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More Fun Rehearsal Dinner Ideas

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Planning a rehearsal dinner does not have to be frustrating, or stressful, especially if you want to do something a little nontraditional. In the last post, we gave a little advice on a few out of the box ideas for your rehearsal dinner. These included a backyard cookout with karaoke, bowling, and heading out to a sporting event. Go back and read it here.

In part two we are going to suggest even more awesome ways you can have a fun and memorable rehearsal dinner event. If you’re in need of affordable, yet awesome, Raleigh event catering for your dinner or wedding reception, please give us a call. Our food, service, and prices will blow you away.

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More Fun Ideas for Rehearsal Dinners

Beach Party

If you’re having a summer wedding, then having a beach party or beach theme can be really fun and exciting. Can’t make it to the beach? Then transform your backyard into a tropical paradise. Hang hammocks in the backyard, serve fruity drinks with tiny umbrellas, and light some tiki torches for a nice touch. Have a light buffet to keep the guests up and moving about.

Golf Party

You can go all out for 18 holes or take it down a notch with putt putt, but a golfing party will definitely be a good time. If you cannot make it out to the course, head down to your local thrift store and purchase a few used putters. Set up putting greens, or a mini-golf course in your backyard. Give out prizes for a hole-in-one, and other fun categories like “worst putter.”

Casino Night

Another fun idea for a memorable rehearsal dinner is to have a casino night. Classic games like blackjack, roulette, and craps make for fun options. There are several inexpensive entertainment companies in the Triangle that can help you by providing professional dealers, chips, and all of the gaming equipment. Having dinner beforehand, or setting up a double sided buffet, is a good idea as most guests will not be sitting while playing these games. You can have fun prizes for all the big winners.

Hopefully these last two posts will help you plan an awesome summer wedding rehearsal dinner. If you need more ideas, or a great catering service, call the professionals at Catering by Design. Keep reading to learn more.

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Memorial Day is almost here and Catering by Design is ready to provide your family and friends with the best Raleigh event catering services available. We have a great menu that will fit any sized budget or type of event. We specialize in family, social, community, and corporate events as well as wedding receptions, birthdays, anniversaries, and more. You can also customize your catering menu, truly making your event “catering by your design”.

Give us a call soon to schedule either a delivery or full service catering.

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Fun Rehearsal Dinner Ideas

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Planning on getting married in the near future? Want to get away from the traditional, stuffy, sit-down rehearsal dinner? Can’t blame ya!

Over the course of the next two posts we’re going to give you some creative ideas that will make sure your rehearsal dinner is just as memorable as your wedding day! Are you in need of Raleigh caterers for your summer wedding reception? Call Catering by Design today! You’ll love our menu selections, prices and exceptional customer service.

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Fun Ideas for Rehearsal Dinners

Backyard BBQ and Cookout

I recently got married this past March and we totally went with this cost effective and fun idea. We had it a friend’s house who has a large backyard with a heated pool. Not only did we grill out, but we also had a potluck affair. Guests were not required to bring a covered dish or desert, but they could if they wanted to. It all stayed organized through the Facebook event we created for it. We also rented a karaoke machine, and had several outdoor games to play. The kids at the dinner even had their own play area so they wouldn’t be bothered by the adults.

Bowling Rehearsal Dinner

Your rehearsal dinner can literally be anything that you want it to be. You do not have to sit down at a fancy restaurant, all you really have to do is have some food and activities. Bowling is an idea that everyone should love. Most bowling alleys even have a kitchen or grill as well as an arcade. If you go this route, be sure to call ahead and reserve some private lanes or reserve an area where you can eat. Have pizza and beer at the alley or head to a local restaurant before or after bowling. Also keep an eye on the alley’s schedule to be sure there are not any tournament games.

Sports Night Out Rehearsal Dinner

Having a summer wedding is a great time of the year to have your rehearsal dinner at a sporting event. Why not go and check out The Durham Bulls? Even if you’re not really into baseball, you’ll have a great time because every trip to the stadium I’ve ever taken has been really entertaining. They even have private areas that you can rent.

We hope these tips will help you plan a fun rehearsal dinner that everyone will enjoy. Still need a few more ideas? Be sure to join us for part two to read more amazing themes and rehearsal dinner ideas.

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More Ways to Beat the Heat at Summer Weddings

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Summer weddings are a big deal in NC, but if you’re not planning for the hot temps then you’ll have some heated guests to deal with. Welcome back to our second post on how to keep your guests cool at a summer wedding.

If you’re just joining us, part one talked about the right time of day, ceremony length, menu, and more. Go back and read part one of these heat beating tips by clicking here.

In today’s post, we’re going to give you even more good advice that will help your guests be comfortable for your entire ceremony. For the best wedding caterers Raleigh NC has to offer, look no further than Catering by Design. You’ll love our food, flavors, and prices.

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More Ways to Beat the Heat at Summer Weddings

Keeping Everyone Cool

One of the biggest concerns you’ll have is how to keep your guests cool during your summer wedding celebration. There are several ways to do this, especially if you’re having an outdoor affair.

Shade – Keeping everyone out of the direct sun is a great place to start. As you’re setting everything up, be aware of how to use the natural shade provided by trees, buildings, and other elements. You should also have a few tents set up to make sure everyone can get out of the sun, and these tents will provide cover in case any rain showers pop up.

Cooling Devices – We suggest that you invest in several ways to cool your guests down. You have several options for this idea. You can set up several portable electric fans, rent a few portable air conditioners, give out handheld fans as wedding trinkets, and more.

Another cool idea is to set up a misting station. You can get these from Amazon and set them up yourself.

Ice Cold Beverages – You have to keep your guests hydrated if you want them to last until the end of your summer wedding reception. Therefore, you need to have many hydration stations set up. For the ceremony, have a cooler upfront so guests can grab some ice cold bottled water before finding their seat. When it’s time to dance, station buckets of cold beverages close to the action so guests do not have travel far to find quick relief.

Keep It Casual – Summer weddings and receptions should have a casual side. Be sure to let your guests know that they do not have to wear hot and stuffy clothes to your wedding. A casual affair is a comfortable one, especially during the hottest months of the year.

We hope these tips will help you plan a cool and comfortable summer wedding and reception. If you’re in need of affordable catering for your next event, keep reading to see how Catering by Design can help.

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Summer Weddings: Beating the Heat

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Planning a summer wedding this year? If so, you better be sure to take into account the hot summer temperatures. In North Carolina, the months of June through September can be pretty hot, regardless of what part of the state you’re in. That’s why you need to plan ahead and make sure you have everything covered so your big celebration doesn’t become an uncomfortable event.

Below you’ll find a few useful tips that you can use to make sure your family and other guests are comfortable during your summer wedding. If you are searching for the best Raleigh wedding catering, please call Catering by Design for an affordable option.

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Beating the Heat During Summer Weddings

Wedding Time and Ceremony Length

If you’re having a summer wedding, don’t schedule it right in the middle of the hottest part of the day. You could have it early in the morning, but we suggest pushing the time back to later in the day and closer to the evening. This way, you can have dinner at sunset on your wedding day. Also, do not have a long wedding ceremony. Try to keep it as short as possible so your guests are not sitting and baking.

Sunscreen Wedding Gifts

If you’re having an outdoor summer wedding at a venue with little natural shade, like a beach wedding, then a great wedding take-home gift could be miniature bottles of sunscreen. You can also DIY your own custom sunscreen spray bottles for each table. This is a great idea if your guests will be spending several hours out in the sun.

Seasonal Menu Choices

When planning out your menu, be sure to make sure it’s summer and event friendly. For instance, choosing to serve spicy food on a really hot day will not go over too well for anyone.

Be sure to join us for the next part of this series where we talk about even more great tips on how to beat the summer heat at weddings this season. For the best prices and services on catering in the Triangle, keep reading to see how Catering by Design can help.

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Grilling Out for Memorial Day? You’ll Love These Recipes!

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If you’re ready for summer and planning a Memorial Day cookout, having an awesome assortment of recipes at your fingertips will ensure your meal will be something everyone enjoys. As the official start to the summer season, there will also be lots of great fruits and veggies in season. Here’s a recent post that breaks down what kind of fresh produce you’ll find at the grocery store.

With these ingredients in mind, we found a few great grilling recipes that you should try out this year. Check them out and let us know how they taste in the comments below. If you’re in need of affordable, yet awesome, Raleigh event catering for this year’s Memorial Day please give us a call. Our food, service, and prices will blow you away.

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Memorial Day Grilling Recipes and Ideas

Grilled PeachesPeaches and other stone fruits will be readily available in the South, so take advantage and throw some on the grill. You can pair them with proteins like chicken or steak for a chutney effect, or use them strictly as a tasty dessert. We’ve linked a great recipe from Bobby Flay.

The Best Grilled CornAnother Memorial Day favorite for backyard grilling is this perfect corn on the cob recipe. This is a crowd favorite at any event, and you can prepare it in so many ways. You can leave the husk on, or wrap it in foil. Just be sure to have plenty of butter on hand.

Grilled Potatoes – Potatoes are also out in full force. You’ll find sweet, red, yellow, russet, and more types of potatoes at the grocery store. You can also grill these in so many different ways. You can get fancy and make a hassleback sweet potato, make a dish with grilled potatoes and onions wrapped in foil, or put them on a skewer. Men, and women, love their meat and potatoes so this idea will be a huge hit at any cookout.

If you’re planning on having a fun backyard BBQ for Memorial Day, we hope these recipe ideas will help you plan a great meal. If you want to relax this year, let Catering by Design do all the work. Keep reading to see how we can help.

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Memorial Day is almost here and Catering by Design is ready to provide your family and friends with the best Raleigh event catering services available. We have a great menu that will fit any sized budget or type of event. We specialize in family, social, community, and corporate events as well as wedding receptions, birthdays, anniversaries, and more. You can also customize your catering menu, truly making your event “catering by your design”.

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Spring Weddings | UNC Botanical Garden

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The North Carolina Botanical Garden, located in Chapel Hill, is a beautiful and unique place to get married and have your wedding reception. With several different spaces available, this venue can support large weddings and has intimate settings for smaller private affairs. If you’re looking for an outdoor space with lots of charm, be sure to click the link and check out their wedding packages.

We recently had the great pleasure of providing the food for an amazing wedding at the North Carolina Botanical Garden and wanted to share some amazing pictures. We want to wish the newlyweds, Lindsey and Chris, all the best and thank them for allowing us to help out and take part in their special day. If you’d like to see all the pictures from the wedding reception, check out our Pinterest gallery. If you are in need of affordable Raleigh wedding catering, contact Catering by Design. We offer free menu tastings for brides and grooms, a service some of our competitors charge for.

Highlights | North Carolina Botanical Garden

For cocktail hour, the guests were greeted with a Southern favorite, Fried Green Tomatoes with Roasted Sweet Pepper Aioli, along with a colorful tray of Imported and Domestic Cheeses with Assorted Gourmet Crackers garnished with Seasonal Fruits.

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For dinner, the buffet started with a beautiful spring salad consisting of Crisp Romaine with Fresh Strawberries, Feta Cheese, and Walnuts Tossed in our Tangy Balsamic Basil Vinaigrette dressing.

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We also served these Lightly Seasoned Green Beans, which paired wonderfully with the carving station.

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One of the menu favorites was this interactive Creamy Mac and Cheese Bar. Toppings for the station included: Shredded Cheddar Cheese, Blue Cheese Crumbles, Fresh Cut Chives and Bacon Bits, Diced Smoked Ham, Fresh Green Onions, and Diced Fresh Tomatoes.

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Anchoring the dinner buffet was Chef James manning the Carving Station. Guests enjoyed this tender BBQ Beef Brisket which was served with Fresh Assorted Rolls and Sweet Cornbread. For dessert, everyone enjoyed the lovely and delicious wedding cake.

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What’s in Season? Memorial Day Fruits and Veggies

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Memorial Day is Monday, May 30th so enjoy that three day weekend and celebrate! If you plan on having a cookout for your friends and family, it might be wise to know what’s going to be in season and in stock at your local grocery store.

In today’s post, we’re going to fill you in on all of the fresh fruits and vegetables you can expect to find. If you need affordable holiday catering Raleigh NC services for your Memorial Day event, give us a call today. You’ll love our prices, food, and great customer service.

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Fruits and Veggies That Are In-Season Around Memorial Day

Fresh Berries – If you love fresh berries, then you’ll love the fact that most of them are in full production by the end of May and early June. Strawberries and blueberries will be abundant with raspberries and blackberries ramping up. Great for all of your dessert needs for your Memorial Day BBQ.

Memorial Day Melons – Just like with summer veggies, the summer melons will also be making the transition to full production mode. You’ll find all of your favorites like watermelon, honeydew melon, and cantaloupe.

Mushrooms – For that earthy taste, enjoy the abundant amount of mushrooms that should be available. These fun guys – get it? – are great for throwing on the grill, using in pasta dishes, and pair well with meats. With decent temperatures, there should be all sorts of mushrooms available by the end of May.

Potatoes – By the time we get to Memorial Day, farmers everywhere in the US will be digging potatoes. Red, rose, white, yellow and russet potatoes will be at their peak with flavor and production.

Corn – Another Memorial Day favorite is corn. You’ll find better prices and more availability as it comes into season.

We hope today’s post helps you get a better feel for all the fresh produce that’s in-season for the unofficial start to the summer season. Just keep in mind, this is just a partial list. If you’ve got a few good summer recipes to use with these fruits and veggies, please list them in the comments below.

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What Does Mom Want for Mother’s Day?

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Mother’s Day is right around the corner. If you have not already gotten your gift or big day planned, then you’ll love these next two posts. The big question we all have is what to get mom this year. What do you get her when she has everything she needs? Well, according to a recent survey by RetailMeNot, what mom really wants might surprise you.

In today’s post, we’re going to break down this survey so you’ll know how to better plan for Mother’s Day 2016, and beyond. Are you in need of Raleigh caterers for an event you’re planning? Call Catering by Design today! You’ll love our menu selections, prices and exceptional customer service.

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What Mom Wants for Mother’s Day

Research says that Mother’s Day and Christmas are the two largest money spending holidays each year. The National Retail Federation estimates that Americans spent over $170.00 on average for mom in 2015. That’s a lot of flowers and candy! But what does mom really want?

RetailMeNot conducted a nationwide survey of over 1,000 moms, and found moms really want to spend time with their families and have a nice meal (25%). You might be surprised to find out that she doesn’t want new electronics, cookware, clothing, or even a day at the spa. Shocking, I know! These gifts are better served during birthdays and other holidays. The other high ranking gifts on the survey included gift cards (16%), and the day off (13%). Furthermore, she loves gifts with meaning so a cute DIY project will work as well.

However, don’t be discouraged or freaked out if you’ve already gotten your mom one of these gifts above, just make sure you throw in a nice meal and everything should be all good! A great way to give mom the meal she’s always dreamed of is by calling Catering by Design. We’ve got menus that she will absolutely love. Keep reading to find out how we can help.

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DIY Gifts for Mom

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Mother’s Day is this upcoming weekend and if you’re running behind on gift shopping, then you’re going to love this post. Moms everywhere love thoughtful and meaningful gifts, so why not make her something she not only will love, but can also use?

In today’s post, we are going to highlight some of the easiest and most popular gifts that you can make at home. If you’re in need of affordable, yet awesome, Raleigh event catering for Mother’s Day please give us a call. Our food, service, and prices will blow you away.

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Easy DIY Gifts for Mom

Garden Kid’s Stepping Stone
If you have children, or more importantly, if your Mom is also a grandmother, then she’ll love this idea – and so will your kids. Make a garden stepping stone complete with your kid’s handprints, and other things that are special to your mom and your kids. For some great instructions, click here.

Chalkboard Flower Pots
Does your mom like to garden? If so then here is another quick and easy gift idea. All you have to do is buy some inexpensive terracotta pots, some flowers or herbs, and chalkboard paint. Here’s a really easy to follow guide on how to nail this craft project.

Decoupage Photo and Quote Cans
Does mom spend a lot of time at work? Does she have a home office or reading room? This personalized gift is simple and easy, and can be decorated in millions of ways. These custom cans make the perfect desk organizer. It will brighten her day every time she looks at it. Just follow these easy steps.

If you need some more ideas, check out this post. It has information from a survey from over 1,000 moms across the nation on their favorite gifts.

We hope these last two posts help you with your Mother’s Day planning. Even if you cannot be there in person, a gift like this will warm her heart. Also be sure to wish her a happy day this year! Did you know that Catering by Design can also help you plan a special Mother’s Day event? Keep reading to find out how.

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Mother’s Day is here and Catering by Design is ready to provide your family and friends with the best Raleigh event catering services available. We have a great menu that will fit any sized budget or type of event. We specialize in family, social, community, and corporate events as well as wedding receptions, birthdays, anniversaries, and more. You can also customize your catering menu, truly making your event “catering by your design”.

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Spring Weddings at The Fair Barn

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The Fair Barn, located in Pinehurst, is the oldest surviving early twentieth-century fair exhibition hall in the state of North Carolina. Built in 1917 for the Sandhills’ Fair, it’s now one of the premier multi-use event centers for this area.

We recently had the great pleasure of providing the food for an amazing wedding at The Fair Barn and wanted to share some amazing pictures. We want to wish the newlyweds, Emily and Andrew, all the best and thank them for allowing us to help out and take part in their special day. If you’d like to see all the pictures from the wedding reception, check out our Pinterest gallery. When you need affordable Raleigh wedding catering, contact Catering by Design. We offer free menu tastings, a service some of our competitors charge for.

The Fair Barn Wedding Highlights

For the cocktail hour, we started our hungry guests off with a beautiful spread of stationary Hors d’ Oeuvres featuring Spanikopita, Beef Wrapped Portobello with a Sesame Ginger Demi Glaze, and our famous Grilled Chicken, Mango and Cilantro stuffed Toasted Phyllo Cups.

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Then after the wedding party was announced, the first dance, and the blessing, dinner was served. The dinner buffet was led by a spring salad full of fresh Baby Greens with Toasted Walnuts, Mandarin Oranges and Dried Cranberries that was tossed in a light Citrus Vinaigrette.

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Next were the sides. These consisted of a beautiful tray of Hot Marinated Grilled Vegetables that featured Broccoli, Squash, Mushrooms, and Green and Red Peppers.

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The other side was this creamy Penne Pasta dish. It was tossed with Spinach, Roasted Peppers and a Basil Cream Sauce.

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The dinner buffet was anchored by our Chicken Breast Stuffed with Portobello, Sun Dried Tomatoes and Vermont White Cheddar, along with a Carving Station that featured a Rosemary Roasted NY Strip Loin. The NY Strip was served with a Balsamic Onion Marmalade, Horseradish and Whole Grain Mustard Sauce, as well as Assorted Rolls and Butter.

The guests enjoyed wedding cake for dessert. Thanks again to Emily and Andrew for choosing Catering by Design and for allowing us to serve your family. When you need the best catering for life’s grand occasions, let our friendly staff help you out. Keep reading to learn more.

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We love being able to serve such wonderful families and be a part of these big days and life changing events. If you need the very best in Raleigh wedding catering, please consider Catering by Design. Our wedding menus can fit any budget and we offer free tastings. Call us today or just drop by our kitchen to find out more.

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