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.

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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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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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Real Wedding: Victoria and Chris

Victoria and Chris celebrated their wedding on May 6, 2013 at Praise Assembly Church. The reception followed at The Veridian in Downtown Springfield. All of the stunning photographs were taken by Jared from J. Design Studios and David of Selby Films filmed the special day so the couple could remember it forever. At the reception everyone danced the night away to Nic Keith from All That Music. The delicious cake was made by Kayla Dominguez and linens and centerpieces were done by SBBon.

 Take a look at their special day!

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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...

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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!

Valentine’s Day Crafts

Valentine’s Day is a great day to spend with a special someone in your life. Whether it is the love of your life or your best girl friends, there is always something to do on Valentine’s Day. An adorable trend that has been going around is a Valentine’s Day themed wreath. Wreaths aren’t just for Christmas anymore!

These wreaths are super easy to do and a fun way to craft with your family or friends. You can use a stencil to trace out the “X” and “O,” or you can use twigs and ribbon. Either will keep the the theme of Valentine’s Day.

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All you need to do is create the “X” and “O” however you want, then hot glue them to your choice of ribbon. Hang the finished wreath on your door to show off your Valentine’s Day creation!

Social Graces Recap:2013

Is it already January 23rd?

I realize we are probably the last blog out there to do a 2013 recap but here it goes anyways…

We had a great year filled with fun happenings and for the past few weeks we have been working hard for our 2014 brides.  However, we are back on track and ready to bring you our latest events and inspiration.

But first, 2013 was full of various events so here is a little recap of what we did!

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Tiny Prints: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little, Star– We threw a baby shower themed after Twinkle, Twinkle, Little, Star and it was absolutely adorable!

Sweet Little Details– The winter weather makes us reminisce about the S’mores Cupcakes our wonderful friend, Jen made last year! Her blog is full of delicious recipes to try out!

#Hastag Your Wedding– Since anyone and everyone has an Instagram, why not use a #hashtag during your wedding to look at the pictures your guests took? This was a fun trend we found last year and it can still work in 2014.

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Sweet, Sweet Baby Shower– We threw our good friend, Melissa, a sweet baby shower and had the honor to be featured in 417 Home. This super girly baby shower was absolutely stunning!

DIY- Chunky and colored necklaces are super stylish and fun coming into 2014. This DIY project would be super creative and a great addition to your closet!

Cheers!– Valentine’s Day is coming up soon, so why not check out last years post about some amazing heart-shaped doughnuts. Keep an eye out for what we come up with for this years Valentine’s Day!

Here’s to another event filled year!  Look for our 2013 birthday party and wedding recap, coming soon!

Social Graces Team