Post # 1
Hi Bees, We have decided (to keep costs down) we want to have an afternoon tea rather than a sit down meal which we originally planned when we booked the venue. They have large round tables with white tablecloths and black chair covers. Our theme is shabby chic so I am working out ways to soften this look as want to use what they have as much as we can.
Has anyone else had a reception venue similair to this and pulled off a more casual layout for an afternoon tea rather than a meal? Did you still have a head table and set tables or just had people standing?? Love your ideas……
First pic, the actual venue. Second and third ideas I love.
Post # 2
jeneil: What do the chairs look like without the chair covers? If you are going for shabby chic, they might be perfect as is.
I would do one long table where you have tea at one end and coffee at the other. you can ask some of the older ladies to take turns pouring. It is an honor to be asked.
You could have round tables with seats assigned or not as you choose. If you assign seats you can then plan to have tiered trays of sandwiches and sweets made up for each table.
If you want it more casual, do not assign seats. You can have the food on a table like a buffet and your guests help themselves before going to the tea table for their beverage. For a casual recpetion, there should still be a seat available for everyone, even though many will likely circulate with their tea in hand.
To keep it on the casual side, i wouldn’t do a formal head table, but do have a sweetheart table so the two of you can sit down and relax too. Include a couple of extra chairs at your table so people can sit down and visit with you for a few minutes.