Hosting parties is one of my favorite past times. I love the planning and I love thinking through all the details. My sister got engaged a few days ago and although I didn’t plan the full party from start to finish I was responsible for the decor which makes a big impact so I wanted to share some tips on how to throw a proposal party.
How to Throw a Proposal Party
Proposal parties are more of a new thing but I think they are so special, in most cases, after the couple gets engaged they attend a party with all of their family and close friends to celebrate. If you are hosting this party or helping host this party there are really two main things you have to think about. One, food, and two decor/where can everyone snag a picture with the happy couple?
Since this was a tag team effort, my mom had a majority of the food catered to help with the party prep and overall stress level. We had some BBQ sliders, fruit and veggie trays, cupcakes and other sweets as well as mini charcuterie cups. These were perfect to grab and go for the guests. It made it easy for people to still talk and mingle without having too much in their hands. They’re also super instagrammable and would be really easy to make.
I also popped a few cupcake toppers on the cupcakes to pull together then food and decor.
For decor, everything was from Amazon and we kept it pretty simple. The biggest impact was definitely the balloon garland which looks a lot harder than it is. Check out my blog about how to make a balloon garland in less than an hour for more tips. You can have someone make this for you but it’s going to cost about $150 so if you are willing to tie about 150 balloons then it’s totally worth it! This kit was only $15 on Amazon and I got an electric air pump for about $20 so all in all it cost about $35 and a little bit of time for this gorgeous backdrop for photos.
Along with the balloon garland I got this stack of paper blocks and used some additional balloons to fill them. This also added to the photo and made it look so cute. One side said “She Said Yes” and the other said, “He Asked” so depending on who was taking the photo you could switch it around.
The groom-to-be also had a gorgeous setup for when he proposed so when grabbed those items and quickly added them to their photo area to tie together the proposal photos and the party photos.
The other main area was the bar with the food. I initially just had the “She Said Yes” Balloons but it felt really plain and stale so I quickly went to my sister’s Facebook and printed out every photo of the couple I could find. I hung them from the lights and popped them into some frames. This was a great conversation piece for the guests and made the couple feel special. If you are hosting a proposal party I definitely recommend having some photos of the couple printed for a personalized touch.
Unlike, a shower I don’t think you have to have any activies or games planned as the main event is the couple walking in and them retelling how he proposed to their friends as well as taking celebratory photos.
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