(Closed) What to do at a relatively small engagement party???

posted 7 years ago in Parties
Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Most of the engagement parties I’ve been to haven’t had specific activities. I would treat it kind of like a cocktail party and let everyone mingle and give their congratulations to the couple. You might want to give a quick toast to the couple, but other than that, I don’t think you need to plan anything else.

Post # 5
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Helper bee

I would just do cocktails and appetizers, you don’t need games! What about throwing a bbq in their honor?

Post # 7
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Helper bee

I wouldn’t ask anyone to bring anything, just keep things affordable. Can anyone else in the bridal party or parents help out with the cost? You can make a lot of things for low cost. Crostinis, bruschetta, go to the farmers market for veggies, make a veggie tray, Target has block cheese for super cheap, (like 2.50 a block) get that and slice it with an assortment of crackers. You can probably get enough for 15-20 people on a $50 budget for food.

For drinks make a sangria, you can go to Trader Joe’s for two buck chuck or even Walmart has a decent wine for arond $2 a bottle. When it’s sangria you can’t really tell the quality of the wine, jsut get something dry.  All you will need is wine, brandy, fruit and oj (or whatever recipe you follow)

On the invitation say, Sangria and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Then they will know if they want anything else to drink to bring it.

Post # 9
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Helper bee

Ahh, ok. That will be perfect! 🙂

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

Don’t worry about asking people to bring things, we do that all the time for our parties. 

Post # 11
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866 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I agree with others who suggested treating like a little cocktail party, but I would recommend making sure everyone is introduced to one another. Often e-parties are the first opportunity for the families to meet, so check with the B&G and make intros as necessary. Enjoy hosting and have fun!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

You know, even if you don’t ask people to bring something, most people will probably at least bring wine or beer — my friends and I never show up to a party empty-handed.  So that should help you with the cost.  As for activities, I don’t think any are necessary.  I’d just have some good background music, and let people eat/drink/schmooze/congratulate the couple.  Easy peasy!

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