Engagement Parties

Host Your Engagement Party in Hershey at Our Beautiful Venue

Whether you just got engaged or you’re throwing a party for someone who did, planning an engagement party is a great opportunity to test out some event planning skills or prepare for planning out a wedding.

Engagement party venues, guest lists, what day of the week to have it on, sending invitations, the food and drink menu…the list just goes on. Oh, and did we mention the budget?

Your dream engagement party starts with choosing a beautiful venue.

Once you decide whose family will host the party, the time and place are next. Choosing an engagement venue is one of the most important decisions you’ll make.

While Historic Acres is one of Hershey’s best wedding venues, it’s also perfect for engagement parties because of its versatility. We have picturesque scenery, multiple spaces available to match any sort of formality you’re looking for, and more than enough space to accommodate engagement parties of any size.

Our team is also more than able to help you with the planning process. We can put you in contact with many of our vendors for catering and food options. We’ve also put on more than our fair share of engagement parties so check out our tips below on planning a perfect engagement party.

Engagement Party Planning Tips for You

Choose Your Date

Although there’s no right or wrong answer as to when to have one, we recommend something sooner rather than later to ride the wave of excitement that comes along with getting engaged. Make sure to factor in guest availability for family and friends, so they are able to attend your event.

Put Together A Guest List

No rules when it comes to putting together a guest list except to ensure that anyone you invite to the engagement party is also invited to the wedding. We usually recommend something on the smaller side which makes The Coop a perfect choice for most engagement parties.

Register For Gifts

It’s best to make sure you finish your registry before the party, however, some people may jump on buying a gift as soon as they know you’re engaged, so you may want to look at doing this before sending out invites. Regardless, we recommend adding less expensive items to your engagement registry, as most guests will also be buying you a wedding gift down the line, which tends to be more expensive.

Send Invitations To Guests

Be sure to give all of your guests plenty of lead time when you send out invites. This will help ensure the best possible attendance. We recommend at least a month before the engagement party and to have an ‘RSVP by’ date included. Also, make sure that your invitations match the formality and the theme of the engagement party, but no need to match the theme of the wedding.

Choose Your Food & Drink Menu

Both the food and drink menus are very dependent upon the time of day you’ll be having the engagement party, as well as how formal it will be. Less formal parties will opt for finger foods like meats, cheeses, and other charcuterie, whereas more formal parties should look to have a plated meal. One of our favorite ideas is to serve ‘his’ & ‘hers’ favorite foods, but don’t use up all your creative ideas here. Save some for the big day!

Bonus Tip: Include Elements of the Proposal into the Party

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Book a Historic Anniversary Party Venue in Hershey

An anniversary party is a great way to celebrate 25, 30, 40 and even 50 years of being married and in love. All anniversaries are huge milestones that should be celebrated with the ones that you are close to.

Planning a wedding anniversary party can come with a large list of to-dos, from where to have the party, the theme, who to have or not have on the guest list, and making sure it all fits within your budget. It can all be very stressful.

We can help!

Historic Acres offers a budget-friendly anniversary party venue, with tons of space options to choose from. In addition to helping ease the use of your budget, Historic Acres will help the party be just as beautiful as the wedding day. Whether you need a large party area or something smaller and more intimate, we have picturesque spaces to accommodate all.

If you’re still worried about the rest of the planning, our team can help you there, too. With decades of experience, our team has built connections with many local Hershey party vendors, and we can put you in contact with catering, beverage, and even entertainment vendors in Hershey.

We’re confident that we’re one of the best venues for anniversary parties.

We hope that we can help bring your anniversary party to life by providing a beautiful venue for you and all your guests to love! If you’re looking for more help planning an anniversary party, check out tips and ideas from one of our event coordinators below!

Wooden chairs and Tables adorned with white tablecloths and blue napkins for a special event.

Anniversary Party Ideas & Tips for You.

Date & Time to Determine the Location & Venue

In most cases, you’ll want to choose a date that is around the couple’s actual wedding anniversary date. We recommend trying to set down a date a few months in advance, for a few reasons. First, it allows those guests coming in from out of town to plan travel arrangements accordingly. Second, the sooner you begin to plan, the more likely a wedding anniversary party venue is available on or around your preferred date.

Consider an Anniversary Party Theme

While this step is not entirely necessary, it is fun to give something to help plan the rest of the party around. Whether you want to celebrate the decade the couple got married in, host a faux-black-tie event, or do something different like a luau, having an idea for your anniversary party theme will make planning the other steps easier.

Send Out Invitations

For a larger, more formal event, we’d recommend sending out paper invites to stress the importance and formality. If you’re having a smaller event, phone calls and digital invites will do the trick. Regardless of how you’re sending them, be sure your invites include date & times, dress code, location, and whether or not the couple has a gift registry (or even wants gifts at all).

Determine Catering Options After RSVPs

Once you have an idea of how many people will be attending, catering options for food and drink become easier to plan. Finding a caterer is much easier with our connections, and then you can begin to plan the menu. Also, remember to take people’s dietary restrictions into account.

Use Decoration Ideas from the Original Wedding or Time Era

Using the same color scheme as the couple’s wedding is a very nice touch. This can be used for the cake and decorations. Depending upon what anniversary it is, you can look into what the color, traditional gift, and flowers are. Other ideas for decorations include displaying the bride’s wedding dress and a slideshow of photos from the day. If you have chosen a theme, be sure to check out DIY options for decorations on sites like Pinterest.

Optional: Schedule Entertainment & Book A Photographer

Having a DJ or live band is completely optional but will keep people enjoying themselves for hours on end. A nice touch is to make sure the DJ or band knows some of the couple’s favorite songs and songs played on their wedding day.

While the photographer is also optional, having moments captured in time by a professional will always be a nice touch. This also allows everyone attending the party to be focused on celebrating instead of worrying about having to take photos or videos.

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