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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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"Lucky" Foods to Ring In The New Year

  • Posted on: 17 December 2020
  • By: Brian and Mick

With 2020 just about out the door and 2021 happily preparing to ring its way in, we figured it couldn’t hurt to know what foods may bring a little luck.

 

Today we are sharing some delicious ways to happily usher in a fresh new year!

 

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Pass the Pork

Did you know many people consider pork to be one of the luckiest foods to eat on New Year’s Day? They represent prosperity and symbolize progress thanks to the way they “root forward” with their noses. So welcome some lucky pork into your New Year’s Day, whether it is pulled or roasted; we have you covered!

 

The Legendary Lentil

This well-known tradition of eating legumes is most prevalent in Italy and Brazil. These coin-shaped legumes represent luck with money and date back to Roman times. It is a tradition that carries on in many families to this very day.

 

Cake for the Win

This Greek tradition involves indulging in a special lemon-flavored called a “vasilopita” and is baked with a coin inside! The tradition goes, whoever finds the coin also has good luck for the year. We may not be able to provide the coin, but we have the cake part covered with Jimmy’s Famous Lemon Cake!

 

Go Green

Along with standard new year’s resolutions for getting healthy (and staying healthy!), adding greens into the mix for your New Year’s lucky day celebrations is another tradition. These green leafy vegetables, thought to resemble money, have found their way onto the list of must-have foods for any New Year’s Day. These greens can be kale, collard, or your favorite salad selection from our curbside menu

 

Let’s welcome 2021 with any of these delicious options and bring a little luck into the new year for ourselves and each other. Check out our full-service catering menus online and contact us with your questions!

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Iconic Holiday Foods - What's the Story?

  • Posted on: 10 December 2020
  • By: Brian and Mick

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Holidays are nearly here, and our attention can't help but turn to our traditional food favorites. But how exactly did some of these seasonal celebratory delights arrive in our holiday spreads? We thought it would be fun to share the origins behind a few of our favorite (and not so favorite) holiday foods!

 

SNACKIN' ON GINGERBREAD

The first known recipe of the sweet treat dates back to Greece in 2400 BCE. The recipe was remixed through many cultures and eventually made its way to England. It is here where Queen Elizabeth was credited with the idea of decorating them! 

 

THE FOREVER CONTROVERSIAL FRUITCAKE!

Poor fruitcakes have been the punchline to every Christmas joke and held in low regard. Their reputations were tarnished by the idea of a cake stuffed with candied fruits, nuts, and spices. But the fruitcake has a tale to tell! This much-maligned dish was likely whipped up in the Middle Ages when dried fruits and nuts were expensive. Due to the price of ingredients and the effort to make the dessert, it's assumed December was felt to be the season most worthy of its making. 

 

LATKES? YES PLEASE!

If you haven't had the joy of indulging in a tray of delicious Latkes, you don't know what you've been missing! The original latke was simply a cheese pancake, with an eventual transition to potato. Potato latkes gained popularity in the 1800s, all thanks to the inexpensive planting of potatoes in Eastern Europe. With all other crops failing, potatoes became an easy option, and there was no turning back. Latkes are now whipped up not only to celebrate Hanukkah but Christmas too!

 

Ready to focus on all the yummies above and let us handle your holiday dinner? Check out our full-service catering menus online and contact us with your questions!

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Holiday Party Planning - 2020 Style

  • Posted on: 26 November 2020
  • By: Brian and Mick

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With winter holiday festivities just around the corner and the spirit of the season quickly approaching, we have some ideas to help you plan your cozy festive gatherings.

  • Private Cocktail Party: As long as social distancing continues, keeping a healthy distance seems to be our norm, meaning invite-only events with limited attendees is the way to go! However, that doesn't mean it can't be just a festive and fun as your usual gathering. Think about setting up a cocktail bar with unique winter-kissed cocktail recipes while allowing your guests can help themselves. Spruce up the table with some delicious appetizers (B&M has so many to choose from!) and let the yule-tide spirit begin! 
  • Contactless Cookie Exchange: Invite your friends for a contactless cookie exchange party! Want to switch it up a bit for a real "winter feel"? Choose an outdoor spot where you can cozy up with blankets or outdoor heaters so you may exchange safely. Nothing says happiness like a bag full of cookies. (Not sure you up for the baking part? Don't forget you can order sugar cookies from B&M!).
  • Christmas Movie Night: Gathering together indoors can still work with a small group as long as you can allow for ample space. Make a list of tried and true seasonal movies such as Home Alone or Elf and pop-up some popcorn offered in individual servings to make the movie night complete. 
  • Gift A Toy: Feel like sharing the joy? Think about donating unwrapped new toys to charitable institutions in your community. Filling your heart with happiness and the spirit of the season is an easy win when donating to kids in need. 

From cocktail parties to Christmas movie nights, whichever idea you choose, you can be sure the holiday memories will last forever.  

Want to order up some special dishes for your Holiday gathering? Check out our full-service catering menus online and contact us with your questions!


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