Reception Fun with Fortune Tellers

by Lotoya Vongrechin on December 19, 2012

Hi, everyone! Shannon here from Sage & Time Designs. I’d like to share with you a great icebreaker idea for a wedding reception or your next cocktail party.

As a child, I made “cootie catchers” all the time in school. Also known as “fortune tellers,” they were a form of origami my friends and I created and played with to predict our futures. Inside we wrote the names of boys we had crushes on, how many kids we would have one day, as well as possible careers. The player asked a question, then the “operator” or “holder” used a formula of numbers to switch the folded paper back and forth to reveal the answer.

Now that we’re all grown up, I’m seeing fortune tellers used as conversation starters and favors at weddings. Beautiful examples are depicted in the collage below, and a great template is available to here that will walk you through the creation process, from start to finish.

VA Blog Post 121 - Fortune Teller

What goes inside? How about trivia questions about the happy couple’s courtship? For example, the holder might land on a question such as “Where did the bride and groom go on their first date?” and the other guests at the table could shout out answers. Or, you could simply share some fun facts about the day’s event, such as “Ann & Tom will listen to “At Last” for their first dance tonight.” What a fun way to help strangers get acquainted and kick off the party!

Note: Many of your guests may not be familiar with how to use fortune tellers. Here are instructions on “How to Play”.  Be sure to leave a direction sheet at each table.

M. Shannon Hernandez, founder and lead designer of Sage & Time Designs, is a stationery designer in Brooklyn, New York. She works closely with clients and event planners across the world to design handcrafted and custom stationery for their personal and social lives. Her truly unique products help set the tone for important events. You can learn more about Shannon on the Sage & Time Designs blog, on Facebook at Sage & Time Designs and Twitter @SageTimeDesigns.

Photo credit: Getting hitched, Wedding date, Sam & Ness

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