We saw these guys a week ago, but y'all had questions about their “Shenanigans Box” mention, and Liv dished the details…
Once our reception got into full swing, we whipped out what we call “The Shenanigans Box.” The shenanigans box is a staple among our big family of friends. Whenever we throw parties or go out to karaoke bars, etc., we bring a giant box of silly adornments — blow-up toys, silly hats, funny glasses, and glow sticks. It makes ALL of our photos look ridiculous in the best way. I wanted this to be part of our wedding party as well.
I employed a few strategies for a successful shenanigans box:
- The items are super-easy to put on and take off.
- IMPORTANT: Ask a core group of people who you KNOW will wear the stuff to open the box when the dancing starts, and then to gently encourage more reluctant party-goers that it's ok to let loose and enjoy.
- When considering how much to bring, my rule of thumb was two silly items per guest. A lot of the guests won't want to wear silly things, but some will want to go crazy. This number worked well.
- They can serve as keep-sakes for guests, but have a designated Shenanigans Master to collect any stuff left over afterwards to keep for future celebrations if you like.
For the wedding, I put together the following items, staying within a loose “fancy” theme, and wedding color palette. This is great for idea-stealing because whatever your own party-style is, you can usually match a the main theme with silly-version costume items when its time to party. Vintage, beach, cowboy, horror, renfaire, etc…
Here's what I used for mine:
- Fancy hats: crowns, jester hats, top hats, fedoras, tiaras
- Silly glasses: Giant glasses, shutter shades
- Glow-stuff: Connectable glow strands in the wedding colors, mouth-piece LEDs
- Blow-up toys: guitars, boombox (these wound up being really popular, particularly with kids)
- Bling: Strands of mardi gras beads in the wedding colors, giant fake gem rings
- Rainbow suspenders
To get ideas for a shenanigan's box, stop at your local party store. But buying there can get expensive, especially if you plan to have a lot of guests. I used it mostly for inspiration. Then I went to Oriental Trading and bought TONS of stuff for way cheaper.