Are you a soon-to-be-wed couple with roots in the South? Or you just love the storied culture of French-influenced New Orleans? Then, this wedding rehearsal dinner theme celebrating Cajun culture and cuisine could be just what you’re looking for. But we gave it a twist! We chose to present this with a unique blend of urban-chic and elegant touches of France. Come see how you can make it work and plan an at-home gathering with intimate friends and family! (*this post contains affiliate links)
Decor Elements for a New Orleans-inspired Theme
With thoughtfully chosen pieces like these, you can create a modern yet quaint ambiance that will make your rehearsal dinner truly memorable.
Set the tone for your pre-wedding event with stylized Fleur de Lis Newspaper invitations (1 – from Zazzle). At the event itself, welcome guests with a charming “Love Story” chalkboard sign (2 – by Savvy Style, via Save On Crafts) paired with a floral arrangement in a metal milk jug.
Then, wow guests with the perfect themed focal point—an “Awww Shucks!” Oyster Bar (3 – via Pretty My Party), featuring rustic wood and metal serve ware and display stands for a trendy urban-chic vibe.
On the guest tables, provide elegant yet eclectic touches like Fleur de Lis china (4 – from Stoneware and Co.) coupled with personalized Fleur de Lis cocktail napkins (5 – from Zazzle) and ornate Moroccan-style lanterns for some romantic candlelight (7 – Bellenza). Finally, give guests something spicy to take home with Cajun spice jars that you can DIY (6 – from Dollar Tree)
A Cajun-inspired Menu: Appetizers, Entrees, Dessert & a Drink
Let us whet your appetite with these Cajun cuisine choices for your rehearsal dinner menu. Such a celebration of seafood, spices and sweetness, too!
For appetizers, try these tempting Spicy Seasoned Oyster Crackers (1 – from Don’t Sweat the Recipe) and Cajun Spiced Deviled Eggs (3 – from Now Cook This). These Cajun Shrimp Lettuce Wraps (4 – from Sandra’s Easy Cooking), Cajun Crab Cakes (2 – from All Recipes), and New Orleans-style Chicken Wings (5 – from McCormick) are also sure to be eaten in no time!
Have a festive chicken gumbo soup bar together with entree options like Cajun fried catfish, Cajun-style ratatouille, and dirty rice with Andouille sausage.
And to balance all the spiciness, treat guests to the sweetness of iconic New Orleans Beignets (6 – from Brown-eyed Baker) and glasses of ice-cold Cajun Peach Lemonade (7 – from How Sweet Eats). For a final sweet touch, present guests with a delightful Berry Lemon Curd Cake (8 – via Love and Buttercream) topped with French macarons, of course!
Now, this promises to be one amazing pre-wedding event, don’t you agree?