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Host an engagement party
to reconnect with loved ones

All those romantic getaways have finally paid off! You’re engaged now. Congrats! Let the celebrations begin. Start spreading the news with an engagement party, a perfect way to reconnect with family and friends. Here are five engagement party ideas to create an intimate reunion with loved ones old and new.

Engagement Party Idea #1:
Pair bourbon, cigars and color

For a classy engagement party, visit one of New York’s many swanky cigar bars for bourbon and stogies. Add feminine touches like fuchsia palettes and pretty floras to complement the lounge’s rich leathers and dark woods. After the party, your family can retreat to The Plaza, which inspired several scenes in author F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel "The Great Gatsby." An elegant escape at the coveted corner of Fifth Avenue and Central Park South in New York City, The Plaza is the perfect place to gather up the family to announce your engagement news.

Engagement Party Idea #2:
Create a black-tie celebration

Toast your marriage. Host a black-tie affair, complete with champagne tower. Elegant and classic, this type of engagement party lends itself to 1920s inspiration, like feathers and beads. The Seelbach Hilton Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky offers up the perfect setting for a 1920s-themed engagement party. A Gilded landmark, this historic hotel also lent inspiration to "The Great Gatsby," serving as backdrop for Tom and Daisy Buchanan’s infamous wedding.

Engagement Party Idea #3:
Stage a wine tasting 

Announce your engagement while sampling California wines and decadent cheeses at Hotel La Rose in Santa Rosa, California. Centrally located near Sonoma County’s wineries, Redwood forests and Pacific coastline, this Historic Hotel features a rose garden, stunning fountain and Koi pond for the most intimate of engagement parties. Nearby in Napa Valley, another historic hotel, Napa River Inn, offers easy access to the Napa Valley Wine Train, a three-hour train ride through one of California’s most scenic wine valleys, a perfect getaway to reunite the whole family.

Engagement Party Idea #4:
Stage an ice cream parlor

Ice cream. Check. Hershey’s chocolate. Check. Engagement ring. Check. Welcome to your own vintage ice cream parlor, the makings for an intimate engagement party, especially when hosted at The Hotel Hershey® in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Built by chocolate magnate Milton S. Hershey, this historic hotel is dubbed “The Sweetest Place on Earth,” perfect for family gatherings with convenient access to Hersheypark, an iconic theme park with 65 fun rides, 12 roller coasters and 14 water attractions.

Engagement Party Idea #5:
Create party intrigue 

Make your engagement the talk among family and friends, hosting your event in the room of the famous Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. No ordinary room, this gathering hotspot was once a secret underground passageway to another hotel across the street, which Governor Huey P. Long used for discreet access to his mistress in the late 1920s and early 1930s. History aside, pop open a bottle of wine from the underground wine cellar to toast your future marriage.