Table names are one of those details where the personality of the couple can really shine. I had lots (!) of ideas. Many of which Mr. PaC shot down quickly. Hrmmm.
yellow things – this one takes commitment! Also, I’d rather leave the thematic education to Sesame Street.
random things that we love – under apothecary bell jar cloches for a museum or terrarium feel. I just wanted an excuse to buy/rent 10+ bell jars.
childhood items (slinky, Legos, plastic dinos, horses, crayons, Hot Wheels, marbles, kaleidoscope, alphabet blocks, mini sailboats, army men, pinwheels)
Even though we don’t have kids, there are plenty of these items around our house. We’re a couple of kids at heart!
types of boats (sloop, yawl, ketch, cutter, schooner, dinghy, dhoni, catboat, fractional rig sloop, tall ship)
Given strong consideration for a few weeks until Mr. PaC came to the realization that, yes we like sailing, but not enough for a nautical theme to overtake our reception.
Delaware landmarks & cities (Winterthur, Hagley, Nemours, Brandywine Creek State Park, Dewey Beach, Greenville, Old New Castle, Dover)
An okay idea, but I wanted to use my own photographs. And what do you choose to represent a whole city? Too much thinking/work!
travel (Mexico, OBX, Napa & Sonoma, Philadelphia, Chester River, Finger Lakes, NYC, Nantucket, Bethany/Dewey Beach)
Showcasing the destinations we’ve visited together was his idea. I was lukewarm about this one.
And then my favorite idea, ever: wine regions or varietals!
Since our centerpieces are modified wine bottles and the escort card base is a cork, it made perfect sense. But both were nixed by Mr. PaC. Why so cruel! He claimed these themes were too pretentious. I argued it made sense: we’ve taken two big wine trips, I have a wine blog and obvs we’re really into wine. Insert big, exasperated sigh.
Our 2009 Finger Lakes trip, a month before the proposal.
So the compromise became beverages of a different sort: cocktails! Every year, we seem to have a new favorite drink. A quick brainstorming session turned up a solid list of 30 pared down to our favorites:
- White Russian – skiing drink, pop culture reference and favorite of several friends/relatives
- Dark & Stormy – sailing drink
- Orange Crush – the unofficial cocktail of Dewey Beach (and our signature cocktail)
- Dirty Martini – a longtime favorite. Vodka, on the rocks please!
- Woo Woo – a fruity shot that appears at Mr. PaC’s family’s weddings
- Gin & Tonic – my grandfather’s drink of choice and a more serious option
- Margarita – no explanation needed
- Mojito – our summer of ’09 drink
- Salty Dog – another nod to sailing
- Rum Runner – for the rummies among us (I’m looking at you, Mom!)
- Cosmopolitan – a martini for the more, ahem, cosmopolitan guests
- PiÃ±a Colada – one of my guilty pleasures
And the name for our sweetheart table?? Sex on the beach! (Ahahahaha, just kidding! Calm down family members.)
Now that the table names are set, the next task is grouping our guests into tidy groups of eight. Photos of the table markers are forthcoming!
Which cocktail table would you like to be seated at? Did you choose table numbers, names or forgo the whole assigned seating mess entirely?