Entertain guests and identify reception tables with One Charming Party’s creative ideas
Brittany Egbert knows how to party. She’s been throwing shindigs for as long as she can remember, and since 2008, she’s been documenting her celebratory ways on her popular blog One Charming Party (onecharmingparty.com). Recently, she launched Bake It Pretty (bakeitpretty.com), a Utah-based party supply website offering everything from striped paper straws to polka dot cupcake liners. The mother of four typically spends her days planning events for kiddos, so when we asked her to share some tips and décor ideas for weddings, she jumped at the chance to come play with the grown-ups.
Here, Egbert shares four easy-to-recreate table numbers. Her no-fail tip whether guests are age 5 or 50? “Always have something to entertain guests while they’re seated at the table—it helps break the ice and encourages interaction,” she says.
Pick a Number
• Speak to your florist about ways to incorporate table numbers into your centerpieces. Here, Egbert attached a simple house number (find them at Lowe’s or Home Depot) to a tall twig in an arrangement of English roses, cockscomb, and ferns by Persimmon Floral Design (persimmonfloral.com).
• Fill a clear glass jar or apothecary jar with candies that match your color palette. Egbert favors gumballs for their symmetry and variety of hues. Attach a vinyl number to the jar and place a small scoop nearby so guests feel free to dig in.
• Take guests on a walk down memory lane by placing childhood photos of the bride and groom, or photos taken during the couple’s courtship, on one side of a double-sided frame; place printed table numbers on the other side. “Phot
ographs are great conversation starters,” notes Egbert.
• Display a vinyl-printed table number in a simple place card holder; near it, add a small container filled with mini bottles of bubbles. “Guests can blow bubbles at the bride and groom as they exit the reception, and take them home as favors,” says Egbert. Small packets of confetti provide the same festive interaction.