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A Love Story Written in the Stars

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Chris and Kathryn’s love story was written in the stars. The two, who met while working at NASA in Virginia, got to know each other when Kathryn struck up a conversation with Chris about Duke basketball (Chris had a crush from day one!). Kathryn had received a job offer in Portland and asked Chris to dinner to tell him the news in person. It was their first date and, as a slight introvert, Chris was secretly relieved that Kathryn had asked him out. Four months after their first date, Kathryn moved to Portland and she and Chris started a long-distance relationship. Ten months after the move, Chris landed a job in Portland and packed his things to be with her. Two years later, while on an annual vacation to the Outer Banks with Kathryn’s family, Chris proposed while on a walk back from the beach! Kathryn said “yes,” but only after making sure Chris had asked her parents first (he had!).

Kathryn and Chris’ stunning downtown Raleigh wedding started with the girls getting ready at The Glass Box, a gorgeous space perfect for wedding days. A first look with Kathryn and her dad before the ceremony was definitely a tear jerker! Kathryn looked stunning in her lace gown that paired perfectly with her pretty ‘do by Wedding Hair by Liz.

Their ceremony took place at All Saints Chapel, the “prettiest chapel in the south,” and the happiest of tears were shed as Kathryn and Chris exchanged personal, handwritten vows. After the ceremony, the couple and wedding party took full advantage of downtown Raleigh with stops for portraits by Visual Rituals and with a congratulatory round at Coglin’s before joining the reception.

Kathryn and Chris’ beautiful reception was held at The Stockroom at 230. The night was full of fall florals, romantic candlelight and rustic accents. Market lighting added a whimsical feel to the industrial space. Catering by Design created a fabulous meal that was followed with heartfelt toasts before it was time to hit the dance floor! The newlyweds had the best time dancing the night away with friends and family and their whole day was captured on film by Carolina Wedding Films, who perfectly told Kathryn and Chris’ story.

“We never wanted to forget the moment that we saw each other for the first time on wedding day,” they said. “[That’s why we hired Carolina Wedding Films.] This was the most important detail of our day and something we had talked about since the day we got engaged.”

The day was made complete with a sparkler exit and one last wedding day kiss before Kathryn and Chris headed off as the new Mr. and Mrs. Lynn!

Congratulations, Kathryn and Chris!

This blog post was originally posted at Bustld.com. Click the link below to see the pictures and wedding video.

https://bustld.com/raleigh-durham/weddings/a-love-story-written-in-the-stars

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Saving Money When Buying Groceries

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Welcome back to our series on tips for saving lots of money when grocery shopping. If you missed our last post, we talked about making a cash budget, buying less food, using coupons, and more. Jump back to read more about these tips by clicking here. Below you’ll find more great ideas that will keep more money in your bank account regardless of how often you buy groceries. If you’re searching for the best event caterers Raleigh NC has to offer this summer or fall, call Catering by Design right now. You’ll love our food, attention to detail, and unbeatable prices. Call today to learn more.

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Saving Money When Grocery Shopping

Stop Shopping While Hungry

Never go to the grocery store when you’re hungry. Instead, try to only shop when you have a full belly. This is another trick that will help you avoid the dreaded impulse buy, something we talked about in our last post. Scheduling your grocery shopping on Saturday and Sunday will also help.

Skip the Toiletries

Did you know that buying toiletries from the grocery store is costing you more money? It is! You can buy these items at cheaper prices at other stores, like a pharmacy, Walmart, etc.

Try Leaving Your Kids at Home

This one is a long shot, we know from experience, but try to leave your kids at home when going out grocery shopping. This is really unavoidable at times. However, you’ll save time and money if you can. You’ll be able to focus on your list and your children will not be there begging you to buy them things you know they won’t really like.

We hope the tips in our last two posts help you save on your grocery bills. Make sure to come back next month for the final post in this series. We’ll finish up with even more awesome grocery shopping tips that will help you save money. For the best prices and for high-quality catering in the Triangle, keep reading to learn why Catering by Design is number one!

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Is Your Grocery Bill Draining Your Bank Account?

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In my family every dollar counts. We’re always looking for ways to save money, and that includes grocery shopping. After all, feeding all of these hungry mouths every day can get expensive. In today’s post we’re going to tell you how you can save money when grocery shopping. If you need affordable Raleigh event catering this summer, call Catering by Design today to save time and money.

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Make a Cash Budget

Start taking cash with you to the grocery store and make yourself a cash budget. Leave the credit and debit cards at home or in the car. This will help you limit impulse buying and stay focused on the important items on your grocery list.

Stop Buying so Much Food

This tip piggybacks off the one above. Americans waste a lot of food. Part of that is, again, impulse buying. You have to stick with a budget, make a list, and not deviate from it. Focus only on the food items you need for the week and avoid buying a lot of extra things you do not need.

Use Coupons

Using coupons is a great way to save money every time you go grocery shopping. Grocery chains have their own special coupons and you can get coupons online from the manufacturer and other websites. Some grocery chains also have double coupon days where the value of each coupon is doubled for extra savings.

Buy Generic

The big brands always cost more compared to the generic store brands. If you are only buying named brand food items, you’re losing money each trip. You can buy storebrand bottled water, soda, juice, canned vegetables, crackers, pasta, cheese, frozen items, and more.

Join us for part two of this series where we will expose even more money saving tips for grocery shopping. For the best catering in Raleigh or anywhere in the Triangle area, keep reading to learn why Catering by Design should be your top choice!

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Searching for high quality and affordable Raleigh event catering this spring? Call Catering by Design. We’re one of the top rated catering companies in the Triangle area. We can help you with any type of event with very affordable catering packages. Our team of highly trained pros is ready to answer questions or to schedule service for you.

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Teaching Your College Kid How to Cook over Summer Break

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Another school year will be here before you know it. If you have a son or daughter starting or going back to campus this fall, take this opportunity to teach them some practical life skills that will help them beyond the next four years. Basic cooking skills and knowledge should be at the top of your list. Not only will your child be eating better and gaining valuable kitchen experience, but you’re also going to be saving a lot of money because they can avoid the dining hall. Keep reading for our advice. Need affordable Raleigh catering for an upcoming event or wedding? Call Catering by Design. We offer unbeatable prices and even better customer service. Ask about our delivery options if you do not need full service.

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Teaching Your Child Cooking Skills Is Important

Any Kitchen Will Do

Teach your children that they do not need a kitchen like their parents’ to cook a good meal. Any kitchen with a working stove, oven, and refrigerator will do. Do make sure your child is equipped with the basics like pots, pans, baking dishes, slow cooker, cutting boards, storage containers, etc.

Take Them Grocery Shopping

If they’re going to learn to cook, they’re going to have to learn how to shop for groceries. Take them with you grocery shopping and teach them. Show them what herbs, sauces, and condiments make the best flavor boosters. Show them what fruits and vegetables can be kept for a long time and which ones spoil the quickest. Teach them how to compare labels, prices, and finding the best deals.

Start with Basic Recipes

Once you get in the kitchen, start them off with easy and basic recipes. This will help them build a good foundation to work from and will give them confidence that they really can learn how to cook. Have them start preparing simple meals for the family to get extra practice.

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The Best Raleigh Catering for Summer 2018!

All Raleigh catering vendors are not the same, especially if you are looking for one that specializes in great customer service, prices, and the best flavors. We’ve got affordable menus to fit any budget. You can also customize your catering menu with family recipes, or for dietary restrictions. Please give us a call soon if you have any questions, or if would like to discuss our catering services. We also offer free tastings for brides and grooms.

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Cool Off with These Delicious No-Bake Summer Desserts

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A sweet tooth doesn’t care what season it is, it wants dessert. But during the summer months, who really wants to use a hot oven for baking? Not me! Have no fear! There are dozens and dozens of super easy recipes that are delicious and require no baking. We hope you’ll make each of these over the next few months. Searching for the best business, wedding, or event catering Raleigh NC services this summer? Call the experts at Catering by Design. Our clients love our big menu selection, attention to detail, and great pricing. We even offer delivery options as well!
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No Oven Necessary for These Bakeless Desserts

Ice Cream and Cookie Sandwich

Make ice cream sandwiches with your favorite store bought cookies at home this summer. Jazz up your dessert by adding your favorite candies and using different types of ice cream.

Fruit Pizza

You’ll love this no-bake fruit pizza. It’s like a cross between a fruit tart and no-bake cheesecake. We make this a few times each summer and it is also a great treat for the 4th of July. Check out this recipe.

Icebox Strawberry Shortcake

This recipe for strawberry shortcake just might be the easiest I’ve ever seen. All you need are fresh strawberries, some orange juice, graham crackers, and whipped cream to create this summery sweet treat. Here’s the recipe.

No-Bake S’mores Bars

Did you know that you can actually make tasty s’mores without a campfire or oven? It’s true and this blows my mind. You’ll find the user friendly recipe here.

5-Minute Fruit Mousse

Yes, you read that correctly. This dessert takes a whole five minutes to make. Talk about quick and easy. All you’ll need is a food processor and just three ingredients: egg whites, your favorite frozen fruit, and sugar. The recipe is here.

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Staying Cool During Summer Weddings

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Are you getting married this summer or next? If you said yes, then you make sure you account for the heat during the months of June through September. Having a good plan in place will help ensure your big day doesn’t turn into an uncomfortable and sweaty situation. Below you’ll find some tips to make sure everyone at your wedding stays comfortable during your summer ceremony. For the best wedding catering Raleigh NC has to offer this summer, contact Catering by Design. Our customers love our incredible customer service, fresh flavors, and affordable catering prices.

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Keeping Comfortable During Summer Weddings

Mini-Sunscreen Take-Home Wedding Gifts

If you’re having a summer wedding at a venue with little to no outdoor shade, like a beach wedding for instance, then consider offering miniature bottles of personalized sunscreen. DIY your own custom sunscreen bottles for each table. Amazon has lots of options for you to choose from. Just add your own sunscreen and stickers. A great gift idea for guests who will be spending lots of time under the summer sun.

Ceremony Time and Length

When scheduling a summer wedding, don’t start it during the hottest part of the day. Have it early in the morning, or push the time back to later in the day and closer to the evening. Having dinner at sunset on your wedding day is way more romantic anyways. Also, do not have a lengthy wedding ceremony. Try to keep it as short and sweet as possible. This way your guests are not sitting and baking when they could be cooling off at the reception.

Summer Menu Options

When planning the wedding menu, make it summer and event friendly. Avoid lots of spicy foods. For the best prices and services on catering in the Triangle for events of any kind, keep reading to see how Catering by Design can help save you time and money.

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Summer Recipes for Healthy Eating

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Are you looking for a few healthy recipes to try out this summer? If so, you’ve come to the right place. These 2 easy-to-follow recipes taste great and are pretty healthy too. We hope you’ll enjoy making and eating them. For the most affordable catering Raleigh NC has to offer this summer, consider calling Catering by Design. We’ll save you time and money on wedding receptions, business luncheons, social parties, award banquets, and more.

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Shrimp Piccata with Zucchini Noodles

This new twist on Shrimp Piccata tastes great. A tangy lemon-caper sauce and zucchini noodles gives this healthy Italian recipe a makeover. This recipe makes about 4 servings and takes about 35 minutes to prepare.

Ingredients
5-6 medium zucchini (2 1/4-2 1/2 pounds), trimmed
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound raw shrimp (21-25 count), peeled and veins removed, tails left on if desired
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/3 cup white wine
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 tablespoons capers, rinsed
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Directions
First, make your zucchini noodles using a spiral vegetable slicer, or veggie peeler. Create long strands, lengthwise. Avoid using zucchini pieces with seeds as the noodles will fall apart. Drain and dry the noodles for 15 – 30 minutes in a colander, then toss with salt. Next, heat the butter and 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds while stirring. Add the shrimp and cook for 1 minute while stirring.

To prep the sauce, whisk the broth and cornstarch in a small bowl. Add this mixture to your shrimp and mix in the wine, lemon juice and capers. Simmer for 4 – 5 minutes until the shrimp is just cooked through and then remove from heat.

Heat the last of the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Gently squeeze the zucchini noodles to remove any excess water and add them to the skillet. Toss for 3 minutes until hot. Serve the shrimp and sauce over the zucchini noodles.

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BLT and Avocado Sandwiches

This healthy BLT recipe is a great for breakfast, lunch or dinner! This recipe makes up to 4 servings and takes about 25 minutes to prepare.

Ingredients
8 slices center-cut bacon, halved
1 ripe medium avocado
2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon finely grated or minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon low sodium salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
8 slices good bread
1 medium tomato, cut into 8 slices
4 romaine leaves
1 cup alfalfa sprouts

Directions
Cook your bacon in your large skillet over medium heat and drain. Toast your bread and start prepping your avocado. Stir in the basil, mayonnaise, garlic, salt and pepper. Spread about 2 tablespoons of this mixture over 4 toast slices. Place 4 pieces of bacon, 2 tomato slices, 1 lettuce leaf, 1/4 cup sprouts and the remaining toast and combine. Serve and enjoy!

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More Tips for Buying Engagement Rings

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Welcome back to our next post on tips for buying the right engagement ring for that special person you want to marry. In our last post, we talked about the importance of setting your budget and finding out her ring size. For more information please revisit that post by clicking here. Below you’ll find even more great engagement ring buying tips. If you’re searching for the best wedding catering companies in Raleigh for an upcoming ceremony, call Catering by Design. We’re the best in the business and we have the awards to prove it. Call today or come by the kitchen to learn more.

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Buying the Right Engagement Ring

Know Her Style and Cut Preferences

Diamonds come in many different cuts. Here’s the list of the different cuts that you’ll have to choose from: Princess, Emerald, Heart, Pear, Round, Asscher, Trillion, Oval, Radiant, and Marquis. You’ll have to do some deep research to get this right, so keep notes of what kind of jewelry she likes to wear. You should also know if she likes yellow or white gold, silver, or platinum for the band.

Avoid Trends

When selecting an engagement ring, try to avoid the trends. Go with something timeless instead. This way the cut, setting, and band will not suddenly go out of style. You want your love to cherish this ring for a lifetime.

Shop Around

Do your research on where to buy the engagement ring. By all means, do not buy the ring online. Instead, go to a reputable jeweler in your area. These professionals can guide you because they possess lots of knowledge on how to make the right selection. Furthermore, compare prices at different jewelers on the same cut and carat weight. Don’t be afraid to negotiate either. Some jewelers, especially non-chain stores, will work with you on price and financing.

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

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How to Buy an Engagement Ring

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Have you found the one person you want to spend the rest of your life with? If so, buying an engagement ring is a very important next step that you do not want to screw up. Below you’ll find the best tips on how to buy the right engagement ring. Are you searching for an affordable and reliable wedding catering company in Raleigh, NC this summer? Call Catering by Design today. We make the process easy and we will save you a lot of time and money!

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Tips for Buying Engagement Rings

Figure Out Your Budget

Before you go to buy a ring you really need to figure out how much money you have to spend on it. This will help the jeweler show you the options in your price range. Furthermore, the old myth about spending a month or two month’s salary on a ring is hogwash. Don’t put yourself in massive debt to buy a ring that is way outside of your budget. You’ll have lots of other expenses down the road that you’ll need to financially plan for.

Figure Out Her Ring Size

Here’s where lots of men make a mistake. They don’t know what size ring to buy. There’s nothing more awkward than getting down on one knee to propose and trying to slide a ring on that is too small for her finger. Try recruiting one of her friends to take her ring browsing or jewelry shopping one day. You can also try to secretly take one of her rings to get the size measured. Just make sure you know what finger she wears that ring on to get as close as possible to the right size.

These are just two very important factors in buying the right engagement ring. Be sure to join us for part two of this series for even more great tips on how to make the right purchase.

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

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The Cost of Being a Bridesmaid

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Being a bridesmaid is a huge honor. However, it can also come at a big financial cost. In today’s post we’re going to be breaking down the actual costs of being a bridesmaid so you’ll know what you’re getting into and how much money you’ll need to save up. Are you searching for Raleigh wedding catering companies for an upcoming reception? Call Catering by Design today to learn more about our affordable packages.

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Costs Associated with Being a Bridesmaid

Bridal Shower

If you’re a bridesmaid, it’s customary to attend the shower. However, if you live outside of driving distance you can skip it. Costs seem to vary for this one. Some bridesmaids chip in on the costs of the shower and others just bring a gift. Expect to spend anywhere between $0 and $100.00.

Bachelorette Party

The costs of attending a bachelorette party also vary in price depending on where you’re going and what you’re doing. A night out on the town is going to cost less than a weekend getaway. Some bachelorette parties also take place in expensive cities like Las Vegas, Miami, and NYC where the cost of airfare, hotel, food, and party money can easily be a $1,000.00 per person.

Dress, Shoes, Makeup, Etc.

A bridesmaid dress will typically cost around $150.00. Shoes can be anywhere between $100-$200.00. Makeup, manicure, and pedicure can run between $100 and $150.00. Good Spanx shapeware can also cost between $60 – $100. If you’re adding in a spray tan, that can cost another $25 – $50.00.

Wedding Weekend

If you’re flying then plan on spending at least a few hundred dollars on airfare. Food, drinks, and snacks for the weekend can easily cost another $100 or more. The wedding gift can cost you between $25 and $100.00. A hotel room is also going to cost you a few hundred as well, unless you’re splitting the cost with another friend.

Being a bridesmaid can be pretty expensive but the memories you’ll make with your friends will be priceless.

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Catering by Design is Raleigh’s top choice when it comes to catering wedding receptions, business and corporate events, block parties, banquets, and more. Our affordable menus can be customized to meet any dietary needs. Please click here to check out our Raleigh wedding packages. Brides, call us today and ask about our free tastings.

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

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