Engagement parties whet the appetites of enthusiastic guests before the main course — the wedding — finally arrives. If you want to plan a refreshing and unforgettable engagement party, follow these tips:
Pick an Exciting Venue
You might not have enough room to squeeze all of your guests into your living room or backyard. You should start looking for an interesting venue that can accommodate the number of attendees. The Drake Hotel is an excellent spot for engagement parties, trendy receptions and packed cocktail soirees. It has space for up to 650 visitors so that you can invite a massive guest-list without any trouble.
The Drake Hotel offers more than enough space to fit attendees. It’s a creative incubator that displays art collections and installations in every possible corner. Even menus and programs will be miniature masterpieces. They will inspire amazing conversations and Instagram photos.
And if you’re looking to impress your guests with food and drinks, this venue has one of the best catering companies in the city, Drake Catering, which has incredible menu options and stellar customer service. The company prides itself on creating their menus from scratch, focusing on ingredients that are seasonal, local and fresh. Plenty of ingredients used in their dishes are crafted in-house at Drake Commissary.
Whether you want to keep the menu small with flavourful canapes and bite-sized desserts, or you want to put out a veritable feast, the caterers will make sure your guests leave delighted — and very full.
Add Some Personality
You don’t want the celebration of your engagement to feel like a run-of-the-mill cocktail party. Add a personal touch to the festivities by incorporating both of your monogrammed initials into the décor and on top of the desserts.
You can also show off your personality with a pair of signature cocktails — one for you and one for your partner. Plan with the catering company to create cocktail recipes that combine your favourite flavours or that use ingredients to represent who you are. If you’re sweet? Put in a touch of fruity liqueur. If you’re bubbly? Add a sparkling wine or soda. If you’re adventurous? Pour a generous shot of tequila in that drink.
Send Them Home with Something Special
Impress your guests with party favours when they leave the venue. They’ll feel like VIPs walking off the red carpet with their very own swag bags. Give them a little taste of luxury with a tiny bottle of sparkling wine and a small assortment of French macarons. Or you could give them DIY cocktails kits so that they can make one of your signature cocktails when they’re at home.
If you need a dessert or snack for the gift bag and can’t think of where to get it, ask your caterer for help. They’re sure to have some options up their sleeves.
You don’t have to treat this like your wedding day. There’s no need to stress about rounding up guests, meeting photographers or fixing your hair every five minutes. This is a pressure-free experience. Grab yourself a cocktail, let loose and enjoy the unforgettable night.