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Sammy and Jack Elm Bank

Posted by Peppers Team on Mon, Feb 10, 2020

Sammy and Jack's Wedding at The Gardens of Elm Bank

Gardens at Elm Bank Wedding

The photo opportunities at the Gardens at Elm Bank are endless. There are so many unique spots to sneak away and capture perfect moments together as newlyweds. Sammy and Jack tied the knot on a beautiful summer day in June and took full advantage of all the gardens had to offer. Gardens at Elm Bank Wedding
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Their wedding ceremony took place in the Italianate Garden with floral topped pillars accenting the fountain backdrop. Following the ceremony, guests made their way to the tent to enjoy cocktails, an antipasto and cheese display, and a delicious array of passed hors d'oeuvres. Cocktail hour featured the couple's signature drink, a Moscow mule, which is a blend of vodka, ginger beer, and lime. Gardens at Elm Bank Wedding CateringGardens at Elm Bank WeddingGardens at Elm Bank Wedding CateringGardens at Elm Bank Wedding Catering

The Carriage House provided the perfect backdrop for the dinner reception. Guests dined at white linen tables adorned with gorgeous green and white flowers.

Garden rustic and elegance blended seamlessly through all the details of Sammy and Jack's day. Kinship Floral and Event Design created a stunning runner of greenery and candlelight down the row of farmhouse tables that the wedding party sat at. Choosing a head table design different from the rest of the guest seating provided a great way to highlight the wedding party and added to the visual design of the space.

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From the couple's constant smiles throughout the day to all the beautiful wedding details - including a unique white tile dance floor, there is so much to love about Sammy and Jack's  wedding day. 

THE TEAM
Catering, Bar & Cake: Peppers Artful Events
Venue: The Gardens at Elm Bank
Photographer: First Mate Photography Co.
DJ: Murray Hill Talent
Florist: Kinship Floral and Event Design

Lisa and Joel's Wedding Five Bridge Inn

Posted by Peppers Team on Fri, Jan 17, 2020

Lisa and Joel's Barn Wedding at The Five Bridge Inn

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We were over the moon excited when our Executive Pastry got engaged. We have had the pleasure of working with Lisa for the past seven years. Her fiance Joel has even been a great asset to our operations team during our busy seasons. These two are such a fun loving couple so we knew their day would be full of laughter, love, delicious desserts and of course an amazing cake design. 

Lisa's vision for her day was rustic with a touch of color and citrus. When she toured the barn at the Five Bridge Inn, she immediately fell in love with the space. It was the perfect backdrop to compliment her vision and she loved how the barn was nestled in it's own intimate space on the property. With most guests traveling from Vermont and Seattle, the Inn was perfect for accommodating many of their out of towners.

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Kumquats provided a beautiful pop of orange among the green and rustic color scheme. This detail was incorporated in the floral arrangements, invites, menus, cake, and even the beautiful collar that their dog Buddha wore. Five Bridge Inn WeddingFive Bridge Inn Wedding
The wedding ceremony took place outside in front of the gazebo, surrounded by built in wood benches. After a heartfelt ceremony, guests enjoyed signature cocktails and passed hors d'oeuvres on the patio before heading inside the barn for the dinner reception. Five Bridge Inn WeddingFive Bridge Inn WeddingFive Bridge Inn WeddingFive Bridge Inn Wedding Barn Wedding MAbarn wedding massachusettsFive Bridge Inn Wedding
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Lisa designed a decadent dessert display to surround her one-of-a-kind wedding cake. The cake was a combination of styles tying in a modern marble tier, gold accents, and touches of rustic and greenery. This made for the sweetest ending to their celebration. Five Bridge Inn Wedding
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THE TEAM

Catering, Desserts, Floral Designs: Peppers Artful Events
Venue: The Five Bridge Inn
Photographer: Mobile Video Photography
DJ: Jeff Fowler

Event Venue Feature: Kilburn Event Center

Posted by Pepper's Team Blog on Fri, Jan 03, 2020

EVENT VENUE FEATURE: THE KILBURN EVENT CENTER
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The Kilburn Event Center is a historic waterfront wedding and special events venue in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The newly renovated venue features spectacular views of Clark’s Cove, a rooftop terrace and versatile event spaces perfect for everything from weddings and galas to social and corporate events.

The main and largest of the spaces is a 20,000 square foot loft that can accommodate up to 1,500 guests. For smaller events the room can be elegantly separated to create the perfect space for your event. With rows of tall windows overlooking the cove, white washed walls, high ceilings, and wooden floors, the beautiful industrial loft creates a stunning backdrop for any occasion. The open floor plan allows for versatility and can accommodate a wide range of room configurations.

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Starting in the spring of 2020, a newly renovated rooftop terrace with unobstructed views of the ocean will be available for rent. This provides a memorable setting for a ceremony or cocktail reception.

The team involved in the renovation of the mill has taken impeccable care into creating an amazing event space while preserving the historic details of the mill. More event spaces are continually being added as they work towards restoring the entire 500,000 square ft mill.

Contact us to learn more about hosting your event at The Kilburn Event Center. 

Lauren and Ryan's Wedding at Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Posted by Peppers Team on Wed, Sep 25, 2019

Lauren and Ryan's Wedding at Tower Hill Botanic Garden

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Lauren and Ryan celebrated their wedding day at Tower Hill Botanic Garden with a beautiful ceremony in the secret garden followed by a reception in the Orangerie. Their garden style wedding was bright and romantic. The peach, orange, and green floral arrangements popped against the light colored linens on the guest tables and the soft grays of the bridesmaid dresses. The gold touches with the votives and the centerpieces added a classic and elegant feel.

Each place setting welcomed guests with a hand tied ribbon around the dinner napkin, a sprig of rosemary, and a menu. The dinner started off with one of our most popular and colorful salads, The Napoleon Caprese, which is an artful display of heirloom tomatoes, edible flowers, cucumber ribbons, fresh burrata, baby arugula, basil oil and balsamic syrup. Following the first course guests were offered a choice entree of our free range statler chicken breast, petite tenderloin filet, or charred Japanese eggplant. For desserts guests enjoy a delicious dessert bar with seasonal mini sweets.

The Wilson Stevens Band rocked the rest of the wedding night with their get on the dance floor hits. 

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THE TEAM

Catering, Desserts, Floral Designs: Peppers Artful Events
Venue: Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Photographer: Aubrey Greene Photography
Band: Wilson Stevens Band

Rachel and Olivia at Crompton Collective

Posted by Peppers Team on Tue, Sep 10, 2019

Rachel and Olivia's Wedding at The White Room

Rachel and Olivia celebrated their wedding at the White Room at Crompton Collective in Worcester with a fun bash filled with love, laughter, and pops of rainbows. There were many talented vendors involved in bringing their dream wedding to life, all local and/or women run businesses - which was important to Rachel and Olivia. From their beautiful first look in the Seed to Stem shop, and their memorable donut wall to all the guests incorporating a rainbow in their attire in unique ways, there were so many things to love about their wedding. Here is a sneak peek! Wedding White Room Crompton Collectivesame sex wedding worcesterWedding White Room Crompton CollectiveWedding White Room Crompton CollectiveWedding White Room Crompton CollectiveWedding White Room Crompton CollectiveWedding White Room Crompton CollectiveWedding White Room Crompton CollectiveWedding White Room Crompton Collectivesame sex Wedding White Room Crompton CollectiveRachel Olivia Wedding Crompton CollectiveWedding White Room Crompton CollectiveWedding White Room Crompton Collective

THE TEAM

Catering and Bar: Peppers Artful Events
Photographer: Cyndi Lu Photography
Venue: The White Room at Crompton Collective
Donuts: Allie’s Donuts
Flowers: AP Studio Boston
Hair: Stacie Morin
Makeup: Kimberly Fosher
DJ: Sound Choice Events
Pizza: Antonio’s
First Look: Seed to Stem Shop


 

Lieu and Nathan's Wedding at the Pierce House

Posted by Peppers Team on Wed, Aug 21, 2019

 


Lieu and Nathan's Wedding at The Pierce House

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Lieu and Nathan had a perfect spring day for their wedding at the Pierce House in Lincoln, MA. The celebration started with a heartfelt ceremony on the sprawling lawn. A white floral backdrop accented the ceremony and created a beautiful focal point behind the couple. Following the ceremony guests enjoyed cocktails and passed hors'douevres on the deck and lawn of the house before entering the tent for dinner and dancing. The dinner reception kicked off with an amazing first dance by Leui and Nathan. The rest of the evening with filled with dining, dancing, laughs, and even some late night passed churros!

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Catering: Peppers Artful Events
Photographer: Leah Freeman Photography
Venue: The Pierce House

 

Event Venue Feature: Oakholm Farm

Posted by Peppers Team on Wed, Jul 31, 2019

EVENT VENUE FEATURE: OAKHOLM FARM ESTATE (BROOKFIELD, MA)

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The Oakholm Farm Estate is a working family farm with a rich Swedish heritage. The farm invites guests to pick their own blueberries, strawberries and Christmas trees, depending on the season, as well as offers lodging and outdoor event opportunities. Currently operated by Babe and Christina Predella, this secluded venue has become a haven of relaxation and togetherness, making it ideal for weddings or corporate outtings.

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Oakholm Farm Estate offers so many benefits for wedding couples all in one location. The farm is surrounded by an oak forest and situated atop a hill overlooking Lake Quaboag, providing breathtaking views and scenery. Their on-site lodging, called “The Big House” offers overnight accommodations for the wedding party or guests with six bedrooms, sleeping up to 13 guests, in addition to a kitchen, game room, dining room, side terrace and five sitting areas. Ceremonies take place under their beautiful arbor surrounded with sweeping views of Lake Quaboag. The large reception tent with hanging lights and chandeliers can accommodate up to 200 guests with a dance floor. They even have a fire pit to enjoy a closing night cap after the festivities! With a personable and professional on-site team combined with a beautiful setting, you are sure to have an amazing wedding experience at Oakholm Farm. 

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Contact us to learn more about hosting your event at Oakholm Farm Estate.
Ceremony and Tent Photos Courtesy of Audrey Cutler Photography.

Top Venues for Hosting Your Holiday Party

Posted by Peppers Team on Fri, Jul 26, 2019

Find the Perfect Venue to Host Your Holiday Party

Whether planning a small intimate party for under 50 or an extravagant holiday soiree for 300, the following list of venues, museums, and historical spaces will provide the perfect backdrop for your corporate holiday party. Our list features venues from Boston, Worcester, Rhode Island, and beyond. Find the perfect location to host your next event no matter the size or location. 


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    • Tower Hill Botanic Garden (Boylston, MA)
      Tower Hill Botanic Garden offers an intimate setting for groups of 50 or less.  Every winter Tower Hill decks out their expansive gardens with colorful lights and stunning holiday decorations. This draws thousands of visitors every winter. Combine your holiday party with their annual holiday light show for a truly festive celebration.
  • The Pierce House (Lincoln, MA)
    The  Pierce House provides a beautiful historic setting for your holiday party. The house is full of charm and elegance with uniquely decorated rooms, polished hardwood floors, working fireplaces and more. They can accommodate groups of 70 or less on the main floor of the house. Just 30 minutes from Boston The Pierce House is an ideal spot for those looking to stay close to the city but want to avoid the holiday traffic within the city. 
  • The Worcester Historical Museum (Worcester, MA)
    Worcester Historical Museum provides a setting that blends the history of the community with your event. The Marion S. and Paris Fletcher Auditorium are filled with historical elegance, showcasing a collection of 19th century portraiture and a wall of stained glass that details the settlement of Worcester. The open space of the auditorium provides a flexible space for various styles of holiday parties.  

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  • Grand View Farm (Burlington, MA)
    Grand View Farm and Marion Tavern is a delightful place to host your family or corporate holiday parties. This warm, versatile venue provides a range of options at an affordable price. Each room has its own character, with all the comfort of home, but the convenience of Burlington’s charming downtown location. The Hall, which seats 100, is a modernized replica of the 19th Century barn. Marion Tavern has multiple rooms on the first floor to accommodate groups of 70 or less. 
  • Asa Waters Mansion (Millbury MA)
     Asa Waters Mansion provides an elegant, intimate and festive setting for your special event. This stately nineteenth-century home makes for an inviting atmosphere for holiday parties. They can accommodate up to 85 guests for a sit down event or 100 with a cocktail style party.
  • Gore Place (Waltham, MA)
     Gore place provides natural beauty, New England charm, and privacy of a 50-acre country estate. The carriage house and adjoining harness room have been renovated and boast of modern elegance. With ample parking and a beautiful setting, Gore place provides an excellent space for hosting your holiday party up for up to 100 guests. 

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  • The Worcester Art Museum (Worcester, MA)
    The Worcester Art Museum offers architecturally beautiful grand spaces, over 35,000 works of art, and 50 centuries of creative spirit for your holiday party. Usage of the Renaissance Court can grant your invitees access to a wealth of history and art among the first floor galleries or add in a docent lead tour of the museums galleries. With various spaces from the museum cafe to the Renaissance Court and balconies, WAM can accommodate a range of groups from 50 - 200 and provides a space full of charm for your holiday celebration. 
  • Commanders Mansion (Watertown, MA)
    Commanders Mansion stands upon seven acres of beautiful land in Watertown, MA. The mansion is an impressive example of Italianate-Victorian architecture and exhibits intricate details both inside and out. They can accommodate 100-130 for a seated dinner or up to 150 for a cocktail style reception on the first floor of the mansion. 
  • Discovery Museum (Acton, MA)
    Science, nature and play are combined at the Discovery Museum, a hands-on museum dedicated to fostering lifelong learning in children and adults. The museum features a whimsical yet natural theme suited to a joyful holiday gathering. There are also various spaces to allow for a wide range of party sizes, from 30 - 300. For a more intimate setting, the Party Room accommodates up to 30 guests. For larger groups and large holiday events, guests can choose to rent specific rooms or floors of the museum, or even choose to utilize the entire building.
  • Hopkinton Center for the Arts (Hopkinton, MA)
    The HCA has been completely renovated and offers various spaces for either an imitate  celebration or a large holiday party. The performance center features an open floor plan, stunning wood beams, climate-control, and hard wood floors. This is the largest space in the arts center accommodating up to 150 guests for a seated reception or up to 250 with mixed seating. Adjacent is the lobby with a built in bar, walls of art, rustic accents and a granite welcome desk. They also have a rustic style loft that is perfect for smaller gatherings of 60 guests or less. 
  • The Endicott Estate (Dedham, MA)
    The Endicott Estate, built in 1904, features a 3 story, 25 room Colonial Revival mansion situated on 18 acres of land. The indoor spaces found within the mansion are ideal for gatherings during the winter months, complete with period furnishings and cozy fireplaces perfect for a vintage style holiday party. The rooms of the mansion are equipped to serve a plated dinner for up to 150 guests, or 200 guests in a cocktail reception arrangement. 
  • The Society of Arts and Crafts (Boston)
    The Society of Arts and Crafts provides a space unlike no other in the Boston Area. Host your event surrounded by a rotating array of one-of-a-kind crafts and large windows overlooking the seaport district. Guests can even pop into the gift shop to pick up a unique holiday gift. The space can accommodate up to 150 guests for a cocktail style reception with food stations. 

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  • The Connors Center (Dover, MA)
    The Connors Center provides a large estate complete with stunning stone architecture that, when the first snow of winter falls, appears to have been taken straight out of a classic story book. The historic interior of the estate offers a selection of rooms and spaces, some of which include wood paneling, luxurious furniture and fireplaces to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The largest space is the Estate Room, allowing for 150 - 200 guests, followed by the Main Parlor, Dining Room, Charles River Meeting Room and Garden Terrace Room. The smallest space is the Dover Parlor, with a capacity of 18 - 45 guests.
  • Charles River Museum of Industry (Waltham, MA)
    The Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation is a historic gem of the Greater Boston area. Once a 19th century textile mill, the venue features stunning views of the Charles River and an old world industrial flair reminiscent of holiday seasons passed. The open, brick-walled event area can accommodate from 150-250 guests, depending on the style of seating, from sit-down to mixed and cocktail seating. 
  • deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (Lincoln, MA)
    The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is dedicated to showcasing contemporary art from New England and beyond, including its Sculpture Park of more than 60 works and over 3,500 artworks in its permanent collection. For a modern and sleek holiday event, deDordova offers the Dewey Family Gallery, which houses works from their permanent collection as well as select exhibitions, allowing for a maximum of 130 guests for a seated event and 200 guests for a cocktail style event. 
  • Harry Parker Boathouse (Brighton, MA)
    The Harry Parker Boathouse, home of the Boston College rowing team, combines interior spaces featuring unique architectural design with outdoor views and natural charm. Holiday events have the opportunity to utilize the Community Room on the second floor as well as experience the beauty of New England winters by gazing over the two balconies overlooking the Charles River. Traditional seating in the Community Room can accommodate 180 - 200 guests, or up to 220 for a cocktail reception arrangement.
  • The Hanover Theatre (Worcester, MA)
    Bring an old world theatrical elegance to your holiday events at The Hanover Theatre. The most intimate space accommodating up to 150 guests, the Historic Lobby, lends itself to a classic holiday theme with traditional and historic elements such as chandeliers, antique mirrors and a grand staircase. The Event Center and the Grand Promenade can additionally seat up to 250 guests. The Theatre Stage can seat up to 300 guests and will be sure to infuse sparkle and glamour to any holiday party.
  • The White Room (Worcester, MA)
    Created as an event space by Crompton Collective, a curated boutique marketplace, The White Room provides a clean blank slate to allow for creative freedom. Yet, the space lends itself to a vintage yet eclectic holiday theme, apparent from the industrial exposed ceiling and the use of mismatched wooden seating.
  • Village Hall at the Common (Framingham, MA)
    The newly renovated Village Hall at the Common provides a beautiful setting for a holiday party for up to 180 guests for a seated event or 200 for a cocktail style party. For smaller groups the first floor with built in bar would be an ideal space. Guests can utilize both floors - start with a cocktail reception on the first floor then move up to the second for dinner. Framingham residents can take advantage of discount rental rates. 

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  • Mechanics Hall (Worcester, MA)
    Mechanics Hall is one of the largest and most awe-inspiring venues in Central Mass in terms of space and decadent decoration. In total, the venue can accommodate anywhere from 10 to 1,000 guests depending on the style of party, and includes a choice of 5 function rooms. The Great Hall is the most recognizable space, with its coffered ceiling and grand center stage. Next is Washburn Hall with its arched windows, bar and smaller scale stage. In addition, more intimate holiday gatherings can be arranged in the Boyden Salon or the Dickens Room. 
  • Killburn Mill Event Center (New Bedford, MA)
    Located on the third floor of the 113 year old Killburn cotton mill, the Event Center boasts large windows enriching the large hall with plenty of natural light and panoramic views of Clark's Cove below. Be ready to surround yourself with views of the New England winter season, all while being able to accommodate a wide range of guests, from 50 - 500. 
  • The Ballroom at the Providence G (Providence, RI)
    The Ballroom at the Providence G presents a space worthy of grand and elegant holiday parties, with its crisp white walls, tall windows, and crystal chandeliers. Creativity is encouraged in this space, as the layout, theme and color scheme can be molded to match each host's unique vision for their holiday gathering. With traditional seating and a dance floor, 250 guests can be accommodated, with a maximum of 350 guests for a cocktail style event.


Holiday Planning Guide

Posted by Peppers Team on Fri, Jul 26, 2019

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It's that time of year again to start planning your office holiday party. Holiday parties are a great way to show appreciation for employee’s hard work and celebrate the years successes. Plus, they offer a perfect break from the busy holiday season for a time to unwind with co-workers. Our  guide is a great place to start when it comes to planning your holiday party whether you are celebrating at the office or at an off-site venue.  We'll help you stay organized, have fun, and plan a memorable holiday bash!

1. Choose a date and time. December dates book up quickly for caterers so make sure you decide on a date early. An evening event after work is great for a more party atmosphere where a holiday luncheon is more casual and good way to break up the day. Popular December dates for 2019 will likely be the 7th, 11th, 14th, and 18th. Since these dates will be in high demand, you will want to get on your caterers calendar early if you are planning for any of these dates. If you're on a tight budget or planning a bit last minute, consider having your party in early January. January can be ideal for those companies that are very busy in December and it often allows for greater attendance because you're not competing with other holiday obligations. 

  1. Guest list. Will the party be for only employees of the company or will invites be extended to family as well? The estimated guest list will help you determine how much space you will need for your event.
  2. Style of party. Determining the style of event you want to have is important whether it be a formal plated reception, casual buffet dinner, or a fun cocktail style event. Many venues can accommodate a range of guest counts, but they are often dependent on the style of event. A cocktail style reception needs less space than a dinner event. If you are considering hosting at your office, you will want to determine what style of event does the space best lend itself to. A celebration with passed hors d'oeuvres  and food stations is a great option for those looking for a more casual party vibe while a sit-down dinner with a buffet or plated meal is ideal for those looking for a more formal feel.
  3. Location. the location is important and can play into the overall vibe of the event. Having an estimated guest count and style of event will also help you narrow down the best location. If you are looking for somewhere in the city for an after-work party consider the distance and how easily guests can get there. If hosting at your office, you will want to consider the style of party and how easily it can be accommodated within the office space. Hosting at your office can typically help when you have a tight budget but if you will need to bring in many rentals and staging than it may be more cost effective to choose an off-site location. Museums, historical buildings, nightclubs and special event venues are all great options for providing a unique backdrop to your event. Check out our list of top venues in New England for hosting your holiday party at. Our Event Designers are a great resource for helping you find the perfect location for your event and can get creative with floorplans if hosting at your office.
  4. Choose a Theme. Deciding on a theme will help you narrow down the style, feel, and food options. Your caterer can work with you to take any theme and style of event and determine the perfect food to go along with it. Interested in a lodge style holiday party? A hot chocolate bar, passed hot toddies, savory waffle station, and warm hearty chili compliment this kind of celebration. Check out our blog on holiday themes for inspiration for your holiday party. 
  5. Food and drink. By this point you likely know if you are interested in a plated meal, buffet dinner, food stations, or cocktail style menu. Our team will work with you to devise the perfect menu. Knowing what your crowd likes or any allergies that need to be considered will be helpful to determine the best menu. The bar is an important part of any event. Do you want to do a full open bar, beer and wine bar, or some fun signature cocktails? By offering a limited bar with a few themed drinks can help keep budgets in line. If you are concerned about drinking at your event, a beer and wine bar would be the best option, along with only hiring TIPs certified Bartenders who are adapt at monitoring drinking during your event.
  6. Send Invites. The next step is to send your invites – evites and email newsletters can reach your employees the fastest. If you want a more formal invite opt to send a physical invite by mail. Plan to let employees know at least four weeks in advance of the date. 
  1. Plan entertainment and decor. Incorporating fun entertainment can help elevate your event. Dj’s or live music are always great for a party atmosphere. Hiring live carolers can add a truly festive feel. Other unique entertainment options to consider are – an ugly sweater contest, chocolate truffle roulette, casino games, employee cookie swap, photo booth, caricature artist, or a wine or beer tasting. 
    Most importantly, try to have fun and enjoy the process of planning your holiday party. Contact us today to learn how our team can help bring your holiday party vision to life! 

 


 

2019 Holiday Food and Drink Trends

Posted by Peppers Team on Fri, Jul 26, 2019

2019 Holiday Trends

The catering industry is constantly changing and new trends are always emerging. Here are our top holiday food and drink trends for 2019.  

Food Trends

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  • Interactive Stations  This one continues to be popular for all kinds of events. Chef manned food stations with chef's assembling small plate offerings allows guests to mix and mingle in a cocktail party setting and enjoy a variety of different dishes. 
  • Roaming Food Stations Food is assembled behind the scenes then wheeled throughout the party. This can be done on a cart, a food wall, or other unique display piece on wheels. Guests then grab what they would like as the food wheels by.  This is both fun and interactive. 
  • Cereal is making a comeback  Cereal milk paired with house-made cookies, cereal mini milkshakes, and cereal infused desserts like ice-cream sandwiches rolled in fruity pebbles are just a few ways to incorporate this trend at your next event.   
  • Grazing stations  Grazing stations provide a bountiful display of food for guests to enjoy at their leisure while mixing and mingling. Antipasto and Charcuterie, Spanish pinxtos, and dessert charcuterie are some of the most popular. 
  • Smoked Foods  Smoking isn't just for the bbq these days. You can smoke everything from meats and seafood to cocktails and desserts. Smoking can add a fun visual aspect and infuses a smokey taste into the food/drink. Imagine servers passing trays of drinks that have a trail of smoke in their path and right before serving the glass cloches is pulled off and unveils their cocktail in a cloud of smoke. Now that's a memorable experience! 
  • Chocolate truffle roulette  Guests take one truffle at a time guessing which flavor they are enjoying, but in the mix are a few not so favorable flavors! 
  • Plant-based offerings  Plant based menus and stations are on an all time high. Chefs are getting creative to expand their offerings. Beet tartare, plant-based poke stations utilizing colored beets, jack fruit chili, tofu tacos and impossible meat sliders are just a few of the trending plant based offerings being infused into menus. 
  • Elevated takes on comfort classic Upscale versions of grilled cheese, mac and cheese, and flatbread pizzas. 
  • Raclette stations  Lightly warmed and melty raclette cheese is scraped in front of guests and used to top crostinis, artisan breads, meats, or over potatoes (the traditional way!).  
  • Mini desserts  The mini trend has been around for a while and isn't loosing steam. Think mini holiday themed dessert stations, individual pies, single serve cookie skillets, mini bread puddings and seasonal crisps for the holidays.
  • Dessert-ified Cocktails Bite size cocktail desserts that taste like your favorite holiday cocktail with a mini pipette of a cordial. 
  • Holiday ice-cream sandwiches  Ice-cream isn't just for the summer time! Take a holiday twist on your ice-cream sandwich station with holiday cookies paired with seasonal ice cream flavors like peppermint, rum raisin, maple or gingerbread. You can even incorporate the mini trend here with mini ice-cream cones.
  • Holiday cakesicals  This is a blend of a cake and popsical. Who doesn't love new ways to enjoy cake! Plus you can add fun holiday edible accents like Christmas trees, snowflakes, and lights to bring a truly festive feel. 
  • Cotton Candy This carnival treat is making an appearance at catering events. Whether served from a mobile cart, used to top a cocktail, or infused with alcohol, this is a fun trend to include in your next event. 

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  • Themed cocktails with less alcohol Substituting vodka with specialty flavored liqueurs creates a delicious cocktail without the high alcohol content. 
  • Healthy cocktails Creating cocktails with fresh fruit juices, infused beet juice, or kombucha, can create a guilt free holiday cocktail. 
  • Unique Presentations Sometimes it isn't about what is served that is memorable but instead the presentation and experience. Draft beer walls, mobile cocktail vans, slushie carts, color changing drinks, all add an interactive and fun presentation to your bar service. 
  • Memorable Garnishes Dehydrated fruits, cotton candy, ice with frozen berries, are just a few unique garnishes to adorn your cocktails.

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