Guide to great engagement parties and bridal showers
Engagement parties: Engagement party invitations
Engagement parties bring two families together for some essential meet and greet time, while bridal showers are a great excuse to gather the gals for a little congratulatory cheer. – by Shannon McCarthy
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Announce the big news – and the bash to celebrate it – with party invitations that are whimsical, wacky or wild. With pre-designed invitations lacking only names and dates or with options where you choose everything from paper stock and eco-friendly inks to font styles and border designs, you’ll really get that party started.
Engagement parties: Personalized engagement party decorations
Newly engaged couples get a kick seeing their names paired on party supplies, and there are myriad ways to do this for their engagement soiree, from the expected touch of cocktail napkins to more unusual items including votive candle holders, EngageMints candy tins and monogrammed glass coasters.
Engagement parties: Vera Wang toasting flutes
Bing | Vera Wang toasting flutes
An engagement party calls for a generous number of congratulatory toasts directed toward the newly betrothed couple, and there’s not much better to hold that bubbly than a pair of champagne flutes from Vera Wang. The wedding-centric designer’s glassware makes a great gift for the couple-to-be, too.
Engagement parties: ‘Great Gatsby’ party supplies
Looking for an engagement party theme sure to be a hit this year? Party like it’s 1925 with a “Great Gatsby”-style shindig. The mood is relaxed retro with a side of cocktail party elegance perfect for celebrating a new engagement. Another plus? Merchants are flush with fun merchandise that’ll make the party roar.
Engagement parties: Engagement gift baskets
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Although engagement party etiquette doesn’t require that guests give gifts, more folks are bringing along something to mark the occasion. Consider an impressive present with a practical side, such as a bountiful engagement gift basket offering up goods and goodies to help launch the soon-to-be-wed couple’s life together.
Engagement parties: The Knot Wedding Planner in a Box
This spot-on gift for the bride-to-be is just as much a gift for her beloved other half, as anything that lessens wedding planning stress will benefit both of them. Wedding notebooks and binders are a great resource, and this comprehensive kit from online marriage experts The Knot covers all the bases and beyond.
Engagement parties: Wedding keepsake boxes
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A reasonably priced gift crafted to hold priceless memories literally becomes a treasure-trove for your favorite engaged couple. Choose from modern shadow boxes, glass-topped display boxes, rustic carved wood containers, small silver-plated engravable hearts (think: the couple’s new monogram) and more.
Bridal showers: Bridal party shower decorations
Getting all the wife-to-be’s best girlfriends together is a time-honored pre-wedding tradition, and an especially beloved one at that. Up the fun factor with bridal shower decorations keyed to a few of her favorite things, or, if she has already chosen her wedding theme or colors, use those for festive foreshadowing.
Bridal showers: Bridal shower games
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Break the ice with bridal shower games that inspire giggles, gossip and gasps. From totally traditional (Bridal Bingo, word scrambles) to rather wacky (toilet-paper bridal gown competitions, handbag scavenger hunts), party games keep the good times rolling. Print them out straight from the Web, or grab the Table Topics Bridal Shower game.
Bridal showers: Wine-tasting party kits
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If you’re stumped for bridal shower ideas, consider the sophisticated yet slightly saucy fun of a wine-tasting party kit. These all-in-one oenophile explorations supply everything but the vino, inspire learning and laughs, and keep the supping to a minimum – unlike, say, those make-your-own martini bars.