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What Does Mom Want for Mother’s Day?

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Mother’s Day is right around the corner. If you have not already gotten your gift or big day planned, then you’ll love these next two posts. The big question we all have is what to get mom this year. What do you get her when she has everything she needs? Well, according to a recent survey by RetailMeNot, what mom really wants might surprise you.

In today’s post, we’re going to break down this survey so you’ll know how to better plan for Mother’s Day 2016, and beyond. Are you in need of Raleigh caterers for an event you’re planning? Call Catering by Design today! You’ll love our menu selections, prices and exceptional customer service.

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What Mom Wants for Mother’s Day

Research says that Mother’s Day and Christmas are the two largest money spending holidays each year. The National Retail Federation estimates that Americans spent over $170.00 on average for mom in 2015. That’s a lot of flowers and candy! But what does mom really want?

RetailMeNot conducted a nationwide survey of over 1,000 moms, and found moms really want to spend time with their families and have a nice meal (25%). You might be surprised to find out that she doesn’t want new electronics, cookware, clothing, or even a day at the spa. Shocking, I know! These gifts are better served during birthdays and other holidays. The other high ranking gifts on the survey included gift cards (16%), and the day off (13%). Furthermore, she loves gifts with meaning so a cute DIY project will work as well.

However, don’t be discouraged or freaked out if you’ve already gotten your mom one of these gifts above, just make sure you throw in a nice meal and everything should be all good! A great way to give mom the meal she’s always dreamed of is by calling Catering by Design. We’ve got menus that she will absolutely love. Keep reading to find out how we can help.

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If you are looking for reliable Raleigh caterers for your next spring or summer event, please call Catering by Design today. Our team of highly trained professionals is ready to take your call to schedule your service, or delivery today. We are an award winning catering company that can handle any event of any size. We can even help you with your Mother’s Day event.

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DIY Gifts for Mom

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Mother’s Day is this upcoming weekend and if you’re running behind on gift shopping, then you’re going to love this post. Moms everywhere love thoughtful and meaningful gifts, so why not make her something she not only will love, but can also use?

In today’s post, we are going to highlight some of the easiest and most popular gifts that you can make at home. If you’re in need of affordable, yet awesome, Raleigh event catering for Mother’s Day please give us a call. Our food, service, and prices will blow you away.

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Easy DIY Gifts for Mom

Garden Kid’s Stepping Stone
If you have children, or more importantly, if your Mom is also a grandmother, then she’ll love this idea – and so will your kids. Make a garden stepping stone complete with your kid’s handprints, and other things that are special to your mom and your kids. For some great instructions, click here.

Chalkboard Flower Pots
Does your mom like to garden? If so then here is another quick and easy gift idea. All you have to do is buy some inexpensive terracotta pots, some flowers or herbs, and chalkboard paint. Here’s a really easy to follow guide on how to nail this craft project.

Decoupage Photo and Quote Cans
Does mom spend a lot of time at work? Does she have a home office or reading room? This personalized gift is simple and easy, and can be decorated in millions of ways. These custom cans make the perfect desk organizer. It will brighten her day every time she looks at it. Just follow these easy steps.

If you need some more ideas, check out this post. It has information from a survey from over 1,000 moms across the nation on their favorite gifts.

We hope these last two posts help you with your Mother’s Day planning. Even if you cannot be there in person, a gift like this will warm her heart. Also be sure to wish her a happy day this year! Did you know that Catering by Design can also help you plan a special Mother’s Day event? Keep reading to find out how.

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Mother’s Day is here and Catering by Design is ready to provide your family and friends with the best Raleigh event catering services available. We have a great menu that will fit any sized budget or type of event. We specialize in family, social, community, and corporate events as well as wedding receptions, birthdays, anniversaries, and more. You can also customize your catering menu, truly making your event “catering by your design”.

Give us a call soon to schedule either a delivery or full service catering.

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Spring Weddings at The Fair Barn

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The Fair Barn, located in Pinehurst, is the oldest surviving early twentieth-century fair exhibition hall in the state of North Carolina. Built in 1917 for the Sandhills’ Fair, it’s now one of the premier multi-use event centers for this area.

We recently had the great pleasure of providing the food for an amazing wedding at The Fair Barn and wanted to share some amazing pictures. We want to wish the newlyweds, Emily and Andrew, all the best and thank them for allowing us to help out and take part in their special day. If you’d like to see all the pictures from the wedding reception, check out our Pinterest gallery. When you need affordable Raleigh wedding catering, contact Catering by Design. We offer free menu tastings, a service some of our competitors charge for.

The Fair Barn Wedding Highlights

For the cocktail hour, we started our hungry guests off with a beautiful spread of stationary Hors d’ Oeuvres featuring Spanikopita, Beef Wrapped Portobello with a Sesame Ginger Demi Glaze, and our famous Grilled Chicken, Mango and Cilantro stuffed Toasted Phyllo Cups.

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Then after the wedding party was announced, the first dance, and the blessing, dinner was served. The dinner buffet was led by a spring salad full of fresh Baby Greens with Toasted Walnuts, Mandarin Oranges and Dried Cranberries that was tossed in a light Citrus Vinaigrette.

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Next were the sides. These consisted of a beautiful tray of Hot Marinated Grilled Vegetables that featured Broccoli, Squash, Mushrooms, and Green and Red Peppers.

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The other side was this creamy Penne Pasta dish. It was tossed with Spinach, Roasted Peppers and a Basil Cream Sauce.

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The dinner buffet was anchored by our Chicken Breast Stuffed with Portobello, Sun Dried Tomatoes and Vermont White Cheddar, along with a Carving Station that featured a Rosemary Roasted NY Strip Loin. The NY Strip was served with a Balsamic Onion Marmalade, Horseradish and Whole Grain Mustard Sauce, as well as Assorted Rolls and Butter.

The guests enjoyed wedding cake for dessert. Thanks again to Emily and Andrew for choosing Catering by Design and for allowing us to serve your family. When you need the best catering for life’s grand occasions, let our friendly staff help you out. Keep reading to learn more.

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We love being able to serve such wonderful families and be a part of these big days and life changing events. If you need the very best in Raleigh wedding catering, please consider Catering by Design. Our wedding menus can fit any budget and we offer free tastings. Call us today or just drop by our kitchen to find out more.

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More Wedding Anniversary Gifts

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Thanks for joining us for part two in our series to help you find the best wedding anniversary gifts. If you’re just now joining us, be sure to go back and read over part one of this series. We discussed both traditional and nontraditional anniversary gift ideas for years one through ten.

In today’s post, we are going to continue down this same path with traditional and modern gifts for the major milestone gifts after year ten. If you are searching for the best Raleigh wedding catering, please call Catering by Design for an affordable option.

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Even More Wedding Anniversary Gifts

This first list that we have below covers all the traditional gifts that people buy for their loved ones. You can also use this as a guide to buy gifts for one of your favorite couples celebrating their anniversary as well. This list will make a perfect guide for anyone looking to stick to the traditional gift giving route.

  • 11th – Steel
  • 12th – Silk or Linen
  • 13th – Lace
  • 14th – Pet or Animals
  • 15th – Crystal
  • 20th – China
  • 25th – Silver
  • 30th – Pearls
  • 35th – Coral
  • 40th – Ruby
  • 45th – Sapphire
  • 50th – Gold
  • 60th – Diamond

If you want to go with something that leans more towards the modern route then use the information we’ve listed out below. These can be an alternative to the traditional route, although some are the same.

  • 11th – Fashion Jewelry
  • 12th – Pearls
  • 13th – Textile Furs
  • 14th – Gold Jewelry
  • 15th – Watches
  • 20th – Platinum
  • 25th – Silver
  • 30th – Diamond
  • 35th – Jade
  • 40th – Ruby
  • 45th – Sapphire
  • 50th – Gold
  • 60th – Diamond

We hope the ideas we’ve given you in the last two posts will help you plan for, and buy, the very best wedding anniversary gift for either your loved one or favorite couple. If you know someone getting married, or need affordable catering for your next event, don’t hesitate to give Catering by Design a call. Keep reading for more information.

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Wedding Anniversary Gifts

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Do you know a special couple that will celebrating an anniversary very soon? Maybe you are having one yourself and you need to get your spouse that perfect gift. You might be confused as to what to buy, especially since there are so many gifts out there available. Furthermore, you might want to stick to the traditional route and get the coordinating gift that associates with how many years of marriage are being celebrated.

That’s why we are going to help you out. Over the course of the next two posts, we are going to cover traditional and modern anniversary gifts that will work regardless of whether this is for your spouse, parents, or good friends. For the best wedding caterers Raleigh NC has to offer, look no further than Catering by Design. You’ll love our food, flavors, and prices.

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Gift Ideas for Wedding Anniversaries

The first list that we have below covers all the gifts that most people buy for their loved one, or happy couples celebrating. You can use this list as a guide if you’re looking to stick to the traditional route.

  • 1st – Paper
  • 2nd – Cotton
  • 3rd – Leather
  • 4th – Fruit or Flowers
  • 5th – Wood
  • 6th – Candy or Iron
  • 7th – Wool or Copper
  • 8th – Pottery or Bronze
  • 9th – Willow or Pottery
  • 10th – Tin or Aluminum

If you want to go with something a little more modern, check out the list we have set below. These can be a great alternative to the traditional gifts.

  • 1st – Clocks
  • 2nd – China
  • 3rd – Crystal or Glass
  • 4th – Appliances
  • 5th – Silverware
  • 6th – Wood
  • 7th – Desk Sets
  • 8th – Linens or Lace
  • 9th – Leather
  • 10th – Diamond Jewelry

Hopefully today’s post will help you get started off on the right foot. Be sure to visit back with our blog for the second part of this series where we’ll give you even more anniversary gift ideas for the major years after 10. If you’re in need of affordable wedding, corporate, or social catering, keep reading to see how Catering by Design can help.

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River Ridge Golf Club | Spring Weddings in Raleigh

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Spring weddings in North Carolina are something else. The weather is warmer, all of the flowers are in full bloom, and brides everywhere are looking to celebrate their nuptials. We want to personally thank Neil and Tara for choosing Catering by Design for their recent wedding.

We had the great pleasure of catering this lovely wedding reception. We took some great pictures at the recpetion, and we hope you enjoy this small preview. If you would like to see the entire gallery from this magical day, you’ll have to take a look at our Pinterest gallery. You’ll be able to see pictures from many of our catering events, including social gatherings, corporate events, and other weddings as well. If you’re searching for the best Raleigh wedding catering this year, keep reading to see how Catering by Design can help.

Spring Weddings in Raleigh | River Ridge Golf Club

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For dinner at this beautiful wedding reception, we served our famous Southern Style buffet, complete with all the fixins. The buffet started out with our Creamy Cole Slaw, Smoked Baked Beans, along with fresh baked Rolls and butter.

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We also had our golden Macaroni and Cheese, a dish the kids and adults devoured.

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For the proteins, guests enjoyed our Memphis Rotisserie Bone-In Chicken. Chef Omar knocked it out of the park with this spicy rubbed dish.

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And no Southern buffet is complete without our famous North Carolina Pulled Pork. This treat was served with Hot Sauce, Carolina BBQ Sauce, and our Tangy Tomato BBQ Sauce.

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Even the bride’s sweet puppy dog made an appearance. She might have even stolen the show! All-in-all, it was a beautiful spring day for a North Carolina wedding at a gorgeous golf club in Raleigh. If you need a caterer that you can trust, keep reading to see how Catering by Design can help.

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Planning a Bridal Shower Continued

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Thanks for joining us for part two of our series on how to plan the best bridal shower for your favorite engaged couple. If you’re just now joining us, take a moment to go back and read over part one of how to plan a bridal shower. To recap, we focused in on who should do the planning, and who to invite. There’s some great information that will help you get started, especially if you’re going to be planning one in the near future.

In today’s post, we are going to continue with even more great tips that you can use, so your bridal shower planning is easy breezy. Are you in need of Raleigh caterers for your spring wedding reception? Call Catering by Design today! You’ll love our menu selections, prices and exceptional customer service.

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More Tips for Planning Wedding Showers

Location and Time
Traditionally, wedding showers are held before the actual wedding day ceremony. However, in today’s modern world, the shower can be held either before or after the big day. It really all depends on what makes sense for the soon-to-be bride and groom. Just be sure to give plenty of notice and include all of the important details on the invite.

As far as location goes, there are no set rules anymore. Tradition says it should be held at the host’s home, but now it’s totally acceptable to have this event at an alternate location. A restaurant, country club, the couple’s church or banquet hall, or other favorite place will do just fine.

Wedding Shower Themes
Themes are all the rage, especially if you’re throwing a couple’s shower. If lots of men are going to be attending, consider a theme like “Stock The Bar” or “Brides and BBQ.” Gifts can be bottles of their favorite adult beverages, grilling accessories, or other fun things. This will keep the men from getting super bored and ensure everyone will have a great time.

We hope these tips have helped you on your quest to plan a great bridal shower. Just remember to have fun with it and not to stress out. If you’re searching for a great wedding caterer, keep reading to see how Catering by Design can help.

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Planning a Bridal Shower

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Throwing a bridal shower, wedding shower, or couple’s shower is a fun and practical way to start the bride and groom off on the right foot. This event can be held either before or after the wedding ceremony. Tradition says that it’s the bride’s maid of honor’s responsibility to take care of all of the planning, but in today’s world, this might not always be the case. Regardless of who takes the reins, the planning and organizing can be somewhat hectic, especially if this is your first one.

Over the course of the next few posts, we’re going to give you all the information you need to know so that your wedding shower goes off without a hitch. If you need wedding catering Raleigh NC services, please call Catering by Design to schedule your free menu tasting!

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How to Plan a Wonderful Bridal Shower

Who’s Going to Host?

Like we mentioned above, traditionally the maid of honor did the hosting and planning. This is because it used to be somewhat awkward for the family to host as it was seen as if said family was using this party to solicit gifts for the newlyweds. But times have changed, and it’s no longer weird for family members to take care of all the details. With the cost of just being a bridesmaid increasing every year, it might be a great idea for a family member to take care of the planning and hosting. This will help spread out some of the expenditures involved.

Who’s Going to Be Invited?

The wedding shower is typically an event for close family and friends, so your guest list should reflect the same. Traditionally, this event was held just for the women, but today there are many “Jack-and-Jill Showers.” Couples showers are very popular these days so invites can go out to male and female family and friends.

We suggest that you include the friends and family of both the bride and groom, and members of the wedding party including the flower girl and her mom, the ring bearer and parents, both sets of grandparents, etc. Just keep in mind that everyone that is invited to the shower should also to be invited to the wedding.

Don’t miss part two of this series where we’ll give you even more tips for planning the perfect wedding shower for your favorite couple. If you’re still searching for wedding catering, keep reading to see how Catering by Design can help.

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More Wedding Traditions and Their History

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Thanks for joining us for part two in our series on common wedding traditions we celebrate and how they were formed. If you’re just now joining us, part one was a lot of fun. It talked about the wedding bouquet, throwing the garter belt, and more. To go back and read it, click here.

In today’s post we’re going to continue down this road with even more historical references of how some of our most familiar traditions were formed. If you’re searching for the best Raleigh wedding catering? Keep reading to see how Catering by Design can help you save lots of money.

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The History of Our Wedding Traditions

The Bride’s Veil – In today’s modern weddings, the bride wears a veil to look elegant and more beautiful. However, this tradition is also an old one dating back to the ancient Greeks and Romans. They believed that the veil would protect the bride from evil spirits attending the wedding that would try to curse the couple. In Victorian times, the bridal veil transformed into a symbol of wealth.

Giving the Bride Away – If you’ve been to any weddings, you’re probably familiar with the tradition of the father of the bride walking his daughter down the aisle and giving her away to her new husband as part of the ceremony. This is one of the most emotional and touching parts of the wedding, but this one also has a weird history.

Back when this tradition was first started, daughters were considered property and fathers would routinely use them as a form of currency. If the family had a lot of debt, or wanted to advance in social status, the daughters were usually used in the transaction. The father would transfer ownership of the daughter to her groom. In most of our modern civilizations, this practice has long been forgotten and now is a symbol of the parent’s blessing the new union.

We hope you enjoyed reading these last two posts, especially if you have a wedding coming up soon or will be attending one. Now you’ll even more cool things to talk about. If you need a dependable wedding caterer, keep reading to see how Catering by Design can save you money.

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The History of Common Wedding Traditions

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Weddings are all about fun, making lifelong memories, and traditions. Most of the traditions you see you’re probably really familiar with. But do you know the history, where they started, and what they represent?

Today we’re going to be talking about the history of the most common traditions you see at weddings. If you are in need of affordable wedding catering Raleigh NC services, please call Catering by Design. We offer free menu tastings!

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The History of Our Common Wedding Traditions

Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue – We recently covered some great ideas for this old tradition. Something old represents the families and all the happiness from the past marriages. Something new stands for the future and good fortune. Something borrowed means borrowing happiness from friends and family, while something blue stands for the love and fidelity you’ll share as married couple.

The Wedding Bouquet – In today’s modern marriages, brides carry beautiful bouquets of flowers and greenery. However, when this tradition first started, brides carried a bundle of garlic, dill, and other fragrant herbs. This was believed to ward off evil spirits. When Queen Victoria and Prince Albert got married in 1840, the bundle of herbs was replaced with beautiful flowers. As time passed, the flowers slowly became the more popular choice.

The Garter Toss – This one has a little bit of a weird history as it was formed to actually protect the bride from unruly wedding guests. It actually comes from medieval England and France where guests would force their way into the wedding chamber to check the bride’s stockings for proof that the marriage had been consummated.

In France, brides would get rushed by a mob of guests that were trying to grab a piece of her wedding dress for good luck. In the end, the bride was bruised and battered, and hardly left with any clothes on. One smart groom figured out a way to satisfy the mob by tossing out his bride’s garter for them to fight over.

We hope today’s post on the history of common wedding traditions will give you a different appreciation for all the fun ones you’re going to have at your wedding. Be sure to join us for part two for more wedding traditions and their history. If you need a great catering service, keep reading to see how Catering by Design can help you!

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Do you need the best rated wedding catering Raleigh NC services for your big reception? Please call Catering by Design today for a free menu tasting! We’re one of the most highly rated, and affordable, catering companies in central North Carolina. We have wedding menus that can be fully customized. We have the best prices and customer service in the Triangle. Give us a call today to schedule your free tasting.

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