Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Outside Wedding Rehearsal Dinner

One of our favorite children's teacher ( Miss Buettner) just got married! I offered to help out any way I could, and she asked if I would host the wedding rehearsal dinner for their families who were coming from the mainland. I said sure! They gave me money for all the food, and I knew I could work some inexpensive magic outside on my lanai.

I ordered local food from Keneke's - Mahi Mahi with Butter Cream Macadamia Nut sauce,
Shoyu Poke, Island BBQ chicken, egg rolls, dry hot wings, sliced purple sweet potato, and brown rice. I went to Costco and purchased the salads, pineapple, mango, papaya and to Foodland to buy the Hawaiian sweet rolls,and desserts! Lilikoi chiffon cake, pineapple macadamia cheesecake, and chocolate haupia pie.

I took one of my bamboo frames and put their wedding announcement inside, then placed it in the center of the table.

I went outside and cut some Heliconia, tea leaves, ginger, birds of paradise and ferns for added color.

I moved my rattan table out to the right side of the covered lanai for the drinks.

For the drink table, I had ice tea, ice water with lemons, and of course-POG! Pineapple, orange and guava juice.

I rented 3 tables and some folding chairs...
which I set up on the lanai.

Then I placed the white tablecloths....

Because I don't have lights outside, I added 3 candle holders on the center of each table. (I bought the middle and smaller size candle holders off of Craigslist.)

Then I placed the napkins and a set of bamboo chopsticks at each place setting.

I added plumeria flowers we picked in the afternoon, for color.

Yellow plumeria flowers around the candles. Very fragrant!

Bright pink with dark orange centers!

White with light yellow centers..

Small party favors- chocolate covered macadamia nuts at each setting.

All the candles lit up!
Hawaiian music playing lightly in the background...

Sun starting to set...

Almost party time.

Waiting on the guests to arrive.

When the guests arrived, I didn't take any pictures.

But here is after the party, while I was cleaning up.

Bride in the middle, cousins on the sides. Tired, happy, & excited.

Very happy night. She said it was perfect. Mission accomplished!

1 comment:

stacie k. said...

wow! beautiful job Val! you are awesome :)