Summer is right around the corner and it will sure bring the heat! When planning your summer wedding here are a few tips to help you keep your cool.Read More
Love, Love, Love this new venue! Complete with pool and private island!Read More
What's a bride to do when she wants more (or less) bridesmaids than her groom wants groomsmen? Well, for one, stop freaking out and start looking at the positives. Not only will you have all the girls (or boys) you adore by your side on your big day, but you also won't feel pressured into adding or subtracting people simply to ensure your numbers match. For brides-to-be with an uneven wedding party, here's how to strike the perfect balance seamlessly.Read More
Sunset Reef house is a gorgeous house and property located in one of the most beautiful areas of Islamorada and is now available as a wedding venue. Here is some additional information:Read More
This collection of vintage perfume bottles are totally awesome. Colorful and mismatchey they are perfect for the whimsical romantic feel.Read More
Here are some favor ideas for you that your guests at a destination wedding that will add a cute personal touch to your wedding day but that your guests will actually want.Read More
Planning a wedding away from home is attractive to couples for many reasons these days. Many decide to forgo the traditional and sometimes more expensive wedding for a more intimate affair in a favorite vacation spot. Here are just a few reasons to have a destination wedding;Read More
Since the release of The Little Mermaid, I think just about every girl has dreamed of being a beautiful and mysterious mermaid. It is certainly not an exception for the girls that live here in the Florida keys. Everyone wants to live that mermaid life. Why not have a real life mermaid to great guests at your wedding.Read More
You may be asking yourself, What is a Day of Coordinator and do I need one? The short answer is, yes you do need one and here's why...Read More
If you haven't heard of Pantone, they are a world renowned authority on color and providing color systems. Every year they name the colors of the year and everything from fashion and home decor to weddings will reflect these color selections.Read More
So you're engaged, now what? Most people have some type of vision in mind for their wedding and then it seems like as soon as you're engaged it all goes out the window. Your engagement period should be a fun and exciting time for you and your significant other, not stressed out planning mode. So here are a few steps you can take in the first month or two to keep that stress in check.Read More
Studio South, a Wedding and Event Floral Design and Boutique has just opened their doors this month in our Islamorada Wedding Plaza. They have in the floral industry for many years with a ton of weddings under their belt and have relocated to the beautiful Florida Keys. Come down to the plaza and check out their shop they have more than just flowers.Read More
The Castaway House in Islamorada is one of our favorite venues for events here in the upper keys. The property is well suited for both a large and small event. It has a huge beachfront overlooking the sparkling Atlantic Ocean with a white sandy walk-in beach, which as you may or may not know is a rare thing down here. It also has plenty of space for parking in the front and a shaded area on the beach for the ceremony. The house on the property is a super cute honeymoon cottage, that not only looks like a boat but actually is a boat! This property has a long history here in Islamorada making it a historic wedding venue. Here is a little bit about how this boat house came to be, a story told to me by Lisa Bradeen who is involved with the Islamorada Historical Society.
Clara Maw Downey first bought the boat and put it on her property of The Olney Inn. It then blew onto Preston Street during Hurricane Donna and Jim Gilmore (who had purchased the property already) dragged it on rollers to where it is today and used it as a winter house for his Family. Mr. Gilmore was from Kalamazoo, Michigan and was the owner of Gilmore/Foyt Racing Team, as in AJ Foyt, Indy Winner 3 times and owned Clear Channel stations and was big in the broadcasting industry. The Gilmore Family still owns the property today.
Mr. Gilmore was involved with the original World Wide Sportsman with George Hommell & The Green Turtle Inn. Doris Hommell was the caretaker of the property for many years. She bought the house that Joe & Debbie live in for $1.00 from Mr. Gilmore and turned it into a Flower/Nursery shop which was very successful in the 80's. I worked with Doris for 5 years during that time. It was a glorious time decorating all the homes & restaurants in Islamorada.
President Truman and his wife with their friend & guest, Edward R Morrow vacationed there in the late 50's. President Truman fished with Bucky Stark then. Mrs. Truman did not fish.
The property is for sale as of present for 5 million.
Watch this space for more inside info on some of our favorite wedding spots!
The new year will be upon us faster than you think, with only about 30 more shopping days till Christmas, its closing in. It is also engagement season! So heres a few ideas on what will be trending next year in weddings. 1. Glitter on your Stationery Out, Foil Stationery In
Foil stationary really adds a pop of elegance and is stunning. The metallics are so bold and we love it.
Best of both worlds for sure! You still have a your dance party but the fun and entertainment of live music at a fraction of the price of a full band. Scott Youngberg is a great musician that we work with often that offers this option.
3. Chiavari Chairs Out, Ghost Chairs and Crossbacks In
Chivari chairs are getting a bit tired now that everyone has them. I still find that they do have an elegant look, the ghost chairs and cross backs are awesome! Two completely different looks with ghost chairs being modern and chic and the crossbacks being rustic and elegant. Both styles a bit on the pricey side so be sure to make room in the budget for them.
4. Fluffy Light Colors Out, Deep Jewel Tones In
So excited for this trend to take hold, rich jewel tones really look stunning and dramatic on the beach.
5. Sit Down Dinners Out, Stations and Cocktail Receptions In
This has been coming for awhile now. As weddings stray from the formalities more and more, and guest lists include more friends and less family (sorry moms), couples are doing whatever they can to make it a party. Many couples want a relaxed and mingling atmosphere at the wedding reception which is better achieved with stations or roving dinners.
6. Round Tables Out, Lucite and Mirror Tables In
Keeping with the idea of tossing the formalities aside when planning a wedding, banquet round tables are starting to not be "in" anymore. Long tables, square tables and even a mix of everything has been popular in 2015. However, the lucite and mirror tables are how you kick your wedding up from a 9 to a 10.
7. Barns Out, Blinged Out Barns In
I love the look of a barn wedding, but being that we are in the Florida keys, we don't have to many barns. It looks awesome though!
lets be honest, mason jars and burlap have been done to death really, glad to see something new on the horizon.
9. Large Guest Lists Out, Intimate Parties In Lets face it, its really the best way to keep your budget in check. Intimate weddings are so special especially at a destination.
10. Full Day Video Footage Out, Same Day Edits In
Perfect for our instant gratification culture. Same day edits give you a fun wedding day montage to show at the reception so everyone get see anything they may have missed.
Keep an eye on this space as I,m sure we will be seeing some of these awesome new trends in our weddings to come in 2016!!
The Galleria Plaza located at Mile Marker 80 in Islamorada is quickly becoming a wedding hot spot! The plaza has been home to Caribbean Catering for nearly 15 years now. With our success in the industry, we have surrounded ourselves with other trusted wedding vendors that we work in conjunction with. We lovingly call our plaza the Islamorada Wedding Plaza we are truly a one-stop shop to plan your entire wedding. Many of our couples are planning destinations weddings from afar and most only have a chance to come and visit the keys once or twice throughout the planning process. At our plaza, you can meet with nearly every one of your vendors all in one stop! This will make your planning process so streamlined when you come into town on a planning visit. These are the amazing wedding professionals that share the Islamorada Wedding Plaza with us: John Rudolph Designs
Event designer and interior decorator. John has an amazing eye for design and he also has a lovely collection of high-end event rental items. He is also one of our go to vendors for the amazing draping set ups you have seen us doing this past year.
Our resident florist! New to Islamorada, but with 25 years experience in the industry in their hometown they are certainly fit for the job. They are more than happy to meet with couples and do any custom florals that you may have in mind.
Our resident baker! A truly talented baker with a great eye for style and design. Extremely skilled with fondant and custom designed cakes. She also does a variety of custom cookies, cupcakes, and mini cakes. Oh, and did I mention, also delicious!
Julia at BWW is our talented resident wedding planner. She is so professional, organized, and creative planning a beautiful wedding that is on budget with her will be a breeze.
Monica at engaged design is our resident printer. She is a talented graphic artist and she can meet all your custom paper good needs. She does everything from invitations to table numbers.
One of our resident photography studios. one of my favorite photographers to work with. He takes amazing and unique photos and is incredibly professional and reliable.
Another incredibly talented photographer that resides in our wedding plaza. Her work is awesome and she great to work with. You won't be disappointed.
A super cute boutique where our brides and their friends can find affordable last minute necessities, or just take a quick shopping break between vendor meetings!
So come on down and see us at the Islamorada Wedding Plaza and get your next wedding or event all planned in one stop!
A new local vendor is baking up some super cute cookies that will be perfect for dessert or wedding favors. We have ordered a batch to do a taste test, can't wait!! Custom designed cookies make unique party favors weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, birthday parties and corporate events.
These ones wold make a perfect dessert for our Mexican Fiesta Themed rehearsal dinner menu!!
She also has some great ideas for decor details for cake pops and I love these boozy Nassau rum shot cupcakes.
For more information contact Caribbean Catering or visit their Facebook page.
It may look like the stuff of witches brew, but this disarmingly simple combination of beer and bubbly wine is true to its name: rich, smooth, and lush. It’s also perfectly balanced, with the dark, chocolate notes of the stout (perfect for Halloween!) offset by the crisp fizz of the champagne.
- 3ounces stout beer, such as Guinness
- 3ounces dry sparkling wine
- Pour stout into a large champagne flute. Slowly top with sparkling wine and stir gently.
Despite its name, the only thing devilish about this tequila cocktail is how easily you can slurp one down. Even traditional margarita drinkers will have to admit that the combination of sweet crème de cassis, earthy tequila, bright lime, and spicy ginger beer is a stroke of utter genius.
- 1½ounces tequila
- ½ounce crème de cassis
- ½ounce lime juice
- ginger beer
- 2lime wedges, for garnish
- Add tequila, crème de cassis, and lime juice to an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously. Strain into an ice-filled old-fashioned glass and top with ginger beer. Garnish with a squeeze of lime and a lime wedge.
Blood and Sand
This elegant cocktail is nearly a century old and takes its name not from gruesome ingredients, but a 1920s movie starring Rudolph Valentino. Though the components may seem a little odd, they blend seamlessly, and the warming scotch and sweet vermouth are a welcome nod to early autumn.
- 1ounce scotch
- ¾ounce Cherry Heering
- ¾ounce sweet vermouth
- ¾ounce fresh orange juice
- 1maraschino cherry, for garnish
- Add the scotch, Cherry Heering, vermouth, and orange juice to an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously. Strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a cherry.
Caramel Apple Punch
This autumn punch calls for just four ingredients—apple cider, spiced rum, lemon juice, and a sliced apple (naturally) for garnish.
- 1quart apple cider, chilled
- 1 1/4cup spiced rum
- 2tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 red apple, thinly sliced
- In a large pitcher or punch bowl, combine the apple cider, rum, and lemon juice; chill for up to 12 hours. Serve over ice and garnish with the apple.
Stay away from those cloying pumpkin-flavored liqueurs—this drink uses pure pumpkin puree, with vodka for the kick.
- 1tablespoon sugar
- 1/4teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 3tablespoons vodka
- 2tablespoons half and half
- 1tablespoon canned pure pumpkin puree
- 1tablespoon maple syrup
- 1/4teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Combine the sugar and ⅛ teaspoon of the pumpkin pie spice on a small plate. Dip the rim of a chilled martini glass in water, then dip in the sugar to coat.
- In a martini shaker filled with ice, combine the vodka, half and half, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and the remaining ⅛ teaspoon of the pumpkin pie spice. Shake vigorously, then strain into the prepared glass.
A generous dash of juicy pomegranate seeds adds a sweet-tart bite to every cup.
- 1/4cup sugar
- 1/2cup Campari
- 1/2cup gin
- 1/2cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
- 3cups club soda, chilled
- 1/2cup pomegranate seeds
- 1 orange, thinly sliced
- Combine the sugar and ¼ cup water in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until the sugar has completely dissolved, 1 to 2 minutes. Let it cool.
- In a large pitcher or punch bowl, combine the Campari, gin, orange juice, and sugar syrup; chill for up to 12 hours. Just before serving, add the club soda, pomegranate seeds, and orange. Serve over ice.
A cayenne-spiced salt rim gives this easy margarita its heat.
- 1/8teaspoon cayenne pepper
- kosher salt
- 1/4cup fresh lime juice, plus squeezed lime half
- 3tablespoons tequila
- 1tablespoon agave nectar
- Combine the cayenne and 1 tablespoon salt on a small plate. Rub the rim of a glass with the cut lime, then dip in the cayenne salt to coat.
- In a martini shaker filled with ice, combine the lime juice, tequila, and agave. Shake vigorously, then strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with the lime half.
Dark and Spooky
Use ginger beer—not ginger ale—and dark rum for the deepest, most intense flavor.
- 1/2cup ginger beer
- 2teaspoons fresh lime juice, plus 1 lime wedge
- 3tablespoons dark rum
- 1gummy candy bat
- Fill a glass with ice and pour in the ginger beer and lime juice. To float the rum onto the ginger beer, turn a metal spoon upside down, hold just above the ginger beer, and slowly pour the rum over the back of the spoon. Garnish with the lime wedge and the gummy bat on a swizzle stick or wooden skewer.
Shake up your usual brunchtime beverage with a shot of tequila instead of vodka.
- 3/4cup tomato juice
- 3tablespoons tequila
- 3tablespoons fresh lime juice, plus 1 lime wedge
- 1teaspoon chipotle hot sauce or regular hot sauce
- 1/4teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4teaspoon black pepper
- pinch celery salt (optional)
- 1pimento-stuffed olive
Have a great Halloween weekend everyone, from all of us here at Caribbean Catering!!
Images and recipes from RealSimple.com
It is always a great idea to come up with a fun theme for your wedding to create a unique vibe for your special day. As Halloween is right around the corner and many brides have their fall wedding happening so close to such a fun holiday. Who doesn't love a good costume party! A masquerade themed wedding allows you to combine the fun of costumes and mystery of wearing masks as well as that classy vibe of a Venetian masquerade ball. The best part is there are so many options on where you can take the style of decor, all black and white, classic Venetian, or 1920's. There are also a lot of different masks out there for the wedding party and wedding couple as well. This website has a great selection of wedding masquerade masks. It will also give your guests a chance to show some creativity in how they match their mask to their outfits and there are also several nice couples masks out there. Even amazon has a large selection of masks. Another great idea is to have a big basket of masks available for your guests to choose as they arrive also.
These are somee of my favorite bridal masks. It is nice that it is on a stick so you have the choice to hold it up for pictures but not have it ruin your nice hair and make-up.
Here are some other fun shots of masquerade themed weddings:
We always keep an ear to the ground to keep up with the buzz in the Islamorada wedding industry. A new Islamorada wedding venue has popped up! Always exciting to find an amazing new venue! This property is unique in many ways and has some great benefits for holding an event. The La Jolla Resort located in the heart of the Islamorada Village has opened its doors to booking weddings for the coming season and for seasons to come. The Owners Cottage is located on the gorgeous property located just next door which has a huge bayfront perfect for holding your wedding or event with your toes in the sand. The resort next door has a total of 22 rooms wich can accommodate all of your guests and everyone can walk next door for the reception. Creating a personalized atmosphere for you and all of your guests since everyone can stay right on property. The owners cottage is cosy and has an amazing sunset view! It comes equipt with a full kitchen, two bedrooms, and two full baths and tastefully decorated in Tommy Bahama decor. It has the use of the pool next door at the resort and dock space available. It is also walking distance from most Islamorada attractions. Check out these photos:
For more information on booking this property please contact us at Caribbean Catering or speak to one of the friendly staff members at La Jolla Resort.
One of our most frequently asked questions is about our bar service. So I thought I'd take a moment to give you all some information on our bar service and how it works. We provide you with a bartender and all of your nonalcoholic bar set up, which includes: all of your ice for icing down beer, wine, champagne and white wine as well as drink ice, coke, diet coke, ginger ale, sprite, club soda, tonic water, cranberry juice, orange juice, pineapple juice and sour mix for making mixed drinks, plastic cups and limes for garnishing. The only thing we do not provide for you is the booze. Our clients provide their choice of alcohol that we set up and serve. Many of our clients find this to be a big bonus for saving some money. It seems there always is someone in the family or a friend of a friend who can get you a deal. Even if you don't have an connect in the industry it is certainly much more cost effective to buy in bulk than pay based on consumption or an hourly rate as most hotels and bar services will charge. Not only do we provide all of your supplies at a reasonable price, we also set up your entire bar. Which is a big job! Some of our clients request to provide all of their own bar supplies without understanding truly how much work it is to haul all of these supplies around. When our crew arrives in the morning we bring out of your alcohol, get everything iced down and set up the bar for you. One less job to worry about the morning of your big day!
Please contact Caribbean Catering for more information about this or our other services.