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Along with catering for weddings, we also host events for baby showers, birthdays, office meetings, reunions, anniversary parties and much much more!
If you are planning a baby shower for a sibling or a friend and are looking for a cute theme to play off of, take a look at this baby shower that features owls!
It is too cute for words and the pictures speak for themselves. Many people use the baby zoo animals or other baby animals as a theme for a baby shower. The owl theme is unique and different compared to those. What is great about this theme as well is that it is relatively gender neutral so that it can be used for a baby boy or baby girl shower. Or even if the expecting couple choose to keep the gender a secret!
To see more pictures with more cute owl design and decoration visit BumpSmitten.
One of the things we love the most about wedding design these days is how creative people are getting! This couple were brilliant, and brave, to combine two contrasting ideas that helped make their wedding uniquely theirs: dogs and fish.
Not convinced? Just take a look at these shots of the results! Beautifully executed, wonderfully understated, combined with the lovely coral accented color scheme, this wedding was just simply classy!
Five things we love about this wedding:
1. The theme: so clever!
2. The colors: soft and feminine without being overly done.
4. The gift card table
5. The contrast of decor with the flowers and having the succulent cactus bouquets: This would be beautiful in the Villa del Sol where we are located at.
View the rest of this beautiful wedding here at 100 Layer Cake blog
There’s only a few more weeks until Christmas! My Goodness, how the time flies.
If you were thinking of hosting a holiday party for your close friends, office or business clients look no further than Brownstone Cafe to help make putting together a wonderful party stress-free! Here are a few tips when it comes to putting together your party:
1. Themes: Before the invites are sent out, choose the theme you want for your party. It helps you as you pick designs for your invites, decorations, party favors and even your menu. This Candy Cane Christmas Party is a really neat idea. Plus, there’s a sure-fire chance you will find a plethora of candy cane themed designs and decorations at any store. And there are some really tasty desserts out there that feature candy canes, like these White Chocolate-Peppermint cookies!
2. Invites: As soon as your theme is picked send out your invites ASAP so that your guests can plan ahead to attend your fabulous party. Also, mix up your guest list. Find a good balance so that people will be able to social and have a great conversation.
3. Decoration: Don’t stress about decor. Many may think that their home has to look like its straight out of Better Homes and Garden magazine but do not fear! I say, simple is classic. Decoration with candles, hang candy canes on your tree or fireplace mantle and use colored table linens.
4. Menu: Appetizers are very easy to plan for and easily accomidate for any number of people. Brownstone Cafe has a large menu for you to choose from and we can customize a menu according to your party budget. Our Creamy Dill Meatballs and our Teryaki Chicken Skewers are some of the items that are poplar at parties.
Contact us today and let us help you plan to perfect holiday party and make planning it stress-free!
Eat, Drink, and be Merry! Happy Holidays!
On your way to a really important dinner with the CEO of your company? better yet meeting the boyfriend or girlfriends family? Well don’t stress, here are some tips that will keep you afloat during nervous times!
Have funny Dinner Stories? Do share with us!
The Do’s and Don’ts
- Place a napkin on your lap as soon as you are seated.
- Wait for everyone at your table to be served before you begin to eat.
- Don’t fiddle with your silverware. You will look nervous and make others edgy.
- Don’t leave the coffee spoon in your cup while drinking from it.
- Never read at the table if anyone else is present.
- Don’t lean back on the rear of your chair. You could break the chair, or worse your neck! ( I know some of you have seen that happen before..)
- For goodness sake don’t eat the last piece of the cake! ( Especially when the person that made the cake hadn’t eaten a piece yet!)
- Once seated, unfold your napkin and use it for occasionally wiping your lips or fingers. At the end of dinner, leave the napkin tidily on the place setting.
- It is good dinner table etiquette to serve the lady sitting to the right of the host first, then the other ladies in a clockwise direction, and lastly the gentlemen
- I know that piece of broccoli that’s stuck in your tooth is bugging you, but trying to pick it out during dinner is not the way to go!
- Always make a point of thanking the host and hostess for their hospitality before leaving.
- It is good dinner table etiquette to send a personal thank you note to the host and hostess shortly afterwards.
- No dunking of donuts,biscotti or anything else in your coffee.
- Try not to offend the cook by adding extra ingredients to the dish I.E drenching ketchup ,hot sauce or dressing over things to try to make it better in front of everybody!
- Lastly don’t forget your please and thank-yous and with that smile of yours!
- The best soups are made with a base of homemade stock and fresh ingredients. You can reduce your time in the kitchen by usuing canned or frozen broths or bouillion bases. Even so,plan on taking your time with a good soup or stew.
- Fresh ingredients are best ,but some canned or frozen vegetables will work well, such as peas,green beans and corn.
- A hot soup will help recondition the palate between meal courses or after consumption of alcoholic beverages.
- Ideally, cold soups should be served in chilled dishes.
- If the soup is not intended as the main course,you can count on 1 quart to serve6. As main dish,plan on 2 servings per quart.
- To reduce the fat content,make the soup the day before,chill and scrape off the fat that rises to the top. If you don’t have time to chill soup,use an unprinted paper towel to soak up oil from the surface. Savory soups and stews always taste better if made a day or two in advance and reheated just before serving.
- If your hot soup ends up slightly salty,add a whole ,peeled potato to the soup and simmer for about 15 minutes to absorb salt. Remove the potato and serve. ( Save the potato for the cooks treat!)
- Wine is a great flavor addition to soups and stews. When using wine or alcohol in soup,use less salt as the wine tends to intensify saltiness. Wine should be added at a ratio of no more than 1/4 cup of wine to 1 quart of soup.
2 weeks before the meal:
- Plan your menu
- Create a grocery list and buy non-perishable items.
- Get ahead of meal prpe. Bake Items you can freeze.
3 days before the meal.
- Shop for perishable ingredients
- Set Table.
- Plan kid-friendly activites. Cover the kid’s table with butcher paper and set out crayons.
2 days before the meal:
- Start cooking.
- Buy fresh Flowers so blooms have time to open
1 day before the meal:
- Finish preparing each dish
- Make a timeline. Count backward from the time you plan to start eating to determine when to put each dis in the oven. Save time by cooking different dishes simultaneously in a double-range oven.
During the Meal:
- Ensure dishes are served at the perfect temperature. Store them in a warming drawer until ready.
- Incorporate a family activity. Ask everyone to write out thnigs they’re thankful for and read each out loud.