How to Throw the Perfect Engagement Party
You got the ring and now it’s time to celebrate! Engagement Season is in full swing and the Lettuce Parties team is here to help. Here are some tips for hosting the best engagement party ever, plus our guide to where to host it based on the vibe you’re trying to achieve.
Recipe for The Perfect Engagement Party:
Step 1: Pick a date and time
The engagement party is the first of many celebrations as a newly engaged couple and should be planned 2-3 months after the proposal. This gives you enough time to absorb all of the initial bliss, tell your closest family and friends and plan a great event.
Step 2: The Who’s Who of Your Future “I Do”
Repeat the mantra, “this is not the wedding.” Engagement parties should be intimate, light-hearted and fun. Invite your best friends, closest family and anyone that you know will be part of the wedding party.
Step 3: Decide The Vibe
The only rule when it comes to engagement parties is that the event should represent the bride and groom. Traditionally, the bride’s family hosts the wedding party, but it’s now common for friends or the couple to host too. Consider a cocktail reception, low country boil or barbecue for a casual and easy-going event. Most importantly, make sure your tastes and style are represented, the party is for you.
Step 4: The Big Speech
Now is the perfect time to practice your toasts – you’ll be giving lots of them leading up to the big day.
The team at Lettuce Parties are pros at celebrating and would love to customize an engagement party that fits your tastes, budget and style. Whether a cocktail reception in the gallery kitchen, (calling all foodies!) or a pig roast on the patio – we will make the first of many celebrations a memorable one.
Where to Throw The Perfect Engagement Party:
If you want an outdoor feel all year/party on the patio no matter what season/pizza party on the patio: Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar – Chicago’s all-seasons courtyard is perfect for an engagement party with a retractable roof for warmer days and a cozy fireplace for colder ones! The backroom can fit 55 seated and 60 for a reception with brick-lined walls, fresh greenery and a breezy atmosphere adorned with string lights. Plus, you can also customize the room to your specifications with a private bar, gift table, buffet, sushi bar and more.
If you want something old school: For everyone from big Italian families to lively friends, il Porcellino’s customizable private dining spaces will make for a great engagement party. With passed appetizers like Prosciutto and Parmesan Skewers to family-style and plated dinners, your guests are sure to find some beautiful bites. Also available is a premium bar available for 2, 3 or 4-hour packages with select cocktails, amaro, house wines & beers and more.
If you want something low-key with a tequila chaser: It can be Taco Tuesday any day with a laid-back engagement party at El Segundo Sol in Las Vegas! With accommodations of party sizes from 10 to up to 200 guests in rustic rooms, El Segundo Sol is fully stocked with more than 100 specialty tequilas (yes, 100), seasonally inspired margaritas made with ingredients handpicked for freshness and authentic cuisine.
If you want something unique/fun/get crackin/if you want to wear bibs/haven’t grown up/seafood fans/crab fans/all you can eat if you don’t want to run out of food: What better way to celebrate your love and loved ones than at the ultimate all you can eat dining experience at Crab Cellar? With all you can eat Alaskan King Crab & Prime Burger with additional add-ons for purchase like Maine Lobster, Filet Mignon and sides like Hush Puppies, you’ll cheers to the upcoming nuptials in true restaurant-style.
If you want something with a view: RPM Events overlooks the Chicago riverfront, and with more than 6,000 square feet, a grand ballroom that can be divided into three independent spaces with access to the outdoor terrace, and a fully customizable culinary experience, throwing your engagement party at RPM Events is truly a treat for you and your guests.
If you want something intimate: A warm and cozy vibe is prominent with an engagement party at Saranello’s. With wooden tables, rough-hewn cedar columns, warm lighting effects and a wide selection of rustic Italian fare, Saranello’s has a lot to offer!