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Hydrangea Table Runner

Take a table runner, mix it with a hydrangea centerpiece and you get this spectacular idea.  Clean and simple but has a huge visual impact without obstructing the view across the table.  Genius!

Hydrangea centerpiece table runner

Hydrangea table runner centerpiece

Photo by Brian Fitzsimmons via Simple Song and Caplan Miller.

Chair Choice Matters

The color of your chairs may be the last thing you are thinking about when deciding on the color palette of your reception, but your chairs can make (or break) your entire look. In the examples below, you can see that choosing a fruitwood chair for this ceremony creates such a different look than the standard white chair. A red or turquoise chair coupled with a simple tablescape make a strong and immediate impact. Whether it's selecting the right contrasting chair pad, a neutral wood over a standard white, or accenting the overall look with a specialty colored chair, chair selection makes a huge statement in your event decor.

Wood Wedding Chairs White wedding beach chairs

Red Wedding Chairs Turquoise Wedding Chairs

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Late Night Snacks

Late-night snacks are the perfect way to treat your guests after a long night of dancing! They can be a sweet nightcap like churros, or milk and cookies - a crunchy antidote to all the alcohol. Or, send them home with coffee and donuts for breakfast the next morning. Prefer something savory? How about mini grilled-cheese sandwiches with tomato soup shooters, bagels and cream cheese or a hot dog cart with all the fixings! Milk and Cookies Favor Wedding Donut Coffee Favors Wedding

Photos courtesy of the Knot via Wish and Martha Stewart.

Chair Ties Done Right

I'll admit it: I'm not a huge fan of chair ties. They seem to lend a scary 1980s look to event the most posh events (sort of like these napkin folds).  They also create a lot of visual noise without adding much interest. But, here are chair ties done right - vertically! Get creative and use pashminas that double as a guest favor, fabric swatches to pop against your table linens, or long silk scarves.

Left photo courtesy of The Knot, Right photo courtesy of Frost Me.

Printed to Perfection

Specialty table linens are a sure-fire way to create a truly unique look for an event, it's the best and easiest way to remove the word "generic" from your guests' vocabulary completely.  We're big believers in table linens in general, and having a printed linen makes the visual impact even more of a statement.

Photo courtesy of Cloth Connection.

Candy Bar Alternative

Don't get us wrong, we love a good candy display at any event.  But, we also love the colors and creativity of this Old Fashioned Soda Bar that our friends at Project Wedding came up with! The color and unique design of each bottle really makes for a real eye-catcher and will transport your guests back to when they were kids. Perfect for a large event like a wedding to a smaller, more intimate baby or bridal shower! We think this would be an amazing idea for escort cards! What guest wouldn't want to sit at the Orange Crush table or the Dad's Cream Soda table?