Now that you've picked an engagement party theme, it's time to plan what to do at the engagement party. All the couple's best friends are going to be in one place, meaning there's potential for a whole lot of fun. Sure, it's going to be awesome just to have everybody together celebrating the engagement, but you also want to plan out engagement party games and activities, of course. Chances are you'll be seeing these people quite a bit over the course of the next few wedding-related events to come, so what better way to get to know everyone that with some quirky ice breakers?
Read on for 20 creative engagement party games that will keep your guests entertained all party long.
For all your guests that love all things photos and fun, you've got to have a photo station. Whether you want to make it funny or sweet is up to you. You can do the funny photo station and gather up pose-worthy props like hats, sunglasses, flower leis, clip-on bow-ties, etc., which guests can choose from before posing in front a bright background. Or, you can make the background all flowers and provide things like wooden hearts and signs with messages about love.
Create a Custom Snap Geofilter for the Engagement Party
You know how sometimes you go to an event, like a sports game or a concert, and there's a special filter on Snap that coincides with the event? That's called a geofilter, and anyone can get one. Pricing is determined by the size of the area where you want people to be able to use the geofilter; so for a small venue or someone's house, it's actually really affordable (it's only $5 an hour for a geofilter that's 20 square feet). You can design your own geofilter congratulating the couple and have it ready to go for the hours of the engagement party.
The Nearly-Wed Game
Find out how well couples know each other by having them play a live version of the NewlyNearlywed Game. Give each of them a mini dry erase board and have them answer questions like: "What would your partner request for his or her last meal?" and "What's one thing your partner thinks you should take a class in?" Then, read off each question and have each partner answer and see how close the real answer was to their significant other's guess. Whichever couple racks up the most right answers wins.
Craft a DIY Jeopardy board with questions all about the couple and their romance. Just like the game show, the board will reveal answers and the guests will have to "buzz" in to guess the question that corresponds to the answer (you can just have people raise their hands or ring a bell if you don't have a buzzer on hand). Possible categories could include the bride or groom, the couple, and the wedding plans.
If someone chooses, for example, "the engagement" for 300, it could reveal an answer like "13 months," leading someone to buzz in and shout "How many months were the couple together before getting engaged?"
Have each guest write down a memory of the couple (or each individually, depending on who each guest knows) on an index card and then mix all the index cards in a bowl. Have the couple read off the index cards one by one. For each card, all the guests have to guess who the memory belongs to. Whoever gets the most cards right wins the game; this is especially fun if most people at the engagement party are already friends or acquaintances and will be able to guess who's who.
Wedding Song Requests
Get a jump on planning your wedding reception playlist. Have your guests fill out their top requests for songs they want to hear on the upcoming day when you say 'I do!'
The Shoe Game
An engagement party and wedding reception favorite, this game calls for a list of statements such as: "Who made the first move?" and "Who dresses better?" Have the couple sit back to back in front of everyone. The couple should trade each other one shoe, so that the bride-to-be is holding her own shoe in one hand and her fiancé's in the other, and vice versa for the other to-be-wed. Have the host read each question aloud and see which shoe each raises.
With a fresh engagement, x's and o's are at the forefront of everyone's mind. Bring the XOXO's to life with a giant, outdoor game of tic-tac-toe. Bonus tip: A game like this is also sure to be a big hit at an outdoor wedding.
Find the Guest
Compile a list of fun and interesting facts about each guest at the engagement party. Pass out a copy of the list of facts to every guest and have them go around and find out who is who. To make it more interesting, implement the rule that you can't flat out ask about the fact directly. Guests will have to make casual conversation to figure out who is who; for example, if a fact is "This guest is an opera singer," you might bring up music and see where the conversation leads.
Message in a Bottle
This isn't a game, but it's definitely something the couple's friends and family will love doing: Set out a beautiful glass bottle and create a station with pens and slips of paper where guests can write a note to the couple to be opened after the wedding or on their anniversary. This is the kind of thing that would also make for an excellent activity on the big day itself. It's a chance for people to express how happy they are for the couple and how much they love them. Plus, the beautiful bottle will double as a gorgeous piece of décor.
Craft a Couple's Quilt
Hand out patches of fabric to each guest at the shower, along with fabric paint, beads, and string. Have each party guest create their own patch in honor of the happy couple.
After the party, collect all of the patches and have them sewn together into a quilt to commemorate the engagement (you can present this to the couple at the wedding).
For a twist on traditional bingo, create your own bingo cards where all the squares are engagement- and wedding-themed, such as: Mr., Mrs., Love, etc. You can even find premade ones and just print them out for the activity.
Craps, Roulette, Blackjack, and Casino Games
One of our favorite engagement party themes is casino night. If you're having a casino night for your engagement party, pull out all the stops and rent casino-style tables so you can play games like blackjack, craps, and roulette. Turn the engagement party into a fête fit for Las Vegas.
What about prizes? Prizes always help bring out people's competitive side. Consider favors like Starbucks gift cards, votive box candles, or mini champagne bottles.