I’m not big on planning huge events. I probably would have been fine just eloping and sending out wedding announcements, but my sweetie is more traditional than me. He really wanted to have at least a small party with our families. With the location on the lake and the late summer date, I thought a family picnic theme sounded perfect. Sweet and manageable.
I wasn’t interested in a plated dinner, silver, cloth napkins and seating arrangements. But I wanted to do something more creative than just paper plates. I decided to make little “picnic” boxes rather than plates. Each set contained a eco friendly kraft paper carrying box, a kraft paper tray and a Chinese food container, white and blue napkins, a white and blue stripped paper straw, a waxed paper bag for chips or bread, and small white condiment, sides cups. I found some blue and white paper coasters on ebay and tossed those in there as well.
For people who wanted to use plates, I bought some bamboo leaf plates that kept with the natural theme. I tried to get some birch wood serving utensils, but I wasn’t able to get them shipped in time, so stuck with light blue plasticware.
All in all, I thought it came together well and people rolled with it. Made for super easy clean up!
S is a former coworker and has more effortless style in her little finger than most people cultivate in a lifetime. And her small, family wedding is so my style.
I absolutely LOVE this “picnic boxes” idea. Just elevated buffet-style wedding eats to a whole new level.
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