Top Tips to Successfully Throw an Intimate Engagement Party on a Budget

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Image Source: Mod Wedding

Engagement parties aren’t supposed to empty your wallet; they’re supposed to be an intimate celebration with your closest friends and family to honor you and your fiance - don’t forget that in the midst of all the planning! We’re here to help you save money for your big day, so we put together a list of the most important things to consider when you want to throw an engagement party on the everyday girl budget.

Stick your budget - it’s not the time to go overboard!

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Image Source: Zazzle

Save the extra cash for the ceremony and reception - it’s inevitable that you’ll overspend along the way, so don’t blow the budget early on with the engagement party. Check out different vendors, price out different food, drinks, and rentals, and add everything up ahead of time. Factor in some unexpected and hidden costs so you don’t get blindsided by a surprise fee. But most importantly, come up with a figure early on in your planning, and remind yourself how crucial it is to stick to it!

Keep the invite list small.

The best tip to keep an intimate engagement party low-cost is to simply keep it intimate. Don’t go crazy with the guest list - you can do that later! Keep it low-key and personal, since the whole point of an engagement party is to bring the two families together ahead of the wedding. Not only will you save money on food and drinks, but you’ll also have a much more special affair, since everyone will be able to mingle and get to know one another before the big day.

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Image Source: @manduhmichelle

Skip the open bar.

No matter how fun you want your celebration to be, there’s nothing fun about the price tag that comes along with an open bar, so keep the drink menu simple. Select a few signature drinks beforehand, and avoid over-the-top cocktails that are more hassle than they’re worth. Forget the fussy ingredients and go with something classy that everyone will enjoy like a fresh and fruity sangria!

Skip the three course menu, too!

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Image Source: Simply Recipes

Simplify your food just like your drink menu! You should have a little something for everyone, but that doesn’t mean you need to offer a fancy sit-down meal of everyone’s choice. Go with something effortless like finger foods that you can keep dishing out throughout the evening. We just came up with an awesome list of fresh new apps here.

Save the florals for the big day.

You don’t need vase upon vase of fresh flowers at your engagement party, so save the flower budget for the ceremony. Instead, thrift some fun centerpieces for a shabby chic vibe. For a really romantic look, use soft string lights and simple wood accents. You can totally DIY your engagement party decor, too! But remember - for an intimate party like this one, you don’t have to go over the top in your decor or in your budget.

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Image Source: Etsy

St. Patty's Day Party Guide

St. Patty’s Day is one of the biggest drinking holidays of the year, which means one thing: it’s crucial to plan the perfect party! We’ve got you covered beyond just the cocktail recipes, though, from start to finish. We’ve put together everything from our favorite decor ideas to the tastiest Irish recipes!

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Image Source: Star Stream Design

Invites

St. Patty’s Day invites are super easy to come by online, and getting custom printed ones can be affordable if you order from the right place! Incorporate some sparkle into your party invites with this adorable one from Etsy, or go for a more classic approach with something like this!


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Image Source: Chef Savvy

Food

It wouldn’t be St. Patty’s Day without some potatoes, so make sure to incorporate some Irish classics into your recipes! Your guests would be drooling over these Irish nachos, made with small, sliced potatoes and cheese and bacon. Serve your nachos with some guac for a little pop of green! Don’t forget the sweets either, though. Dip some strawberries in white chocolate and have some fun decorating them for your guests, or try out this mouth-watering recipe for Mint Andes Brownies!


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Image Source: imbibe

Drinks

It’s one of the biggest drinking holidays of the year, so don’t be afraid to step your drink game up! Don’t forget to serve up some sweet Irish Coffee cocktails, topped with whipped cream and some green sprinkles. If you’re looking to offer another sweet-tasting cocktail, try out the Grasshopper Martini - it’s a classic, and it’s basically just an alcoholic, mint chocolate milkshake! To really get the party going, make some cute and clever shots to leave out for your guests. If you’re feeling confident, test out your bartending skills with this adorable Irish Flag shot!


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Image Source: Babble

Decor

It’s easy to opt for the obvious when it comes to St. Patty’s Day decor - a thousand different shades of green is usually the go-to. Make your party a little more sophisticated by going with the same consistent shade of green decor with glamorous gold accents! We also love the idea of adding a little rainbow touch to your party to break up all the green. A great decor option is filling up mason jars with some gold chocolate coins, and then top it off with tons of layers of rainbow skittles. Not only does it add a pop of extra color and fun to your decor, but it doubles as a delicious party favor for your guests, too!


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Image Source: Pizzazzerie

Tablescape

St. Patty’s Day isn’t just about Irish pride and celebrating with friends - it’s a sign of spring, too! Incorporate some fresh, colorful florals into your tablescape to really embrace the time of year, but add little touches of green and gold so you don’t totally lose the holiday in your place setting. Bring in some more of that lucky Irish touch with some trendy gold plates or silverware, and add some green centerpieces and napkin rings to tie the look together!