Tips for hosting an outdoor engagement party

26 March, 2014

Spring is here and the weather is warmer, so why not host your upcoming engagement party outdoors? Announce the big news to your close group of friends and family members. And be sure to do so in style with contemporary outdoor sectionals and patio bistro sets. Here are some entertaining tips to ensure your outdoor party goes off without a hitch:

Plan the proper timing
Your party will make more of an impact if the event occurs soon after your engagement. If you wait too long then the novelty might wear off and it may be time to host other wedding events like the bridal shower.

Invite your close buds
Plan an intimate event for your engagement party, especially if your outdoor entertaining area is small. Head outside and take inventory of all the seating you have. Unless you are throwing a cocktail event where people will be mixing and mingling, there should be space for everyone to sit. So make sure you have enough patio dining chairs and maybe even a lounge area for people to gather. Everyone that is invited to the engagement party should be on the wedding guest list, so be sure to put some thought into it.

Opt for simple decor
Engagement parties are fun yet low key celebrations, so you don't need to go all out with the decor. Decorate your patio dining set by placing a large arrangement of colorful springtime blooms in the center of the table. You can also hang stringed lights on the back of your house or on overhead canopies to achieve a twinkling effect.

To help the flow of conversation, you may create lounge areas where people can gather. For example, you can set up a small table and chairs near a decorative fixture like a garden or a water fountain. You may also want to pick up a firepit for light and warmth, ensuring the party will continue even when the sun goes down.

Prepare a toast
An engagement is an important milestone in anyone's life, so it's good to mark the occasion with a toast. Thank everyone for attending the party and share some special sentiment about what the engagement means to you. Then you can give your guests some insight into the wedding planning process, like if you have picked a venue.

Serve seasonal food
Fresh seasonal food matches the outdoor dining theme perfectly. Purchase your produce from local farmers markets and shops. Or you can cater the meal from a company that only uses local and sustainable ingredients.