Make Your Engagement Party Shine With These DIY Elements

You're engaged! Let the festivities begin. The first event on your list is an engagement party. Whether you're planning it yourself or delegating to a loved one, we've got a few tips to make it special, stress-free, and, critically, within budget.

When it comes to budget, here's something to keep in mind: This is just the beginning of what is certain to be a whirlwind of events, outfits, vendors — and unexpected expenses. That's why we recommend going big on DIY elements for your engagement party. Not only will this save you money, you'll also be spared coordinating with multiple vendors for multiple days, which can be a big headache.

Instead, DIY this special event. With Sam's Club and its Member's Mark collection, you can make your party feel unique to you with all the food, drink, and even music you need for an engagement well celebrated. No need to dial up a caterer, manage a photo shoot, or even fight over a set list with a DJ. Just head to Sam's Club (or order what you need) and you'll be free to focus on what's important: being celebrated, of course.

Be Your Own Photographer

Our inner '90s kid is thrilled to see that Polaroids are back. Instead of hiring a pricey photographer, place your own Polaroid camera on a table and let your guests work their magic. If you're outside, hang clothespins along your string lights, so guests can hang their photos for all to see. Or provide guests with a blank album and lots of sharpies and crafts, so they can paste in their photos, write a note, adorn with stickers, and get creative — all while creating an album you'll cherish forever.

Be Your Own Florist

Whether you want to style your tables and entryway with garlands, have more formal centerpieces, or place bud vases around the room with elegant single stems, we're here to tell you that it is very simple to DIY your own floral design. All you need is some good quality flowers and a vision (look to Pinterest or Instagram for inspiration) and you'll be able to create a stunning, professional-looking setting with ease.

Be Your Own Caterer

From sushi feasts to fruit and cheese platters, there's so much you can put together without having to deal with a caterer. Need to keep hors d'oeuvres warm? Don't spend time in the kitchen: Just pick up a few chafing dishes instead. Want to arrange a beautiful plate of mini New York cheesecakes? All you need are a few handsome serving trays.

Remember that your guests are coming to see and celebrate you, so keep the food simple and streamlined. Set up your own buffet table with a few of your favorite dishes, sweet and savory, and let friends snack, nibble, and mingle. Pick items that can be held in one hand, so the other hand can be free for a glass of Champagne.

Pro tip: Inviting guests with food sensitivities? Create some cute signs to label each item, noting any potential allergens.

Be Your Own DJ

You don't need a six-piece band or a huge DJ set-up to set the mood with good music. Create your own playlist, put out a speaker or two, and press play. It's up to you if you want to solicit requests. Should your event require some late-night karaoke, pick up this karaoke party speaker. Perhaps it's not the most traditional way to end an engagement party, but it's a great excuse to keep the celebrations going.