Let them eat cake!

November 26, 2016. Category: cake, catering, details, weddings

Did you know that today is National Cake Day?

Over here we take cake very seriously, especially if it involves decadent and gorgeous   wedding cakes, especially when they are covered in buttercream and fondant and then topped with beautiful and charming details that make each one unique to the couple!

From fresh flowers, metallic accents, love birds, a vintage topper and hand painted leaves, we are still swooning over some of our favorite wedding cakes, now if only we could have a piece… Enjoy!

Photography: {left} Lovelifeimages {right} Vicki Grafton

Photography: {left} Vicki Grafton {right} Abby Jiu

 {left & Right}  Abby Jiu

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Skip the Cake

April 19, 2016. Category: cake, catering, dessert

We can’t resist a sweet treat, especially at weddings! Though we love a traditional wedding cake we get very excited when our couples decided skip the cake and indulge in some alternative confectionary treats! From unique ice cream pops, bite-sized pies to a roaming candy bar the possibilities are endless!


Is there anything better than a candy bar at a wedding? We don’t think so, especially when it is a roaming one, this way every guest has a chance to indulge in their favorite confectionary treat!

Venue: The Hay-Adams   Photographer:  Jodi Miller Photography 

Shannon & Andrew, July 19th, 2014 - Columbia Country Club

Pleasant Pops in Washington DC is a wonderful alternative to traditional wedding desserts. Whether your wedding is indoors or outdoors, their vintage ice cream cart can serve hundreds of your guests. With so many wonderful and unique flavors it is hard to pick just one, but a few of our favorite flavors include Watermelon Mint and New Orleans Iced Coffee.

 Venue: Columbia Country Club  Photographer:  Jodi Miller Photography


The perfect bite-size dessert alternative at a wedding is to serve a variety of mini pies. These delicious confections will satisfy any craving! Especially if they come in delicious flavors such as classic apple pie, chocolate cream pie and cherry pie, just to name a few!

Venue: Decatur House  Photographer:  Abby Jiu

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Super Sunday without the Super Stress

February 04, 2016. Category: catering, cooking, details, diy, event, how to, uncategorized

With a die-hard Denver Broncos fan on our team in Cindy, we couldn’t let the Super Bowl Sunday go by without a blog post. We have pulled together a few of our favorite Super Bowl entertaining tips and put together a cute downloadable version of Cindy’s favorite Super Bowl predictions game for you to print out and play with your friends. So get cooking, drink up and Go Broncos!

(This post may or may not have been written by aforementioned die-hard Broncos fan)

These adorable and easy to make cutlery cans (see instructions here) are the perfect way to add a little football flare to your Super Spread.


Aimee’s go to Super Bowl snack is the Barefoot Contessa’s caramelized onion dip (here). And who could forget the drinks! Consider calling in tired on Monday morning and making a crowd favorite Beer-Rita (here).


Don’t forget to have activities for those that may not be the biggest football fans. Fun activities like our downloadable predictions game (click here to download printable version) are the perfect way to engage those there for the pigs in a blanket and not the pigskins.


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Hats Off to Groundhog Day!

February 02, 2016. Category: catering, ceremony, traditions, trends

Sometimes it feels like planning your wedding is a bit like Groundhog Day, you see the same traditional elements over and over again.  You don’t want to give up on tradition but also want to put your spin they day. So in honor of Punxsutawney Phil we want to pass along a few of our favorite twists on some wedding traditions. Here’s to not seeing your shadow and starting something new!

Embrace the Darkness

We love a good daytime ceremonies but there is a certain romance and elegance about getting married at night. Use candles and a good lighting team to direct the guests attrition to exactly what is important…the two you starting your life together.


Photo by Raquel Reis

Get Up and Move

Release your guests from their tables and let them mix and mingle! A dinner of food stations and passed small plates and mixing up the seating with cocktail tables and lounge furniture is the perfect way to get your guests to interact throughout the evening. Worried your guests are too shy? One the specialty cocktails start flowing so will the conversations (and dance moves)!


Photo by Vicki Grafton Photography

Brides-man…Best Woman

Your posse may not necessarily fit perfectly into gender groups. Skip tradition and ask those that truly mean the most to you to stand next to you as you say “I Do”. Your brother is your BFF, make him a brides-man. Your childhood friend is a girl, best woman material right there.

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Photo by Eric Kelley

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Top 4 Signature Cocktails

June 23, 2015. Category: bar, catering, experience, weddings

We love when Brides and Grooms opt to create or serve a special cocktail at their wedding! Below are Aimee’s top 4 all time favorite signature cocktails.

1. Pretty in Pink

For a recent wedding, a bride and groom’s favorite local bartender created a signature drinks.

The bride’s drink was made with:

2 oz vodka (does not have to be premium; Absolut will work just as well as Ketel/Goose etc.)

1 oz St. Germain

3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

3/4 oz Raspberry Puree

The groom’s drink was made with:

1/4 lb fresh Raspberries

2 tblspn Fine Sugar

2 tblspn Water

2 tblspn Fresh Lemon Juice

Fine strain to remove seeds via tea/coffee filter

Garnished with fresh mint


Photography by: Abby Jiu 

2. Burnt Sugar Old Fashioned

Room 11 in Washington DC boasts this delicious drink as their own creation. Great for a fall occasion, this drink is made with bourbon, caramelized sugar, and aromatic bitters.

To prepare the Burnt Sugar Syrup:

Cook 1/3 cup sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat, without stirring, until it begins to turn golden brown around the edges. Stir to incorporate melted sugar and cook, stirring occasionally, until melted and a deep amber color. Remove from heat and, stirring constantly, gradually add ⅓ cup water (caramel will seize). Cook over medium-low heat, stirring, until smooth, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a jar and chill.

This will be enough for 4 cocktails.

To assemble the drink: 

For each cocktail, combine 1½ oz. bourbon, ¾ oz. burnt sugar syrup, and a dash of Fee Brothers Old Fashion Aromatic Bitters (or other aromatic bitters) in a rocks glass. Add a large ice cube and stir. Rub rim of glass with orange coin or twist before garnishing.

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Photo and recipe from Bon Appetit.

3. The Hayride 

Yet another delicious option for fall events comes from Occasions Catering and can best be described as an apple cider martini. To make this drink, combine Imported Pear Brandy and Kentucky Bourbon with homemade Spiced Cider. Shake with Ice, strain into a martini glass dusted with Cinnamon Sugar and garnish with a Pear Slice!

2 Ea Pear Brandy (0.5oz pp; 64 servings/liter)

2 Ea Bourbon (0.5oz pp; 64 servings/liter)

1 cup Cinnamon Sugar (1c/200)

1 Gal Mulled Cider (1oz pp; 1c/8)

25 Ea Pear (1ea/5; to be cut on site)

3 cup Lemon Juice (1tsp pp; 1c/50)


Photo from RachelCooks.com

Recipe from Occasions Caterers

4. Rosemary Greyhound Cocktail

Susan Gage Catering makes a great Rosemary Greyhound Cocktail.

In a small sauce pan over medium low heat, dissolve 2 cups of sugar into 2 cups of water for about 5 minutes. Do not let the mixture boil or crystals will form. In a heat safe container, pour the warm sugar water mixture over the rosemary sprigs and let it steep for at least 1 hour. The rosemary simple syrup will keep in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 10 days.

Then, in tall glass filled with ice combine:

2 oz vodka

1/2 oz rosemary simple syrup

4 oz grapefruit juice

Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and serve!


Photo and recipe from tasteslovely.com

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