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Engagement Parties Set the Stage for a Beautiful Wedding

Congratulations! You are engaged! Your engagement can set off a series of amazing celebrations of the new life you and your fiance are embarking on. What better way to start off than by having a lovely engagement party in the months before your wedding?

Today’s engagement parties are much different than they were in the past. While more formal “mini-weddings” have been all the rage in the past, the newest trends focus on casual, intimate affairs. This trend allows family and friends to mingle and get to know each other before the more formal wedding itself.

These more casual affairs can include a myriad of different types of parties. If you are hosting a warm weather engagement party, then a backyard barbeque or beach clambake can be a lot of fun. Encourage everyone to get to know each other with a friendly game of volleyball or bocce. Another great option is hosting an engagement brunch. From omelet stations to a variety of muffins and breakfast meats, a brunch can be a relaxing way to sit and enjoy each other’s company. A surprise party is another way to celebrate the engagement of the bride and groom. Plan well ahead and make sure that everyone knows it is a secret! Hosting the party at a local favorite restaurant is a wonderful way to share in the fun.

If family is a central theme to a wedding, then a family dinner can be the perfect way to spend with the couple. A lush dinner, served family style, of the favorite family dishes, but also of personalities. For a busy crowd, consider a casual dessert party. Tables filled with cakes, pie and flavored whipped cream, an ice cream sundae bar and a selection of homemade cookies can make for a fun evening. Consider a coffee bar to balance the sweetness of all of the desserts.

As you can see, there are so many trends in engagement parties. The only guideline is to make sure that it is fun and gives everyone a chance to get to know each other. For more information on engagement parties and innovative menus, contact Special Moments Catering today!

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Special Moments will handle all the details

Holiday Parties that Sparkle

The holiday season will be upon us before you know it! If you are planning a holiday celebration, then there are some things to think about as you begin to think about how to create a memorable Christmas, Hanukkah or New Year’s party. Consider these questions as you plan for your date:

What is your budget? Knowing your budget is one of the most critical things to know before you begin planning. Your budget is the item that will determine how many people you can invite, what kind of decorations you can purchase and the extent of the food service and selections. summer-wedding-cater.
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How many people do you want to invite? Planning a party for twenty or thirty people is a much different exercise than planning a party for one hundred or more. Make a list of the people you simply must have at your party and then create another list of the people you’d like to invite. For holiday parties, it is safe to assume that 80% of the people you invite will be able to attend.

Where are you having the party? If you are planning on having a large group or a mix of people that include both work and family, then you may want to consider a location outside of your home. Consider art galleries, zoos, and community centers as possible locations for your holiday party. A location outside of your home may mean that you do need to decorate as well.

Will you need help? If you are having a large party, then consider hiring help. Everything from professional bartender to teenagers who can help serve and wash dishes can make your holiday party a success and a much less stressful event for you.

What kind of food would you like to serve? There are so many options for holiday party food. Some parties are well-suited for a sit-down dinner, while others prefer a cocktail hour. Make sure to take into consideration any guest with a significant food allergy, vegetarians and children so that each of your guests leave happy and full.

Planning a holiday party that makes memories is not a difficult process. By asking yourself these questions you can develop a plan that will not only help you plan, but make the evening fun for you too.

As the premier catering service in North East Ohio,
Special Moments will handle all the details

Is it Your First Thanksgiving?

If you are a newly married couple, then you may desperately want to treat your family to a marvelous Thanksgiving meal. Knowing that Thanksiving can be a challenging dinner to host, here are some tips to help you ease the burden and enjoy your first Thanksgiving together.

Thanksgiving can be challenging with so many courses. From mashed potatoes to fried turkey, every family has their traditions. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the amount of food for one dinner, you are not alone.

Have everyone bring something. One solution to trying to manage all of the food necesary for Thanksgiving is to ask for help. A potluck Thanksgiving is a great way to share in the work. When you ask someone to bring food, be specific about what you need, otherwise you may end up with two sets of mashed potatoes and no sweet potatoes.

Choose a theme. Another way to organize your menu is around a theme. Every theme, whether southern, ethnic, or traditional, will help you to make food choices that everyone will enjoy.

Have a caterer prepare some dishes ahead that can be heated. If you are feeling really stressed by hosting your Thanksgiving meal, your Cleveland or Akron caterer can prepare either several dishes or the entire dinner for you. If you don’t want to have the caterer on-site serving the meal, you can ask them to make the dishes for you that can be warmed up at your home.

Have a pro handle the pies. Unless there is someone in your family who is well-versed in baking pies, have a bakery handle the pie preperation. Baking is a detail oriented job with tricky food chemistry. In order to avoid a disappointment, either practice your recipes ahead of time, or just pick up the phone to a local bakery or caterer for help.

Hosting your first Thanksgiving can be a really special time for family and friends. Take some of the stress off by asking people to bring specific items to contribute to the dinner and enlist the help of your local caterer or bakery. Enjoy this time together!