Post # 1
So my little sister is getting married in June, and long story short, everything about the planning is completly backwards. To the “T”. With that said…
Her Maid/Matron of Honor decided in leiu of a shower, we should throw the engagement party my sis wanted but ran out of time and resources for. So we’re looking to throw this big party, mostly for all the people not invited to the wedding, but that she wants to celebrate with. (I thought these parties were after the wedding, but whatever, what do I know.)
So I saw the “Old Hollywood” theme mentioned somewhere, and thats so my sister. In every way. And I think it’ll work, all cheap apps (did I mention Maid/Matron of Honor and other bridesmaid are broke/ not chipping in? so it’s me n FH getting ready to foot the bill), some fun decorations, and themed music. Any suggestions for this kind of party? I’d love any input.
(p.s. … self is slightly frustrated at not being Maid/Matron of Honor in the first place, and now that Maid/Matron of Honor has decided to up the party to ginormous… and can only afford X dollars… sooo, you chose to have a bigger party, but cant afford it? grrrr….)
Post # 3
Okay. My livingroom is old school movie themed. I found most of my decorations at the Christmas Tree Shop. This would be the type of stuff that could then be a gift for her to decorate her home. If you want throw away type of things, there are a ton of websites that carry that kind of stuff. Old movie reels, Audrey Hepburn Posters, stars, popcorn themed things. But that is getting more into the “movie theme”
Are you looking to do a more red carpet hollywood glam, hollywood gangter in pinstripes type of thing? If so… have a red carpet with a curtain that people can take pictures in front of, dim twinkle lighting (white christmas lights) and see if you can get some type of star like the kind you’d find on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and personalize it with their names. I could go on and on since these themes are my FAVORITE, so let me know if you need any other ideas or googling help! (PS: I am good with cheap but good looking crafty ideas..so hit me up)
And I’m sorry that you’re not the Maid/Matron of Honor, but hopefully she’ll be thrilled with you for stepping up; it’s REALLY nice of you.
Post # 4
If you do want to go with the hollywood movie theme, you could have a popcorn bar, with different flavored popcorn (cheese, BBQ, etc.) and chex party mix, what about making a signature punch cocktail, and lemonade. Can you borrow punchbowl sets from family and friends for the signature drinks. You could get set up lots of plastic martini glasses and dollarstore red cocktail napkins and small black plastic plates, to serve things in. If you have a Costco, you could get large sheet cakes, and loads of little appetizers, or a couple of veggie platters, and mini creampuffs (110 pcs. per package). You could serve lemon instant pudding in martini glasses with edges dipped in a colored sugar sprinkles and a dollop of canned whipped cream. If you need something more substantial, you could do frozen meatballs in crockpots with ketchup and grape jelly (It sounds really gross, but it is delish!) These could all be done ahead of time. Even if you bought the ingredients, the others should each choose something to make, and help out with set-up and clean up. Oriental Trading Company has free shipping if you spend $49.00 dollars. They have a Red Carpet $5.99, Movie Night door Covers-one for $14.99, another with cut outs for couples photos you could set up in a doorway and take photos, $8.99, Movie Night buttermint favors, approx. 120 for $5.99, Hollywood Star stick & peel (which you could write bride & groom’s name on for $2.29 each, and movie night cut out decor 6pcs for $3.99, and popcorn bags for $3.49/dozen. You could do as much or as little as you want. I wonder if each Bridesmaid or Best Man and the Maid/Matron of Honor could even pitch in $5-7.00 pp it would help! If you have items shipped to a local dollartree for pick-up you won’t have to pay for shipping. Good luck. I hope these ideas help! Again, very nice of you to do this. I am sorry you aren’t Maid/Matron of Honor.
Post # 5
Wow @rlsulli! That is impressive!!!!!
Post # 6
Hee Hee, Can you tell I used to be an activity director/and a wanna be Wedding Planner. My life is boring! Unemployed right now-and enjoying helping any Bride to Bee’s out there!
Post # 7
Tnaks guys! Theos are some great ideas!
I did a little shopping this weekend, at Iparty, and I found almost all the same decorations that I wanted to order from sites on line (the red carpet, sparkley curtain, hollywood stars, etc) and now I won’t have to pay for shipping!
A little snag has come up yesterday, should get interesting. Maid/Matron of Honor called me to let me know the hall she wanted to use has been booked.
*grumble grumble grumble, thats why you should have been planning this months ago, but nooooo! grumble grumble grumble***
But…. I think it opened up a REALLY cool opportunty. I was driving home yesterday and made a different stop, and found myself passing by the local showcase cinema movie theater. And at this one they converted one of the movie showing rooms into a stage area, with tables and seating, they do comedy nights on fri and sat. And all of a sudden, I was like, wouldn’t that be so cool? Very fitting. VERY Different, but I think it could work! They have full bar service and a small dinner menu… So I went in and bounced the idea off of 2 managers there. They said they’ve never done anything like that, but they would work on pricing somethnig out for me. How cool is that! Then people could stay for the comedy show after. I dunno, I thought it could be cool. Especially if they come back with a great deal.
FH wasn’t so thrilled with the idea because it puts a time constraint on the party. But no matter where we rent out theres goig to be time constraints. And plus, my sisters pregnant, shes not looking for any crazy late nights right now anyway.
What do you think?
Post # 8
I think that sounds really cool! I wish I could give you more ideas, but the ones that Lauren and rlsulli had are way more amazing that anything I could come up with! Good luck!