After already having experienced a proposal and wedding with her previous husband John Kassir,  Dexter actress Julie Benz is ready to do it all over again.  Marketing executive boyfriend, Rich Orosco, gave her a grand engagement party on Sunday in their Los Angeles home backyard.  With a customized Kwiat cushion-cut diamond and platinum engagement ring, a Mexican-style surprise party and a Mariachi band, Orosco went all out for his Jaw Breaker fiancé–and she marveled in it all.  “What girl doesn’t want to be serenaded by a Mariachi band surrounded by close friends and family?” she said, according to People. She couldn’t get enough of the Mexican celebration.  ¡Felicitaciones Benz!

What are some ways to celebrate your engagement with family and friends?

Cupid’s Advice:

Engagements go right along with weddings, 1st birthdays, christenings and baby showers in the “importance” category. This is something you would like to sit comfortably in your memory. Cupid has some tips:

1. Get together: Have a small, comfy get together with only a tight knit group at home. You can make it classy with hors d’oeuvres, wine glasses and funky music, yet it’ll still be comfortable in the familiarity of your own home.

2. Let’s take it back: It’s always cool to look back on the good memories you’ve had with your spouse.  Crank out the home videos and photo albums, and enjoy some good laughs while breaking the ice between family members and friends.

3. Get a little loose: Take your friends out to a bar and enjoy your favorite drinks while marveling in the good news together.

What are some of your engagement celebration ideas? Share your thoughts below.