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Father’s Day Gifts for Dads of All Ages

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So what are you going to get your dad or husband this year for Father’s Day? Sometimes it can be hard to pick out just the right gift for the man that already has everything. We know Father’s Day is coming up fast so you can depend on us for help.

Today we are going to give you a few really great gift ideas that you can get your dad or husband this year instead of buying the same old tie again. Did you know that Catering by Design is one of the top catering companies Raleigh NC has to offer? Call us today for big savings.

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Father’s Day Gifts All Dads Will Like

Yeti Tumbler
Want to keep your dad’s drink ice cold all day long? Does he need to keep his coffee hot for a long commute to work? Getting him a Yeti Tumbler will make a great gift. While you’re at it, you may want to pick up one for yourself.

Here’s a pro-tip from an actual owner of one of these tumblers; if you’re planning on having more water to drink after ice melts, think again. These work so well that the ice seems to never melt.

Portable Grill
Most every dad I know loves to cook on their grill. Whether it be charcoal or gas, they love being outdoors cooking up great meals for their family and friends. A portable one might make the perfect gift for him. He can take it to sporting events for tailgating, camping, on family picnics, and more.

Does your dad like to exercise? Maybe you just want him to be healthier and get more exercise? If so, getting him a Fitbit is just perfect. They make all different types and sizes. Some can even be put in a traditional style of watch band so dad can wear it anywhere.

Do you have a new father in your life? Be sure to visit back with our last blog post for great gift ideas for new dads.

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Father’s Day Gifts for New Dads

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Father’s Day for 2016 is June 19th. That means it is fast approaching. If your husband, son, or friend is celebrating the birth of their first child, then be sure to get them something cute and special for their first official Father’s Day.

In today’s post, we will be listing a few of our favorite ideas that any new dad will be sure to love. If you need holiday or special event catering Raleigh NC services, Catering by Design can help. Call us today and ask about our delivery or full catering services.

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Great Gift Ideas for New Dads

Being a first time dad is a special event. Instead of getting something boring and traditional, use the ideas below to get a little more creative with your gift giving.

New Dad Tool Box

We just love this idea. It’s fun, a little quirky, practical, and perfect for all the DIYers out there. All you need to do is pick up an inexpensive tool or tackle box and pack it full of things a new dad will need. You can add stickers, or paint something funny on the outside so dad will not confuse this gear with other tools. Pack it full of useful things like diapers, diaper rash cream, pacifiers, toys, and towelettes. Then add in some fun items like rubber gloves, safety goggles, tongs, or a painter’s mask for changing those smelly diapers.

Manly Diaper Bag

All new dads will need to use the diaper bag, so don’t make him have to leave the house with your pink or purple one. Get him something that looks masculine so he will not be embarrassed while taking the little one out for daddy and baby time.

Date Night with Mom

Being a new dad can be stressful and overwhelming at times so a great idea would be to treat your man to a date night with mom. It’s going to be hard to get away from the baby for a few hours, especially if you have a newborn, but a night out on the town for some alone time will recharge the batteries and the romance. This would be a great treat for both parents.

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Father’s Day Ideas – Dinners for Dad

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Father’s Day is right around the corner, and if you’re wanting to make dad a great meal then you’ve come to the right place. Today we are going to discuss a few great recipes that will impress the entire the family as well as the guest of honor.

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Grilled Steaks with Garlic Chive Butter and French-Style Potato Salad

What dad doesn’t like meat and potatoes? Here’s a great recipe from Delish.com that your pop will surely love.

Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4

Kosher salt
Black pepper
1 1/2 lb – small red potatoes
1/4 cup – unsalted butter, room temperature
3 tbsp – minced chives, divided
1 tbsp – minced small shallot
1 – minced small garlic clove
1 tsp – Dijon mustard
2 tbsp – red wine vinegar
1/4 cup – extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbsp – finely chopped parsley
2 tbsp – finely chopped basil
1/4 cup – scallions (halved lengthwise, white and light green parts thinly sliced)
2 – 10 oz. NY strip steaks, halved


Bring water to a boil in your medium pot. Add potatoes and boil for 20 minutes, or until tender. Drain and remove. Cut potatoes into quarters once cooled. Add potatoes to a small bowl and stir in the butter, shallot, garlic and 1 tablespoon of chives. Salt and pepper to taste. Place bowl in refrigerator until meal time.

Using a large bowl, combine the Dijon mustard and red wine vinegar with a whisk. Then whisk in the olive oil slowly, add salt and pepper to taste. Take your potatoes out of the fridge and add them to this mixture. Next, gently stir in 2 tablespoons chives, parsley, basil, and scallions until well combined. Salt and pepper to taste.

Now cook the steaks by heating up a lightly oiled grill pan on high. Add salt and pepper to steaks for seasoning. Grill steaks for 3 minutes on each side for medium rare, or to your liking. Do not overcook. Once grilled, place small dollop of chive butter on each steak as the meat rests. Serve with the potato salad and rolls.

Queso Mac-n-Cheese

Here’s another great recipe from Delish. If you like mac-n-cheese, then this Queso style will knock everyone’s socks off.

Total Time: 40 minutes
Prep: 25 minutes
Servings: 8

Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 lb – large elbow macaroni
12 oz – white American cheese
8 oz – extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
6 tbsp – unsalted butter
6 tbsp – all-purpose flour
4 cup – whole milk
2 cans – diced tomatoes and green chiles
1 can – mild green chiles
1/2 cup – chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1 cup – finely crushed tortilla chips
1/2 tsp – chili powder


First, preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Next bring salted water to a boil in a large or medium pot. Add pasta and cook according to instructions.

Now using a medium mixing bowl, toss the American and cheddar cheese together. Melt butter in a large pot and then whisk in the flour and cook for one minute while whisking constantly. Next, whisk in milk gradually and continue cooking for 8 minutes while whisking constantly. The mixture should thicken. Now stir in the tomatoes and chiles and cook for another 2 minutes.

Remove this pot from heat and whisk in 4 cups of the mixed cheese until everything appears smooth. Now you should stir in the pasta and cilantro and add salt and pepper for seasoning. Transfer this mixture to a lightly buttered 3-quart baking or casserole dish.

In the bowl with the remaining cheese, add chips and chili powder and toss to combine the flavors. Evenly sprinkle over the pasta and bake for 12 – 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve hot.

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Spring Wedding at the Mims House

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The Leslie-Alford-Mims House is a historic wedding venue located right outside of Raleigh, in Holly Springs, North Carolina. This charming property was built in 1840 and it offers brides and grooms a breathtaking experience as they walk through history on their wedding day. The Leslie-Alford-Mims House is romantic and timeless. The mansion sits on more than an acre of land, and is a one of a kind venue combining a rich history with modern style.

Catering by Design was very thankful to be chosen as the Raleigh wedding catering service of choice for a recent spring wedding and reception that was held here. We had a grand time serving Kristen and Sean, the bride and groom, as well as all of their wedding guests, and we wanted to share a few of our favorite pictures. To see the entire gallery from this lovely wedding reception, please visit us on Pinterest.

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Before dinner, we started the guests out with a few tasty appetizers. We served Freshly Grilled Tuscan, Pita and Focaccia Breads
that were paired with a Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip, as well as Olivada and Tomato Basil Spreads.


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When it was time to release the tables, guests were greeted with a georgous spring salad of Mixed Greens with Mozzarella Cubes, Cucumbers, Carrots, and Tomatoes. It was finished and tossed in our signature Red Wine Vinaigrette.


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Next on the menu was Hot Marinated Grilled Vegetables comprised of broccoli, squash, mushrooms, and red peppers.


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Also featured as a side was this Basil Cream Penne Pasta dish that combined Portobello Mushrooms with Sundried Tomatoes.
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Finishing out the buffet was our Hand Breaded Chicken Parmesan and Freshly Baked Dinner Rolls served with Butter. For dessert, all the guests enjoyed the beautiful wedding cake. Thanks for taking the time to visit with our blog, if you need affordable catering please give us a call today.

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Catering by Design is the best Raleigh catering company for all of life’s grand events. We have affordable menus that can be customized for any occasion. To get an idea of the menus we offer, please click here.

We’re also an award winning wedding caterer, and have been serving brides and their families for decades. If you do not need full service catering, ask us about our delivery services. When only the best will do, call Catering by Design to find out why we’re the top choice for Raleigh wedding catering services.

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Weatherby Healthcare Employee Appreciation Carnival

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Weatherby Healthcare is the nation’s premier locum tenens and permanent placement staffing company in the nation. Founded in 1995, their mission is to deliver superior service using a consultative approach with their clients. Weatherby’s passion is to always strive for excellence in all that they do.

Weatherby Healthcare recently held a carnival to show their employees how much they appreciate them, and we were there to help out. Below you’ll find a few of the highlights from the big day. If you would like to see the entire gallery from employee appreciation day, you’ll have to take a look at our Pinterest gallery. If you need the best corporate catering Raleigh NC services, keep reading to see why Catering by Design should be your number one choice.


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Since the employee appreciation lunch was carnival themed, there were plenty of fun games to play. Mother Nature wasn’t cooperating this day, so all of our outdoor events had to be brought inside. Everyone still had a great time competing against each other in Skee Ball, Gone Fishin’, and more.
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As everyone made way their way in for lunch, the buffet offered many options. We had grilled Burgers with all the fixings, like Lettuce, Tomato, Onions, Cheese, Ketchup, Mustard and Mayonnaise.


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We also had Pulled Pork with Hot Sauce, Carolina BBQ Sauce and a Tangy Tomato BBQ Sauce.


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You can’t have pulled pork without BBQ Chicken, and for the sides we served a Creamy Cole Slaw and Baked Beans.


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Rain or shine, you can always count on Catering by Design to make your event one everyone will enjoy and rave about. Keep reading to see why we’re the Triangle’s top choice for food, fun, and great customer service.

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Catering by Design is the number one source for all of your Triangle corporate catering Raleigh NC needs. We make your event easy because we do all the work. Call us today and ask about our specials and delivery service. We’ve got the best menus for any of your catering needs. From university dinners, corporate events and awards banquets to weddings, vow renewals, anniversary parties and more, Catering by Design can make sure your food and fun are on point. We’ve been serving up smiles to people all over North Carolina for decades. So give us a call today and see why we’re the number one choice for Raleigh caterers!

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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”.

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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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