We are so fortunate!
Many of you have sent warm wishes regarding my recent nuptials. Thank you! Your thoughts fill Pete and me with joy. I thought I would share some details regarding our big day. First off – in response to the number one question, “No, I did not make my dress.” I found the perfect sheath – embroidered lace that took about 30 minutes to select, try on and purchase! Couldn’t have done it better myself and I felt there were more important things for me to focus on. I’ll share some of the wedding details and how-to’s with you over the next weeks.
At our, ahem, mature age, Pete and I didn’t want to have a traditional wedding and reception. But as the date drew closer, I really felt that our families should meet. I’m blessed with five sisters and Pete has four. I just knew they would all hit it off. I felt if we didn’t have a wedding celebration, they would NEVER get the opportunity to meet unless, a tragedy occurred. So…a wedding was in the works.
We selected a resort close to DFW airport as 80% of the 80 guests would travel by air. The Gaylord Texan was a full-service, family-friendly location – perfect for our big weekend.
Our main concern was getting everyone to meet and mingle. Not an easy task when many attendees only knew one half of the bridal couple – and no one else! So I devised a game of trivia to be played at each table that would break the ice. I did a little research on each guest and came up with a trivia fact about each one. I made sure that the trivia facts would not embarrass or offend anyone (very important detail!) and kept them in alphabetical order in a word processing document. Once the seating chart was arranged, I grouped the trivia statements by table. Then I wrote the trivia facts on small paper strips.
I wanted to put each trivia fact inside a fortune cookie and place a fortune cookie at each place setting. Guests would pull the slip of paper out of the cookie and read the anonymous facts out loud. Hopefully, someone at the table would own up to the trivia fact and offer a full explanation. From what I understand, it stirred some very lively conversations. It was a real ice breaker and people learned a lot about each other very quickly.
The challenge for me was to get the right fortune cookies placed at the correct table. Not so difficult when you make color-coded fabric fortune cookies! My daughter Janelle and I made 80 fabric fortune cookies, color-coded by table.
Janelle was such a good sport – poor thing, she’s often saddled with my zany ideas! As I fused two layers of fabric together, she cut the circles with AccuQuilt.
I gave Janelle one set of trivia strips at a time and she inserted them into the circles. Then she added a simple fold and a bit of glue to hold everything in place.
I designated a plastic bag for each table and placed the following inside: a set of cookies, printed dinner menus and an embroidered table number. Each table had its own bag and was easily handed over to the wait staff. The staff added the items to the table settings. It went off without a hitch!
We received many positive comments regarding the trivia. And it helped me get to know all of Pete’s guests. The trivia game gave me a nugget of information about each one before I met them. And once I had a fact and face with a name, it was so easy to remember each of our guests.
Don’t have a wedding coming up? You can easily adapt the fortune cookies to any theme or event.
- Remember to choose fabrics that coordinate with the theme.
- If using felt use just one layer of fabric. If using cotton fabric, use two layers placed wrong sides together.
- Create “fortunes” or “messages” that fit the theme of the party or the individual. Keep it fun and lighthearted.
- If you don’t have an AccuQuilt Fabric Cutter, trace a circle pattern onto fabric or use your embroidery machine! Simply digitize a circle, layer the fabric, stitch, then cut.
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