Saturday, August 25, 2012

FALL in Love With Autumn Events

As summer begins drawing to a close and the promise of cooler weather hangs in air, we are reminded of all the beautiful things fall has to offer. Brisk mornings, comfy sweaters and scarves, the changing colors of foliage, football, warm drinks, more pumpkin flavored treats than you could ever consume in one season, COOL weather; all these things make fall a wonderful time to enjoy time with family, friends, and community members. It is the perfect time to hold an event too! Just imagine a gorgeous orange and red foliage landscape at your annual fundraiser event or a delicious hot chocolate bar at your company party. It is not hard to imagine a fall wedding but fall is also great for other events such as company picnics, a neighborhood pig pickin' , or fundraiser events. Here are some ideas for a fall event ranging from kid-friendly fundraiser festivals to high-end business dinners.  I can smell the pumpkin pie already!

Fall Fundraiser Event Tablescape

Rovers in a Hollowed-Out Gourd Vase

A Bright and Colorful take on Autumn Tablescape

Casual Centerpiece

Pumpkin Bowling for Children-Friendly Fall Festival

Potato Sack Race: For Children and Adults Alike

Dancing at Fall Fundraiser, Live Music is Always a Good Choice!
Classic Pulled Pork

Roasted Chicken with Root Vegetables

Caramel Apple Cake Pops

Glazed Butternut Squash

Pumpkin Ravioli in Butter Sage Sauce

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
Hot Chocolate Bar

Hot Apple Cider Bar

Traditional Mulled Wine

Fall Beer Assortment 

Friday, August 17, 2012

A Sweet Tooth's Dream

Your wedding is a day to really go all out. Of course in the traditional ways of having a beautiful dress, a nice meal, and a GIGANTIC cake but now there are even more ways to have really awesome and really fun details that you probably won't have an excuse to use on any other day but your wedding. Renting an ice cream truck to serve your guests? Buying a large scale ice sculpture of your initials? Yes, these things may be a bit over the top but YES, it is your wedding day and if you have always dreamed of such extravagances at your wedding, then why not? Have fun with your big day, as long as you just stick to one or two BIG details, your wedding (and your budget) won't end up going too far over the edge.

Since there are unlimited ways to make a big splash at your wedding (decor, food, drink, bands, etc.), I am going to focus just on desserts today. There are truly so many wonderful and innovative ideas and more come out every year. These sugary and decadent wedding ideas are for the serious sweet tooth!

Chocolate Fountain
This classic dessert display is always a crowd-pleaser. You can choose dark, milk or even white chocolate which can come in many colors. Guests will love dipping fruits, cakes, and other treats into this decadent flowing dessert fountain.

Candy Bar or Desserts Bar
Can't decide on just one dessert? Why choose? Full spread dessert tables are HUGE for weddings right now. You can include cake, cake pops, brownies, cookies, candies, fruit, and any other favorites you have. Bonus points for coordinating with your wedding colors!

Dessert  Shots
After eating a big tasty main course, some guests may be too full for a big slice of cake so why not offer them bite (or sip!) sized desserts in the form of a shot. Milk and cookies are a popular choice but the possibilities are endless. Also pictured are chocolate pudding, cookie, and whipped cream shots and strawberry shortcake shots. 

Ice Cream Truck
If someone had told the 5 year old you that you could rent an entire ice cream truck for all your friends and family for an evening, you would have probably thought that sounded like a dream come true! For the young at heart, that very option is not only available but also gaining popularity for wedding receptions. This will give you some great photo ops as well!

Frozen Yogurt Station
You really can't go wrong with a dessert that is so easy to customize. Many of your favorite frozen yogurt shops offer catering for events such as weddings and rehearsal dinners. What a light and refreshing treat to top of your night!