Congratulations on your engagement! What better way to celebrate this exciting step in your relationship than by hosting  an intimate and heartfelt engagement party in the comfort of your own home?

Planning an engagement party at home is not only the budget-friendly option, but also a way to celebrate with your closest family and friends in a more relaxed setting. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the steps to plan an unforgettable engagement party right in your own living space and even hook you up with a free party planning checklist to make it easy.

Step 1: Set the Date and Invitations

Choose a date that works best for you and your partner, and ensure it doesn’t clash with any other important events. Create and send out personalised engagement party invitations that reflect your style as a couple. You can opt for traditional paper invitations or embrace digital invites. There’s even some great invitation apps you can use to make it easy (I like this one) or there’s Canva.

Step 2: Decide on a Theme

Selecting a theme for your engagement party can bring everything together and just make the whole event seem a little more thought out. A little more fancy even. Whether it’s a rustic garden party, a glamorous black-tie affair, a cozy winter wonderland, or a casual backyard barbecue, let the theme reflect your personalities and shared interests.

Step 3: Plan the Décor

Here’s where you keep that theme in mind. If you’ve chosen something casual, you might not need much decorations at all.

If you do want to create some ambience, adding some candles, fairy lights and flowers is pretty much all you need. Pick a couple of colours to stick to. For an extra personal touch you could display some photos of your journey together, showcasing special moments leading up to the proposal. There are endless ideas on Pinterest for budget decoration ideas for a party at home or just head to a junk store and stock up on whatever looks nice. Small touches like pouring your snacks into a bowl rather than having packets sitting on the table make a bigger difference than you’d think to the overall look.

Step 4: Food and Drinks

Again, keep that theme in mind. For a classy event, you want a selection of appetisers and some finger food. Think canapés, mini quiches, and elegant cheese boards paired with wine and champagne. If you want to add a bit of whimsy, plan a signature cocktail named after the two of you.

If you have opted for a casual gathering, go for comfort foods like sliders and chicken wings. Lay out the chips, dips and soft drink (AKA soda). If you want to go full barbecue style, you could put out options for guests to build their own burger after it’s been cooked up. That makes it easier on you to just relax and enjoy the party too.

Whatever you do, just remember that theme. For a tropical theme, serve fruity cocktails, coconut shrimp, and pineapple skewers. For a rustic theme, do hearty options like BBQ ribs, cornbread, and mason jar salads.

You get it. Just make sure to keep in mind your guests preeferences and special dietary needs so nobody feels left out.

Step 5: Entertainment

Create a playlist of your favourite songs and decide if you want to do toasts. Set up a photo booth.

Games and activities, such as a photo booth with props, or “Who Knows The Couple Best” can also make sure the party is really fun and memorable.

Step 6: Capture the Moments

Document this special occasion by designating a friend (or hiring a photographer if you have the budget) to capture candid moments throughout the party. You can look back at the photos for the rest of your life and remember the way you started out your marriage.

Step 7: Plan for Comfort

You do need to think about more than just decorations. Ensure your home can comfortably accommodate the number of guests you’re inviting. Arrange seating areas for socialising and relaxation. If your party extends to an outdoor area, have blankets or heaters available if needed. Just make sure everybody is comfortable so they can have a good time.

Step 8: Rain Plan

If your engagement party is planned for an outdoor setting, have a backup plan in case of bad weather. Consider setting up a gazebo. You can hire them or they can be a good investment if you want to have one handy for future parties or barbecues. If that’s not going to be an option or the rain really pours, make sure you have an area set up indoors if you have to move the party.

By planning your engagement party at home, you can infuse the event with warmth, personal touches, and a relaxed atmosphere that will make it truly unforgettable for both you and your guests. Lastly, remember that this day is all about celebrating your love and commitment. So don’t forget to savour it. Sure, you want the decorations to be perfect and the food to be good but it’s even more important that you laugh, dance, play, sing, and create memories that will stay with you forever.