss, the fuss, for a party to top all parties. Here are five glam ideas to get your wheels turning.

Up, Up, and Away

Rent a hot-air balloon and have a party in midair. Some companies have baskets that hold up to 16 people, or you can rent several balloons with smaller baskets and snap pics of the view and of each other. Awe-inspiring vistas will get people talking and this once-in-a-lifetime experience will forever mark your engagement party in the memories of your guests. Land in a picturesque spot and enjoy a catered champagne brunch.

Swirl, Sniff, and Sip

Arrange for a private wine tasting at a local cooking school or winery (be sure hors d'oeuvres are included) or have a guest speaker or local vintner come to your home to lead the tasting.

Costume Ball Cocktails

Throw a themed cocktail party. Ask your guests to dress up as their favorite married celebrities, silver- or small-screen couple. Or, suggest they dress up as a character those celebrities have played.

Penthouse View

Rent a skybox for the big game and enjoy a primo view of your favorite team. Sports, with their glorious saves, infuriating misses, and endless statistics, are a great conversation starter. For those only peripherally interested in the antics of the field, be sure cocktails and passed hors d'oeuvres are in ample supply.

Studio 54 Redux

Glam out in your finest duds and trip the light fantastic at a rented nightclub complete with a disco ball, smokin' DJ , strobe lights, cigarette (cigar or candy) girls, theme-dressed waiters, hors d'oeuvres, and drinks. For example, if you and your mate are both from San Francisco, have the waitstaff dress in retro '30s garb and serve martinis and pan-Asian appetizers. Make sure the DJ plays some oldies but goodies for the older crowd.

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