I'm at a loss for what to do with a home reception. I am getting married in California with 25 guests at a gorgeous remote Inn on the ocean. We are having a brunch reception with lawn games, ipod hooked up to the Inn's speakers, plus a BBQ at night around the fire.
We were not planning on a home reception, but my fiance's mother wants to throw us a reception back home. I didn't want to say no because, well, she's my future mother-in-law and it would make her happy. I'm regretting that decision but it's too late and I don't want to deal with the drama it would create. I'm having a hard time trying to figure out what kind of reception to have. We do not want the traditional reception with a DJ and dancing and buffet style dinner. That's why we wanted a destination wedding, we're both quiet, more introverted, which is why we didn't want the traditional wedding. She does understand this and will throw the reception we want.
The issue is more timing, we are getting married in October, so she wants to throw a home reception in November, by the way, I live in Buffalo, NY. I would have done an outdoor picnic back home, but there is the issue of freezing temperatures and possible snow. With the way our winters have been going it could be 60 or 70 in November, but it's also possible to have 2 feet of snow or most likely cold drizzly frozen rain.
Does anyone have any ideas on what we can possibly do? I originally wanted some kind of casual party at an old lounge/bar with a few pool tables and maybe some other bar games. Unfortunately Buffalo is very limited on unique venues. I didn't want to do just a sit down dinner, I want people to have something to do.
Any ideas for a unique, indoor reception would help. Even if I get a regular venue but have something set up besides a dance floor, I just don't know what I could set up. Maybe just a brunch reception back home, again I don't know what to do for entertainment indoors that doesn't include a DJ and dancing.