Hi, lovelies! Yesterday, we talked about how fun a beer tasting couples shower would be as an alternative to a traditional bridal shower. And we’re back to share another favorite: a stock the bar engagement party! And today we’re here to share some fun ideas on how to plan a stock the bar engagement party for a favorite engaged couple. What is a “stock the bar” party? What do you need to plan one? Read on to find out!
Stock the Bar Engagement Party
A stock the bar engagement party is a festive soiree thrown in honor of a newly engaged couple. (If you prefer, you can throw a stock the bar couples shower in lieu of an engagement party.) This type of party theme is ideal for the couple who already owns many of the typical wedding registry essentials (like cookware, bedding, kitchen gadgets, etc.) The name is just as it sounds: you’re gathering people together to toast to the happy couple and bring gifts related to their home bar. It’s also a fun way to toast to the couple in excitement for the planning ahead!
For starters, you’ll need an awesome invitation. Here are a few we love!
These coaster wedding invitations are ideal for a stock the bar party! By Product80.
These invitations are fun because they really explain what guests should bring! For instance, it explains, “A bottle of red, a bottle of white, maybe tequila salt and lime for a margarita kind of night…” Spotted at Jeannine Aubrey Design.
After you send invitations, it’s time to start thinking about your decor. Our favorite? A black and gold color palette, or chalkboard inspired details. Here are a few examples.
For the actual party itself, you’ll want to decide if you plan to serve fun cocktails of all kinds OR focus on a wine tasting party or beer tasting party. This will help you to narrow down the drink choices and figure out the best decorations for your space. (Find out tips on wine tastings or beer tastings.)
A stock the bar party always includes a toast to the happy couple. The host can provide one, or you can ask the Best Man or Maid of Honor to say a few words.
For food, casual fare is best at this type of party. Pizza, wings, appetizers… you get the idea! And don’t forget festive cookies and a cake for cutting after the food is served.
Last but not least, don’t forget party favors! Here are some of our favorites.
Package them in cute favor bags! By Meri Bakery.
And last but not least, check out these engraved wine glasses from Scissor Mill.