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Mother of the Groom – Including Her in Your Wedding Planning

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If you’re planning a 2017 wedding, then today’s topic will appeal to you. We’re continuing our series on how to include the mother of the groom in your planning. In our last post, we discussed some of the responsibilities that the mother of the groom can do on her own. These ideas include planning an engagement dinner for her side of the family, wedding shower coordination, rehearsal dinner, and more.

In part two we’re going to list some thing that brides can do to incorporate the groom’s mom in other parts of the planning. For the most affordable wedding catering Raleigh NC has to offer this spring season, look no further than Catering by Design. You’ll love our fresh food, awesome flavors, fantastic customer service, and great prices.
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Including the Mother of the Groom in Your Wedding Planning

Engagement

Including your soon-to-be mother-in-law all starts with the moments after the engagement. After you say “I Do”, be sure to make it a point to call his parents as a couple to share the good news. This moment is just as special to his parents as it is yours.

Location Scout

Your mother-in-law can be a useful ally when it comes to finding the right venues for your rehearsal dinner, wedding, and reception. You don’t have to put her in charge of this, but asking for help in doing research could save you lots of time.

Point of Contact for Certain Vendors

When it comes to planning out your wedding, you could be working with lots of different vendors. It could get overwhelming for you to be the point of contact for every single one. Ask the M.O.G for help with this. An especially great idea if she can help you get a discount from a friend or reference.

R.S.V.P’s

The M.O.G. can also help out with calling any R.S.V.P’s that you’re waiting to hear back from. If you’re getting close to that final head count, and are still unsure about a few guests, put her on the job of tracking them down to get your answer. You’ll still have plenty to do and this is a great job for her to complete for you.

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Mother of the Groom – Her Duties for Your Wedding

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The groom’s mom doesn’t get as much attention as the mother of the bride. That’s okay, as it’s tradition that the bride’s family take care of most of the responsibilities. However, in today’s world both sets of parents usually help out about equally. That means that if you’re planning a wedding you definitely should do everything you can to include the groom’s mom as much as possible.

There are actually some job duties that you can assign her, and there are also some things that she should do on her own. In the next two posts we’ll cover these in more detail.

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What the Groom’s Mom Should Do on Her Own

Plan a Family Dinner

After the couple gets engaged, she should plan a family get together for the groom’s side of the family. The bride’s parents should be invited as well. The goal is to celebrate the engagement and have the groom’s family get to know their future in-laws.

Wedding Shower

The groom’s mother should get all the information for the wedding shower, including where the couple is registered, and communicate it to the rest of the groom’s family. She should attend the wedding shower, if possible, and bring a gift from the registry.

Groom’s Guest List

The groom is going to help coming up with his part of the wedding guest list. The M.O.G. should suggest invitees and get all the correct addresses and provide them to the couple.

Rehearsal Dinner

The groom’s family should help the couple plan and pay for the rehearsal dinner. If there are any family recipes that you want to show off, here’s the perfect time. Raleigh wedding catering at Catering by Design can help you with all of these fine details, including using your own family recipes. Call today to learn more.

Mother and Son Dance

At most wedding receptions, the groom and his mom also share a dance. Make your future mother in law aware of this and allow her to help plan it. She and her son should also practice beforehand.

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More NCAA Tournament Party Recipes

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Welcome back readers. Below you’re going to find even more great finger food ideas for your March Madness party. Did you miss out on the the great recipes from our last post? They were a slam dunk. We covered a Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Dip, Avocado-Stuffed Meatballs, and more. Click here to take a timeout to review part one. If you’re searching for affordable Raleigh event catering, be sure to call Catering by Design. Ask about our delivery options.

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Candied Bacon with Pralines

If you’re searching for the perfect finger-food, allow us to suggest this three ingredient candied praline bacon. This is a great snack that you can make anytime, regardless if you’re having a party or not. It’s a great alternative to plain bacon. Here’s the recipe.

Beer-Braised Brats and Onion

Brats are always a crowd favorite at sporting events, tailgates, and backyard cookouts. Most of the time we grill brats, but today we’re talking braising. Braising is slow-cooking in flavored liquid. This is a great alternative for when it’s too cold to grill, or for those who do not have access to a grill. We suggest using your favorite brown ale, or at least a beer with some flavor. Here’s an easy to follow to recipe that will impress all your sports loving friends.

Korean Spiced Chicken Wings

You cannot have a March Madness party without serving wings, right? Here’s an alternative for you try other than the traditional Buffalo style. This is a great option for anyone that likes their wings extra crispy. Take a look at the recipe by clicking here.

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Pendomonium 2017 in Downtown Raleigh

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Pendo, founded in 2013 and proudly built in NC, was formed because of a need to understand product development success. The company’s mission is to improve users’ experience with different types of software. They do this by helping companies measure their own customers’ experience with their existing applications using powerful analytics, in-application user feedback, and contextual guidance. As a result of their hard-work and dedication, Pendo was selected as a top 10 startup to watch by The North Carolina Technology Association in 2015.

We were recently asked to help out with one of their key conference events, Pendomonium 2017, held in downtown Raleigh. Pendomonium 2017 focused on learning best practices from some of the industry’s best innovators for product, customer success, and marketing.

We took some great pictures of the after-party and wanted to share a few of them in this post. If you want to see the entire gallery from the event, please take a look at our Pendo Pinterest gallery by clicking here! Check out the menu below and let us know in the comments which items you’d like to try at your next event.

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For Starters

  • Grilled Pita, Focaccia and Tuscan Bread
  • Hummus, Pimento Cheese and Tomato Basil Dip
  • Imported and Domestic Cheese Tray with a Seasonal Fruit Garnish
  • Assorted Gourmet Crackers

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For Dinner

  • Chicken and Waffle Bites with Maple Syrup
  • Penne Pasta with Grilled Portobellos and Roasted Red Peppers in a Basil Cream Sauce
  • Low Country Crab Puppies with Lemon Garlic Aioli
  • BBQ Pulled Pork Crostini with Pickle Slice

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For Dessert

  • Red Velvet Cake Shooters
  • Banana Pudding Tarts
  • Miniature Lemon Squares
  • Apple Pecan Pie Mini Tarts
  • Petite Cream Puffs

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Thanks again to Pendo for having Catering by Design at their recent conference. If you’ve got an event of any kind coming up and want to serve great tasting and affordable food, keep reading to see how Catering by Design can help.

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Buzzer Beating March Madness Recipes

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It’s NCAA Tournament time. That means you’ve filled out your bracket and now you’re ready to cheer on your favorite team. If you’re having friends over to watch the games, and want to serve some great food to your guests, check out our top picks for easy-to-serve recipes. Let us know which one is your favorite in the comments below. If you’re searching for affordable caterers Raleigh NC services, call Catering by Design.

We can help you enjoy your next get together by providing great food at incredible prices. Call today to learn more! Be sure to also ask about delivery services, a great alternative option for smaller gatherings, business lunches, and March Madness parties.

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Easy March Madness Recipes

Pepperoni Pizza Dip

We absolutely love this dip idea from Chowhound. It takes everything we love about pizza and transforms it into ultimate cheesy goodness. This pizza-like dip is served with soft breadsticks and is a perfect idea to serve at your tournament party. It’s a great alternative idea that’s more fun than just ordering out for pizza delivery. Check out the recipe by clicking here.

Avocado-Stuffed Meatballs

Meatballs are another crowd favorite at parties everywhere. In fact, at most social gatherings I attend there’s always some sort of meatball. After all, it’s a great party food. That’s why we think you need to turn it up a notch with this avocado-stuffed meatball recipe. You can even make guacamole and use that instead, if you just cannot resist making another batch. Here’s the recipe.

Spinach and Feta Potato Skins Recipe

I love potato skins. These make for the perfect finger-food at parties. However, I also get bored eating the same-old bacon and cheddar variety. It seems like that’s the only way people know how to make them. That’s why I just cannot wait to try out this awesome spinach and feta cheese alternative. Click here for the recipe.

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What’s In Season? March Fruits and Veggies

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It’s March! That means that Springtime and warmer weather is right around the corner. The flowers will be blooming again, and families from coast to coast will be getting together to celebrate a new season. If you’re planning a backyard barbecue or an Easter cookout, then you’re going to love today’s post. We are going to cover all of the top fruits and vegetables that are currently in season for March around the Triangle area.

All produce peaks at different times, depending on where it’s grown of course, so some of these listed items might not yet be available in your area. Below you will find a list of what to expect to find at the Farmers’ Market or your local grocery stores. If you have an upcoming event and are searching for affordable Raleigh catering companies, please call Catering by Design. You’ll love our prices, customer service, and awesome menu selections.

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Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables for March and Springtime

Here is a great list of fruits and vegetables that are in season for March in and around North Carolina:

Fruits

  • Apricots
  • Kiwis
  • Kumquats
  • Grapefruit
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Jackfruit
  • Cherries
  • Valencia Oranges
  • Navel Oranges
  • Cilantro
  • Lime
  • Lemons

Veggies

  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Cardoons
  • Carrots
  • Fiddleheads
  • Fava beans
  • Leeks
  • Green onions
  • Morels
  • Nettles
  • Radicchio
  • Snap peas
  • Bok Choy

Looking for more ideas for food and fun, please visit back with our blog soon for great recipes, food and cooking tips, and so much more. If you need a great catering company for an upcoming event, keep reading to see how Catering By Design can help you.

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More Father of the Bride Toast and Speech Tips

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Welcome back to another segment in our ultimate guide for the father of the bride. If you’ve been keeping up, we’ve been dedicating some space to all the dads out there with daughters who are planning weddings. Dads can sometimes be forgotten about with all the wedding planning going on, so we’ve decided to help out. Currently, we’re breaking down tips on giving wedding speeches and making toasts.

Our last post was dedicated to general tips that included avoiding procrastination, why practicing will help, and why you need to keep everything short and sweet. Check it out by clicking here. Today we’re going to fill you in all the things that you should and shouldn’t include in your speech to make it a hit! For affordable wedding event catering Raleigh NC services, call Catering by Design. Brides, be sure to ask about our free menu tastings.

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More Father of the Bride Toast and Speech Tips

Don’t Try Too Hard to Be a Comedian

You should definitely try to be funny, but don’t try too hard. You don’t want to push the boundaries just to get a laugh. It’s okay to tell a funny story from her childhood years, but do not bring up an embarrassing situation that involved her ex-boyfriend. In fact, be sure to leave ex-boyfriends out of everything.

Don’t Be Too Embarrassing

One of the greatest gifts to parents is the right to embarrass their children. However, don’t take it too far during your father of the bride speech. If your story is going to make her cringe, find something else to talk about. Even if you’re the funniest person you know, don’t roast your daughter at her wedding reception.

Include the New Spouse

While she is your daughter, she did just get married. Be sure to say something nice about her new spouse and your new in-laws.

Say Thanks to Your Guests and Wife

Be sure to thank everyone for attending. You can fit this in during your opening or closing remarks. Just don’t forget to thank your wife for all of her hard work as well.

Advice, Wisdom, and Wishes

As you close your speech, be sure to finish with some marriage advice, some wisdom from your many years of being a parent, and sincere wishes for the newlyweds to find joy and happiness.

If your daughter is getting married, be sure to go back and read the other posts in this series. You’ll find lots of helpful information that includes a list of all of your responsibilities, making a budget, working through your emotions, and more.

If you’ve got a great tip for a soon to be father of a bride, please list them in the comments below. For amazing catering service, keep reading to see how we can help.

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Tips for the Father of the Bride: Toasts and Speeches

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In the first post in the our ultimate guide for the father of the bride, we talked about budgeting money, dealing with emotions, and more. Click here to read part one. In our last post, we gave tips on all the responsibilities the father of the bride faces. From finances to playing host, we cover it all in part two.

Over the course of the next two posts, we’ll be giving our thoughts on how to write awesome speeches and toasts for the wedding reception. If you’re searching for the most affordable spring wedding catering companies Raleigh NC has to offer in 2017, call Catering by Design. We offer big savings, awesome customer service, great tasting food, and free menu tastings for brides and grooms.

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Toast and Speech Tips for the Father of the Bride

Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute

Do not procrastinate when it comes to writing your speech and planning out your toast. You might think that you can just wing it, but that’s actually a really bad idea, especially if you’re going to have a few cocktails. Not preparing beforehand will only leave you stumbling over your words, trying to figure out what to say in front of dozens of friends and family members. This could lead to an embarrassing situation that’s totally avoidable.

Practice Makes Perfect

Remember the five P’s: Perfect practice prevents poor performance! You will want to make time to practice your speech and toast a few times. This will allow you to refine what you’re going to say by making everything shorter and more to the point as well as work on the flow of the speech. Spending a little time practicing will help you nail it when the time comes.

Short and Sweet

You’ve been waiting for this big day for many years, and you probably have a lot of great things to say, but you’ve got to keep your speech and toast short and sweet. Give your daughter a card with a heartfelt message inside after the ceremony is over instead. This will allow you to say all that you want to, and she’ll appreciate the gesture.

Eye Contact

If you can, memorize your speech. This will help you keep eye contact with the guests instead of looking down reading off a note card. This is one of the main reasons not procrastinating and practicing is such a good idea.

Don’t miss our next post for even more tips on how to write a great wedding reception speech or toast for your daughter’s wedding. We’ll be talking about all the things you should include in your speech. If you’re still searching for a 2017 wedding caterer, keep reading to see why calling Catering by Design should be at the top of your to-do list.

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Father of the Bride: Top Responsibilities

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Welcome back to the ultimate guide to being the father of the bride. We’re in the middle of a series to help dads deal with their daughters getting married. In our last post, we talked about the importance of making a money plan and budgeting, not saying “no” to everything, and why it’s okay to be emotional about your daughter getting married. Go back and read part one here.

Today we’re going to focus more on the responsibilities of the father of the bride. Here’s a list of everything you should be prepared to do for the ceremony. Do you have a ceremony planned in 2017, but still haven’t found the right Raleigh wedding catering company? Stop wasting time and call Catering by Design. You’ll love our affordable wedding menus, customer service, and attention to detail.

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The Father of the Bride’s Main Responsibilities

Financial Responsibilities – The father of the bride traditionally pays for the majority of the wedding expenses. This includes the reception and day-after wedding breakfast. However, the groom’s side of the family will likely help with the bills, including the rehearsal dinner and other expenses.

Transportation – Usually, the father of the bride is the transportation director. He ensures the wedding party’s cars are leaving and arriving on schedule. Plus, it’s his duty to make sure the bride arrives to the ceremony site with plenty of time to spare. It’s also Dad’s responsibility to make sure everyone has a safe ride home from your wedding reception. Be sure to have plenty of extra rides available, or at least a cab company on-call.

Wedding and Reception – The father of the bride should also escort his daughter down the aisle to hand her off to her groom. At the wedding reception, be sure to give a speech thanking all the guests for coming. Give a few humorous and touching stories about your daughter’s life, and welcome the new members of your family. You should also have a daddy daughter dance after everyone’s finished eating. Finally, mingle with the guests and make sure everyone’s glass is always full.

If you’re looking for tips on how to write a great father of the bride toast and speech for the reception, check out the next post in this series. For great wedding catering prices and service, keep reading to see how we can help your family.

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The Ultimate Guide for the Father of the Bride

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So, your little girl is getting married. This can be an emotional time for the father of the bride. And even though dad might not get as much attention as the M.O.B, he’s still got lots of responsibilities to take care of. This can seem confusing and frustrating to the unprepared. So what’s a upcoming father of the bride to do?

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The Ultimate Guide for the Father of the Bride

Money Plan and Budgeting

Traditionally, the parents of the bride are responsible for paying for the majority of the wedding expenses. The groom’s side will have their own set of responsibilities, however, you’ll need to be prepared to openly discuss how the wedding will be financed. In today’s world, it just doesn’t make much financial sense for many families to have one side of the wedding party handle the bulk of the expenses. That’s why you need to bring everyone together and figure out an applicable budget that everyone can agree upon.

Furthermore, don’t be afraid to say “no” to requests that will blow up your budget. Just be sure to explain the reasons why and offer an alternative.

Don’t Say No to Everything

As we mentioned above, it’s okay to refuse to pay for things that might blow up your wedding budget. However, you cannot say no to everything. Understand that small details matter, and some things will likely be unnecessarily expensive. So you’ll need to lighten up a bit and loosen your belt some. It’s your daughter’s wedding and she’s probably been working hard to make sure her big day is everything she’s always dreamed of.

It’s OK to Be Emotional

Your daughter knows that you’re a tough guy, so you should understand that it’s perfectly fine to be emotional about your daughter getting married. It’s hard for all parents to let go of their children, and let them make their own way in life. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you get a little choked up.

Need even more tips? Don’t miss our next post for even more information on all of the things that the father of the bride should know. Still searching for wedding catering? Keep reading to see how we can help.

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