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"Tables for Two"

Preparation:

 

  • prepare menu (5 courses, suggestions follow)
    Salmon Rollups / Veggies & Dip
    Tomato Soup / Spinach Salad
    Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Rice Pilaf, Mixed Vegetables, Dinner Buns
    Angel Food Cake with Raspberries and Whipped Cream
    Coffee / Tea / Juice
or
 
Punch / Chicken Wings / Veggies & Dip
Tomato Soup / Spinach Salad with Raspberry Vinegarette
Chicken with Broccoli & Cheese, Stuffed Baked Potatoes, Mixed vegetables, Dinner Buns
Cheesecake with Strawberries
Coffee / Tea / Juice
  • set a price:  costs might be kept the cost low by using volunteers and serving homemade wine, but the latter may vary according to legal requirements.
  • prepare and distribute advertising
  • prepare questions (paste on file cards and decorate)
  • prepare a menu card to sit on each table
  • prepare welcome and explanation of how the event will run
  • prepare, print, and laminate the closing prayer for the evening (one per couple)
  • obtain stereo and romantic music
  • obtain adequate long-burning fuel for the fireplace if you have one.
  • obtain candles, candle holders, carnations, vases, tablecloths
  • buy or make wine (may depend on local legal requirements)
  • recruit servers (about one per three tables) - if your local high school has a 'community service' component to their curriculum, this could make an excellent option.
  • have the reception/registrar/volunteer call each couple to confirm their attendance and to check the menu with them.
  • set up lounge/eating space with a small table for each couple
  • on the actual evening, preset each table for two with salt and pepper, silverware, butter, bread, bread plates, wine glasses, glasses of icewater, cups and saucers, wine in carafes
  • brief the servers on the opening prayer, inviting them to light a candle at the tables they will serve

Recommendations:

  • ask the servers to dress in black and white, and give each a white apron to wear
  • have the servers come in early for briefing, delegating of tables, and to help prepare things in the kitchen (e.g. placing the appetizers on plates, serving the salad, cutting the desert)
  • dress the serving plates up so they look like something you'd see in a fancy restaurant.
  • encourage couples to give the gift of babysitting to another - e.g. one couple attends one month, another attends the next month, and they babysit each other's children.

Flow of evening:

  1. Welcome the couples and introduce cook and servers (who remain and participate for the opening prayer).
  2. Explain how the evening will unfold, e.g.: 
    "We will serve a set of questions with each course.  At the end we will serve a closing prayer for you to either pray together at the table once you are done eating, or when you reach home.  You're welcome to stay as long as you wish.  We will not formally close the evening."
  3. Opening prayer and lighting of the candle at each table.  (The prayer service is designed for 11 tables - if you have more, light two or three candles at once.)
  4. Staff returns to the kitchen and the bourses begin to be served... after the food is brought out, a file card with the discussion question is sent to each table.
  5. Throughout the meal, the servers clean up the used dishes, bring more water as needed, and bring out the new courses - allowing for comfortable space and time between each course.  It usually lasts 2 1/2 hours.