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Mistakes Newly-Engaged Couples Often Make

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So you just got engaged and now you want to shout it from the rooftops. You want to dive right into the the wedding planning, pick your bridesmaids, and start trying on wedding gowns. It’s great to be over the moon with excitement, however there are a few things you should not do.

Today we’re talking about a few mistakes newly engaged couples sometimes make without even knowing it. Check these out and see if you agree. Hey soon-to-be brides, if you need affordable wedding catering Raleigh NC services please call Catering by Design to schedule your free menu tasting!

Mistakes Newly Engaged Couples Should Avoid

Broadcasting Your Engagement Immediately on Social Media

We get it, you’re uber excited and you want to tell the world the good news. Slow down a minute and take a breath. Before you break out your phone and hit Facebook, take a few minutes and share the moment with your new fiance, and only them. Soak it all up and take it all in! Enjoy the magic and then share the news.

Ring and Bling Selfie

Just like with the above tip, before you start snapping away selfies of your ring, the ring on your finger, and selfies of you with the ring on your finger, just remember that these pictures might be the first way some people find out about your engagement. It’s always a good idea to personally share the good news with all of your friends and family before sharing it with complete strangers. This strategy might save you from hurting feelings along the way, too.

Choosing Your Colors Too Quickly

One of the most fun parts of planning the wedding is picking out your colors. However, give this decision some time before spending money on decor. The reason is that if you choose colors and start buying for that scheme before selecting a ceremony and reception venue, you might find your colors clash with your event space. The last thing you’ll want to do is have to return a bunch of things and start all over.

Laser Focusing on One Particular Date

Laser focusing in on one date can create a few extra problems for you down the road if you’re not careful. Most will agree that you cannot really hire vendors until you settle in on a date, nor can you send out save the date card or invitations, however you might be limiting yourself with options if you’re not flexible. Start by figuring out which vendor is the most important for you; if it’s the wedding catering, start your planning there, do the same if the venue is most important. The key is knowing that you might not get your favorite vendor on your first choice date and that you have to be flexible.

Booking Vendors in the Wrong Order

Most will agree that you should start with your venue first and then work down from there. The reason being is that this choice will set the tone for the rest of your budget and what you can afford. Once you nail that down, call Catering by Design to set up your free menu tasting. You’ll love our affordable prices and customizable menus.

We hope the ideas we’ve listed above will help newly engaged couples avoid making some mistakes as they plan out their big day. If you’ve got any ideas to share on how to make the planning process easier, or things to avoid, please share them in the comments below. Don’t miss part two of this series where we’re list even more common mistakes.

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More Mistakes Newly-Engaged Couples Often Make

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Thanks for joining us for the second part in our series on the type of mistakes that newly engaged couples typically make. If you’re new to this series, part one discussed slowing down and taking in the moment, the proper way to share your good news, and what venders you should be booking first. If you want to go back and read over part one, do so by clicking here.

Part two is going to talk about your save-the-dates, DIY projects, Pinterest, and more. If you’re in need of affordable wedding catering Raleigh NC services please call Catering by Design. Brides love our free menu tastings!

Even More Mistakes Newly Engaged Couples Should Avoid

Save the Save-the-Dates – After setting your wedding date, don’t go firing off too many save-the-dates until you’ve got your venue booked and guest list established. Reason being, if you send out too many save-the-date cards prematurely you run the risk of having to uninvite people later. It’s important to know how many people your venue will hold so you can plan your guest lists accordingly.

The Pinterest Problem – Don’t get me wrong, I love everything about Pinterest and have many many boards. However, when it comes to planning a wedding you have to have some self-discipline. You have to be careful not to go overboard with too many outrageous DIY project ideas, as well as watching out for “Social Media Sadness.” Social Media Sadness is when you start to feel inadequate because you are constantly judging and comparing yourself and what you have against what others are posting.

Starting DIY Projects Too Early – Speaking about Pinterest above, you’ve probably already made a board or two for all of the DIY projects you want to incorporate into your wedding and reception. But before you run out to your local art and crafts supply store and spend lots of money, there are few things you should be aware of. First, you need to have established your color scheme and overall wedding theme. Otherwise you’ll run the risk of having a bunch of supplies that might not match your final vision. Furthermore, your tastes might change down the road so make sure you have a good plan. Your plan should include your colors, wedding theme, a list of all the supplies that you’ll need, the time involved to make the crafts as well as how you’re going to store and transport them.

Crash Dieting – It’s not unusual for newly engaged brides to dream of dropping a few dress sizes before their big day. I’d even wager that 95% of brides have had these thoughts. Kara Beutel is a nutrition counselor at One By One Nutrition. In her professional opinion, brides should focus on a long-term, sustainable diet and exercise instead of fads and crash diets. Beutel says brides should, “Think of your wedding day as the beginning, not an end point,” and that, “Small changes to eating habits that are manageable will help you to fit into your dress and start a healthier lifestyle that you can enjoy with your soon-to-be spouse.”

Hopefully the ideas we’ve shared in the last two posts will help all newly engaged couples avoid making mistakes that could put a damper on plan making. Do you have any ideas to share on how to make the planning process easier? If so, please share them in the comment section at the bottom of the page. Be sure not to miss part one for the top most common mistakes.

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Tips for Using Wedding Signs

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There are so many fun aspects of planning a wedding and part of the process is getting all of your ceremony signage in order. Cute wedding signs can really make a strong impact on your decor as well as help your guests navigate through your big day. Some signs can simply be playful, while others can have practical uses.

We’ve put together a list of a few of our favorite ways to use wedding signs for your ceremony below. For award-winning, yet affordable Raleigh wedding catering services keep reading to see how Catering by Design can help.

The Best Ways to Use Wedding Signs

Welcome Signs – These are the signs that say hello to your guests. A personalized welcome sign that matches your wedding theme is a great way to set the event’s tone as your guests arrive. A welcome sign can be simple, or more decorated like the one pictured above. You can even include wedding details such as your initials, the date, or other unique items.

Navigation Signs – If your ceremony and reception are all being held on the same property, directional signs will help show your guests where to go. These can be so much fun and you can even include one pointing to the North Pole if you’re having a winter wedding, or maybe one with your honeymoon destination. Be sure to include signs pointing toward the ceremony, reception area, and other event spaces.

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Bride and Groom Signs – Here’s a perfect opportunity for you to let your DIY side shine and create your own matching pair of Mr. and Mrs. or bride and groom signs. Even though your sweetheart table will probably be easily recognizable, this is a really fun and inexpensive way to clarify, just in case.

Food and Drink Signs – Here’s another chance for you and your bridesmaids to get involved in fun DIY projects. Making small signs for the menu items and specialty drinks adds the perfect personal touch. You can go big, with something like an antique window pane or mirror listing the entire menu, smaller signs listing the individual options, or both! Just have fun with it!

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Just Married Signs – No wedding is complete without having some sort of sign that announces you two as newlyweds! “Just Married” signs can be incorporated in many different ways. You can have miniature ones for pictures, as well as one hanging from your “get away” car. If you’re going to hang one from the vehicle, be sure to include a few balloons, streamers, or pompoms. Avoid using cans and string as these could create road hazards.

Hopefully these tips will help you with your wedding day signage. Be sure to visit back with our blog for more great 2016 wedding tips. For the best catering this side of Greensboro, keep reading to see why Catering by Design is number one!

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Should You Have a Band or DJ at Your Wedding Reception?

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Raleigh wedding cateringPlanning a wedding and reception takes a lot of work and there are a ton of decisions to make. One of those is deciding whether to have a wedding DJ or live band to provide the music. Overall, your choice is really going to depend on your tastes and budget, however today’s post will outline the pros and cons of each choice.

You really cannot go wrong with either choice and as far as your budget is concerned, both services typically offer set prices for a four hour block of time. Play usually starts right before cocktail hour, or at the start of your reception, and overtime can be discussed beforehand. Just be sure to get everything in writing and included in your contract.

Below you’ll find a handy comparison of the two that will hopefully make your decision making process easier. Searching for the best Raleigh wedding catering services? Continue reading to see why Catering by Design should be your number one choice!

Booking a DJ Versus Booking a Band

Booking a Wedding DJ

Pros

  • Budget friendly – Booking a wedding DJ is more affordable than hiring a live band to perform. A DJ will cost between $200 – $2,000, whereas a band could run you an extra $3 – $5,000.00
  • Extensive Music Selection – Your wedding DJ should be able to play almost any song you or your wedding guests would like to hear.
  • Adaptability – A wedding DJ can work in both large and small spaces and does not require a lot of extra equipment.
  • Constant Entertainment – DJs do not have to take a break during the reception and they can keep the music playing the entire time.
  • DJ and MC – A wedding DJ is also skilled in making the wedding announcements and party introductions. This special skill set will help the flow of your reception.

Cons

  • Buzzkill – If you hire a DJ with a boring personality then your dance floor might look more like a graveyard.
  • Autopilot – Some wedding DJs might just not be into your wedding so they’ll go on cruise control and hit autopilot. This can lead to a less than memorable reception.

Booking a Wedding Band

Pros

  • Dramatic Presentation – A wedding band can make for a sensational reception with all of the musicians, vocalists, and instruments. Some bands even use theatrics for added effects.
  • Memorable – The unique personality of the band will make your reception more memorable for your guests.
  • Energizing – Bands are great for inspiring people to dance to their music.
  • Mini Concert – Even those that don’t want to dance get to listen to live music and take in the show.

Cons

  • Cost – Hiring a wedding band can be a great deal more expensive than hiring a wedding DJ.
  • Limited Music Selections – Bands are limited in what they can and will play at your wedding. There probably will be songs requested by your guests that they just will not be able to play. If music selection is high on your list, then hire a DJ.

Hopefully this post will help you and your spouse-to-be decide on which type of wedding reception music option will be best for your wedding. If you need affordable catering, continue reading to see how we can help you.

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Casino Night at Carolina Arbors

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Carolina Arbors, by Del Webb, is a 55+ Active Adult Community! It’s a destination of sorts that inspires residents with lots of fun monthly activities. All of the homes have been smartly designed specifically to meet the needs of the people of the community. Carolina Arbors inspires a new way to think about living.

We had the great pleasure of catering Carolina Arbor’s Casino Night. Residents were able to play all the fun games you’d typically find at the big casinos in Atlantic City or Las Vegas. We took some great pictures at the event and we hope you enjoy this small preview. If you would like to see the entire gallery from the big night you’ll have to take a look at our Pinterest gallery. You’ll be able to see pictures from many of our Raleigh corporate catering events, social gatherings, and weddings as well. If you’re in need of affordable, yet awesome, Raleigh event catering please give us a call. Our food, service, and prices will blow you away.

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This event was for a lot of guests and we were spread out all over the place. We were upstairs, downstairs, in this room and that one to make sure everyone had a chance to eat without long waits.

Upstairs Catering Station 1 – Pictured above this station consisted of Toasted Phyllo Cups with Grilled Shrimp, Mango and Cilantro, Spring Rolls with Sesame Ginger Dipping Sauce, and Marinated Grilled Vegetables.

Upstairs Catering Station 2 – Featured Grilled Tuscan, Pita and Focaccia Breads with Hummus, Olivada, Tomato Basil spreads, and Parmesan Crusted Chicken Bites which were served with Apricot Mustard Sauce.

Upstairs Catering Station 3 – Consisted of Asparagus and Asiago Phyllo Sticks, as well as Imported and Domestic Cheeses with Assorted Crackers and Seasonal Fruit Garnish.

Chef James was manning the Carving Station for Casino Night! He was serving up Rosemary Roasted Top Round of Beef that guests enjoyed with Balsamic Onion Marmalade, Horseradish and Whole Grain Mustard Sauces and Assorted Fresh Rolls.

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Downstairs we set up a traditional buffet. The menu below consisted of more heavy hors d’ oeuvres including Grilled Tuscan, Pita and Focaccia Breads that were served with Hummus, Olivada, and Tomato Basil spreads. Imported and Domestic Cheeses with Assorted Crackers and Seasonal Fruit Garnish, Marinated Grilled Vegetables, Asparagus and Asiago Phyllo Sticks, Parmesan Crusted Chicken Bites with Apricot Mustard Sauce and Springs Rolls with Sesame Ginger Dipping Sauce were also available. Butlered hors d’ oeuvres consisted of Toasted Phyllo Cups with Grilled Shrimp, Mango and Cilantro.

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For dessert we had several stations full of delicious assorted miniatures. Desserts consisted of Lemon Squares, Cannolis, Chocolate Bites, Blondie Bars, Éclairs, Cream Puffs, and Cheesecake Bites.

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Winter Wine Pairing Basics

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If you want to have a wonderful winter dinner party this season, having the right wine to go with your meal could make or break your event. Seasonal wine pairings are important for anyone that’s into food, and while there aren’t any written rules to help you, there are some basic guidelines to keep in mind.

When pairing wines with seasonal foods, you have to take into account the current culinary trends, weather, and comfort. For example, sitting down to enjoy a hearty beef stew in January sounds great, right? Now imagine eating that same dish when it’s 95 degrees and humid outside in August. Whole different ball game. The same goes for wines.

Today we’re giving you the secrets on how to pair the best wines with your favorite types of winter meals. Do you need Raleigh caterers for your next big event? Call Catering by Design today! You’ll love our food and prices.

Pairing Winter Meals with the Right Wines

Match the Complexity of the Menu

Winter months are known for complex foods that can oftentimes be very heavy, rich, thick, and fatty. There might also be lots of sauces, spices, and broths to make sure every bite is packed with flavor. If you’re having a bold and robust meal, serve a bold and robust tasting wine. See our sauce guide below.

Pair with the Sauces

Pair the wine you’re serving with the sauce. Here’s an example for winter meals. If you’re having pasta, or an Italian dish with a heavy cream or mushroom sauce, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are ideal. For red meat sauces, a Merlot, Cabernet or Syrah should be your choice.

If there is no sauce, simply pair the wine with the protein. For instance, a Pinot Noir tastes great with duck.

Ease Into the Reds

As mentioned above, winter meals tend to be very complex, and heavily spiced and sauced. These full bodied meals tend to scream out for red wines. However, if you’re new to reds then you might not want dive in head first. Start with out with a medium red and work your way up. Experiment with the ages, and oak aging as well, to find something that you like.

Regardless of your experience with red wines, you can always count on these to warm you up on a bitter cold winter night.

Learn to Read Tannins

Tannins are the astringent drying agents found mostly in red wines. Tannins can be soft and supple, or thick and dramatic. When trying red wines, keep these taste sensations in mind when selecting your next bottle. For food pairing, highly tannic wines should be used instead of reds with supple tannins. Supple tannic wines are perfect to be enjoyed by themselves.

Hopefully these tips will help you pair the best wines with your winter meals this year. For the best catering services in NC, continue reading to see how we can help you!

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2016 Engagement Party Ideas

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One new trend among modern couples is having a fun engagement party to celebrate their pending nuptials. Engagement parties are all the rage and they’re also an easy-going way to let all your friends and family get in on the fun too. Furthermore, these make for a great opportunity to meet lots of people on your partner’s side of the wedding party.

Check out these engagement party theme ideas we’ve found. They should make planning your celebration a lot easier! Searching for the best Raleigh wedding catering services? Continue reading to see why Catering by Design should be your number one choice!

Fun Engagement Party Ideas for 2016

Valentine’s Day – Since this romantic day is right around the corner, why not use this to celebrate your love and engagement? You’ll have no problem finding inexpensive decorations, they’ll be practically everywhere you go. Have a valentine station so your friends and family can make one for their special someone and have lots of candy dishes filled with all of your favorites. You can also set up a chocolate fondue dessert station and have lots of fresh cut fruit. Champagne on ice makes for a great compliment.

Springtime Backyard BBQ – For the spring season, nothing says southern charm like an old fashioned BBQ. This is a great idea when you want to keep things light and super casual. Spread out red gingham tablecloths on the ground and have picnic spots for the kids while the adults get to spend time at the big tables catching up. Corn on the cob, burgers, black bean burgers, and hot dogs make for inexpensive menu options and all pair well with craft beers. You can even ask your guests to bring a side or dessert to save money.

Summer Beach Theme – Summers in NC are a big deal. Lots of people from all over the state hit the beaches to soak up the sun and play in the surf. Since many take summer vacations on the coast, why not try to plan a group vacation to celebrate your engagement? You’ll be able to save a lot of money if you get a group together to rent a beach house and you can even make the celebration last for several days and plan lots of fun activities.

Autumn Bonfire with S’mores – North Carolina is beautiful during the fall season, so if you’re getting engaged during autumn these tips might just what you’ve been looking for. Host a bonfire and marshmallow roast. Have a swanky s’more station with different types of chocolate and you can even opt for fancy marshmallows to add a special element. You can even take advantage of the cool weather and plan a weekend campout at one of the many local state parks.

Winter Wine Tasting – As winter rolls back around, there is no better way I can think of to keep warm than by hosting a wine tasting party. Having a wine themed engagement party is hip and unique and allows you to have fun in an inexpensive way. Ask all of your guests to bring a bottle or two of their favorite wines and offer a selection of your own as well. Have a table of appetizers that pair well with different wines, such as different types of cheeses, crackers, and fruits. Print out a few posters that explain the proper technique for tasting wine, like tilting, swirling, smelling and sipping.

We hope these engagement party tips will give you great ideas for celebrating your big day.

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Hot 2016 Winter Wedding Trends

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It’s cold outside, the winter months are here and lots of us around the US have already experienced some snow. The wintertime is a magical month for weddings as you have so many natural elements, color pallets, and other unique decor to choose from.

For today’s post, we’ve put together a few select winter wedding trends that we’ve seen so far this season. We’ll also be posting a following blog that contains even more great winter wedding tips, so be sure to check back with us soon. Are you getting married in 2016? Need affordable Raleigh wedding catering services? Keep reading to see how Catering by Design can help you!

2016 Winter Wedding Trends

Soft Wintry Whites – The biggest trend that we’ve seen so far is the use of winter white and ivory colors which are perfect for brides wanting to use a neutral base with colorful accents. These base colors have been well represented in the decor, wedding cake, table linens and centerpieces, bridesmaids’ dresses, and other key wedding elements as well. This look will make any wedding look sophisticated and glamorous.

Flowers and Greenery –Add a touch of color to your neutral color base with a bright bridal bouquet, like the one pictured above. Accent everything with lots of seasonal greens like sage lamb’s ear, silver dusty miller, ferns, and pepper berries. For your bigger green elements, use evergreen, curly willow, or eucalyptus branches. Not only will these look great, but they will also smell great and bring an extra dimension and touch to even simple arrangements for your winter themed wedding.

Winter Wedding Menus – This winter menu selections are all about comfort foods. During the colder months foods like grilled cheese sandwiches, hot tomato soup, chicken and waffles, mashed potatoes, baked pasta, and others just seem to taste better. They also make you feel relaxed so you can enjoy your meal. This year, incorporate these belly warming foods into your menu planning.

Hot Drinks – Also big this year are hot coffee, tea, and cocoa bars. If you want to have a popular winter wedding, then this is one key element that you shouldn’t overlook. You can even get personal by offering calligraphed drink sleeves, or disposable cups with your initials printed on them. Also make the stations interactive and provide tons of creamers, different types of sugar, honey, maybe even peppermint-stick stirrers. You can even offer up a signature winter cocktail on your menu. Drinks like Hot Toddies and Spiked Apple Cider are perfect places to start.

Hopefully these few tips will help you start planning the winter wedding of your dreams. Be sure to visit back with our blog soon to read more of the best winter wedding trends for 2016!

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We have affordable wedding menus that can be fully customized to meet any of your dietary needs, and can even incorporate your own family recipes. Catering by Design offers the best prices and customer service in the Triangle. Give us a call today to schedule your free tasting.

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Cozy Winter Recipes

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raleigh cateringThere’s nothing like having a warm and cozy meal while warming up by the fire place on a cold winter night. Today we’re bringing you two great recipes that will help warm your bellies and your souls. These two comfort dishes make for great sides, apps, and even small meals. Do you need Raleigh catering services this winter? If so, call Catering by Design! We’ve got affordable menus for events of any size. Continue reading to learn more.

Slow-Cooker French Onion Soup

French onion soup is a wintertime classic. We’ve made it easy by find this delicious slow-cooker recipe that uses two different types of onions that get hours worth of caramelizing before the sherry-spiked broth is even added. When finishing up, to add some extra spice, ladle the soup into ovenproof serving bowls and top with the bread. Add cheese and broil until melted.

Makes: 8 servings | Prep Time: 30 minutes | Total Time: 8 1/2 hours

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons – butter, cut into 8 pieces
2 tablespoons – extra-virgin olive oil
8 sprigs – fresh thyme
4 cloves – smashed garlic
1 – bay leaf
2 pounds – halved and sliced yellow onions
2 pounds – halved and sliced red onions
1 teaspoon – salt
3/4 teaspoon – ground pepper
4 cups – low-sodium beef broth
1/4 cup – dry sherry

Cheese Toasts:
8 – diagonal slices baguette (1/2-inch-thick), toasted
1 cup – shredded Gruyère or Swiss cheese

Directions:
We’re going to start with the soup. First off, take the butter and scatter it on the bottom of your slow cooker (6-7 quart). Add the oil, thyme, garlic and bay leaf, then onions last. Sprinkle in the salt and pepper, and then cover for 8 hours on the high setting.

When it’s time to serve, bring your both and sherry to a boil in a sauce pan. Next, remove the thyme and bay leaf from the slow cooker. Now pour your boiling broth into the slow cooker and continue cooking on high, uncovered, for an additional 10 minutes.

During those ten minutes, make your cheese toast. Start by placing a rack in the upper third of your oven and preheating broiler to high. Take your baguette slices and top each one with 2 tablespoons cheese. Place them in the oven and broil until the cheese is melted. This should only take 1 to 2 minutes. Finally, divide the soup into your 8 bowls. Top each with cheese toast.

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Garlic-Rosemary Smashed Potatoes

If you love potatoes, then you’ll love this trifecta. It combines the best of baking, mashing, and roasting. Makes a great side item for a juicy steak, chicken breast, or pork tenderloin.

Makes: 4 servings | Prep Time: 15 minutes | Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:
1 pound – halved baby potatoes
2 tablespoons – extra-virgin olive oil (divided)
3 – minced cloves garlic
1 teaspoon – chopped fresh rosemary
1/2 teaspoon – salt
1/4 teaspoon – ground pepper

Directions:
Start by preheating your oven to 425°F. Next, take a large rimmed baking sheet and place it in the oven to preheat as well. Grab a large saucepan and steamer basket and bring about 1 inch of water to a boil. Add the potatoes, cover, and steam for about 12 – 15 minutes, or until tender. While this is working, combine 1 1/2 tablespoons oil, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Now remove the preheated baking sheet and brush it with the remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil.

Next, take your steamed potatoes and place them on the pan with the skin-side up. Smash with the bottom of a jar, or the smooth side of a meat mallet, and drizzle each one with your garlic oil mixture. Roast for about 15 minutes, or until browned on the bottom.

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We hope these winter recipes help you plan a few wonderful meals over these next few cold months. If you’ve got a great winter recipe, please post them in the comments below.

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Things to Consider Before Having a Winter Wedding

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For any bride that lives on the east coast, having a winter wedding is a huge gamble. If you’re not fighting the elements, you’re fighting people for time due to holiday parties and travel plans. However, if you plan everything just right, and take a few things into consideration, you’ll have a wonderful wintertime wedding that people will remember for years.

Below you’ll find a few of the most important things you should consider before planning your winter wedding. For the best Raleigh wedding catering this winter, look no further than Catering by Design. Brides should call us today and ask about our free menu tastings.

Winter Wedding Considerations

Be Aware of All Holidays
If you’re getting married in December, keep in mind that people celebrate Hanukkah in the earlier part of the month and Christmas at the end. Then you also have New Year’s to compete with and Valentine’s Day after that. Time, space, and even some vendors will be in high demand. For instance, if you’re having a Valentine’s Day wedding, know that red roses will be in high demand and selling at a premium.

Planning for the Worst
If you’ve got your heart set on being a winter bride, keep in mind that you’ll have to have a backup plan for the worst-case scenario. So ask yourself, what are you going to do if your wedding day gets hit with a big winter blizzard? Will all your vendors be able to make it? Be sure to ask your vendors these important questions and make sure that all of them have a backup plan as well. You should also ask them about their inclement weather policy and what will happen in case you need to reschedule everything.

Saving Money
The winter months are not considered to be peak wedding season for most vendors on the east coast. Because of this, you might be able to score some huge discounts and find yourself saving lots of money. As long as you’re not trying to book a hot venue on New Year’s Eve you should see big savings. You should also be able to get discounts on a photographer, DJ, and transportation. Even your caterer might have a cheaper holiday menu.

You will not save on the flowers however. Being that it’s cold weather, there will be fewer blooms available to buy and choose from. You might even have to go with your second or third choices or face paying high premiums.

You’ll Be Glued to the Weather Channel
Trust us when we say that you’ll be either watching The Weather Channel, or glued to weather.com over the few weeks leading up to your wedding. You’ll be studying the chances of rain and precipitation so closely that by the time you get to your honeymoon, you’ll be a certified meteorologist. Heck, you might even be able to tell your guests exactly how many times it’s snowed on your wedding day over the past decade. Just don’t go overboard and start researching all of the historic weather patterns for the past 100 years for your entire county and you should be OK. Remember that you cannot control the weather, but you can plan for bad weather to happen.

Winter weddings can be wonderful and unique. Just be sure to have all of your ducks in a row and everything should work out fine. If you’re looking for affordable Raleigh wedding catering for winter weddings, keep reading!

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