Did you know that December is far and away the most popular month to get engaged? If your sweetie just put a ring on it and you're in the mood to celebrate (and let's be real, who isn't this time of year?), consider throwing a romantic bash for the books your friends and family won't soon forget. Here are 5 cool places to host your winter engagement party with bright ideas that speak to every type of couple.
1. A venue with a view
Inject the magic of winter into your engagement party by choosing a venue that has a breathtaking view, suggests Sandy Hammer, Co-Founder of collaborative event planning platform AllSeated. The mountains are always a good look, she says. If you're a city dwelling couple however, a rooftop hotel bar (equipped with heaters, of course), overlooking the city sets the scene perfectly.
2. A ski lodge
For a fun venue that embraces both a family-style engagement party and the sporty couple, Hammer recommends selecting a restaurant within a ski lodge or a location with an ice skating rink on the property. After you dine, everyone can hit the slopes together or lace up their skates and head outdoors for some good old-fashioned fun in the snow.
3. Your own home
Get into the spirit of the holidays, and kill two birds with one stone by throwing a fabulously festive engagement party, complete with an ugly sweater theme, right at home. It's playful, cute and an idea your guests will definitely be into. Heck, you can even hang some mistletoe! Chances are, your house is already decorated for the occasion. All you have to do is whip up some holiday food and drinks and find a cute new cocktail dress to wear. For something a bit fancier, a black tie New Year's Eve engagement party is another option. Who doesn't love an open bar on December 31st?
4. The beach
If you live in Southern California, Miami or anywhere close to the ocean really, a beach bonfire engagement party is never a bad idea. Keep it casual and bring a bunch of blankets for guests to cozy up in and catch up with friends around the fire. Obviously a s'mores station is a must!