Post # 1
My roommate got engaged several weeks ago and I really want to plan an engagement party for her. We are both in our early 20’s, so I have not thrown an engagment party before and I am a student, so I don’t have a ton of $ to throw into this.
First, is it a taboo for a roommate to throw an engagement party? I was reading online that it is usually tradition that the women’s family throw the engagement party, but I’m thinking that is probably too old fashioned now to follow.
Also, is there any ideas for an inexpensive but classy party? I have a few girlfriends who are willing to help pitch in for this party, which wil be great.
Honestly, I am so nervous about this!! I usually get really uncomfortable about weddings, and I don’t know how to do wedding stuff! HELP!
Post # 2
MaidInTheMeadow: That’s so nice of you! If you two are friends, there’s nothing strange about you throwing her an engagement party. Just start by finding a date that works for her, her fiance, and any other really important guests (parents, siblings, etc.). Find out from her who she would like to be invited and get their addresses. If you’re looking to keep things affordable, you could do an e-invite. Do some research online for DIY decorations if you’re crafty. My FMIL hung up some tissue paper pomanders at ours and they looked great! I think she bought them but they’re really easy to make. The food/drinks is where the friends pitching in will really help. Once you know how many people are coming you can break down how much of everything you need. It doesn’t need to be a full meal or anything – hors d’oeuvres are fine. You don’t need to serve alcohol, but you do need to provide some sort of refreshment. If you have a small guest list and alcohol isn’t out of the budget though, a couple of cases of beer and a few bottles of wine would be all you need. Good luck!
Post # 3
This is super sweet of you, just ask the bride’s permission because she might want somebody else to host this and you need their guest list. It doesn’t have to be complicated, just finger foods (maybe from Costco/Sam’s Club), alcohol, background music, and maybe one game. You and your friends can tend bar, or find a Groupon, or contact a local bartending school, or hire a friend. Either in your house/apartment if it’s big enough or at a local community center party room. People can spend lots of money on these events, but if you’re not rich you can do this on a budget.