When my cousin and his wife recently had a wedding-redo for local family and friends, they asked my sister and I to be the honorary wedding (redo) planners. We discovered long ago that we make an excellent event-planning team, since I love all things decor and she is a food genius. She also has a small farm and wanted to incorporate as much of her produce as she could, and since the bride really liked the idea of a shabby-chic style, Farm-to-Table it became.
The bride sent me a handful of images that reflected her style and color preferences and I took it from there.
I purchased 10 yards of burlap and 3 yards of lace and cut them as table runners. I
stole borrowed 20 mason jars from my sister, and because her menu was just heavy hors d’ouevres (let’s not talk about how long it just took me to spell that word correctly…) we opted to only purchase forks, knowing that we would otherwise end up with zillions of spoons and knives leftover. The napkins and dessert plates are from Paper Eskimo and inspired my “mint to be” theme.
The menu included: Crudites and Herb Dip, Crostini Station, Individual Fruit Salads, Ham and Swiss Poppy Seed Rolls, Caprese Skewers, Hummus Bar, Turkey Club Pinwheels, Mini Crescent Dogs, Fruit and Chocolate Kebabs, Chocolate Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting, and Coconut Cake (our late grandfather’s specialty).
Based on the overwhelming feedback, it is safe to say that the two biggest hits were the crudites and herb dip (who knew crudites was just fancy-chef-speak for veggies – most of which came from the garden) and the photo booth. My super helpful husband set up the photo booth backdrop with mint, gold, and white streamers and then strung twine and mini clothespins all the way across. (I used the same twine to wrap my napkins and forks). I left a Fujifilm Instax Camera (which I absolutely LOVE) at the table, and as people took pictures they hung the instant photos on clothespins, creating an even more personalized backdrop. Once the event was over, we took all the photos down and put them into a mini photo album as a keepsake for the bride and groom.
The entry/exit table was my favorite set-up. I used the same burlap and lace, added a shadow box picture frame and created childhood photo collages out of cardboard letters and printable sticker photo paper The “guest box” was a great way for guests to leave custom notes, well wishes, and memories for the couple as well as include their own cards in the box. Once the party was over, I also added in the mini photo album.
And for a final look behind the scenes at our Shabby-Chic Farm-to-Table Wedding… here is the photo booth man himself, trying out the frame I made for the photo booth. (I cut a piece of foam core board, used good ol’ fashion glitter and glue for the gold and Silhouette Glitter Vinyl for the lettering).