- 8 years ago
- Wedding: September 2012
I don’t dance. I don’t know how, I don’t like making a fool of myself trying, and I don’t see the point of spending $$$ to learn how to do something I don’t like for one party that I’ll be throwing. So I really really do not want a mostly dancing reception.
I wracked my brain trying to come up with something else for everyone to do, besides just eat and socialize. So far, the idea of a “Family Game Night” seems pretty appealing. FH’s family absolutely loves games. They’ll sit and play one card game for hours on end, they know about 20 different things you can do with dominos, and are always up for trying new games (at least once), too. I figure that might be a pretty good idea, because I know they’ll love it, it’ll be a great way for people to chat and catch up, and they’ll hopefully be busy enough that they won’t all be concerned with us trying to bust moves that we don’t actually have. Also, his folks already have quite a few games, and buying more at thrift stores or on sale would not add a lot to the budget.
I’m just not quite visualizing how it might go. I do think it would eliminate the need for table centerpieces, as no one’s going to want to reach over a vase of flowers to get to a pile of Scrabble tiles, or try to see over it for Charades. So I’m trying to think of some way to personalize things a little, and still keep it simple enough so that the games kind of set the mood automatically. So far, the only idea I’ve come up with is to have little customized notepads to keep game scores on, but that idea isn’t exactly jumping up and down with excitement for me. Maybe making or buying a few lazy-Susans for board games, as well. The only other “theme” I’ve got going is my colors–lavender, light purples, ivory, and silver–and that isn’t creating any huge ideas as far as the games go.
Obviously, we’d have a few tables for people just to eat and chat at. But I’m thinking of going the “heavy hor d’ourves” route, so it would be easy for people to just eat while they’re playing, too. And we would definately have music of some kind. There’s already a cousin dying to be our DJ, and several people telling me that dancing “will be expected.” I won’t stop anyone from dancing, I just don’t want to make it a big deal unless someone else starts it first.
Anybody got any ideas or tidbits that might go well for this?