Arthur’s Catering brought the heat- literally!
We recently had a very special, LIVE edition of #WarehouseWednesday where our Market Carts made their big debut. Arthur’s Catering came by and showed us how you can use this cart as a specialty drink station. The drink of choice: The Smoking Jacket! *ooooh & ahhhhs all around* We loved seeing the fire and smoke- plus the drink was sooo tasty!
We took this opportunity to ask some of Arthur’s team members, a few catering questions! Katie, an Event Designer at Arthur’s Catering, answered all of our curiosities while Michael Lowen made us the specialty ‘Smoking Jackets’.
Let’s get to it!
Kelly: What is a Smoking Jacket?
Katie: A Smoking Jacket is our version of an Old Fashioned. We hit [an orange peel with some flames] on the cedar plank, so we get a smoky flavor. Instead of sugar, we sweeten it with maple syrup, some fresh squeezed orange juice, and some bourbon!
Kelly: What are some other ways clients can use these market carts?
Katie: This is a great size for a dessert station. Right now we’re utilizing it as a beverage bar and there is plenty of space for our staff to stand behind! You can turn it into a 360-degree station with a whole bunch of desserts, different levels… there is plenty of room on this station!
Kelly: What is your favorite part of your job?
Katie: Every single day is different. One day you’re in a warehouse creating Smoking Jackets. Another day your at an airport putting together a huge event. Then another day you’re putting together a gorgeous wedding. Every day is different!
Kelly: What sets Arthur’s apart from other caterers?
Katie: I would say it’s our staff! We’re going on our 30th anniversary next year and we’ve had staff here almost the entire time! 25+ years… I think Charlie’s on 28 years!! Plus our service staff… they’re amazing and it’s what keeps our clients coming back time and time again.
Kelly: What is your favorite item?
Katie: My favorite, I think, is the Hoke Poke station. Carved, fresh ahi tuna. Guests get to pick all these delicious toppings to add to it and create their own poke bowl.
Michael: The Avocado Bar station!!
Kelly: What are some unique food and drink offerings?
Katie:This [Smoking Jacket] is definitely one of our most unique ones. It pairs perfectly with a Bison Burger that we do…. Sometimes we do a little buffalo in there with our Buffalo Chicken Meatballs and a Blue Cheese Celery Fondue. The Hoke Poke is really unique as well as the Avocado Bar. All-time favorite though is going to have to be, Flaming Donuts! It doesn’t get more unique than that!
Kelly: How do accommodate guests with dietary restrictions?
Katie: We work really close with our culinary team. Our executive chef has created some incredible dishes that hit all of the common restrictions. For example, the Avocado Bar. You could be vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free; it all depends on how you make it! If your menu is not compatible with that, we’ll do separate plated entrees for those guests and deliver it right to their table!
Kelly: How far in advance should you book a caterer for an event?
Katie: The sooner the better! We don’t overbook ourselves because we want each customer to get the best experience. I would say a minimum of six months out but usually, a year out especially if you’re planning a wedding and you have that date in mind.
Kelly: When should guest counts be finalized for an event?
Katie: In an ideal world, 30 days out would be perfect. We have a lot of our operations meetings two to three weeks out. That’s really crunch time for guest counts.
Featured Products: Market Carts
Catering: Arthur’s Catering
Photography: Arthur’s Catering
The vision Steffi and Elliot imagined for their big day came together beautifully. The neutral and airy reception space looked beautiful against the romantic and historic Casa Feliz.
The whole look formed perfectly under a beautiful, clear tent. They added draping which took this tent from a 10 to an 11. Yeah, it’s possible. The cherry on top was the market lighting. During the day it added a soft luminous touch. After the sunset, Gleaming and glowing, the lights kept the tent bright and picture perfect.
The colors Steffi and Elliot chose were equally timeless and modern. Since the tent had large amounts of white draping, the white linens tied everything together. The tables were arranged in a way that framed the space nicely. Adding greenery atop the long tables elongated the space even further. The remarkable red bricks of Casa Feliz acted as a pop of color! The decision to keep it simple, elevated the look of the event. You can’t go wrong with neutrals and earth tones!
Photo- The Hornes
Planning and Coordination- Envy Lifestyle & Event Design
Venue- Casa Feliz
Catering- Arthur’s Catering
Cake- Se7en Bites
DJ- Our DJ Rocks
Florist – Little Wild Bloom
Draping- Swag Decor
Videography- All in White
Guitarist- Scotty Long Acoustic Music
Hair & Makeup- Alchemy Hair Salon
Pantone Color Report Fall 2018
We get so giddy with the thought of Fall… Especially when us Floridians spend most of the year on the surface of the sun. Yes we’re being dramatic, but it’s also somewhat true. One of the things we love most about Fall are the color palettes, because at the base of every great design is a perfectly matched color scheme!
In this blog, we’re serving up some Fall color palette inspiration along with the intention behind each hue.
If you’ve been around the block, you know that each year Pantone releases their top picks for seasonal colors. This momentous occasion could definitely be considered the event industry’s NFL/NBA draft.
It’s so exciting to see what colors we may get to play with throughout the year, as they catch the eyes of our clients.
Institute Press characterized Pantone’s picks for Fall 2018 as: “Autumnal hues that evoke the feeling of leaves on the forest floor, rich plumage and twilight reveal a modern fall palette of deep and rich tones with outbursts of colorful surprise.” Now that sounds like a romance novel- so color us ready for a stroll through the forest.
While this doesn’t look like a “traditional Fall color palette” we love its opportunity for unique looks. After all, self-expression is always in style!
Red Pear: Deliciously deep red, whose luscious depth entices.
Valiant Poppy: Brave and outgoing red shade effusive in its allure.
Nebulas Blue: Reminiscent of twilight, a thoughtful, starry-eyed blue.
Ceylon Yellow: Savory and spicy yellow adds an exotic touch.
Martini Olive: Smooth, sophisticated and urbane green adds depth to the Fall/Winter 2018 palette.
Russet Orange: This forest floor orange speaks to earthen warmth.
Ultra Violet (Color of the year!): Inventive and imaginative Ultra Violet lights the way for what is yet to come.
Crocus Petal: A cultivated and refined hue adds a light and airy spring-like feeling demand.
Limelight: Animated and effervescent, a pungent yellow-green becomes the center of attention.
Quetzal Green (Our personal fav!): A deep elegant blue-green hue suggestive of rich plumage.
A Modern Bohemian [Rhapsody]
We’ve got modern bohemian vibes on the brain!
Recently, we took part in a modern bohemian wedding inspiration photoshoot at the gorgeous Art & History Museum- Maitland. This venue is jam-packed with old-world charm and Mayan Revival architecture from the 1940’s. Melanie Paige Events was inspired by the grounds, and transformed the Chapel and Courtyard space into a modern-boho dream!
Bohemian design meets acrylic details with this ceremony and reception set up. Our ghost chairs have a weightlessness to them, allowing the architecture to speak for itself, while creating a modern & cool effect. For the tablescape, our 8ft acrylic table kept things from appearing heavy as it was adorned with floral and geometric charger plates from Treasury Rentals. Our ghost chairs were transitioned from the ceremony space to the mock reception, keeping a consistent look.
To infinity and beyond!
We are absolutely in love with how our Infinity arch was transformed! While it’s beautiful on its own, we can’t help but be obsessed with the hanging pieces and statement floral.
And can we talk about the dress for a moment?! The fringe, wow. The crochet / lace detailing, WOW. Stunning!
Boho vibes aren’t all teepee’s and deserts. You can truly make this design style you’re own- especially being in Florida, where there are no deserts… obviously. We love the idea of mixing in modern details because it’s like you’re getting the best of both worlds! The key to a bohemian [rhapsody] is a care-free attitude and some fringe (which never hurt anyone!).
Check out some of the photos from this ‘shoot, below!
Vendors: Melanie Paige Events, Art & History Museum- Maitland, Dani Nichol Photography, Olivia Bowen Bridal, Fern & Curl Designs, Sassy A La Mode, Treasury Rentals, Makeup with Samantha Hart, Sandy Tucker Hair
A Stylish & Sweet Wedding Reception You’re Sure to Swoon Over.
Erin and Chelsea got married on a perfect day in March. With a team of amazing vendors and a strong vision, the wedding was sure to be gorgeous.
They picked some of our vintage furniture to use as chic lounge pieces. They also chose vintage sweetheart chairs as their thrones for the evening. All the vintage furniture made for gorgeous portraits as individuals, and as newlyweds. There wedding had an array of colors, including blush, soft blue, gold, burgundy, green and mustard. Although unexpected, these all melted together in the most beautiful way. The eclectic feel of the pieces they chose paired perfectly with the history and architecture of the Art and History Museums-Maitland. Not to mention, Erin’s Mom and Stepdad got married there 20 years ago- so adorable right?
View more photos from the wedding below!
A few fun facts about the couple:
- Erin was Miss Missouri 2016, as well as the first openly gay beauty queen to compete in Miss America!
- They have been together for 6 years!
- They live in St. Louis but try and spend as much time in Orlando as possible!
- They’re obsessed with their cats.
- They participate in a sand volleyball league.
- Chelsea’s top three tips for a successful marriage are Communication, Trust, and Lust.
Read even more about Erin & Chelsea on the Steph Grant Photography website where she interviews them 2 months following their wedding!
- Designer & Coordinator: Blue Ribbon Weddings
- Photographer: Steph Grant Studios
- Floral: Gatherer Floral Co
- Venue: Art and History Museums – Maitland
- Music & Entertainment: Our Dj Rocks
- Hair & Makeup: Flawless Makeup & Hair & About Face Design Team
- Dress: Calvet Couture Bridal Boutique
- Cake: Sofelle Cake Artistry
- Linens: BBJ Linen
- Catering: Arthur’s Catering
Yes, oranges are somewhat involved.
Whether you’re a Florida native or you made Florida your home later in life, there are a lot of fun ways you can incorporate the sunshine state into your big day!
1. Native Plants
Whether it’s a flower you had in your backyard as a kid or your favorite garden shrubs in your current yard, adding some native Florida plants will surely tie in your roots.
2. Sports & Colleges
Maybe you met your S.O. at a sporting event or while sitting in a lecture hall at school, or maybe you watch every single game together- either way, you can totally incorporate that history and love into your big day! We know you own a ton of their apparel… Wear it as your getting ready attire for some unique and sentimental wedding photos you’ll always adore.
3. Paper Goods
Table numbers, seating charts, invitations, oh my!
4. Theme Park Inspo
We live in the land of roller-coaster rides and magical castles. If you obsess over a fairy tale princess or epic superhero, try incorporating that theme into your wedding. You can make it obvious or subtle.
5. Beach Vibes
Florida is a tropical paradise! Instead of floral centerpieces or accents, try using tropical branches or palm leaves. It’ll be like a day at the beach!
6. Oranges, duh.
We couldn’t leave those Florida oranges out. They can be really charming and fun decor items!
Featured Vendors: Capen House, Arthur’s Catering, Blue Ribbon Weddings, Dream Designs Florist, Emiley Jones Photography, Light House Bridal, Thirty Three and a 3rd Photography, Lake Nona Country Club, 28 North Photography, Bluegrass Chic Weddings, Our Dj Rocks, Le Petit Sweet, Dishie Rentals, BBJ Linen, 1010 West, Jeane Cognac Designs, Over the Top Rental Linens, Bake Me a Cake Orlando, Something New Bridal Boutique, Paradise Cove, The Lemons Photo, Your Runway Events, Brandon Kari Productions, Atmosphere Floral, Florida Candy Buffets, Meister Productions, Downtown Design Orlando, Leslie Vega Design, Paper Goat Post, Get Lit Pro, Vine and Light, LRW Events
Feature Products: Farm Table, Farm Sweetheart Table, Clear Tent, Bamboo Folding Chair, Gold Candelabra, Gold Rimmed Glass Charger Plate, Gold Chiavari Chairs, White Tent, Gold Acrylic Charger Plates, Natural Wood Folding Chairs
For the love of all things Amazon.
We’re saving you from the Amazon black hole because we knoooow you don’t neeeeed all those items in your cart. We kept it short and sweet with 9 perfect products you can use at your wedding!
1. These delicate Heart Shaped Coasters are sweet, and a sweet deal. Doodle your guests’ names on them for a place card they can take home!
Rave Review: “I am amazed at the fast delivery of this product. The product is of high quality with a great price. I will be ordering more from this vendor.”
2. These Rose Gold Paper Straws, available in 12 additional colors, make every drink a photogenic masterpiece.
Rave Review: “The gold straws were just a beautiful as they were functional! They added the right touch to my daughters Sweet 16 Mocktail Hour!!”
3. This Fujifilm Instax Mini Polaroid Camera makes for a fun alternative to a traditional guest book.
Rave Review: “This is such a cute camera… It only takes about a minute to develop & they’re the size of credit cards. Really cute & it’s fun to write on the bottom with captions!”
4. Keep kids distracted with these fun Wedding Activities that come with scavenger hunts and coloring books!
Rave Review: “Everything we needed for the little ones at our wedding.”
5. This Doggie Bow Tie allows your pup to to take part in your big day, but watch out… they just might steal the show!
Rave Review: “So impressed with this collar!!! I’ve tried little bows and cute collars for my dogs before, and the cuter they are, the flimsier they are, typically…but that is NOT the case here! The bow stays in place and even stays shaped because it has some structure to it.”
6. These Kimono Robes make for the perfect hair and makeup photos with you and you bridesmaids.
Rave Review: “Perfect for my bridesmaids! They were thin and silky (which in Florida is necessary) and great lengths! I had bridesmaids that ranged from 5’2 to 6’0 and each of the sizes I purchased for all 8 bridesmaids were perfect. All of the gemstones were present on each so overall I was very pleased and my gals loved them!”
7. These Hangover Kit Burlap Bags are perfect if your wedding is going to be a big ‘ol party. Add some Aspirin or Pepto Bismol and your guests will thank you later!
Rave Review: “Great bags, durable, and easy to design with HTV.”
8. This Letter Board allows you to create the perfect custom signage that can be used almost anywhere.
Rave Review: “Love this product! The board is made very well, nice and sturdy. Letters are good quality and fit tightly into the board. Much nicer than some store bought letter boards sold elsewhere. It’s perfect for any party event or even just as decoration around the house!
9. These Confetti Balloons are the perfect addition to a fun and trendy wedding!
Rave Review: “These balloons are thick and really nice quality- the confetti really sticks! The solid color balloons are gorgeous too! They have a little shimmer to them.”
*The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.
Thinking Outside of the ~Pink~ Box
We LOVE a good donut: boston creme, maple, glazed, powdered… we could go on. These sugary snacks are just one reason we love donut walls. You’ve probably seen them all over Pinterest. So we thought of some new, creative ways to use these fun, dessert displays!
- They’re super similar to donuts in terms of shape, so they look awesome on the display board! A bagel wall pairs perfectly with a coffee bar at a late night reception or post wedding brunch. YUM!
- Did someone say coffee? After a long night of dancing, your guests deserve some delicious caffenation. Rent some mugs or DIY your wedding emblem on some thrift store finds. Place the mugs on the pegs and display next to the coffee station.
P.S. If you’re guests aren’t caffeine fiends, opt for a tea station!
3. Candy Cane Seating Chart
- Is your wedding during the most wonderful time of the year? If you’re feeling merry and bright, try incorporating some Christmas traditions into your wedding day. Take a candy cane and tie a little ribbon with the guests name and table number. Hang each candy cane from a peg. VOILA! When your guests go to find their seat… they’re greeted with a treat.
4. Hanging Plant Favors
- Give a gift that keeps on growing! We’re talking plants: succulents, cacti, or flowers! Plants are an amazing gift because they’re the perfect mix of decorative and utilitarian. Find a dangling pot, or DIY a fun macrame pot holder and hang it from the peg. Ba-da-bing ba-da-blossom.
5. Shot Seating Chart
- Take a shot and have a seat is our motto for this one! This seating chart is perfect for the couple who wants their wedding to be a big party! First, find a shot glass with a fun little handle (if you want to pre-fill it with spirits– find some lids too). Second, create a fun, little paper sign to display your guest’s name and attached it to the handle/glass. Lastly, hang them from the pegs and get ready to parrtayyy.
Until the big day approaches, use this blog as an excuse to treat yourself. Grab a donut tomorrow morning (or like, right now)… you deserve it.
Important factors to consider for your Florida wedding
Getting a tent for your wedding might seem like a clear decision or it may have never crossed your mind. Either way, at OWPR, we have some strong opinions about the importance of tents. We have 10 years of expertise in dealing with outdoor weddings. These experiences have led us to see the good, the bad and the ugly. With that being said, we are altogether pro-tent.
And so, here are four compelling reasons why you should consider a tent for your wedding day:
We live in Florida.
- Outdoor weddings are stunning and provide a distinct atmosphere compared to an indoor wedding. With that being said, Florida is known for its warm… well let’s be honest, hot weather. A tent can provide barrier from the direct sunlight. This elegant shelter keeps it cool, without tragically changing everything you’ve imagined for your wedding day. Consider adding on cooling units and fans to provide relief for those dog days of summer.
YEAH, it’s Florida.
- We all know the weather is unpredictable here in the Sunshine state. We’ve seen it a million times: a perfect day turns quickly into monsoon season without warning. If you’re superstitious, rain on your wedding day is great! But, if not everyone feels like singing in the rain.. Keeping a tent on the rental back-burner may just save you and your guests from a fortuitous downpour.
They create a happy medium.
- If you’ve been on Pinterest recently, you’ve seen the hot trends: dangling greenery/florals, hanging lights/chandeliers, and swooped drapery. They’re usually limited to use in an indoor space. With a tent, these mostly indoor decor items become possible outdoors! Tents create the perfect happy medium between an indoor and an outdoor space.
They’re a perfect backdrop!
- We may be biased, but we think tents are a stunning addition to a wedding. If you’re excited for all the wedding photos then you should know that tents are extremely photogenic. Take a look in our product photo gallery to see how people, furniture and decor all come alive under the big-top.
Yes, there are a million pinterest-y (yup, that’s an adjective around here) decor items to turn your tent into a dream. Here are some handy-dandy items we believe make a tent a TEN outta ten.
- Chandeliers and market lights add some necessary luminosity to the night.
- Portable cooling units and Outdoor space heaters keep your tent at a comfortable temperature.
- Restroom trailers that are equipped with all of the comforts of home. Private residences and some outdoor venues don’t always have the necessary facilities to conduct a lot of business.
- Tent flooring can give your Jimmy Choo’s some stability that even Miranda Priestly would approve of.
Featured Vendors: Rebecca Read Photography, Bramble Tree Estate, Rudy & Marta Photography, Photo Guy Oh My, Cocktails Catering, Blue Ribbon Weddings, Anna Christine Events, Flower No. 5, Get Lit Productions, Arthur’s Catering, Blast Productions, Party Flavor Custom Cakes, Tara Libby Photography, At Last Weddings, Dazzling Deco, Photobooth Rocks, Casa Feliz, Peddles Florist, Classern String Quartet, Sprinkles Custom Cakes, M.U.A.H. Makeup and Hair, Treasury Rentals
Today’s blog post is brought to by Cara with Eventbrite! She’s sharing four tips that’ll guarantee a successful event- no matter the occasion!
The planning process for any kind of event is undoubtedly challenging. From catering and a venue, to guest lists and entertainment, there are lots of decisions to be made. With these tips, you’ll be able to conquer any planning difficulties!
Before any planning begins, it’s important to sit down and decide how much money you are able to spend on the event in total; a financial “blueprint.” Weddings and corporate events have different kinds of expenses, and having a clear understanding of which you need to spend on will be crucial when hiring vendors. Really think this step through, as there are many things that are easily overseen during the planning process – from vendors and venues, to parking arrangements and security. Having all of these things accounted for and in order will ensure the day goes as smoothly as possible. If planning a wedding, consider your non-negotiables. When planning a corporate event, think long and hard about the group you intent to have in attendance. Is music and entertainment most important to your audience, or could they do with some light background music and a playlist created internally by your team? Another vendor trick is asking if they offer options for submitting payments in advance to avoid having every bill due right before or day-of your big event.
Start planning earlier than you may think necessary-
Once you have a budget in place, create a prioritized list of dates you’d like to hold your event. Don’t wait to check the availability of venues, also most vendors won’t be able to quote pricing for their services until they know where the event is being held and on what date. There are certainly a lot of moving pieces involved in planning an event – so as soon as you narrow down a venue, look into caterers, rental companies, photographers, florists and entertainers as soon as possible. It is likely that not everyone you like best will be available on the date you have chosen, and that’s where the prioritized list mentioned before comes in handy. To help with this planning process, there are many checklists catering specifically toward weddings and corporate events alike that can make your life easier. Even if you don’t want to rely on a checklist entirely, they are great resources for double checking to ensure you have everything in order to make sure your day goes off without a hitch!
Your venue is booked, your caterer and entertainment are chosen and things are starting to really come together! The next thing to worry about is getting your audience informed and excited. In this day and age, there’s no better way to reach an audience for all sorts of events than online. If planning a wedding, important things to accomplish online are creating a registry, inviting people to view it, and organizing accommodations via a unique wedding website (or consider building your own wedding website!). The attendance of a public event often relies heavily on spreading word through online registration platforms, where organizers can create an event page and share information to find the right demographic. Through online marketing and social media, events can easily reach people who are looking for events similar to theirs and brand-new fans. Use social media strategies such as creating facebook pages, creating an official event hashtag, create a content calendar and update it with posts and create a formal agreement with event partners to share information on their social media channels as well. Combining all of these online tactics will ensure your event is seen by a large audience.
Engage and interact with your audience-
Once the event is underway, the most important thing for your attendees to do is have fun! Draw your audience in by reaching out beforehand to inform everyone of an official hashtag, to start a conversation on blogs and social media, and more. For weddings, couple-specific hashtags are huge for blending people on both sides of the wedding party and sparking excitement for the future bride and groom. For corporate events, if attendees post photos and include the provided hashtag, interact with them by commenting or reposting from your own social channels. Also consider incorporating live polls throughout the event to receive direct feedback on what people are enjoying or questions they may have. Whatever you can do to spark interaction throughout the crowd will help with the tone of the entire event and promote your brand on the interwebs. Once the day has run its course, provide the attendees with an opportunity to give feedback as well, or best wishes. One of the most important elements of event planning is evaluation and it is far too often forgotten. If you want to determine how successful your event is, collect feedback from participants through online evaluation forms that can be short and anonymous to learn what people want to see more of.