friday favorites – best event ideas of the week

I know we were off last week but today I’m resuming my Friday favorites! Let’s get started!

#5 – Salt shaker table numbers

salt and pepper shakers wedding table numbers

I think this is cute. Instead of numbers or table names, this bride and groom had different salt shakers which represented famous pairs – Mickey and Minnie, two cowboy boots, a burger and a drink, etc. The salt shakers were incorporated into the centerpieces and guests had to find the right shakers for their table. Sure, it’s a little kitschy, but it’s fun. Photo by Fete Photography via Mountainside Bride.

#4 – Grab a drink sign

wedding grab a drink and dance sign

Signs are big in weddings right now – signs showing wear to sit, what to eat, what to do. While the trend is all over the place, I appreciate signs with a bit different wording, like this one: “Grab a drink and an arm and head to the dance floor.” I love it for its simplicity and cleverness – it’s essentially telling people to dance but is cuter than a “Dance Floorà” sign. Plus while this was for a wedding, this would be fun for any event with dancing, such as a gala or a benefit. Photo by Benj Haisch Photography via 100 Layer Cake. Related: Alternatives to ‘Pick a Seat, Not a Side’ Signs

#3 – Bridal advice coasters

bridal advice coasters

I didn’t intend for this week to be so heavy on wedding inspiration, but that’s just how it happened! These coasters are actually available for purchase via BHLDN, but you could also make something similar. I like using these in lieu of a guest book – have guests fill them out and drop them in a basket or box, and then the bride and groom can pull them out. It’s more of a disposable guest book if you actually use them as coasters, but I think most guest books just sit unopened on shelves anyway.

#2 – Beachside seating

beachside seating for weddings or events

If you are going to have an event on the beach, why not have seating next to the ocean? I get that sand is messy and tides are changing and maybe this dinner set up is unrealistic, but oftentimes “beachside” event venues aren’t taking as much advantage of being so close to the ocean as they could be! Maybe you can’t have your dinner so close, but put the dance “floor” there. So long as you tell guests that it’s on the beach and that they should pack flip flops instead of high heels, most would probably love it. Photo via Fab and Luxe.

#1 – Caramel Turtles Recipe

DIY caramel turtles recipe

I know this isn’t a cooking blog, but I just had to share this recipe from The Pioneer Woman. Some women love chocolate. Chocolate is great. But I LOVE caramel. LOVE it. And these turtles are so easy to make I just had to share. They would be perfect to make to bring along to a holiday dinner, or you could even put some in a cellophane bag and tie with some cute, festive ribbon, and give as gifts. I love it! Recipe here.

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