Cute Cookies

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!!

cute cookies

cute cookies

She also has some great ideas for decor details for cake pops and I love these boozy Nassau rum shot cupcakes.

cute cookies

 

For more information contact Caribbean Catering or visit their Facebook page.

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Sneak Peak of Hillary and Aaron

We cannot wait for Hillary & Aaron's wedding weekend, here is a sneak peak! Caribbean Catering, Blue Water Weddings and John Rudolph Designs will be creating a very unique and beautiful wedding this weekend. Hillary and Aaron of Chicago are having the wedding of their dreams this Friday.  Hillary was inspired by the inside/outside feel of a lavish dining atmosphere under the stars for her destination wedding here in the Florida Keys. We will create a sophisticated experience with romantic draping, soft lighting surrounded by a shimmer of rose gold. Hanging florals and crystal chandeliers will evoke the royalty of an English Garden ambiance. The simple elegance and romance of this design will be a show stopper. Check out these inspirations boards and stay tuned to see the real thing: sneak peak

sneak peak

 

Stay tuned for more pictures from Hillary and Aaron's wedding. For more inspiration and wedding design contact us at Caribbean Catering or Julia at Blue Water Weddings.

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Local Vendors Spotlight: Engaged Design Studio

Engaged design studio is located in Islamorada and they can handle all you printing needs for your next event or wedding. From invitations to escort cards they can do it all. They are conveniently located in Caribbean Catering's plaza. We are quickly becoming wedding central at the Galleria Plaza! We use them for all of our printing needs and come highly recommended. Here is a little about one of our favorite local vendors: "In the summer of 2014, digital and print communication became much easier in the Florida Keys when Monica Horsley, former owner of By Invitation Only, one of the largest invitation and stationery stores in Central Virginia open Engaged Design Studio. The Islamorada resident created a one-of-a-kind boutique design and marketing studio specializing in personal and business communications and correspondence. She combines the traditional elegance of printed cards and stationery with the latest in web design and digital outreach to help everyone from business owners to brides with their communications needs.

On the paper side of the business, EDS's offers one-stop shopping for save-the-dates, invitations, place cards, menus, holiday cards, business cards and so much more. Prospective clients can come into the studio, view an array of samples and receive expert advice from Horsley who has helped hundreds of brides and businesses with all of their paper and printing needs."

Local Vendors

Local Vendors

Local Vendors

Visit Engaged Design Studio's website at this link or contact us at Caribbean Catering for more information on local vendors.

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New Desserts!

One trend going on right now in weddings is the dessert display. Traditionally dessert at a wedding is, of course, wedding cake.  A growing trend in weddings this year is to offer your guests a sweet treat in the form of a stunning dessert display at your wedding. Cupcake displays were big last year, but dessert displays will be the big treat for guests this year, focusing more on cookies, specialty desserts, and of course, a wedding cake or two! With so many different tasty options out there, it may be hard to decide what to offer for your guests’ indulgence. With this trend picking up, we have just added some new dessert options to our menu.

New Desserts

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Contact us at Caribbean Catering for more information on dessert options for your special day!

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DIY Beach Wedding Ideas

Many of our brides these days do at least some of their wedding details DIY, or do it yourself. It's a great way to save a little money when costs can add up quick. It can also give your wedding details a personal touch and sentimental value for you and your partner. I have recently discovered a new and amazing craft product, Japanese Washi Tape. This amazing invention can be used for so many things.  If you haven't heard of it before, get ready for your obsession to begin! The best way to describe washi tape is that it feels like masking tape — very, very pretty masking tape. It's made of paper, but is not as delicate as you would expect. Plus, it comes in patterns and designs that will make even the most dedicated crafters swoon and varying widths to allow you to create some fun and intricate washi tape designs.Here are a few cute projects using Washi tape for a DIY Beach Wedding. Check out these easy to make washi tape centerpieces.

DIY Beach Wedding DIY Beach Wedding

Spice up your wedding favors with a bit a Washi tape.

DIY Beach Wedding

DIY Beach Wedding

You can use Washi tape to add some color and design to your invitations.

DIY Beach Wedding

 

Have your guests use washi tape to put notes or photos in your guest book.

DIY Beach Wedding

DIY Beach Wedding

Use washi tape on your escort cards.

DIY Beach Wedding

These are just a few cute ideas for DIY projects using washi tape. It is inexpensive and just so damn cute! You can buy it on Amazon or from Michaels. Happy crafting!!

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Our Fave Wedding Details 2015 Part 2

Continuing from Tuesday's post, these are a few more of our favorite wedding details so far in 2015... wedding details

These flowers are just so romantic. Show me some garden roses and peonies, and I'll melt. Not to mention the matte rose gold sequin table runners. Rose gold is a definite up and coming trend in color.

wedding details

The natural coral pieces are a great addition to this tablescape. Each one is unique and truly adds a Keys touch in an elegant way. Also a great way to add natural beauty without the expense of floral arrangements.

wedding details

This is our Antipasti station. Appetizer stations in addition to passed hor derves makes for satisfied guests. At a destination wedding, most guests have been in town for a few days indulging with friends and family and will be hungry by the time cocktail hour arrives. Also a great focal point in your cocktail area, not to mention tasty.

wedding details

This groom's cake got lots of sports media attention after twitter leaks from the groom's buddies. This couple are both avid football fans of their opposing alma maters. The bride had a little trick up her sleeve. Inside the Alabama cake, she had the baker make the cake inside in gators colors! The groom was shocked and word spread fast.

wedding details

Another popular trend this wedding season has been the natural runner. An absolute must for a rustic and whimsically styled wedding.

wedding details

This new signature drink recipe we used recently was an awesome twist on an old classic. The Black Pepper Kumquat Margarita was an absolute showstopper! Delicious, refreshing and boozy it was a big hit.

Year to date these have been some of our favorite wedding details so far. Watch this space and Caribbean Catering's social media outlets for more of our work to come this year.

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The New Wedding Table

For a long while round tables have been the top choice for brides. Round tables are great - they create an intimate atmosphere where everyone at the table can chat and no one feels left out. But it's always good to think about your design options and not to blindly follow suit of those that have gone before you. What we have been seeing a lot of lately are Long tables.  They are the new wedding table of choice!

We love them for lots of reasons. Of course they look amazing and they also make the table plan easier because groups can be merged along the table without having group or separate people.  Plus, if you have a miscount you might be able to squeeze a few extra seats in!

Flowers, candles, lanterns and runners look amazing on long tables - the symmetry of their arrangement on a long table creates a fantastic visual effect. The long tables really have an old world romantic look to them.

The Long Wedding Table

Here are some beautiful examples of this latest trend.

Contact us at Caribbean Catering for more inspiration for your wedding tables.

wedding table

Anatomy of a Wedding Day

One of the most important things on your wedding day or any event really is the timeline, and a realistic one at that. This is one of the things your planner should draft for you based on the activities you have planned for your day. There are so many things that need to be squeezed in! It is important to budget your time wisely and have your day of coordinator there to ensure that the timeline is followed accurately to be sure you can fit everything in. It is very easy to get caught up in conversation, drink in hand and lose track of time. It is one of the main reasons I always recommend to at least have a day of coordinator even if you haven't hired a planner. Your timeline should really include all aspects of the day including the rehearsal, set up, hair and make-up and transportation. Today we will take a close look at some of the things to consider for your ceremony timing and choosing the traditions you will include in your wedding day as it relates to creating you timeline.

Ceremony

The ceremony timing has its own set of parameters when looking at timing that will vary depending on your ceremony style. If you are having an outdoor or beach ceremony you will want to consider the lighting and time of day. Will the sun be beating down on your guests for an hour long mass? Are you dreaming of a sunset ceremony?

If you are planning to have a beach ceremony down her in the Florida Keys you may want to start later in the day when it will not be so hot. If everyone is siting in the blaring sun for they duration they will be sweaty and uncomfortable. So consider starting later or be sure to provide shade and programs that double as fans for you guests.

If you would like to have a sunset ceremony you should consider choosing a date in the winter, when the sun sets earlier in the day. This will allow plenty of time for your reception festivities afterwards. Alternatively if you are getting married in the summer when the sun sets later, consider holding your cocktail hour before the ceremony. This will allow you to have your sunset ceremony and have enough time to party after. The pre-cocktail hour will not only save you precious party time but it will account for lateness. In addition it will also give your guests a chance to mingle and greet each other as they arrive in a relaxed atmosphere rather than feeling rushed directly to the ceremony.

If you are having your ceremony at a separate location from your reception make sure you consider travel time for your guests to arrive at the new location. Arranging transportation for all is ideal, but it can be pricey. If all of your guests are providing their own transportation it may be a bit of a lengthier process. Consider driving time and traffic, as well as quick stops along the way and chatting at the church before hitting to road.

Traditions

There is a very long list of traditions that happen at a  wedding:

grand entrances

toasts

cutting the cake

first dance

father/daughter dance

mother / son dance

bouquet toss / garter toss

sparkler exit

This is just a basic list of traditions that many people include in their wedding reception.  Each culture has it's own wedding traditions that they include so the list can start to become daunting. I always recommend couples take the time to think about the experience they want in a wedding day when choosing which of these they want to include in their reception. Some want them all and some want none. A wedding, in general, lasts about 5-6 hours so the more structured activities you have planned the less time you will have to mingle and spend time with your guests. It's great to do it all, but I must say I have done so many weddings where they have everything possible included and the bride and groom never seem to have the opportunity to enjoy! Take a minute to think about what is important to you on this day before trying to do it all.

Make sure you have wisely budgeted your precious time on your wedding day. This post includes the parts of your timeline that will have the most effect on your experience of your wedding day. Our goal is for your wedding day to be an amazing and memorable experience! That is why we want you to know the facts when it comes to the anatomy of a wedding day. Contact Caribbean Catering for more advice on making your time work for you.

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Islamorada Wedding Package

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; 905430_10151601737360801_632228447_o

1. Be Unique

less than 25% of all couples getting married have a destination wedding. So tie the knot somewhere special rather than your hometown spots where everyone you know has already booked.

2. You have friends and family....everywhere

If your friends and family are all traveling to get to you anyway might as well make it somewhere pretty.

3. Spend some quality time

With a destination wedding you will be able to extend the celebration. spend at least a few days with your friends and family making memories, rather than a quick five hours. Bonus: Using a roomblock and discounted group rate at your destination everyone can get a discounted vacation. What's more fun than some downtime to relax and connect with friends and family.

4. Streamline Costs

Surprisingly is can be easier to keep costs in check in a faraway locale. Two reasons: One, you’re likely to have a smaller guest list (the best way to save $$ on your wedding is to keep the list short); and two, your choices are less copious than they might be at home. At home you’d be visiting a half-dozen florists and designers being tempted by more lavish (and pricey) options.

5. Make the Planning Easier (yes, Easier)

Planning a wedding can quickly turn into a logistical nightmare at home or away. Caribbean Catering provides a service that will take all the leg work out of the planning process for you. We have all of the resources you need to plan your whole wedding, no stress.

Islamorada Wedding Package

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Wedding Package for upto-25 guests

All inclusive

Ceremony setup w/ chairs on the beach.

Wedding Officiant  to perform ceremony & file paperwork 

Welcome Cocktail when guests arrive

Signature Cocktail “Keylime Kooler”

Appetizers your choice of 3 items 

Dinner: Caribbean Salad

 Rum Glazed Steak    w/ Grilled Mango Shrimp

Garlic Mashed Potoatoes

Roasted Asparagus

Home baked Bread  (flexible menu if you would like to change it up)

Wedding Cake 2 tier

Photographer for3hours 

Music 2 piece live music

Bridal Bouqet & 2 centerpieces

Reception Setup:  tables, chairs, linen tableclothes, dinner china, glassware, silverware, cake table, bar w/ linen, ect..

Full Service Staffing during event 

Wedding Coordinator Day of event.

All setup, & cleanup.

All sales taxes & gratuities

Cost: $6,000.

The Islamorada Wedding Package is our most all inclusive package. Contact us at Caribbean Catering to hear more about our available packages our get a custom package designed just for you!