Congratulations, you are getting married! Your engagement party is a wonderful opportunity to have some fun and show your creativity, while also gearing up excitement for your wedding. Salero On The Beach has hosted some fantastic engagement parties. Head Chef/Owner David Horton offers these five themes to help you get your creative juices flowing. 

1. Murder Mystery

One very popular theme for almost any kind of party is the Murder Mystery theme. You can find a kit or instructions at numerous sites online or at game stores. The offers free kits. If you want a specific dress code and engagement party decorations from another era, be sure you are clear about that in your invitations. Serve food and drinks popular in the period you select.

2. Travel

A travel theme can be a wonderful engagement party idea. If you have decided on the honeymoon location, you might want to use it as your theme. If you and your fiance have been frequent travelers in the past, you may want to refer to those locations. Engagement party decorations can include souvenirs that you have accumulated. A Hawaiian Luau on the beach is always a fun summer event. A virtual trip to Mexico is an opportunity for a fix-it-yourself taco table and margarita bar.

3. Have a Gothic Affair

An engagement party with a gothic theme provides everyone invited an opportunity to let their wild side out. Most people love a reason to get dressed up in their scariest attire. The signature drinks could be Bloody Marys and bubbly cauldron punch. Food offerings for this engagement party idea can be very creative. Search online for novelty Halloween foods to find ideas.

4. It’s Casino Night

Take your guests to the Las Vegas Strip for a night of gambling and fun. You may want to go back to sometime between the 1920s – 1960s, when the mobs ran Sin City. That gives your guests a reason to dress up in their formal attire and also adopt a fun, new personality. You can go simple with card games, a roulette wheel, and a tabletop slot machine. If you want more excitement, you can rent some advanced games from a local source. Serve easily transportable foods so they won’t have to leave the tables for very long. Be sure you have a wide assortment of drinks, especially martinis.

5. Recreate the Proposal

Some people make the proposal an event itself. Maybe you went for a weekend away, or to a location that is memorable to you. Recreate that for your engagement party. When “The Question” popped and you accepted, your family and friends would have loved to be present.

You can make your engagement party enjoyable for everyone, regardless of the theme you choose. There are a few tips that you always want to include:

  • A Photo Station – This can be a stand-standing van loaded with costumes and masks. Or, offer a wall with a banner announcing your marriage, where guests can pose.
  • Games – If the theme doesn’t include a game of some type, you should plan some. The Nearly Wed/The Newlywed Game is fun to play with the betrothed couple and other couples at the party. Bridal Jeopardy is also a popular game for an engagement party.

The most important thing to consider when considering engagement party ideas is what interests you and your mate. Don’t plan an event so complicated that you will not be able to enjoy it. Don’t have so many engagement party decorations that you are more worried about them than your guests having fun. The point of the engagement party is to share the joy of your upcoming union with your loved ones. Our experts at Salero on the  Beach can help you plan a fantastic event.