It’s sure to make your reception POP

Forget a Candy Station and get a Popcorn Station. If you’re looking for a fun and different approach to your wedding menu or even your wedding favors, this is it! Utilize varieties of popcorn and/or toppings in place of traditional appetizers during your cocktail hour OR provide baggies for your guests to scoop up and take with them for the ride home.

In place of the traditional appetizers, you may want to offer a Popcorn Bar and let your guests dress them up to their taste buds with some of these scrumptious topping ideas: cinnamon sugar, grated parmesan cheese, brown sugar & chili powder, popcorn salt, basil oil, garlic oil, chili oil, popcorn butter, chopped bacon, candies etc… It’s fun and interactive for your guests and will leave them talking for weeks.

If you like the idea of providing popcorn as your favor, you can set up traditional base flavors in apothecary jars such as cheese, movie-theater, and caramel with assorted toppings and candies

What about a Spiked Popcorn Bar for adults?…With flavors like rum caramel and tequila lime.

Your popcorn buffet, station or bar is sure to be a hit and you have so many options to make it your own creation! Of course, we have tons of pictures to help inspire you 🙂

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We even have one of these popcorn machines here at the Hazlehurst House for you to utilize and make your next reception POP 😉

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Happy Friday and have a poppin’ weekend!

 

Love is sweet

wedding cake

Your wedding cake can be an extension of you color scheme, but keep in mind that guest have to eat your cake too and it needs to taste yummy!!!

Engaged, check!

Picked a date, check!

Picked a venue, check!

Nailed down a menu, check!

Detailed your decor and theme, check!

Fell in love with a wedding cake design and flavor, no!

 Finding that perfect cake can be overwhelming!  There are so many things to consider – flavor and quality should be at the top list.  How many weddings have you attended where the cake was a huge disappointment?  We have all been there!  Ask for a tasting of several flavors.  Ask to see lots of photos. Ask for testimonials from other brides.  You want to consider a few questions before you proceed with a baker.

Are they a professional baker?

  1. How long have they been baking wedding cakes specifically and how many do they do a year.  A lot of practice makes for a lot better cake.  You don’t want the family friend who does a cake a year or worse, your wedding being the first time they have actually done a wedding cake.  You don’t want Publix that provides a manufactured mass production cake that won’t hold up during a reception and will have collapsed by the time cake cutting comes around.  (Believe me, we have seen it all!)
  2. What can you find out about the baker’s service and quality?
  3. Do they have a plan to keep your wedding cake chilled until an hour before your reception? This can be a key in the humid months or for an outdoor reception.
  4. What options do they offer as far as customization? Can they recreate anything you envision or find a picture of? Are they a true artist?
  5. Do you get a complimentary topper at your one year anniversary?  This could save you a lot of money on your cake because you can serve the top layer, plus you don’t have to suffer thru a stale year old cake at your anniversary.

As in anything related to weddings, do your homework!  The cake is a focal point of your day!  Have peace of mind going into your day!!

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Stations Are All The Rage at Wedding Receptions

Grilled Cheese Station

Consider a Grilled Cheese and Wine Station.  Have our chef build each guest a personalized mini panini and pair it with their favorite wine.

Pick your bread…

  • Raisin Nut Bread
  • French Bread
  • Pretzel Slider Bun or Dinner Roll
  • Challah or brioche, pumpernickel, rye or hearty wheat

Pick your cheese…

  • Sharp
  • Mild or white cheddar
  • Brie
  • Gruyere
  • Swiss
  • Creamy Goat
  • Blue
  • Cream cheese

Pick your spread…..

  • Apple Butter
  • Coarse, grained or Dijon mustard
  • Herbed butter
  • Fruit preserves or pepper jelly

Add your favorite topping…

  • Caramelized onions
  • Sautéed apples or pears
  • Sliced fresh fruit or vegetables
  • Dried apricots
  • Fresh herbs
  • Thinly sliced deli meat
  • Crisp bacon
  • Smoked salmon
  • Chopped toasted nuts

Five Fabulous Combos

Fancy Ham and Cheese

  • Sharp cheddar w/ brown sugar glazed ham, sweet and spicy mustard on a soft pretzel bun
  • Country ham and peach chutney on sweet onion slider
  • White cheddar w/ smoked turkey on a wheat slider bun
  • Gruyere w/ course grained mustard, thinly sliced glazed ham, dried apricot halves and toasted nuts on French bread

Caramelized Onion Bliss

  • Blue Cheese w/ caramelized onions, sautéed pears on a brioche or challah bread
  • Cheddar, roast beef, caramelized onions on bread of choice

Salty and Sweet Bacon Panini

  • Brie w/ apple butter and bacon on raisin and walnut bread.
  • Bacon, fig jam and cheese of choice

Fruit and Nut Sliders

  • Sharp cheddar w/ honey mustard, thinly sliced golden delicious apples and toasted pecans on slider bun

Creamy Dill and Salmon Bites

  • Creamy goat cheese w/ smoked salmon on hearty white bread brushed w/ dill butter.

Pair all of these with your wine of choice.

Wedding Cake Designs are Ever Changing!

Some elements of weddings remain traditional and are timeless, but the cake is not one of them. You can look back at a relative or friend’s wedding album and you can tell a lot about the era the person got married by the cake design, hair styles and wedding dress.  The three seem to change drastically over time.

We are seeing cake trends go to a smaller compact design with a lot of wow!  Sugar flowers, bling and texture are in!  The smooth buttercream with fresh flowers on top is out!  The presentation of the cake itself is also dramatically different.  Elegant cake pedestals are definitely in!  Some of them look very much like what your grandmother may have displayed her famous pound cake on when you were a child.  The vintage glass is hot!!  Jewels are also very popular.

As you search for the perfect cake, take into consideration a few things right off the bat.  You will usually find one of the following and it is important to know the difference:

  • commercial bakery
  • boutique bakery
  • reception hall caterer

A commercial bakery usually has very limited designs and flavors and cost a lot less.  You will probably not find the most trendy of designs with a commercial baker and the flavor is usually ok at best.  We find that the cakes are not quite as durable and it is sometimes scary who they send to deliver, if they even deliver at all.

With a boutique baker, you will find a lot of creativity and flexibility as far as design and they can usually recreate anything.  You will pay more, but you will be able to captivate your personality.  We find that the service is much better and that brides are usually very delighted with the end result. The old saying  that you get what you pay for is very true with wedding cakes.

A caterer/reception venue can often provide a good product, but keep in mind that chef’s specialize and it is difficult to find a chef that is good as catering/food in general and can also bake.  They almost don’t exist. So, ask the question of your venue, do they do the cakes in-house or have they partnered with someone who specializes in pastry.  You may be surprised.  You may be getting a caterer and a boutique bake all in one!  Make sure you know what you are getting, that you have seen their work and had a cake tasting.

Food for thought!!

That Arrangement looks good enough to EAT!

Most weddings have a cocktail hour between the ceremony and the reception. This is a GREAT opportunity to incorporate a “spare idea” or anything that will separate your wedding from all the others. Consider using an “edible arrangement” on your guest book table. We’ve all seen them as corporate gifts, birthday gifts etc, but think about it logically, when it comes to your wedding. It will act as décor, adds another option to the cocktail hour menu, and will actually be eaten! Most wedding color schemes can be found in melons, berries, cheeses and of course any fruit dipped or drizzled, in white or dark chocolate. If you have a display table, with pictures, etc, place an arrangement there, as well. Most cocktail hours only involve butler passed hors d’oeuvres, so this will be an asset to the flow of the cocktail hour, for your guest to actually help themselves. The fruits and cheeses come arranged on a skewer anyway, so it’s perfect for standing…and as far as budget is concerned, it gives you the opportunity to upgrade a menu item, and add more of those little “bacon wrapped thingys” everyone seems to love. Know what? Go nuts and use them as centerpieces for each table! Just surround the base with votive candles.

 

(Not pictured: a variety of doughnut holes throughout the “skewers”…. helloooo bonus!)