Song-and-Dance Conversation Starter

Martha Stewart Weddings, Summer 2009

Instead of numbering your tables, assign a song title to each one. When the tune plays, the whole table has to get up and get down. Have your band play the assigned songs throughout the night and ask the members of the corresponding tables to hit the dance floor.

See below for our list of danceable love songs, and discuss with your DJ or bandleader which ones you can use for the game.

Then, experiment with fonts and colors to create cards with the titles of each song on them (if you like, download the eight titles we've designed and print on card stock, and then cut into quarters).

Put each card on a table, and have your DJ or bandleader announce the game at the beginning of the night.

We consulted some DJs we know (some even work with us!) to get their suggestions for love songs that are also surefire dance hits -- those songs that will make almost anybody feel like dancing. Use these suggestions to make cards for the Table Dance game, or simply ask your DJ to weave them into your night.

Our Picks
"Dream," Roy Orbison
"As Time Goes By," Jimmy Durante
"Stardust," Nat King Cole
"A Wink and a Smile," Harry Connick, Jr.
"All I Ever Need Is You," Sonny & Cher
"This Diamond Ring," Gary Lewis & the Playboys
"How Sweet It Is," Marvin Gaye
"Wishin' and Hopin'," Dusty Springfield
"My Girl," the Temptations
"Baby Love," the Supremes
"Happy Together," the Turtles
"I'm a Believer," the Monkees
"Never My Love," the Association

From Will Van Roden, art director with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia's special projects group and a part-time DJ
"Celebration," Kool & the Gang
"I Melt With You," Modern English
"Rock the Casbah," the Clash
"Dancing Queen," ABBA
"Heartbeat," Taana Gardner
"Groove Is in the Heart," Deee-Lite
"Back to Life," Soul II Soul
"It Takes Two," Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock
"Let's Get It On," Marvin Gaye
"Waiting for Tonight," Jennifer Lopez

From Sarah Sims Erwin, Martha Stewart Weddings senior art production associate and a part-time DJ
"I Do," the Marvelows
"Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours," Stevie Wonder
"Chapel of Love," Bette Midler
"The Way You Do the Things You Do," the Temptations
"Crazy Little Thing Called Love," Queen
"You Make My Dreams Come True," Hall & Oates
"L-O-V-E-U," Brass Construction
"Kiss," Prince

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