Table decorations

Besides cutlery, crockery and glasses, items on the table can include:

It is a good idea to lay it all out on an appropriate size table, before the big day, to make sure it doesn't look cluttered. You may be able to combine table cards, menus and/or favors into one item to save space and money.

Make sure any flowers, table cards or other displays on the table aren't so large that they prevent guests seeing each other.

If you are putting people who don't know each other together, it may be a good idea to provide them with a quiz or some other form of 'ice breaker'.

Give each child a 'goody bag' to keep them amused. This can contains balloons, pencils and paper, small toy etc. It doesn't have to be expensive. Don't give them anything that can cause stains or permanent marks!

Bubble blowing kits can be fun but you may end up with soapy tasting food and a slippery dance floor.

Disposable cameras can be a cheap and fun way to record an event. But make sure you leave clear instructions that you want guests to finish the film (you don't want 10 half-finished films) and what you want them to do with the camera afterward. You might also need to remind people to use the flash indoors.

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