Before I became engaged, I told everyone that if I were to get married it would not be a big deal; a clean and simple ceremony is all we would need.About 2 weeks afterwards I had signed up to most wedding blogs; and my head began to spin with all the possibilities!
There was so much to do... choosing the dress, the venue, the entertainment and most importantly the food. Also, you want to make the day as personal and unique as possible without breaking the bank.
I really wanted to make, bake or create something for my 120 guests and my criteria was:
1. I needed to be able to prepare it in advance so it does not obstruct my last minute preparations
2. It was not allowed to cost more than £50
3. It had to be something fun; and memorable.
Then we had the idea to make our own flavoured vodka, and have our guests take a shot, which would reveal their table number at the bottom of the glass. It was also suppose to mark the start of the fun part of the celebration.
So about 2 months before the wedding we prepared our homemade strawberry vodka. Our cupboards were filled with jars of vodka soaked strawberries. We bought some cheap plastic shot glasses from Ebay and labelled them with each guest's name. At the bottom of each glass we put another label with the table number.
Just before you accuse me of forcing people to binge drink not everyone had to have a vodka shot. For the children and non-alcohol drinkers we served some Swedish blueberry juice instead and it was still lots of fun.
At the entry to the dining room we set up a table and put all the shot glasses in alphabetical order. This little activity before the dinner was also great opportunity to see all of our guests again.
750 ml is enough for about 25 shots. You want to have fun not make all your guests unconsciously drunk!
For the budget bride I will give you a breakdown of costs.
750 ml vodka bottle = £8 (we used 3)
1kg Strawberries = £6
100 shot glasses = £7
Stickers = £3
PS. Do not throw away the vodka infused strawberries they taste great with vanilla ice cream... or in my homemade banana and vodka strawberry ice cream which I will share with you soon.
Strawberry Vodka Shots as a Wedding Table Plan
- 75 ml vodka
- 500 g strawberries I tried both frozen and fresh and they both work well
- 3 table spoons white sugar
- 1 Coffee Filter or Cheese Cloth
- Large sterilized jars with lids to fill them in.
- If using fresh strawberries wash them, remove the leaves and cut into quarters.
- Place them into the jars and pour vodka into them.
- Add a table spoons sugar in each jar
- Make sure you close the lid firmly and leave to infuse in a dry, dark place. (kitchen cupboard will do it)
- Leave for 7-10 days.
- Strain the vodka with a cheese cloth to get rid of all the little bits. (If you do not have one then a fine sieve or even a coffee filter will do).
- Pour into your (sterilized) bottle of choice.
- The bottle should keep up to a year in your cupboard ready for use.