Creative Alternatives For Your Groom’s Cake

October 11, 2018 by Grand Central Party

These days, it’s traditional to be non-traditional when it comes to a wedding. The couples of today want to make their celebration their very own, with themes and touches that express their own personalities and interests. From a Star Wars vibe to a Bedouin tent, the sky is the limit for a wedding event. Couples get married in costume, on horseback, or barefoot on the beach – even while skydiving! If you can dream it, you can make it happen, as the saying goes.

One way to have fun with older traditions is to create a unique, one-of-a-kind groom’s cake. Some couples may opt to do away with this old favorite, but maybe, in keeping with the spirit of individuality that is the hallmark of 21st-century ceremony, you could add your own twist to add to your memorable Nashville wedding!

The tradition of a groom’s cake comes from Victorian England when couples would have both a small bride’s cake and one for the groom in addition to the main wedding cake still seen today. Slices of these smaller cakes were given to the bridal party at the end of the wedding. This wedding event tradition made its way to the United States eventually, and remains popular, especially in the southern states. It’s a way to give the groom special recognition on the wedding day, which so often focuses on the bride herself. Often made of dark chocolate and containing fruit and liqueur traditionally, the possibilities today are really endless.

Perhaps your groom’s cake can be done in his very most favorite recipe! Lemon cake with lemon frosting, or red velvet….why not? In honor of the groom, his cake should reflect his individuality.

When it comes to the shape, his hobbies or interests should be taken into consideration. If he’s a musician here in Music City, why not a cake in the shape of his instrument? Or perhaps the image of his favorite pup? If he is a sports fan and is all about one particular team, then the logo or the colors of the team would be a great touch for him. Use his favorite movies for inspiration, or his line of work. Hobbit holes, robots, skyscrapers, cars, super heroes – these days, cakes come in a multitude of shapes and sizes.

You could even consider his favorite dessert instead of cake…A giant ice cream sundae or a bucket of banana pudding, a tower of his favorite cookies, or maybe a charcuterie board with all his favorite meats and cheeses, if he just isn’t into sweets. And don’t forget all the gluten-free options available today!

He will be touched and thrilled to see the special creation you have come up with, just for him. Here at Grand Central Party, we are all about a grand celebration! Visit our website to get your party started.

The Benefits to Having Tents at Your Wedding Reception

October 4, 2018 by Grand Central Party

There’s something truly special and memorable about an outdoor celebration of any kind, and weddings are no exception. The light and air of the outdoors are great for photos, and everyone enjoys the freshness of the atmosphere. Of course, celebrating out of doors means that the weather will be a consideration. And in Tennessee, who knows what will happen?

Planning your event in a tent will mean that your wedding and/or reception can go forward no matter what the weather is like! Durable, functional, and unique – tents are a great addition to your outdoor wedding. Some of the benefits:

  • Tents offer many playful design options to any outdoor wedding celebration space. They come in many colors in addition to the standard white and are spacious enough for seating and decorating, entertainment, and food set up.
  • The indoor elements of tents can be incorporated into the decoration scheme, such as winding greenery or themed materials around them or using them as a base for draping these design elements around your space. This eliminates the need to rent or buy foundational pieces for your decorations.
  • The entry can be crafted to become something grand and unique, with cascading draperies or vines and flowers, or perhaps surrounded and framed by potted live trees and shrubs.
  • If you are installing your tent on lawn, then the floor can remain green and grassy, or carpeting can be put down for a nomadic look with lanterns hung to complete this image. You can also consult with a professional to discuss elevating the flooring using temporary hardwood or other materials. In case of wet weather, this will be a great addition to your plans.
  • The sides of a tent can be drawn back to take advantage of sunlight or a beautiful sunset or twilight, and in Tennessee, the addition of some fireflies during the summer months can add a magical touch to your event. In case of wet weather or wind, the sides can stay down, of course, keeping your guests and wedding party dry and cozy.

Here at Grand Central Party, we are all about a grand celebration! Visit our website to get your party started.

Three Lawn Games to Liven Up Your Reception

September 27, 2018 by Grand Central Party

With fall comes beautiful Nashville weather, and a wedding during this season will allow for some outdoor time. If your reception venue is going to be one that takes advantage of the gorgeous Middle Tennessee fall, whether it be a backyard or one of the area’s amazing parks, consider including lawn games in your festivities! 

Outdoor lawn games at a wedding reception are a great way to keep your guests entertained, especially when you don’t plan on having dancing as a part of your celebration. There are so many to choose from that we had a hard time narrowing down the list for our blog today! In the end, we decided to share three that have been around for a long time and originated in other countries.

Here are our top three choices:

  • Croquet. Known and beloved the world over by both the young and the young-at-heart, this game is simple enough for anyone to play. It evolved from a French game called paille-maille around the 13th century, eventually finding its way to the US in the 19th century. Using mallets, players drive their wooden ball through a series of hoops driven into the ground along a set course to touch a wooden peg a the end as the goal. Even small children can have great fun playing this game (although rules won’t matter quite as much).


  • Cornhole. Everyone adores cornhole, and it’s another game that has been around a while. It has many names, depending on where you are, from Bean Bag Toss to Indiana Horseshoes, but whatever you call it, it’s a lot of fun for all ages. It’s said to have originated in Germany in the 14th century and then rediscovered in the Kentucky hills during the last century, but no one knows for sure. Using wooden boxes called platforms with six holes to pitch into, players toss small bags of corn and attempt to land them inside those holes. A corn bag in the hole wins 3 points, while one on the platform gets a player one point. The winner is the player that reaches 21 points first.


  • Bocce Ball. This game is a bit more complicated, but it’s still one that will bring your reception guests great enjoyment. It’s also the oldest of the three, by far. As early as 5000 B.C. the Egyptians played a form of bocce with polished rocks, while images of figures tossing a ball or polished stone have been recorded as early as 5200 B.C. The basic goal of bocce is to roll your ball(s) as close as you can to the pallino ball (or jack ball) which is placed at the far end of the court. Bocce can be played on most surfaces, although grass or sand are best. The court should be 60 feet long by 12 feet wide, but its size can be accommodated to fit the space available, if necessary. If there is one player per team, players get four balls, while two players get two balls and four players get one. The game is called after all the balls are thrown, and the owner of the ball closest to the pallino wins. There are more in-depth rules available, if the reader wants to research further here: Bocce Ball for adult level play.

Here at Grand Central Party, we love a celebration! Call us today at (615) 868 3747, and let’s start planning your big bash!

Wedding Favors Your Guests Will Love

September 20, 2018 by Grand Central Party

Sharing your wedding day with your friends and family is one of the best things about this most special of all celebrations. Looking across the room and seeing the faces of people you care about makes your heart warm, and you will want to share something with every person that shows them just how much you appreciate them. Giving your guests favors to take with them in honor of the day is one way you can express your love and thanks.

Here are some ideas for wedding favors that your guests will love:

  • SWEETS. Nashville is home to some signature sweets, and sending your guests home with some creations that can only be found in Music City will wow them. Set aside a day to visit some of the businesses in the area that produce these treats, and ask for samples or maybe a tasting session so that you can select the very best.
  • SOMETHING PERSONAL. Stemless wine glasses that are engraved with your names and the date can be a great addition to your table settings and a gift that your guests will treasure forever. Mason jars are also a great choice for a country wedding theme.
  • GROWING THINGS. Everyone loves succulents, so giving the gift of a live succulent plant can be a wedding favor that your guests will truly enjoy for a long time to come. Tennessee wildflower seeds prettily packaged is another way you can send some love home.
  • LOCAL HONEY. How about some local honey for your guests? Everyone knows about the benefits of eating local honey, so this would be a thoughtful way to show how much you care.
  • INSTAGRAM. Create an Instagram account just for your wedding day and come up with your own hashtag. Your friends and family can be a part of the fun by sharing memories, thoughts, best wishes and photos with the whole gang. Single-use cameras are a blast, too, and with everyone joining the photo shoot, you will certainly end up with memorable images. Your guests will be giving and receiving loving words and precious images for a long time to come.
  • DRINKABLES. With breweries and distilleries abounding in the Nashville area, gifts from this industry will make great wedding favors. From a tiny bottle of whisky produced in Tennessee to some genuine moonshine in a Mason jar, your guests will enjoy the thought!

At Grand Central Party, it’s all about a celebration! Let us help you put together the get together of your dreams. Visit our website, or call us today at (615) 868 3747.

Top DIY Projects for Your Nashville Wedding

September 13, 2018 by Grand Central Party

Your wedding day is going to be special to both you, your partner and all your loved ones, just because it’s your day! It will also be a day that will be captured forever in both memories and photos, so you will want it to be unique to you and your partner in every way possible. One way to create a wedding day that fits you perfectly is to…..Do It Yourself!

It’s all the rage these days to DIY because it gives you complete control over every aspect of your celebration or party, if you want it, and it allows you to express exactly who you are in many ways. Maybe you and your partner are movie buffs or Comic-Con addicts; planning your wedding around your very most favorite characters will be such fun, and something only a true fan could do correctly! Or maybe you are history buffs and it’s always been a dream of yours to have a wedding that is straight out of medieval times – you are the expert, so you can make it happen in a way that no one else could.

Here are some top DIY project ideas for your Nashville wedding that can help inspire you.

  • SAVE THE DATE/INVITATIONS. To announce the big day, you can come up with unique and personal save-the-date creations that fit your theme. Coasters, fridge magnets, or cards that you have made yourself with lifetime photos of you and your partner will become keepsakes for the invitees.
  • FLOWERS. Nashville is all about using local resources, so using some Tennessee wildflowers could be the perfect touch. Pick them the day before, either out in the country or at a local flower farm, keep them in buckets of water overnight, and tie them together with twine a few hours before the ceremony starts.
  • WEDDING FAVORS. The sky’s the limit here when it comes to your wedding favors. You can give everything from homemade candles in scents that match your theme to locally produced soaps and honeys. If you are artistic, you can create pieces for each of your guests that express your talent and love, such as tiny canvases complete with their own easel, for example.
  • CAKE. Does it have to be cake? Cupcakes, macarons, and cookies are sweet substitutes these days, and a tasteful tower of these treats can make for amazing photos. Do you have a precious family recipe that you would love to share on this most special of all days? You can bake your chosen dessert in advance and refrigerate or freeze according to directions ahead of the scheduled day.

Here at Grand Central Party Rental, we love a good party! Call us today about your Nashville wedding: (615) 868 3747