Engagement party Etiquette

Engagement party etiquette ideas to follow

If the party is formal, ensure the music suits the setting. You can also avail a DJ or employ a band. Offer your guests with beautiful gifts and get them in fancy wrapping. The box should be covered in white paper and tied with a red color ribbon. Select beautiful flowers like roses, hydrangeas, peonies or carnations. You can also considering placing a bouquet of beautiful flowers like a centre piece on the guests table. An engagement party is the pre-wedding function to celebrate the new life.

Engagement parties are not events

by ToastingLove

That require gifts. If your husband's boss had followed current etiquette, they would not have told people it was an engagement party. They would have just invited people to a party and then announced the engagement during the party. Have you or your husband even met the son?
That said, if I was in your spot, I would feel pressured to send a gift since the party is being hosted by your husband's boss.
Keep in mind that since you were invited to the engagement party, etiquette requires they invite you to the wedding which will mean you probably will decide to send another gift

Who is hosting the engagement party?

by no-dash

Usually that is done by parents, not the bride and the groom. That is talked about here a lot. Engagements parties are usually hosted by the parents and people are not told in advance that the parties are to celebrate an engagement. Maybe she knows this is the proper etiquette and wants to work with your parents on the engagement party.

Engagement parties  — Iowa State Daily
If it is a fancy venue, then it may be appropriate to have a black-tie event, but if it is a casual venue, it is not necessary to wear something so fancy as a ball-gown or a tuxedo.

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