There’s no better time of the year to celebrate your engagement. With friends and family in town for Christmas and New Year’s Eve, throw a holiday engagement party that will bring everyone together to celebrate your exciting news.
A Moody Evening Party
Choose an evening over the holiday season to host your cocktail hour engagement party, and choose elegant invitations to send out to each guest. Gold foil stationery adds a touch of elegance to your party’s first impression and gives the guests an idea of what to expect when they arrive.
Host your party at your favorite restaurant or bar – rent out their private party room and make it a party fit for the holidays. Light the fireplace if they have one and turn the lights down low – this moody holiday engagement party will be full of romance and love.
A Classic Holiday Color Palette
The color palette for a holiday engagement party should fit right in with the colors of the season, forest greens, cheery reds and golden accents.
Not only is it an obvious choice for a color palette, there is a good chance that the venue you’re hosting at will already have some decor set up for the holiday season, which cuts down on the amount you’ll have to spend decorating.
Green balsam and fir garlands can be hung from the bar area, mirrors and the doorway as a festive and dramatic way to decorate the space. The greenery will add a touch of color and the scent of the season to your holiday engagement party. The mirrors are a great way to create the illusion of a larger space, and also a great spot for taking photos.
Touches of red can be added throughout the space as well. The bows on the party favors, decorations for the chairs of the bride and groom to be and drink stirrers and straws all look great with a cheery cranberry red.
Don’t forget the gold! Wine bottles sprayed gold and grouped together with taper candles create a dramatic backdrop for your party and add to the romantic ambiance of your engagement celebration.
Bring this color palette into your attire as well. A green velvet gown is both elegant and fit for the holiday season, while your groom dresses up with a red tie to match the party’s color palette.
With traditional reds and greens, your holiday engagement party will look gorgeous when it’s all decorated and ready for guests to arrive.
Eat, Drink and Be Merry
The food and drink can be just as gorgeous as the decor for your holiday engagement party. Because it’s a nighttime hosted cocktail party, share passed appetizers and small bites with your guests that share the flavors of the season.
Have your drinks match the holiday theme as well. Host a few signature drinks that celebrate the season’s colors. Top those drinks off with fun garnishes, stirrers or straws that will add a festive feel to the party.
A holiday engagement party is a wonderful way to get together with all of your friends and family at the most wonderful time of the year.
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