Rehearsal Dinner Ideas That WOW In 2021
5. Pizza party
Brides, skip this section and call in the groom. OK, so this is a great opportunity to provide a little pre-wedding surprise. It’s going to take a few hours and you may need to enlist the help of your groomsmen to get it done without her finding out – but you’re going to build her an outdoor brick oven.
You’ll need a few thousand dollars in materials and at least a moderate amount of handyman skills (this is a great example YouTube Pizza Oven) and you won’t be able to use it for much else than pizza and bread but;
- she’ll be super impressed that you went out of your way
- she’ll be super impressed with your git er done skills
- it’ll make an excellent addition to your back yard BBQ area
- when you do use it, the pizza will taste AMAZING
It’s probably been a while since you’ve been involved in a full-blown pizza party. Employ some modest decorations like balloons and tiki lamps, and set out a massive spread of toppings. This is a special occasion, so get creative with the options like palm hearts, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, prosciutto (and other fancy meats), and as many deli cheeses as you can.
6. Formal Rehearsal Dinner
A list of fun rehearsal dinner ideas wouldn’t be complete without a formal option. We’ll cover attire later on and focus on decor and food for now.
For the menu, since you’re not feeding hundreds of people, you can afford to go all out with your full 8 courses.
Course One – Hors D’oeuvres:
Bruschetta is a fan-favorite that every guest will appreciate. However, since there are 8 courses you may want to keep things on the lighter side. Consider choosing grilled scallops wrapped in prosciutto for your guests to pick at while the party gets ramped up.
Course Two – Soup:
It’s still time to keep it light so that there’s room for the following courses. But, you don’t want to skimp on the taste. Choose something slightly unexpected but still has enough familiar flavor to be inviting. Examples of this are Roasted Broccoli and Cheddar or Spinach and Lemon soups.
Course Three – Appetizer:
These foods should be something that your guests can eat in a single bite. A baked brie dip isn’t totally original, but it’s not often you get to eat this delicious treat and when paired with homemade crackers and a sprinkle of fruit and nuts it becomes fairly eloquent.
Course Four – Salad:
Caesar Salad is pretty much an everyday event. Surprise your guests with something out of the ordinary like Quinoa Tabbouleh or Stuffed Avocado Tuna Tapas.
Course Five – Main Course:
The main course is, well, the main event. Generally, you’ll have to choose from chicken, beef, fish or seafood, or veggies. Rather than tell you our favorites, we suggest you check in with your personal favorites. Think of your favorite restaurant or the last GREAT entree you’ve eaten and try to recreate this with your own personal flare.
Course Six – Palate Cleaner:
In the French tradition, simple pieces of bread are served in between the savory main course and the decadent dessert course. This cleanses the palate and lets you fully appreciate both flavor ranges. Crackers are also acceptable.
Course Seven – Dessert:
There’s going to be plenty of cake at the wedding, so it’s best to avoid competing with this. Since your guests just filled up on 6 courses of deliciousness, serve up some simple vanilla and chocolate ice cream. This always tastes great, it’s refreshing, and guests can choose as little or as much as they can handle.
Course Eight – Mignardise:
Even if you can’t pronounce this, it’s a wonderful thing. These are bite-sized baked goods served after dessert. The best way to offer this to your guests is while you pop the Champagne and wrap up your final speeches and toasts to the ceremony and reception to come.
Decor should be defined by the theme and dress code. If it’s a fancy outdoor gathering, classy rope lighting and simple floral centerpieces are in order. For a less-than-formal gathering, balloons, tiki torches, and mason jar flower centerpieces will fit the bill.
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