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Cinderella Engagement/Wedding Party!

Let the Fairy Tale begin! Planning a Cinderella themed Wedding will make your special day even more magical... and many of these ideas can be used for the Wedding and Reception too!

 

Make your own invitation by gluing a piece of heavy string tied in a knot to the front of a blank card. On the inside say, "Jessica and John decided to tie the knot - let's help them celebrate!"

 

 

 
Cinderella Wedding Decorations:

 

Decorate your Cinderella Wedding Reception with Clocks (with the time at just before midnight!), Royal Carriages, Castles, and silver!

 

Cloud-Patterned Gossamer can be used on walls, tables, columns. For the church and the reception. Can be tied to chairs, hung as curtains, decorate tables!

 

Here are some more decorating ideas to make the Cinderella theme come alive!

 

Use lots of stars and the silver to decorate with. Die Cut Stars, Milky Way Garland, and Star Confetti would all work well for you. Castle Confetti too!

 

Use some silver or star-patterned Balloons and hang these from the ceiling around the party room.

 

Choose pink and silver to decorate your tables. Super-shine table covers in silver as well as paper and plastic table covers in pink. Sprinkle Castle Confetti in the center of the table for a fairytale touch.

 

Use glass slippers as your table centerpieces. They can be filled with candy, flowers, silver confetti or beads.

 

Another idea would be to use Mini Slippers in the center of the table along with several sizes of candles. Fill the slippers with flowers or Silver Confetti.

 

Hang lots of Twinkle Lights around your party room for a romantic glow.

 

Paint a few pumpkins white and sprinkle some gold glitter on them for a magical touch. Place a few pictures of the bride and groom around the pumpkins as a reminder of how they got to this special day together.

 

Finally, you will definitely want to a Tiara for your Cinderella bride (who says you cannot wear it to the Engagement party too?)!!

 

Enlarge some photos of the couple (together and alone) at a copy store and hang them around the room. Choose cute photos - some romantic, some embarrassing, some baby shots, etc.

 

 
Cinderella Wedding Activities:

 

Have the guests come up with a "Number One Rule" of wedding arrangements or marriage. This should be their own words of wisdom or advice mixed with some humor. To make it more interesting, award a prize to the winner!

 

You could ask each guest to make predictions for the couple's future. Take turns saying, "In 10 (20, 30, 40, 50) years time, I think you will…" You will be surprised with the things people come up with!

 

Have everyone at the party tell a little story about the couple. "I Remember When…" could start each person's story. This will definitely bring a lot of laughs!

 

As a group, create a scrapbook or photo collage of the couple. Ask each guest to bring photos of the couple for the project and then present it to the couple at the end of the night.

 

Use the soundtrack from Cinderella to start the dance floor off right.

 

Have a horse and carriage deliver the bride and groom to the reception and take them away at the end of the evening.

 

Instead of the bride throwing her bouquet, have her throw a glass (plastic!) slipper.

 
Cinderella Wedding Food and Cake Ideas:

 

You can go very formal and have a sit-down dinner, or you can serve party foods via a buffet line.

 

Serve your food on silver platters. If you are using plastic metallic trays, glue a few faux jewels to the outside edge.

 

Garnish food with edible loose-leaf gold, and add a sprinkling of tiny edible gold balls to your cake. 

 

Serve dry snacks (chips, pretzels, crackers) in crowns turned upside down. Place tiaras around any serving platters that need a touch of royalty!


A few ideas of items to serve:

Stuffed Mushrooms
Crab Dip with Crackers
Salsa and Chips
Fruit Salad
Pasta Salad
Chicken Skewers with Dipping Sauces
Pigs in Blankets
Spinach Dip in a Bread Bowl
Shrimp Cocktail
Mini Pizzas
Cheese and Crackers
Engagement Cake!

 

If going with a buffet, here are some tips (also great information for the reception!):

A great way to dress up your buffet table is to make layers out of your food presentations. You can do this by piling up books, overturned buckets, or bricks on the table and covering all with gossamer or tablecovers to match your party theme or colors.

 

A general rule is that everyone will not eat everything. People normally will eat more starches and meats than vegetables and anything fried will be the first to go! Going through a buffet line can make people feel the pressure of others behind them, so they move along quickly and won't take huge quantities the first time through. Remember that you will much rather have leftovers than a sparse spread at your buffet line, but here is a guide for you when you are estimating your food quantities for your buffet.

 

For individual meats, fish, poultry:
• 5 - 6 ounces per person
• If the cuts of meat have bones in them, consider adding more weight per person.

For multiple meat meals and buffets:
• 4 - 6 ounces per person

For pasta dishes:
• A pound will serve 8-10 people.

For vegetables:
• With a premixed salad, estimate one handful per person.
• One head of lettuce will feed approximately 5 people, 4 medium heads will serve 15-20.

For appetizers:
• Estimate about 10-12 items total per person.
• Make 3-4 of each item per person, keeping in mind that everyone may not take all of the items.

For desserts:
• Calculate one full portion of dessert per person.
• For multiple desserts, people will taste smaller portions of each item.
• A normal cake will serve approximately 10, but 15 will be fed if you are also serving pie.

 

Remember that doubling and tripling recipes is something of an art, so it is best to work small and work your way up. You will have a much better success rate with most recipes if you make multiple batches of a single recipe rather than trying to multiply the quantities by 3, 4, or more

 

If you plan on setting up a basic bar, plan to have the following on hand for every 10 adult guests: 1 case of beer
2 liters of seltzer
3 liters of soft drinks (diet and regular)
2 quarts of fruit juice
Plenty of chilled bottled mineral water (sparkling and flat)
2 bottles of wine - one red, one white
Hard liquor - a fifth makes approx. 14 drinks
Lemon and lime wedges and twists, olives and other garnish
Lots of ice - plan on 1 lb. per adult guest for the evening.

It is also perfectly acceptable to only serve desserts for this type of party. This allows you to save up the big expense for the wedding and reception itself. The Engagement party is about celebrating the wonderful news, not about food.

 

Cinderella Themed Wedding Party Favors:

 

Present your guests with an elegant frame or personalized photo box. 

 

Mini Slippers would be great favors. Fill with silver candies or a small candle.

 

There are also many different styles of Bubbles that can be imprinted with a special Cinderella design or a design that is all your own! Also great for the Reception tables! --- Have the guests blow bubbles while the horse-drawn carriage is leaving with the new husband and wife!

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