colorful and whimsical bohemian engagement party theme with neon sign and ceiling décor | PartySlate
photographer: Sanaz Photography | planner: Everly Rose Events | floral: Celio's Design | venue: Malibu Farm Cafe
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The To Do Before I Do: The Best Engagement Party Themes

colorful and whimsical bohemian engagement party theme with neon sign and ceiling décor | PartySlate

Searching for engagement party themes is the first step in the exciting process of wedding planning. Whether you’re only starting to suspect your engagement is coming soon or your significant other has just popped the question, it’s never too early to start brainstorming your party theme.

From your wedding shower and welcome party, PartySlate is here to help with every special event surrounding your wedding. Keep reading to find 16 of the best engagement party themes to celebrate your love.

How To Choose An Engagement Party Theme

The theme you choose will help tie your engagement party together and make it as special and beautiful as possible. You can take inspiration that you love for your engagement party theme from wedding themes and wedding shower themes. Consider colors, seasons, and even trends to help guide the theme of your celebration. Some themes we love fall under the categories of:

Make sure your venue is conducive to your theme. For example, if your party theme wouldn’t be the same without a large décor installation, account for the space needed when choosing your venue. Find more engagement party ideas on PartySlate, and remember that when you choose a theme that reflects your love, you can’t go wrong.

16 Creative Engagement Party Themes & Styles

1. Plan a Destination Party – Without the Travel

If you and your fiancé have a destination that holds meaning in your relationship, consider theming your engagement party with its influence. Maybe you have momentos from your trips together that can be on display or worked into the décor.

Use décor, florals, and lighting reminiscent of that country or place to exude the feeling you two get when you travel there. Your venue can also play a part in this. Choosing a venue with a similar regional style or architecture as this special destination will help transport your celebration to another world.

travel themed engagement party invitations | PartySlate
photographer: Yvette Roman Photography | Ampersand Entertainment See More
Moroccan themed party décor | PartySlate
photographer: Brian Tropiano Photography | Kristin Banta Events
Moroccan themed party décor | PartySlate
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Italian Inspired engagement party with greenery and florals and marble floors | PartySlate
photographer: Ausrine, Connie Miller Photography | Stone Event Planning
Italian Inspired engagement party with greenery and florals and marble floors | PartySlate
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2. Bring the Beach to You

If the beach is your happy place, you don’t need to book a flight to replicate that feeling for your engagement party. Dress your tables in tropical florals and greenery to bring the beach to you. Find inspiration for the tropical party of your dreams and don’t forget about the centerpieces.

beach tropical engagement party theme with green and floral table | PartySlate
photographer: Collin Pierson Photography | Michelle Durpetti Events See More

Make a Pop Culture Reference

Some of your favorite shows, movies, or celebrities can offer great inspiration for your party theme. See how we have gathered inspiration from some of our favorite TV shows with party themes to match.

3. Accept the Rose

Now that you’ve said “yes” to your one and only, it’s time to throw a final rose party. Take inspiration from these events that perfectly showcase a Bachelor-themed engagement, complete with plenty of rose petals and even Chris Harrison himself.

reality show bachelor the final rose themed engagement party with bride and groom standing under flower petals | PartySlate
photographer: Interstellar Image
reality show bachelor the final rose themed engagement party with Chris Harrison eating popcorn | PartySlate
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4. Get Lost In Wonderland

An Alice In Wonderland theme allows you to get whimsical with your party décor and details. Host an outdoor garden party featuring creative motifs from the book or movie, including one of our favorite party trends: a tea station.

outdoor Alice in wonderland themed engagement party with themed décor | PartySlate
photographer: Phillip Van Nostrand Photography
outdoor Alice in wonderland themed engagement party with themed décor | PartySlate
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5. Discover A Whole New World

An Aladdin-themed engagement party gives you room to play with bold colors. Purples, reds, and golds are going to make an impact with your design and décor. You can make this theme as subtle or obvious as you would like. Include stunning ornate rugs and regalia, or go all-in with your color scheme.

Purple and blue aladin themed engagement party with couple dancing together | PartySlate
photographer: Underewood Photography | Blue Lace Cakes
Purple and blue aladin themed engagement party | PartySlate
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Keep it Seasonal

Throwing a seasonal engagement party is all about the color scheme. Incorporate the natural hues of your favorite season into your décor.

6. Embrace More Than Just Winter Whites

Winter is for more than white – don’t be afraid of bold winter colors. Work red into your winter engagement party. Trust us, you won’t regret it. Red signifies the color of love and passion, plus we love the stunning contrast between a bold red and a delicate matrimonial white.

Find floral inspiration with these winter centerpieces.

seasonal winter engagement party with white and gold accents | PartySlate
photo courtesy of & planner: Yanni Design Studio
seasonal winter engagement party with white and gold accents | PartySlate
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seasonal winter engagement party with blue and red accents | PartySlate
photographer: Lindsey Cash Photography | Homegrown Host Inc. See More

7. Take Advantage of Spring Florals

Spring is all about the florals. Bring in bright fresh florals for spring centerpieces, arches, and installations to make an impact. Browse through stunning floral design ideas from real events and hire a top florist to bring your vision to life.

colorful spring engagement party couple standing in front of custom painted wall with their last name | PartySlate
photo courtesy of & planner: Social Llama Events
colorful spring engagement party picnic tablescape with greenery and bright florals | PartySlate
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green velvet couch and floral décor at spring engagement party | PartySlate
photographer: Studio Nouveau | Brilliant Event Planning See More
green velvet couch and floral décor at spring engagement party | PartySlate
photo courtesy of & venue: New-York Historical Society See More
greenery wrapped around white columns inside engagement party venue | PartySlate
photographer: Gloria Mesa Photography | XO Bloom See More

8. Beat the Summer Heat

Depending on where you are hosting your engagement party, it may be hard to escape the summer heat. Host your celebration at night in order to stay out of the sun – this also gives you an excuse to incorporate twinkling lights and candles that add a romantic atmosphere to your party. Another option is to choose an outdoor or poolside venue to take advantage of the summertime sunshine.

Find summer centerpieces that will inspire your floral design, color scheme, and tablescapes.

outdoor summer engagement pool party with string lights hanging over pool | PartySlate
photographer: Steph Godfrey | The Lighter Side See More
outdoor summer engagement party with guests seated under canopy trees with lights | PartySlate
photographer: Amy Doyle Photography | Marcy Blum Associates
summer party venue with greenery and flowers filling the front lawn and fountain | PartySlate
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orange and floral summer engagement party overlooking the city at private residence under a white tent | PartySlate
photographer: Callaway Gable | Alyson Fox, Levine Fox Events See More

9. Fall in Love With the Warm Tones of Autumn

If autumn is your favorite season, the sight of trees turning every shade of orange, red, and yellow probably brings you endless joy. Bring those warm-toned colors into your engagement party with fall centerpieces and décor. Consider hosting an outdoor tented celebration so you can enjoy the fall foliage from within your party.

fall engagement party in green house with warm lighting | PartySlate
photographer: The de Jaureguis | Foxtail Catering & Events
tented fall engagement party with bar made out of wood and bartender standing behind | PartySlate
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Go With a Stylized Theme

Sometimes your celebrations don’t always have to have an overt theme. Consider going with an engagement party style. If you have a certain style in mind, keep reading to find more inspiration.

10. You Can’t Go Wrong with Boho

One of our favorite themes at PartySlate is a boho theme. Include all of the fringe, pampas grass, and flower crowns as your bohemian heart desires. This chic bohemian engagement party uses bright colors, fringe, and even a neon sign to accomplish that unconventional, artistic look.

colorful and bright boho engagement party with fringe and neon sign | PartySlate
photographer: Sanaz Photography | Everly Rose Events
outdoor patio area at boho engagement party with greenery wall and pink cushions and couch | PartySlate
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colorful and bright boho engagement party with fringe and neon sign | PartySlate
photographer: Sanaz Photography | Everly Rose Events See More

11. Make it Country-Chic

A country-chic theme is brought to life with plenty of greenery, wildflowers, and wood accents. A rustic outdoor venue can also help enhance this style by brining the outdoors in. Find more inspiration to elevate this country-chic style.

outdoor country chic engagement party with antler chandeliers and wood dance floor | PartySlate
photographer: Anne Schmidt Photography | Belle Events See More
country chic engagement party with outdoor portable photo booth | PartySlate
photographer: Anne Schmidt Photography | Belle Events
rustic outdoor engagement party theme with themed décor and tablescapes | PartySlate
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12. Keep it Sleek & Modern

Including exciting entertainment, like a modern jazz band, will take your party up a notch. Modern décor, such as floral entrances and balloon installations, are the perfect timeless design elements to make your celebration stand out.

colorful engagement party with balloon arch by dessert table and neon sign on wall | PartySlate
photographer: Daniel Perez | Honey & Lavender Events
musician entertainment at engagement party | PartySlate
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13. Go All Out With Ultra-Glam

There is no such thing as too much glam. We say, you only have an engagement party once, go all out. Don’t hold back with the florals, dramatic lighting, and production of it all.

colorful glamorous outdoor engagement party with dance floor and canopy | PartySlate
photographer: Katie Beverley | The Lighter Side See More
indoor party with blue lighting and red and pink flowers on tables | PartySlate
photographer: Katie Beverley | The Lighter Side
indoor party with blue lighting and red and pink flowers on tables | PartySlate
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14. Yes, Rustic Glam is a Thing

Just because your venue might be a chic, rustic barn doesn’t mean you can’t make it glamorous. Add glam elements with sparkling chandeliers and extravagant catering and cocktails.

glamorous engagement party indoors with chandeliers and white dance floor | PartySlate
photographer: Duke Images | The Lighter Side
glamorous engagement party indoors with chandeliers and white dance floor | PartySlate
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15. Host A Groovy Disco

Party like it’s 1970 with a groovy disco engagement party theme. Complete with roller skates and bellbottom jeans, your disco party is sure to be the talk of the town.

disco engagement party with guests clinking drinks wearing themed outfits | PartySlate
photo courtesy of & planner: Finley and Marie
disco themed engagement party with themed food and cake | PartySlate
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16. Romanticize Everything

Your engagement party should be a romantic endeavor. With your wedding approaching, it’s time that you start romanticizing everything, including your engagement party. No detail is too small. Find endless romantic inspiration with these 10 ideas for your fairytale celebration.

romantic engagement party with mood lighting and pink florals on tables as centerpieces | PartySlate
photographer: IQ Photo & Video | Amazae Events
romantic engagement party with mood lighting and pink florals on tables as centerpieces | PartySlate
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People Also Ask…

What are engagement party themes?

An engagement party theme can arise from anywhere. Something as simple and small as an item you cherish can be turned into a party theme. Base your theme around your favorite flower, color, or season – you can find inspiration in anything, and especially on PartySlate.

Take these wedding styles and turn them into your engagement party theme. Who knows, maybe you’ve also found your wedding theme.

Browse through inspiration to find your favorite engagement party theme early – when the time comes, you’ll be ready with décor, floral, and lighting inspo in your IdeaSlate. Click a heart on any image, venue, or vendor to create a “slate” of your favorites. Create an IdeaSlate gathering all of your top choices and share it with your loved ones to keep everyone on the same page.

What do you do for an engagement party?

Whether it’s a surprise party or not, an engagement party is a great way to celebrate the love of a newly-engaged couple. With excitement around a new ring, potential new last name, and new life partner, find subtle ways to incorporate the couple’s monogram or initials into the party to make for the perfect décor – and keepsake. Embroider cloth napkins, engrave glass dishes, and personalize desserts. The more tailored an engagement party is to the couple you’re celebrating, the better. Remember, this is only the beginning of wedding-related parties that are to be thrown in the coming months.

Visit PartySlate.com for all of your wedding and event planning needs. From finding your wedding venue to deciding on your bouquet, PartySlate is here to help.