An engagement party is one of the unique ways to celebrate and break the news of your union in the near future. It’s a chance to bring future in-laws together to warm up to each other and catch up with friends.

What happens at the party all depends on you. Do you want to show off your diamond ring or share an engagement brunch and wine?

Here are some tips.

Hosting and Picking the Date

Anyone can plan and fund the party. If you are up for it, you can engage an event organizer or a wedding planner to make things easier.

The best time for an engagement party is usually within months of engagement. At this time, the excitement is still high, and the planning anxiety has not yet set in.

Guest List and Venue

It is always a great idea to keep the guest list intimate. Only invite those who will also attend the wedding. Ideally, consult with those hosting on your behalf about the guest list and other items you feel are essential.

When it comes to picking a venue, consider the theme you want for the party and how many people you want to attend. You can choose intimate and formal in a classy place like Villa Ragusa or low-key and informal at your parent’s house. It is up to you. And of course, send invitations.

Plan the Menu and Set the Scene

An engagement party without booze and food is no fun. Consider a display of meats, passed appetizers and crudites to add an air of class and good sumptuousness. A plated meal works well if planning on going formal.

If you are short on menu ideas, you can always pick the brain of Villa Ragusa’s experienced event organizers and professional chefs.

You have a free hand when it comes to the theme and the decor. Some go all out traditional while others choose simplicity.