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You've got the ring and the man of your dreams, so now it's time to celebrate! And while you can't go wrong with a classic engagement party, we rounded up four fun and unexpected-themed bashes fit for the non-traditional couple. Whether you and your future husband are movie buffs, art aficionados, sports lovers, or just love an excuse to wear a good costume, here are four alternative engagement party ideas that are guaranteed crowd pleasers.
Make a movie theater in your backyard
Throw up a sheet, rent a projector, and turn your engagement into a real life rom-com with an outdoor movie theater-themed party that's bound to be a box office hit. Sunny Ravanbach, president of White Lilac Events, recommends screening montage edits of your favorite moments as a couple. "Also, be sure to have care packages for guests on hand including all the classic cinema treats. Think popcorn, Kit Kat bars, Sour Patch Kids, and Twizzlers," he says. (Don't forget the 21-and-over beverages, though!)
Host an art gallery opening party
Roll out the red carpet and premiere your engagement photos with an art gallery opening party. Celebrity wedding planner Donnie Brown of Donnie Brown Weddings and Events in Dallas, Texas, suggests blowing up your engagement photos to poster size and having them mounted on foam core. "You can then display them around your event space on easels with spot lighting," he says. "This creates wonderful décor and inspires conversation as people take in the shots. Serve butler-passed canapés and wine and champagne for this event."
Rent out a suite at a sporting event
Cheer on your favorite professional or college team and toast to your engagement at the same time. Renting out a suite at a sporting event is surprisingly affordable, especially considering the fact that food and beverages are often included in many packages, points out Tracie Domino, founder and creative director of Tracie Domino Events. "The event will be casual allowing a lot of interaction among guests and the game will keep things interesting all night. To really save on this idea, plan on a weekday night, which works great for baseball and basketball games," she notes.
Have a disco party at a roller rink
Channel your inner kid and celebrate your newly-engaged status with an adults-only disco party at your local roller skating rink. Rent out the place, hire a great DJ, and ask everyone to dress in their best '70s look, advises Sunny.