6 Ways to Make Your Reception More Fun

The itinerary for a lot of weddings is relatively predictable. After the ceremony, there’s typically dinner and dancing, and possibly a toast from the best man that’s cringe worthy. There’s nothing wrong with being traditional, but what if you want more?

Making your wedding more memorable for you and your guests doesn’t have to be expensive; it just requires a little creativity and openness on your part. We put together a list of activities for you to choose from to make your wedding less textbook and more “playful.”

Play Giant Jenga

Normal sized Jenga is fun, but for an outdoor wedding, Giant Jenga could be a blast. Instead of engaging in friendly small talk about how they know the bride and groom, guests have the opportunity to engage in a little friendly competition.

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Fun cocktails paired with a hula hoop contest may help your guests loosen up, especially if you want to get your money’s worth out of the dance floor all night long. Guests may need the kids to show them how it’s done initially. (image via Tulle and Chantilly)

Lip-sync Battle

You’ve seen it on Jimmy Fallon and it’s hilarious, so why not bring that kind of energy to your wedding? Some of your guests may surprise you with their skills! Check out Emma Stone’s performance for inspiration.

Have a Sack Race

Obviously, if guests are dressed too formally, this isn’t an option.  Having a sack race would be ideal for a casual outdoor wedding. While this activity is certainly unique as far as post wedding activities goes, it is also extremely cheap because you only need sacks and a few energetic volunteers.

Keep ScoreScoreboard

Keep track of who wins the most games (bridesmaids versus groomsmen). Even if your guests don’t choose to participate directly, they can still cheer on their favorite “team.” (image via Element of Elegance )

America’s Best Wedding Dance Crew

This activity may take a little planning and a whole lot of rhythm. Again, you could make it bridesmaids versus grooms. Each “crew” can showcase their best moves while providing ample entertainment for your guests in the process.

These are all just merely suggestions to help you switch up the traditional wedding agenda and possibly obtain some hilarious videos for Facebook! For more ideas and inspiration, visit our Pinterest page.

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Styling Away For 417 Bride

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For the summer issue of 417 Bride, the Social Graces team styled another amazing photo shoot for the magazine. Alex Crowder, the photographer, shot Aunna Beckemeyer, Stephen Morgan, and Sarah Thomas on location at Big Cedar Lodge in May. The photo shoot was produced by Jessica Kennon Spencer of 417 Magazine. Hair was done by Megan Ogle of Frost Salon and Melanie Gibbs of Karma Salon. The flawless makeup was created by Andie Reynolds of Lavaré Spa & Salon.

The gorgeous wedding dresses for Aunna and Sarah were selected from Ella Weiss Wedding Design, Gracie’s Bridal, and Normans Bridal. The tuxes and other fabrics for Stephen were chosen from Blackwells Men’s Clothing, Ella Weiss Wedding Design, and Town & County.

We selected jewelry and accessories from Maxon’s Diamond MerchantsHarem & Company, Justice Jewelers, Mitchum Jewelers, STAXX, Ella Weiss Wedding Design, Normans Bridal, and Gracie’s Bridal.

Here is a sample of the stunning pictures for the magazine!

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Make sure you keep an eye out for the issue on stands now!

Real Wedding: Kindra and Phil

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Kindra and Phil celebrated their wedding on September 21, 2013 at their family farm. The couple chose Splashdrop Photography to capture the special day. Infused Catering provided the meal and Sugar Leaf Bakery created the delicious cake for the reception. Shannon Custom Floral designed all the arrangements, including the stunning bouquet, and decorated the reception tent. The yummy S’mores bar was designed by Social Graces. Kindra bought her beautiful gown from Normans in Downtown Springfield.

Here’s a sample of the gorgeous day!

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Local Shamrock Treats

1I2A0477One of our favorite little areas of Springfield, MO is Pickwick St. in the Rountree Neighborhood. It houses great places like Homegrown Foods, Imo’s Pizza, Pickwick Place and Zen Spa. It also is home to two our favorite places to get treats – Tea Bar & Bites and Elle’s Patisserie. To gear up for St. Patty’s Day, we decided to treat ourselves to a few shamrock treats. 🙂

These beautifully decorated sugar cookies are done by Tea Bar’s very own Eleanor. They aren’t just pretty – they taste delicious, too! You can see some of our other favorite desserts from Tea Bar, here.
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At Elle’s, I usually go for a breakfast croissant, a chocolate truffle or a lavender ice coffee. But, we couldn’t resist trying out this festive white mint truffle.1I2A0495 1I2A0499Do you have your sweet treats ready to go for St. Patty’s?

 

Sophisticated Birthday Brunch


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I have to start out by saying I have the best friends. My personal life leading up to my 30th birthday has been crazy (read about my whirlwind adoption here), but I still wanted to celebrate the big milestone with my closest friends. When I showed up to the most beautiful brunch spread a girl could ask for, my heart almost burst. It was girly, airy, light and sophisticated. And, oh yeah, the food was AH-mazing. Here’s a look into one of my most favorite days, ever. 2014-02-17_0029 2014-02-17_0030 2014-02-17_00312014-02-17_00342014-02-17_00322014-02-17_0033 2014-02-17_00352014-02-17_00262014-02-17_0027

Valentine’s Day Sweets

Nothing goes better together than Valentine’s Day and sweets. Adorable desserts are seen everywhere for this holiday. Why not treat your loved ones to some amazing sweets?

Strawberries are in so many desserts, but these mini cheesecake bites from The Happier Homemaker looks heavenly!

5 Valentines Day Sweet Treat Recipes...strawberry heart mini cheesecake bites...

Image via thehappierhomemaker.com

These Strawberry Heart Mini Cheescake Bites are perfect for any Valentine’s Day party!

Serves: 18
Ingredients
  • 1 8 oz Package of Low Fat Cream Cheese
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp lemon juice
  • 1 egg
  • 2 graham crackers
  • 1 tbsp softened butter or margarine
 Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Line mini-muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  3. In a mixer cream together cream cheese and sugar.
  4. Add lemon juice and egg.
  5. Mix until well-blended.
  6. In a sandwich bag, crush graham crackers.
  7. Add butter in small increments until mixture is sticky.
  8. Spoon graham cracker mixture into the bottom of muffin tins.
  9. Top with cheese mixture.
  10. Bake for 11-14 minutes.
  11. While cheesecakes are baking slice strawberries in half and cut a “v” in the top to create heart shape.
  12. Immediately after removing cheesecakes from oven press strawberry hearts into the top of each cake.
  13. Refrigerate and serve chilled.

Hope you have a sweet and fun filled Valentine’s Day!