'Tis the Summer to Prepare: Holiday Parties

       It's Christmas in July and do we have a treat for you. We are preparing our holiday menus and getting plenty of Yuletide Cheer added to our calendars for the upcoming holiday season. There are exactly 156 days left until Christmas day my friends and plenty of other reasons to celebrate in between. Holy Reindeer! In preparation for a busy season to come, we've put together our must have list to throw the perfect Holiday Party!

*Make your "Spirits" Bright*

     Is there any better way to get a party started than with a cup of something cheery?! We love the idea of turning holiday favorites into the perfect cocktail for your event. Try spiking your favorite hot chocolate recipe OR better yet, make it a frozen chocolaty treat complete with several different topping options and an adorable display that will make Santa want to come to town! A traditional glass of champagne doesn't have to be boring, dress it up with a glistening gold sprinkled rim for toasting. Dress up your menu with signature items with holiday twists to give your guests and perhaps Santa's reindeer plenty of options to choose from.

*Deck the Halls with Interesting Displays*

       You cannot have a holiday party without themed decor. If you really want to show off your tinsel talents, wow your guests with a beautiful display that screams it's the most wonderful time of year! We love this holiday "living room scene" displayed at one of Legacy Farm's December weddings. It was cozy and functional and perfect for this Christmas themed day. 

Christmas Scene

*All I Want for Christmas is Food*

      Interesting menu items are a must have for any party. For a Holiday themed event we love to take classics and turn them into fine gourmet cuisines. Dinner has begun and your guests would thoroughly enjoy a spin on the traditional Christmas ham and have a slice of Spanish ham or a Genoa Salami instead. You have to add in something sweet with your savory with options of adorable a tasty brie tart-lets or perhaps an eggnog profiteroles. 

*Jingle all the Way*

       Your decor is set, the displays are a hit, your food and beverage have made a statement for themselves, now all you need is some entertainment! You can't go wrong with having a DJ come out to spin all of your holiday favorites or a band that can cover all of the holiday classics. Perhaps your crowd has musical gifts of their own that keep on giving? Consider a karaoke set up that is sure to entertain everyone.

Now is the time! Call today for a free consultation for your next Holiday event! 615-321-2394.

Special Thank You to:

Sarah Sidwell Photography, Bass Photography, & Nashville Wedding Collection for their photography contributions.

Easy BBQ Sliders: The Perfect Party Passer!

Tennessee barbecues are in full swing and its time for us to share one of our favorite appetizer and cocktail hour recipes. These sliders are adorable, bite sized, and delicious. It is easy to customize and prepare and it is just darn right good my friends!

BBQ Biscuit

~Recipe~

1 lb. of your favorite BBQ lightly sauced {Pork, Chicken, or Beef)

24 Biscuits {You can use your favorite homemade biscuit recipe or store bought! Make sure you mix in some shredded cheddar cheese and fresh copped herbs for extra deliciousness. Spray some water on top with your favorite herb blend...we love Mrs. Dash!}

Pickled Onions {Topping} EXTRA RECIPE AHEAD!

Preparation:

Prepare Biscuits and slice horizontally Fill biscuits with BBQ, top with additional sauce and pickled onions.

Cocktail Hour
Cocktail Hour

 

 

Easy, peasy right?! Follow our Pickled Onion recipe below and you will hit this app OUT. OF. THE. PARK!

Pickled Topping

*Pickled Onions*

2 large red onions – thinly sliced

      1/2 cups apple cider vinegar

   1 tablespoon sugar

   1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

Preparation:

Whisk first 3 ingredients and 1 cup water in a small bowl until sugar and salt dissolve. Place onion in a jar; pour vinegar mixture over. Let sit at room temperature for 1 hour. DO AHEAD: Can be made 2 weeks ahead. Cover and chill. Drain onions before using.

Food Signs

You absolutely cannot go wrong with this crowd pleasing appetizer! Whether you are having a party at home celebrating summer fun or need a universally delicious cocktail hour passer, these are to die for. BONUS TIP: Because we are all about the extras today, add some adorable food signage to really show off you hosting skills!

Bon Appetite!

Savoring the Event: Sip, Savor & Style Recap

      If you happened to catch Legacy Farm's recap of their Spring edition of Sip, Savor & Style you already know the food was beautiful and the displays were lovely. We are here to make your mouths continue to water by letting you in on the secrets of all we had to "Savor" at this event! 

Appetizers

       Let's start with an appetizer shall we? Our appetizer station was a scrumptious success! Our BBQ & Biscuit bites were put together on a sweet potato biscuit round topped with pulled pork, sweet & sour slaw, and drizzled with delicious BBQ sauce.

The Pimento Cheese & Bacon Crustini was rich in flavor with our house made pimento cheese and crunchy bacon.

The Chicken & Waffle Bites are a famous dish turned into bite size and delicious pieces perfect for nibbling and mingling!

Steak Romany w/ Roasted Veggies

       The intensity of  Eastern European flavors is the accent behind this dramatic dish. The steak is liberally coated in our own paste of hand-ground paprikas and pimentos, sauteed and topped with a ruby confit of red onion. You can't go wrong pairing this dish with a side of squash, zuccini, red pepper, and onion tossed in olive oil and roasted to a rich color and aroma. 

Herb Crusted Chicken

         This delicious chicken breast was coated with a blend of parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme and sauteed until golden. Topping it with a herb chicken veloute and a sprig of rosemary and you have yourselves a hit my friends!

Brisket Pot Roast

       If you crave a slow cooked meal that tastes like home you will be obsessed with this dish! This beef brisket is seasoned, seared and then simmered in a rich au jus sauce until it is fork tender. Sliced and garnished with roasted celery, carrots and onions makes it the perfect home cooked meal. 

Smoked Pork Loin

This fresh pork is brined for 36 hours with juniper and bay leaf before it is smoked. We topped this entree with a fresh Georgia peach preserve.

Sides: So delicious we can't leave them out!

     So often, the side dishes get missed in the hustle and bustle of an event but not these guys! Fresh shallots are sauteed in butter until gently browned then tossed with crisp tender green beans. Our Garlic Parmesan Smashed Potatoes are simply cooked until tender and then smashed flat. They are topped with garlic butter and parmesan cheese and toasted until golden brown.

Bon Apetite!

For more information on our catering services and menu contact Kellie, 615-321-2394. 

Recipe of the Month: Strawberry Lemonade Sangria

      The weather is heating up my friends which means it is time to quench your thirst! We are sharing a delicious cocktail this month that is sure to give you and your guests all of the right ingredients to cool down this Summer! 

Lemonade

 

Recipe

1 bottle of white wine – moscato or sauvignon blanc

1 cup strawberry vodka

½ triple sec

4-5 cups sprite or 7 up

1 lemon juiced

Simple syrup to stast

1 pint fresh strawberries hulled and sliced

 

Mix Together and add a slice of lemon and berry as garnish.

 

Do you think this will be a crowd pleaser?

*3 recipes = 2 gallons*

3 bottles white wine

24 ounces strawberry vodka

12 ounces triple sec

3 liters of sprite

3 lemons juiced

Enjoy!

              

              

Blast from the Past!

       Did you know that not only have we been one of Nashville's finest catering companies, but we used to also be a sought after baking company? The Bake Shoppe has had many beautiful award winning cakes and as a special treat to you, we're offering you a slice of our history. Enjoy!

~Classic Cakes~

These classic style cakes were some of our original masterpieces we cherish.

~Large Tiered Cakes~

These cakes are were a TALL order but nothing our team couldn't handle. 

~Following the Trends~

 The trends change over time, it's important to follow them along. Fondant came in with a fury and we were there to learn all about it!

So much delicious history we hope you enjoyed every last bite!

Recipe of the Month: Brie and Berry Tart-let

      Have you ever wondered what it takes to make some of the delectable appetizers or meals you've seen A Catered Affair put together? Well wonder no more because as a gift to our readers we are now revealing some of our favorite and most popular menu item's recipes in a monthly series! 

    You're welcome and please enjoy our very first one. It's a hit for cocktail hours and open houses all over. You can adjust and customize it with your favorite berry. It's our delicious and adorable Brie and Berry Tart-let!

Blackberry Brie Tart-let

1 Pound Brie Cheese – rind removed

1/3 cup honey

1/4 cup jam – your choice

Fresh dill

Mini Tart Shells – see note below

    Whip brie and honey together until blended and smooth, place in piping bag for easiest filling or just use a spoon! Put a small amount of your favorite jam in the bottom of the tart shell and top with the whipped brie Garnish with a small berry (or piece of berry) and a tiny amount of fresh dill.

Tart-let note:

Different tart-let cup ideas:

Mini phyllo cups are available in your local grocery store.  Just thaw and fill! Pie crust also available in your local grocery store – just cut out the desired size using the bottom of a small cup or cookie cutter and then place in a mini muffin tin to bake. Bake until golden brown. Cool and fill.

~Bon Apetite!~

Catering Trends for 2017-2018

      Can you believe we are a quarter of the way through the year already?! This means we are a quarter of the way through with the year's events and on to planning and preparing for the rest of them. We've seen so many trends come and go throughout the years but don't worry! We've got our eyes set on this years top catering trends and are ready to share the love!

1. Snack it up!

       Hungry? Grab a treat from an adorable snack station set on display at your latest event you're hosting and/or attending! Whether its popcorn, candy, doughnuts, or pies; whatever keeps you up at night and scrounging around your kitchen for can be made into a beautiful and fun display your guests will LOVE! 

       Snack stations are also an easy way to display your favorite sayings or quotes, bring out the theme to your party, or if you're like me, they're just so darn cute and delicious you cannot resist to dive into them! 

2. Let's "Taco About a Party!"

      The bar is not just for your beverages anymore my friends. Food bars are ALL. THE. RAGE. this season! Taco bars, salad bars, sushi bars you name it! We can turn everyone's favorite foods into a bar for your guests to self-serve and personalize to their own desires. 

This taco bar was so much fun at our Open House last June. We can't wait to incorporate it for upcoming weddings this year!

The Oyster Bar from a wedding last Fall was on FIRE with its adorable personalized hot sauces!

Salad bar, biscuit bars, and sushi OH MY! What's your favorite food? Let's make it happen!

3. Honey, I shrunk this entree'.

       No one wants to be told to shrink their food but stay with me people! Mini entrees used as an appetizer is just about the cutest thing we've ever seen. Think about how much you LOVE all things in their sweet and tiny forms, now think about your favorite dinner item and pass it around during your cocktail hour! Stop with the cuteness!

You can create any meal in appetizer form, taco salad cups, shrimp & grits bites, mini pulled pork sandwiches, chicken and waffle bites. The possibilities are endless and adorable and your guests won't be able to get enough!

For more trends or help planning your next event, contact Kellie at 615.321.2394.

Special thank you to the following photographers for their beautiful food photography work!

Zach and Sarah Photography

Pix by Robyn

Abigail Volkmann Photography

Scoobie Photographic Images

Belle McKay Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

        

Ten Tablescapes we LOVE!

        Your event is around the corner, and it is time for the details. One thing is for sure, it is ALL ABOUT THE DETAILS. No matter what the occasion- seasonal or themed, there are so many ways to make your tables stand out! 

      While A Catered Affair's specialty is food, our displays are one of a kind.  We do not do boring, we believe in presentation, and we love pretty as much as we love tasty! Here are our ten of our favorite tablescapes our team has created. 

Enchanted Tablescape

      We love the golds, glitters, and glam mixed with the cool ocean blue linens and vintage china from a bridal show a few years back! Adding in the feathers was the perfect unique touch to these table settings.

       This "Harry Potter" themed elopement was to die for! Every last detail had some sort of purpose behind it that correlated with the series. The deep shades of purple with gold and burgundy accents added a beautiful rich flair to the settings. The three quittish wreaths in the background of the Legacy Farm's pier and the floating candles above the table brought the theme together perfectly! 

MadHatters Tablescape

      "Mad Hatter" was the theme of choice for this Legacy Farm's loft Halloween celebration. Dark linens with splashes of red and sparkle, random tea pots making their appearance, and an extra long table tied this tea party all together! 

      We were Over. The. Moon. for this Christmas-themed wedding this past December. Gold chargers with beautiful ornament place tags adorned our beautiful custom built white-washed farm tables in the Legacy Farm's Event Center. The wedding party surrounded the bride and groom's sequenced sweetheart table with a special love seat and personalized pillow for their comfort. Beautiful green, red, and cream bouquets and sparkling chandeliers accented the tables and gave it the next glam level status! 

Spring Tablescape

     Sometimes simplicity speaks volumes. Our 2016 Spring Open House held at Legacy Farms had many mixes of taupes, greens, and dark pink colors. Colorful center pieces mixed with our in house mercury glass and vintage books made these taupe table linens pop! The adorable "rose" napkin fold with our guests names labeled on a magnolia leaf added the perfect Spring touch!

        To celebrate our 20 years in business, Legacy Farm's hosted an incredible "Roaring 20's" event for us in November. The table settings had to have all things glam! We brought out the best by keeping the floral arrangements white, simple with a variety of sizes and adding our gold, black, silver and sparkling touches! The abundance of candles and chandeliers made this head table twinkle all on it's own and light up the Event Center.

1418 Bday Party Tablescape

       This colorful and rich dinner table was the star of a birthday party hosted at a former venue known as Events at 1418. This rich wood farm table was accented perfectly by the exposed brick inside the buildings and the shades of purples, orange, and pink down the center. The mix matched china stood out on the clear glass chargers.

      At the "Roaring 20's" event, we could not leave out setting the tables of the unique reception space known as Heritage Hall on Legacy Farm's property. Sunflowers, turquoise linens, and mix matched fine china were beautiful in this rustic space and left our guests ready for the Spring/Summer wedding season looks coming up ahead!

        Heritage Hall's space is not just for Summer weddings! Fall weddings can be done just as beautifully on the in house table and benches. This October wedding was gorgeous with large blue pumpkins overflowing with pink, purples, and greenery on top of log slices and silky linens. The copper lanterns added the touches needed to accent and bring the Fall theme to light!

       Our most recent bridal show display was a hit at the show done in January! Italian string lighting on top of a dark wooden panel was the backdrop for our custom built farm tables. Greenery draped the center of the tables with blush and cream roses and painted copper succelents popping through. Gold lanterns and mercy votives added the lighting to the rich burgundy satin linens and stunning vintage china!

We'd like to thank the following vendors for their contributions to this post!

Graceful Tables

The Wedding Plate

Abigail Volkmann Photography

Belle McKay Photography

Legacy Farms

A Catered Affair

Sarah Sidwell Photography

Jenna Henderson Photography

Ace Photography

Party Patrol Entertainmen

For help in planning your next event, contact Kellie at 615-321-2394!