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Get Away for Your Wedding Day | Destination Weddings Might Be Right for You

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Last week we gave you readers a few tips on destination weddings and why you should think about having one. Today, we are going to continue with part two of this series by providing a few more reasons why this idea just might make sense for some couples. If you decide to stick around town and get married in the Triangle area, we hope you’ll consider Catering By Design. We’re one of the top wedding catering companies Raleigh NC has to offer. We even offer free menu tastings to our brides and their families. Call us today to learn more.

Getting Remarried?

If you’ve been married before and experienced all of the wedding pomp and circumstance then you might not want to go through all of that again. You might want to have something very small and intimate so a destination wedding might be the perfect option. You might even get bitten by the spontaneity bug and decide to elope on a wedding vacation to somewhere warm and tropical. Maybe an Alaskan cruise is more your speed. Regardless, use this idea as a way to spice things up, be romantic and have a lot of fun.

Child Friendly Weddings

Speaking of getting remarried, if the bride and groom already have children then take them with you. Having an overseas wedding can definitely be child friendly and surveys show that many engaged couples are already taking this route. MarryAbroad.co.uk recently found that 40% of their database that got married overseas already either had children of their own, or step-children and that their records showed an increase of couples with kids remarrying 17% above previous years.

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Stream Your Wedding Online

Some might be wary of having a destination wedding because they want to include all of their friends and family at home. Well, what if told you that you can still include all of them by having your wedding streamed online? This option gives brides and grooms the best of both worlds. Having a Skype wedding will also allow you to save, share, and re-watch your wedding day anytime you like.

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Catering By Design is one of the best wedding catering companies Raleigh NC services. Call us today and we can help you with everything from picking out the perfect wedding location, bakery for your cake, table linens, bar service – the whole nine yards. We’ve been the top wedding caterer of choice for brides in North Carolina for years. Call us today to set up your free tasting and we’ll let our delicious flavors do all of the talking.

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Bed, Bath & Beyond’s Rock Your Registry Event

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We had the lovely pleasure of displaying some of our favorites from our very own wedding menu over the weekend at Bed Bath & Beyond’s Rock Your Registry Event at their Cary, NC location at Crossroads Plaza. We were one of a select group of local vendors and corporate manufacturing reps that helped to answer all of the questions that the lucky brides and grooms had about making their big day, and new life, fabulous. Catering By Design was lucky enough to be chosen as the only food caterer at this year’s event with Gigi’s Cupcakes and The Freezing Pointe providing all of the sweet treats. I had a chance to sample the homemade Coffee Bean Crunch ice cream from The Freezing Pointe, and let me tell you, even on a cold night in January the ice cream was a huge hit with the entire crowd. Be sure to keep them in mind for a unique way to have dessert at your wedding.

The registry event was truly rocking with a DJ playing great tunes as the happy couples competed in a dance-off for some amazing door prizes including Mikasa place settings and a Dyson vacuum cleaner.

We sprinkled this post with a few of our favorite pictures from Sunday night’s event, but to see the entire gallery, you’ll have to follow us on Pinterest. Also, don’t forget to like us on Facebook. We’re always sharing helpful tips for arts and crafts, recipes, and fun family events that are easy on the budget.

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For the registry, we started out the guests on the lighter side with a beautiful array of Chilled Marinated Grilled Vegetables, with breads and gourmet crackers.

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Then the guests moved down to our homemade Hummus, Tomato Basil and Hot Roasted Red Pepper Chicken Dips that were served with a variety of Crispy Crostini, Crackers and Pita Points.

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On the heavier side, we served some of our most requested menu items. Our Parmesan Crusted Chicken Bites with Apricot Mustard Sauce are always a big hit and the miniature Crab Cakes with Lemon Aioli had the crowd coming back for seconds, and even thirds.

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The star of our show was the Beef Wrapped Portobellos with Sesame Ginger Glaze. This heavy appetizer is one of our biggest crowdpleasers. I’m glad we were prepared for the hungry brides and grooms because we almost ran out of the tasty morsels. Just goes to prove how our food really speaks for itself.

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There is a reason we’re considered the best of the Cary wedding catering companies, and that’s because of our top notch customer services, affordable menus and great food and flavors. Brides, we offer FREE menu tastings whereas some of our competitors charge for this service. We let our food speak for us so come on down and schedule your tasting today.

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Valentine’s Day Catering Party Ideas

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Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it. Love is in the air and you’ll already find Valentine’s Day paraphernalia in all the stores. Catering By Design wants to help you deliver a great Valentine’s Day party that all of your friends and family will love. If you really want to impress everyone in the neighborhood, have your Valentine’s Day party catered. Our event catering Raleigh NC staff will ensure your party will be the sweetest of the season. We have the best menu prices and offer top notch customer service for all of our catering events, just check out our online reviews.

Theme and Decor

Start off your Valentine’s Day celebration by sending out cute, personalized party invitations. You can select a theme like “Love Is in the Air” or something like ” The Sweeter Side of Life” then introduce this idea with your invitations and carry it throughout the party with matching party favors, banners, centerpieces and your other decor items.

Keep your holiday lights out from the holidays before Valentine’s and use them to help set your mood. Holiday lights are great for lining tables, walkways and any makeshift dance floor. Make sure to buy plenty of candles to help with the romantic lighting. A great idea for using candles is to fill clear glass votive holders with red hot candies and then top with tealight candles. Make sure to use red or white pillar candles in groups of three throughout your party area. For a safer candle option, fill clear glass bowls with water, add a few rose petals, and float a few heart candles in each bowl.

For added effect, sprinkle plenty of rose petals around the party area if you can afford it. If you find that roses are too expensive, you can find bags of red rose petals available from several online retailers. You can also have a candy bar filled with your favorite Valentine’s Day treats. Fill cocktail glasses with your favorite candies, chocolates or jelly beans

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Entertainment to Set the Mood

Don’t forget the tunes. Make sure to set the mood by playing some good music in the background. If you do not have a lot of  CDs, you can download apps to your tablet or smartphone, such as Pandora or Spotify, that will allow you to play all the music you like. Try to find songs about love and keep them upbeat. Use the internet to help with ideas if you are unsure of what music to choose.

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At Catering By Design, we think it’s time to break the mold of conventional approaches to your Valentine’s Day celebration! Stay away from the crowded, and noisy, restaurants this year and give your loved one a red rose and then do something different. Host an unforgettable holiday party with a catered meal from from the best event catering Raleigh NC company. Check out our catering menus and then call us today for your chance to savor a phenomenal meal created by Chef James! A Valentine’s Day party catered by us will make sure your event is a fun and memorable evening with your closest friends and loved ones, right in the comfort of your own home.

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A Few Tips for Destination Weddings

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It’s winter here in the United States and this gives brides a great opportunity to entertain the idea of having a destination wedding. A destination wedding can be a great idea if done correctly. You might even be able to save some overall money by having one. Catering By Design, one of the top Cary catering companies for weddings and events, put together a nice list of tips that you should read if you think this style of wedding might be right for you, your family and friends.

Alternative Bachelor/Bachelorette Party

Maybe you’re the type of couple that doesn’t want to experience the traditional types of “stag” and “hen do” parties. A destination wedding might be the perfect alternative for brides and grooms by allowing them to celebrate with certain friends and family before the wedding day. For example, taking a cruise and getting married on a giant luxury ocean liner is a great start. If you’ve ever taken a cruise then you know these places are like floating cities. Each boat has several different types of entertainment that should appeal to both brides and grooms.

Small Wedding

If you want to have a smaller sized wedding, then a destination wedding is perfect. Going somewhere warm, tropical, or exotic is a great way to start planning your small wedding. This is a great way to roll your wedding, reception and honeymoon into one giant package. This might also be a great way to save some money. Most destination wedding spots have several lush properties that will be able to provide you with wedding planning services. On the lighter side, this will even provide you with a good excuse as to why you’re not inviting certain people, maybe your private beach will only hold so many people, wink wink.

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Weekend Getaways

If you really want your wedding to stand out from the rest of the ones this season, having your wedding celebration last for a few days is a great idea to add to your destination wedding plans. If you include the bachelor and bachelorette party, the rehearsal dinner, wedding day, and reception all into one big vacation for everyone, your wedding celebration getaway could be epic. Think of all the memories everyone will make while on your big trip. Then after your wedding, you and your mate can either stick around for the honeymoon or even travel to a different location.

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If you decide to get married in North Carolina then Catering By Design is one of the best Cary catering companies for food, fun and great service and prices. Brides, call us today and ask about our FREE menu tastings.

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More 2015 Wedding Tips You Need to Know About

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Another start to the new year brings out all the new and hot wedding trends for brides to go gaga over. Catering By Design is your go-to expert for all the insider knowledge to make sure your big day is not a rehash of all the ones from 2014. For all your food and flavors, look no further than Catering By Design. We have been serving smiles and the best customer service for decades. Brides, come down to one of our free menu tastings and you can see, and eat, for yourself.

Royal Colors

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The big pantone color of this year’s wedding season is Marsala. It is a deep, rich, wine-inspired red, and it exudes sophistication. This color is very stylish and versatile. You should be able to easily incorporate it into your theme and decor. Marsala pairs very well with colors like dusty blue for a romantic feel. If you want to go rich and glamorous, go with Marsala and rose gold. Dahlias and peonies naturally grow in this color so you should have no problem finding the right kind of flowers. Your bridesmaids should also love this hue as it is very flattering.

Wild West Weddings

One of the biggest themes that you might see this year will be inspired by the Wild West. Brides and grooms are loving themes that are more fun and relaxed. You might see a lot of leather accents, cowhide rugs, horse shoes, bouquets of wildflowers, and maybe even a few antler motifs here and there. Don’t forget to incorporate softer elements like vintage lace to offset the rougher and more rustic accents. Pack the coolers full of craft beers from your favorite local brewery, or have a signature bourbon cocktail and serve them in copper mugs. You can even go a step further with this theme and request that everyone comes to your wedding dressed in their best western wear.

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If you want the best food, menu selection, prices and service, then look no further than Catering By Design. We offer free menu tastings to brides and their families. Some Cary and Raleigh catering companies charge for this service. We’ve won WeddingWire catering awards for the past three years, and that means we are doing something right. Let us show you exactly what we mean.Call us today, or just stop by the kitchen in Cary to learn more.

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Super Bowl Catering in Cary

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The Super Bowl will be here before you know it and I love the casual, comfortable, and laid back atmosphere of the parties. There is no need to get all dressed up and have gourmet food when you can have good, home-style comfort foods wearing your favorite team jersey. This year, why not have Catering By Design help you with the food and festive atmosphere? Take this year off and enjoy the game with your friends and family. It does not matter if you’re having a few friends over or the whole neighborhood, our Cary event catering staff will be happy to work with you to create a menu of appetizers, or a feast. We can either deliver the food and leave, or set up food stations and serve your guests. Our full service catering means we do all the work including all the cooking and cleaning, allowing you to have free time to enjoy the Super Bowl.

At Catering by Design, we take pride in offering menus for any sized budget. You can also fully customize our menus so if you find that we are missing something you want, just let us know and we can add it. The key here is for you to be worry-free and allowing us to help you plan your Super Bowl party is a great way to start. We have an impeccable reputation for providing great service along with pricing that will put your mind at ease. Calling us today will help you throw a memorable Super Bowl party that all your friends will enjoy. We can even help you with drinks and full bar service, decorations, linens, and tableware.

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With Catering By Design’s help, your Super Bowl party will be talked about for years. Not only do we cook delicious food, but we also provide world class customer service. To put it simply, our staff is dedicated to providing you with the ultimate party experience. Our catering and event planning team has a knack for taking a client’s events to it’s true potential.

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Call us today to learn more about our amazing Cary event catering services. We will be happy to help you plan the best menu to fit your budget. Need a venue? We have relationships with all the best venues in the Triangle and would be more than happy to put you in contact with the perfect location to have your Super Bowl party. Let’s get started already! Call us right now.

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Out of the Box Super Bowl Recipes

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It’s almost time for the Super Bowl and if you’re having a party, or going to one, these 2 out-of-the-box recipes will be something your guests or friends will not expect but will surely love and enjoy. Check them out!

Chicken Flautas

Serves: 8
Total Time: 40 min
Prep Time: 30 min

Ingredients:
1 or 2 – rotisserie chickens (3 pounds)
2 cups – crumbled queso fresco
1 2/3 cups – salsa verde (you’ll need more for serving as a side)
4 cups – canola oil for frying
16 – 8 inch flour tortillas

Directions:
Take the rotisserie chickens and remove all the meat, shred it and discard the bones and skin. Take a large mixing bowl and toss the shredded chicken meat with 1 1/2 cups of your queso fresco and salsa verde. Now, take a baking sheet and place a wire rack on it and set aside for later. Heat your oil in a large, heavy bottomed pot over medium heat to 325 degrees F. Next take one tortilla and spoon around 1/2 cup of chicken mix in a line down the center and roll tightly. Place toothpicks through the center and ends to secure and repeat with the remaining tortillas.

In small batches, deep-fry the chicken filled tortillas about 2 minutes per-side for about 5 minutes, or until golden brown. Use tongs to remove the flautas from the oil, tilt to drain and place on your wire rack prepared baking sheet. Remove the toothpicks and serve hot with your extra salsa verde and remaining queso fresco.

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Fried Green Tomatillos with a Creamy Cumin Dip

Serves: 6
Total Time: 45 min
Prep Time: 30 min

Ingredients:
8 – large tomatillos (husked and rinsed)
1/2 cups – sour cream
1/3 cup – mayonnaise
1 tablespoon – hot sauce
1 1/4 teaspoon – ground cumin
1 teaspoon – fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon – ground coriander
3 – large eggs
2 cups – breadcrumbs
1 cup – flour
2 teaspoons – salt
1 cup – canola oil

Directions:
First, make the dip. Grab your medium sized mixing bowl and combine the sour cream, mayonnaise, hot sauce, 1/4 teaspoon of your cumin, coriander, and lime juice. Mix well and refrigerate the dip until you’re ready to serve it to your guests. Now, take your 8 tomatillos and cut them into thin slices – about 1/4 thick should do fine. Set these aside and grab a shallow, smaller bowl and beat the eggs. In another medium sized bowl, combine the remaining dry ingredients to make your breading. This should include your breadcrumbs, flour, salt, and remaining cumin.

Next, grab your skillet and get your canola oil heated up over medium-high heat. In smaller batches, dip one tomatillo slice in egg, then in the breading (shake off excess) and fry the slices until deep golden brown. You’ll let these fry for about 2 to 4 minutes per side. Repeat until finished with all slices. Drain and dry on a paper-towel-lined plate. Serve immediately with your creamy cumin dip.

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How about enjoying the game this year instead of working in the kitchen? With Raleigh event catering services by Catering By Design you don’t have to worry about a thing. We have the best menus and prices in the Triangle. Call us today, we have the perfect playbook for your party.

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Forever Bridal Show Highlights

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Every year brides from all across North Carolina descend upon the Jim Graham Building at the NC State Fairgrounds for The Wedding Show hosted by Forever Bridal. This awesome two-day event is the longest running, and most popular wedding show in the state. Hundreds of the best wedding experts from all over North Carolina attended the event to show off the hottest new wedding trends for 2015, and of course Catering By Design was there for both days. We were well established in booths 500-504 with our sister company, The Matthews House.

Each January, The Forever Bridal Wedding Show is filled with fun and all sorts of wedding related excitement. There were also fashion shows featuring the hottest trends in wedding gowns, tuxedos, and bridesmaid dresses along with live on-stage entertainment. This event is a must attend for brides getting married within the next year or so.

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Several of the Triangle’s premier bakeries and Raleigh wedding catering companies were in attendance this year. This included The Matthews House’s very own in-house bakery, The Patisserie, and Catering By Design. Soon to be brides, and other show attendees loved being able to indulge in samples of the wedding cakes, and all of the delicious food we served up from our wedding menu.

For the wedding show, Catering By Design featured some our most ordered menu items that we served up to brides, and their guests, during 2014. Since the show got rolling early in the morning, we started off the show attendees with our famous Garlic and Cheddar Homemade Biscuits stuffed with Country Ham.

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As the guests filled our booths and the time raced by, everyone visiting was raving about the Toasted Phyllo Cups stuffed with a Mango, Cilantro and Lime Chicken Salad (featured above, in front of our wedding catering awards). Below we have our famous Pesto Smothered Grilled Shrimp appetizer. We hope you enjoyed the wonderful pictures that we wanted to share from the Wedding Show. To see the entire gallery, you’ll need to visit us on Pinterest.

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If you missed out on trying our wedding menu, don’t fret. At Catering By Design, we offer free menu tastings to brides and their families. Other Raleigh wedding catering companies charge for this service but we let our food do all of our talking. Call us today to learn more about these amazing opportunities and go ahead and get signed up for our a free wedding menu tasting.

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Have a Valentine’s Day Wedding

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One of the best ways to have your wedding stand out from the rest is to have it on an already memorable date. That being said, you’ll probably want to skip major holidays like Christmas and Hanukkah, but Valentine’s Day might be just the right date! You might think this sounds really cheesy but give us a chance to explain ourselves and give you a few reasons why we think it’s a great idea.

For one, it’s a date you’ll never forget. How can you with all the red hearts flying at you right after New Years’? You’ll be able to start planning your anniversary as soon as the candy hits the shelves. Plus, in most states February is a cold month and an offseason of sorts for wedding vendors. This will give you a chance to save money with discounted rates on lots of big ticket items. You might also have an easier time scheduling your number one venue choice.

Speaking of being cold in February, this gives you easy honeymoon options. Somewhere warm and tropical will be an easy choice out of the hundreds of destination points.

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We can also guarantee that all of your single and coupled up friends will have a great time. You’ll be throwing the best Valentine’s Day party ever because your single friends will not feel left out and loathsome and your coupled up friends will not have to worry about making complicated plans. Your wedding reception will be the backdrop for a Valentine’s Day party to remember where singles can mingle and couples dance the night away.

You can also find comfort in knowing that you’ll be able to find decorations everywhere. You’ll not have to worry about locating pretty shiny things for your wedding and reception venue. Along with the decorations, you’ll also have an easy time assembling the favors for your wedding guests. You can really get crafty with a DIY feel and take guests back to their elementary school days of candy and cards with homemade little trinket boxes. You can even get away with baking homemade heart shaped cookies, or giving your guests chocolate samplers, or even go for custom message candy hearts.

Since you’re having your wedding day on an unconventional date, stick with the theme and go all out with bright colors. This is the perfect opportunity to get away from the standard wedding colors and focus on something more fun and romantic.

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Getting one of the best Raleigh caterers for your wedding should be at the top of your list. For world class customer service, flavors and prices, don’t look any further than Catering By Design. We’ve been serving brides, and their families, for decades and we understand what it takes to make sure your big day goes off without a hitch. We even offer free menu tastings, so call us today and make the best choice in Raleigh caterers.

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2015 Wedding Trends | Your Guide to What’s Hot and New

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It’s a brand new year and we’ve been scouring the internet looking for the hottest new trends for 2015. We know that many couples just got engaged on New Year’s Eve so we hope this post will help you get off to a great start with your 2015 wedding planning. To make your planning really easy, call Catering By Design and ask about our superior Raleigh wedding catering services. Our menus, prices, and customer service cannot be beat. We even offer free menu tastings to our brides and can help you find the perfect wedding venue in Raleigh NC or the surrounding areas. From themes, to colors, to flowers and food, we’re going to give you a brief overview of the newest 2015 wedding trends and then break down our favorites in the following posts of this series. So let’s get right to the good stuff.

New Trends

There are a few new trends and several holdovers from last year. For instance, rustic and country themed weddings will still be big this year but so will British influences. With the rise in popularity of the show Downton Abbey and interest in the lives of Prince William and Princess Kate, brides might elect to go for a more Victorian and luxurious look. Top this look off with lots of vintage lace and lush garland.

You can also expect to see lots of bright colors this year in everything from the wedding decor, the wedding flowers, bridesmaids’ dresses, cake and more. With the flowers, dramatic and romantic is still the rage. Brides this year should also look to add more and more lush greenery to add contrast. The more green the better, you can incorporate these lively plants into your table runners, chair markers, frames for menus, walkway runners, etc.

Don’t be surprised if you see a drone flying around your wedding this year. Wedding photographers might be looking to differentiate themselves by using the latest in aerial photography technology. Some drones are able to carry cameras high up to give brides and grooms a dramatic bird’s eye view of their big day.

Keep the food and music casual this year. Brides and grooms love to see their guests up and out of their seats. Music should be laid back and Coachella inspired while the food should be served buffet or family style.

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