The days of stuffy sit-down rehearsal dinners the night before a wedding are over. Today couples are getting revved up for their wedding day in backyards, bowling alleys, and on beaches. Here are a few ideas on how to make your rehearsal dinner one your family and friends won’t soon forget.
Fondue Theme. From buffets to multicourse sit-down meals, fondue adds fun to any dinner. For your rehearsal dinner, start with toast points and various cheese pots: blue cheese or Gruyere are good starters. Move on to meats, potatoes, and veggies, which can each be dipped in sauces (like teriyaki, red wine, and ginger) and cooked right on the table. For dessert, dip fresh fruit, squares of firm cake or brownies, bananas, and marshmallows in pots of melted chocolate, caramel, marshmallow, honey, and yogurt. Give guests a take-home version of one of the dishes or even a monogrammed fondue fork.
Bowling Theme. A themed bowling rehearsal dinner party is big fun — and sends a clear “casual attire” message to your guests. Some alleys have private rooms where you can serve food — the menu is easy: pizza, nachos, pretzels, and other foods from the snack bar. Stage competitions between the two families, or do boys vs. girls, and give awards at the end of the night (don’t forget to honor “Most Gutter Balls”!).
Destination Theme. Going somewhere tropical for your honeymoon? Give guests a little sneak peek and transform your wedding rehearsal dinner into your destination. Hang hammocks from trees in your backyard, serve dinner buffet-style on long surfboards, blend pina coladas and daiquiris, and let Jimmy Buffet blast. For fun favor ideas, try personalized messages in glass bottles, flip-flops, or gift certificates for a spray tans.