As you may know, if you have ever had a long Pinterest session. It is easy to get carried away quickly, here are some tips to harness this tool to build your wedding Pinterest without going overboard.Read More
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Another popular trend this wedding season has been the natural runner. An absolute must for a rustic and whimsically styled wedding.
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.
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.
Caribbean Catering has a large selection decor pieces available to rent. We can create a non-floral centerpiece for your wedding or event for $25 per table. We can add flower stems for an additional $10 per table. Here are some sample set ups I put together today. You can order any of the arrangements you see here or feel free to mix and match with the items we have available. Using non-floral arrangements or individual stems is a huge money saver! Feel free to come in and have design meeting with us! Come down and take a look at our inventory and we can create the perfect design for your style and color pallet. Weather you are looking for a classic beach style or sleek and sophisticated we have the right decor elements for you. Take a look at our pintrest board of centerpiece ideas.
There are so many wedding venues down here in the Florida Keys. They all have different pros and cons and when choosing a venue there are many things to consider. Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing wedding venues in Islamorada;
An obvious one but important. You don't want to kill your budget with the venue, there is plenty more to spend on from there. Otherwise you will end up with a great location and surroundings but you will have to skimp on things like decor, flowers and food.
You will need to have at least a rough estimate of how many guests you will be having because most all locations will have a maximum amount of people aloud on property. These limitations are for good reason, not only for safety but in some cases it just plain won't work.
When having a destination wedding here in the keys this will involve travel for your guests. Make sure it is with in a reasonable distance from accommodation that will suit your guest's budget. Also be sure there is ample parking available at your desired location. If you are having the ceremony at a separate location be sure it is within a reasonable driving distance and try to account for traffic. Make the drive yourself a few times to clock the time. Another factor here in the keys is oceanside vs bayside. While you will still see a colorful sky at sunset time on the oceanside you do not get a full on sunset like you do on the bayside. So if sunset is must then you will have to consider bayside properties.
Think about what type of event you want. Will your wedding be formal, informal, traditional or non-traditional. You want your venue to reflect this style.
Here are some photos of some of our favorite wedding venues in Islamorada:
To get more information on these and other locations in the upper keys contact us at Caribbean Catering.
[video width="480" height="360" webm="http://www.islamoradaweddings.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/PortlyIdenticalDodobird.webm" loop="true" autoplay="true"][/video] When planning an Islamorada wedding or event there are so many decisions to make and the wedding industry down here is booming so there are more and more options popping up all over. The choices can be overwhelming at times. The first choices to make is finding your planner, venue, caterer and rentals. Our service at Caribbean Catering covers all of these aspects and more.
We have been doing Florida Keys weddings and events for nearly 15 years. This wealth of experience gives us the local knowledge and relationships to help you through the entire process of planning your special event. We have relationships with so many local vendors and knowledge of all the best wedding locations available in the upper keys. From the very early stages of planning we can help you find the perfect venue for you based on your guest count, style and budget. Working with in your budget we can use our local resources to recommend photographers, musicians, offciants, florists, planners, hair and make-up and specialty vendors like cigar rollers, photo booths, espresso bar or a food truck.
Caribbean Catering also has all of the rentals you will need for your event; tables, chairs, linens, decor items, glassware, silverware, dinner china, charger plates, napkin rings, cake stands ect. Our catering and rental packages always include all of the set up. Many rental vendors do not include set-up in their rental quote, only drop off. The last thing you need to worry about on your big day is getting your guests to set up tables and chairs in the heat! We are on site early in the morning to set up every detail exactly as we have discussed in planning. We also offer for our rentals a day early at no extra charge for clients who would like to do a rehearsal dinner with us.
In addition we have a professional staff that has been working with us for many years. They are familiar with the flow of a wedding and the layouts of the locations that we work with. Our staff is knowledgeable about our menus and familiar with beer, wine, liquor and cocktails. We expect our staff to always be on time and to be friendly and personable.
Our service will also include making sure that all trash and recycling is cleared before we leave at the end of the event. We arrive in the morning to clear any remaining trash from the after party and breakdown all of the rentals. We will also ensure any items you provided, like centerpieces are set aside for you to take home.
We would love to help you plan your wedding or event. Contact us for more information on our full service catering and get a free quote!
Your reception menu is set and the cake design is picked. It's time to focus on drinks. Add a personal touch to your bar menu by choosing a signature cocktail. Pick a drink that stars your favorite liquor, matches your color scheme, or just sounds delicious. Signature Drinks are a a fun way to incorporate you and your grooms unique flavor into your bar. As a bonus, it is also a great way to save some money on your bar tab. You can consider doing a beer and wine bar with a signature drink rather than a full bar. At most venues this is and affordable option and even if you are supplying the booze yourself you will only need to supply one type of liquor. Passing signature drinks upon guests arrival or following the ceremony is a nice touch, especially on a bright sunny day. Which is often for our Islamorada weddings! Passing the signature drink and having them available self serve is also a great way to take pressure off the bar and keep the lines down.
Signature Drink Ideas
2 ounces vodka
1 ounce blended fresh blueberries
1/4 ounce aloe vera juice
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce ginger water
1/4 ounce agave nectar
Blueberries, for garnish
Place strawberry into a cocktail shaker and muddle. Add ice and remaining ingredients to shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice. Garnish with blueberries.
Coconut Castaway Cocktail
1 ounce vodka
1 ounce juice from a watermelon
1/2 ounce coconut water
1/2 ounce prickly pear puree
1/2 ounce lime juice
1/4 ounce agave nectar
Lemon peel, for garnish
Place ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain shaker contents into a flute. Top with the Champagne and garnish with a lemon peel.
1/2 cup sugar
1 large rosemary sprig
1 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 12 lemons)
3 cups London dry gin
1 cup orange juice
Orange slices, for garnish
Rosemary sprigs, for garnish
Bring sugar and 1/2 cup water to a boil in a saucepan. Cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Add rosemary sprig and let steep for 2 hours; remove sprig. Refrigerate simple syrup up to 2 weeks. Combine lemon juice, gin, orange juice, and simple syrup in a punch bowl. Garnish bowl and glasses with orange slices and rosemary sprigs, if desired. Add ice cubes as needed to keep chilled.
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
3 wide strips orange zest
12 ounces watermelon cubes (about 2 cups)
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
3/4 cup white or silver tequila
In a small saucepan, bring sugar, water, and orange zest to a boil over high. Reduce to a simmer and cook until sugar dissolves, 3 minutes. Let syrup cool in a bowl. In a blender, puree watermelon cubes until smooth. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing on solids, into a pitcher (you should have about 1 cup juice). Stir in syrup, lime juice, and tequila. Fill salt-rimmed glasses with ice, then pour margarita mixture over top. Garnish with lime wedges.
2 1/4 cups freshly squeezed lime juice (or 1 1/2 ounces per shaker), plus more for rims
1 1/2 cups gin (or 2 ounces per shaker)
1/2 cup superfine sugar (or 2 teaspoons per shaker)
1 bottle brut Champagne or sparkling wine (or 4 ounces per shaker)
Fine sanding sugar, for rims
Mix lime juice, gin, and superfine sugar in a 2-quart pitcher; chill until ready to serve, several hours. To serve, dip rims of glasses in lime juice, then sanding sugar, to coat with 1-inch-wide band. Measure 4 ounces Champagne into cocktail shaker filled with ice. Add 3 1/2 ounces lime juice-and-gin mixture, and shake; strain into 2 glasses, and add 2 to 3 drops of grenadine to each. Repeat.
Lavender Whiskey Sour
2 ounces whiskey
1 tablespoon Lavender Sour Syrup
Fresh lavender sprig, for garnish
Fill an 8-ounce glass with ice; pour over whiskey. Fill with lavender sour syrup; stir to combine. Garnish with lavender sprig and serve immediately.
4 1/2 cups Cucumber Gin (or 2 oz.), how-to follows
2 1/4 cups fresh lime juice (or 1 oz.)
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons Mint Simple Syrup (or 1/2 oz.), how-to follows
Cucumber peels, for garnish
Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish
Steep 2 1/2 cups diced, peeled cucumber in 4 1/2 cups gin, covered and chilled, 8 hours to 4 days (or 1/2 cup cucumber in 1 cup gin). Strain; store indefinitely in the refrigerator.
MINT SIMPLE SYRUP
Heat 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water over medium-high heat, stirring until dissolved. Add 1 cup mint leaves; remove from heat. Cover; steep 30 minutes to 1 hour. Strain; discard mint. Refrigerate up to 2 months.
In a 2-quart pitcher, stir gin, lime juice, and syrup. Refrigerate. To serve, pour into a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake vigorously, and divide among ice-filled 10-ounce glasses. (For a single drink, mix in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, and shake.) Garnish each with cucumber peel and mint.
Grapefruit and Mint Mojito
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup packed fresh mint leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
1 ruby-red grapefruit
3/4 cup white rum
3 cups ice
1 cup seltzer
Bring sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat, and add mint leaves. Let steep 10 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve into a small bowl, and discard mint. Let cool.
Using a vegetable peeler, remove zest from grapefruit in long, wide strips. Place in a large glass, and add rum. Cover, and let stand for 30 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve into a large glass measure, and discard zest.
Cut away remaining pith from grapefruit. Cut between membranes to release segments. For each drink, place 2 to 3 segments in a glass. Top with 3/4 cup ice. Stir 3 tablespoons infused rum, 2 tablespoons mint syrup, and 1/4 cup seltzer in a glass measure, and pour over ice. Garnish with mint sprigs.
Consider doing a signature drink for your next event. Contact Caribbean Catering for more ideas for your party.
When planning a wedding or event in the Florida Keys , or anywhere for that matter, your venue is likely your fist big decision. It is an important one as well, it will set the foundation for the style of your party. Here in the keys, events have a huge focus on our beautiful environment and sparking clear waters. That's why we come here right? This new venue really captures the essence of the Florida Keys and perfect for a nautical theme. There really are so many hidden unique places to have your wedding or event here in the Florida Keys and this new marina in Tavernier is a great venue.
Mangrove Marina is a several acre waterfront property tucked away on the bayside in Tavernier. Which gives you your sunset, in other words magic time for your photos! The cove where this marina is located is considered a "hurricane hole." It is protected by mangroves and provides protection from wind and lovely quiet environment.
The wedding or event venue has a fully renovated waterfront deck and bar area which is the perfect location for dinner and dancing. It comes with a few built in bonuses! The dinning area is pre-strung with overhead bistro lighting. Which will provide you with a great ambiance. The tables provided by the venue are beautifully hand crafted rustic farm tables. What a steal that is! Potted palms and tropical plants are tastefully arranged around the dinning and bar area. A water front gas powered fire pit, surrounded by adirondack chairs is a perfect spot for guests to relax and chat near the bar. The property also has a food truck serving up gourmet dishes, perfect for a late night snack or your rehearsal dinner.
Mangrove Marina also has a fleet of Aqua Lodges! They are fully renovated houseboats where you and wedding party can stay on property. They are super cute, I what to live on one! Impeccably redecorated and such a unique experience for your guests. It will give you the opportunity to fully enjoy the keys lifestyle. They sleep 4 adults comfortably or 4 adults and 2 children and are priced at $1500 per week.
Mangrove Marina has a great atmosphere and will make a great venue for a wedding or private event. With all of the of the built in amenities this venue has to offer it is sure to be a big hit with both your guests and your budget! For more information on this and other Florida Keys wedding and event venues contact us at Caribbean Catering.
Pantone is an institution when it comes to color. I always look to their color forecasting for the year to get some great ideas for design. It is a great source of inspiration when styling anything from your home to your wedding. Here are the 2015 pantone inspired wedding colors.....
These shades all have a very elegant and sophisticated feel. Perfect for creating that rustic vintage feel for an outdoor wedding. These are some weddings we have done recently that have used some of my favorite colors here.
Islamorada translates to Purple Isle, so I love pops of purple at our weddings down here. Our waters are sparking blues and purples so it really compliments the atmosphere here in the Keys.
This vibrant color makes for a deliciously bold statement color. It also has a great tropical feel to go with your palm trees and blue water.
This innocent and sweet tone of blush pink really completes that vintage chic theme. It is very romantic and sweet and will look great with lots of warm candle light.
This stunning and Caribbean blue is a classic tone for weddings here in the Florida Keys. It is the color of our beautiful waters so will always make a beautiful accent color for a beach wedding.
This lovely hue of pale yellow makes an excellent match with tones of gray. The cool grays with pops of sunny yellow make for an inviting yet elegant atmosphere.
This palette of pantone inspired wedding colors gives the nod to outdoor wedding, rustic and bohemian look and that are a huge style in the wedding industry right now. So how would you make use of these colors and how many colors should you use? Well it comes down to personal taste, however some I feel some are bold enough to ride solo, while others can be paired beautifully. What’s your opinion?
We created this fun Beachside Lounge for a milestone birthday party this weekend. Don't you think it would work beautifully for a variety of other occasions? I'm thinking rehearsal dinners, engagement partys or weddings for starters! It's hip and contemporary and is a great way to get your guests mingling and everyone talking. It works perfectly with a roving dinner of butler passed appetizers combined with action stations of tappas style entrees. Here's how the look for our beachside lounge party came together...
Design Elements: Navy & Natural color pallet to accent our waterfront location, bamboo lanterns and bamboo chairs, tall brass lanterns, mixed seating styles including low tables and sofas, fire pit to create a midsummers beach party vibe and provide warm light.
We have all the lounge furniture rentals you need for a beachside lounge party. Get this look for your next event for under $1000.00!! Contact us at Caribbean Catering.