If you’ve just gotten engaged, congratulations! It’s more than okay to shout about it from the rooftops! Well, your rooftop, that is. With the word “pandemic” being coined as Miriam Websters’ word of the year, 2020 has been the first year where it wasn’t ‘in-to-be-out’ and being able to share your excitement with your loved ones has never been more challenging.
In a world where words like “Asymptomatic” and “Quarantine” have also been fighting for the top spot this year, even the thought of planning an engagement party seems like a bit of a pipe-dream. However, if there’s one thing that goes this year, it’s the fact that anything goes. So, throwing a quarantine engagement party has never been a better idea.
Get stuck into the pre-wedding celebrations and share the good news! Here are some of our most creative, unique, and fun engagement party ideas at home.
Creative Engagement Party Ideas at Home
Although traditionally, an engagement party is a big event, with all your nearest and dearest, with the current climate you may not be able to host the engagement party you always dreamed of. However, that doesn’t mean that it can’t still be fun, unique and special! With these engagement party ideas at home, you will be sure to have an evening you’ll remember for the rest of your life!
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The World Is Your Oyster
You lovebirds have gone through a lot together, and you’ve come out the other side stronger and happier for doing so. You’ve also gone on plenty of adventures together: whether that’s been abroad to far-off and fanciful places, or if you’ve mastered the art of the ‘staycation’. So, why not show your friends and family the journey you’ve been on together by throwing a home engagement party celebrating just that?
Or, if you’re just a little bit more private, base your engagement party around where you plan on spending your honeymoon. As it’s a tad difficult to travel at the moment, bringing a touch of what married life might be like to your wedding engagement party will be just what you need to celebrate in style.
Your engagement party guest list might be slightly different from who might actually be invited to the wedding, so it’s also a good experiment to see who doesn’t get on with who (and which sets of parents won’t be seated next to the bar on the big day!).
Using globes, maps, photographs (bonus points if they’re polaroids!), and corkboards in your decor will give the party that lovely sentimental touch, and leave you with more than memories that you can cherish forever. Serving up appropriate appetizers and mixing up your party playlist with the odd tune here and there from your dream destinations are the ultimate way to get your boogie on!
As the year draws to a close, and the nights are getting longer and colder, there’s surely nothing better than celebrating your engagement with a mug of hot chocolate and a bunch of marshmallows. Oh, and a couple of COVID-19 safe and socially distanced friends and family members!
Get comfy on the couch, snuggle in, and watch a marathon of romantic comedies. Or if hot chocolate isn’t particularly your… well, cup of hot chocolate, why not pop open a bottle of something bubbly? If there’s ever a time to do so, it’s to celebrate your very own love story, surrounded (somewhat) by your favourite people in the world.
If the weather isn’t too bad (which is, of course, a very fine line to walk if you’re living in the UK) you could even relocate your home engagement party to the back garden. A collection of tents, battery-operated fairy lights, fuzzy blankets, and candles will make your celebratory night that no one could forget.
Keep the party going with a lovely breakfast the next morning: pancakes, waffles, and as much syrup as you can shake a bouquet at.
For more inspiration or more home engagement party decoration ideas, looking on Pinterest is always a great first step. These decorations from Etsy are lovely for any location, as well as this banner and super-cute sign. Maybe guests who bring gifts can place them under the sign, or even under the banner?
A Night Beneath The Stars
Planning a ‘Night Beneath The Stars’ themed engagement party at home is the perfect way to get your friends and family in the mood for romance. This kind of party is for those who are fond of a night in but also want the glitz and glamour of a party (you know, in the traditional sense!). Don your fanciest outfits, roll out your red carpet, and strut your newly-engaged stuff in the moonlight.
This type of engagement party is suitable for whenever but we do recommend that for the full starry-night effect, spring/summer parties might have higher chances of clear skies and warmer nights.
However, much like the Pyjama Party idea, we’re certain that with some warm blankets, even a cold winter’s night can be warmed up. In fact, if you didn’t feel like splashing the cash for lots of blankets you might not ever use again, companies such as Brolly Bucket specialize in blanket and umbrella hire for a variety of events, which could be a fantastic alternative.
However you choose to make this theme your own, you’ll also be able to maintain social distancing rules with ease. 2020 has been a difficult year for everyone, and not being able to be as close to your loved ones as you might want to has definitely taken its toll. But that means there’s never been a better time to dance the night away and celebrate the person you love, with the people you love.
Let’s Get Cheesy!
What’s a party without a little bit of cheese? If we’re being totally honest, love is a little cheesy, and why does that have to be a bad thing? Trick question: it doesn’t! For the couple who would rather stack rather impressive rounds of cheese than even think about a wedding cake, this idea is perfect for you.
But why stop there? If you’re going to do it, you’ve got to do it right! Let’s make this engagement party be the cheesiest that it can be: we’re talking cheesy musicals, cheesy smiles in every single photo, and most importantly, incredibly cheesy dance moves.
This is a great plan for anyone who lacks a sweet tooth and wants to impress with their charcuterie prowess. It’s also great for sticking to social distancing guidelines, and for smaller groups/bubbles. Just make sure that when serving your cheeses, your guests are careful with their distancing, and you have procedures in place just in case.
If you want to go a little overboard, however, may we suggest hiring a photo booth to capture the events of the night? You’re already hosting the event and having a blast while doing so: why shouldn’t the engaged couple savour a few snaps here and there?! These could also be used later on! Perhaps as wedding reception decor, or even as part of a bridal shower game.
Competition is at the heart of any great relationship, and why not share that with your nearest and dearest? Not only is conducting a scavenger hunt a fantastic way to bring everyone closer together but also it can be done both online and in-person in a socially distanced manor. So whether or not you want to optimize your Zoom time is entirely up to you: the only thing that matters is winning! Oh, and the future bride and groom..!
Arrange yourself and your guests into two teams, and head off in search of clues. Each clue should lead to something/somewhere that’s significant to the relationship of the bride and groom, all up until the last hint. This could lead to a dinner party where all of your family and friends can celebrate together, or it could even lead to a big reveal of the engagement (if it was previously an unspecified event!).
Coming up with clues could be a little challenging, especially when trying to link significant romantic moments to everyday household objects. However, with a little bit of creativity (and help from certain websites like Pinterest…!) you’ll be on a roll in no time!
Engagement Party Ideas at Home Conclusion
So, if you’re thinking of announcing your betrothal in a big way, rest assured: we’ve got you covered. Throwing a party from the comfort of your own home has never been easier, and just to recap our favourite engagement party ideas at home:
- Travel Love
- Pyjama Party
- A Night Beneath The Stars
- A Cheesy Night In
- Scavenger Hunt
If you’re looking for somewhere in Oxford to host your engagement party, Milton Hill House is a stunning venue for all kinds of events. From engagement parties and hen parties, all the way to indoor weddings and outdoor weddings, we provide excellent and professional service for all.