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CCFA’s Night at the Museum Fundraiser

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The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, or the CCFA, is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization. Their mission is dedicated to finding cures for Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis, as well as working to improve the lives of both children and adults who are affected by these health problems. The CCFA was founded in 1967 by Irwin M. and Suzanne Rosenthal, William D. and Shelby Modell, and Henry D. Janowitz, M.D.

The CCFA prides itself on being at the forefront of research in Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. They fund cutting-edge studies at major medical institutions, nurture investigators at the early stages of their careers, and finance underdeveloped areas of research. The CCFA also provides educational workshops and programs, as well as a scientific journal, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, which enables medical professionals to stay up-to-date within this growing field of study. The National Institute of Health has even commended the CCFA for “uniting the research community and strengthening IBD research.”

The CCFA recently held their “Night at the Museum” fundraising event in Raleigh. It is the Triangle area’s new and exciting philanthropic event to benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. Guests were able to enjoy a tantalizing assortment of cuisine from our menu, and have fun while listening to music and perusing the fine auction packages for the fundraiser.

We were honored to be chosen to help out with the event and we wanted to share some of our favorite pictures. If you want to see the entire gallery, please click here to visit our Pinterest gallery.

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We started out the event with a huge Stationary Hors d’ Oeuvres table. It featured Spanikopita, Grilled Tuscan, Pita and Focaccia Breads, Hummus, Olivada and Tomato Basil Spreads as well as Parmesan Crusted Chicken Bites that were served with Apricot Mustard.

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The event was so large we had to use two double-sided dinner buffets. A beautiful salad of Seasonal Greens with Carrots, Tomatoes, and Cucumbers led the charge. It was finished off with our famous House Vinaigrette dressing.

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The sides consisted of Penne Pasta that was tossed with Fresh Spinach, Red Peppers in a Basil Cream Sauce, along with Red Skinned Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and a Sautéed Vegetable Medley of Fresh Green Beans, Carrots, Red Peppers, Squash and Zucchini all served with an assortment of freshly baked Breads and Rolls.

The main course featured Chicken Breast Stuffed with Portobellos and Sun-dried Tomatoes with Creamy Vermont White Cheddar.

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Gluten free desserts were provided by JP’s Pastry. Needless to say everyone was dying to try each one.

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If you do not need full service catering, ask about our delivery service. We can simply drop your food off, set everything up, and leave after you approve. Need corporate catering services? Ask about our “Lunch and Learn Program” where we all get to know each other over some of our food and you have the opportunity to ask us questions. Call us today to learn more, or to request service.

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The Robertson Scholars Dinner | Duke University Catering

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The Robertson Scholars Leadership Program is comprised of undergraduate students from Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill. It strives to invest in young leaders who really want to make big contributions to our present and future society.

The program’s purpose is to provide these extraordinary young leaders with exceptional benefits and shared experiences that will help them grow even more as individuals. It was created in 2000 thanks to a $24 million gift from Julian Robertson and his wife Josie. Mr. Robertson, a 1955 graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, said that he and his wife were inspired by their sons, one of whom graduated from Duke in 1998 and another who graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2001. The Robertson family believed that even though both universities offered a different undergraduate experience, the combination of the two would provide resources that would be unmatched by other universities.

The program offers students a four-year scholarship, including undergraduate tuition, fees, room and board. Students also have unique access to certain academic and extracurricular offerings at both Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill. They also get to travel for three summers of leadership experiences both domestic and abroad as well as receiving many different customized leadership and professional development opportunities.

We wanted to share a few of our favorite moments from the event here; to see the entire gallery please visit our Pinterest gallery.

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Here is a group shot of the Robertson Scholars that attended the event.

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The tables and decor featured beautiful flowers and Duke blue. The candy was used as a seating chart for first – fourth year students.

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For the appetizers, we had a beautiful table featuring a tray of Imported and Domestic Cheeses with Assorted Gourmet Crackers and a Fresh Fruit Garnish. We also served fresh Grilled Tuscan, Pita and Focaccia Breads that were paired with our Chilled Spinach Artichoke, Red Pepper Hummus, and Tomato Basil Spreads.

The Dinner Buffet started everyone out with a salad of Baby Greens with Fresh Strawberries, with Feta Cheese and Walnuts on the side and finished off with our homemade Citrus Vinaigrette dressing. The sides consisted of Red Skin Mashed Potatoes, a Sautéed Vegetable Medley, Penne Pasta Tossed with Fresh Spinach, Red Peppers, and an Assortment of Breads and Rolls with Butter.

For the main course, we served Chicken Breasts stuffed with Portobello, Sun-dried Tomatoes and Creamy Vermont White Cheddar in a Basil Cream Sauce.

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For dessert, we served one of our favorites; an Assortment of Miniature Sweets. This decadent tray held a variety of mini eclairs, doughnut holes, lemon pie bars, chocolate chip cookies, and more.

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Catering By Design is the number one source for all of your Triangle and Raleigh corporate catering needs. We make your event easy because we do all the work. Call us today and ask about our specials and delivery service. We’ve got the best menus for any of your catering needs. From university dinners, corporate events, and awards banquets, to weddings, vow renewals, anniversary parties and more, Catering By Design can make sure your food and fun are on point. We’ve been serving up smiles to people all over North Carolina for decades. So give us a call today and see why we’re the number one choice for Raleigh caterers!

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How to Write a Great Wedding Thank You Note

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The wedding is over and you’ve just gotten back from your fabulous honeymoon, now it’s time to start tackling one of the tasks newlyweds dread the most. Yep, sending out all of those thank you cards! Writing thank you notes is typically not the most fun part of your wedding celebration, however it is just as important to send these out as it is to have your guests show up to your ceremony.

Today we’re going to give you all some great tips and tricks that will hopefully make writing your thank you’s less monotonous, as well as, a few ideas that should help you write great notes also.

Saying Thanks!

Each One Should Be Personal – The first tip to writing a great thank you note is to make sure each one is personalized to the person receiving it. You can do this by mentioning something specific, like a moment you two shared during the ceremony, as well as, be sure to thank them for their specific gift. Write a sentence or two on how you plan to use it.

Here’s a great example: “We want to thank you so much for the espresso machine! Mark and I can’t wait to use it this winter when it’s cold outside.”

Your Thank You Notes Do Not Have to Match Your Invites – A question some brides have when choosing their wedding stationary is trying to figure out if all the paper, cards, and envelopes should match. This can get expensive. A great way to save some extra cash is to buy bulk thank you cards that you can also have for future use. You’ll have a million reasons to send them out as the years go by, so don’t waste money by purchasing something wedding specific.

A classic style with your monogram should be something that will be perfect to use again and again.

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Send Special Cards to Special People – This takes a few extra steps but we feel that the special guests at your ceremony should also get a special card. These people might include grandparents, parents, and maybe the wedding party or other really close friends.

Avoid Using Pre-printed Cards – We know this might sound like a great idea, but these are no substitute for a hand-written thank you note. Pre-printed cards will save you a lot of effort and time, however they’re just not an acceptable option for thanking someone for a wedding gift.

It is, however, totally fine to use pre-printed thank you cards to give to your guests as they enter your ceremony on your big day.

Save on Postage with Postcards – A postcard is approximately half of what card postage is, so maybe going this route is the best one for you. Also, postcards can be fun and you can pick them up on your honeymoon. These are also perfect for writing short, personalized notes. You can have a lot of fun with postcards and even work on them while on your honeymoon if you have any downtime. That last part was a joke, we suggest that you wait until you get home to start this process.

If you’re finding it hard to get all of your thank you cards completed in a suitable time, make yourself a goal to accomplish a certain amount each day. Take them with you to work and do them on your lunch break, or carry a stack out with you when you go out to eat. Try to slide a few in each chance you get and you’ll have them all finished in no time at all.

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Kendra Scott Grand Opening & Fundraiser for Susan G Komen

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Just over a decade ago, Kendra Scott launched her jewelry collection with only $500. Today, her brand is a multimillion-dollar global sensation being represented in major retailers like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Bloomingdales plus 1,000+ specialty boutiques worldwide. The Kendra Scott flagship and design studio headquarters is located in Austin, Texas where each new piece is meticulously designed and crafted. The Kendra Scott brand has become a household fashion name to women around the world and even famous celebrities like Sofia Vergara, Eva Longoria, Hilary Duff and Brooklyn Decker love her unique and bold designs.

Even as her brand continues to grow, the company’s founding philosophies of “Family, Fashion & Philanthropy” still hold true. As philanthropy continues to be a driving force for this fashion-forward company, we were thrilled when we were asked to be a part of her latest store grand opening at the Streets of Southpoint in Durham, NC. Kendra Scott teamed up with the Susan G Komen foundation for an afternoon of fun, food, and entertainment.

We wanted to share a few of our favorite pictures with you from this lovely afternoon. To see the entire gallery, click here to visit us on Pinterest.

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The Susan G. Komen organization is a global movement that is dedicated to ending breast cancer. Back in 1980, Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan Komen, that she would do everything she could to stop breast cancer forever. In 1982 the Susan G. Komen organization was formed. With a strong grass-roots effort, what began as a shoebox full of potential donor names and $200, has grown into the world’s largest nonprofit source of funding for breast cancer research and more.

Since 1990, the efforts of the Susan G. Komen foundation have helped reduce death rates from breast cancer by 34 percent as well as improve five-year relative survival rates for early stage cancers from 74 to 99 percent. To date, the foundation has invested more than $2.6 billion in research, community health outreach, advocacy and programs in more than 30 countries worldwide.

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One of the reasons that this organization is so special is that the Susan G. Komen foundation is the ONLY group that addresses breast cancer on multiple fronts like research, community health, global outreach and public policy initiatives to make the biggest impact against breast cancer.

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Throughout this beautiful store, guests were treated with custom made cookies from a local bakery to celebrate the fundraiser.

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We also developed a signature cocktail made from fresh peaches, strawberries, and raspberries mixed with champagne. It was a hit on such a warm afternoon.

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The menu for the day was light and fun. We served guests a fancy tray of imported and domestic cheeses garnished with fresh fruit and paired with gourmet crackers. Not pictured was pimento cheese as well as cucumber finger sandwiches.

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Having a Fall Wedding Carnival Is a Great Theme

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Here in North Carolina, the State Fair season is right around the corner. The middle of October brings all of our favorite carnival rides, games, and best of all, the food! Since the fair happens during the fall season here in NC, this can provide some great wedding inspiration, especially if you’re trying to decide on a theme that will make your big day stand out from all the other weddings your guests will be attending this year.

In today’s post, we’re going to give you a list of fantastic reasons why you should consider having a country fair or carnival theme for your fall wedding.

Food, Fun, and the Fair!

If you’re looking for a really fun way to make your wedding reception stand out, make it into a fun carnival with bright colors, games, and plenty of delicious fair style food. This type of theme works especially well for fall weddings in NC, and is quite popular if you will be having a lot of kids attending. For starters, if you’re getting married next fall, you could plan to have your engagement session at this year’s state fair. This will set the tone and you’ll be able to use this carnival themed photo in your save-the-date and wedding invites.

The next idea we have for you is the best part, and that is all the different food and treat ideas you can use. A carnival themed wedding reception works well if you want a casual atmosphere and do not want to serve a full meal.

Pictured at the top of the page is what some call an elephant ear, and what others call funnel cakes. An interactive funnel cake bar, complete with fresh fruit, and all the other many toppings that make this treat a favorite, will be a huge hit. You can also have an antique style popcorn cart, or cotton candy maker. The options are so many that you’ll have to choose wisely.

For heavier food, you could serve grilled corn, grilled turkey legs, and many different styles of sliders.

Speaking of cotton candy, this treat makes for a unique seat finder, and great take home gift for your wedding guests
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When it comes to setting up your table arrangements, and other decor, you have many options here too. It really depends on how much carnival you want to incorporate here. My personal favorite is using more of a rustic look. I also really like the idea of having old antique aluminum cans holding your flowers for the centerpieces of your tables. You can even add colorful ticket rolls around each centerpiece to give it more of a fair appeal.

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For your entertainment, you can really go all out. Pictured above is a ball pit. Both adults and kids will love playing in a large pit of balls. You can also rent a giant bouncy castle that is big enough for adults to play in, as well as, set up easy-to-construct games like a ring toss or a balloon wall and give away the traditional silly prizes like stuffed animals and other trinkets.

For photos, instead of the oh so popular instant-photo booth why not change it up some and use a “Kissing Booth” instead? This will give couples an especially cute memento from your wedding day and could possibly introduce new love, wink-wink.

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Wedding Cake Flavors Beyond Vanilla

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Lately, we’ve posted several blogs about how to make your wedding day stand out from the others. For instance, you can choose to have an alternative wedding bouquet, or use unique seating cards, and today’s post is going to continue with this theme.

What better way to add a little more spice to your fall wedding than by using fun flavor ideas for one of the biggest elements of your big day? We’re talking about having a unique flavor for your wedding cake! Below you’ll find some of the best flavors not named vanilla. If you need the best Raleigh catering for your wedding reception, please call Catering By Design to schedule your free menu tasting today!

Fun Wedding Cake Flavors

Carrot – Carrot cake is a perfect choice for any fall or winter wedding. It might not be everybody’s favorite, but if you love rich flavor combinations then a moist carrot cake with a mean cream cheese frosting might be the way to go.

Orange Blossom – More so a summer cake option, an orange blossom cake can be a great substitute for a lemon citrus cake. Pairs well with a lightly scented vanilla frosting or glaze.

Grasshopper – This cake screams elegance and makes for a perfect winter option. Mint and chocolate will always be a winning combination.

Spice – Another big winner for autumn and winter weddings, this earthy choice goes great with a rustic or country theme.

Mocha – Want something like chocolate, but not chocolate? Mocha should be at the top of your list, especially if you’re a coffee lover. Another clear winner for autumn and winter weddings.

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Red Velvet – An all-time classic, red velvet cakes works best for fall, winter and spring weddings. This flavor experienced a huge rise in popularity a few years ago, but has always been a favorite among brides that like a hint of cocoa flavor and rich cream cheese frosting.

German Chocolate – Traditionally used as groom’s cakes, that is not the case any longer! This gooey dessert favorite will make all of your wedding guests happy to have a slice, especially if coffee is involved.

Amaretto – Amaretto cakes are refined, unique, and very addictive. Your guests will want more than one piece, trust me on this one! Works great for summer and fall weddings and fantastically pairs with an apricot filling.

Funfetti – Want to have a white cake but something a little more fun? Take a trip back to your grade school days and go with a funfetti cake. Not just for birthdays, this option will make everyone smile and the kids attending will especially love the idea.

White Chocolate – Another great option for having a white cake without using vanilla is by turning to the rich flavor of white chocolate. Perfect for anytime of the year and pairs great with raspberry and milk chocolate flavors.

We hope these tips help you add a little more fun and excitement to your wedding! If you need help finding a baker, give us a call. We would be happy to make a recommendation.

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Fantastic Fall Wedding Desserts

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Fall will be here in a few weeks! The days will be getting longer, the weather will start to get cooler and all the autumn flavors will be in full force. It’s by far not only my favorite season, but my fave wedding season as well! There is just something magical about a fall wedding. So many options for colors, decor, and of course the food and desserts. That’s why in today’s post we’re going to talk about a few of our favorite autumn wedding desserts.

From traditional wedding cakes to doughnuts, this yummy round-up of fall treats will hopefully inspire your own tasty ideas about how to make your fall wedding stand out with fun desserts. If you need wedding catering Raleigh NC services, please call Catering By Design to schedule your free menu tasting!

Cakes and Cupcakes – Now that summer is over and we’re moving towards cooler weather, why not represent this change in the seasons with the flavors of your wedding cake and cupcakes? In lieu of having a traditional vanilla or a light lemon try a rich chocolate or spicy gingerbread instead. Devil’s food and carrot cake also make for great fall flavors and will pair well with buttercream.

If you want to really step out of the norm, why not have a cake buffet? There is something nostalgic about having a big assortment of cakes at a fall wedding because it reminds me of the cake walks during our Halloween carnivals as a child. Needless to say, having a table full of different cakes will be something that everyone, especially the kids, will love!

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Tarts and Pies – Oh the pies! To me, the best part about the fall season is all the yummy goodies. That goes double for the pies. Nothing is better than having homemade pumpkin, pecan, and apple pie. A pie buffet also works great for your fall wedding. Just like above, fill a table with all of your favorite pies and enjoy.

Tarts also make for a great alternative to full sized pies. These mini versions can even be used as seat card holders or take home treats. A tart or pie buffet also makes for a perfect backdrop for a rustic or country-themed fall wedding.

Caramel Apples – If you’re familiar with our blog then you may have read one of our recent posts about why caramel apples make a great fall wedding dessert. Read the entire post about caramel apples here!

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Doughnuts – This trend has been really popular the past year or so, and for good reason. Doughnuts make for a great treat for North Carolina weddings, especially because of Krispy Kreme. You can even use a doughnut tower as a quirky alternative to a having a traditional wedding cake, or serve them as a late night treat with hot coffee or cocoa.

Croquembouche – This French dessert consists of a tower of cream puffs drizzled with caramel and covered in spun sugar. Croquembouche towers are not too common but one thing is for sure, they are delicious to eat and pretty cool to look at.

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Spooky Recipes for Halloween

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Halloween will be here before you know it. If you’re planning on hosting a rocking party for your friends, family, and all those little witches, ghosts and goblins then you should get a jump on your planning. Over the next few weeks you’ll be seeing all the decorations, costumes, and party supplies hit the shelves ramping-up for the big day.

Today’s post is going to give you an amazing recipe that will help make sure your Halloween party doesn’t scare off all of your guests.

Harry Potter Butterbeer

Straight from Hogsmeade Village, this tasty beverage is perfect for children who are familiar with the Harry Potter series. This beverage takes about 25 minutes to prepare and makes a total of 4 servings. If no kids are attending, you can substitute your favorite rum or spiced rum.

Prep: 15 min.
Cook: 10 min.


1 cup – brown sugar
2 tablespoons – water
6 tablespoons – butter
1/2 teaspoon – salt
1/2 teaspoon – cider vinegar
1/4 cup – heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon – rum extract
1/2 cup – heavy cream – extra
4 (12 fluid ounce) cans or bottles cream soda


First take a small saucepan, and stir in the brown sugar and water over medium heat. Bring this mixture to a soft boil. You will want to cook this until your candy thermometer reads 240 degrees F. To test if it is ready, take a small amount of the syrup and drop it into a glass of cold water. If the syrup forms a small ball then it should be ready for the next step.

Next add in the butter, salt, cider vinegar, the 1/4 cup heavy cream and stir. After heating all the way through, remove and let the mixture completely cool. Once cooled, mix in the rum extract.

Now take a medium sized plastic bowl and combine 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar-cream syrup with remaining 1/2 cup heavy cream. Beat this mixture until whipped and the cream can hold a soft peak for two to three minutes.

Finally, pour 1/4 cup of the remaining brown sugar-cream mixture into a tall glass and stir in about 1/4 of a bottle of cream soda. Top the glass off with the remaining cream soda and add a little of the whipped cream. Repeat for all glasses.

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Leslie and Wes | Real Raleigh Weddings

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The Virginia Dare Ballroom is considered by many to be Raleigh’s most special hidden gem! The ballroom is located inside of The Sir Walter Raleigh in downtown and is Raleigh’s oldest surviving building, constructed between 1923 and 24.

When The Sir Walter was first built, it was the biggest building in the southern portion of the downtown Raleigh business district. A few years later, and The Sir Walter was home to over 80% of the state legislatures, in addition to lobbyists, aides, jurors, newspapermen, businessmen and other influential individuals for the next thirty years. Today, The Sir Walter Raleigh Hotel is designated as a Raleigh Historic Landmark.

The Virginia Dare ballroom has everything that elegant brides want when it comes to regal wedding reception venues. With exquisite diamond marble flooring, original wallpaper, and vintage chandeliers, the Virginia Dare Ballroom will leave your wedding guests in awe. The signature round top windows overlooking Fayetteville Street help add to the downtown atmosphere modern brides and grooms seek.

Catering By Design had the great pleasure of serving Leslie, Wes, and all of their family and friends, for an evening filled with food, fun and awesome entertainment! We wanted to share a few of our favorite pictures from this breathtaking evening, but to see the entire gallery you’ll have to click here for Pinterest.
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We started everyone off with a table of Stationary Hors d’ Oeuvres that was stuffed full, featuring Cheddar Garlic Biscuits with Country Ham served with Dijon Mustard on the side, as well as Miniature Fried Green Tomatoes with a Red Pepper Aioli topping.

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For the wedding buffet itself, guests enjoyed a bountiful Southern Feast. A beautiful summer salad consisting of Seasonal Greens with Carrots, Cucumbers, and Tomatoes finished off with our Homemade Ranch and House Vinaigrette Dressings lead the way.

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For the sides, we served our Creamy Cole Slaw, Homemade Baked Macaroni and Cheese with White Cheese and Bread Crumbs, and Country Style Green Beans with Bacon, along with Fresh Baked Rolls and Cornbread with Butter.

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The stars of the buffet were these delicious trays of NC Style Pulled Pork and BBQ Chicken. These main courses were served with Eastern and Western BBQ sauces, along with a spicier Chipotle Sauce.

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For dessert, everyone enjoyed the lovely wedding cake and cupcakes, and danced the night away!

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Caramel Apples Are Great for Autumn Weddings

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The autumn season is right around the corner, and it’s by far my favorite wedding season. Not only do brides and grooms have many options for locations, decor, and colors, the food might be one of the best parts of the planning … and I-doing!

Fall brings a lot of attention to the tastes of pumpkin everything, and don’t get me wrong – I love it. However, today’s post is going to focus on another fall favorite, caramel apples. When I think of caramel apples, I automatically think of fall. After all, making these treats has been an October family favorite of ours for years. That’s why I did a little research to see if this treat was a big hit at weddings and the answer was a resounding yes! Here’s why!
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Caramel Apples and Autumn Weddings

For starters, having caramel apples at your autumn wedding is a great idea because they can be a fun and inexpensive DIY project for you and your bridesmaids. You can make these, with various toppings, and wrap them up for take home gifts for your wedding guests to enjoy later. You can also incorporate your seating card with this idea and take care of two needs with one trick. Think about how amazed and excited your guests will be when they show up to the reception and find a gourmet style caramel apple for them to take home? I know I would be.

Caramel apples also make for a great reception treat for part of the dessert options. This is a great alternative to the standard cupcake and wedding cake. You can prepare them ahead of time or ask your Raleigh wedding catering company if they can create an interactive caramel apple dipping bar. You can set up several different topping stations with different nuts, graham crackers, sprinkles, and chocolate so your guests can customize their own. Not to mention, the kids will love this idea.

Finally, you do not have to stop at just using caramel to dip your apples in, you have other options as well. If you really love this idea then you can go all out and get other dipping stations to cover your apples such as chocolate and candy.

Caramel apples and the fall season just go hand-in-hand! This idea will definitely set your wedding apart from all the rest this season as well. Just know that it could get a little messy, but messy can sometimes be a lot of fun!

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If you want the finest dining experience for your wedding call Catering By Design. We offer the most affordable Raleigh wedding catering in the Triangle. Call us to learn more and ask about our free menu tastings. This is a free service that most of our competitors charge for.

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