You are engaged!!Emily Posts Wedding Etiquette by Peggy Post.
The Parents of the Bride host the Engagement Party.
What kind of Party?
There is actually no standard party format. The most popular types are cocktail and dinner parties,
Who is invited?
Generally the guest list is limited to the couples relatives and close friends.
How do you invite guests?
Written or printed invitations are normally sent, but for an intimate gathering phoned invitations are acceptable.
Do you open the gifts at the party?
Only if gifts are given by everyone should the gifts be opened at the engagement party. After opening the couple should personally thank each guest. However, written thank you's are still required.
What type of engagement party is your family planning?