Round two! Go, go, power reception!
Once everyone was finished stuffing themselves for dinner, desserts were brought out. Isn’t it amazing how there’s always room for dessert?
China Stix’s mango flan is simply amazing with its delicious pureed mango on the top, and I ate two cups.
The dessert table was also a huge hit, mostly thanks to Sewing-Aunt’s fantastic homemade cookies.
They went so fast I didn’t get to try them all, so she made me a special batch of everything this Christmas. The jam thumbprints are probably my favorite. So delicious!
|Sewing-Aunt restocking her delectable sweets.|
We had all our favorites, actually. From mini princess cakes…
|IKEA sells them in a box, how awesome is that?|
to tres leches cake!
Stocked up on sugar, my sister then helped break out the bingo. Deemed too “unclassy” by Mr. Sew for the actual wedding, it was fair game for this party. And even better, there happened to be like 20 children under the age of 12 in attendance, so bingo was a solid kid-friendly activity.
I bought pre-cut bingo cards from Daiso, which made for an easy and dot blotter-less way to play. And inside about a dozen or so leftover chair cover bags, Sewing-Mom put random (and I do mean random) small prizes.
Someone gave Sewing-Sis the microphone, and I’m only sorry no one videotaped her hammed-up performance.
“Tweeeellllveee. Seven plus five is Twellllveee.”
Maybe because she was surrounded (by the most part) by people she knew well, she really went wild with the theatrics. She had the crowd, most of whom were itching at that point from lack-of-World-Series-playoffs watching, in complete stitches.
Prizes ranged from (much coveted) Pokemon figurines, to Japanese toilet deodorizing drops (they work like magic, I tell you). It was pretty hilarious.
|Let’s see…A frog planter, Star Wars puzzle, stuffed turkey, coffee and mug, and My Little Pony!|
Once all the prize bags had been claimed, emcee Sewing-Bro called everyone’s attention to the photobooth and our four boxes of props. It’s evident that we made the backdrop width much too narrow, but all the crazy photos split my sides regardless.
|Mario…and pink Luigi?|
|“I know what you did last summer!”|
|Honestly I have no idea where half the props even came from.|
|A photobooth also doubles as a talent show.|
|Domo? Wait, I think that’s some Pretzels in disguise!|
|“Bring on the Mushmom!”|
|Never mind Mothma, Godzilla fights his cousin!|
Oh, photobooth. You are the best wedding trend since big fat wedding cakes. I hope you stay around forever, because you make me laugh and smile so much.
We had a wonderful second reception, as unpolished and mish-mashed as it was. So for those of you planning your own—no, it won’t be the same as your wedding, but it can be something equally awesome in its own special way. Food and laughter is really all you need. And you might even get away with laughter alone if your friends and family aren’t voracious carnivores like mine.
(All photos by family members)
Our wedding in review:
- We took care of some last minute DIY details, and officialized everything.
- We vacationed with our out-of-towners, and threw a yummy welcome beach brunch.
- Mr. Sew saluted an angry dragon during our wedding rehearsal, and we sniffed at our dinner.
- Wal-Mart crashed my bachelorette.
- The women magically transformed, and Mr. Sew tied me into our dress.
- There was a windy photo shoot on the beach, and then we hung out at the chapel in flat shoes.
- We marched to the altar and got married.
- Everyone was camera-happy.
- Reception time! A bustle for our first dance, and then it was time to eat.
- I wore a kimono, and then fed some lions.
- We tried a bouquet pull, which didn’t go as planned. Coincidentally, neither did our cake feeding.
- Everyone yelled banzai before Rick-rolling on the dance floor.
- Details: ceremony and reception
- Our wedding movie!
- Honeymoon in Japan: Parts 1, 2, 3, 4
- Back at home! Reception Part 1