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. Read on for 20 engagement party ideas that will keep your guests entertained all party long.
20 Engagement Party Games and Activities
1. Ring Hunt
Hide plastic rings all throughout the party and then set your guests off on a ring hunt. Whoever finds the most rings wins! It's just like an Easter egg hunt, but with engagement rings.
2. Photo Station
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. You can also use streamers and strips of fabric to create a stunning backdrop.
3. 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. This is a seriously unique engagement party idea, and if any of the guests are social media mavens, they will love it.
4. Bean Bag Toss
Bean bag toss, or cornhole, is a perfect game for an outdoor engagement party. You can go all out with bridal themed boards, or you can keep it classic. One fun idea is to make the couple kiss whenever someone gets a bag in the hole.
5. 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?
- What's one thing your partner thinks you should take a class in?
- What's your partner's ideal date night?
- Describe what your partner was like on your very first date.
- Who was the last person your significant other dated before you met?
- What does your partner find most attractive about you physically?
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. Be sure to throw in some engagement-specific questions for the couple of the hour, like:
- How did your family react when you told them you were getting married?
- Describe how you felt the moment you got engaged in one word.
- How long had you been dating when you became engaged?
- What are you the most excited for in married life?
- What are you the most worried about when it comes to married life?
6. Ring Toss
It's so apropos for an outdoor engagement party. Decorate the plastic rings and/or bottles with glitter for a truly sparkle game!
7. Bridal Jeopardy
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
- the groom
- the couple
- the engagement
- 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?"
8. Memory Lane
Have each guest write down a memory of the couple (or the bride and groom 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. This game can go on for as long as you're all having fun, with round upon round of memories.
9. Engagement-Themed Charades
If your friends are big on charades, why not play a few rounds of charades? Here's the catch: whatever movie or book is being performed has to be related to an engagement. Think *My Big Fat Greek Wedding," "Bridesmaids," etc.
10. 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 you say 'I do!'
11. 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?
- Who dresses better?
- Who's older?
- Who spends more money?
- Whose car is cleaner?
- Who is more likely to be running late?
- Who is the better cook?
- Who got the best grades in school?
- Who's the better driver?
- Who's better at keeping a surprise?
- Whose phone battery has more of a charge?
- Who do you love more than anyone in the world?
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 her fiancé's in the other, and vice versa for the groom-to-be. Have the host read each question aloud and see how which shoe each raises. This is always an amusing game that will have everyone laughing.
12. Giant Tic-Tac-Toe
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!
Make it a memorable game of Jenga by having the guests sign a tile with their name and a note for the newly affianced couple. That way, whenever the couple plays Jenga they'll always think of their friends and super fun engagement party moments!
14. Tie the Knot
Make a contest out of tying cherry stems into knots! Set out a bowl of cherries and see who can tie the most cherry stem knots in two minutes. For a little extra fun, soak the cherries in vanilla vodka overnight.
15. 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. At the end of the party, whoever has figured out the most matches correctly wins. (This game is a perfect ice breaker for parties where not everyone knows each other.)
16. Mad Libs
Turn the couple's story into a game of mad libs! To make it extra funny, feel free to elaborate and exaggerate details. Then, of course, leave blanks where guests can add in ridiculous adverbs, verbs, adjectives, and nouns.
17. 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 shower, collect all of the patches and have them sewn them together into a quilt to commemorate the engagement (you can present this to the couple at the wedding!).
18. 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 on 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 decor.
19. Bridal Bingo
For a twist on traditional bingo, create your own bingo cards where all the squares are engagement and wedding themed, such as:
- I Do
- For Better
- For Worse
20. 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!
Engagement Party Favors
What about prizes? Prizes always help out bring out people's competitive side. Consider:
- Starbucks gift cards
- Votive box candles
- Mini champagne bottles
- Chocolates and candy
- Classy notebooks or journals
- Wine bottle openers
- Fresh coffee beans
- Succulent vases