This past spring, my BFF Amy’s beau Dave let us in on a little secret: he was ready to propose! Dave was envisioning a proposal surrounded by Amy and his loved ones, but other than that, he wanted to keep it simple. I had other ideas. Thinking back on all of the fond memories Amy and I have shared together, and knowing her eye for thoughtful details, I really wanted fill this special moment in her life up to the top with lots of bells and whistles. I know that Dave’s surprise alone would have been plenty to take Amy’s breath away but I think she appreciated the little DIY touches we prepared for her. Read on to see all of the engagement party ideas we employed and get some inspiration for your own pre-nuptial event.
NOTE: Apologies in advance for the smartphone pics. We were so excited about setting up the party that we forgot to bring a proper camera!
We wanted to make the engagement party all about Amy and Dave, almost ad nauseam.
To add a pop of the couple’s personality to everyone’s drink, simply print photos of them on circular sticker paper and stick them onto straws. If you have leftover stickers, force your friends to wear them.
The party decor dream team: Cat, Kris and Helen.
Amy’s sister prepared this t-shirt for her to wear after the big surprise. As you can see, it’s reflective of Dave’s nickname – Kaveman.
The other side of the family got involved too. Dave’s brother mocked up these spoof magazine covers chronicling the disappointment of celebrities like Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hardy at the news of Amy’s betrothal.
Hemsworth did not take it well.
Onion “rings,” anyone? To make these, draw “diamonds” with a marker on sparkly paper, cut them out and hot glue them to toothpicks.