Winter may be the least popular season to have a wedding, but it’s the favorite season to pop the question. Having a winter engagement party means you’ll need to get creative with your theme. The trendy "I do barbecues" and luau themes just won’t work in the middle of winter. Luckily, there are plenty of themes that go along perfectly with the season. Here are four great ideas for a winter engagement party.
Ugly Sweater Party
This theme is a good choice for a couple that loves to play games and have fun without taking themselves too seriously. Write the dress code on the invitation: "Ugly Sweaters Required!" That way, everyone is obligated to join in the fun. Maybe you can even make a contest: most creative sweater wins a prize.
There are a lot of great ugly sweater party games like "the wreath toss" or "the jingle bell shake." You can make it interesting by splitting into teams of Guys and Girls, with the bride and groom-to-be as captains. At this kind of winter engagement party, you can serve a variety of fun foods such as cocktail wieners, meatballs and a cheese fondue. Easy finger (or toothpick) foods like these are great if you want to keep the vibe fun and not have a formal sit down dinner. For cocktails, you can have candy cane milkshakes with mint liqueur.
A rustic theme is ideal if you’d like to have an engagement party that is comfortable and relaxed, but a bit more serious than the ugly sweater idea. You can decorate with winter elements like pine cones, garland and lots of mistletoe. Enhance the theme by serving country-style food like hot sandwiches and chili. You can even have a create-a-s’more bar where your guests can enjoy making their own dessert treats. Party favors could include take-home s’mores or dry baking ingredients in a mason jar. A venue such as Hidden Vineyard Barn in Berrien Springs, Michigan would be just right because of its rustic ambiance, romantic lighting and beautiful landscapes surrounding the historic barn.
This theme is an obvious choice, but you can really make it come to life by decorating with snowy white décor such as snowflakes, sparkling icicles, white and silver Christmas ornaments, snow globes and lots of candles. Since this can be a more elegant theme, your menu can have fancy treats such as crab cakes, roasted chicken with lemon and herbs, and, for dessert, a frozen white chocolate soufflé. Serve white wine and a melting snowball cocktail. For the kids, make a snow like white chocolate milkshake. For party favors, you can give your guests personalized Christmas ornament or a decorative candle.
This is the perfect theme for a newly engaged couple that is looking to have a casual-but-sophisticated evening with their closest family and friends. A great way to incorporate this theme into your décor is to use a toboggan as a buffet table. You can also decorate with things like antique lanterns and vintage ice skates. Serve an old-fashioned cocktail with eggnog for the adults and a hot chocolate with marshmallows for the kids. If you want, you can host your old-fashioned Christmas engagement party in a private estate or mansion like Carondelet House in Los Angeles, California. Although the theme may be quaint, there is nothing quaint about the size of this venue. This mansion has a formal dining space and lounge space that has vintage furniture.
Which theme would be best for your engagement party? Or perhaps you have a theme idea of your own. Let us know in the comments below.