Have an Elegant Rehearsal Dinner with Target #TargetWedding

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Yesterday, my husband and I celebrated our 17 year anniversary.  I seriously cannot believe it has been that long since we got married.  I still remember the stress of planning the wedding, finding a dress, picking a menu, and trying to not spend a fortune.  My husband and I were pretty broke when we got married and while my parents were paying for most of the wedding, they didn’t have a lot of money either.  That meant a second hand wedding dress and a photographer that was actually a police crime scene photographer who did weddings on the side!  Don’t laugh…he seriously did an awesome job and was very inexpensive! The one thing that was not in the budget at all was a fancy rehearsal dinner.  But, just because we couldn’t afford a fancy restaurant didn’t mean we didn’t have a rehearsal dinner at all.  We decided to invite our friends and family over to the house the night before the wedding and do something low key right from our own kitchen.  The best thing about hosting your rehearsal dinner at your house instead of a fancy restaurant?  If you spend you money on pretty plates and napkins you get to KEEP them for the rest of your lives!  Money spent at a restaurant?  GONE!  With the wonderful array of items in the Target Wedding Catalog, you can deck your house out in beauty and style and enjoy your purchases for years to come.  Here are a few other suggestions for hosting your rehearsal dinner at home:

How to have an Elegant Rehearsal Dinner at Home

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1.  Keep  the guest list small:  You don’t need to invite everyone who is going to your wedding.  Members of the bridal party, a few special out of town guests, and the immediate family of the bride and groom. This will make it easier on you and a more intimate setting for chatting.

2.  You don’t have to cook yourself:  Many restaurants will cater your dinner and even grocery store trays of subs work well if you aren’t looking for something formal.  Invest in a few elegant dishes, napkins, and candle holders to add a bit of ambiance.  Simple white dishes like the ones I found in the Target Wedding catalog can be elegant for a party but still practical for every day use.  The Threshold 16-piece dinnerware set in white has 4 each of mugs, salad/dessert plates, dinner plates and cereal/salad bowls.  A few sets of these will serve your guests in style and you can use them at your dinner table for years to come.  Invest in table cloths and napkins with simple colors so that if you change your kitchen decor over time, they will still match.

3.  Ask people to bring chairs:  This may seem a bit odd but it is hard to find enough seating sometimes if you don’t usually entertain crowds.  This works particularly well if you are making this an indoor/outdoor event.  It isn’t easy to stand and eat so make sure you also have a selection of small tables to put things on.

4.  If you prefer to  cook for your own rehearsal dinner, consider making a girlfriend’s afternoon of fun.  Have everyone bring over knives, cutting boards and anything else you might need to create a gourmet feast for your rehearsal dinner guests.  Spending some of your hard earned money on high quality knives like the Henckels Premio knife set in the Target Wedding catalog is a great decision.  This set contains every knife you need for your kitchen. There are 13 knives and a set of shears, all made from stainless steel. You will be cooking in style for years after your rehearsal dinner if you invest in a set of Henckels knives.  They also have a great selection of individual specialty knives that come in handy during food preparation.  I loved the Tomodachi 4 inch tomato knife that I purchased from Target. It made creating my Caprese Salad incredibly easy.  This makes an elegant but simple appetizer for your guests.

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5.  Make sure you have enough containers to store leftovers: One thing I love about rehearsal dinners from home is that you get to keep all the leftover food!  If you have your rehearsal dinner at a restaurant, you throw a lot of food away.  That is a serious waste of money AND perfectly good food.  So, invest in some freezer to table glass storage containers like the ones from Pyrex featured in the Target Wedding catalog and throw all your leftovers in the freezer.  Trust me, you will be happy to have leftovers to dig into when you get back from your honeymoon exhausted and up to your elbows in thank you notes.  The Pyrex 19 Piece Bake and Store Set has everything you need to bake delicious desserts for your guests and store you leftovers after they leave!

 

I absolutely love the rehearsal dinner…it is probably my favorite ‘party’ of the entire wedding event.  It is a relaxing yet fun time to celebrate your upcoming vows with the people that mean the most to you. A couple months ago I wrote about the Target wedding theme which is Be Yourself, Together. It represents the idea that two unique people can join together while still celebrating their unique individual personalities.  By hosting your rehearsal dinner at home, you BOTH get a say in what your decor and menu will be.  It will represent your own personal tastes, not that of the restaurant you choose to host your party at.  If you are planning a rehearsal dinner, consider looking into the  Target Wedding Registry  and having your special event in your own home for a more personal touch.  If you want more ideas about how Target can help you plan your wedding just follow #TargetWedding on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook!

 

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Comments

  1. My favorite product is the Threshold 16 Piece Barbury Earthenware Dinnerware Set because it's neutral and will go with anything casual or elegant.
  2. I like the Sunbeam Panini Maker. It's very practical!
  3. My favorite is the Corelle 16 Piece Dinnerware Set - Sketch because it's very elegant looking.
  4. Correelle dinner set
  5. i would love the Corelle 16 Piece Dinnerware Set
  6. I like the Threshold 16 Piece Wellsbridge Dinnerware Set in Aqua because it would look fantastic as a dinner setting.
  7. I like the Threshold™ 16 Piece Carnigan Field Stoneware Dinnerware Set because it looks nice
  8. The Riedel Vivant White Wine Glasses Set of 4 because I think even if you don't have wine in them, just using water or juice adds a whole elegance to a dinner.
  9. I would love the Corelle 16 Piece Dinnerware Set to use for an elegant dinner
  10. Corelle 16 Piece Dinnerware Set - Sketch would be perfect for a fancy dinner, I like the classic and simple design.
  11. Cheryl Abdelnour says
    I love the Keurig K75 Single Cup Coffee Maker - Platinum. Every dinner party needs a good cup of coffee.
  12. Ivana Jankovic says
    I love Threshold™ Barbury 16 Piece Dinnerware Set - Cream because it's so elegant.
  13. tina reynolds says
    I love the look of the Corelle 16 Piece Dinnerware Set I also love the kitcenaid mixer to make the preparty treats
  14. The Nespresso Pixie Expresso machine would be superbly elegant for such a dinner!
  15. I would need to stand mixer to make the cake and make some of the wedding appetizers to save money.
  16. The Keurig K75 Single Cup Coffee Maker - coffee makes everything better!
  17. I like the Corelle 16 Piece Dinnerware Set - Sketch because they look funky and modern.
  18. Visited and I like Riedel Vivant White Wine Glasses Set of 4 because they are such a classic design.
  19. I would like to serve a fancy dinner on the Threshold™ 16 Piece Dinnerware Set - White
  20. the Hamilton Beach food processor because it would really make salad prep super easy as well as a bunch of other dishes!
  21. I like the Riedel Vivant Champagne Flutes
  22. Nice giveaway! I like the Threshold™ 16 Piece Dinnerware Set - White $59.99. It could be made fancy or everyday, depending on how you dress it up.
  23. Rebecca Graham says
    The Keurig because everyone likes coffee.
  24. KitchenAid 3.5 Cup Food Chopper to help with my food prep
  25. I love the Keurig K65 Special Edition Home Brewing System because I think it'd be great to brew everyone their favorite beverage.
  26. beth shepherd says
    Threshold™ 16 Piece Carnigan Field Stoneware Dinnerware Set because it is very nice and something i would have liked
  27. christine burd says
    I like the corolle 16 piece dinnerware set-sketch because it has an elegant look
  28. like the Nespresso Pixie Espresso Machine Bundle, great for dinner coffee/desert break
  29. I like the Henckels Premio Knife Set. They look great, and chances are they'll outlast the marriage.
  30. Susan DeVaux says
    A Keurig!
  31. Riedel Vivant White Wine Glasses
  32. I like the Kitchenaid mixer because it has so many uses.
  33. My favorite product for a fancy dinner would be Riedel Vivant Red Wine Glasses Set of 4
  34. Michelle Weaver says
    keurig maker so we can have coffee
  35. The Threshold Barbury dinnerware set.
  36. I really like the Threshold™ 16 Piece Carnigan Field Stoneware Dinnerware Set. :)
  37. I like the Threshold™ 16 Piece Carnigan Field Stoneware Dinnerware Set. :)
  38. Barbara Montag says
    Fancy dinner - I like the Oneida Jo Ann 45 Piece Set Silver. Thank you.
  39. I think the Sodastream White Source Soda Maker. Thanks for the giveaway! =)
  40. rebecca boster says
    I absolutely love this dining set! fun buy classy :) Threshold™ 16 Piece Carnigan Field Stoneware Dinnerware Setthanks, bekki
  41. the kitchenaid mixer
  42. My favorite is the Threshold 16 Piece Wellsbridge Dinnerware Set in Brick.jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com
  43. I like the Threshold™ 16 Piece Carnigan Field Stoneware Dinnerware Set
  44. The Corelle 16 Piece Dinnerware Set is very nice looking.
  45. I like the Threshold 16 Piece Wellsbridge Dinnerware Set.
  46. Jennifer Reed says
    From Target's Wedding Catalog I like the Riedel Vivant Champagne Flutes for a fancy party.
  47. I like the Threshold™ Barbury 16 Piece Dinnerware Set - Cream set because it makes for a elegant but non tradition table setting for a special rehearsal dinner.
  48. Rebecca Peters says
    I like the kitchenaid mixer
  49. Amanda Sakovitz says
    i like the Oneida Jo Ann 45 Piece Set
  50. Personally, I don't do elegant dinners, but I would choose the Threshold™ 16 Piece Carnigan Field Stoneware Dinnerware Set.. looks wonderful!!
  51. I want the Keurig coffee maker so I can make coffee for all my guests
  52. I choose the Hamilton Beach Bowl Scraper Food Processor
  53. I like the Corelle 16 Piece Round Dinnerware Set - Roses because I think they look classy.
  54. Thomas Murphy says
    I like the Tiered Pedestal Serving Plates - Set of 3 for serving desserts.
  55. I like the Sunbeam Heritage Series Stand Mixer
  56. KitchenAid Stainless Steel Blade Coffee Grinder - 4-oz.

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