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To accompany the drinks, a selection of canapés, including these endives stuffed with goat cheese and topped with Paddlefish caviar were also served at this reception.
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They don't call it a "grand piano" for nothing. Cocktail hour feels decidedly distinguished with live piano music trickling in.
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For a low-cost way to make tables shine, use an old-school wine bucket (with a bottle of champers) as the centerpiece. Silver place-card holders continue the vintage vibe.
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Balloons may conjure fetes for the under-5 set, but done right, they can fill a big space with stylish fun. And they don't cost a bundle (ours are from Balloon Saloon). To keep it looking grown-up and glamorous, stick to balloons in a simple color palette. Bare walls can be dressed up inexpensively with banners that echo the theme; First2Print made the ones here.
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A fancy party just isn't fancy -- or much of a party -- without some French fizz. Here, the celebratory drink serves as both refreshment and decoration. Champagne maker Veuve Clicquot created this soaring tower -- adorned with a simple ribbon -- using coupe glasses.
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Dance the Night Away
Don't scrimp on the music. A great band that will have your brother-in-law (and niece!) getting into the swing of things is worth every penny.
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Be sure to provide quiet, intimate spaces as well. There will always be guests who prefer chatting to cha-cha-cha'ing.
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Long gone are the days when seeing a kid at a big-deal event was akin to spotting the Loch Ness monster. If you want little attendants at your evening wedding, go ahead and invite them (as long as you don't mind them nodding off).
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At night's end, guide tired revelers home with a candlelit path. Glowing candles in simple glass containers placed along the front steps lend romance. A spectacular garland by event planner Michelle Rago frames the entrance.