Couple look lovingly at each other during engagement party with boxwood backdrop | PartySlate
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6 Unique Engagement Party Ideas & How to Pull Them Off

Couple look lovingly at each other during engagement party with boxwood backdrop | PartySlate

First comes love — then comes an engagement party. In an era of frequent proposals, your friends and family are about to attend their fair share of celebrations (and we’re here to help yours stand out). 

Your love story is unique, and your engagement party should be too. Our team is breaking down 6 creative ways to make your milestone memorable — with ideas, trends, and tips from real couples’ celebrations. Keep scrolling for unique engagement party ideas.

1. Cater to the Occasion

Passed tray of engagement ring-shaped calamari, one PartySlate's top unique engagement party ideas | PartySlate

photographer: Jana Williams Photography

Los Angeles, CA

Engagement rings are flying off the shelves — and these caviar rings will certainly fly off your serving dish. Themed catering has never been hotter (or more luxe) — with the right caterer, that is.

 

The Vendors Who Made This Event Happen:

photographer: Jana Williams Photography | planner: Details Details | design & floral: Eucharis | caterer: Good Gracious! Events | print: Luxe Marie Stationery | desserts: Intricakes | music: DJZ Productions | entertainment: Artists Creating Entertainment, LLC

 

Newspaper-wrapped party sliders for engagement party | PartySlate

photographer: Bon Photage

Chicago, IL

Make an announcement with your appetizers. From sliders to small bites, there’s no limit to what you can print on your packaging. This engagement party went from broadcasting a special date’s news to creating cartoons — and we’re craving every small detail. 

 

The Vendors Who Made This Event Happen:

photographer: Bon Photage | planner & design: Rosewood Intimate Weddings | floral: Wyld Flour | rentals: Chance Productions | specialty rentals: A La Crate Vintage Rentals | tabletop rentals: Tablescapes Event Rentals | linen: Nuage Designs | cake: Bon Vivant Cakes | napkins: For Your Party

 

Green engagement party cake with white clouds down side | PartySlate

photographer: Anya Kernes Photography

Los Angeles, CA

Sometimes, you have to stick with the classics. This custom cake was perfect for an engagement party of just 6. Covered in the bride-to-be’s favorite mint-green hue and topped with fondant daisies, this decadent dessert perfectly complemented the garden party’s setting. 

 

The Vendors Who Made This Event Happen:

photographer: Anya Kernes Photography | planner & design: Twine Events | floral: Of The Flowers | rentals: The Ark Rentals | cake: Sugarbear Bakes | linen: La Tavola Fine Linen

 

Churros in white packaging with cartoon version of engaged couple's face for engagement party | PartySlate

photographer: Bon Photage

Chicago, IL

From now on, we only want churros if they come with familiar faces. Trust us, your guests will never forget their favorite couple-turned-cartoon for the freshest food packaging. To top it all off, the animation was printed on the party’s blush party favors (and they’re oh so sweet).

 

The Vendors Who Made This Event Happen:

photographer: Bon Photage | planner & design: Rosewood Intimate Weddings | floral: Wyld Flour | rentals: Chance Productions | specialty rentals: A La Crate Vintage Rentals | tabletop rentals: Tablescapes Event Rentals | linen: Nuage Designs | cake: Bon Vivant Cakes | napkins: For Your Party

 

Passed bites served on clipboard with Indiana University Bloomington design for engagement party | PartySlate

photographer: Christina Pawlak Photography

Chicago, IL

When you’re college sweethearts, it’s only fitting you show some school spirit at your celebration. Each guest got a taste for where this couple met (math class, specifically) — and we’d give extra credit for the servers outfitted in wedding hashtag t-shirts. 

 

The Vendors Who Made This Event Happen:

photographer: Christina Pawlak Photography | planner: Christina Currie Events, Inc. | caterer: Truffleberry | rentals: Tablescapes Event Rentals | linen: BBJ Linen | stationery: Charmant Invitations | entertainment: Lola Bard Productions

 

2. Let Your Relationship Inspire a Theme

Couple poses in country outfits for country-themed engagement party | PartySlate

photographer: Anne Schmidt Photography

Houston, TX

This couple brought their favorite people to their favorite place (a family-owned ranch) for a Southern-style celebration. While rocking western hats and buckled boots, guests enjoyed Texas staples like comfort food and live music, followed by a fireworks finale. 

 

The Vendors Who Made This Event Happen:

photographer: Anne Schmidt Photography | planner: Belle Events | floral: Casa de Flores Design | tent: Peerless Event Rentals | caterer: Monarch Catering | invitations: Katie & Co. | photo booth: Gingersnapp Photobooth | band: Josh Fuller Band | fireworks: The Phoenix Design Group | beer burros: Parks Agency

 

Couple dance at Aladdin-inspired engagement party | PartySlate

photographer: Underewood Photography

Washington, D.C.

A little Disney magic is the perfect addition to your fairytale beginning. This couple chose one of their favorite love stories to inspire a jewel-toned dinner party. We can only imagine how stunned guests were when they found Aladdin’s magic carpet brought to life upon entry. 

 

The Vendors Who Made This Event Happen:

photographer: Underewood Photography | planner: Andrew Roby Events | floral: BCG Events | venue: The Darcy Hotel | plants: Plants Alive! | draping: 27 Studios | stationary: Fingeres In Ink | lighting: DJ Kurtis Cross | chairs: Select Event Group | calligraphy: Cygnus Studio | tabletop rentals: Panaché By Lola | décor rentals: Sarah Khan Event Styling | cake: Blue Lace Cakes

 

Bar set up with greenery and Signage of the Eiffel Tower for Paris-themed engagement party | PartySlate

photographer: Steve Steinhardt Photography

Beverly Hills, CA

You can’t go wrong with the City of Love. After getting engaged in one of the world’s most romantic destinations, this couple brought their Parisian experience home. From refreshing cocktails to light greenery and creative signage, this themed party was perfectly executed.

 

The Vendors Who Made This Event Happen:

photographer: Steve Steinhardt Photography | planner & design: Ilana Ashley Events | tabletop rentals: Dish Wish | ice cream sandwiches: Chunk-N-Chip | macaroons: Monsieur | floral cupcakes: Magnolia Bakery | engagement ring cupcakes: Sprinkles Cupcakes | beverages: Lee’s Libations | hair & makeup: GlamSquad

 

Aviation-themed party invitations for aviation-themed engagement party | PartySlate

photographer: Yvette Roman Photography

Malibu, CA

Can’t choose one destination? Then include them all. If you’re a couple that loves to travel, this theme is perfect for you. Globes, repurposed maps, and enchanting strung lights filled this backyard to create a worldly setup in Malibu (and mark the start of a new adventure). 

 

The Vendors Who Made This Event Happen:

photographer: Yvette Roman Photography | planner: Ampersand Entertainment | venue: Chateau de Grace | caterer: Good Gracious! Events | décor rentals: Lennie Marvin | rentals: Town & Country Rentals; Found Rentals | invitations & print: Soolip

 

3. Add Seasonal Elements

Transparent tent with autumnal lighting for engagement party | PartySlate

photographer: The de Jaureguis

San Francisco, CA

We want pumpkin spice lattes and proposals all year long. When hosting in the fall, consider a clear tent that will allow guests to enjoy ever-changing trees and seasonal surroundings — all from the comfort of a warm enclosure.

 

The Vendors Who Made This Event Happen:

photographer: The de Jaureguis | planner: All Set Events | floral: Rito Ito | caterer: Foxtail Catering & Events | bar: Tonic Beverage Catering | favors & gifts: TRISKELE

 

Outdoor lakeside winter engagement party with heaters | PartySlate

photographer: Salwa Photography

New York, NY

Nothing says cozy like a holiday romance. This New York engagement party took advantage of a mild winter evening with outdoor heaters, chunky blankets, and a gorgeous year-round view. The couple’s home also glimmered with frosty branches, rich red lighting, and whimsical winter lanterns. 

 

The Vendors Who Made This Event Happen:

photographer: Salwa Photography | planner: Sonal J. Shah Event Consultants | décor: Atlas Floral Decorators | venue: Private Residence

Green velvet sofa with cascading roses for engagement party in the spring | PartySlate

photographer: Studio Nouveau

Boston, MA

Florals, florals, and more florals. When the birds start chirping, the botanicals start blooming; so cover your spring engagement party in floor-to-ceiling pastels, seasonal bouquets, and light greenery. We especially love how this celebration engulfed lounge areas in cascading flower walls (that certainly smelled as good as they looked).

 

The Vendors Who Made This Event Happen:

photographer: Studio Nouveau | planner: Brilliant Event Planning | floral: Mimosa Floral Design | venue: Hotel Commonwealth Boston | invitations: Fete Collection | lighting & draping: Frost Productions, Boston | rentals: PEAK Event Services | invitations: Fete Collection

 

Floral photo backdrop for summer engagement party | PartySlate

photographer: Susie and Will Photography

Los Angeles, CA

When celebrating in warm weather, there are plenty of outdoor spaces to choose from (think rooftops, hidden gardens, poolside patios, and more). This al fresco engagement party added a vibrant floral wall for the perfect seasonal Instagram spot — just throw on your favorite sunglasses and say cheese.

 

The Vendors Who Made This Event Happen:

photographer: Susie and Will Photography | planner, design & floral: Dreams In Detail | rentals: Event City LA

 

4. Raise a Glass to Forever

Server pours Champage at table laden with orange flowers and greenery for engagement party | PartySlate

photographer: Callaway Gable

Los Angeles, CA

Ensure every guest has a glass as they get seated. This Veuve orange-inspired engagement party was perfectly curated in color. Monochrome is most definitely trending — and we love the idea of choosing your favorite color as a couple and running with it from the food and drinks to florals. 

 

The Vendors Who Made This Event Happen:

photographer: Callaway Gable | planner: Alyson Fox, Levine Fox Events | floral: Marks Garden | design & décor: Revelry Event Designers | caterer: Jennifer Naylor Catering and Special Events | videographer: Bluecat International

 

Cocktails with picture of engaged couple printed on foam | PartySlate

photographer: Hannah Pickle

New Orleans, LA

Did you know you can put yourself on a frothy drink topper? We love the idea of taking your boozy beverages to the next level with your favorite photo. This couple used their engagement shoot to dress up their drinks — and we can assure you, guests never forgot such a creative touch. 

 

The Vendors Who Made This Event Happen:

photographer: Hannah Pickle | planner: Clandestine Events and Experiences | floral: Kim Starr Wise Floral Events | venue: New Orleans Pharmacy Museum | caterer: Black Pearl Catering Co. | bar: Cocktail + Creative | rentals: Lovegood Wedding & Event Rentals | balloons: Badass Balloon Co.

 

Manicured hand holds custom cocktail at engagement party | PartySlate

photographer: Steve Steinhardt Photography

Beverly Hills, CA

Forget catchy wedding hashtags; we’re obsessed with curating a creative cocktail menu. This backyard party offered “Rose-Marry Me” garnished cocktails as the couple’s drink of choice. To create your own, just choose your favorite drinks and add alliterations, puns, or rhymes — and you’ve got a themed selection to sip from.

 

The Vendors Who Made This Event Happen

photographer: Steve Steinhardt Photography | planner & design: Ilana Ashley Events | tabletop rentals: Dish Wish | ice cream sandwiches: Chunk-N-Chip | macaroons: Monsieur | floral cupcakes: Magnolia Bakery | engagement ring cupcakes: Sprinkles Cupcakes | beverages: Lee’s Libations | hair & makeup: GlamSquad

 

5. Tell Your Story With Your Setting

Guests dance at outdoor engagement party with greenery | PartySlate

photographer: Emily Alyssa Photography

Ocean City, MD

Your partner may plan a surprise engagement party directly after the proposal, or together the two of you can decide to return to that special spot with friends and family in tow. Either way, you can’t go wrong with celebrating in such a meaningful way. In this case, bride-to-be Kayla was surprised by an oceanfront proposal — followed by a beachside lunch with cake, cocktails, and more.

 

The Vendors Who Made This Event Happen:

photographer: Emily Alyssa Photography | planner: DESIGNED PERFECTLY EVENTS | floral: J. Morris Flowers | furniture rentals: White Glove Rentals | lighting, draping & boxwood wall: A2Z Music Factory | linen: BBJ Linen | skydivers: ​​Mission Volant | transportation: A La Carte Limo | jazz ensemble: JJT Entertainment | bakery: Cake & Art | videographers: SkipperFilms

 

Vintage telephone covered in baby's breath for London-themed engagement party idea | PartySlate

photographer: Cristi Neasca

Bucharest, Romania

This couple’s love for London shows. Their favorite travel memory became the design muse for an incredible, floral-filled evening. If only we could have been there to smell the English roses. 

 

The Vendors Who Made This Event Happen:

photographer: Cristi Neasca | floral: Timo Bolte Luxury Event Design | venue: Palatul Noblesse

 

Photos from engagement shoot hung at later engagement party | PartySlate

photographer: Kent Drake Photography

Chicago, IL

Your engagement photos are for more than just Instagram. Whether you hired a professional photographer or had a friend capture your proposal, everyone will love to see that special moment expanded beyond their screen.

 

The Vendors Who Made This Event Happen:

photographer: Kent Drake Photography | planner: ​​Christina Currie Events, Inc. | floral: Yanni Design Studio | venue: Francesca’s Famiglia | rental: AFR Furniture Rental | linen: BBJ Linen | stationary: Charmant Invitations | desserts: Truffleberry | cake: Touch of Sweets

 

Vogue-themed cake centerpiece at engagement party | PartySlate

photographer: Phillip Van Nostrand Photography

Greenwich, CT

This couple had their cake — and told their story on it, too. At each table sat a sweet centerpiece that led loved ones down memory lane. Guests meandered from table to table to witness the future bride and groom’s relationship timeline (and our team is eating up this visual storytelling idea). 

 

The Vendors Who Made This Event Happen:

photographer: Phillip Van Nostrand Photography | caterer: Marcia Selden Catering & Events

 

Engagement party with South Asian wedding décor | PartySlate

photographer: Banga Studios; Phillip Van Nostrand Photography

New York, NY

This couple brought their Indian roots to their engagement party. They incorporated plenty of traditions, including a ring exchange on an elevated couch, the use of vivid purples and bright hues in their event design, and placing religious statues throughout the venue.

 

The Vendors Who Made This Event Happen:

photographer: Banga StudiosPhillip Van Nostrand Photography | planner: Sonal J. Shah Event Consultants | design & décor: Elegant Affairs | venue: Waterside Events | rentals: High Style Rentals | caterer: Moghul Caterers | dj: DJ Ruckiss | videographer: Ray Roman Films | hair & makeup: Pink Orchid Studio

 

6. Add an Activity That Fits Your Personality

Coffee station at outdoor engagement party | PartySlate

photo courtesy of: Elegant Occasions by JoAnn Gregoli

Marrakesh, Morocco

Give guests their caffeine fix, and they’ll keep your party going. We love the coffee station at this summer soirée — especially the variety of offerings. No more settling for bland house coffee. With this station, you can do it yourself and make it how you love it.

 

The Vendors Who Made This Event Happen:

photo courtesy of, planner & design: Elegant Occasions by JoAnn Gregoli

 

S'more station at engagement party | PartySlate

photographer: Anne Schmidt Photography

Houston, TX

Nostalgia makes the heart grow fonder. Toast to love by toasting your s’mores center — and bring back the best childhood memories while doing it. The options range from adding a luxe indoor s’mores bar to bringing guests out back for an authentic gathering around the fire.

 

The Vendors Who Made This Event Happen: 

photographer: Anne Schmidt Photography | planner: Belle Events | floral: Casa de Flores Design | tent: Peerless Event Rentals | caterer: Monarch Catering | invitations: Katie & Co. | photo booth: Gingersnapp Photobooth | band: Josh Fuller Band | fireworks: The Phoenix Design Group | beer burros: Parks Agency

 

Guests dance on a white dance floor covered in red rose petals at engagement party | PartySlate

photo courtesy of: Dreams In Detail 

Beverly Hills, CA

Many engagement parties have dance floors, but most aren’t dripping in rose petals. A red rose symbolizes a romantic relationship, so we say it’s time to scatter those petals (and get a photo while doing it).

 

The Vendors Who Made This Event Happen: 

photo courtesy of, planner & design: Dreams In Detail

 


PEOPLE ALSO ASK…

How Can I Use PartySlate to Plan My Engagement Party?

PartySlate can help with all aspects of engagement party planning. Browse photos from real celebrations (and filter by location, guest count, style, colors, theme, and more) to get ideas — plus, you can save your favorite photos and ideas for later. 

Once you’ve decided on a style, it’s time to start looking for an engagement party venue. On PartySlate, you can browse event spaces in your city by type, amenities, guest count, and more. Our team has found that restaurants, bars, and rooftops are the most popular spots for engagement parties (although no venue type is off limits). 
Once you’ve found your venue and set the date, PartySlate can help you find vendors to make your party unique and memorable. Whether you’re looking for a florist or are going the balloon route, need a caterer, photographer, or want to get your hair and makeup done, the best vendors in your area can be found and messaged all through PartySlate.