(Closed) No dinner – What do I put on the tables besides the centerpeice?

posted 11 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
339 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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
613 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

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
683 posts
Busy bee

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
2029 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

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
961 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
573 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

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 # 10
1752 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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.


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