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8 Engagement Party Ideas Everyone Will Love

8 Engagement Party Ideas Everyone Will Love

Figuring out how to plan an engagement party can be deceptively difficult! From locking in the perfect venue to figuring out how on earth you’re going to keep your mother-in-law away from meddling it into the ground, we understand how daunting the simplest task can appear. But not to worry, the team at The Fox Hotel are here to save the day with our list of 8 great engagement party ideas to set your celebration apart. Just say ‘I do!’

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The Artistic Engagement Party

Looking for simple engagement party ideas that leave a lasting impression? Give your celebration a modern twist with an Industrial and creative warehouse venue like Fish Lane Creative Studios.

What are you wearing?

In order to hit the right tone take a tip from Chanel, “before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take off one accessory.” Gent’s that means ditch your ties and go for a more relaxed but chic look with your suit, ladies stick to a simple yet striking minimalist look. It’s always better to be under dressed in something fabulous than over dressed in something fabulous.

What are you eating?

The key to a truly chic event is this: keep your canapes modern yet unfussy. Think seared scallops on the half shell, edamame with dashi salt and individual Portobello and gorgonzola tartlets.

Who are listening to?

Our top tip for music at your Fish Lane Studios engagement party? Keep it low-key and ambient with a carefully curated playlist, or a talented DJ who understands that there’s a time and place for ‘Gangnam Style’ but tonight is not the night.

What does your function space look like?

When it comes to chic engagement party decorations try to pick a theme that will highlight the features of your Brisbane function room instead of overwhelming it. We recommend modern floral arrangements with green hydrangeas, or some native blooms to add a subtle contrast.

 

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 The Rooftop Cocktail Engagement Party

Looking for engagement party ideas with a little more impact? Take your celebration to the next level with a sky high engagement party on Dandys Rooftop.

What are you wearing?

An upbeat cocktail engagement party calls for an outfit that’s equal parts casual and fun. Guys, keep it relaxed but classy with a linen button down and chinos. Ladies think bright, bold print cocktail dresses and a bright lipstick to match.

 What are you eating?

Hungry for a fun take on catering? Keep your guests fuelled up for the long night ahead with fresh, soft corn tortilla taco platters, individual cheese burger sliders and hand rolled sushi.

 Who are you listening to?

Your upcoming nuptials may have you feeling like your dancing on air but if you want to share that feeling with your guests you’re going to need the playlist to match. Our top engagement party tip for a fool proof fiesta? Hire a salsa or mariachi band and give your favourite dance tracks a unique twist.

 What does your function space look like?

With spectacular sunsets and panoramic city views already readily available on the rooftop, we recommend enhancing your function room with engagement party decorations that area equally fun. Think lots of helium balloons, green walls and a custom photo booth for your guests to enjoy.

 

Engagement Party Themes

The Beach Theme Engagement Party

Looking for a unique way to announce that there’s ‘two less fish in the sea?’ How about a beach themed wedding in our airy Verandah Room?

What are you wearing?

With simple engagement party ideas like this, it’s best not to overdo the dress code. Keep it light and airy with bright, cool cotton basics for the guys and floaty maxi dresses for the ladies. But be careful to keep it classy, nothing takes your celebration from East Hamptons to Surfers Paradise quite like a guest who chose to wear thongs.

What are you eating?

Want to know how to plan an engagement party with the perfect menu to match? You simply can’t go wrong with an elegant sit down seafood feast. Think squid ink linguini with grilled prawns, pickled shitake and chilli.

Who are you listening to?

Give your engagement party a distinctly island feel with a solo acoustic guitarist covering everything from Jack Johnson to UB40. It’s ambient but still fun enough to have a little boogie if the mood strikes you.

What does your space look like?

Fun, fresh and exciting, skip the floral arrangements and opt instead for palm fronds and greenery to give your function room a boost. Planning on having a photo booth? You can’t go wrong with Hawaiian lays and hula skirts.

 

Experience Celebration

Why not use your engagement party as an opportunity to tick something off your bucket list. Gather your closest friends for an intimate engagement celebration and head out on an adventure of a lifetime. There are plenty of experiences to choose from including skydiving, bungee jumping, jet boating, or any other fun activity you’ve always wanted to try.

What are you wearing?
This depends on the experience you choose, but it will probably be practical and lowkey – afterall the focus is on the activity at hand and not on your outfit!

What are you eating?
If the activity you settled on doesn’t include meals then book a post-experience lunch at a restaurant of your choosing.

What are you listening to?
A little bit of everything! Pump everyone up with an epic, self-made playlist of all your favourite tunes. Whatever experience you pick it will probably involve a little bit of driving, so make yourself a good road trip playlist.

What does your function space look like?
How your function space looks is entirely up to you. It’s your special celebration so pick an experience that you’ve always wanted to try. If relatives or friends aren’t up for giving it a go they could always meet you for lunch after.

 

Engagement Party Themes & Ideas

The White Party Themed Engagement Party

Want to channel your inner Beyonce and Jay-Z? Borrow your engagement party ideas from Hollywood royalty by throwing a classic white party in our bright Arcadia Room.

What are you wearing?

It should go without saying that you should ask guests to stick with an all-white theme. The party venue and time mostly determine how guests should dress. An afternoon garden party can be fairly-casual, while an after 5 o’clock event may be more semi-formal.

What are you eating?

Serve foods that are white or light in colour to keep in line with your white party theme (and invariably avoid the red wine stains). Think white chocolate-covered strawberries, light cheeses, risotto, chicken, pork, turkey, white corn, cauliflower and coconut cake.

Who are you listening to?

Barry white.

What does your function space look like?

Keep the theme flowing through your engagement party decorations with white linens, flowers, place settings, napkins, plates and balloons.

 

Upscale Long Lunch

If you prefer a cruisy, daytime affair then a long lunch with free flowing beverages in the Acadia Room would be a unique way to celebrate your engagement party.

What are you wearing?
Work with the theme by dressing in warm shades, pastels or neutrals, with floral or lace detailing. Opt for light summery makeup and simple gold or rose gold jewlery. Men go for similar colors in chinos and short or long sleeve button ups and dress shoes.

What are you eating?
Treat your guests to carefully crafted modern Australian fair, and pair these dishes with beautiful wines and champagnes. Guests could be served dishes such as beef tataki, or cauliflower steak, pistachio pesto, edamame, currants, dried cranberries.

Who are you listening to?
Consider hiring a musician with a focus on acoustics and smooth singing. The music should be upbeat, and warm but not overpowering.

What does your function space look like?
The Acadia Room features bespoke fixtures and furnishings and presents as a brilliant entertaining space perfect for large engagement parties. The room boasts wooden floors, white walls and elegant gold or wooden finishings. Keep the decor simple with neutral or pastel accents to compliment the space.

 

Buttoned up Backyard BBQ

For something a bit more laid back, a buttoned up backyard BBQ would be a great engagement party idea.

What are you wearing?
Thongs and shorts are still a no go, set the theme to smart casual, light dresses and sandals for the ladies, loafers and button up t-shirts for the men.

What are you eating?
As with any good BBQ platters of satay chicken skewers and cheese burger sausage rolls should be served alongside tasty canapes. Pair this with tap beers, ciders and wines to get into the spirit of things.

Who are you listening to?
To keep it casual, pop everyone’s favourite tunes into a playlist and play it through The Atriums sound system. Let the guests have free reign over song choices by leaving your ipod within reach.

What does your function space look like?
Featuring rustic brick walls, planter boxes and natural light flowing in from the ceiling, the Atrium exudes terrace party vibes. It’s away from the hustle and bustle, with a fun, laid back charm.

 

Sailing

Set out for a day on the high seas with your nearest and dearest.

What are you wearing?
If you really want to look the part then you’ll be sporting a mostly white attire with a broad brimmed hat or cap. Wear white linen pants and a top, or shorts and a thin white, button down top – sleeves rolled. Don’t forget your boat shoes or espadrilles!

What are you eating?
Seafood of course! Fresh prawns, oysters and crab paired with salad. You’ll want a variety of salads like garden salads, potato salads, and barley or pasta salads. Perhaps some fresh lean meats like chicken for those who don’t love seafood. You want the food to be light and summery to suit your event.

What are you listening to?
Cruisy summer beats. Make a playlist and pop it on the yachts speaker system.

What does your function space look like?
A boat of course! The size and style depends on your budget and taste. It could be an old fashioned sailboat replicating a pirate ship. Or you may prefer a super sleek yacht complete with white sails and timber finishings. There are so many options available when it comes to hiring private charters so take time to do some research.

 

 Parisian Themed

If you’re a true romantic with a thing for cobbled alleyways, fine french wines and pastries to die for, then perhaps you should celebrate with a parisian themed engagement party.

What are you wearing?
Keep it simple, the french love elegant, understated looks, where less is definitely more. Spruce up an outfit with a tailored jacket, a string of pearls or simple, low slung heels.

What are you eating?
Cocktail style canapes are a must. Mingle over gourmet cheese boards and sweet and savory canapes such as salmon ceviche and mini macarons. Sip on french champagne and fine whiskeys as your guests sink into the leather lounge suites.

Who are you listening to?
Relax into the event with lounge music and slow jazz.

What does your function space look like?
This French-inspired engagement party space pays homage to indulgence. Heavy framed mirrors and tailored furniture make for the perfect setting for the discerning cocktail connoisseur looking to relax.

 

Tropical Summer Bash

For a bit of summery fun, why not celebrate in the Verandah Room. Cane furniture, colorful accents and a rockin playlist will keep the party going all afternoon.

What are you wearing?
Something fun, if you are going to go tropical then you may as well go all out. Enjoy wearing bright colors and funky jewelry. Maybe add a headscarf or tassle bag to your outfit to spruce it up.

What are you eating?
Keep things interesting and serve a wide range of canapes with options such as buttermilk tacos, seafood baskets and steamed edamame. Pair it with zesty cocktails and champagne spritzers.

Who are you listening to?
Match the theme and pop on some tropical beats, combined with your favorite summer hits. Or go in another direction and hire out a band to play the steel drums for you and your guests.

What does your function space look like?
Inspired by Queensland’s iconic plantation homes, The Veranda Room is a fresh and vibrant recreation of a classical homestead. Wicker furniture and feature wallpapers deliver a room perfect for engagement parties.

 

Wine tasting

If you love a good wine then why not host a wine tasting engagement party? You can dress it up or dress it down and there are a huge range of venue spaces available to cater for this theme.

What are you wearing?
Think smart casual. Wine tasting is meant to be a fun affair so go for a mix of comfort and elegance. Match a nice pair of pants with a new top or opt for a classy day-time dress and flats.

What are you eating?
If you are doing wine tasting then canapés or small meals should be paired with each wine. Organise a caterer to provide delicious nibbles to match each wine or work with the venue kitchen to organise an appropriate menu.

What are you listening to?
Depending on your environment and the time of day, your choice of music can be quite flexible. For a laidback afternoon event chose string based music like flamenco. For a night time event soul or jazz sets a nice tone.

What does your function space look like?
Wine tasting can be held in a range of locations. For a casual affair hold it at home. You can organise everyone to bring a bottle of their favourite vino and have different wine stations set up around the yard or patio. For something a bit fancy, a private dining room in a restaurant or local vineyard is an excellent space to host your party.

 

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