summer 2014 wrap up

Events, FOOD!, Global Event Group, Weddings

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Did school really just start? Is it already football season? What a summer it has been. As sad as we are to see summer come to an end… boy are we ready for fall {and a few cold fronts, please!}. Here are just a few of the things we have been up to this summer:

 

LOLLAPALOOZA

Chicago. It’s definitely one of our favorite cities to be in. Lucky for us this was our 9th year to be a part of Lollapalooza Music Festival. We stayed busy this year…. We had an Artist Catering Tent, Gyro Cafe vending booth, and ran Artist Hospitality. We can’t praise our team enough for all of their hard work. 

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AVON

Our Avon Walk for Breast Cancer tour took us to Washington, D.C., Boston, Chicago, & San Francisco. Although it is our 3rd year being part of this event, we are still in awe at every stop. It is simply amazing to see the dedication of Avon and the countless men and women that raise money and participate in the journey to end breast cancer. We are lucky to be able to serve the walkers and visit such beautiful cities. We are about to hit the road for part 2 of the 2014 Avon season. 

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NUTRABOLT | GRAND OPENING

If you are in Brazos County and have not had the chance to see the amazing new Nutrabolt building in Bryan, Texas you are missing out. We were teamed up with our friends at Ashely & Company to host their grand opening. Let’s just say it was amazing – every. single. detail. We were excited to try some new summer foods {all gluten free!} and they were all a huge hit. We teamed up with Chef Peter Madden, Chef Tai, and Chef Wade for the entrees and couldn’t have asked for more creative or delicious results.

On the Menu: watermelon + feta + mint + balsamic glaze skewers | artisan farm to table cheese and meat display | prosciutto stuffed brussels sprouts | wagyu beef carpaccio + potato wafer + micro greens | voo-doo shrimp 

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WEST TEXAS | PRIVATE PARTY

Mid-August we headed to West Texas with our friends from Encore Live for a private party. We spent about 2 weeks feeding crew leading up to the event, putting on the event, and breaking down the event. We survived the Texas heat and the party was flawless.

On the menu: summer sausage + fresh fruit display | cedar planked salmon | asparagus + roasted tomatoes + carrots | smoked beef shank | campfire shrimp | asiago mac & cheese | fresh corn + honey butter chili lime |  fried pies + blue bell ice cream | late night wood fire flatbreads | late night nacho bar

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TEX AGS KICKOFF

We were lucky enough to squeeze in one last event at The Zone Club at Kyle Field for our friends over at TexAgs. We are sad we won’t be able to enjoy the view catering above Kyle Field any longer but we did go out with a bang! 

On the Menu: loaded mexican caesar salad | campfire shrimp | smoked beef shank + tortillas + red onion + cilantro + queso blanco | verde pork tamales | black beans | cilantro lime rice | nacho bar | tres leches

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Well, that is a small snapshot of what we have been up to. We were also excited to be a part of countless weddings, Texas A&M events, and many more grand openings this summer. Our tenth anniversary is flying by and we are blessed to be so busy!

Now, bring on the fall weather and Fightin’ Texas Aggie FOOTBALL! 

 

 

Inspiring Brides {brides that inspire}

Weddings

I really wanted to post something earlier today.  I sat at my desk, surfed around and racked my brain for inspiration – but nadda.  Just now I was tucked in bed and catching up on facebook when I stumbled upon someone’s post with a link to this super cute blog.  http://greenweddingshoes.com/handmade-connecticut-wedding-jessica-rob/

At first I was drawn to the faded and somewhat grainy photographs.  They felt so raw and soft at the same time.  I am absolutely head over heals with spring/summer weddings in which the groom and groomsmen sport a taupe colored suit.  SO dapper! As you scroll through the photos you find detail after hand-made detail and fall in love with not only this wedding, but also this couple.  They seem like people I would truly enjoy working for.

A Wedding Tea Party during a Wedding Reception…so clever!  Every detail was decided and created by this lovely bride and her groom.  Check out some of the sweet touches…

In leu of traditional boutineres, these felt hearts were made for the attendants.  This quirky couple also made smaller versions for their guests to wear.

While this entire blog is chalked full of creative ideas and inspiration, it was what this blushing bride wrote as advice for others that truly inspired me.

“Choose vendors in the same way that you would choose your friends. You need to be able to laugh with these people and feel completely confident in their abilities – after all – they will be with you on your wedding day! We loved every single person that we hired because they were passionate about what they do and talented in their field, we didn’t try to tell them what to do – instead – we tried to find people who were already doing amazing things and who were inspired by us and our wedding.”

As a Vendor, this makes me so happy and INSPIRED!  I want to make sure our clients feel the same connection.  Well done my Connecticut Duo!  Well done.

Mexican Romance {love}

Weddings

Ahhh… it’s Friday 🙂  Normally a Friday afternoon would mean gearing up for a weekend of amazing events, but today I am able to relax a bit and peruse the internet for inspiration.  We have been working on updating our wedding website lately and I guess I have been bitten by the bug again.  I am in love with the romantic styles that are gracing the covers of bridal magazines and blogs.  As I was searching around on some of my favorite blogs earlier, I came across a new twist – it is what I am calling a  Mexican Romance.  The soft corals and pinks are paired so sweetly, but seem to have a bolder, richer saturation than the traditional colors.  I love how the building serves as a breathtaking backdrop to all of the beautiful touches chosen for this wedding.  Thanks OnceWed for inspiring me!care of oncewed.com

I love how the rough texture from a burlap table linen keeps the coral napkin and salmon tablescape from becoming too feminine.  Perfect for MAN and WIFE.

Cakes too often become weighed down with floral, excessive piping and design.  The simple hand painted stripe adds back a personal hand crafted touch that elaborate cakes sometimes lack.  This simple idea could be applied in so many different fashions, including invitations, linens, table cards and even the bridesmaid dresses.  Sometimes simple is best.

I am not sure where these buildings are but I want to run to them now! The romance oozes from the tarnished roof, pebble pathway and weathered wooden doors.  I am not crazy about all of the dresses – but I do like the nude shoe pairing.  It mimics the natural elements chosen throughout (burlap, iron chair, and terracotta pots) the wedding and again keeps the colors grounded a bit.

While here the corals, salmon and pinks were kept fairly close in shade and paired only with natural partners, you could also take a leap and infuse some rich turquoises and sea greens for another twist.  Now I definitely feel like a margarita!  Happy Friday 🙂