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More Wedding Trend Mistakes to Avoid in 2019

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Believe it or not, there are some timeless and classic wedding trends. Using the wrong trends when planning your wedding can really date your big day when you take a look back in a few years. In our last post, we spoke about not using geometric ceremony backdrops, champagne towers, bad hashtags, bridesmaid dress colors, and more. Take a look at these wedding trends to avoid by clicking here. Below we’ll round out the series with a few more bad wedding trends to steer clear of in 2019. Do you need the best Raleigh NC wedding catering for a 2019 ceremony? Catering by Design can help you save time and money. Our clients love our fresh flavors, great customer service, and incredible catering packages. Don’t need full service? Ask us about our wedding catering delivery options.

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2019 Wedding Trends to Avoid

Naked Cakes

Naked cakes became really trendy with rustic wedding themes. We’re seeing them everywhere now. Naked cakes are too casual for elegant weddings. They just look unfinished, which, in a sense, they are supposed to be. Naked cakes also lack extra frosting causing the cake to prematurely dry out as well.

Oversized or Overcrowded Bridal Bouquets

Oversized bridal bouquets can look sloppy and be too big to hold and still look elegant. Smaller overcrowded bouquets look jam-packed and too compact. For a more elegant look, choose a loose and natural style with movement or a simple and refined arrangement.

Everything Overly Monogrammed

Using a monogram is classy and elegant. Overusing a monogram looks too repetitive. Avoid putting your monogram everywhere and on everything. Use your monogram sparingly, like on your wedding invites and cocktail napkins. Don’t make it the focal point of your decor and design elements.

Family Style Reception Meal

Having a family style meal for your rehearsal dinner is great. However, it can create problems for your reception meal. Large platters of food will overly crowd the table. This leaves very little room for your centerpieces. Furthermore, your wedding guests will be all dressed up in their fancy clothes. Don’t make them lift and pass food platters around the table to avoid a spill or accident.

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The Biggest Wedding Trend Mistakes to Avoid in 2019

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Planning a wedding is one of the most exciting times for brides-to-be. You want your wedding to have a timeless, contemporary, and fun feel. Accomplishing this isn’t an easy task. The trick is avoiding certain wedding trend mistakes. In this short series we’ll break down what we think you should avoid to ensure you’ll love looking back at your wedding day forever. For the best wedding catering Raleigh NC has to offer in 2019, contact the pros at Catering by Design. Our clients love our unbeatable customer service, incredible flavors, and affordable wedding catering options.

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Geometric Backdrops for the Ceremony

Geometric shapes for wedding ceremony backdrops have been very popular recently. However, this is one trend that will not last long. Avoid going this route and choose a more timeless backdrop so you’re not dating your wedding day.

Champagne Towers

Sure, champagne towers look great in photos. But one slight bump and that awesome tower will come crashing down like a bubbly avalanche.

Bad Social Media Hashtags

In today’s tech savvy world weddings get shared and posted on many different social media platforms by the newlyweds, their family and friends, and vendors as well. Everyone wants to have a cute hashtag to represent their big day. That being said, some hashtags can invoke a big eye-roll. Don’t overreach for a campy pun and keep it classic instead.

Wall of Doughnuts

Doughnuts are the new cupcakes for wedding receptions. The doughnut wall became really popular a few years ago. We feel this trend is on the way out. Doughnuts are still cool to serve on your dessert table just don’t hang them from a wall. Otherwise, you’ll really date your wedding in the future.

White Bridesmaid Dresses

The only time this is acceptable is when the bride wears a non-traditional color wedding gown. If the bride is wearing all white then the bridesmaids should not. The bride’s gown needs to be the focus of the attention instead of just blending in with the crowd.

Be sure to head on over to part two of this series by clicking here. We’ll cover more wedding trend mistakes you should avoid at all costs in 2019.

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More Awesome 2019 Wedding Food Trends

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We all know how important the food served at your wedding reception is. Furthermore, food and reception trends tend to change every year or two. That’s why we’re here to help you out. In our last post on 2019 wedding food trends we talked about food presentation, seating arrangements, and customized menus. Below you’ll find a few more trendy wedding food ideas for this year. Do you need affordable wedding catering in Raleigh NC in 2019? Make Catering by Design your first call. Our professional team is ready to speak with you and answer any questions you might have. Be sure to ask about our delivery options as well. Call now to learn more.

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Pizza Bars

Who doesn’t love pizza? Not anyone that I know! Adults and kids alike typically love pizza so naturally pizza bars are becoming more and more trendy. You can even serve lots of different types of pizza for everyone’s needs, including guests that are gluten-free or vegetarians. You can even have custom made to-go pizza boxes for your guests to take a few slices home.

Going Back to Your Roots

Serving food favorites from your hometown, home country, or regional delicacies will be trendy in 2019. This is a great way to honor your past with custom menu options.

Grab and Go Desserts

Everyone loves desserts. However, not everyone will want to eat dessert at your wedding reception. Having a grab and go station of small dessert boxes is not only trendy, it serves multiple purposes. The guests that want to eat dessert will be taken care of and the ones who do not will get to take these home as gifts from your wedding for later.

Be sure to keep checking back with our blog on a frequent basis for more wedding trends, great recipes, and kitchen tips. If you need great food and even better prices for your next event, please continue reading to see how Catering by Design can save you time and money.

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2019 Wedding Food Trends

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Wedding reception food is one of the most major details that brides, grooms, and guests really care about. In 2019, couples are looking to wow the crowd with the top wedding food trends for this year. Over the course of the next two posts we’ll provide a full breakdown of the best 2019 wedding food trends. Are you searching for affordable Raleigh wedding catering companies for a 2019 reception? Call the experts at Catering by Design today. We have the best options for Triangle weddings, corporate, banquets, social events, and more.

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Best Wedding Food Trends for 2019

Presentation Elevation

How your food is being presented will take center stage in 2019. Brides and grooms are starting to really want to have fun with how their hors-d’oeuvres are served during cocktail hour. Things like ceviche push-pops, gourmet mac-n-cheese bites topped with fresh lobster, and charcuterie boards will be very popular.

Conversational Serving

Whether you’re wanting a formal dinner or a buffet, there’s a shift  toward more conversational serving and seating. Brides and grooms want their guests to have a lot of fun at their wedding reception and tavern-style seating is catching a lot of buzz. This will bring your guests closer together to build more conversation, interaction, and fun.

Modifiable Menus

Be sure that you set your menus up to be easily modified to account for your guests’ dietary lifestyles. Some of your guests might be gluten-free, vegan, nut-free, or adhere to strict keto or paleo diets. Being able to seamlessly incorporate these needs will ensure that all your guests get to eat and be happy. Catering by Design specializes in custom menus and can handle any of your guests’ dietary needs. That’s why we’re constantly winning awards for our wedding catering services.

Head on over to the second part of this series to learn more about the top wedding food trends for 2019.

Affordable Raleigh Wedding Catering for 2019

All Raleigh catering companies are not the same. This is especially true if you’re looking for a vendor that specializes in affordable pricing, great customer service, and fantastic flavors in 2019. Don’t get all stressed out over doing all the work, let Catering by Design help. We’ve got affordable menus to fit any budget. You can also customize your catering menu with any family recipes or dietary restrictions. Brides will love our free menu tastings, something our competitors charge for. Please give us a call soon if you have any questions or would like to discuss our catering packages or delivery services.

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New Year’s Foods to Bring Good Luck and Fortune

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Are you ringing in the New Year by eating a delicious traditional meal with your family and friends tomorrow? Many will be eating foods that are supposed to bring good luck, good health, and good fortune. What are the foods that we’re talking about? Below you’ll find a list of our favorite good luck foods to make your New Year’s meal spectacular. Searching for Raleigh business catering in 2019? Call Catering by Design for help. We keep our costs low and clients happy. Catering by Design also specializes in social events, graduation parties, wedding receptions, anniversaries, and lots more. Call today to learn more about our menus and full service catering packages. If you don’t need full service, ask about our delivery options.

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The Luckiest Foods to Eat on New Year’s Day

Eat Greens for Good Fortune

Want good fortune in 2019? Eat greens! You can serve collards, mustard greens, or turnip greens.

Golden Cornbread

Cornbread is a southern staple. If you eat cornbread on New Year’s Day it’s to represent future good fortune and a golden financial opportunity.

Pork Brings Positive Progress

Pigs are constantly rooting forward. Eating ham or other pork on New Year’s Day represents making positive forward progress in your life. Some also believe that eating pork on New Year’s Day also means good fortune ahead.

Long Noodles

Eating long noodles, like spaghetti, symbolizes living a long life. Slurping these long noodles on New Year’s Day is also considered to be good luck.

Round Cakes

For New Year’s Day dessert you should eat round cakes for good luck. Round cakes also represents your life coming full circle.

Don’t Eat Chicken or Lobster

Some say that it can be bad luck to eat chicken on New Year’s Day because chickens are always scratching backwards. This represents moving backwards or setbacks instead of making positive life progress.

Lobsters also frequently move backwards, especially when they’re in danger. Therefore you should also avoid eating these.

Avoid white foods as well. In Chinese culture, white is an unlucky color that symbolizes death.

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2019 Cooking and Kitchen New Year’s Resolutions – Part 3

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Over the past few entries we have been discussing ditching the traditional New Year’s resolutions and replacing them with ones focused on cooking and being in the kitchen. In part one we talked about cooking more at home instead of eating out, investing in a great knife and how to keep it sharp, and more. Our last post was centered around one resolution: teaching your kids how to cook and shop for groceries. Below we will be rounding out the series with our final cooking and kitchen New Year’s resolutions. Are you searching for the very best Cary wedding catering with affordable reception packages and a vast menu selection? Catering by Design can help. Call us today to learn more about the services that we offer or to schedule your tasting!

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Cooking and Kitchen New Year’s Resolutions for 2019

Learn How to Bake Homemade Bread

Homemade bread is very easy to make. It can also save you some money over the course of a year. Making your own bread is also a lot healthier. The bread you buy in the store is packed full of preservatives and other unhealthy things. Baking bread takes about an hour. If you’d like an easy recipe to follow check out this post we wrote last January.

Go Meatless at Least Once a Week

Cook at least one meal per week that does not include meat. Not only is eating less meat better for your health, but it’s also better for your wallet. You’ll be surprised at how much money you can save by using limited animal products in your recipes. If you have children, serving some vegetarian dishes will also help to expose them to a wider variety of foods as well.

Try Foods from Different Cultures

It’s probably fair game to say that you’ve tried some dishes from other cultures. Mexican, Italian, Chinese, Japanese dishes are all fairly common and available. Step out of your comfort zone in 2019 and expand your food horizons by trying Greek, Thai, Middle Eastern, Ethiopian, Swedish, Indian, Korean, and other foods that you are not familiar with. Take this food related resolution up a notch and also learn how to cook a few of these dishes from other cultures. Here is a list of 80 recipes from other countries that will help you get started.

Pickle Something for Later

Pickling is the process of preserving food through fermentation. You can pickle pretty much any solid fruit or vegetable. Pickling is also pretty easy as well. Pickling is a fantastic way to preserve and enhance produce when it’s in peak season for later. You can pickle cucumbers, okra, green beans, corn, carrots, and more.

Learn How to Make Your Own Salad Dressings

Here’s another great resolution you should make in the new year, learning how to make different homemade salad dressings. Store bought salad dressings are high in calories and bad fats. They’re also full of preservatives and other chemicals to extend their shelf life and often use poor quality, cheap ingredients. Making your own is healthier and cheaper in the long run.

Take a Cooking Class

If you are lacking in the cooking skills department then sign up for a few cooking classes. If you do enough research you might be able to even find a few free ones offered by different groups or clubs in your city. You’ll find all different types of cooking classes for all skill levels.

We wish you and your family a wonderful 2019 filled with great food and joy. Be sure to visit back with the previous posts in this series to read about the other cooking and kitchen related New Year’s resolutions we covered.

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More 2019 Cooking and Kitchen New Year’s Resolutions

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It’s a new year! 2019 is here and now is the time to make those resolutions. Many people fail to keep their resolutions throughout the year because the ones they make are just not realistic. However there are some cooking and kitchen resolutions that you can make and keep all year long. We talked about a few of these in our last post. They included cooking more at home, investing in a great chef’s knife, and making more trips to the local farmers’ market. Below you will find a really important New Year’s cooking related resolution. For affordable Cary business catering, social catering, and wedding catering, please call Catering by Design. We’re standing by to take your call!

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Get the Kids Involved in Cooking and Shopping

Make 2019 the year that you really get your children involved with shopping for groceries and cooking food. It’s really never too early to start teaching your kids these skills that will stick with them for life.

Taking your children with you to the grocery store or the farmers’ market will help them learn more about nutrition and grocery spending, plus you can let them pick out things they want to eat or try.

When it comes to cooking, you’re making long lasting memories and teaching your child how to feed themselves without relying on the microwave or eating out when they’re older. For instance, my toddler loves to help us in the kitchen. She has her own tiny mixing whisk and rolling pen. We let her crack eggs, roll out pastries, and a few other things as well. She absolutely loves it.

If you have older children, then you’re also getting an extra set of hands in the kitchen to speed things along. Furthermore, children that know how to cook have more confidence, are more excited about food, and will be better eaters.

Wait, there’s more! In part three of this series we’ll round out our final favorite cooking and kitchen related New Year’s resolutions. If you’re searching for the best 2019 catering services, we’re here to help. Keep reading to see why Catering by Design should be your number one choice.

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Cooking and Kitchen New Year’s Resolutions

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Are you making a few New Year’s resolutions this year? Skip the normal ones in 2019 and make your resolutions more fun and exciting by adding cooking and kitchen elements. In the next few posts we’ll be listing some of our favorite cooking and kitchen related New Year’s resolutions that we think you’ll love! If you need the best corporate catering Cary NC services in 2019 call Catering by Design today. Our customers love our budget friendly options and attention to detail.

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Cook More and Eat Out Less

Cooking more at home tops our list! This resolution is healthy and budget friendly. You can lose a lot of weight and eat better foods when you control what you eat by cooking at home. You will also save a lot of money compared to eating out at restaurants for lunch and dinner each week.

Buy a Great Chef’s Knife

Any job is made easier when you’re using the right tools and this includes cooking at home. That is why we think investing in a really good chef’s knife should also be at the top of your cooking and kitchen New Year’s resolutions. Once you get your chef’s knife, make it a point to really understand how to use it. Brush up on your chopping, dicing, and slicing skills. Also learn how to keep it sharp. Here’s a short video from Gordon Ramsay with a few tips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBn1i9YqN1k

Make More Trips to the Farmers’ Market

To cook great tasting meals at home you’ll need quality produce. Make it a point in 2019 to make more trips to your local farmers’ market with your family. This is a great way to get your family involved, save money, and support your local growers.

Ready for more 2019 cooking and kitchen resolutions? Head on over to our next post for more awesome ideas! Need great tasting food for an upcoming winter or spring event? Keep reading to see why we’re the Triangle’s top choice for food, fun, and great customer service.

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What’s in Season? December 2018 Fruits and Veggies

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We’ve entered into the month of December. The holiday season is now upon us! It’s a magical time of the year in the Triangle area. And from the mountains to the coast, the residents of North Carolina are putting up holiday lights and decorations, lighting the menorah, and trimming Christmas trees. During the holiday season most people eat a lot of good food while visiting with family and friends. That why today’s post will cover all everyone’s favorite fruits and vegetables that are currently in season for December in the Triangle area. Please remember that if you have a holiday event coming up and need affordable holiday catering in Raleigh NC, calling Catering by Design will save you time and money. We have the best holiday menu selections and delivery options in the Triangle!

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Winter and Holiday Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables

Below you will find the list of fruits and vegetables you can expect to find at your local grocery stores or farmer’s markets during the months of December and January in and around North Carolina. However, depending on where the produce is grown, all produce ripens differently. That means that some items might not yet be available if they have not yet hit their peak:

Fruits

  • Apples
  • Cranberries
  • Dates
  • Grapefruit
  • Pears
  • Persimmons
  • Pomegranate
  • Pecans
  • Oranges
  • Tangerines
  • Tangelos
  • Clementines
  • Lemons

Veggies

  • Kale
  • Swiss Chard
  • Cabbages
  • Rutabaga
  • Winter squash
  • Belgian Endive
  • Cauliflower
  • Radish
  • Fennel
  • Collard Greens
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Sweet Potato
  • Bok Choy

There are also other winter vegetables available. These include carrots, broccoli, leeks, mushrooms, radish and radicchio, and lots more. We hope this post will help you plan the best meals for your friends and family this winter. Please visit back with our blog soon for great recipes, food and cooking tips, and more.

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Christmas Tree Safety Tips

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The holiday season is a magical time of the year and, for many people, Christmas trees always play a major role. People all across the world will be trimming trees with their favorite ornaments, lights, garland, and more. Some even put up multiple trees each Christmas that are decked out with different themes. In my home we usually put up three trees; the main one, my small university tree, and a little pink tree for my daughter. Christmas trees also come in all shapes and sizes. Some are artificial while others are the real deal. Regardless of the type or number of Christmas trees you decorate there are several safety tips you should be aware of. Please keep these tips in mind so you have a safe and accident free holiday this year. For the best prices and options for Raleigh holiday event catering, Catering by Design is number one. Call us today to learn more about our holiday menus and delivery options.

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2018 Tips for Christmas Tree Safety

Be sure to test and check your lights and any electronic ornaments before putting them on your tree. The National Fire Protection Association says that more than 200 Christmas tree fires happen every year. Most of these are caused by electrical problems with the decoration. If you find any frayed wires or lights that are not working properly please dispose of them and buy new sets.

Don’t overload outlets with multiple cords plugged in. Again, this is another electrical fire hazard.

If you have toddlers or small children in the home please consider buying an artificial tree. Artificial Christmas trees do not weigh as much as live trees. If your small child was to accidentally pull the tree over on top of themselves a live one could crush them or severely injure them.

If you have a live or real Christmas tree keep it at least three feet away from heat sources like candles, fireplaces, radiators, or space heaters. This can prematurely dry the tree out or make it catch on fire. Roughly 25% of all Christmas tree fires are caused from being too close to heat sources. Live trees should also be watered daily to keep them from drying out as well. Dried out trees are more likely to catch fire quicker.

In fact, before buying a live Christmas tree from the lot you should pull on the little needles on the limbs. If the tree is already dried out then the needles will shed and release very easily. Avoid buying those as they could become a fire hazard quickly.

We all want our Christmas tree to be located in just the right spot. However, you should not block any entryways or exits with your tree. If there is an emergency in the home during the holidays trying to get around the tree will use up critical minutes.

Turn off all electric lights and decorations before leaving your home and going to bed. Again, most Christmas tree fires come from electrical issues and it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

When the holidays are over you’ll need to go ahead and discard or dispose of your live tree. It’s going to be dried out and a major fire hazard. Don’t hang on to it, store it in your garage, or leave it propped up outside your home. Check with your local city about any recycling programs or pickup services.

From all of us at Catering by Design we hope that you and your family and friends have a wonderful holiday season filled with great memories, lots of fun, and good food. If you need great tasting food for your next holiday event please keep reading to learn why calling Catering by Design is a smart idea.

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