GRRRRRRRRRRR! I just had a big post typed up and lost it.
I think the goat should be involved in the cake-smashing-in-each-other’s-face part too… if anyone un-ironically suggests cake-smashing, the goat should smash the cake into their face!
Our wedding was a mix of traditional - wedding gown and tux - and non-traditional. The whole thing took place at an old inn in Lenox, MA, in December so the place was all decorated for Christmas. The ceremony was in the living room in front of the fireplace, which was surrounded with poinsettia. All 18 people, including the minister and a friend of KT’s family who played the violin, stood around for the 15-minute ceremony. Then we all moved in to the dining room for dinner. Since there were so few people, we were able to just order off the menu, which was great. My husband hates catered affairs. (Sorry, Pie… I’m sure your food is good, but catered wedding chicken is usually dry and overcooked. Keeping anything warm for 200 people just doesn’t work out well… so that’s a big part of the tradition that we ditched.) The choices included lamb, pork, beef tenderloin, salmon, etc. It was great. And then we had cheesecake for dessert. I haven’t been to a lot of weddings, but of the half-dozen or so that I have been to, we definitely had the best food.
Another non-traditional wedding that stands out was one of KT’s friends who got married in a park. The actual ceremony was on the deck of the park’s “discovery center” with the bride barefoot and wearing a blue feather boa. And it started when everyone was there, not really at any set time. It was as much fun as a wedding can be when the only person that you know is your husband.
As for non-traditional parties, my work Christmas party last Friday at the zoo was great! The food was pretty meh, but the setting was great. (We’ve had excellent food the last two years, but this year had to use the zoo’s caterer, which just wasn’t up to par.)
So then we went out on Saturday to a fantastic pasta place to make up for it.
And I started making truffles over the weekend as Christmas presents. In addition to my usual ganache truffles, I’m trying Paula Deen’s cookie dough truffles and Bon Apetit’s gingerbread truffles. The cookie dough ones are great; I haven’t finished the gingerbread ones yet, but so far they smell great. Fun stuff.
Our house it also totally not kid proof, but then we a) don’t have any relatives with kids, b) don’t have too many friends with kids, and c) come up with alternate suggestions for getting together with people with kids like the zoo or a park or something.