How to decorate small, round cocktail tables for reception?
Posted: Sep 20, 2008 7:48 AM
I am getting married on a cruise ship, and our reception is in a lounge with cocktail tables. We have about 65 guests and each table fits 2-3 people comfortably. Each table is about 20 inches in diameter. So that is about 20 tables to decorate!
I know this is going to sound kinda gauche, but why decorate at all? That's a super fun room! I wouldn't worry about doing anything with the tables, especially if budget is an issue. Maybe make a big banner (or I've seen some beautiful wall hangings) announcing that it's your wedding celebration. Then make a big beautiful arrangement of silk flowers to sit on the table with a guest book, and I pretty much think you're done! LOL That rooms is really well done already, why add more that the designer hadn't planned on? Besides, those tables look like they have a beautiful mosaic or are wrought iron or something. Very pretty!
Are you setting the tables for your guests? Maybe add a little bit of flair with the dishes and the napkins? Or is the venue providing those? Maybe if you set the tables though, it'll look more formal like I think you're wanting.
Wow--I see what you mean about the Prince suit! Those tables are very small, so anything you put on them should not take up lots of space. You could scatter something, like silk or freeze dried petals, confetti, or crystals in your colors. You could do small lamps (with LED candles) with beaded shades--think restaurant table-sized. You could do a small cylinder with a submerged stem of (faux) flowers. Photographs in gold frames could look nice. I think that the tablecloths with ribbons would be overkill, and very likely would have your guests tripping over them.