There are a few things that you can count on every January: Christmas trees waiting for curbside pickup, over-crowded gyms and at least one of your friends sporting a new diamond engagement ring.

Some reports claim that around one quarter of all engagements happen during the holidays.  This means a huge influx of wedding planning come January.  It also means a lot of engagement parties.

Hosting an engagement party can be more fun, not to mention less work, than hosting a wedding shower, bachelor party or bachelorette party.  That being said, engagement parties don’t plan themselves.  You'll want to do your homework.

Here are a few fun engagement party ideas:

    • Unlike some of the other celebrations that come before a wedding, engagement parties can be a co-ed affair, though they don’t have to be.  Depending on your group, the engagement party might be one of the few chances you have to get everyone together - both the guys and the girls.

    • If you are planning the party for friends, be sure to talk to them about the guest list.  Traditionally, everyone invited to the engagement party will also be invited to the wedding.  Make sure your lists match up!

    • Like the wedding itself, an engagement party can be either formal or casual.  If you are planning a formal wedding, consider a more casual, laid back engagement party.  After all, all you need to have fun is a few friends and family...and plenty of cake!

    • We might be partial, but we happen to think that great entertainment makes the party!  For smaller engagement parties, consider an acoustic guitarist or another type of solo musicianString groups are great for formal parties and if you are at a loss for what sort of engagement party you want - take your guests to the beach with steel drums.

    Whether you are planning your own engagement party or celebrating your recently engaged friends, we wish you the best.  And remember party planning is supposed to be FUN!

    Happy Planning!