Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Bridal Buzz

The Summer wedding season might be kicking off in a few short months, but in the wedding industry RIGHT NOW is crunch time. We have been happily consumed with menu and detail appointments for our 2012 Weddings and hope that now that the details are done, our busy brides can take some time to relax and enjoy the ride!
We have enjoyed receiving all of your Invitations and Save-the-Dates for the upcoming nuptials and celebrations this year. We are constantly inspired by our creative clients - keep 'em coming!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Did Someone Say Pizza?

Our Coastal Gourmet flatbread pizza stations have always been popular for events, and lately I've been thinking about how much I loved Pizza Parties as a kid. For me, it would be a Friday night and the scene would be set with the likes of Cyndi Lauper and Pat Benatar, (along with other legends from the 80's) humming in the background. All of my friends would come over, the soda would be flowing, and if we were lucky, someone's mom brought ice cream. Nostalgia recently got the best of me, and I decided to host a good ole' fashioned Pizza Party at home- with a grown up twist! Instead of ordering out, I decided to have my guests join in the fun of cooking and we came up with the idea that we would each create our own unique pizzas. If you ask me, the best parties are interactive; it sets a fun, casual tone, and encourages more mingling amongst guests. Glass of wine in hand(we traded in the traditional soda of my youth), and set out to make some delicious pies that would have given the local pizza joint a run for their money.

Here is what I did for my party, and some suggestions for hosting your own "Grown Up Pizza Party":

I set everything out on the counter, and let my guests work in pairs, creating their own personal sized magical masterpieces. Having only one oven, we cooked each pizza one by one, and we sampled each one as they came out of the oven.

Homemade Pizza Dough- it's not as hard as you might think! Check out this easy recipe I used. You can also pick some up at your local grocery store too.

Pizza Sauce- I used this recipe that calls for tomato paste, sauce, oregano, garlic & paprika. Feel free to feel adventurous and add your own twist! I also put out some pesto, as an alternative for the traditional red sauce.

Cheeses- I stocked up on shredded mozzarella, asiago & parmesan

Toppings- Here is where things got fun! I put out pepperoni, proscuitto, spinach, fresh basil, tomato slices, grilled chicken, olives, sundried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, onions, artichoke hearts, mushrooms and threw in a surprise with some anchovies. (I was curious who would actually be brave enough to use these!)

For the wine, I had a simple chianti for the red and one of my guests brought an Australian Chardonnay... both went great with the menu!

The last bit that pulled the entire event together was the dessert. You didn't think I forgot about that ice cream, did you?! We all made rootbeer floats and proceeded to pass out in a food coma on the couch in front of the latest chick flick. I couldn't have asked for a better evening!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Future is Looking Bright

I am happy to report that this year the trending spring wedding colors are looking bright! Gone are the pastel pinks, purples and greens. They have been replaced for the 2011 season with beautifully vibrant colors. Shades of Hot Pink, Mauve, Gold, Red & Violet are all in abundance. The trick to tie all of your colors together to create a collective whole is to show a hint of your theme throughout your wedding accessories. Brides are finding unique ways to incorperate their colors into their wedding beyond just their reception linens and flowers.

Menu cards, invitations, place cards, menu, accessories and decorations are all expected to make a big mark on the wedding scene this Spring.

Here are some of my favorite inspiration boards for Spring: