Post # 1
My parents are throwing an engagement party this weekend for FI and me. Is there anything specific we should do? I want to thank everyone for coming, but will people expect a speech? I am incredibly shy speaking to groups (even family and friends.)
I wanted a small get together with close friends and family, but it grew to 75+ event. I’m nervous, because I don’t want to seem rude if I don’t make an official statement or something. I’d prefer to mingle and just speak to everyone individually or in small groups.
Post # 3
@MoodyFoodie: just make sure you talk to everyone there at some point and thank everyone for coming. You don’t need to make a speech or anything like that.
Post # 4
Post party: We had at least 75 people. I’m not sure of the final count as we didn’t have a guest book. We did our best to speak to everyone, and I think we were successful. We didn’t make any formal announcement or toast. It was just a relaxed, good time.
The food was awesome. We didn’t run out of alcohol. We ran out of cupcakes mid party, but I blame it on the teenage boys in attendance. They ate $50 worth of them by themselves! (stupid, expensive cupcakes!)
All-in-all, it was a blast!
If any of you have an engagement party, I totally suggest putting out your parents’ wedding albums. We did at the last minute, and they were a hit. Everyone loved looking at the old pictures and finding themselves or seeing their relatives. The best part was admiring the fashion choices. HAHA!
Thanks for everyone’s help!
Post # 5
Wow that’s a fantastic idea about my parents and FI’s parents wedding albums! I have printed loads of photos of FI and I during the past 8 years but I’ll see what my mum and FMIL think of putting out their albums.
Like you my parents are throwing it and we started off wanting something small and it has grown to about the same number as yours- 70+. Also good to know that you didn’t need to do a toast- my dad is apparently doing one and I was wondering if I had to as well (FI wouldn’t due to anxiety) but it stresses me about a bit, I’d rather just thank people individually going round the room.