A Cocktail and Appetizer Celebration Fit For a Prince and Princess

In honor of the marriage of Prince William to (soon to be Princess) Kate Middleton, Mary from Jay’s Catering put together a little taste of what Jay’s would whip up for the Royal Wedding. Jay’s Catering is now a member of Vibiana’s preferred catering list and has a real knack for customizing menus of all types to suit each of our client’s taste, whether they are looking for a royal feast or a casual family-style affair.

Every bride is a princess on her wedding day… or at least should be treated like one.  At Jay’s we LOVE the process of getting to know our clients and assisting in the creation of their wedding menu. This once in a lifetime meal should serve two purposes. First, there is nothing more social than sharing a meal with someone you love. Second, and most importantly, your food should suit your venue, style and who you are as a couple.

If we were sitting with Prince William and Kate to create their menu, a few questions would come in to play- location and time of day. Family traditions and culture would also play a role in the menu selection. You see William and Kate are not serving a plated meal. The Palace isn’t able to facilitate a formal meal for 700 guests. Instead, they will be entertaining their guests with eight canapés. In this case the venue has set the tone for the menu selection and a tray passed canapé menu is needed.

In our creation of a royal wedding menu, we took into consideration Kate’s childhood in the English countryside and William’s life of fortune in palaces. Bite sized treats of old English standards were designed with a few new twists. Also keeping in mind guests will be hungry after all of the pomp and circumstance, hearty is key.

Traditional English beverages will also be served in a petite fashion to compliment the appetizers. A Champagne Cocktail for a toast and Ale as an English pub staple. Bite sized sweets are a must for this celebration and a fabulous way to finish the afternoon.

Here is the Appetizer, Sweets and Libation menu designed for our Royal Wedding Celebration:

Mini Country Pies

From the Countryside

Mini Country Pies

Little Pots of Bangers and Mash

Mini Cornish Pasties

Mini Fish and Chips

Tiny Roast Beef Sandwich with English Mustard and Pickle

Beef Wellingtons

From the Palace

Mini Beef Wellingtons with Béarnaise Sauce

Shots of Chilled

English Pea Soup with a Cucumber Tea Sandwich

Mini Filled Popovers

Crostini with Stilton and Chutney

Tiny Bread Pudding

Sweets

Tiny Bread Pudding

Mini Trifles

Little Lattice

Apple Pie

Elderberry Champagne Cocktail

Libations

English Ale Shots

Petite Elderberry Champagne Cocktail

English Rose Cocktail

Little Pots of Bangers and Mash

Chilled English Pea Soup

Crostini with Stilton and Chutney

Roast Beef Sandwich with English Mustard

Little Lattice Apple Pie

English Ale Shots

Mini Filled Popovers

Stay tuned for more delicious event ideas from Jay’s Catering!

Candlelit Romance

Courtesy of Docuvitae

We have seen few things more romantic than an intimate evening wedding by candlelight. This couple came to us seeking a small and very personal wedding with many romantic details. Their love for each other was reflected in so much of their special day. A soft palette of ivory and antique gold was accented with the choice of luxurious velvet draping in a rich ruby hue. The draping was suspended from column to column to soften the edges of the space and created 3 distinct vignettes for the ceremony, reception and cocktail area, all within the main hall. The intimate atmosphere brought a sense of warmth to the space, that could be felt from the amber glow of candles and seen on the faces of their family and friends surrounding them.

Courtesy of Float Away Studios

Guest Blog by Sonia Sharma

Today’s blog post was written by nationally recognized event consultant, Sonia Sharma. Sonia has put together the hot trends popping up for Spring 2011 and how to recreate them at your own event.

Trend Alert: Citrus for Spring

Spring is in full swing and love is in the air! Flowers are in bloom and trees are abundant with fruit. This seasons wedding decor reflects the bounty of nature with lemons, limes, mint springs and herbs. Many brides are going to have their ceremony and cocktail hour outdoors and will use natural elements in their decor. Lemons, limes and kumquats are great to have on cocktail tables, at your bar and in floral arrangements. Vintage colored glass or white glass containers look great with fruit and flowers at a Spring wedding. Wooden tables, benches and chairs also add a natural element to the overall look and can make any Spring wedding look chic and earthy at the same time. Planted herbs can be used as place card holders and table numbers as a for an organic feel that goes perfectly with citrus. You can also incorporate citrus in your signature drink with mojitos, lemon drop martinis and strawberry lemonade. If you are in love with the bright orange, yellow and greens of this season you should take a chance on some vibrant shoes to go with your dress as well. This season is all about the citrus fruits and there are so many ways to incorporate them into your Spring wedding.

For more tips and event information from Sonia, visit her site.