Start with the invitations. With the convenience of technology, create one invitation and simply take a picture of it and post it as a private message to all the people you are inviting via Instagram, Facebook via a creation of an event, and then wait for the responses. There are many different kinds of creative designs you can choose from to send.
You can use and old charcoal barbeque and fill it with ice and refreshments like old fashioned root beer and mason jars full of lemonade.
The table itself, (or several tables put together) can be buffet style and covered with long potato sack material table cloths that you can buy at a home goods store or make yourself. Then, place long baskets lined with country-themed handkerchiefs with bread and fresh fruits scattered among wooden boards displaying cut meats and cheeses. As the barbequing gets done, larger boards can be set out and the meat can be served either by pre-cutting it or placing it at the head of the table and having someone serve each guest as they come down the line.
Then, have a dessert table filled with homemade goodies in mason jars decorated with different gingham colored bows. Find simple recipes for bread pudding, banana pudding, strawberry shortcake, apple cake and other bbq and picnic favorites and layer these inside each jar. Then, arrange them in wicker and picnic baskets lined with checkered table cloths and linens. Display everything on old charcoal grill inserts and then set each separate dessert display on a table covered with a checkered table cloth or some other bbq theme to match the lining in the baskets.
You can top the day off by thanking your friends for coming with little party favors of mini potato sack bags embossed with a design of your choice and set in a wire egg basket. The favors could be something personal to each guest or a generic gift for everyone that has to do with barbequing specifically for the season like sunblock lotion and other accessories for the summer months.
Rustic Outdoor Wedding Theme
For someone who wants elegance yet a down-to-earth feeling for their wedding, the rustic theme will get you the best of both worlds. Set outside in a wooded or country setting, or even in a large backyard, the guests are greeted at the entrance to the tent by an old fashioned wooden sign on a stand that gives their name, date of the wedding, and directs them to the hors d’oeuvres table. Or simply put the sign on the table itself and position the table as the guests come to the tent entrance.
The hors d’oeuvres table can be made up of different types of homemade cookies wrapped in individual packages tied with gingham bows, placed in lined baskets and set on upside-down wooden crates that are stacked like steps and accented with large paper flowers displayed on strings and billowing from the ceiling.
The tables for any rustic theme have to be of some weathered wood and could be round or long in design. For long tables, burlap table runners can run along the middle. Unadorned glass vases are then placed down the runner and filled with a flower of your choice that should be delicate, simple, and reflect the bride’s wedding bouquet. By each table setting there will be a small glass votive container holding a white votive candle. The place setting can vary but should be very simple and rustic to reflect the theme.
At the head table, “Mr.” and “Mrs.” Signs can be made out of repurposed wood pieces and thick twine and tied to the back of the bride and groom’s chairs respectively.
A buffet style serving table, which is more keeping in line with a down-to-earth homey feeling of a rustic theme, can be set up as the caterer of our choice normally would set it, but with the added down-home touch of a sandwich board display announcing to the guests the food fare for the evening.
Depending on your location, if you have some kind of cement walls or can make makeshift stands around the tent, place all-white flower arrangements with just a hint of color like lilacs, pansies, or violets in makeshift vintage wooden tool boxes.
Thank your friends for coming and place baskets of customized beer koozies in lined wicker baskets for them to take as they exit the tent at the end of the evening. Each one embossed with the bride and groom’s name, wedding date, and any other personal message you would like to leave your friends and family with to remember the special occasion.
With so many millennials and even retirees embarking on new adventures to distant lands for long periods of time, a travel-themed party seems to be coming more common all the time.
First, the guests can be greeted at a table decorated with vintage world globes on either end and a string of postcards clipped onto several long pieces of thin twine between two poles as a backdrop. A sign, 9actually a simple wooden frame), with the words, “Where in the World Am I Sitting?” placed in the frame alerts the guests to look at the name cards that are designed like passport books placed in the middle of the table that tell them which table they are to sit at.
With the popularity of photo booths nowadays at weddings and other special events, it goes without saying that you would ask each guest to take their “passport” photo before they find their seat. So, have a designated person on hand as everyone arrives to maneuver them to the photo booth that should be just steps away. Then, when they finish, they can take the photo and place it in a scrapbook for the traveling guest of honor as a keepsake.
Each table, labeled as a different country, can have a different centerpiece that reflects the travel theme such as small vanity suitcases filled with flowers, or for a couple, his and her items.
The travel theme can continue with the dessert buffet with more globes centered around jars of candy or trays of cakes and other desserts. When it’s time to go, guests can leave with homemade favor boxes made out of old maps and filled with goodies of your choice.
Jessica Kane is a writer for Silver Superstore, home of the internet’s best flatware.