Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Themed Rehearsal Dinner

Get creative with your rehearsal dinner by picking a meaningful theme. Rehearsal dinners should be fun and give your wedding party a chance to meet each other. Here are some of our favorite ideas:

Mexican Fiesta: Get engaged in Mexico? Have a fiesta-themed dinner with fajitas, bright colors and pictures from your trip. Host the dinner at the restaurant where you had your first date. This could also work if you’re going to Mexico for your honeymoon or you have a
Hispanic background.

Texas BBQ: The casual atmosphere of a BBQ cookout is a nice break from tomorrow’s formal wedding. Get relatives to make their favorite cookout treats such as coleslaw and
baked beans. You can come up with neat ways to decorate the serving table and display condiments. Think gingham, galvanized buckets, wildflowers and mason jars. A themed rehearsal dinner that showcases the city where you’re getting married is a nice treat for out-of-town guests. Don’t forget citronella candles and bug spray to keep the mosquitoes away.

Tropical Theme: Headed to the beach for your honeymoon? Transform your dinner into your destination by hanging hammocks from trees in your backyard, serving dinner buffet-style on long surfboards and blending pina coladas and margaritas. Play Jimmy Buffet and the Beach Boys in the background. For fun favor ideas, try personalized messages in glass bottles, flip-flops, or wet bikini bags.

Chinese Theme- If you love Chinese food, host an oriental-themed dinner. Hang lanterns from the ceiling, teach guests how to fold origami and wrap favors in Chinese food take-out boxes. Serve egg rolls, rice and fortune cookies and give guests chopsticks to eat with.

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