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Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentines Day!

Making Valentine’s Day dinner for your special someone? Here is an idea for a simple, three-course dinner you can make at home!

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Start with a colorful salad - we suggest this baby spinach salad with pomegranate seeds, sliced pear, and goat cheese, drizzled with sherry vinaigrette. Love this pop of red! For the second course, we highly recommend a grilled lamb chop with sauteed peas, fingerling potatoes, finished with a drizzle of olive oil, a squeeze of lemon, a pinch of salt and pepper, fresh or dried oregano, and a sprig of rosemary for garnish.

 

Chocolate-covered strawberries are an easy and elegant dessert to finish your meal. You need a carton of strawberries (rinsed, dried, and chilled until firm), dark chocolate melting chips, and white chocolate chips. You can melt the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl for about 45 seconds in the microwave - stir and repeat until fully melted. Dip the strawberries in the dark chocolate and set aside on parchment paper. Chill the strawberries for 15 minutes before using a spoon to drizzle the melted white chocolate over the strawberries. Chill once more before enjoying.

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Throw some fresh flowers and a few candles on the table and you’ve got yourself a beautiful candle-lit dinner for two (or more) !

 

XOXO

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Grilled Cheese | 3 ways

Who said you have to eat a plain old grilled cheese?  Our awesome team has put a spin on this classic concept that will definitely keep you wanting more!  We have come up with one savory, one sweet and a combo,  all of which are sure to be crowd pleasers!

Short Rib Grilled Cheese

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Layers of aged sharp cheddar with shredded short rib beef and caramelized onions on potato bread

Nutella + Mascarpone Grilled Cheese

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Decadent hazelnut cocoa spread paired with this lightly sweetened creamy Italian cheese, sliced strawberries, and grilled banana garnish on brioche bread

Bacon, Green Apple + Brie Grilled Cheese

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Applewood smoked bacon, freshly sliced granny smith apples and brie all melted together on sourdough bread

 

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Our team doesn’t only specialize in weddings… we can help plan all of the special celebrations leading up to them too! We had the pleasure of designing and catering this garden bridal shower, in a private residence in Fairfield County. Now what says bridal shower elegance more than fresh flowers and simple décor?  We put together this post to show you all of the amazing details that our team put together to give this shower a beautiful, personal touch.

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We designed custom signage to match the cups and napkins provided by our client. These items add a really special touch to the celebration! The personalized cups were the perfect vessel for our signature cocktail – triple berry rosé sangria. We sent the bride to be home with all of the extras that weren’t used – which she can use in the coming months as she approaches her big day!                                                                                                  

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Because it was a hot summer day we focused on fresh, colorful food that could be enjoyed on the patio under the sun. We featured a rainbow of grilled veggies, heirloom tomato and cucumber salad with fresh mozzarella, feta and watermelon salad with arugula, wild rice pilaf with dried golden raisins and fresh spring onions, grilled chicken, and lemon and caper salmon. We used simple garden greens to decorate the table which really helped to tie in her garden theme.

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No shower is complete without some sweet treats to enjoy while the bride opens her gifts! Fresh strawberries dipped in delicious dark chocolate along with decadent Baked By Melissa cupcakes – a favorite sweet snack for the bride to be.

           

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When we found out that we would be hosting the shower outside, we immediately knew that we would find our inspiration from the beautiful garden our clients home offers. Using delicate seeded eucalyptus and a matching green ribbon, we accented each place setting with a beautifully tied napkin. Lucky for us, our client had an amazing set of purple goblets, which served as perfect water glasses! The floral arrangements included all white flowers – garden roses, hydrangeas, lisianthus, ranunculus, anemone, and of course some more eucalyptus as the final touch of green. These flowers together created a whimsical garden feel and looked so beautiful!

We hope you loved our vision for this event!

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A simple, cute, delicious way to say thank you!  What’s better than a great giveaway!?  Whether it be for a party, teacher appreciation day or a corporate gathering, your guests will walk away smiling with this yummy treat!

To start off…just pop up a bunch of buttery popcorn.

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Next, melt some chocolate chips in a large pot until smooth and creamy.

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So simple and easy!  Place the popcorn on a large sheet pan in a single layer.  Then grab a spatula and carefully drizzle melted chocolate over the popcorn.  Refrigerate for just a few minutes to harden the chocolate.

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Once the chocolate is hardened, crumble gently with your hands.  We bought mini clear plastic bags to put our popcorn in.  You can decorate the bag any way you like.  We kept it simple and elegant with a logo sticker on it for this events giveaway!

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‘Wedding Simplicity’

                 

Calling all brides-to-be…you said “I DO”, and so the adventure begins!  This week we have put together some beautiful floral centerpieces along with a champagne tower to complete the look.  If you’re looking to have a pretty and elegant affair, look no further!

Low Centerpiece

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We created a flower table runner using a thin low glass vase filled with crystals and light colored flowers.

Champagne Tower

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So…we came across this unique silver tower that we have put to great use!  For this look, we filled it with champagne coupes and topped it with a gorgeous arrangement of white flowers and greens.  Great for a Gatsby or 20’s themed event!

Bouquet Centerpiece 

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For this look, we used multi height thin cylinder vases.  We created beautiful hand tied bouquets with various white flowers and placed them on the tops of the vases.  This technique makes it easy to view and have a conversation with other guests.