Just because it's cold outside doesn't mean the engagement party you're planning has to suffer. There's plenty of ways to infuse the rustic winter into your party, making your guests feel cozy and at home while enjoying themselves. Set the scene for romance with candles, leftover holiday pieces, and creative cocktails and food without having to splurge on all new decorations. Here, our favorite ideas on throwing a chic winter engagement party that won't skimp on magical memories for you, your husband-to-be, and your families.
__ (Above) 1. Choose A Festive Venue__
Since December is the most popular month to get engaged, there are plenty of engagement parties happening in January and February. If you're planning your own, or for a friend, keep the venue in mind. Whether it's at your house, a hotel bar, or a scenic ski lodge, choose a locale that already has that rustic winter feeling, so you won't have to decorate too much.
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2. Have A Signature Drink
Just because it's winter time doesn't mean you have to serve your guests eggnog, hot toddies, or mulled wine. There are plenty of other winter cocktail options like winter sangrias and mojitos that will go a long way. We recommend adding cranberries, pomegranates, and other seasonal fruits to make your signature drink colorful and festive.
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3. Rethink Christmas Decorations
Haven't gotten around to putting away your Christmas lights? Yes it's an engagement party but you don't necessarily have to forego those twinkle lights or wreaths. Repurpose wreaths by weaving white and gold ribbons through them, and decorating doors at the venue to welcome guests.
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4. Make It Romantic
Candles are the easiest (and cheapest) way to transform a party into a romantic engagement soiree. For a gorgeous table setting, and a fun DIY project, we love the idea of painting wine bottles in gold or silver, and topping them off with candlesticks.
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5. Cozy up to a Hot Chocolate Bar
What's winter without hot chocolate? A hot chocolate bar is a simple way to add a lighthearted feel to the party, and can easily be assembled with just a few marshmallows, hot chocolate mixes, and condiments for guests to make their own cups.
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6. Special Touches Make all the Difference
For the DIY queens out there, special touches are the key in making events stand out from the crowd. Cinnamon stick and berry napkin rings don't cost much to make, but they do take time to assemble. But, your guests will love the fragrant smell and the extra effort.
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7. Get Creative With Appetizers
You don't have to settle for the normal cheese platter. Since the holidays just passed, you're full of creative appetizer ideas you didn't get to use. Try gathering inspiration from decorations, like these Brie cheese and sugary cranberry bites.
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8. Set the Mood With Table Decorations
There are lots of tables to decorate at an engagement party from the food and drink tables, to the smaller tables where people will stop for a bite. Reuse pine cones, bits of wreaths, and variations of flowers in different size jars for a gorgeous, and affordable, way to embellish these otherwise simple tables.
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9. Serve the Food in a Sled (Yes, a Sled)
We loved Simple Bites' idea of cleaning off a vintage-looking sled and using it as a buffet table. It's an easy (and free if you have one lying around) way to get two levels of food service, and some winter decoration all in one.