Reception Ideas

Five Big-Batch Cocktails to Serve Your Guests

Whether you’re having a casual backyard reception or just want give your cocktail hour a laid-back vibe, you can’t go wrong with a big-batch cocktail that looks lovely in a see-through dispenser or punch bowl and tastes like summer no matter what time of year you serve it. Here are five fail-safe options that’ll keep your guests cool—and coming back for seconds. Sangria Lemonade…

Eight Clever Escort Card Displays

We’ve been to many a wedding in our day, and we’ve seen our fair share of escort cards, to boot, from plain and simple to good-humored and giggle worthy. And while we’re all for tradition (you know the one—a round table with perfectly aligned plain cards surrounding a floral centerpiece), the escort card displays we remember most are tinged with a…

Five Non-Traditional Cakes You’ll Want to Serve at Your Reception

Weddings are steeped in romantic traditions, but we think they’re also the perfect opportunity to show off your personality. One of the best and most fun ways to combine the two? Serving an unexpected wedding cake. Traditional tiered wedding cakes are still going strong as the wedding dessert of choice, but you can add other kinds of cakes to the mix—or swap one in…

Prints Charming: Patterned Plates for Your Reception

Without a doubt, gleaming white dinnerware is timeless, traditional, and keeps things looking nice and orderly on your dinner tables. But spicing up your serveware is a great way to add color and style and to show your personality when it comes to setting the tables for your post-ceremony celebration. Photo by Amalie Orrange Photography With so many options—think sweet woodland creatures, classic…

So Sweet: Six Desserts to Delight Your Guests

Cakes are among the most time-honored wedding traditions. But as couples think increasingly outside the box when it comes to planning their big celebrations, they’re bringing more options to the table. The dessert table, that is. Photos by Ruth Eileen Photography and Brooke Images Although no ceremony or tradition could ever replace cutting the cake, serving up additional desserts—from homemade pies…

Wedding Trend to Try: Place Settings with Gold Flatware

While poring over Florida weddings lately, we’ve noticed one simple but oh-so-luxe touch that instantly elevates a reception—place settings with gold flatware. And while gold utensils give a wedding reception an undoubted air of luxury, they’re also surprisingly adaptable. They dress up a rustic barn tablescape, and they make polished, black-tie tabletops look even more, well, posh. Photos by Cody Hunter Photography…

11 Pretty Pink Cocktails for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is all about sweetness, from cards and candy to gifts and sentiments. And that goes for the holiday’s unofficial color—pink—too. Whether you’re entertaining other couples at home or celebrating with single friends, these pretty pink cocktails will sweeten the celebration. Photos by Jessica Taylor and Tory Williams Photography Bonus? If you’re currently planning your wedding, keep your favorite pink drink…

Glitter & Gold: 23 Essentials for a Glam New Year’s Eve Wedding

New Year’s Eve is the most celebratory night of the year, so it’s no surprise that many couples choose to swap vows on the occasion. Plus, your friends will no doubt thank you for giving them a party invite they actually want to accept. Images via Oh Shiny! Paper Co. and Megan Thiele Studios Take advantage of the night’s already-festive atmosphere and go glam…