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Planning The Lowkey Engagement Party

Summer loving has us a-blast year after year.  And engagement parties are the first stop on the journey of a couple from down on one knee to ‘I do’. Now, for a lot of folks, the engagement party is a big deal, and they put a big effort into to match appropriately. But if you’re looking for something a little bit more lowkey, just a small gathering at home, then this helpful guide of tips and tricks is just the one for you.

Decide Who Is Hosting

Traditionally, the bride’s family hosts the engagement party. But, things are definitely evolving and these days, just about anyone can host the party. If you don’t have the room for a party, then chat to your friends and family and find out who would be game to lend their garden to your happy announcement for an afternoon.

Keep An Eye On The Guest List

Another tradition is to invite the same people you invited to your engagement party, to your wedding. And while we are all about doing this your way, for your wedding, this particular custom might be something people are aware of and expect. Keep this in mind when you’re compiling your guest list. For a small party like this one, it’s also good to keep your list to close friends and family.

Pick Your Decor

There’s nothing that says your engagement party needs to match your wedding in decor. In this case, you also want to keep it simple and affordable. Choose seating, table arrangements, and decor that are aesthetic and functional. Flowers are a good way to brighten up and perk up any space. Little touches, like mementos for the guests, are also a good way to bring your decor together and make it special. If you’re up for it, you can also DIY some of the decor and add an entirely personal touch to your engagement party.

Decide On A Menu

Picking out your food for your engagement party is no small feat. These days, there needs to be accounting for people’s dietary requirements, and it’s important to pick finger food that can withstand the heat of the summer. Keeping it lowkey means delicious, simple food that is easy to prepare and maintain. (Alternatively, if you have the budget, you can order from caterers.)

Dress The Part

This is your engagement party, a celebration of something truly momentous in your life, and it deserves its own outfit. When selecting your attire for the party, remember the setting and venue, as well as ensuring that you’ll be comfortable in the weather. And make sure you and your partner match!

Plan Your Announcement

This wouldn’t be a proper engagement party if you didn’t announce your engagement. Sit down with your partner and plan what you’re going to say and when you’re going to make the announcement. If you’re feeling like a bit of a thespian, you can even add some flair and drama here and there. Regardless of what you decide to do, make sure you don’t miss out on your big announcement!

Prop House offers a wide selection of decor and seating for the perfect garden summer engagement party. Chat to us about what will suit yours best.