Monday, March 26, 2012

Summer Grilling

One of our favorite things to put on a summer station-style menu is kabobs.
I love this idea from Pinterest via so much that we might just have to add it to our menu...
Potatoes, Shrimp, Sausage and Corn on the Cob - yum!

Friday, March 23, 2012

My Favorite Little Fashion Accessory

So, as I might have mentioned in one of my previous posts a while back, everyone I know is getting married...I mean everyone. In total, I attended 10 weddings this year, about half a dozen bridal showers, a handful of bachelorette parties and engagement parties, rehearsal dinners and brunches. That is a lot of events....and a LOT of outfits! Thankfully, at my best friend's engagement party last January, I discovered my NEW best friend...Rent the Runway. The Bride-to-Be wore an absolutely stunning purple Yigal Azrouƫl dress that retails at $1,100, which she rented for $150. My BFF happens to be a barbie doll and would look amazing in a paper bag, so I was skeptical about trying out the service myself, but I have to say, I have not been disappointed!

Anyone who has had the fortune of running into me while I am wearing one of my rented emsembles has probably already gotten an earful on how much I love this website. In all honesty, I might have to write to Jen and Jenny from RTR and ask for a referral fee! Now it's your turn to hear my schpeel...

Rent the Runway offers a variety of designer dress, handbag, shoe and accessory rentals for 4-8 days, perfect for a short trip, Wedding or event! Some of these dresses retail for big $$$, but can be rented for as little as $50!!! Not sure of your size? Read the reviews from other women who have rented the specific dress you are interested in, then rent the size that you think you'll fit into (and be honest with yourself about your true size!), plus a second size for free, plus a completely different back up dress for as little as $25, in 2 sizes as well! Nothing from your order fits? Mail it back within 24 hours and RTR will give you a credit for your next order. The orders are mailed to you in a garment bag (which you can keep), and they are drycleaned, and ready to be worn. After you've worn it/them, just pop the dress in the mail in the pre-paid envelope and you're all set! How can you beat that?!

If you are like me, you never wear the same dress twice, so spending a lot of money on something I'll only wear once makes me cringe. This site allows me to spice up my wardrobe without spending a ton of money. Next time you have an event to go to, and nothing to wear, check out this site. I hope you all love it as much as I do!

Here are a few of my favorite rentals so far:
-This gorgeous teal draped dress from Theory - wore this to a Bridal Shower in late Spring with black tights and a black cardigan.
-Form-fitting Gold Nicole Miller dress - wore this to a formal Rehearsal Dinner in NYC and received a ton of compliments on it!

Happy Renting!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Who's Hungry?

At Coastal Gourmet, the most important things to us is the quality and presentation of our food; along with, of course the overall taste! We pride ourselves in using only the freshest ingredients and gourmet food. While the summer might seem far away, it is this time of year that all of the details are starting to fall into place for our 2012 summer brides- beginning with wedding menu tastings.
A few pointers for you before you embark on your food tasting:

EAT BEFORE YOU GO TO A TASTING
This is something you might not think of doing, but keep in mind that almost anything tastes good when you are hungry. Remember that the purpose of a wedding tasting is to get a small sample of the dishes to be served at your wedding. Try not to fill up on one dish, so you can save room to sample others. A couple of bites is enough to determine whether or not you like the taste.

TRY TO BE ADVENTUROUS
The main objective at a wedding tasting is to ensure that you like what is being offered at your wedding. However, I'm sure there are items that you know that you already like, so why not try something that you are unsure of? We might make the best mashed potatoes, but most people know what mashed potatoes taste like already, so why not try our parmesan herb risotto cakes?
A great thing about Coastal Gourmet is that you can always go into one of our Mystic Markets or restaurants and try something on your own. Order the mashed potatoes with your next steak dinner at Latitude 41, and try our parmesan herb risotto cakes at your tasting! Which takes me to my next point...

BE FLEXIBLE
You don't have to choose anything that you and your fiance don't care for, but be flexible enough to consider a dish that you might not have initially chosen. A menu item that you wouldn't usually consider might be prepared in a new way that appeals to you, and could just turn out to be your new favorite meal!

DONT BRING A LARGE GROUP
It's fun to bring your parents or your future in-laws if they are paying for your wedding or have a strong influence on the menu choices, but we suggest limiting your crowd at the tasting. While you want everyone to enjoy the ultimate wedding celebration, the day really belongs to the bride & groom, and part of that is planning the day. With to many opinions at the table, it's sometimes difficult to get a clear idea of what the bride & groom actually like and want for their wedding. Treat the tasting like a date night out for you and your fiance, where you can relax and try fabulous food without the pressures of other people being there.

KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR BUDGET
Don't be afraid to speak with your catering sales coordinator to discuss about what menu items work best within your budget. Lobster tails and filet mignon might have been in the wedding of your dreams, but your prefrences might not match your wallet. You event coordinator will be able to suggest delicious alternatives to some higher priced items that will fit perfectly with your budget. We can also suggest different styles of service, or possibly serving fewer courses for a less expensive menu.

TAKE NOTES
Bring a notepad to the tasting. Take notes on how the food not only looks and tastes, but it's overall presentation. You can use this information to discuss items of interest with your event coordinator at your menu & detail meeting.

Photography Credits:
Scallops & Tuna Hors'd: Maggie Conley Photography
Scallops Entree: Orchard Cove Photography
Salmon & Filet Entree: Seth Jacobson Photography

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Splurge A Little

Who wouldn't want these gorgeous shoes to show off, especially on your Wedding Day?  Why, not it's all about you...so splurge!

Shop Matriana Shoes for your something NEW!

Coastal Weddings: Sarina & Chris


Photographer: RedDoor Studios
Videographer: Wedding Stories RI
Flowers: Golden Gate Studios, RI
Wedding Cake: Mystic Market