Wedding Themes for the Holiday Season

The terrifically talented team at Table Decor and More have the creative flair you are craving to make your holiday wedding a memorable time. Delicious catering options, stunning centerpieces, mood lighting and attention to detail all combine with unique table settings and eye-catching photo opportunities. Bring in your favorite Pinterest inspiration or your notes scribbled on a napkin and watch the magic unfold. Working with an experienced crew that knows the ins and outs of throwing an unforgettable event ensures your special day will be all you dreamed of. Check out the following fun and inspiring ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

Unique Holiday Party Theme: Holidays at the Lodge

Start the holiday season off by transporting everyone to a rustic lodge.

  • Menu: The lodge will likely have a variety of foods to offer, namely gamey meats and hearty sides. If venison, veal or turkey isn’t your style, then consider a variety of warming soups and stews. Desserts are also a favorite at the lodge. Roasted marshmallows on s’mores are a classic treat, and you cannot forget the hot chocolate bar. Maybe even provide some Bailey’s for the adults.
  • Décor: Think elements of the forest, like pine trees and pinecones.
  • Colors: White and green, perhaps with some hints of navy blue, can really transport guests to the lodge.
  • Activities: Guests would enjoy having games and activities for the evening entertainment. If you have an emcee, ask him or her to wrangle the crowd for a group game.
  • Drinks: Having hot chocolate in a cozy lodge sounds about right. Don’t forget to include options like Bailey’s, Kahlua, rum and of course toppings like marshmallows, chocolate stir sticks and candy canes.

Unique Holiday Party Theme: Old Hollywood Movies

Miracle on 34th Street, It’s a Wonderful Life, Babes in Toyland, Scrooge…the black and white holiday movie era is a beautiful way to celebrate the holiday season. These classic old Hollywood cinematic wonders will put even the biggest Grinch in the holiday spirit.

  • Menu: Classic dishes, such as anything poultry, are great features for your Old Hollywood themed holiday menu. Pair your dishes with a roasted potato, plenty of vegetable-based sides and some kind of grand dessert, like over-the-top pumpkin pie, delicious apple tarts or individual mousse cups.
  • Entertaining Décor: You can really do something with a black and white theme. Keep many of the walls white so that you can project your favorite Old Hollywood holiday movies onto the walls—no sound is needed. In fact, guests might just have a ball watching their favorite scenes as they roam around the venue.
  • Colors: As previously mentioned…black and white is the best nod toward the old classics.
  • Drinks: Classic cocktails will only enhance the classic dishes served at your holiday party. Stick with traditional: gin and tonic, Bellini and martini.
  • Music: Music from the 20s, 30s and 40s are all fair game. See more at Tasty Catering

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Eye-Catching Cuisine

Your wedding reception meal can be even more fun and delicious when you are working with the best — and Table Decor is Charlotte’s top wedding and event provider. We can help you find a venue, book your musical entertainment (a live band, soloist or DJ), handle bar services, tables and chairs, your wedding cake, the catering and more. Our expert staff can decorate according to your vision. We are completely flexible and have a stellar portfolio of past events we are happy to share if you need some inspiration.

Everyone loves holiday food, which is why some couples opt to build their wedding theme around it. Here are some scrumptious suggestions to mull over.

Christmas Around the World Menu Ideas

The food will be an easy and important way for you to incorporate other cultures’ holiday traditions into your event.  Choose your favorites and put together a Julbord, the Swedish term for the entire spread on a Christmas table each year.

Some suggestions include:

  • Christmas ham with mustard (Finland)
  • Pickled herring (Scandinavia)
  • Fish soup (Hungary)
  • Hamborgarhryggur, or cured pork roast (Iceland)
  • 12 dish Christmas Eve dinner (Lithuania)
  • Pavo, or stuffed turkey (Mexico)
  • Carp (Poland)
  • Cabrito assado, or roasted goat (Portugal)
  • Cured ham (Spain)
  • Lutfisk, or boiled white fish (Sweden)
  • Stuffing or dressing (USA)
  • Fried chicken (Japan)

Christmas Around the World Party Dessert Ideas

Designate a special table for your around-the-world Christmas party desserts.  Or, if this is an office holiday party, designate each guest table as one particular country and place the desserts traditionally from that country on those tables after the entrees.

  • Pumpkin and walnut pie (Albania)
  • Eggnog (Canada and USA)
  • Natillas, or custard (Hispania)
  • Buneulos, or friend dough balls (Colombia and Central America)
  • Thirteen desserts (France)
  • Pfefferkuchenhaus, or decorated gingerbread houses (Germany)
  • Allahabadi cake, rum fruit cake (India)
  • Julegrot, or rice pudding with an almond (Scandinavia)
  • Puto bumbong, or a sweet rice dessert (Philippines)
  • Chocolate yule log (UK)
  • Crema de vie, or Cuban eggnog (Cuba)
  • Turron, or custard dish (Spain) Additional details at Tasty Catering

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Book Your Wedding With the Pros

Table Decor and More can incorporate any of the preceding ideas and much more into your ceremony and reception. We handle every detail of your special day so you can totally relax and enjoy yourself rather than stressing over the details.

Contact Table Decor today to learn more about our all-inclusive wedding packages. Call us at 704-823-7806 or use the Contact form on this page to schedule a free consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Engage Your Guests To Keep The Wedding Reception Rolling

Engaging with your guests and making your event entertaining are key components of a successful social function — especially a memorable wedding reception. The team at Table Decor and More wants to help you customize your wedding and reception to keep the energy up throughout the night. Offering your family and friends a variety of spaces within your venue to gather and talk or do something, timing your catering appropriately and injecting your personality into the proceedings will help keep the good times rolling and avoid those dreaded stagnant moments. Let’s look at some simple things that can help make your special day extra special.

DIY Flower Station Will Add Crafty Fun

Giving your guests an event to remember is all about engagement. This means finding ways for your family and friends to feel like active participants in the proceedings. For instance, one enterprising couple set up a DIY flower crown station as a simple and fun way to engage their guests. Here’s what recent bride Susan had to say about incorporating this unique idea into her reception.

The DIY flower crown station was surprisingly easy and took very little money or energy on my part to put together. I can’t even remember how I first came up with the idea, but I knew that we would do something basic with DIY flowers for the Welcome Dinner on Friday and I thought a DIY flower crown station would be a great way to recycle the flowers from Friday’s dinner. I also wanted — since it was a wedding weekend — to provide people with the option of an entertaining activity while Matt and I were busy with getting ready and portraits. Read more at A Practical Wedding

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You could adapt and easily broaden this fun idea by encouraging your guests to craft corsages, boutonnieres, crowns or leis — the creative possibilities are as vast as the imagination. And just think of all the delightful photos it will produce.

Create a Fireside Lounge

Having a warm and cozy outdoor space is ideal for creating a conversation zone, catering to those who need a reprieve from the volume of your DJ or live band (either of which we can book on your behalf, don’t forget) and accommodating smokers. Fleece blankets, propane fire pits or freestanding propane heaters are a great addition in cooler weather. Add some soft, textured pillows to the outdoor furniture and use your wedding colors for inspiration to include candles, lanterns and strings of lights to create a harmonious vibe.

Offer an Hors D’oeuvre Bar, Dessert Bar and More

Good parties often revolve around the food — which is why so many end up in the kitchen. Keep your guests involved and the traffic moving with a variety of delicious stations. From the opening cocktail hour to the last dance, your attendees will love strolling from one specialty set-up to the next. Table Decor and More can deliver any kind of menu you desire. We will create a delicious sampling from our most popular recipes. Or, you can bring us your favorite family recipes and we will reproduce them for that extra-special personal touch. Dishes can be served family style or plated at your request.

There are endless menu opportunities if you go for a food station during cocktail hour or your reception. You can use it as a complement to your wedding’s theme: For example, couples tying the knot on the beach can treat their guests to fresh seafood with an oyster bar. Or if you want to showcase your baking skills, go with a nostalgia-inducing biscuit bar lined with bowls of butter and honey. Another perk of a food station? It’s an elegant way to dress up your favorite comfort foods — think a gourmet pizza station or a build-your-own taco bar! Also, a farmer’s market-inspired stand full of homegrown veggies and fruit is a serious upgrade from the standard crudité platter.

  • Build-your-own crostini station with breads, toppings, and sides served on wooden platters and earthy tableware.
  • A Cajun-themed menu featuring a tiered stand lined with glasses of seafood salad topped with blackened shrimp.
  • A bread-and-cheese station with a chalkboard menu, bread baskets, and a vintage headboard backdrop.
  • An olive oil tasting station with olives, bread, and dried fruit. Additional details at Brides.com

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All-Inclusive Wedding Services

Catering is just one of the many services we provide at Table Decor and More. We are your one-stop wedding and event vendor. We have pulled together all the services required for an unforgettable wedding day or social occasion. We are proud to offer the following amenities to our clients:

  • Catering
  • Wedding Cake & Desserts
  • Wedding Theme Decor
  • Floral Arrangements, including Bouquets and Centerpieces
  • Tables and Chairs
  • Linens
  • Wedding Day Directing
  • And Much More…ask about additional services

Table Decor and More has been planning and decorating unforgettable weddings and events for years. If you purchase an all-inclusive wedding package from us, the planning and coordination of your wedding and reception will be taken care of without any stress on you. Our lead designer is a Certified Special Events Planner (C.S.E.P.) who will make sure that your big day is everything you hoped for and more. Call us at 704-823-7806 or use the Contact form on this page to schedule a free consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

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Let Table Decor Handle Your Holiday Theme Party

Having a winter get-together should always be a festive and fun event. If you allow Table Decor and More to plan and stage your affair, your winter wedding, office party or organizational celebration is sure to be a memorable and stress free experience. Our dynamic team can transform any space into a winter wonderland. We will take care of all of the pertinent details that will make your celebration a success. Custom packages are available, combining catering, decor, floral designs, tables, chairs, linens, centerpieces and more.

Choose a Theme For a Memorable Event

Offering a fun theme will delight your guests and provide an opportunity for memorable keepsake photos. The talented crew at Table Decor and More can tailor your menu and bartending selections to enhance your theme and provide the ultimate cohesion. Client suggestions and wishlists are always welcome. Some of the merry themes you may want to consider include:

  • Central Park Sleigh Ride
  • Hawaiian Heat Wave
  • Winter Wonderland
  • Undersea Adventure
  • Wine & Cheese Masquerade Ball
  • Ugly Sweater Olympics

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Creating a theme party offers guests more than simply the chance to wear a costume. It can be a completely immersive experience in the hands of our highly skilled team. We use a plethora of materials including lighting, greenery, water elements, plants, drapery, floral arrangements, fabrics, custom centerpieces, ice sculptures and more to captivate your party attendees.

Keep the idea train rolling by checking out the following:

Do a Destination Party. Keep it a secret to the last minute, Goyal said. When everyone shows up to work,have them board a luxury liner that takes them to an old warehouse in Brooklyn that you’ve transformed into a tropical Hawaiian beach resort. Or, if you already live in a sunny climate, transform it into a snowy mountain wonderland.

  • Drop the Beat Now. Music can really make or break a mood no matter where the party is — in a fancy ballroom or the conference room. Choose the right music, and you can hear the cool points coming down the chimney. Goyal says ditch the traditional carols and opt for hipper holiday songs from modern artists.

And if you want to stop the fluorescent lights from sucking the life right out of this party, Goyal said, just buy a bunch of LED candles — they’ll set a cool, mellow vibe — and no one has to call the Fire Department! More details at CNBC

The editors at Marie Clair magazine also have some great ideas for you:

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Instantly upgrade a holiday potluck by asking friends to bring their favorite cocktail mix instead of food. Candy cane martinis, eggnog, spiked cocoa…just be ready for a very rowdy rounds of carols towards the end of the night. (Oh, and you should probably actually have some food there, as well.)

Après Ski Party

Even if you’re not living  your dream winter life on the slopes of some powdery mountain, nothing’s stopping you from making like you are this holiday! Gussy up your home with traditional ski lodge accoutrements (furry rugs, basically anything wood-finished, a fireplace if you may) and have your guests roll up in their best Fair Isle sweaters and down vests for a night of hot chocolate, pints of beer, and s’mores by the fireside. Cozy! Read more at Marie Clair

Tis the Season to Be Jolly

Table Decor and More has the passion and the experience to transform your upcoming holiday party into the event of the season. We can handle all of the planning, set-up, staffing and breakdown on your behalf. All you and your guests have to do is “mix and a-mingle in a jingling beat” while we handle every detail.

Book your event today to assure availability. Call us at 704-823-7806 or use the Contact form on this page to schedule a free consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Tips For Honoring Lost Loved Ones At Your Wedding

A milestone family gathering for a wedding and reception is an exciting time — it can also be an emotional time when a key member of the family is missing from the event. The desire to honor your dearly departed at your ceremony or reception is natural. However, many couples are unsure of how to incorporate a thoughtful memorial without having sadness take over.

Table Decor and More is the Charlotte metro areas’ only full-service, event planning and staging company. We are committed to providing our clients with the perfect wedding day. If honoring the memory of a lost parent, sibling, grandparent or other loved one is something you wish to do, there are numerous ways we can help you incorporate the dearly departed into your day. Continue reading for a sampling.

Memorable Memorial Tokens

It’s great to incorporate something that was meaningful to the person you are honoring. For instance, if possible the bride can use a piece of her departed mother, grandmother or sister’s wedding dress as a bouquet wrapping, hair piece or custom-made veil. To honor a father, grandfather or brother, a signature drink or cigar station are two possible ways to celebrate those who are no longer with us. Here are a few more ideas:table decor wedding planner coordinatior reception packages decorations events charlotte nc

  • Taken from an old Indian tradition, the bride can have Mehndi (a temporary Henna tattoo) put on her hands to honor a deceased loved one.
  • For a beach wedding, use leis to honor loved ones — give one to each guest as they enter the wedding ceremony.
  • If your loved one was a member of the military or law enforcement, you can display their flag at your reception table.
  • Give guests “Forget Me Not seeds to plant in honor of your loved one. Read more at Inked Weddings

 

Photo Charms

Custom-made cufflinks are a special way to include a mini photo of a lost loved one. The groom can feel the love as he stands at the altar with the dearly departed by his side. A bride may opt to attach photo charms to her bouquet or onto the backs of her shoes. A traditional photo collage or framed collection of black-and-white or sepia-toned pictures is a stunning way to honor multiple relatives.

Reserving a Seat in Your Front Row

Removing a flower from your bouquet and placing on a chair in purposeful remembrance is a lovely way to designate the spot where your loved one would have sat. Feel free to personalize this even more by draping a jacket over the chair or placing a favorite pair of shoes or a well-worn hat or similar. Feel free to use any item that you strongly associate with the person you are honoring.

Alternatively, here are more suggestions from The Knot:

In lieu of favors, make a donation to a charity that your loved one supported.

Select one of their favorite songs for the ceremony music or reception playlist.

Light a candle for them during the ceremony. More details at The Knot

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As we said, there are a multitude of meaningful ways we can help you incorporate your loved ones into your day. From preparing a favorite recipe to serve at the reception to creating a memorial photo space, our goal is to provide you with the best, most joyous wedding day possible.

Exceptional Details Make Your Event Amazing

Table Decor and More is dedicated to creating your dream wedding that is completely stress-free. We can provide any of the following services to make your special day complete. All you have to do is share your vision with us, approve our plans and then sit back while we do all the work. Our all-inclusive wedding packages ensure that we are Charlotte’s one-stop wedding and event company, providing:

  • Rentals
  • Photography
  • Decor, Centerpieces, Table Dressings
  • Transportation
  • Invitations and Stationary
  • Live Music or DJ Service
  • Wedding Cakes, Dessert Buffets and Candy Stations
  • Hair and Makeup
  • Bartending Services
  • Venue Options
  • Catering
  • Ice Sculptures
  • and More

The more details you can provide us during your consultation, the better we can realize your dream event. So, think about what you want for the perfect wedding and then contact us to set an appointment. Call us at 704-823-7806 or use the Contact form on this page to schedule a free consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Table Decor and More: Your Christmas Event Headquarters

As we continue to turn the pages on the calendar we’re nearing the end of another year. And with the waning days comes Christmas wedding reception and party planning. As part of our all-inclusive planning and staging services remember that Table Decor and More is a full-service caterer. We’re ready to dish up your favorite festive foods for your upcoming wedding reception or corporate or civic holiday event.

Simplifying Your Life

Ever get excited about planning an event only to notice that stress begins to creep in as you consider menu options, centerpieces, china and flatware, linen options, chair covers and so many other details? Don’t let the pressure of creating your affair keep you from enjoying it. The professional and talented team at Table Decor can take care of all the catering and decor details on your behalf.

Custom Catering Choices

Looking to serve traditional turkey, ham and roast beef to your holiday revelers? No problem. Perhaps you prefer a vegetarian spread or wish to incorporate some ethnic dishes? Table Decor and More can meet your needs. Leave the menu and preparation to us. We’ve got it covered — along with every other need including decorations, flowers, centerpieces, hiring a photographer, booking a band or DJ and anything else you may need.

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Incorporate a Memorable Theme

If simple banquet style dining is your idea of an enchanting evening — go for it. But don’t feel like you’re limited to what’s easy. We are able to accommodate your vision and happy to do it so dream big. Table Decor has a plethora of creative menu choices and stunning decor ideas that will combine to transform your event into an unforgettable holiday affair. We can even arrange for Santa to make an appearance if you’d like.

Don’t Forget Christmas Cocktails!

We can coordinate all of your bartending needs as part of your all-inclusive event package. Add some extra festive flair by offering a signature drink (mulled wine anyone?) that you personally love or one that perfectly complements your theme. We can arrange the bar set-up, take-down and staffing to keep your night running smoothly.

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The Reviews Are In

Don’t just take our word about the outstanding quality of our services. Our online reviews tell the tale. Here’s a typical write-up from one of our past clients.

5 Stars – Jerri and her staff at Table Decor and More made our wedding reception a breeze. She was great to work with, flexible with our budget, and executed the reception brilliantly. We did not have to worry about a thing, because Jerri was confident and had every detail under control. She was quick to respond to our questions or concerns, which made the wedding planning process much easier to navigate.

Our guests are still saying how wonderful the food was! Her staff were all pleasant and professional. Jerri also provided the flowers for our wedding, which were delivered on time at the church, and were fresh and beautifully arranged. The decor at our reception was just what we had in mind. Jerri took our ideas and budget into consideration, and created the perfect reception environment.

Jerri is very knowledgeable and detail-oriented, which might come across as abrasive to some. But her experience and attention to detail was exactly what we needed to help bring everything together! Knowing Jerri was in charge made our wedding day much more enjoyable and stress-free! I would definitely work with Jerri again! Read more at Wedding Wire 

Table Decor and More has been planning and decorating unforgettable weddings and events for years. If you purchase an all-inclusive package from us, the planning and coordination of your event will be taken care of without any stress on you. Our lead designer is a Certified Special Events Planner (C.S.E.P.) who will make sure that your affair is everything you hoped for and more. Call us at 704-823-7806 or use the Contact form on this page to schedule a free consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Table Decor and More: Winter Wedding Headquarters

If you are planning a winter wedding or holiday party in the Charlotte metro area, Table Decor and More has everything you require for the ultimate get-together.

  • Wedding and Event Planning
  • Delicious Catering Menus
  • Exciting and Original Decor
  • Live Music or DJ Bookings
  • Flowers, Corsages, Boutonnieres, Bouquets
  • Tables and Chair
  • Linens, Chair Covers
  • Stellar Centerpieces
  • China and Flatware
  • Photography
  • Ice Sculptures and Fountains
  • A Recommended List of Venues

Barns or other venues with vaulted ceilings are a romantic choice for a winter ceremony. The venue in the below photo is particularly divine with its simple design and wintry vibe: See more at Bridal Guide

 

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Photo Credit: One Love Photo on Weddbook via The Bridal Detective

Your Vision is Our Reality

If gold, silver, glitter and cranberry are envisioned to complete your winter wonderland…we applaud your choices. The decorated barn in the picture showcases how amazing some strategically placed branches can become when they are upgraded with a bit of paint and some lights.

The talented team at Table Decor and More specialize in jazzing up weddings, receptions, corporate events, holiday parties — you name it. No event is too big for the company’s event planning expertise. Awesome customer service and the ability to handle every aspect of an affair is what sets Table Decor apart from any competition. They keep things simple by offering an all-inclusive package; however, they are happy to customize packages for DIY savvy brides who wish to oversee some of the details on their own.

Apart from the overwhelming natural beauty of a crystalline winter, there are other more real-world reasons to consider this season for your wedding or event. The following post from one winter bride explains further:

The biggest pro of getting married in January is that there is almost zero competition. I finally reserved my venue the beginning of July, almost exactly six months before the wedding. Out of about four venues we looked at seriously, and four weekends in January, only one of those venues had a conflict one of those weekends. Annnnd, because there is no competition, there are better deals to be found. We are getting married at a state park with the park’s lodge and cabins serving as our hotel — our rooms are half what they would have been if we’d gotten married in peak summer season, not to mention the fact that they probably wouldn’t have had enough empty rooms for us. Also, if no one reserves the reception room for the day before, we can decorate after the rehearsal dinner, instead of the morning of the wedding. Read more at Budget Savvy Bride

Picturesque Photo Ops

Table Decor and More has the knowledge and expertise to help you decorate and embrace the winter season to the max. Winter props are fun to incorporate into your bridal party photos if you enjoy partaking in winter sports including iceskating, snowboarding, snowshoeing, skiing or skidooing.

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Against a backdrop of glistening snow and icicle-covered trees, winter can be a gorgeous season to host a wedding in. After all, there’s something incredibly picturesque and enchanting about this time of year. Whether you’re going for a more whimsical theme or an elegant, ethereal affair, winter is the perfect versatile season to let your unique tastes flourish. Metallic pumps, crystal earrings and glittering centerpieces are all exquisite standouts for a winter wedding. More details at Wedding Bells

Winter Accessories to Incorporate into Your Decor

Ensuring everyone is warm and cozy is always important. Fleece throws are a nice touch draped over chairs or rolled up into strategically placed self-serve baskets. Alternatively, grab a fallen tree with a copious amount of branches and some white glitter snow glue and create some natural coat hangers by securing the trunk into a half wine barrel or generous sized planter. Use rocks or cement to anchor your base. Drape your throws over the branches and Voila! Self-served warmth! Other festive decor ideas include:

  • Candles
  • Mini-lights
  • Hot Chocolate Station
  • Indoor DIY Photo Backdrop
  • LED Christmas Lights
  • Evergreen Boughs and Greenery
  • Pinecones
  • Propane Fire-Pits and Heaters for outside

Party Planning Perfection

Table Decor and More can help you pull off the winter wedding or group gathering that you’ve been dreaming about. Simply share your vision and relax. The experienced Table Decor team will handle every detail from there. All you have to do is show up on the day of the event, have fun and collect the kudos for a fabulous gathering.

Contact Table Decor today to learn more about our all-inclusive wedding and event packages. Call us at 704-823-7806 or use the Contact form on this page to schedule a free consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Delightful Outdoor Weddings for the Fall Season

One of the great things about deciding on a wedding theme and hiring a professional wedding and event company to deliver it is the fact that we have all the finishing touches you crave. Whether ornate candelabras will enchant your tables or strings of lights are more your style, our full-service planning and staging resources at Table Decor and More can save you time and money.

Of course, if you want to spend your weekends driving around from place to place trying to source all the items you need for your wedding and reception, then by all means…enjoy yourself. However, if the idea utilizing a one-stop shop for every need appeals to you, you definitely need to check out what Table Decor can offer.

 

Fabulous Fall Weddings

 

Enjoying the outdoors is a lovely option for any time of year, but it seems particularly appropriate in fall. Embrace the lovely autumn backdrop and bright fall mums that are blooming in golden and warm shades now. Incorporate pumpkins and squash, straw and scarecrows for a vibrant fall garden celebration. Table Decor has a myriad of decor and catering options to help you completely realize your outdoor vision.

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Warm Hearts, Warm Drinks

If the air is going to be crisp in the evening, perhaps gathering around a campfire can be a focal point of your outdoor wedding and reception. Be sure to have some delicious hot toddys available and include non-alcoholic favorites like hot chocolate to keep family members cozy while you say “I Do” under the stars.

 

Creative Illumination

Table Decor has plenty of lighting options to pull together your nighttime garden theme. However, we absolutely adore it when we see the exciting DIY options that can be incorporated into a theme. For instance, you may want to have fun with your wedding party creating unique lighting for the head table. Here’s a cool idea that might strike your fancy.

Hard-shell gourds, sometimes called calabash gourds, are some of the world’s first cultivated plants. They are harvested from their vines in the fall and then air-dried for several months. When a gourd is fully dry inside and out, it forms a woody shell that can be cut with simple tools.

  • Cultures all over the world fashion hard-shell gourds into vessels or musical instruments. Here, we’ve turned them into festive outdoor lanterns, using a drill to create patterns for light to shine through. Hard-shell gourds develop a coating of dirt and mold as they dry out. You can buy them already cleaned, but you’ll save a lot of money by cleaning them yourself. Begin by soaking the gourd in a bucket of water for about 10 minutes. The gourd will want to float, so turn it occasionally to keep all sides wet.

  • Then, use a scrubbing sponge to remove the grime. It should rub off with medium pressure. If you find an area that’s difficult to scrub clean, try letting it soak a bit longer. If your gourd has a stem, you can scrub the grime from it as well. Allow the gourd to air-dry.

  • NOTE: The gourd will have some natural discoloration even after cleaning. Full details at Makezine

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To complete your DIY project, you might want to get the entire wedding entourage together for a gourd painting party. It’s a great way to have fun and make lasting memories while you create your personalized lighting decor for the big event.

Let Us Realize Your Vision

Table Decor and More has been planning and decorating unforgettable weddings and events for years. If you purchase an all-inclusive wedding package from us, the planning and coordination of your wedding and reception will be taken care of without any stress on you. Our lead designer is a Certified Special Events Planner (C.S.E.P.) who will make sure that your big day is everything you hoped for and more. Call us at 704-823-7806 or use the Contact form on this page to schedule a free consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.

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