Sugar and Dancing

And paper lanterns.  They go together, right?

The dance area at our venue is separate from the banquet area (the pass through bar area is in-between the two spaces).  The dance hall will be dimly lit because I have my heart set on a star-field projector so we can all pretend we are dancing under the night sky (and the room is in rougher shape and all white).  This space will also hold the sweets tables.  The ice cream bar, the wedding cake, the dessert bar and the candy/popcorn bar.  Yes, I definitely have a sweet tooth.

But food requires some light.  So I came up with this idea:

paper lanterns wedding

 

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Using battery operated LED string lights (after Christmas clearance), 84″ double shepherd hooks, two buckets (OK actually Tidy Cat litter bucket containers), four 12″ paper lanterns, and lettering from plain black paper using my Silhouette Cameo.  I have lights and signs!

These will be placed right behind the sweets tables–lighting your way to a sugar high.

 

And while I was at it, I made these to demarcate the dance “floor” (area) in the same room:

paper lanterns wedding

These six foot lights will go in each corner of the area where people will be dancing.  Since it is just one large room, I liked the idea of marking it off.  Plus they give off such a pretty glow.

I used a 1″x2″ cut to length and set it in plaster of paris inside regular flower pots.  I wrapped battery operated LEDs around the wood pole, and used tea cup hooks to hang the lanterns (one hook on each end of the lantern to keep them from bopping around).  The black band hides the seam between the two lanterns since they don’t meet up perfectly.  The band is a 2″ piece of paper looped around.  To finish it off, I also put a loop of paper at the top too.  I have not yet covered the plaster at the top of the pots, but am planning to just use shredded tissue paper (or raffia, or silver sparkly stuff–whatever looks best).

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They are quite stable, but I do wonder how long they will last at the reception before someone puts their hand (or head, or other body part) through the lantern.  Good thing the lanterns are only a couple bucks each 🙂

 

A Stand-Up Bar Menu

I love our venue.  It is a historic old courthouse with hight ceiling, beautiful chandeliers and woodwork, grand doors, and intricate moldings and carvings.  But with all the rooms on such a grand scale, some of the decor has to be as well.

So I made this:

 

DIY Bar Menu wedding

 

A five foot bar sign, big enough for even my older guests to read from far away (and my fiancé who needs reading glasses, but often does not seem to have them with him).

The sign will go as noted in the below photo of our venue:

reception hall bar set up

 

The large floor bar menu is an easy, and very inexpensive project. It takes a foam board (available at most home improvement stores for about $4-5) such as this:

foam board

 

Which usually come in packs of 6 to 8 boards roughly 14″” by 4′ tall (made for insulation in-between studs).  I bought a few packages to make our photo booth backdrop and had a few left over to make the bar sign.

I covered it in fabric (some old drapes I had), just wrapped it like a package.  Printed and cut out the signs and pinned them on.  I did use my Silhouette Cameo to design, print and cut, but the same thing can be done with any word processing program and scissors/punches (or even pre-cut shapes).

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There are many serious things about a wedding. But this is one area we both decided early on to be whimsical.  Signature drinks named after our cats.  Hence, the cat photos on the bar sign.   Three cats, three signature drinks (one is non-alcoholic, which I highly recommend so all your guests feel included).

Unfortunately, we had a last minute change and could no longer have a full liquor permit.  So wine and beer only.  No problem –there are plenty of wine-based cocktails.

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So just about a month away now.  I *think* things are all coming together.  Just a few more last minute DIYs such as programs and menu cards (posts coming soon).

Something Sweet

Aside from marrying the man of my dreams (and he really is), I am looking forward to our ice cream bar at the reception.  As the sign states: I love ice cream!

This weekend, I finally got to start working on it.  We have rented a soft serve machine, I ordered these cute little ice cream paper sundae cups and long spoons.  I still haven’t figured out the containers for the sprinkle-on toppings, but did decide on these large squeeze bottles for the sauces:

diy ice cream bar

I wanted them large (32 ounces) so they would last the onslaught. I purchased a case (12 bottles) for $25 on Amazon, and therefore made back-up bottles so the ice cream bar can be restocked quickly.

diy ice cream bar sauce

No great mystery on the labels.  I cut 12×12 paper to 6 inches, wrapped it around the bottle and secured with double sided tape.  I wrapped a ribbon around the center (again with double sided tape) and put the label directly over the seam of the ribbon.

So now, I buy the sauce in bulk, fill up these lovely bottles, and get ready to eat lots of ice cream!