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How to Prep for a Hurricane like a Pro

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Hurricane Florence is on her way. Experts say that this massive storm will probably hit the coast of North Carolina in just a few days. More importantly for our area, the storm’s path could lead it right through Raleigh. If you were here for Hurricane Fran way back in 1996, you know that this is serious business. Raleigh, and the surrounding areas, looked like a war zone after Fran moved on. Some were without power for weeks. That’s why we want to make sure you are prepped and ready for Flo. Check out these tips below. If you have an event coming up and need great prices on food and service, call Catering by Design. We offer some of the best prices on catering in Raleigh.

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Prepping for a Hurricane

Fill Your Vehicles with Gas

Go ahead and make sure all of your vehicles have a full tank of gasoline. If the power goes out, the fuel pumps will no longer work. Some people were without power for a few weeks after Hurricane Fran and that can mean access to gas will be difficult. Don’t leave yourself stranded in case there’s an emergency and you need to drive somewhere.

Water

Raleigh is currently in a panic and residents are hoarding water. The shelves at most stores are bare even though more deliveries are expected over the next few days. Take this time to go ahead and start filling up your reusable containers at your home. Freeze several gallon Ziploc bags as well. This will help keep some items cool and will provide drinkable water when it thaws. Fill your tubs full of water the night before the storm hits. This will help provide drinkable water, cooking water, and water to flush your toilets with.

Batteries

Batteries for flashlights or other electric items are also a necessity. Flashlights and battery powered lanterns are a safer alternative to burning candles. Furthermore, candles will generate heat. If the power goes out then so does your AC. Don’t make your home hotter by burning candles.

Diapers and Wipes

If you have children that are still in diapers go ahead and stock up. Buy some extra packs of wipes also. You can also use baby wipes to help refresh the rest of your household as well. If you cannot bathe for a few days you’ll at least be able to clean yourselves with these.

Nonperishable Food

Buy some food that will not spoil without refrigeration. Canned meats, veggies, and fruit are always a great place to start. Make sure you have plenty of bread, peanut butter, and jelly. Also buy some snacks, especially if you have kids. Chips, trail mix, Pop-Tarts, popcorn, crackers, and cookies will all help pass the time by. For the adults who have to have their coffee, buy instant coffee. We use instant coffee when we go camping and it’s really not that bad. It’s not gourmet but you’ll be able to get your fix.

If you have a newborn then don’t forget about them either. Buy some powdered milk also in case you cannot keep real milk cold. The same goes for your pets as well.

Eat Perishable Foods First

If the power does go out then your refrigerator is going to be useless. All the cold and perishable food will eventually spoil. For some people, this can be very costly. If the power goes out and you must open the fridge, do so as little as possible and for really short periods of time. Get out the things that will spoil first and make eating them a priority. This will save you money in the long run.

Propane and Charcoal

If you have an outside grill then now is the time to make sure you have plenty of propane or charcoal on hand. If you lose power for a few days and your stove is electric you’re not going to have an easy way to cook food. Camping stoves are also handy for prepping for a hurricane.

Help Your Neighbors

In closing, be mindful and help your neighbors. We are all in this together and we will need to help each other out in times of emergencies and disaster. Look out for one another and be open to helping out those that need it the most.

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More Questions to Ask a Wedding Caterer Before Hiring

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If you’re in the process of hiring a wedding caterer for your upcoming wedding and reception know that Catering by Design is here to help you make the best decision possible for your needs. There are certain things that you should know before signing a contract with any wedding vendor, especially a catering company. In our last post and below, you’ll find a list of questions that you should definitely ask all catering companies you’re interested in working with. Are you in need of an affordable wedding caterer in Raleigh NC or the surrounding area? Catering by Design is the number one choice for great tasting food, a great experience, and affordable pricing. Call us now to learn more!
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Ask These Questions Before Hiring a Wedding Catering Company


Are your foods fresh, frozen, or locally grown?
Can you create a menu based around a theme?
How many servers will be provided for my reception?
What will your servers wear?
Can you provide the beverages and alcohol?
Do you have a liquor license?
How does your company charge for alcohol?
What brands of alcohol do you serve?
How many bartenders and bar stations can you provide?
Can you provide tables, chairs, napkins, plates, glasses, and silverware?
How much is the gratuity percentage?
What is the required amount for deposit?
What type of payment does your company take – cash, check, credit card?
Do you offer payment plans?
What is your cancellation policy?
Has your team worked my venue in the past?
How long in advance will you need the final food choices and head count?

We hope these questions will help you make the best choice when choosing your preferred wedding caterer. Don’t forget to go back and check out our last post for more helpful information. To make your decision easier, keep reading to see how Catering by Design can help you!

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Catering by Design is Raleigh’s top choice when it comes to catering weddings in the Triangle. We offer affordable menus and packages that can be customized to meet any type of dietary needs. Please click here to check out our Raleigh wedding packages. Brides, call us today and ask about our free tastings.

We’re an award winning wedding caterer, and have been serving the families of North Carolina for decades. Be sure to ask us about our delivery options if you do not need full catering service. When only the best will do, call Catering by Design to find out why we’re at the top of the list for couples needing an affordable wedding caterer in Raleigh NC.

 

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The Top Questions to Ask Your Raleigh Wedding Caterer

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Choosing the right wedding caterer can seem like a daunting task. Depending on where you live there can hundreds of different companies to research. Once you narrow down your list you are probably going to still feel a little unsure about which company you should hire. Below you’ll find some of the most important questions you’ll need to ask your wedding caterer to ensure you make the best choice for your needs. If you’re looking for an affordable Raleigh wedding caterer, contact Catering by Design. We offer brides and grooms free menu tastings. Call today to learn more and to get scheduled.

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Great Questions to Ask Catering Companies You’re Interested in

Are you available on my wedding date?
Does your catering company have a license?
Does your catering company have a food service business permit?
Does your catering company have insurance coverage?
Can your catering company provide references?
How long has your company been in business?
Do you offer free menu tastings or is there a cost?
How many guests can you feed?
How many weddings do you cater each year?
Is there a cost for setup and take down?
How much time does your team need to setup and take down?
Where does your catering team make the food?
What are the different options for serving appetizers and the meal? Do you offer buffet, family style, and/or individual plates?
Do you also provide the wedding cake?
Do you help cut or serve the wedding cake?
Is there a cake-cutting fee?
Can any leftover food from the wedding reception be packaged in take-home boxes or donated?
Can your company accommodate special requests like kosher, gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan, and childrens’ meals?

We’re not going to stop here. Head on over to part two of this series for even more great questions you should ask before hiring a wedding catering company.

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We’re an award winning wedding caterer, and have been serving the families of North Carolina for decades. Be sure to ask us about our delivery options if you do not need full catering service. When only the best will do, call Catering by Design to find out why we’re at the top of the list when you’re searching for a top Raleigh wedding caterer.

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More Wedding Gifts to Avoid Registering for

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Welcome back to our series on the worst wedding gifts you can put on your registry. Our last post talked about why you should avoid home decor, sandwich presses, and more. Today we will be touching on more of our least favorite and useful wedding gifts that you shouldn’t register for. Are you searching for affordable wedding caterers in Raleigh? Catering by Design is number one for fresh flavors, fun times, and affordable pricing. Call us today to learn more!

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When it comes to planning out your wedding gift registry, put some time and thought into the process. This is an opportunity to fill your home with lots of useful items that you’ll utilize on an almost daily basis. Avoid listing things that you’ll rarely use, that you just don’t need, and ones that you can’t store easily.

Don’t Put These Gifts on Your Registry

Fine China

Do you have plenty of space to store an entire set of fine china? Are you going to be using this expensive tableware often? Can you afford to complete the set if you do not receive all of the pieces? If you answered yes to all of the questions then you’re good. If you said no to the majority, think about skipping this one.

Lots of Fancy Serving Pieces

This one is aimed at those couples that will not be entertaining very often. If you’re not going to be planning or hosting lots of dinner parties, social gatherings, or holiday events, then leave many of the really fancy serving pieces off of your wedding gift registry.

Single-use Kitchen Items

Yes, we all love kitchen gadgets. There are some really cool ones out there. When it comes to your wedding gift registry forget these devices that can only be used for one purpose. Items like cake pop makers, quesadilla makers, strawberry slicers, rice cookers, etc., are all things that are really not needed in your kitchen.

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We’re an award winning wedding caterer, and have been serving the families of North Carolina for decades. Be sure to ask us about our delivery options if you do not need full catering service. When only the best will do, call Catering by Design to find out why we’re at the top of the list for wedding caterers in Raleigh.

 

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Bad Wedding Gifts to Avoid Putting on Your Registry

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Do you have a wedding coming up? Are you currently planning your wedding shower? Before you register for your gifts, know that there are many items that you should probably exclude from your registry. Check out our ideas below. Catering by Design is one of the best Raleigh wedding caterers for saving time and money for your wedding reception. If you want the best wedding day and reception experience, call us right now and ask about our affordable wedding menu selections.

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Wedding Gifts to Avoid Registering for!

Home Decor – Registering for wedding gifts takes some time and planning. You’re going to need things to fill your new house, however, try to stay away from listing lots of home decor items. Your tastes are going to change over time and so will your decor. Save the space on your gift registry for things you’re going to need and use.

A Wine Decanter – Having a nice wine decanter sounds like a good idea, especially if you really like to drink wine. Even the most sophisticated wine connoisseur will tell you that wine must decant if you want to get the best flavor. However, this takes time and patience. If you’re like me then you want to open a bottle and have a glass, not wait 2 – 3 hours.

Panini or Sandwich Press – Panini and sandwich pressers were big a few decades ago. Some people still occasionally buy them even today. Before you put this on your registry, think about the counter or cabinet space it takes to store one. Also consider how often you’re really going use this kitchen device. A sandwich press really isn’t that practical to have in the kitchen.

Ready for more bad gifts to register for? Head on over to our next post for more items to leave off your wedding gift registry by clicking here. If you need the best food and flavors for your upcoming wedding reception, please keep reading to see how Catering by Design can help you save time and money.

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Back to School Tips for Parents of Autistic Students

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Back to school time is one of the biggest transitions for children and teenagers annually. There is adjusting to new routines, meeting new teachers and classmates, and sometimes even starting a new school. However, many people with autism, both young and old, struggle with this type of intense change. So how can parents and autistic children deal with these transitions? Here a few tips that hopefully will help you out. If you’re searching for the best event caterers Raleigh NC has to offer this fall or winter, call Catering by Design today for big savings. You’ll love our food, attention to detail, and unbeatable prices. Call now to learn more.

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Reset Routines at Least One Week Prior to School

Switching over from a summer schedule to a school schedule can be tricky for any kid. That’s why you really need to reset routines at least a week before school starts back to give your child time to adjust. Have them go to bed earlier and get up earlier as well. In the mornings, go through the getting ready routine like getting dressed, eating breakfast, brushing teeth, etc.

Make a One-Page Profile of Your Student

Prepare a single paged profile of your student to introduce him or her to the school employees, teachers, bus drivers, after-school staff, etc. This will help the staff get to know your child better and what to expect from your son or daughter. Include your child’s strengths, weaknesses, and interests. Also add a photo of them.

Practice Opening a Combination Lock

If your child is moving to a grade that will require using a locker, it is a really good idea to practice opening and closing a combination lock to get them familiar with how one works. It’s also a good idea to show him or her pictures of what an actual locker looks like with a backpack hanging up and all the books, folders, etc. inside.

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Back to School Tips for High School Parents

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Being a parent of a high school student is rewarding and challenging. This is especially true if your child is entering their freshman or senior year. The high school years will be some of the most memorable times of your child’s life, so make the most of it with these back-to-school tips. If you need the most affordable catering Raleigh NC has to offer this fall or winter, calling Catering by Design is a great decision. We will save you time and money on school events, wedding receptions, business luncheons, social parties, award banquets, holiday functions, birthdays, and more.

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Back-to-School Tips for Parents of High School Students

Set the Tone Early

As a parent, you will need to focus on setting the right tone early on, within the first couple of weeks of school. Pay special attention to them these first few weeks. Communicate with your children about their day, what they like and don’t like, and any problem areas they foresee for the rest of the year, etc.

Managing Time

High school is all about getting prepared for adulthood. Whether they’re going to college, the military, a trade school, or starting a full-time job, they will need to know how to manage their time effectively. It’s your job to help them set up the right schedule that will allow them to be successful with time management. A good schedule and routine will also help reduce their stress levels. Make sure that your child has adequate study time, family time, gets to sleep at a decent hour, and still has time for all the fun stuff they want to do.

Managing Stress

High school is stressful for your son or daughter. Helping them manage that stress is key to a successful year. Start the day off by making sure they’re up early enough not to feel rushed. If they’re already feeling like they’re going to be late, that sets a negative tone for the rest of the day.

Be sure you understand the signs of stress. These can include problems sleeping, changes in eating habits, a short temper, depression, and worrying about or fixating on something for a long period of time.

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Planning a Backyard Wedding

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Backyard weddings are pretty awesome, especially if you’re the one footing the bill. In all seriousness, having a backyard wedding can be just as romantic, just as magical, and just as much fun as getting married at the most expensive venue in town. If you’re planning a backyard wedding, make it a success by following the tips we’ve outlined below. Do you need the best Raleigh NC wedding catering? Call Catering by Design right now. Our clients love our fresh flavors, excellent customer service, and incredible catering packages. If you don’t need full service, be sure to ask us about our backyard wedding delivery options.

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How to Plan a Backyard Wedding

Start Planning Early

To make your backyard wedding successful start your planning as soon as you can. You’ll have a lot of details to get figured out since you’re not using a traditional venue so don’t procrastinate. You’ll need to prioritize, keep focused, and stay organized.

The Right Space

It’s very important that your wedding location has enough space to host all of your guests. You’ll need space for parking, seating, the ceremony, and the reception. Make sure there is enough room for all the tables, chairs, food, decorations, and more.

Don’t Discount Disasters

Wedding disasters can be devastating so don’t let one ruin your big day. Some disasters can be prevented if you plan ahead. For instance, be sure to plan ahead for bad weather. Have a contingency plan in case there’s a storm. Consider having a generator on hand if the power goes out. Hire a few licensed professionals to inspect and service your HVAC, plumbing, and even your electrical system.

Check for Permits and Other Laws

Don’t break any laws or ordinances by having a backyard wedding. Check with your city or town hall to make sure you don’t need any permits to hold a large gathering on your property.

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It’s Back-to-School Time! Check Out These Lunch Tips

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Summer is over and now it is time to go back to school. If your child is a picky eater then, as a parent, I know you are dreading packing their daily lunches. I know how frustrating it can be to see that only some of the food has been eaten after you spent a lot of time getting everything ready the night before or the morning of school. Furthermore, it’s also stressful trying to pack healthy food options. Hopefully these tips below will help you. If you’re searching for affordable Raleigh catering for an upcoming event, call Catering by Design. You’ll love our food, service, and great prices.

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School Lunch and Picky Eaters – How to Make It Work

Make Lunchtime a Team Effort

Getting your picky child to eat lunch starts with a team effort. This means that you have to get your child involved in the planning, shopping, and packing of their own lunch. Let them help you make a grocery list of all the things they want packed in their lunch. Then you’ll want them to tag along with you to the grocery store to purchase those items and to double check that’s what they want to eat. Finally, have your child help you pack their lunch for the next day.

Make Lunchtime Fun

Making lunchtime fun all starts with getting your child involved. Start by taking them shopping for a new lunchbox. A new lunchbox will get them excited about showing all their friends at school. Also, like we mentioned above, let them help you pick out certain foods at the grocery store that they want to eat. When packing their lunch, leave a cute note for them to read that they’ll find when they open their lunchbox. Check out this link for a few ideas.

Don’t Focus on the Negative Things

Finally, make it a point to only focus on the positives and not the negatives of lunch. There’s no reason to get frustrated with your child for being a picky eater. Honestly, most kids are. Save yourself time, money, and headaches by comprising and packing only the foods you’ll know they’ll eat.

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More Tips for Beating Post-Wedding Day Blues

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Over the course of the last few posts we have been focusing on pre and post-wedding day depression. You’ll find the links to these posts at the bottom of the page. In our last blog we started talking about some tips that you can use to fight off these depression symptoms. Those tips included exercise, seeking treatment, and more. Today we’re continuing with even more helpful tips that will make you feel better. Do you need affordable Raleigh NC wedding catering this summer or fall? Call Catering by Design today! We will save you a lot of money and time in the long run.

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More Tips for Beating Depression

Get Social

If you’re feeling sad after your wedding because all the excitement is over it’s time to get back to being social. Invite your friends over for a dinner party or backyard cookout, plan a girls’ night out, or get your buds together and take a short weekend trip.

Find a New Hobby

Starting a new hobby is great for anyone who is feeling down. Trying something new is always exciting and doing something new with your spouse is extra icing on the cake! Take this time to take on a hobby that you’ll really enjoy learning. This will refocus your mind from being sad.

Reflect on Your Memories

So what, if your wedding and honeymoon are over. You’ll always have these memories to reflect on. Revisit these memories with your pictures and videos whenever you start to feel down about all the excitement being over. Doing this will make your wedding day live on instead of just coming to a sudden stop.

Be sure to check out the other blogs in this series for more information:

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We’re locally owned and operated and we have been serving the families of the Triangle for decades. Be sure to ask us about our delivery options if you don’t need full catering service. When only the best will do, call Catering by Design to find out why we’re the top choice for Raleigh NC wedding catering services.

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