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How to Avoid Cabin Fever During Quarantine

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The Coronavirus has all going a little crazy. The loss of freedoms has resulted in a lot of uncertainty. People are panicking because they don’t know what’s going to happen next. Schools, businesses, including us, and most of the entertainment industry have closed. The boredom is driving people mad. We’ve got some ideas that we hope will help you avoid the dreaded cabin fever during these trying times. Please don’t forget, our local Raleigh NC catering service is going to need your help during the recovery phase. We hope that you’ll give us a call for the same great level of customer service and food for your upcoming events this summer and fall. Even though we are working from home, we will still be answering voicemails and returning emails to provide quotes and to schedule future service. Thank you for your support!

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Learning to Bake or Cook

Number one on our list is learning how to bake or cook, or teaching your kids these skills. Being cooped up inside can leave you with plenty of time on your hands to learn a new skill. Baking and cooking are skills that everyone should have a decent understanding of, even your kids as it’s never too early to start learning. Plus, in times of a food shortage, knowing how to bake your own bread can be a crucial skill to have. And don’t have any fear about stepping into the unknown of baking or cooking. We’ve written several previous blog posts that can help you.

Not only are these skills important but you’re spending quality time with your kids and loved ones. Creating memories, laughing, sharing in your failures and celebrating your culinary successes.

Build a Cardboard Castle or Fort

Forget making a standard pillow and blanket fort. Put all those Amazon shipping boxes to use and help your kids make an unforgettable cardboard castle or fort. There are lots of fun tutorials online and videos on Youtube that will show you step-by-step instructions. You’ll only need a few craft supplies and you probably already have them laying around your home.

Here are 25 epic cardboard fort ideas for you to review.

This a short and fun video that shows how easy one is to build:

Start a Garden

The warmer weather is right around the corner. If you’re planning on gardening this spring and summer then now is the time to start getting your seedlings ready. It might still be a little cold to get some seeds in the ground but you can start them indoors and transplant later. You can also start your own little herb garden inside to have fresh herbs all for the rest of the year.

If you’re planting an outdoor garden then you can start getting your soil ready. Most experts say to get your soil ready between 1-3 months before planting. So that means now is a great time to get outside and get your hands dirty. Pulling weeds, composting, mixing soils, testing your levels, can all be started now.

Teach Your Children How to Sew

Sewing is another life skill that everyone should have some basic knowledge of, especially sewing a button on. If your children are old enough then teach them the basics of sewing. How to properly thread a needle, how to tie off a thread, sewing a button, sewing up a hole in a pocket, are all very easy things you can show them how to do.

If you do not know how to sew, then take this time to learn how. Simple, basic sewing is not hard and you do not have to own an expensive machine. All you need is are a few sewing needles and threads. This website has some great tips and tricks.

Don’t let the pandemic of 2020 get you down. Be sure to come back to our blog really soon to learn more cabin fever avoiding tips. If you have future this even this summer, fall, or winter, keep Catering by Design in mind. We have staff standing by to answer your questions.

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We are a highly rated and affordable catering company with great menu packages that can be fully customized to meet either dietary or budget needs or both. We have the best prices and customer service in the Triangle and have been making people smile for decades.

Give us a call today to schedule your service. Don’t need a full catering service package? Be sure to ask about our delivery options. It’s a great option for business meetings, social gatherings, birthdays, and more.

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Halloween Candies That Kids and Parents Hate

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Are you excited about all of the trick-or-treaters that are going to come by your home this Halloween? If so, you might want to read this post to make sure you’re not left holding a bag full of candy when it’s all over with. The experts at Catering by Design have scoured the web to find the top candies that kids and parents hate receiving. Check out this list of the worst candies you can give out, and leave us a comment below with your least favorite of the group or your own personal worst. If you need affordable Cary NC catering services for your next event, give us a call today. You’ll love our prices, food, and great customer service.

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The Worst Halloween Candies

Good & Plenty – Does anyone really like the taste of black licorice? Not really! The only thing worse than ropes of black licorice is boxes of Good & Plenty. This candy is just awful.

Candy Corn – I actually really like candy corn. However, it’s really not a great candy to be given out during Halloween. For starters, it’s all loose and not individually wrapped.

Tootsie Rolls – I personally like Tootsie Rolls, especially the flavored ones. Kids, on the other hand, don’t seem to be really fond of them. Opt for different chocolate candy.

Peanut Butter Kisses – These are not Hershey Kisses, these are gobs of disappointing taffy. Even though they sound good, they’re really not.

Bazooka Bubble Gum – Probably the worst chewing gum on the planet. If the thick white powder coating wasn’t enough, chewing the gum is like trying to chew a brick.

Runts – Parents hate Runts because they can pose a real choking hazard. If you want to give out a better alternative, go for the small individual boxes of Nerds.

Butterscotch Candy – With all the other options available for Halloween candy, why on Earth would you choose butterscotch? Don’t do it, anything except a pencil will suffice.

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Making Restaurant-Quality Salads at Home

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Do you ever wonder why salads taste better when you’re eating one at a restaurant? There’s a reason for that. The restaurants have making salads down to a science. They use a few industry secrets to keep your taste buds tingling. Guess what? We’re going to share them. In the next two posts, we’ll be covering these secrets with a how-to guide for you to use at home. For the most affordable 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.

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Restaurant-Quality Salads Begin With The Greens

The first secret to making a great salad begins with the greens. Here’s a few easy and simple tips that you should always start with when making your salads at home. Try these the next time you add one to your next menu and watch your friends and family be amazed.

Mixed Greens

Try not to use just one type of lettuce or greens for your base. A mix of greens will automatically elevate your salad from the start. You can even buy mixed salad greens at most grocery stores. When mixing your greens, be sure to keep flavor and textures in mind. If you’re looking for more of a crunch, add iceberg or romaine lettuce. If you’re looking for a pop of flavor, add watercress or arugula.

Seasoned Greens

Did you know that fresh produce also needs to be seasoned? That’s right, and it’s often overlooked by home salad chefs. Even though you’re not cooking your greens, adding some salt, pepper, and other seasonings will make your salads shine. So do yourself a flavor favor, and do not forget to season the greens.

Chopped Greens

A salad will become instantly better when it can be easily eaten. Giant chunks or leafs of lettuce can make eating one cumbersome and messy. Be sure to spend some time chopping everything in your salad into bite-sized pieces. Everyone will be thanking you!

For more great salad making tips, be sure to visit back with our next post by clicking here. If you’re still searching for catering for your next summer event, keep reading to see why you should call Catering by Design. We will save you time and money.

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What’s In Season? July Fruits and Veggies

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Fortunately for us, there’s lots of tasty fruits and vegetables grown right here in North Carolina. There’s produce, like peanuts and okra, that even thrive in our hot and humid summers. So if you’re wondering what’s going to be at the Farmers’ Market this weekend, check out our July list below. If you’re looking for wedding, social, or business catering Raleigh NC services, call Catering by Design. We keep our costs low and clients happy. We can also help you find just the right menu for your budget. Call us right now to learn more about our packages and services.

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What’s In Season For July? A List Of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

In some areas of NC, a portion of these items might not be available at your Farmers’ Market. We suggest checking out your neighborhood supermarket if you’re having trouble finding something. Most of these fruits and veggies should be available there. Here’s the big list for NC produce in July:

  • Butter Beans
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cabbages
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Collards
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Figs
  • Garlic
  • Green Onion
  • Greens
  • Herbs
  • Honeydew Melon
  • Nectarines
  • Onions
  • Okra
  • Peaches
  • Peanuts
  • Peppers
  • Peanuts
  • Plums
  • Potatoes
  • Shallots
  • Snap Beans
  • Sprite Melons
  • Yellow Squash
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon
  • Zucchini

If you want to keep up with all of the fruits and vegetables that will be available in North Carolina, be sure to come back each month. You’ll find lists for each season of the year. You’ll also have access to fun and easy recipes that your friends and family will love. Plus, you can read posts with information that will aid you in 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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Still looking for a catering service for a business function, wedding reception, social or community event? At Catering By Design, we have fully customizable menus for budgets of any size. Call us today and ask about our lunch and learn program for businesses. If you do not need full service catering, be sure to also ask us about our delivery options. An affordable alternative that really makes a positive impact on your friends, family, clients and staff. If you’re getting married, call us and schedule a free menu tasting. This is a free service we offer that many of our competitors charge you extra for.

We’re an award winning catering company that’s been providing smiles to people all over NC for many decades. We promise you’ll love our food, outstanding customer service, and unbeatable pricing. Call us now to learn more.

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Memorial Day Fruits and Veggies

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Memorial Day is Monday, May 27th so enjoy that three day weekend and celebrate! If you plan on having a cookout for your friends and family, it might be wise to know what’s going to be in season and in stock at your local grocery store. In today’s post, we’re going to fill you in on all of the fresh fruits and vegetables you can expect to find. If you need affordable catering Raleigh NC services for your Memorial Day event, give us a call today. You’ll love our prices, food, and great customer service.

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Fruits and Veggies for Memorial Day 2019

Fresh Berries – If you love fresh berries, then you’ll love the fact that most of them are in full production by the end of May and early June. Strawberries and blueberries will be abundant with raspberries and blackberries ramping up. Great for all of your dessert needs for your Memorial Day BBQ.

Corn – A big Memorial Day favorite is grilled corn on the cob. You’ll find better prices and more availability as it comes into season.

Mushrooms – For that earthy taste, enjoy the abundant amount of mushrooms that should be available. Mushrooms are great for throwing on the grill, using in pasta dishes, and pair well with meats and wines. With decent temperatures, there should be all sorts of mushrooms available by the end of May.

Memorial Day Melons – Just like with summer veggies, the summer melons will also be making the transition to full production mode. You’ll find all of your favorites like watermelon, honeydew melon, and cantaloupe.

Taters – By the time we get to Memorial Day, farmers everywhere in the US will be digging potatoes. Red, rose, white, yellow and russet potatoes will be at their peak with flavor and production.

We hope today’s post helps you get a better feel for all the fresh produce that’s in-season for the unofficial start to summer. Please keep in mind that this is just a partial list and there’s more out there and available.

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What’s In Season? April Fruits and Veggies!

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If you’re like me, you love to make home-cooked meals for your friends and family. Especially in the spring. That’s what makes April such a great month if you’re looking for fresh fruits and produce. As we break away from the colder weather, and the temps get warmer, having people over to enjoy a nice brunch or dinner just seems right. So in today’s post we’re covering the best produce that’s currently in season and available. Looking for affordable Raleigh caterers for your next 2019 spring or summer event? Call Catering by Design. You’ll love our prices and customer service.

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April Fruits and Vegetables

Depending on what state you live in, some of these might not be available just right yet. For the most part, all of you should be able to find these at grocery stores or farmer’s markets. Here’s the list of seasonal spring produce:

  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Chicory
  • Chives
  • Collards
  • Fava Beans
  • Fennel
  • Green Beans
  • Leeks
  • Limes
  • Morels
  • Mustard Greens
  • Oranges
  • Papaya
  • Peas
  • Radish
  • Rhubarb
  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Sweet Onions

When it comes to recipe planning, try to move away from the hearty comfort foods. Instead, use these lighter, refreshing ingredients and flavors to make meals that represent the warmer weather. Try to incorporate crab, prawns, fish, chicken and other lighter proteins. These will work very well with the produce items we’ve listed above.

For your wine pairings, we suggest that you think on the lighter side unless you’re having steak or some lamb dishes. A Pinot Grigio will work well with most pasta and seafood dishes. Use a medium red like Malbec or Shiraz for beef and lamb, and Riesling for ham dishes.

We hope this post will help you plan the best meals for your friends and family. If you need more ideas, be sure to visit back with our blog soon for great recipes and other cooking tips.

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If you are looking for reliable Raleigh caterers for your next event? Please call Catering by Design right now. Our highly trained team of professionals is ready to take your call or schedule your service. We’re an award winning Raleigh catering company that can handle events of any size.

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What’s in Season? December 2018 Fruits and Veggies

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We’ve entered into the month of December. The holiday season is now upon us! It’s a magical time of the year in the Triangle area. And from the mountains to the coast, the residents of North Carolina are putting up holiday lights and decorations, lighting the menorah, and trimming Christmas trees. During the holiday season most people eat a lot of good food while visiting with family and friends. That why today’s post will cover all everyone’s favorite fruits and vegetables that are currently in season for December in the Triangle area. Please remember that if you have a holiday event coming up and need affordable holiday catering in Raleigh NC, calling Catering by Design will save you time and money. We have the best holiday menu selections and delivery options in the Triangle!

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Winter and Holiday Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables

Below you will find the list of fruits and vegetables you can expect to find at your local grocery stores or farmer’s markets during the months of December and January in and around North Carolina. However, depending on where the produce is grown, all produce ripens differently. That means that some items might not yet be available if they have not yet hit their peak:


  • Apples
  • Cranberries
  • Dates
  • Grapefruit
  • Pears
  • Persimmons
  • Pomegranate
  • Pecans
  • Oranges
  • Tangerines
  • Tangelos
  • Clementines
  • Lemons


  • Kale
  • Swiss Chard
  • Cabbages
  • Rutabaga
  • Winter squash
  • Belgian Endive
  • Cauliflower
  • Radish
  • Fennel
  • Collard Greens
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Sweet Potato
  • Bok Choy

There are also other winter vegetables available. These include carrots, broccoli, leeks, mushrooms, radish and radicchio, and lots more. We hope this post will help you plan the best meals for your friends and family this winter. Please visit back with our blog soon for great recipes, food and cooking tips, and more.

Affordable Holiday Catering in Raleigh for Winter Events

If you are looking for reliable holiday catering in Raleigh for your next event, please call Catering by Design today. Our team of highly trained professionals is ready to take your call to schedule your service today. We are an award winning catering company that can handle holiday, business, or social events of any size, and we have menus for all budgets.

Are you planning a wedding this winter? Brides and grooms will love our free menu tastings. This is a free service we offer that most of our competitors charge for. Please click here to check out our menus, or call us today with any questions or to ask about our specials!

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Holiday Catering In Raleigh

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Hooray! It is finally the holiday season. One of our most favorite times of the year and Catering By Design is happy to be your experts for your holiday catering Raleigh NC needs. Holiday luncheons, breakfasts and dinners are now in high demand! Businesses, churches, towns, families and friends have all been making reservations for holiday catering in Raleigh, Morrisville, Apex and Cary, just to name a few of the local cities and towns that we are so honored to serve.

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However, our holiday calendar is filling up fast. We do have some available dates in December for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and for delivery. So if you’d like to schedule service, please give us a call immediately. Rest assured that we will go out of our way to accommodate all of your holiday catering in Raleigh needs. If you are like most customers then you will probably want your lunch sometime between 11 AM and 1 PM. If all you require is a food delivery then we will deliver your holiday meal within your expected lunch hour. Holiday catering in Raleigh NC from Catering By Design will also save you lots of time and money. You can pick one of our traditional menus or we can incorporate your own recipes. We can even customize your order to your needs.

Celebrating the holidays with us is stress free. With us doing all the work, you are left to sit back, relax, and actually enjoy the holidays for once. Our professional team will take care of all the details so you do not have to. We will set up all the food stations, buffet and linens, pick up after your guests, bus the tables, take out the trash, and clean up the dishes. This leaves more time for you to mingle, relax, and just enjoy yourself.

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The best holiday catering Raleigh NC has to offer is just a phone call away when you contact the professionals at Catering by Design. We’ve got the best holiday menus for all of your catering needs. From holiday parties, to weddings, renewals, anniversary parties, and even corporate events, awards banquets and more, Catering by Design can make sure your food and fun are on point. We’re a full service caterer, serving the communities of Pinehurst, Rocky Mount, Pittsboro, Fuquay Varina, Wake Forest, Carrboro, the entire Triangle, and all areas in between.

Catering By Design can guarantee that your holiday season will be better when you work with our professional staff! Give us a call today and see why we’re the number one choice for Raleigh holiday caterers!

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Bad Wedding Gifts to Avoid Putting on Your Registry

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Do you have a wedding coming up? Are you currently planning your wedding shower? Before you register for your gifts, know that there are many items that you should probably exclude from your registry. Check out our ideas below. Catering by Design is one of the best Raleigh wedding caterers for saving time and money for your wedding reception. If you want the best wedding day and reception experience, call us right now and ask about our affordable wedding menu selections.

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Wedding Gifts to Avoid Registering for!

Home Decor – Registering for wedding gifts takes some time and planning. You’re going to need things to fill your new house, however, try to stay away from listing lots of home decor items. Your tastes are going to change over time and so will your decor. Save the space on your gift registry for things you’re going to need and use.

A Wine Decanter – Having a nice wine decanter sounds like a good idea, especially if you really like to drink wine. Even the most sophisticated wine connoisseur will tell you that wine must decant if you want to get the best flavor. However, this takes time and patience. If you’re like me then you want to open a bottle and have a glass, not wait 2 – 3 hours.

Panini or Sandwich Press – Panini and sandwich pressers were big a few decades ago. Some people still occasionally buy them even today. Before you put this on your registry, think about the counter or cabinet space it takes to store one. Also consider how often you’re really going use this kitchen device. A sandwich press really isn’t that practical to have in the kitchen.

Ready for more bad gifts to register for? Head on over to our next post for more items to leave off your wedding gift registry by clicking here. If you need the best food and flavors for your upcoming wedding reception, please keep reading to see how Catering by Design can help you save time and money.

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If you are looking for reliable Raleigh wedding caterers for your big day, call Catering by Design right now. Our highly trained professional team is ready and waiting to answer any of your questions. We are an award winning catering company that can handle events both big and small. We even offer free menu tastings for brides and grooms. Click here to check out our menus, or call us today to schedule your tasting!

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Planning a Backyard Wedding

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Backyard weddings are pretty awesome, especially if you’re the one footing the bill. In all seriousness, having a backyard wedding can be just as romantic, just as magical, and just as much fun as getting married at the most expensive venue in town. If you’re planning a backyard wedding, make it a success by following the tips we’ve outlined below. Do you need the best Raleigh NC wedding catering? Call Catering by Design right now. Our clients love our fresh flavors, excellent customer service, and incredible catering packages. If you don’t need full service, be sure to ask us about our backyard wedding delivery options.

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How to Plan a Backyard Wedding

Start Planning Early

To make your backyard wedding successful start your planning as soon as you can. You’ll have a lot of details to get figured out since you’re not using a traditional venue so don’t procrastinate. You’ll need to prioritize, keep focused, and stay organized.

The Right Space

It’s very important that your wedding location has enough space to host all of your guests. You’ll need space for parking, seating, the ceremony, and the reception. Make sure there is enough room for all the tables, chairs, food, decorations, and more.

Don’t Discount Disasters

Wedding disasters can be devastating so don’t let one ruin your big day. Some disasters can be prevented if you plan ahead. For instance, be sure to plan ahead for bad weather. Have a contingency plan in case there’s a storm. Consider having a generator on hand if the power goes out. Hire a few licensed professionals to inspect and service your HVAC, plumbing, and even your electrical system.

Check for Permits and Other Laws

Don’t break any laws or ordinances by having a backyard wedding. Check with your city or town hall to make sure you don’t need any permits to hold a large gathering on your property.

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Do you need affordable Raleigh NC wedding catering for your upcoming wedding reception that won’t break your budget? Call Catering by Design right now! We’re one of the most trusted and affordable Raleigh catering companies and have been serving Triangle families for years.

We have wedding menus that can be fully customized. We have the best prices and customer service in the area. Bride and grooms should give us a call today to schedule their very own free menu tasting.

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