Post # 1
I really need your help. We are having a day wedding with an ice cream bar. We may have some hor’dourves, but they would be light. I feel like the tables need something other than the centerpiece. They just seem like they would be so bare. But I don’t know what to put!
Just a napkin at each chair? I was going to do paper napkins with our initial and not linen napkins. Would paper napkins look okay on the tables?
Post # 3
Hmm – I feel like we’d need a little more information to help you out; what kinds of tables? Are they long and rectangular or round tables?
If you’re hoping to “fill out” the tables, what about an overlay of some sort? These can add a lot of visual interest w/o obstructing anything. Also, who says you can’t have fun dinnerware sans the dinner? I think having a charger with the ice cream bowl on top of it and spoon to the side would still be lovely 🙂
Post # 4
how big are the tables? we did a cocktail reception (heavy hors duerves, no dinner). All i put on the tables (rounds for 8) were the centerpieces. I think if you put down place settings, people will expect dinner. I think just a napkin will look wierd.
Post # 5
is there a particular reason you’re having full-fledged tables? Why not smaller highboys? If you prefer your tables, why not biggler, colorful napkins that kind of drape over the table? You can tuck flowers in the napkins or maybe put a menu. If you’re doing favors you can put the favors at each place-setting. I hope that helps!
Post # 6
What about a little bowl of rolled up hand towels moistened with lemon-water, so people can clean their hands if they get any sticky ice cream on them? You can get a 12-pack of washclothes at Target for really cheap, and if you rolled them up nicely and tied them with a ribbon they would be adorable. You could add a little sign with a cute note so people would know what it was.
Post # 7
Some extras we’re having on our table is a bird’s nest filled with jellybeans and a jar of colored pencils for our guests to fill out “Well Wishes” cards for our guestbook, while seated (so they can have time to be more thoughtful).
Do you have favors? Where will you be putting them? They could also take up table space.
Post # 8
Some ideas: candles (even during the day, these are nice), small framed photos of you, your family, and friends, favors in cute packages, guest book pages and colored pens (you can have one at each place then put them together into a book afterwards)
You might also consider adding a textured table cloth or overlay on the tables, and alternating colors between tables to add visual interest.
Post # 9
Thank you ladies for all your ideas!! I love the wet cloth idea!
I have 60″ round tables. I will have white linens with shimmer brown onverlays and a centerpeice with pears (The Perfect Pair theme). Unless the vendor for the chapel stops offering white linens (which I was told last week may happen). Then I would have brown floor length linens…I am not sure if I will have an overlay at that point. The green ones do not match and the white ones are too thin.
One of my best friends owns her own company and makes personalized candy bars and she is doing that for our favors. I was thinking about putting those in front of each chair, but do I just put the candy bar. It seems bare. Maybe the candy bar on a folded linen napkin?
I really like the ice cream bowl idea on the table too! Now I may have too many choices! 😉
Thank you again ladies! More ideas and suggestios are appreciated!
Post # 10
If it’s outside, I wouldn’t do paper napkins w/o something to weight them down!
You could do a table runner to make a splash, or have charger plates w/ the ice cream bowls on top.
We had a napkin at each place setting w/ the bread plate on that & the menu sitting on that. Maybe you could make a fun little menu showing the available ice cream flavors & toppings – so while they are waiting they can make up their mind about what they want?
You could get extra pears & put them at the table settings. You could make/ buy placemats.