Thanks for coming back to our blog for the second post on fun Memorial Day party tips and ideas. Memorial Day is one of the most popular national holidays. We honor our fallen veterans and spend time with family friends. Memorial Day, on a lighter note, is also the unofficial start to the summertime.
Last post we talked about a few Memorial Day party tips that included some ideas and recipes for food, some DIY tips for decor, and lots more. Below you’ll find a few more ideas for you consider. If you’re searching for the most affordable catering companies Raleigh NC has to offer, call Catering by Design. We offer big savings, awesome customer service, and great tasting food.
More Party Ideas and Tips for Memorial Day 2017
What to Drink
If your crew enjoys a cold brew, don’t settle for the big box beers this year. Get a variety of craft beers instead. You can go solely local or you can try micro brews from your favorite states. Even more, ask your friends to bring a six pack of their favorite craft beers to help with the variety.
You can also have specialty drinks like a red, white, and blue sangria. Here’s a great recipe. If you need more ideas, check out these crazy Memorial Day inspired cocktails from Cosmopolitan.
If you’re going to be hosting a lot of kids at your party then think about making them a specialty drink as well. Here are some ideas from Pinterest.
Games to Play
You should also plan on having some games to play. Every outdoor event needs some fun, and games will keep both the kids and adults entertained. Furthermore, who doesn’t like a little friendly competition? You can go with traditional or crazy. We like a mix. Below you’ll find a list of each that you can use.
Corn Hole / Bean Bag Toss
Giant Beer Pong
Frozen Tee-Shirt Race
Glow in the Dark Capture the Flag
If you need more ideas for fun games, here’s a huge list that people of all ages will enjoy playing. We hope your Memorial Day party will be a success this year. If you’re searching for a caterer for your next party or event, keep reading to see why calling Catering by Design should be at the top of your list.
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Memorial Day is a holiday when we show our appreciation and gratitude towards the men and women who bravely gave up their lives to protect our country. There will be many parades and celebrations all across the United States. Memorial Day is also a time when we get together with friends and family. It’s the perfect time of the year to celebrate these fallen heroes together.
If you’re planning a Memorial Day get-together this year, then you’re going to love our next few posts. We’ll be discussing several party ideas and tips that will help you throw a party everyone will enjoy. If you’re in need of affordable, yet awesome, Raleigh event catering for this year’s Memorial Day please give us a call. Our food, service, and prices are the best in town.
Memorial Day Party Tips and Ideas
A Memorial Day party can be a little tricky to plan for. It’s not blazing hot in the Triangle, but the temperatures are typically a little warm. It’s also a patriotic holiday, yet not as flag oriented as Independence Day. Hopefully these tips below will help you with decor and other planning ideas.
Even though this is not the 4th of July, you can still use all of the red, white, and blue that you want to in your decorations. You can get lots of different plates, napkins, tablecloths, streamers, and banners that can actually be used for both celebrations. Whatever you do not use for your Memorial Day party, keep for your 4th of July party.
You can’t have a good holiday celebration without having some good food. Memorial Day isn’t any different. However, you cannot please everyone. So instead of serving the usual burgers, brats, and hot dogs this year, have a “You Bring It and We’ll Grill It” theme. Not only does this ensure everyone is eating what they want, but you’ll be saving some money too.
If you’re struggling to figure out a few side items to make, or you’re set on cooking for everyone, here are some recipes for you try. These recipes are outside the norm, but still hold true to traditional food options for patriotic holidays.
For dessert, you have lots to choose from. Anything like cupcakes, pies, ice cream, cobblers, or fresh fruit will work. Here are a few dessert recipes from Food Network.
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Sleep! For some brides-to-be, the concept of a good night’s sleep was gone a long time ago. But did you know that it doesn’t have to be this way? That’s right! There are several things you can do to make sure you’re getting enough rest before your wedding date. We talked a little about this in our last post.
We started off the series by discussing a few lifestyle changes that will help you sleep better. These included getting more exercise, making changes to your routine to get on a better sleep schedule, and some food and drinks to avoid. Today’s post will be rounding out the series with even more tips.
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How to Sleep Better Before Your Wedding Day
Get Unplugged at an Earlier Time
Unplug yourself from your internet devices at an earlier time. Research has shown that our smartphones and tablets emit a blue light that stimulates and awakens the brain. Putting these devices down and reading a book, newspaper, or magazine will help you get to sleep quicker and easier. If your smartphone or tablet has a nighttime mode that emits warmer light and dims the brightness, then be sure to use that function if you are using these devices before bedtime.
The Bed Is for Sleeping and …
Your bed shouldn’t be used for anything besides sleeping and sex. It’s not an office. It’s not a dining room or a movie room. So, if you’re watching TV in bed, sending out work emails, or eating in it before bedtime, then you’re stimulating your brain to be awake instead of going to sleep.
Wind Yourself Down
Each night, spend some time winding yourself down from all the stresses and excitement of the day.There are several ways to soothe yourself. You can take a hot bath or shower, listen to some good music, go for a swim, take an easy stroll through the neighborhood, use your fire pit, do some yoga, mediate, use essential oils, and lots more.
When you’re sleeping, keep your environment as comfortable as you can. Block out all of the extra light sources that brighten up the room. Make sure the temperature is set correctly before going to bed. Too hot or too cold will make for a restless night. Use a ceiling fan or other fan to keep air circulating. This can also serve as a white noise machine as well. White noise distracts and helps your busy brain slip into sleep mode.
We hope these last two posts will help you find sleep and rest better. For great wedding catering packages and service, keep reading to see why you should call Catering by Design.
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We all know that getting enough sleep is crucial. Not getting enough nightly rest can make us irritable, react slower, under perform on our daily tasks, and lots more. When you’re planning a wedding, you might experience some restless nights. This is especially true those last few weeks leading up to the big day. Being well rested for your wedding day is not impossible though.
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Tips for Sleeping Better Before Your Wedding Day
Tweak Your Routines and Create a Sleep Schedule
Here’s the first key element to getting better sleep, creating a sleep schedule. Being consistent going to bed each night and waking up by a certain time will get your body on a sleeping schedule. The more you’re consistent with this, the easier it will be to fall asleep at a decent hour.
You should also work on your nightly routines so that they will help your brain trigger sleep. Each night try to do things in certain order. It might seem very odd at first, however, consistency is what it’s all about. If you can try to eat dinner, shower, change into your sleep clothes, brush your teeth, etc. in a certain order and time frame each night, your sleep patterns should improve.
Get Some Exercise
We hope you didn’t think it was just going to be that easy, because there’s a whole lot more coming your way. The next secret to sleep is that you need to also be getting enough exercise. Exercise plays a big role in getting good sleep. Exercise helps you de-stress after a long day, keeps you healthy, and helps you manage body weight. There have actually been studies that show that people who exercise on a regular basis sleep better at night compared to people who do not exercise. However, do not exercise right before bedtime. This can actually wake your brain up and prevent sleep.
Eating and Drinking Habits
Now let’s talk about what you’re eating and drinking. First off, you’re probably trying to cut calories before your wedding, but going to bed hungry can prevent you from sleeping. If you need to snack before bedtime, eat something healthy and drink a tall glass of water.
Do not eat chocolate right before bed. The caffeine in chocolate can keep you awake. Also, try to avoid dinner options that might upset your stomach. Having to get up to use the bathroom many times during the night will interrupt your sleep patterns.
Avoid drinking caffeine and alcohol before bedtime. Caffeine is a stimulant that keeps you awake. Even though alcohol is an overall depressant, small amounts can act like a stimulant if you’re trying to hit the hay. We suggest that you avoid drinking alcohol 3 hours before bedtime.
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Welcome back to our final installment on preserving your wedding bouquet. In our last entry we gave you a few options that work great for keeping your gorgeous blooms well preserved. This way they’ll last for many years. Part one covered flower preserving basics, like planning ahead, keeping the flowers fresh, and more. If you missed our last two posts, we hope you’ll take the time the check them out.
Today we will be covering a few more options that you can use or preserving your wedding bouquet. Keep reading to learn more. If you’re looking for affordable Raleigh caterers for an upcoming wedding, call Catering by Design. Be sure to ask about our free menu tastings.
The Other Options For Preserving Your Wedding Bouquet
The Pressing Method
This options is for brides who only want to save a few of her flowers and not the whole arrangement. I guess you could save the entire bouquet, but it would take a while to complete as you cannot get a good result unless you dismantle the arrangement.
You’ll need some heavy books or other flat weights and some newspaper. Place your blooms and greenery between the newspaper sheets and then place the heavy object on top. Your weighted flattener should be big enough to fully cover your blooms and heavy enough to press them enough to close the petals. Pressing usually takes two to three weeks to complete.
The Air Drying Method
Air drying is probably the most common way to dry out your wedding bouquet. It’s also an inexpensive alternative for keeping the entire arrangement together. All you have to do is find a place to hang the bouquet upside down where it will not get damaged. For it to be completely dried it out, it will take a few weeks to a few months depending on it’s size. You can buy a preservation box to store it in after it has finished drying.
This is the least expensive way to preserve your flowers. However, it’s also an option with varying results. The flowers will not retain their original colors, but they will give off a pretty vintage look.
We hope these last few posts will help you out with your quest for preserving your wedding bouquet. If you need affordable and dependable catering for any upcoming event, keep reading to see how we can help.
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The spring wedding season is in full bloom. If you’re a bride that is getting married this year, let us be the first to say congratulations! Today, we’re talking more about wedding bouquets. Most brides really take a lot of pride in this iconic wedding element. That’s why we’re helping you out with some great tips on flower preservation.
In our last post, we talked about the basics of preserving your flowers, and how to get started. This included planning ahead, making an outline / timeline, and keeping the bouquet fresh. Read more about preserving your wedding bouquet here.
Part two and three, will be breaking down your different preservation options. Let’s take a closer look! If you’re searching for Raleigh catering companies for your wedding, make the call to Catering by Design. You’ll love our prices and customer service. Be sure to ask about our delivery options and free menu tastings as well.
The Methods For Preserve Your Wedding Bouquet
The Freeze-Drying Method
This method is one of the most expensive, mainly because it has to be done by a professional. However, you’ll get a big pay-off and brides are usually extremely happy with their return on their investment. This process involves covering the flowers with a spray on starch. Then the bouquet is placed into a freeze-drying machine to expel all the moisture in the plants. Expect this option to take a few months to complete.
The Silica Gel Method
If you’re really into doing it yourself, then you’ll love this popular DIY option. Using the silica gel method is really easy and affordable. Plus, you can find it in most craft stores. You can use this option in a few different ways, but we find these directions to be the easiest.
First, get a large enough container to hold all or part of your bouquet. Two or more containers will also work. Next, crush the silica gel up so that it mimics fine sand like conditions. Line the bottom of your container with a layer of the crushed silica gel. Now you’ll want to add a layer of flowers or greenery. For some of your blooms, you may need to remove most of the stem. Cover this layer with the crushed silica. From here, you’ll want to alternate layers until your box is filled to the top. The top layer should only be silica. Seal the box and store it in a warm place for about 2 weeks. After drying, the flowers should look as bright and colorful as they did on your wedding day.
This method works greats for flowers like orchids, roses, peonies, and other sturdy blooms. There’s also several videos online on how to do this properly if you need some extra information.
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When it comes to weddings, the bride’s bouquet is one of the key elements to completing your look. Wedding flowers also take a lot of time to plan out. You’re going to spend several hours with color combinations and trying to find just the right blossoms. Furthermore, these types of decorations can get pretty expensive, especially when it comes to having a beautifully unique wedding bouquet.
If you’re like most brides that we work with, you’re going to want to preserve your bouquet after the big celebration is all over with. How do you accomplish this feat? We’ll be breaking it down for you over the course of our next two posts. For the most affordable wedding catering Raleigh NC has to offer this spring season, look no further than Catering by Design. You’ll love our fresh food, awesome flavors, fantastic customer service, and great prices.
Preserving Wedding Bouquets: 101
Preserving your wedding bouquet all starts with planning ahead. Don’t wait until the last minute. It’s important to make steps to preserve your flowers ahead of time. This will ensure that everyone is on the same page. Planning ahead also means putting together an outline specifically for the bouquet, if you want it preserved correctly. You can give this outline to your wedding planner, maid of honor, or other family member that’s helping out.
The outline for your bouquet should consists of a timeline of where and what the flowers should be used for. The timeline should start from the moment you receive your bouquet until the end of reception. If the flowers will be changing hands, try to include the names of the person who is going to handling them during that time. This will help you keep track of your bouquet every step of the way.
During your planning stages, you should also decided on how you’re going to preserve your bouquet. There are many methods to choose from. This will help you quickly get your flowers into the preserving process to ensure your flowers will last forever. We will cover these options in our next post.
Keep Them Fresh
After you’ve decided to preserve, do everything you can to keep your bouquet fresh. After all, flowers are delicate. Furthermore, your blooms might not be the freshest cuts. They could be several days to weeks old by the time your wedding happens. Keep this in mind. This also means not using your primary bouquet during the toss. Yeah, it’s a tradition, but you should opt for using a bride’s maids bouquet as a replacement to keep yours from getting damaged.
Check out our next post for information on the different preservation methods. If you’re still searching for affordable wedding catering, keep reading to see why you should call Catering by Design. We can help you with big savings.
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In case you’re similar to me, you want to make home-cooked dinners for your loved ones. That is the reason April is an incredible month, and time, particularly in case you are searching for crisp and leafy foods, fresh fruits, and other produce to add your weekly menu plans.
April is a month of change and re-birth. The days are getting longer, the weather is warming up, and all of the plants are reborn again. Having a backyard cookout, BBQ, brunch, or dinner party is a great way to celebrate. So in today’s post, we will be filling you in on the best fruits and veggies that will be in season during April and early May.
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What’s In Season For April? Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Contingent upon your exact address, a portion of these foods could very well not be ready for harvest at your local Farmers’ Market. However, you should be able locate all of these items at your neighborhood supermarket. Here’s the rundown for April’s produce:
Leafy Greens For Salad Mixes
If you want to keep up with all of the fruits and vegetables that should be available in North Carolina, be sure to come back each month and visit with our other blogs. You’ll find lists for each month of the year. Plus, you’ll have access to fun and fresh new recipes, and other helpful tips that will help you around the kitchen. We also love helping out brides, grooms, and their families with awesome wedding tips. At Catering By Design, we’re so much more than just a catering company. Keep reading for more information.
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If you’ve been following along over the past few weeks then you know that we’ve been talking a lot about the grooms and groomsmen. After all, they boys need a little love too every once in a while. And since the Spring wedding season is in full effect, we thought this would be the perfect time to help you guys out.
In our last post, we give you a list of the best gifts to buy your groomsmen. Today we’re going to talk about how much to spend on these gifts. Let us know what you think in the comments below. For the most affordable wedding catering Raleigh NC has to offer, look no further than Catering by Design. You’ll love our fresh food, great flavors, fantastic customer service, and unbeatable prices. Be sure to ask about our free menu tastings.
How Much Should You Spend on the Groomsmen Gifts?
So here’s the rule of thumb. You should look to spend between 10 and 25% of what your groomsmen spent to be in your wedding. Here’s an example to help you out:
Groomsmen spent $300 to be in your wedding. His gift should cost between $30 and $75, depending on your budget.
So the more the groomsmen spend to be in your wedding, the more you’re supposed to spend. However, you’re already spending a lot of money on the wedding right? So don’t let these gifts blow your budget. If all you can afford is a $25.00 price point for each groomsmen, then go with that.
We also want you to remember that it’s not always about the money. It’s about giving your groomsmen a really awesome gift. One that you’ve thought about and put effort into. It’s about personalizing them to fit the personalities of your group. So don’t get overly stressed about the spending part. Focus more on giving a thoughtful and meaningful gift.
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Your groomsmen have been with you through thick and thin. These guys are like your family, and some might even be family. This group of friends have done a lot for you over the years, and now they’re with you on the biggest day of your life.
So when it comes to showing your appreciation with a gift, what are you supposed to get them? We’ve put together a list of great groomsmen gifts that we think all of your bros will love. Check them out below. If you’re still searching for Raleigh wedding catering, call Catering By Design. We offer free menu tastings.
The Best Groomsmen Gifts For 2017
The key to giving a good gift is knowing how to play to your crowd. Meaning, it’s all about getting them something that they’ll use and enjoy. Here’s a short breakdown.
Engraved Glass or Metal Flask
Engraved Pocket Watch
Personalized Cigar Humidor
Nice Set of Monogrammed Pens
Monogrammed Sterling Silver Cufflinks
Personalized Stainless Steel Cigar Case
Nice Pair of Ray Bans
Sports Related Gifts
Tickets To A Game
Custom Poker Set
Personalized Golf Ball Marker and Divot Tool
Miniature Engraved Baseball Bat
Nice Pair of Ray Bans
Personalized Yeti Cup or Beer Mug
Gifts From The Bar
Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club
Personalized Yeti Cup or Beer Mug
Engraved Glass or Metal Flask
Personalized Metal Beer Koozie for Groomsmen
Cold Stone Whisky Rocks
Gifts For The Outdoors
Nice Pocket Knife In Case
Engraved Zippo Lighter
Personalized Hammer and Multi-Tool
Custom Fishing Lure
Engraved 50 Caliber Bullet Bottle Opener
Gifts From The Grill
Personalized BBQ Grill Tool Set
Steak Branding Iron Of Initials
Logo Branded Grill Spatula
Hand Forged Bottle Opener
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