{Wedding Details} Reception:: decor

When we were looking for a Minneapolis reception venue, I wanted a blank canvas. I had pictured a large open loft where I could transform the space, and the Day Block Event Center was exactly what we were looking for. The brick walls, exposed ceilings, and beautiful hardwood floors were a perfect starting place. I made bunting that we strung across the room with patio lights that I found at Target. We strung clear ornaments filled with gold glitter and tissue paper pom poms over the dance floor, which created a fun focal point.

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Tables:: My favorite thing about the reception was the giant white balloons that served as table numbers. Each table had a navy and white runner, gold chargers, white plates, and pink napkins folded into bows. The balloons were tied around glass vases filled with gold wrapped chocolates.

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Guest Book:: When guests first arrived, they were sent to cocktail hour, where drinks and horderves were being served. A friend had painted a room divider, and I had buttons made with photos from different stages of our lives. Guests were asked to take the button that represented how they knew us. I wasn’t sure people would be up for this, so it was a lot of fun to walk into the reception later and see everyone wearing their buttons. I used a large cookie jar that I painted part gold as the card box, and we asked people to highlight their favorite bible verse in the ‘guest book.’ Since about half of our guests were traveling from out of state, I created a map that showed the states that everyone came from.

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DIY Elmo Party: Dessert Table

IMG_4799You can create a simple, cost-effective dessert table for your party anywhere! We set up this Elmo party on a kitchen island.

1. Clear off the counter!

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2. Hang a fun piece of fabric as a backdrop behind the table or counter.
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3. Hang balloons from the ceiling over the dessert table. We found these polka-dotted balloons at Hobby Lobby, and added a marble to make them hang down straight.

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4. Use colorful dishes and trays for food and desserts. We made a cupcake stand using plates and mugs in our red & blue colors.

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5. Hang up a birthday banner and you’re done! Now you are ready to set out your food and let the party begin!

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DIY Elmo Party: Easy Party Trays

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Using silver trays that I found at the dollar store, I spray painted them a fun aqua blue to match the rest of the party decor. Be sure to always spray paint outside as the fumes can become a bit much. I also wouldn’t recommend putting food directly onto the trays unless you use a sealer. I used the spray painted trays for milk and treat cups, so no food was actually touching the paint. All of the party printables for this Elmo’s World Party are available in our etsy shop!

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DIY Elmo Party: Treat Cups

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Our Elmo Party was a little last minute and I didn’t have time to order colored treat cups, so I had to get creative. I found these plain white cups at Party City. Using the flat eraser on a pencil, I used craft paint to polka-dot them in the red and blue colors of the party. They were great for carrots and dip at the party, and the kids even ate the carrots!

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