A Bird-Brained Table Theme

Hooray, I finally came up with a concept for naming the tables! Sort of. I mean, kind of. Anyway. I’ve been trying to come up with something cool but not cutesy for naming the tables. I wouldn’t die if I had to just use numbers like a normal person, but I thought it’d be cool to add in a little something extra.

So, as I’ve mentioned, I’m totally cliché and love the idea of incorporating birds into the decor in some way. I don’t want an entirely bird-themed wedding or anything, but I’d like to throw some in where possible. And since there are lots of kinds of birds, I thought naming each table after a different kind of bird would be fun.

But how to execute it? Just writing out the name of the bird would be boring. I thought about using rubber stamps, but how the hell was I going to find stamps of 22 different birds? Black and white printed illustrations like this might be an option:



”¦But finding a lot of those might be hard, too. And not quite as pretty. Then, I came across this wedding on Style Me Pretty.



I’m not sure exactly where the couple got the images they used for table numbers, but they look to me like note cards. You know, the kind you find sets of in artsy stores? So I Googled “bird postcards” (wanted to make sure I found flat cards instead of folded), and most of the results that came up were vintage. Ah! Vintage postcards as table numbers! Perfect!

I figure I’ll mat each postcard on a solid piece of card stock and write the name of the bird above it. Then I can mat the card stock with floral fabric. Then I can put that whole piece into a vintage picture frame or something. If I can’t find enough birds, I can use types of flowers, too. I’ve already got a flower theme happening, anyway. Birds and flowers. I like it. And The Graphics Fairy has tons! This is so happening.



Anyone else getting a little creative with your table numbers? Tell me about it and let me live vicariously through your cool themes! (Mr. Panther and I have definitely not traveled enough to come up with 20 place-themed tables.)


Mrs. Panther

Atlanta GA/Westport CT
Wedding Date:
July 2011
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    kitzy 4224 posts, Honey bee @ 11:14 am

    i love this idea!

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    crayfish 10384 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 11:19 am

    I don’t think it’s cliche! Birds are popular for a reason :-). I TA’d ornithology in college, so I have a soft spot for the bird decor brides!

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    Ms. Anemone 624 posts, Busy bee @ 11:23 am

    Oo, I love the idea of using vintage postcards!

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    locket 2821 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:26 am

    I love this idea, especially because of how the postcards are vintage and throw out that vibe :)

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    sand dollar 1334 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:26 am

    Have you seen Miss Candy Corn’s table numbers? She drew all of her bird illustrations, and they looked awesome! You should check it out

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    poormarylane 35 posts, Newbee @ 11:27 am

    Because I come from a family of bird geeks, I had a similar idea to use illustrations from bird guides for table numbers. Check out these A-Z bird illustrations and see if you’re inspired! http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birding/barn-swallow?source=A-to-Z

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    kjwinter 209 posts, Helper bee @ 11:27 am

    love the vintage postcards. we are using extra invitations; attaching our invite and reception card with the custom backs facing out…FI designed them and they are black and white pix of a bride and groom (coming soon to bios). I’m going to attach a white circle with the table number in the middle of each image.

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    allisonc 482 posts, Helper bee @ 11:30 am

    I am a super bird-nerd, so we went with birds as well. My husband chose birds he liked (hilarious, as he is so NOT a bird-nerd) and I googled each one and found a “real life” picture that I liked. Not super-creative, but they looked nice! I even had the chance to use some of my own bird photos, which was fun. I had also wanted to use images of the vintage bird stamps we had used on our invites, but was told they were “too boring”!! I personally love the vintage postcards! Totally not cliche, they’re going to look beautiful!

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    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 11:39 am

    SUPER cute idea, I think it’s going to look adorable on your tables!

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    panther 1112 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:46 pm

    @Mrs. Sand Dollar: WOW, I just went and looked! Those are crrrrazy! Wish I had those skills!
    @poormarylane: Ooooh, fun! I wish I could afford to buy a bunch of these: http://www.philaprintshop.com/nat1.html
    @kjwinter: That’s an awesome idea!

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 12:48 pm

    Love the vintage card idea! We are doing the travel names, but lucked out with one trip (Disney and a cruise) that gave us names for 5 tables!

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    peachybride 124 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:51 pm

    We both LOVE art and got engaged in an art museum, so we ended up using paintings as our table numbers. Mr. Peachy was an art history major so he picked some cool, not-so-clichéd paintings and a lot of people complimented them, and said they walked around the room to check out all the different paintings!

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    R.Elliott 1011 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:19 pm

    Our tables are going to each be a city we’ve traveled to in the past. But I’m going to find cool antique/vintage travel details to decorate the tables with. I can’t wait!

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    NotYourTypicalBride 1295 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:59 pm

    So pretty!

    I’m thinking of using tropical/ocean-themed cocktails (Daiquiri, Pina Colada, Tequila Sunrise, Sea Breeze, Margarita, etc.) for our beach wedding.

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    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 2:05 pm

    Oh man, I have no idea what we’re doing. Mr. G wants to call each table by some kind of music note? Yeahhhh, we’ll see.

    I do love the bird idea, though! You should totally go for it!

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    misspug 3668 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:11 pm

    that’s a great idea, and you found a very doable solution. love it when things fall into place.

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    earrings 2611 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:21 pm

    I really like this idea, your table numbers are going to look great! Plus Im bird-crazy so i think anything with birds is awesome :)

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    jordynrose 6351 posts, Bee Keeper @ 8:46 pm

    What a great idea! Can’t wait to see how these turn out.

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    mrspaetz 3812 posts, Honey bee @ 10:29 pm

    Someone posted this link last week I think:

    Lots of images for free.

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    panther 1112 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:02 pm

    @peachybride: That’s SO cool! I wish I thought of that! :)
    @NotYourTypicalBride: Oh man, I would totally want to sit at Margarita!
    @Miss Giraffe: Ahh, that’s awesome! So like, someone would be at E-flat or something? Just told Mr. Panther about that concept — he’s totally jealous.
    @mrspaetz: Yayyyyyyy, thanks!

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