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Hello Pumpkin! Fall Flavor Inspiration

Posted on November 18th, 2011 by annalemberger

Pumpkin is a quintessential fall flavor, and pumpkin pie is one of my favorite ways to use this versatile orange squash. While I crave the classics, there are some amazing and unique ways to use pumpkin flavors and smells beyond a fresh baked pie. Whether you’re getting ready for a fall-infused wedding reception, planning a festive party with friends or just want to mix it up at your Thanksgiving dinner, let these pumpkin creations dominate the senses.  Read more »

Simple Wedding Reception Menus: Buffet Bars Part 2

Posted on November 12th, 2010 by Mandy Webster

In my last Simple Wedding Reception Menus post, I discussed some of the many options available for a wedding buffet. As usual, I got a little long winded and had to cut myself short. So today, I will finish up this discussion by telling you all about a couple of the latest trends in wedding buffets: the dessert buffet and the brunch reception.

Photo Wedding Cake Topper

This photo wedding cake tTopper will look adorable atop a pile of cupcakes on your dessert buffet.

A while back, I was discussing wedding dessert menus with some Facebook friends, and pies were suggested in place of wedding cakes. A distant cousin, Jennifer, says, “I think if I ever get married, I’m going to have wedding cupcakes…”

Wedding cupcakes have actually become fairly common in recent years. And, I think a cupcake bar would be really cute in place of the traditional wedding cake. With a cupcake bar, you could offer several different flavors of both cake and frosting. The cakes can be arranged in tiers with a traditional wedding cake topper on the top tier. Read more »

Simple Wedding Reception Menus: Buffet Bars Part 1

Posted on November 9th, 2010 by Mandy Webster

Wedding reception menus and event catering seem to be a major topic of conversation within my circle lately. Over the summer, my cousin’s fiancée was discussing the menu for her upcoming nuptials, and my sister suggested a taco bar. I thought this was a great idea, which got me to thinking about what other types of foods could be served up in the same way. It’s easy to please everyone with these easy recipes, as the foods are provided in a buffet style where your wedding guests may build their own main course.

Fancy wedding buffet warmersA taco bar can be a relatively quick and easy menu for the do it yourself bride. The food can easily be prepared ahead, with the taco meats being reheated just prior to serving. Provide a couple of different types of meat, including chicken, steak and pork along with the traditional ground beef. Some guests will expect hard shells for their tacos while others prefer soft shells in the form of either flour or corn tortillas. Another option is hard shelled salad bowls with plenty of lettuce for those who prefer to prepare a taco salad.

Then throw out a variety of ‘fixins’ in decorative serving dishes. Offer the basics, including chopped onions, tomatoes, shredded lettuce, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, a selection of shredded cheeses, refried beans and seasoned black beans. For sides, offer a couple of different types of rice, Calabacitas Guisada (Stewed Mexican Zucchini), Poblanos and a myriad of other authentic Mexican or TexMex dishes.

The pasta bar is another interesting catering idea your guests will love. Read more »

Country Club Wedding Menus: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Posted on November 3rd, 2010 by Mandy Webster

In my last Wedding Reception Menus post, I talked about some great, simple yet memorable wedding reception menus. But what happens when the wedding meal is memorable because it was bad? No one wants their guests to leave the reception whispering about how horrible the food was.

Ugly beach themed wedding cake

No bride wants her wedding cakes to be a flop! These cakes were created by the staff of a country club and were supposed to have the appearance of a sandy beach.

One unforgettable wedding reception for me was one that cost an outrageous amount of money, but is most memorable for its disasters. This reception was held at a country club that has a $10,000 minimum expenditure. All of the food was provided by the country club, so I was a little surprised at the disaster that was the wedding cakes. For her beach themed wedding, the bride had requested the cake to be decorated to look like a sandy beach. What she ended up with was an unappealing glob that appeared to have been frosted with peanut butter. Guests snickered and giggled, whispering that they hoped it wouldn’t taste as horrible as it looked.

It is so important to do your research when choosing a baker to create your wedding cake. And if you’re looking for a specialty cake, in most cases you do not want to hire a traditional baker at all. Instead, what you want is an experienced cake designer. Ask to see pictures of the designer’s previous work, as well as references from other couples he or she has worked with. The wedding cake is one of the main focal points of your wedding reception, so you do not want it to be a flop! Read more »

2011 Wedding Reception Trends

Posted on October 26th, 2010 by Mandy Webster

Brides are really shaking things up when planning their wedding receptions for spring of 2011. Creativity is king for the upcoming wedding season, so it’s time to put on your thinking caps and dream up some new ideas for your own special day.

Individual box wedding cakes in ivory with purple ribbon accents

Individual box shaped wedding cakes are another recently new trend.

One of the biggest changes our brides are making for next year is scrapping assigned seating. One way to do this is to set up your wedding reception in a lounge style rather than a formal dining room style. The lounge style reception hall is an excellent new wedding idea that offers a variety of seating areas where guests can easily mix and mingle without feeling tied to that one assigned seat. And you can really save your budget by cutting out those fancy, overpriced nameplates.

Those brides who are opting to stick with the traditional dining room for their wedding receptions are mixing things up by using tables in a variety of shapes and sizes paired with complementary, mismatched chairs, benches and stools.

If you want to cut some costs without ditching the nameplates, hold your wedding reception at brunch time. You can really turn the tables by serving brunch before the wedding ceremony instead of putting on a full-on night time reception with DJ and lighting. Brunch foods can be elegant without breaking the bank. Fill your guests’ tummies pre-ceremony, and serve up the cake afterward.

If you’re going to skip the evening wedding reception but would like guests to stick around for cake and mingling after the ceremony, set up a coffee bar and offer a variety of coffees to compliment your cake. After-parties are another hot wedding planning trend for 2011. Many wedding planning experts are suggesting cognac bars with personalized cigars offered in a semi-casual, yet elegant lounge setting.

For those who would like to stick with the traditional evening wedding reception, wedding planners are turning more and more to DJs rather than piano players or bands. And, many brides are purchasing a 2nd, more casual bridal gown to change into for the reception.

If you plan to spare no expense for your wedding, then this last wedding planning trend may be just the thing. More and more, brides and grooms are opting for the weekend long bridal extravaganza as opposed to limiting their wedding festivities to just one day. Read more »

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