Help: Depicting menu choices

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5in3 Posts : 806 Registered: 8/15/06
Help: Depicting menu choices
Posted: Dec 13, 2007 9:56 PM

Help all you crafty, genius ladies.  

I just found out from my wedding coordinator (provided by the reception venue)  That I have to find a way to depict who is eating what.  I think I knew this, but was hoping the site would just tell me what to do.  Well the sites answer is to assign seats to everyone, it is what they prefer, and then give them both a seating plan, and denote it on a seating card in someway.  Well I was going to put table arrangements in this cute little picture holders we found by family e.g. Jane and John Smith and family Table 9.  I can still do that, and want to, but now I have to have something at the table that puts each guest in a seat.

I am burned out of cute ideas ladies, so please brainstorm with me.  I will try to give you some information to help.  There are 8-10 people at a table.  My color scheme is ivory with jewel tones.  There will be about 25 tables, with 5 being emerald, 5 sapphire, etc etc etc.  Big key word on this is INEXPENSIVE.  I am looking for something that I could make now, and then add names and food choices to them later.

The only thing I have even come up with so far is to do menu cards in pretty jewel tone colors, and leave a space at the top for the guests name.  And then the color I write their name in will denote their food choice.  This just seems so plain, which is okay.  Will it still look elegant?  And would the caterers still be able to see it, and then just place the plates on top?

Please help me brainstorm. 


Me, my honey and our kitty make 3.

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OrthoRN Posts : 323 Registered: 11/24/07
Re: Help: Depicting menu choices
Posted: Dec 13, 2007 10:15 PM Go to message in response to: 5in3

Can you tie bows on the chairs? You could use bows to denote one choice of food & leave the others without a bow. Or Use 2 different colored bows. You can buy bulk ribbon & do it yourself once the reception hall is set up - you may need to enlist a few helpers.

You can do this on their plates also. Place a simple silk flower on the plate to designate one choice - leave the other empty or use a coordinating plate. The only drawback here is that some may pick up the flower where the chair bows would stay.

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NJ4Life Posts : 3,358 Registered: 8/10/07
Re: Help: Depicting menu choices
Posted: Dec 14, 2007 10:02 AM Go to message in response to: 5in3

hi 5in3

Im not sure if this helps but for our's we collected all the food choices and made notes on our spreadsheet.  From there, as we were creating our seating chart we noted what the food choice was.  THEN on the back of the seating cards, we wrote C for Chicken and F for Fish.  Then on the actual seating layout, we wrote how many of each at each table.

So the servers came around (I guess... I wasnt paying attention and this is how the coordinator told me they did it) and they looked at the seating cards and that how they determined who got what.  So this eliminated them asking the guests. and while it was kinda a pain, it was much easier than us creating something and worrying that they all went on the correct seat.


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Re: Help: Depicting menu choices
Posted: Dec 14, 2007 11:00 AM Go to message in response to: NJ4Life

Seating cards seem like the easiet option (unless you were doing the menus anyway)

You can just make little tented cards in jewel tones with the persons name on it maybe all written in gold and make the card color coordinate with a food selection (red - beef, purple - chicken, blue - fish). Then place the card at the top of the plate.  Keep it simple! Tables can be crowded so something small will be best.

 

A note on what not to do... stickers on the cards with pictures of the animal from which the dinner came - fish sticker, chicken, cow ... i've seen it done and it's not too appetizing!!




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UltimatePink Posts : 367 Registered: 10/15/07
Re: Help: Depicting menu choices
Posted: Dec 14, 2007 11:30 AM Go to message in response to: Guest

When people grab their seating cards, do they automatically know to put them out on their table? I consciouslly do that anyways, but I know my parents grab them and throw them in their pockets and such. Is it silly for the DJ to ask everyone to set their placecards in front of their place setting before the BP is introduced?

I was planning on giving the seating chart and menu choices to the staff, but that only breaks down the meal choices by table and not by person. Thanks for reminding me!


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JaniceO Posts : 980 Registered: 12/5/06
Re: Help: Depicting menu choices
Posted: Dec 14, 2007 11:59 AM Go to message in response to: 5in3

We gave the restaurant a seating chart with all our guest names and meal choices.  Then we had placecards at each seat so people would know where to sit.  This worked since we had a small group.

But, in order to make it work for a large group, you would need a poster-sized seating chart somewhere for guests to look at.  And I would also color code the placecards as a PP suggested to help the servers. 

Here's a picture of my placecards, they were just flat cardstock printed with everyone's name.  For all the guests, I tied 3 wine corks together with ribbon, for DH and I used champagne corks with slits in the top.

 

 



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scatterjoy Posts : 117 Registered: 9/27/06
Re: Help: Depicting menu choices
Posted: Dec 14, 2007 12:46 PM Go to message in response to: JaniceO

jschoenlein- your wine cork place cards look beautiful!

5in3- I agree that writing a C for Chicken and F for fish on the seating cards is the easiest way to let the servers know which dish each guest receives.  Another option would be to tie small ribbons in your color scheme to the top of each escort card to indicate meal choice.

How would you ladies recommend obtaining menu choices from a family of 5 or 6?  On the rsvp card, I was just going to have a blank next to each dinner option and they would mark how many of each they needed.  But, if they said 2 fish and 2 chicken and 1 beef (ie. for a family of 5), how would I know which person ordered what to mark on their escort cards?

Sorry, for asking another question in this thread, but I think it is relevant... 


What lies before us and what lies behind us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us -ralph waldo emerson

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JaniceO Posts : 980 Registered: 12/5/06
Re: Help: Depicting menu choices
Posted: Dec 14, 2007 2:20 PM Go to message in response to: scatterjoy

Thanks Scatterjoy!  This is how I handled RSVP cards for my guests.  I printed up RSVP postcards with the same number of lines as invited guests.




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Re: Help: Depicting menu choices
Posted: Dec 14, 2007 2:25 PM Go to message in response to: 5in3

Put everyone who is eating fish at one table and chicken at the other.

I kid.  I like the idea of the menu cards in different colors, with each color representing their meal choice.  I think it would stand out enough for the servers to see. 

 


"If we weren't all crazy we would go insane"  ~Jimmy Buffett

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Love2u Posts : 1,661 Registered: 10/24/07
Re: Help: Depicting menu choices
Posted: Dec 14, 2007 2:31 PM Go to message in response to: 5in3

The last wedding I went to, the guest's card was out on a main table and had the names and table assignments on them.  The guests picked up their cards as we were moving in to the dining room.  There was a color-coded dot on the back that corresponded to the meal choice - red for the steak, yellow for chicken, green for veggie.  It worked well and while it was a very formal wedding, picking up the cards as we were walking in didn't seem at all out of place.
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scatterjoy Posts : 117 Registered: 9/27/06
Re: Help: Depicting menu choices
Posted: Dec 14, 2007 3:55 PM Go to message in response to: JaniceO

Clever way of handling the situation!  Thank you for the idea!

What lies before us and what lies behind us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us -ralph waldo emerson

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5in3 Posts : 806 Registered: 8/15/06
Re: Help: Depicting menu choices
Posted: Dec 14, 2007 4:36 PM Go to message in response to: scatterjoy

Scatterjoy:  I am having the same dilemma as you about knowing who wants what,  On the ones with 2 people it may not be so bad, but what about 4 or 5 people.  How do I know then?  And what if having the printed rsvp cars like pp suggested isn't an option?  Oh I wish I would have thought of this before I ordered the invites!!  I guess I will just have to call each family huh.   Any other ideas?

 

 


Me, my honey and our kitty make 3.

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JaniceO Posts : 980 Registered: 12/5/06
Re: Help: Depicting menu choices
Posted: Dec 14, 2007 4:48 PM Go to message in response to: 5in3

Another option I have heard people use is to send an RVSP card per guest.  :)  I printed my own RSVP cards so it was easy to make them different! 

-Janice 



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scatterjoy Posts : 117 Registered: 9/27/06
Re: Help: Depicting menu choices
Posted: Dec 14, 2007 4:55 PM Go to message in response to: 5in3

5in3- Can you print your own rsvp cards and then add them to the invites that you ordered?  If you print them on a neutral colored cardstock, I would think they would match the rest of the invitation fairly well.  If you ordered the rsvp cards too- you could not use the cards, but make your own and still use the envelope that ordered ones came with.

I really like jschoenlein's rsvp idea where each guest would circle their menu selection- clever and simple.


What lies before us and what lies behind us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us -ralph waldo emerson

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Re: Help: Depicting menu choices
Posted: Dec 14, 2007 5:05 PM Go to message in response to: scatterjoy

perhaps rather than new rsvps or calling everyone you could just print up an insert (maybe on a jewel tone paper so it can't be missed) to slip in the invitation that says something like Please write each guests name by their menu choice

Unless you have really stuffy family/friends noone will care that it's on a separate note.


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