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Your 2021 Baby Shower

  • Posted on: 21 February 2021
  • By: Brian and Mick

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We all love reasons to celebrate - and one of the happiest of reasons to celebrate is a baby shower!

With our landscape looking a little different this year, we want to offer some simple tips for planning a safe but beautiful baby shower.

The Invite List

Your invite list may not be quite as extensive as it usually is, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still arrange for everyone that wants to take part, to do so! Inviting close family members and friends in small numbers can work while extending a virtual invite for anyone else that would like to “pop in” to the party that day!

Choose Your Theme

After you’ve selected your date and time, get ready to choose a theme! You’ll want to pick something that reflects the mom-to-be’s personality and celebrates the new baby’s impending arrival. If you feel lost on theme suggestions, some ideas could be a fairytale theme, jungle animals, superheroes, or even Peter Rabbit. Brainstorm with the guest of honor or visit Pinterest for endless theme suggestions!

 Plan Your Menu 

Once the theme is in place, it’s time to plan your menu! B & M Catering is happy to make this part of the planning simple for you. We offer a variety of full service and a la carte options, so your options are never limited. Fruit & veggie platters, sliders, salads, and skewers are all popular choices for events such as showers!

Include Small Businesses in the Baby Gift Registry

A gift registry lets guests know what the mom-to-be needs to prepare for the new bundle of joy’s arrival. One wonderful way to recognize the changing landscape of 2021 is recognizing the support small businesses need as they recover from the 2020 year. Work with your mom-to-be to identify some small businesses that local guests can visit and shop in-store as a show of support for your community! 

A baby shower is a perfect way to welcome the arrival of a new baby into the world, and with these tips, your celebration can be just as beautiful as ever.  

Ready to start planning your baby shower? Request a quote today!

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Let It Snow: Plan a Winter Gathering!

  • Posted on: 17 February 2021
  • By: Brian and Mick

Winter's arrival can leave us wanting to hibernate, but why not make the most of these snowy, white-blanketed landscapes?

Creating a small winter themed gathering outside in the fresh February air can be more fun than you realize!

Bring your closest family and friends together and celebrate a "Let it Snow" theme in your own backyard!

Toasty Food & Drink Ideas

S'mores and hot cocoa are always the first thought when people picture cozying up outside, as it’s an important sweet treat option. But, you can also expand on your menu with a quick curbside pick-up before you celebrate the cool, crisp winter air! Offering yummy options to warm the bones like Swedish meatballs or delicious Buffalo Chicken Dip can be an unexpected way to meet your hungry guests' needs.

Warm Their Toes

Aside from advising your guests to dress warm, there are some added touches you can supply to keep your guests comfortable. Offering blankets to cuddle up in and a fire pit to relax around will feed the winter warmth vibes! Have some extra hats and gloves on hand if you have them for those that come unprepared. 

The Little Details

Kick up your celebration a notch by decorating your backyard space with accents that add to the ambiance. You can give it a warm glow with battery-powered tea lights set in mason jars around the perimeter of your entertaining space. Want to add flowers but not sure how well they will fair in the cold weather? Take some small bundles of flower heads and freeze them in small blocks of ice in advance. Set them out in the yard in various places for pops of color and an unexpected nod to a Spring that will eventually come!

Embracing winter with those you love and welcoming the crisp, fresh air of the season is a great way to celebrate this snowy time of year. If you are ready to give this winter celebration a try, don't forget to place your curbside order 48 hours in advance of your gathering!

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Lobster Dinner at Home- Valentine’s Day Romance

  • Posted on: 5 February 2021
  • By: Brian and Mick

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Everyone wants something special for their loved one on Valentine's Day. Too many folks head out to the stores and fill their baskets with the cliché candy, flowers and stuffed animals.

That's sweet. 

But seriously - we think you may want to be a little more creative than that! Those common gifts may not have the desired effect.

But you know what never fails to deliver romance?
An intimate lobster dinner for two.

A survey by Harris Interactive revealed that lobster is the most popular choice for a romantic dinner. "Lobster is the perfect dish for a romantic, special occasion," said Keith Keogh, a popular chef.  "It is an exotic delicacy that results in an intimate moment with a loved one, because lobster is hand-held and shareable. Shellfish,  especially lobster, is a catalyst for connection like no other food."

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Of course, in the past, we could have headed out to a fancy restaurant, but even back then, there were challenges. It’s likely that a good lobster dinner in a restaurant would be pricey, or maybe you wanted a bit more privacy.  

Really, the best way to enjoy your romantic dinner is in your quiet and private home. 

Decorate the area with a romantic flair.
Candles, flowers, soft music can create just the mood you are hoping to enjoy.

This year, since we can't easily go out to a restaurant, why not stay home and treat your lover to a steamy Valentine’s Day dinner with live lobster, steamers, chourico, corn and more.

Our clambakes-to-travel may be a convenient and delicious option for just such an event.You will pick up our clambake-to-travel in its very own cooking pot.

Inside the pot will be lobster, steamers, mussels, chourico, corn on the cob, red bliss potatoes & onions.

Once you have created the romantic ambiance of your choice, the only thing you will need to do to prepare the meal is add water and put it on the stove top.

In under an hour, you and your date will be enjoying a romantic Valentine’s dinner for two.

Clambakes-to-travel are available for pick-up at our kitchen in Pawtucket, RI.  We have a large variety of meals available on our Curbside Catering menus

This year, we are noticing that a couple of popular choices for at-home dining is our Land and Sea Dinner Package and the Barbecue Combo

Whichever romantic meal you order this year, Don't forget our famously famous and oft-requested cornbread.
We wish you a very sweet and memorable Valentine's Day this year.  

Please contact us if we can be of service to you. 

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Bridal Shower Planning for the 2021 Bride

  • Posted on: 27 January 2021
  • By: Brian and Mick

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As 2021 kicks off, we enter knowing that many brides (and grooms!) are preparing for weddings that may have seen a delay due to the events of 2020.

 

So what better way to keep our eyes turned to brighter days and prepare those looking to tie the knot in 2021 than with a few helpful tips on planning (or re-planning!) an extra special bridal shower!  

 

What's the Budget? Before diving into the exciting elements of bridal shower planning, you'll want to determine your budget. The budget will determine the menu selections, the theme, the number of individuals invited, and the location (to name a few). You'll want to plan a comfortable budget that can meet your event's needs without breaking the bank. 

 

Set the Date and Location.  With all the "hiccups" that 2020 brought in terms of rescheduled weddings, showers, and events, it is wise not to delay this particular point. You want to schedule approximately six months prior to the big day! Determining a date is a priority so that you may reach out to locations that can accommodate the type of shower you are looking to hold.

 

If you plan to host it in a home or a backyard, then event space may not be an issue. B&M Catering are specialists at backyard and other otudoor venue catering.

 

Guest List and Invitations. With things looking a bit different these days, the size of your invite list is something entirely up to you and your bride. The average guest list would consist of 30-50 people, but with 2020 still fresh on the heels of 2021, more intimate size groups can supply just as a celebratory feel.

 

You can always video conference in some guests that would normally have traveled in for the shower. As for your invitations, you'll want to finalize, purchase, and mail out the bridal shower invitations about six to eight weeks prior to the event. This gives guests plenty of time to clear their schedules, buy a gift, and RSVP. 

 

Confirm Your Catering. Your menu should complement the theme, and your bride's personal favorites. For example, if the shower has a theme like "rustic country," be sure to tell your caterer so that they may make some delicious theme related suggestions! There is also a wealth of options that fit nearly all budgets.

Things like Crudités, cheese plates, fresh fruit, salads, and pasta dishes are popular choices.

Don't forget to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth with a variety of cupcakes, cookies, and brownies.

Lastly, to help wash down all the deliciousness, be sure to supply non-alcoholic beverages. Perhaps add-on a mimosa or sangria bar as a super fun way to celebrate the bride's big day!

 

Are you interested in our catering services? We will work with you to design a menu that fits both your bride's taste and your budget. If you would care to talk in person, on the phone, or taste our cookin', just let us know! Contact us today!



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Healthful Eating Tips for New Year

  • Posted on: 2 January 2021
  • By: Brian and Mick

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With January comes the promise of fresh new beginnings, making it the perfect time to identify healthy eating goals. Here are some helpful tried and true tips to kick-off the new year right! 

 

Healthy Swap Outs: It is easy to feel like we are depriving ourselves of a favorite food when we remove it from our daily diet. Doing a slightly healthier swap out can ease us into an excellent substitution strategy. The result? The change doesn’t feel so severe. Turn your attention to filling your plate with foods that energize you instead of depleting you. We have some excellent alternates to entertain your taste buds. Swap out your average calorie-rich side dish with our Salt & Pepper Green Beans. These fresh beans prepped in olive oil with salt & pepper are sure to do the trick when it comes to a successful swap switch-up! 

 

Small and Simple Changes: Did you know that increasing your water intake can significantly impact your overall health? It can help promote fullness and reduce your overall calorie intake. Another fun fact, many people confuse the feeling of thirst for hunger! Not big on the taste of water? Infused water with citrus or even fresh berries can jazz up the bland flavor and keep you hydrated! 

 

Something New: Healthy resolutions don’t have to mean bland, blah foods. Why not look at your new way of eating as an opportunity to try something completely different? If you’ve never tried our sweet, citrus kissed Mandarin Orange and Toasted Almond Salad, this may be a perfect time! 

 

As always, we are happy to keep cooking up delicious, fresh dishes for all your curbside and event catering needs. Have an upcoming 2021 event or special request? Check out our full-service catering menus online and contact us with your questions!

 

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