|An overview of the inside of the barn before the party started.|
|The "Welcome Wagon". What is more American than the Stars and Stripes and John Deere?|
|As you made it to the barn, the hay bale and sign welcomed you on in.|
|We were lucky and scored these great cups after we had decided on a Chuck Wagon rehearsal dinner theme.|
|I used black disposable tablecloths, topped with a burlap grain sack on each table. We also had a lantern, our remade candles and peanuts and MandM's on each table in little bandanna boxes.|
|You will see more about these cards in later pics (some of the pics that I could not get to cooperate!), but this pic is a close-up of the cards that guests could sign and give ADVICE, a WISH or a PREDICTION for the happy couple.|
|Instead of a guest book at the party, we had one of those photo mats that guests could sign. Then we'll add a picture from the rehearsal dinner and the Happy Couple will have a lasting memory of the night.|
We had Fall Break from school on Thursday and Friday. That worked out perfectly. I had planned to use it to get last minute things done, then have the rehearsal dinner on Friday evening. That's before I got The Call on Thursday afternoon. Thursday afternoon as in 24 hours before my dinner for 60+ people.
|I made three "chalkboards" out of old boards and chalkboard paint. One was the welcome sign, one was a quote for the Happy Couple, and this one was a LOVE IS SWEET SHOPPE dessert menu board. Easy decorating!|
|Part of the S'more Bar fixins'. Six flavors of marshmallows (did you even know they made that many?), three kinds of chocolate, three types of crackers and bananas completed the offerings.|
|The white buckets held the peanuts. The red buckets were the MandM treats.|
|Miniature pumpkin pies from the Dessert Bar.|
|Red Velvet cheesecake and Gingerbread/Pumpkin triffle|
|Oreo balls. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm!|
|Apple-struedel cake with apple cider icing. ...A big hit.|
|(Wagon) Trail mix.|
|One of the roasters full of chili. We had chili with beans and without, a roaster of stew and a roaster of brisket and ribs. We had plenty for everyone. |
|The Happy Couple.|
|We also had a huge s'more bar for everyone to make their favorite kind.|
|My daugher and niece, Annabelle and Caroline. They were great hay bale jumpers!|
Another idea we used was (shown way up earlier) a choice of ADVICE, WISH, and PREDICTION cards to fill out. Caroline made sure everyone wrote at least one of the cards for the Happy Couple. Then she hung them all on the tree, for others to read and for the Happy Couple to take home.
|Fielding and his grandmother|
The food was great, the party was better and the fact that we had close family members together to honor the Happy Couple was the best.
I stayed calm throughout the whole ordeal. (When someone leaves you a covered wagon picture in the trash, you know you're being looked out for!) Actually I was much calmer then than I have been trying to get this post out and fixing all the trouble I have had with Blogger today!
It was a night to remember for a very special couple!!