fiesta

Fiesta

Whether it is Cinco de Mayo or just an average weekend, a fiesta-themed engagement party can be a blast!  Go glam with lots of intricate decor, such as papel picado banners, cactus-illustrated macarons (above, left) and loteria card favors.  Or go simple and festive with a pitcher of killer margaritas and a make-your-own taco bar.  String up a pinata and start the party!

carnival

Carnival

One of the most popular wedding themes of the last decade has been carnival parties.  Although this playful concept might not be something more traditional brides want for their wedding, many would love this for an engagement party idea.  If you can host it at an actual carnival, even better. The bride and groom can multitask and use the setting for their photo shoot.  If you host in your backyard, this is also a very family-friendly event. Set up DIY version of carnival classics to entertain guests (above, right).

brunch

Brunch

We can all agree that brunch is the best meal ever. Cocktails and pastries?  We're sold!  Host your get together during brunchtime and invite your guests to spend a casual morning enjoying this tasty engagement party idea. Serve a collection of breakfast favorites and plenty of fresh produce. For drinks, design a clever mimosa or Bloody Mary bar.  If it's summer, host the party on your patio while the morning temperatures are still cool.

bbq

Barbeque

Especially during the summer, nothing says relaxed time with friends and family like a barbeque. A great engagement party theme, you can opt to go upscale, with a catered menu and elevated versions of the usual burgers and hot dogs. Or you can go charming and homestyle, with bowls full of potato salad and platters of heavily-sauced meats and veggies. Decorate with checked tablecloths, and even use aluminum pie tins as a darling alternative for rustic plates (above, left).

beach

Bonfire

Looking for a really affordable option?  This engagement party theme is both unique and easy on the wallet. Host a bonfire after dinnertime (so that people don't expect a meal) and serve s'mores, snacks, and beers.  As the evening progresses, break out hot cocoa and coffee to keep hands warm. Don't live near the beach?  Host a similar party at a local park or in a large backyard.

Credits:  Amber Thrane   |   Ben Q Photography   |   Ryan Price   |   Catch My Party   |   Kelsea Holder   |   Foodie Crush   |   Melanie Caskey   |   Host the Toast   |   Fondly Forever Photography   |   Lonny