Congrats, you're engaged! Now it's time to celebrate with your nearest and dearest. So what kind of engagement party should you throw? Well, that's up to you and whoever is hosting. (Usually it's your parents, his, or close friends.) If you and your new fiancé love a good happy hour, invite everyone to your favorite bar after work and serve something as simple as small bites and beer and wine. Into the idea of a more formal affair? Have a full-on planned bash. We're all about an elevated soiree in your family's backyard or cocktails and apps at a fancy wine bar in your neighborhood. Just remember: This party is about you and your future hubby, so make it whatever you guys want.
As for when this event should occur, that's also up to you. (Do you sense a theme here?) You can do it as soon as you're engaged—hey, your groom may have even planned something the night of the proposal!—or a few months after. Just try to schedule it no less than six months before the big day to avoid getting lost in the shuffle of showers, bachelor and bachelorette parties, and, of course, the wedding weekend.
Keep reading for more insider tips and inspo on what to serve, wear, and do.