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Cary NC Halloween Catering | Halloweenies and Other Spooky Treats

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Cary NC Halloween Catering | Halloweenies and Other Spooky Treats

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Cary NC Halloween Catering Tips

Halloween is only a few weeks away. Your family and friends will love these Mummy Dogs, Ghosts, Pumpkins and Apple Teeth. These are all kid friendly so they would work great for any Cary NC Halloween catering event. If you want to be the talk of the “neighBOOhood” then these treats will do the trick.



  • 30 min prep time
  • 50 min total time
  • 5 ingredients
  • 10 servings


  • 1 8 oz can of Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls or 1 8 oz can of Pillsbury™ Crescent Recipe Creations® refrigerated seamless dough sheets
  • 2 1/2 slices American cheese, quartered (optional)
  • 10 large hot dogs
  • Cooking spray
  • Mustard or ketchup


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Crescent rolls: Unroll dough; separate at perforations creating 4 rectangles; Dough sheet: Unroll dough; cut into 4 rectangles.
  3. Using a knife or scissors, cut the rectangles lengthwise into 10 pieces. This will make a total of 40 pieces of dough. Slice cheese slices into quarters by taking a half slice of cheese and then cutting it half.
  4. Wrap 4 pieces of dough and 1/4 slice of cheese around each hot dog to look like bandages. Stretch dough slightly to completely cover hot dog. About 1/2 inch from one end of each hot dog, separate “bandages” so hot dog shows through for “face.” Using an ungreased large cookie sheet, place wrapped hot dogs (cheese side down); spray dough lightly with cooking spray.
  5. Bake 13 – 17 minutes or until dough is light golden brown and the dogs are good and hot. Use mustard to draw a “face.”

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Banana Ghosts & Clementine Pumpkins


  • 10 min prep time
  • 10 min total time
  • 4 ingredients
  • 10 orange and 20 banana servings


  • 10 bananas
  • 1 bag of chocolate chips
  • 10 clementines or small oranges
  • 1 bunch of celery


Banana Ghosts:

  1. Peel bananas then cut the bananas in half.
  2. Press chocolate chips into each half so that they look like a ghost face.
  3. Kids will eat it up.

Clementine and Celery Pumpkins:

  1. Peel each clementine or small orange.
  2. Cut celery stalks into one inch pieces.
  3. Insert one of the celery pieces into the top of each clementine, or orange, so that it looks like the stalk of a pumpkin.

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Halloween Apple Teeth


  • 10 min prep time
  • 10 min total time
  • 3 ingredients
  • Servings vary based on apple slices


  • 2 red apples, quartered and core removed
  • 4 tbsp peanut butter, smooth
  • 1 pkg (100g) mini marshmallows


  1. Take an apple quarter and slice it in half length ways, and then half again in the same direction.
  2. Spread peanut butter onto each slice of apple but only on one side.
  3. Line up four to five white mini marshmallows, to look like teeth, on top of the peanut butter side of an apple slice.
  4. Place another apple slice with peanut butter side facing down on top of the marshmallow slice to make a sandwich.

Catering by Design is the number one source for a scary good time for all your Cary NC Halloween catering needs. We make your party easy because we do all the work. Call us today and ask about our specials.

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Cary Corporate Catering Event Tips | Holiday Event Planning

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5 Cary Corporate Catering Event Tips

Catering by Design has been around for a long time. We’ve been serving corporations and families in North Carolina for years and we understand what it takes to host a great event with food. From our years of experience, one thing that we can tell you is that you really don’t have to be a professional event planner to benefit from catering tips from experts like us. Lots of the same techniques that we use in hosting big events can be applied to parties you throw for your job, your neighborhood, and over the holidays.

The holiday season will be here before we know it. These tips will help you get organized before you have to be in full fledged planning mode. We’ve heard our clients tell us in the past that by beginning this process early, you’ll be less stressed come November and December. Over the next few weeks, we’re going to share several event planning tips that we’re sure you’ll find beneficial for this year’s holiday season.

1. Make the CEO and managers happy – As soon as you find out the event details, you can set goals and prioritize accordingly to plan for those in charge. When presenting your budget, show the big bosses that you really listen. Present your plan in a way that shows that you care about the overall goals of the event and make sure to highlight the small details. Attention to detail will really go a long way!

2. Make your boss look good – It is really hard to share credit sometimes, it’s only human nature. If you can give your boss credit for his or her guidance and help in the process, your whole department will benefit from your good will.

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3. Design the event with the goals in mind – Make sure to also have a plan B and C. You never know when there will be one of those unexpected surprises. Plan for extra guests, unruly children, and seating arrangements gone crazy.

4. Advertise the details – To give guests the full experience, make sure you give them all the details. Try to incorporate the floor plan and where the restrooms are located. Note who the Cary corporate catering company is and where they will be serving the food. Make sure you’re organized so your guests can have an easier time navigating the event.

5. Capitalize on the invite – Maximize every opportunity to capture the attention of your guests. Whether it be a quarterly, or weekly meeting, company newsletter, or fliers on a bulletin board, do your best to get the word out.

For the best Cary corporate catering, look no further than Catering By Design. We have menus for any event and budget. Contact us today and let’s get your party booked early.

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A Summer Wedding at The Burwell School | Hillsborough NC Wedding Catering

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A Summer Wedding at The Burwell School | Hillsborough NC Wedding Catering

The Burwell School, located in the charming historic district of Hillsborough, is owned and operated by the Historic Hillsborough Commission. This group, created by an act of the 1963 North Carolina General Assembly, has a mission to: “Maintain and preserve the Burwell School Historic Site; to interpret the history of 19th century Hillsborough for the enrichment of the public; and to celebrate and promote the culture and heritage of Hillsborough and Orange County.”

The Burwell School is a unique landmark. It hosts many events throughout the year and serves as a community gathering place. The site thrives as a place of learning. It offers guided tours and children’s educational programs, as well as hosts lectures, exhibits, concerts, special events, and readings.

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Brides, having your wedding and reception, at the Burwell School Historic Site will make for a lovely and picturesque setting. Being in the heart of Historic Downtown Hillsborough, it is conveniently located near I-85/40 and is very close to Greensboro, Burlington, Mebane, Chapel Hill, and the Raleigh-Durham area. The school has been serving the Triangle for over 100 years.

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The site has a beautiful and expansive lawn, complete with period gardens that surround the beautiful stately frame house. The house has a long, inviting front porch perfect for sitting back in the rocking chairs on summer wedding days. The Burwell home features two parlors and a wide central hall. The handsome mahogany stairway and formal dining room are furnished with period antiques.

We were so honored to cater a magical wedding reception here recently. We’ve sprinkled this post with a lot of our favorite pictures from the day. To see all the pictures, check out our Pinterest page.

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Outside, guests were able to enjoy a summer tray of Imported and Domestic Cheeses with Assorted Crackers while waiting for the bride to arrive. Inside, we started out the reception with Heavy Hors d’ Oeuvres featuring our delicious Grilled Tuscan, Pita and Focaccia Breads. The breads were served with fresh homemade Humus, Spinach Artichoke, and Tomato Basil spreads.

Also featured in this picture, you’ll find a blend of summer Baby Greens with Feta Cheese, Candied Walnuts, and Fresh Strawberries. The salad was finished with a light Strawberry Vinaigrette Dressing.

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A refreshing bowl of Seasonal Cubed Fruit, served with Vanilla Yogurt Sauce, really hit the spot on a hot day. For the kids, Parmesan Crusted Chicken Bites with our famous Apricot Sauce were served while everyone loved the Ham sliders on fresh baked Sweet Potato Rolls with Whole Grain Mustard Sauce. For dessert, guests had their choice of miniature Lemon Squares, Cannolis, Cream Puffs and Chocolate Bites. Miniature foods have been a big wedding trend this year.

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There is nothing we love more than serving a wonderful family on one of the biggest days of their lives. At Catering By Design, we strive to serve every single client just like a member of our very own family. We have menus for every occasion and budget. Call us today and ask about our FREE menu tastings.

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Cary Tailgate Catering Tips | Regional Food Favorites

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Cary Tailgate Catering Tips | Regional Food Favorites

It’s almost game day. Football season has arrived and nothing is better than getting together with 50-100,000 of your closest friends to watch the home team kick off. There is no better way to celebrate this time of the year than with a pregame tailgate with plates of regional food favorites. Even if you can’t make it to the stadium, you can still have your city’s favorite dishes with Cary tailgate catering right in your backyard.

At Catering By Design, we have years of experience providing the best regional foods to our fans with fresh ingredients sourced locally. From the Midwest to the East Coast, down South to up North, our team of professionals will do your city proud. Even if you’re from Chicago, we’ve got the pizza covered. From Philly? Our prized cheese-steaks will remind you of home. Our BBQ will water the mouths of any native North Carolinian, no matter if you’re from the mountains, coast, or anywhere in between.

You will definitely score extra points with your tailgate guests, and be able to actually enjoy the game, by having our Cary tailgate catering service provide those favorite regional foods on game day.

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Other traditional game day snacks can include everything from buffalo wings, to brats and even ribs or seafood. We know how fun it is to create these amazing dishes in your own kitchen, but how cool is it knowing that our Cary tailgate catering is just a click away?

Here is a great tip for transplants. If you’re from out of town, show support for your local team by dishing out your hometown’s most prized food items at the next game day party. Your friends will love your creativity and having authentic food ensures a great time even with a loss on the field.

Whether you’re going to Durham, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, or need Cary tailgate catering, Catering By Design has menus for any budget. We also love sitting down with our clients and using their very own family recipes for their game day parties. We are an award winning caterer and have the food and flavors to back them up. We can help you plan a wedding, corporate event, neighborhood gathering, tailgate party, and many more. When you’re ready to plan the meal of a lifetime, give us a call or just stop by the kitchen.

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Durham NC Wedding Catering | More Unique Questions For Your Venue

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Durham NC Wedding Catering | More Unique Questions For Your Venue

In continuing with this series on crazy questions to ask your venue, we’re going to cover the second half. If you’re new to this post, we’re discussing some of the questions that typically just fall through the cracks and many couples forget to ask. Take notes, some of these questions might be ones that you’ve never even thought of.

Get a copy of the “Do Not Allow” list

In part one, we mentioned that your venue will dictate many aspects of what can and can’t be done during your wedding. If you dreamed of a night send off using the golden light of sparklers, it might be a good idea to check with the venue to make sure sparklers are even allowed. Some might consider these to be an incendiary device capable of starting fires. Always do the research beforehand to save you from disappointment later.

Are taxes or gratuity included?

Most every bride is aware of their budget and what they are spending it on. It’s a great idea to really look over your venue contract to see if any of the taxes, or gratuity, have been included with your package. Weddings are expensive enough so there is no reason to go and pay for things twice.

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Are any other venue events scheduled during your wedding?

In part one of this post, we spoke briefly about the importance of noise levels at your venue. This is even more important if there are other events taking place, on location, during your wedding. These other events can have an effect on all types of aspects of your wedding schedule. From when you set up, to pictures, to parking, all of these can be affected so beware and plan ahead.

Set up and break down fees?

When choosing your venue, make sure you ask them if there will be any charges for the wedding set up and break down. Not every venue uses this type of service. Some venues have them included in your package deal while others require the wedding party to take care of this chore, or hire someone to do it for them. Just make sure all of your bases are covered before and after your big day.

Packing and Unpacking Schedule

The big wedding day is going to be hectic. Be sure to check with your venue to find out if you can set up the day before and break down the day after. This will relieve so much stress and make your wedding day more manageable. Breaking down the decor and rentals the next day allows brides, and their families, to enjoy the end of a wonderful evening. This is much nicer than scrambling to pack everything up.

For all your Durham NC wedding catering needs, please consider Catering By Design. We have menus to fit any budget, for any event. Call us today, or just come by our kitchen.

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Durham NC Wedding Catering | Museum of Life & Science Wedding Highlights

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With an atmosphere like none other, the Museum of Life and Science provides a unique setting for any bride’s dream wedding. The relaxed atmosphere provides spontaneity and exploration and is ideal for a summer wedding in North Carolina.

The M.O.L.S offers brides-to-be the following amenities:

  • 90,000 square feet of space
  • Excursions through the Nature Park
  • Railway rides along Ellerbee Creek
  • A list of preferred caterers
  • Handicap accessible features and lots of parking

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From the tropical setting of theMagic Wings Butterfly House, to the life-sized residents of the Dinosaur Trail, the Museum of Life and Science offers a modern and memorable wedding experience year-round.

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The Museum of Life and Science’s rentals manager is Kelly Taylor. She will tell you “From intimate ceremonies to a twilight cocktail hour, the experience of celebrating your special moment amid hundreds of tropical butterflies is truly once-in-a-lifetime. There’s a level of romance that just can’t be matched.” She said “Couples often don’t realize the endless possibilities a museum wedding offers. With over 60,000 sq. ft. of hands-on exhibits the only limiting factor is their imagination!”

Durham NC has some truly great venues for weddings and receptions. We have to agree that brides that are looking for an outside-the-box venue should check out The Museum of Life and Science. Don’t forget Catering By Design for all your Durham NC wedding catering needs. The quality of our food and menus will blow you away. Check out the highlights from a beautiful August wedding we recently catered here at the M.O.L.S. in Durham. To see the entire gallery, you’ll need to visit us on Pinterest.

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Stationary Hors d Oeuvres & Cocktail Hour

Featured above we have a delicious gluten free Fruit Kebob. This summer delight was paired with a sweet Vanilla Yogurt Sauce. We also served a gluten free platter of Imported & Domestic Cheeses. The cheese trays were garnished with Seasonal Fruit and served with Assorted Crackers.

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Pictured above is our delicious Toasted Phyllo Cups with Chicken, Mango & Cilantro. Wedding guests devour these as quick as we can make them. Yummy!

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Buffet Dinner in The Main Building

The dinner was served buffet style and our Baby Greens with Candied Walnuts with Feta Cheese and homemade Citrus Vinaigrette took the point as a healthy starter. Guests had an opportunity to taste two savory proteins. They loved the Chicken Breast Stuffed with Portobellos, Roasted Red Peppers and Vermont White Cheddar and Balsamic Glazed Salmon. Penne Pasta with Spinach, Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Basil Cream Sauce along with a Sauteed Vegetable Medley made for the perfect side.

For dessert, guests enjoyed the self-serve station of assorted miniatures of Key Lime Pie and Raspberry Cheesecake Shooters and Strawberry Shortcake.

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For the best in Durham NC wedding catering, please consider giving Catering By Design a try. We offer free menu tastings where as most of our competitors do not. We are also an award-winning caterer with the flavors and prices to back them up. Call us today, or just stop by the kitchen.

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Raleigh Halloween Catering Tips | Spooky Rice Krispie Treats

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Raleigh Halloween Catering Tips | Spooky Rice Krispie Treats

Halloween is right around the corner. We love this time of year as it allows you to really get creative with your cooking or baking. As we close in on trick-or-treating, we wanted to show a few different ideas to put a few neat twists on the classic Rice Krispie Treat. These creative Krispies are simple to make and will be sure to make your Raleigh Halloween catering event a ghostly good time!

Above we have the Rice Krispie Pumpkins. For this idea, we used the original Kellogg’s Rice Krispie Treat recipe. You will need to add red and yellow food coloring until the mixture turns into the orange color that you like. Now that you have the proper pumpkin color, rub some butter in the palms of your hands and roll into cereal balls. You will find this a lot easier if you add more butter to your hands between each pumpkin ball.

Now that you have your pumpkin Krispie balls, cut Tootsie Rolls in half and place the cut side down into the top portion of the pumpkin ball to make the stem. Take some green icing and use it to make little leaves on each side of the Tootsie Roll stem for a great effect.

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FrankenKrispies require a little more effort, but it’s well worth it in the long run. Your kids, coworkers, and friends will really get a kick out of them. For this idea, we also used the original Kellogg’s Rice Krispie Treat recipe. You’ll need to pick up a few extra ingredients such as toothpicks, mini marshmallows, green food coloring, candy eyes, a bag of melting chocolate, squeeze bottle or pipette bag. The paper straws are optional but add a great effect. Plus, people love the less mess factor of eating things on sticks.

While you’re following the original Rice Krispie Treat recipe, you’ll need to add the green food coloring until you get the desired color. Next, while the Krispie treats are cooling, cut into rectangles. You can make them any size you like but 3 inches by 4 inches is ideal. Before they completely cool, press the candy eyes in the face and add the straws to the bottom. Cut the straws to your desired length.

After your FrankenKrispies have cooled, take toothpicks and cut them in half. Add mini marshmallows to each half and stick them into the side as ears.

Next, you’ll want to melt the chocolate. You can use a stove, or microwave, just make sure to follow the directions. It takes less than 2 minutes in most cases. Once melted, use a knife to spread on the hair and a squeeze bottle or pipette bag to make the mouths.

For all your Raleigh Halloween catering needs, please consider Catering By Design. We have menus to fit any budget and would love to incorporate your own family recipes. No matter the occasion, we have the perfect blend of fresh flavors to deliver an outstanding meal. Call us today.

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Durham Wedding Catering | Unique Questions For Your Venue

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10 Uncommon Questions for Venues | Durham Wedding Catering

If you have been reading up on our posts you’ll find that there is a ton of planning involved in making your dream wedding actually happen. Most brides feel like they have a handle on everything, especially if they have a great support group of family, bridesmaids and other friends, but oftentimes some uncommon, yet important details do fall through the cracks.

Your top two vendors will, more than likely, be your Durham wedding catering company and venue. Your wedding and reception venues will ultimately determine what you can and cannot do for your dream wedding. We’re sure you’ve seen all the common lists and questions that you should ask your venue vendor but we’ve put together a list, in a two part series, that will make sure all your bases are covered with these first few unique and obscure questions.

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1. What will the sound level and quality be at the time of your wedding?

Sound level and quality brings up two possible issues for your wedding. Make sure to ask your venue manager about any general noise that might be occurring during the time of your event and if it will be a distraction. If you are choosing a public or outdoor venue, or one that hosts multiple events on site, this is especially important.

That being said, you should also ask if there are any noise ordinances that you need to be aware of and adhere to. The goal here is to avoid complaints and potential fines.

2. Thermostat access?

Having access to the temperature controls can be very important and often overlooked. You, your wedding party and your wedding guests all want to be comfortable during all phases of your big day. You may want to make it a little cooler when it’s time to dance the night away at the reception; on the other hand you don’t want your guests shivering and covered in goose bumps!

Inquire about the temperature controls and how the number of people filling the space will impact it.

3. Landscaping and Groundskeeping?

This should be at the top of your list if you are having an outdoor wedding or reception, but it’s also a great question for indoor venues too.

No matter the venue, most newlyweds will want to take outdoor pictures at their ceremony. We suggest that you ask the venue to see what the premises will look like during the season of the wedding as the landscaping could be different.

4. Inspect the included items!

Some venues will over budget friendly offerings. We see nothing wrong with fully utilizing these incentives but make sure to inspect exactly what it is that you’re paying for. It’s an awesome bonus to get tables, chairs, linens and china included. This can save a ton of money but what happens when these frills look they were picked out of the trash? Granted this rarely happens but do your due diligence and double check.

When it’s time for you to pick your Durham wedding catering company, we hope you consider Catering By Design. We have budget friendly menus and offer free tastings to brides, grooms and their parents. Come by our kitchen today!

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Halloween Catering in Raleigh

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Spooktacular Halloween Catering in Raleigh

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays and an overall fun time of the year. Children, and their parents, fill the streets in search of candy in the annual trick-or-treat tradition. No matter what age you are, why not celebrate this fun holiday with great Halloween catering in Raleigh, NC?

Catering By Design provides delicious Halloween catering in Raleigh and all the surrounding areas. We can provide a Halloween themed catering event that is guaranteed to make your party fun for all ages.

Decorations such as cobwebs, fog machines, strobe lights, and other Halloween decor essentials can be incorporated to really have a ghostly good time. To add some extra Halloween spirit, orange and black linens combined with carved pumpkins and different lighting schemes can keep the mood scary.

If you want your Halloween party to be the talk of the town, go outside the box by hiring a magician or creating a murder mystery for your guests to solve. A pumpkin carving station is always a big hit.

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Halloween is meant for fun and having a great time, so why worry about cleaning up after your guests? With our Halloween catering in Raleigh, our professionally trained staff will take care of all this for you. We will ensure that the food is replenished and tables and surfaces are kept clean. All this service will allow you to kick back and enjoy the party without all the hassle.

Another fun part of Halloween catering is that, unlike a wedding reception, there is no certain food that you have to choose. You can really serve anything that you like but some foods do work better for Halloween themed items. At Catering By Design we offer menus that are guaranteed to fit any and every budget.

You can’t have a Halloween party without some great drinks, right? Catering By Design gladly offers more than just delicious catered food. We can provide bar service for all your beverage needs. This includes bartenders, soft drinks and juices, wine and beer, and full bar service.

We have decades of experience and are one of North Carolina’s top, award winning catering companies. Halloween catering in Raleigh really gets no better than working with our professional staff. We only serve the freshest foods made with ingredients sourced locally. Check out our menus or feel free to call us today to discuss your event.

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Raleigh Social Event Catering | Tailgating Time

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Raleigh Social Event Catering | Tips for a Great Tailgate

Wikipedia defines a tailgate party as “parties that usually occur in the parking lots at stadiums and arenas, before and occasionally after games and concerts.” In North Carolina we tailgate for a variety of things, mainly thanks to our mild weather. But in the fall, tailgating really comes to life in the Triangle with so many different universities being represented. Here are some tips to make sure your Raleigh social event catering plans go off without a hitch.

Keeping hot things hot and cold things cold

If you are a basic tailgater then this is one of the biggest dilemmas you will face. Without investing a lot of money, we suggest selecting a menu with items that are best at room temperature. Try to limit serving to only one or two high-maintenance foods that need to be kept hot or cold.

If you are going to serve something like vegetables and dip then a great tip would be placing the platter on top of a decent sized bowl of ice to keep them crisp and cool. Hot items are the most difficult. You will need to invest in either a thermal bag/tote or something like a mini Weber-style gas grill. These mini grills are fantastic for ribs, brats or burgers.

If you consider yourself to be a serious tailgater, or plan on becoming one this season, make sure to have a festive tent for your game day patrons. A tent provides cover, for your food and guests, from the elements.


Tailgating Decor

Just because it’s football season doesn’t mean we can’t put a little effort into making our tailgate eye catching.

Since were moving into fall, feel free to use some seasonal touches. Pumpkins and hay bales are a great way to liven up your displays. Another great idea is to paint the outside of an entire pumpkin with your team colors and then carve it.

Try to incorporate your team colors with more than just store-bought flags and stuffed mascots.

A really easy DIY craft is to make a simple pennant banner that you can hang on the serving table. Just cut fabric triangles, in your team’s colors, and glue them to a ribbon. You can use the pennant banner in your home for other game watching parties when the weather isn’t cooperating.

You can even take this a step further by ditching your old plastic tablecloth and opting for a team throw, or old plaid blanket instead. Want to really get rustic? Use burlap as a tablecloth or table runner. Burlap also comes in a surprising array of different colors.

Do you have specific Raleigh social event catering needs this fall? At Catering by Design, we have menus to fit any budget and occasion. Call us today and ask about our specials.

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