Planning an engagement party is a fun way to jump into the wedding planning process, and it can help prep you for planning for the Big Day itself. First, you need a theme that perfectly fits the two of you. Whether you choose a casual backyard soirée or go all out with a food truck fest, there are so many ways to host the coolest engagement party in town. Get ready to pop that Champagne — here are 19 engagement party themes to celebrate this exciting time in your life.


1. Golden Gatsby Soiree: Channel your inner Gatsby and Daisy with a roaring ‘20s-inspired theme. Set the vibe for the night right away with some jazz played off of some old records or, better yet, by a live band. (via Katie Stoops / Style Me Pretty)


2. Farmers’ Market Engagement Party: To keep your engagement party from feeling like any other summer BBQ, create a farm-to-table fete with your closest friends. For the decor, include vintage kitchen canisters, milk glasses and warm cookies to line the dessert table. (via Brian Leahy Photography / Style Me Pretty)


3. Whimsical Garden Party: If you and your love are already dreaming up a gorgeous garden wedding in the spring, go ahead and start setting the theme with a garden-inspired engagement party. For extra wow, include seasonal flowers hanging as a chandelier. (via Jeremiah And Rachel Photography / Style Me Pretty)


4. Casual Backyard Party: A backyard gathering is the perfect backdrop for an intimate engagement celebration. Simply fire up the grill and add some string lights to keep the party going all night long. (via Amber Gress Photography / Style Me Pretty)


5. Around the World Party: Celebrate your love for traveling with a globe-trotter themed engagement party. For decor, collect vintage objects like suitcases, books and cameras to add a special touch to your event, and have your guests sign a globe to keep you inspired as you plan your big day. (via Brittany Lauren Photography / Style Me Pretty)


6. Vintage Tea Party: This one’s for the elegant couple who drinks tea with their pinkies up. If you’re throwing a very small get-together, a tea party is a great way to celebrate. Mismatched tea cups, delicious biscuits and vintage decor will bring it all together. (via Charla Storey / Style Me Pretty)


7. Food Truck Fest: If the weather is on your side, an outdoor food truck fest is totally what you and your foodie S.O. need. What a great excuse to get together with your friends and fam, so lay out lots of blankets and snack on your favorite local food trucks. (via Carlie Statsky / Style Me Pretty)


8. Colorful Artsy Party: Sometimes a fun outdoor painting party is just what you and your sweetie need to get the wedding planning juices flowing. Best part? You can keep the art you and your friends create to start decorating your new home. (via M2 Photo / Style Me Pretty)


9. Beach Day Picnic: If you already live at the beach, use your resources to decorate for this ultra-relaxing beach picnic theme by gathering seashells and sea glass for your table. Bonus points if you use blue mason jars to bring out the colors of the ocean. (via Two Birds Photography / Style Me Pretty)


10. Tropical Luau Party: Embark on an adventure into the tropics with this fun engagement party theme. Lean on a tropical color scheme (think: pink, green and ocean blue) and accent with lilies and watercolor menus for each guest. And of course, don’t forget the leis! (via Brody T Photography / Style Me Pretty)


11. Peachy Brunch Soirée: You already know that brunch is everyone’s favorite meal, so get all your favorite people together for a casual gathering with waffles and mimosas. For a hint of chic, add gorgeous florals as centerpieces and personalized balloons for each guest. (via Erin McGinn Photography / Style Me Pretty)


12. Southern BBQ Party: Whether your guests are vinegar- or tomato-based fans, a BBQ tasting party is a no-frills way to celebrate you and your sweetheart tying the knot. Of course, you’ll want to serve spiked lemonade and sweet tea in mason jars to complete the theme. (via Laura Gordon Photography / Style Me Pretty)


13. Outdoor Clambake: Hosting a clambake to celebrate your upcoming nuptials is the perfect way to throw a casual engagement party. For sides, keep it simple and opt for corn on the cob and fresh watermelon. Just don’t forget the paper towels! (via Amber Gress Photography / Style Me Pretty)


14. Champagne-Only Soirée: Fill an old bathtub with your favorite bubbly and get the party started with this Champagne-only theme. Set up a table of mini desserts like petits fours and mini fruit tarts, and enjoy everyone toasting to your happiness. (via Jodee Debes Photography / Style Me Pretty)


15. Wine Tasting Party: Head to your local vineyard with your crew and have a wine tasting party guided by a professional sommelier. Not only will you have a great time, but this is also a great opportunity for you and your sweetie to find your signature wedding wine. (via Lori Paladino Photography / Style Me Pretty)


16. Tequila + Tacos Party: Nothing gets the party started like a margarita. Mark your engagement with this bold theme if you’re planning on a destination wedding anywhere in South America. Piñatas and sombreros welcomed. (via Style Me Pretty)


17. Rooftop Picnic: Whether you’re going for a formal or casual setting for your engagement party, a rooftop picnic is just what you’re looking for. Think: amazing views of the city skyline, farm-to-table food and your closest pals. It doesn’t get better than that. (via Pill Photography / Style Me Pretty)


18. Cooking Lessons Get-Together: Foodie couples, this one’s for you. Get your crew together and host a cooking class at your place or a favorite restaurant. Simply choose a starter, entree and dessert and get cooking. (via Charla Storey Photography / Style Me Pretty)


19. Glamping Party: If you and your partner-in-crime are big fans of the outdoors, think of hosting a glamping engagement party complete with chic decor and cozy blankets. Break out the twinkle lights, campfires and gooey s’mores. (via Millie Holloman Photography / Style Me Pretty)

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