Expert Advice from wedding guru, Sharon Naylor
Is it okay for my parents to host an engagement party? I've read that no one is doing engagement parties anymore, that they're just pleas for gifts.
Yes, it's not only okay, it's a big trend right now! Engagement parties have come back in style, since it's a happy occasion that gets family and friends together to celebrate something GOOD going on. Party plans can be super-casual such as backyard cookouts and picnics in a park...or they can be cocktail parties at home or at a restaurant.
One trend that's quite smart is to skip the present-opening session during the party [old-world guests might ask when presents are being opened, so just tell them it won't be part of the party] and then the two of you open your gifts in private, which is super-fun.
Congratulations on your engagement! And happy party-planning!