Monday, October 7, 2013

Real Weddings: Lauren & Travis

This past May, I had the pleasure of working with Lauren & Travis on their fun, beach-themed wedding at Rehoboth Beach Country Club in Rehoboth, DE.  Here are some pictures compliments of Carolyn Watson Photography of their big day:

Bride's Dress was from J. Crew

Bridesmaids Dresses were from J.Crew

Flowers by Jen-Mor Florist

Candy Bar by Classic Events By Kris

Cake by SugarBakers Cakes

Lauren & Travis's Wedding Vendors:

Ceremony & Reception Location: Rehoboth Beach Country Club
Transportation: Jor-Lin Tour & Charter
Photographer: Carolyn Watson Photography
Invitations & Save-The-Dates: Creative Melissa Designs 
Florist: Jen-Mor Florist
Cake: SugarBakers Cakes
Wedding Candy Buffet: Classic Events By Kris
Hotel/Lodging Accommodations: Cannalside Inn, Americ Inn, Comfort Inn
Officiant: Weddings By Cathleen
DJ: Brian Moriarity
Hair and Make-up: Bad Hair Day
Day/Month-Of Wedding Coordination: Classic Events By Kris

Friday, July 26, 2013

Chalkboard Sign Tutorial

Chalkboard signs have become increasingly more popular these days. With chalkboard paint readily available, it is so easy to turn a mirror, frame, old window pane or just a wall into a chalkboard sign area. There are also lots of gorgeous designs for artwork and designs available if you don't want to actually make a chalkboard or buy one.

I decided it was finally time for me to make a chalkboard of my own! This has been a project on my To-Do list for a while now and I'm happy to report that it was NOT a "Pinterest Project Failure" post. A couple purchases (mirror from Home Goods and Chalkboard Paint at Lowe's) and two coats later, I was in business to start posting quotes, lists and more on my new chalkboard.

If you aren't confident with your own handwriting skills, you can always print out the letters and trace them onto the board. Recently, I helped a friend create a sign for her MIL's retirement party. We were nervous about handwriting the main letters, so we found this easy process after a quick Pinterest search.

1. Print out the letters or saying that you want to put on the chalkboard. Make sure the letters are large enough for your sign. You may need to cut each letter out to be able to place them where you want on the board.

2. Turn over the paper and cover the backside of the paper with the chalk.

3. Place the paper, chalk-side/backside against the chalkboard and outline the letter with a pen or pencil. When you take away the paper, you will see a faint outline of the chalk letter which you can go over again with the chalk on the board. 

4. Continue with all the letters/sayings/design that you want to put on the board until complete. 

We did a very simple design for our first try, but you could put different designs or sayings on the board from printed out images from websites. Need ideas for what to post on your chalkboard when you're not using it for a certain event? Check back here for my "Chalkboard Ideas" on Pinterest and follow my pages for ideas! 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

New Catering Option: Food Trucks

Food trucks seem to be the new trend for festivals and outdoor events, but have you ever thought of hiring them as a caterer? By offering one to two different food trucks (maybe one for the meal and one for dessert), your guests can choose their entrees and dessert from a customized menu. A lot of food trucks are offering favorite food options like pizza or sandwiches in a gourmet way. Here are some of my favorite food trucks in our area that you may consider hiring for your next event:

The Pizza Wagon

The Pizza Wagon is a mobile, pizza shop offering a large variety of brick oven pizzas. Their pizza menu includes traditional favorites like The Three Cheeses and BBQ Chicken or more creative options like "Roasted Mushrooms and Arugula" and "Farmer's Corn and Bacon". I tried their pizza at the Kennett Square Brewfest and it was delicious!

Forno Inferno

Forno Inferno is another pizza catering company in the Chester Country area offering traditional or specialty pizzas. Their pizza menu includes Margherita, Pesto, Philly and a Ferno Gourmet which is a white pizza topped with roasted red peppers, artichokes, goat’s cheese with a drizzle of truffle oil. 

Ka'Chi Truck

Offering Korean food with a twist, Ka'Chi Truck's menu includes tacos, rice, salads and specialty sandwiches. Similar to other food truck caterers, you are able to customize your order by choosing a protein, sauce and either rice or coleslaw for their tacos or bowls. One of their sandwich options is a slider and you can choose BLT, SPAM, Spicy Meatball or Grilled Kimcheese. 

The Sunflower Truck Stop

I discovered The Sunflower Truck Stop at the East Goshen Farmer's Market last year. Using fresh and local ingredients, they create customized menus depending on where they are going to be located that day with the truck. One delicious menu items included is their Crab and Artichoke Grilled Cheese with lump crab, spinach and marinated artichoke with gouda, cream cheese and sharp cheddar cheese on seeded bread. Most of their menu items are serviced with their own tortilla chips and a pickle.

Nomadic Pies

Nomadic Pies was another food truck that I found out about at the East Goshen Farmer's Market. I had been browsing the vendors for meal ideas for dinner and came across their truck selling savory pies, quiches and sweet pies. I knew it had to be good since they were almost sold out of every item! I was able to snag the last two Steak, Mushroom, Onion and Gruyere pies though which were amazing. They serve their pies hot, ready to eat or you can warm-up at home for later. 

Dia Doce Cupcakes

You can't forget dessert! As a winner of Cupcake Wars on the Food Network, Dia Doce makes some of the best cupcakes in our area. I had known about their company for a while, but recently had the chance of meeting them at the Kennett Square Brewfest last fall where I tried their Pecan Pie Cupcake. It was so good and I definitely recommend them for any event coming up! Their cupcake menu includes traditional flavors, but also offer more unique and seasonal flavors. Some of their summer flavors include Berry Lemonade, Pina Colada and Mango. 

I hope you are able to check out some of these amazing food trucks this summer and maybe include them as a caterer for your next event! 

Happy Tasting! 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Sneak Peak: Lauren & Travis's Wedding

Last weekend in Rehoboth Beach DE, I had the pleasure of helping coordinate Lauren and Travis's Wedding at the Rehoboth Beach Country Club. Here is a sneak peak of their beautiful, beach themed wedding:

Stay tuned for more pictures of the wedding from Carolyn Watson Photography and a list of all vendors that helped put together this very special day. 

Congrats Lauren and Travis!