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Planning a Stellar Backyard Graduation Party

Posted by Pepper's Team Blog on Tue, Apr 18, 2017

Plan a Stellar Backyard Graduation Party

 Graduation parties are a great way to celebrate your recent graduate’s achievements with        friends and family. Here are some tips to help you throw a memorable backyard event.

  1. IMG_6015.jpgChoose the date. You should select a date a month out to get your invitations to guests before they make their summer plans. Don't stress if there are other graduation parties on the same day, as most of your graduates' friends will hop between parties.
  2. Guest count. Determine your guest count based on budget and how many  you can comfortably accommodate. Do you want a smaller get together with close family or a larger celebration including both family and friends?
  1. Consider renting a tent. If the party will be held IMG_0243.jpgoutdoors, consider renting a tent. The weather won’t always cooperate, and large party tents are perfect for keeping your guests dry and avoids the tough decision of rescheduling.  Rain or shine, a tent provides great shade to cool off and relax with friends. Not to mention, it also keeps your food out of direct sunlight.
  2. Catering. Booking a caterer to handle the food lets you enjoy the party and make memories. Don’t spend your time cooking and replenishing the food, or standing behind a hot grill for hours. When it comes down to style of service, buffets are a great option for a backyard graduation. Guests can eat when they would like and  you can accommodate guests that come and go. At Peppers, some of our most popular graduation menus include hamburgers and hot dogs, Texas BBQ (pulled meats, briskets, and all the sides), Mexican Fare (quesadillas, fajitas, and tacos) and flatbread pizzas - to name a few!
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  3. Stock up on supplies. Be sure you’re fully stocked up on supplies like utensils, cups, and plates.  An open-house party creates the kind of atmosphere where guests might put down a plate or cup they were using and forget to pick it up when they want a refill. A caterer can supply all of this and keep it replenished throughout the event.
  1. assumption graduation cake.jpgDesserts. A sweet morsel is a must at any party.  
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    uation cake designed after the school’s logo or sports team? Or cupcakes topped with graduation hats?  Desserts are a great opportunity to get creative and have some fun!
  1. Decorations. Make the party personal by incorporating school colors in the table linens, balloons, and paper products. Show off memories with a photo wall along with any trophies or awards the graduate has earned. At Peppers, our graduation buffets are adorned with graduation hats with custom tassels to match the school colors- to add a personal touch! 

    Most importantly remember to have fun during the planning!

    Interested in catering? The thought of planning a graduation party has you overwhelmed? Contact our team of Event Designers today at 508.393.6844 and check out our new Summer Celebration Menu. We are here to create a memorable stress-free event you and your graduate will remember for a lifetime!
     

Venue Feature: Gore Place

Posted by Pepper's Team Blog on Tue, Apr 18, 2017

VENUE FEATURE: GORE PLACE

Gore place (Waltham, MA) is a classic New England country Estate. The mansion and surrounding landscape provide a regency style atmosphere while their newly renovated carriage house boasts casual elegance. Gore place is a lovely venue for weddings, social gatherings, and corporate events.

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For weddings the lawn provides a beautiful backdrop for a ceremony or cocktail hour. Dinner and dancing can take place in their three season white peaked century tent with integrated dance floor or inside the carriage house. The tent can accommodate up to 200 guests while the carriage house provides a more intimate space for groups of 90-125 depending on-site up. There is even an on-site dressing room available to use prior to the wedding. Between the 50 acres of gardens, lawns, and farmland the picture opportunities are endless.

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The carriage house is a lovely space for off-site meetings, special events and corporate events. With many conveniences from A/V and free wifi to AC and ample parking, the carriage house is perfect venue for groups ranging from 90-125 guests. The historic atmosphere and alluring grounds create a unique inviting space to host your next event.

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Photo credit (tent & cake): Brandin Tumeinski

 

Lillet Blanc Summer Cocktail Recipe

Posted by Peppers Team on Thu, Apr 13, 2017

Lillet Blanc Basil Cocktail

Lillet blanc is an aperitif wine that is pleasantly fruity but not overly sweet. When paired
with gin, orange juice and basil it creates a balanced combination of sweetness and
herbal notes. This is the ultimate refreshing summer cocktail.

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Ingredients
4 oz lillet blanc
1 oz gin
2 oz fresh orange juice
¼ cup loosely packed fresh basil
splash of tonic
1 cucumber spear
Steps

 

 


Combine ice, lillet blanc, gin, orange juice and basil in a cocktail shaker- shake well!
Fill glass with ice. Strain contents of shaker into a glass.
Top with tonic water and garnish with a cucumber spear. ENJOY!

Tying The Knot at Tower Hill Invite

Posted by Pepper's Team Blog on Wed, Apr 05, 2017

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It's the Little Things in Life

Posted by Peppers Team on Wed, Mar 29, 2017

IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS IN LIFE

Dare to go smaller at your next event. Offer your guests mini versions of your favorite dessert. These individual size desserts are fun to eat and can also double as a fun edible favor. We especially love individual desserts for a bridal shower or baby shower, in which you can customize the dessert to fit the look and theme of the event.

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Heart shaped pie pops are a perfect dessert for a bridal shower. Instead of dealing with a messy pie, it’s much more enjoyable for your guests to receive their own pie pop.  Oreo pops, cake pops, and rice krispie pops can be color coordinated to fit with the babys gender at a shower. Or different kinds of cake can be served in small jam jars that guests can take home.

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Individual desserts can also be enjoyed at the event. We recently served mini wedding cakes at a bridal shower. Guests could choose from 3 different individually plated and designed 3 tier cakes.

Individual desserts are cute, convenient and fun! Contact our CakeART department to start designing your special occasion dessert today Cakeart@PeppersArtfulEvents.com.

Featured Venue: Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts

Posted by Pepper's Team Blog on Mon, Mar 20, 2017

FEATURED VENUE: HANOVER THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

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Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester, MA is a 2,300 seat theatre that draws over 197,000 patrons annually with world class performances and popular Broadway Shows. The Theatre combines old warm charm with state of the art technology making it a unique venue to host an event. Offering a variety of spaces to accommodate events of all shapes and sizes you are sure to find the perfect location for your event.

551 Main street, is Hanover's newest event space. Recently renovated with gorgeous hard wood floors and interesting architecture to create two contemporary and beautiful event spaces. 551 can accommodate groups of 40-250 depending on the event set-up. This is a wonderful space for both corporate and social dinners or luncheons.

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The historic lobby offers stunning chandeliers, antique mirrors, a granite bar and an iconic grand staircase. The lobby can accommodate up to 150 guests and is the perfect spot for a cocktail style event.

The grand promenade overlooks the lobby and is a large space that can accommodate up to 200 guests for a seated dinner or 300 for a cocktail style reception. This space is ideal for a pre show cocktail party.

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The stage is Hanover's most unique space to host your event. Commonly used to host large corporate dinners, fundraisers and weddings. The stage can accommodate up to 300 guests for a seated dinner. Additionally, the theatre can hold up to 2,300 guests making it ideal for a large presentation or tradeshow.  stage view3.jpg
Photo © Joe Dolen Photography
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Photo ©  CJ Gonzalez Photography

Interested in hosting your event at Hanover? Check out our Hanover Theatre Pinterest page for event inspiration.
For more information on renting the space or seeing a broadway show click here.


 

Bow - Tying it all Together

Posted by Peppers Team on Wed, Mar 15, 2017

BOW - TYING IT ALL TOGETHER


   At Peppers Artful Events, we have a love for creativity and design. Picking out beautiful china, linen, glassware, and flatware are part of the big picture, and can be quite impactful to your wedding. One way to make your day unforgettable is to incorporate a design element that adds a very special touch to the overall look-n-feel of your celebration. It is a great way to express your style as a couple and can become that one detail that ties it all together. We’ve seen couples use retro bicycles, vintage keys or books, parasols and food items like a favorite candy or family recipe.

   This past summer, we had the special honor of working with Steve & Josh on their wedding at Tower Hill Botanical Gardens. Their special detail was a bow-tie. This originated from their wedding invites which a friend designed with a yellow and navy bow tie. They loved it so much they decided to make it a a staple of their wedding.  The bow-tie was incorporated throughout their wedding from save-the-dates and invitations to décor and ring boxes.

   Bow-ties reflect style, elegance, confidence and attention to detail, which all represent who Steve & Josh are. Of course, each wore a custom made bow tie on their wedding day.  (knottytie.com - check them out!) Each time we saw that bow-tie, it made us smile thinking how fabulous and wonderful they are as a couple.

 Here is a sneak peek of Steve and Josh’s wedding!

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Photographer: Janelle Carmela Photography JanelleCarmela.com
Venue: Tower Hill Botanical Garden
Catering: Peppers Artful Events

To see more weddings from Tower Hill Botanical Gardens follow our Pinterest board.

Catering for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah

Posted by Peppers Team on Tue, Mar 07, 2017

Catering for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah 


baseball theme mitzvah.jpgAs I await the assignment of my own son’s Bar Mitzvah date, I am thinking of all of the planning that goes into the big event. Where to have the party? Kids or adults? Afternoon or evening? Who sits where? One of the most important questions for me, is the food? Seriously, can you think of anything more important than food? That leads to a whole other list of questions. Who will cater? Buffet or plated? Small kiddush or elaborate dinner?


As an Event Manager, I have planned -as well as attended as a guest - numerous Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. I find that choosing a menu for the kids can be more challenging than one would think. Gone are the days of chicken fingers and french fries. Kids today have much more adventurous palates. In addition, kids who go to Mitzvah after Mitzvah, weekend after weekend, grow tired of the same cuisine at every party.

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Food stations continue to be a popular trend. More focused than a buffet, a food station not only gives the kids an opportunity to create their own meal, but also offers a deeper dive into one particular type of cuisine. In addition, food can be eaten on the run, while dancing or during games. As we all know, kids don’t want to sit for long! Here are a few of my favorite food stations.


  • Taco Station: Soft and hard taco shells, pulled chicken, ground beef, refried beans, tomato, shredded lettuce and cheese with a variety of salsas, hot sauces, guacamole, homemade tortilla chips
  • Burgers and Dogs: Beef and vegetarian sliders, hot dogs, chili, sliced and shredded cheeses, with all the fixins, paired with seasoned french fries or sweet potato fries.
  • Mac and Cheese Bar: Creamy mac and cheese with a variety of add-ins like bacon, tomatoes, jalapenos and more.
  • Salad Bar: Assorted mixed greens with a variety of toppings. For even more intrigue serve the salad in a martini glass!
  • Asian Dumpling Station: Soba noodles paired with veggie and beef dumplings, shrimp shumai, and all the fixins. Serve in asian food containers and you have a great on the move food station.
  • Grilled Cheese: Who doesn’t love a warm freshly grilled grilled cheese? Our chef active grilled cheese station is always a hit. Pair this with a warm soup for a perfect combination.

    You can turn eating into an activity for kids. Know a sushi chef? Have a make-your-own sushi bar with lessons on rolling your own. Tired of ordinary cakes? How about a cupcake decorating station for dessert? Of course, this is only the beginning! Any of these suggestions can be rearranged or substituted to suit your or your child’s tastes.bar mitzvah food.jpg

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above photo by Nancy Katz Photography 
Written by Jen Shotkin, Event Manager & Bar/Bat Mitzvah Specialist 


Let these ideas be a springboard for your own creative ideas! Contact us today to begin planning your bar or bat mitzvah menu! For more inspiration follow our pinterest page Here

Lindsey and Dave Tie the Knot at the Five Bridge Inn

Posted by Sarah Barrett on Wed, Mar 01, 2017

LINDSEY AND DAVE'S WEDDING AT THE FIVE BRIDGE INN

It was a beautiful fall day in October, when Lindsey and Dave said "I do" under the white gazebo at the Five Bridge Inn. This was an extra special wedding for us to be a part of, as Lindsey is one of our own talented Event Managers. We couldn't be more excited to share her wedding with you.

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Lindsey and Dave wanted a casual elegant feel to their wedding that also involved hanging out by a fire with friends and family at the end of the celebration (a past time they frequently enjoy). The Five Bridge Inn couldn’t have been a more perfect venue for them.  Between the sprawling lawns, poolside cocktail hour, stunning white cloth tent, and of course the fire pit, the inn created the perfect backdrop for their fall inspired wedding. They were even able to spend the night before the wedding celebrating their daughter Mckenna's birthday outside at the inn.five bridge inn.jpgpeppers catering five bridge inn.jpgpeppers catering five bridge inn.jpgfall wedding cocktail cider.jpgpeppers catering.jpg

The color palette of purples, oranges, greens, and pops of yellow were incorporated throughout many details of the wedding.  The centerpiece design incorporated wood stumps from Lindsey's grandmother's backyard. Between the wood accents, moss and bunches of kale a natural elegant feel was created.

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Lindsey, naturally with her love for food being in the catering industry, wanted her guests to enjoy a wide range of tastes and flavors. Dinner was served on stations with small plates. This allowed the guests to enjoy a range of food from grilled cheese and soup, short ribs atop savory corn pudding, to a chef active butternut squash ravioli station with a maple brown butter sauce.

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Following dinner, guests enjoyed cake and an array of cookies paired with milk. The cookie bar was a joint effort from family and friends, who spent days before the wedding preparing their favorite cookie recipes. There were so many personal details incorporated into the wedding that made it truly unique to Lindsey and Dave. We couldn't be happier to have been a part of the celebration - Wishing them both a lifetime of happiness (from the Peppers team!).

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Photography: Angela Greenlaw Photography Website
Venue: The Five Bridge Inn, Rehoboth MA Website
Catering, Cake, Design and Florals: Peppers Artful Events

 

Winter in Bloom Series at Tower Hill Botanical Garden

Posted by Peppers Team on Mon, Feb 20, 2017

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    This past week our in-house Floral Designer, Katie Gaucher, was invited to participate in the annual Winter in Bloom Floral Design Series at Tower Hill Botanic Gardens. Over the course of five weekends, guests are invited to Tower Hill to experience a vast array of floral arrangements, participate in workshops, and hear from industry professionals.

This years theme was, “The Gardens of Tower Hill”, in honor of the 175th Anniversary of the Worcester County Horticultural Society. Designers, both professional and amateur, were asked to create a unique floral arrangement using one of the many Tower Hill gardens as their inspiration. These arrangement could only be made using freshly cut plant material.orangerie tower hill winter.jpg

   Katie chose the Orangerie for her inspiration.  “When I imagine the Orangerie in the winter, I picture many varieties of plants and trees all clustered together in one space. It’s a beautiful, natural and fragrant oasis full of light and life.”- Katie

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  She designed her arrangement using concrete/stone material- a trend in the wedding industry right now, as well as a key element of design in the Orangerie and other gardens at Tower Hill. Katie incorporated plants that she had at her own home to add a more natural, personal and interesting feel to the piece. “I just like how my succulents at home have grown over the years and aren’t as perfect as the new one’s you’d find at the store”.  Between the succulents, she integrated an array of colorful Orchids and Peperomia with various potted greens and natural moss. The outcome was a thoughtfully composed, beautiful and unique piece that evokes nature and life.

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Have you had a chance to make it to Winter in Bloom yet? Don’t miss this great opportunity to get out of the cold and experience Spring before it’s here! Click here from more information

To see more of Katie's floral and design work follow our pinterest page

 

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