How to Host the Perfect Holiday Engagement Party

Editor’s Note: This post was originally shared last December but it’s so good, I had to re-share!

Special holiday treat today! My friend, Morgan, is here to show us how to host the most perfect holiday engagement party including some darling bar cart styling tips and a delicious, sure-to-please drink recipe. 

Hello there, I am Morgan. Classic Bride is one of my favorite spots for wedding and event inspiration. I was over the moon when Sarah asked me to share a guest post with you all! I am thrilled to be sharing how to add Christmas cheer to your engagement party. I love holiday engagement parties, celebrating two occasions at once makes it easier for friends who may have several soirees during the holidays. There is also no better way to end the year than with a celebration! My favorite way to add a unique twist on your holiday engagement party is with a Christmas bar cart. / Images by Bloom and Flourish.


I believe there is always a reason to keep a perfectly stocked bar cart, especially during the holidays. You do not have to spend a lot of money to achieve this look, Target is a girl’s best friend!  Several of the decor pieces were items I had around my apartment or borrowed from the decorating queen, my mom. I did splurge on a few items such as monogrammed cocktail napkins, reindeer candle holders, and, of course, the Society Social bar cart. However, I plan on re-using several of the items for other holidays and my bar cart is now a side table in my living room!


Tips for Decorating Your Engagement Party Bar Cart:

No 1 | This time of year, it is not hard to find greenery outside. Include fresh greenery on your cart and the smells of the season will keep guests in the spririt! I made my magnolia wreath out of a floral wreath circle and leaves from a neighbor’s yard.

No 2 | Add party favors or presents to your cart. This is an inexpensive way to add decor. I matched my wrapping paper from Target (how cute is this zebra paper?!)  with the theme of my cart. These copper Moscow mule mugs from Target would make perfect favors for your guests .

No 3 | Create a signature cocktail for your event and serve it on your bar cart. For the winter months, I love warm cocktails. See below for a cocktail idea for your event.

No 4 | Mix different textures and finishes for a unique look. I love the way the sheepskin, copper, and metallic gold mix together. I also threw in the black and white stripes and buffalo plaid.

No 5 | Use items you already have mixed with new items. I love incorporating my coffee table books and cocktail recipe books on my bar cart – it is a great way to add height. Purchase items that can be re-used for different holidays. For example, I plan on re-using my red monogrammed cocktail napkins for Valentine’s Day.

No 6 | Add something sweet that your guests will enjoy. The rule in our house is that your guests never leave hungry!  I used old fashioned ribbon candy in my apothecary jar. I love the idea of monogrammed cookies, gold macarons, or cupcakes for an engagement party.

No 7 | Play some festive music! No one enjoys a party without music. Find a fun Pandora Christmas station and stream it through your home.


Christmas Cheer Hot Chocolate Recipe

2 Parts Hot Chocolate

1 Part Whiskey Cream (I used Jackson Morgan Brown Cinnamon Sugar)

Garnish with a Candy Cane Spoon (Careful! These little spoons melt quickly!)

Serve in a Copper Moscow Mule mug


Items on my Bar Cart: Society Social Madison Bar Cart | Mark and Graham Monogrammed Cocktail Napkins Target Cooper Moscow Mules | Joss and Main Reindeer Candle Holders | West Elm Gold Tray | Etsy Be Joyful Print | Oh Joy! for Target Falalala Banner | Ikea Faux Sheepskin | WMF Bar Set | Candy Cane Spoons| Starbucks Alice & Olivia Mug (Old) | Target Dollar Section Nutcracker | Vintage Ornaments Borrowed from a Family Friend | Magnolia Wreath DIY | Goodwill Ornament Holder



  1. December 10, 2014 / 12:12 PM

    This is adorable! I just bought those candy cane spoons as well and love them!

  2. Sarah
    December 10, 2014 / 3:02 PM

    Ahh, I think I need to get a set of those candy cane spoons, too! Yum! 🙂