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A Mad Men Styled Wedding Inspiration Shoot | Postcard Inn

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Here is a little ’60s infused inspiration for your Tuesday! We had fabulous opportunity to partner with Divine Light Photography, Tampa Wonderworks Films and several other Tampa/St. Pete wedding pros to create this retro Mad Men inspired wedding at the Postcard Inn on St. Pete Beach.

Already featured on Style Me Pretty, this fanciful day will hopefully get your creative juices going and take you back to a cooler era. Check out the gorgeous images and video from the shoot, and read on for the details on our throwback comfort foods and clever treats.

 

 

Mad Men // Postcard Inn // 16mm + HD from Tampa Wonderworks Films on Vimeo.

 

 

Starting Off Right

Antipasto Kabobs

grape tomatos, fresh mozzarella balls, Kalamata olives, and artichoke hearts skewered ’60s style and served with aioli dip

Mini Monte Cristos “On the Rocks”

a classic indulgence served in a small rocks glass with layers of organic berry preserves and white powdered sugar

The Chicken & The Egg

even more sinful than mom’s deviled eggs and filled with spicy southern fried chicken

Smokin’ Dessert Cigars

classic crêpes rolled tightly, filled with chocolate mousse, dipped in chocolate and decorated to look like smoldering cigars

 

Mom’s Classics with a Twist

Classic Shrimp Cocktail

Chilled Small Shrimp served with cocktail sauce in a mini martini

Porthole Caesar Salad

fresh lettuce tossed with shaved parmesan cheese, an Asiago tuile and a classic Caesar dressing and tucked into a large crouton

Personal Beef Wellingtons

a retro entertaining staple stuffed with mushroom duxelles, wrapped in a puff pastry and served with Madeira wine sauce

Dutchess Potatoes

garlic smashed potatoes swirled and lightly browned

Green Bean Casserole

the original recipe served in a mini casserole dish

 

Thank you to the amazing vendors who made this inspiration shoot possible!

Cinematography: Tampa Wonderworks Films

Photography: Divine Light Photography

Bar Service: uDream Events

Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid

Cuisine: Puff ‘n Stuff Catering

Event Coordination: Simply Divine Events

Floral Design: Events in Bloom

Hair: Holly Nazario of Collective Creations

Linens: Connie Duglin

Makeup: Jess Waldrop

Models: Raph Schwyter + Lili Rey + Kriss Pugh + Brianna Strum + Christina Kolosvary + Chris Dube

Stationary: Not From a Box

Venue: The Postcard Inn

Vintage Furniture & Typewriter: MMD Events

Wedding Cake: Cakes By Nomeda

Wedding Gown: Buffalo Gal Vintage

Wedding Veil: Anglo Couture

Groom’s Cakes Fit for a King!

Monday, June 20th, 2011

The Groom’s Cake – one of the few distinctly masculine wedding features – is a Southern tradition making a popular modern-day comeback. A surprise or gift from the bride, the groom’s cake is customarily served at the rehearsal dinner or as an alternative to the wedding cake at the reception. Traditional groom’s cakes feature masculine colors and rich flavors like chocolate, red velvet or the groom’s favorite flavor.

However, contemporary groom’s cakes themed for his favorite sports team, hobby or profession are making quite a stir at receptions across the country, not just in the south. And following wedding cake trends set by shows like Cake Boss and Ace of Cakes, intricate and ornate groom’s cakes are becoming quite popular. But no matter whether you’re interested in sweet and simple or styled and stunning, any groom is sure to appreciate the thoughtful gesture of presenting him with his own special treat.

For more inspiration, read on to see a few custom groom’s cakes from the bakery at Puff ‘n Stuff Catering, and some ideas from around the web that are fit for a king (and your groom)!


Photographed by: Pilster Photography Created by: Puff ‘n Stuff Catering


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Created by: Puff ‘n Stuff Catering


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Photographed by: Brian Phillips Photography Original Post by: The Knot


Photographed and Original Post by: Pohlman’s Cakes


Photographed and Original Post by: Theme Cakes by Traci


Original Post By: Sweet Retreats Blog


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Name Card Trends | Greeting Guests with Style

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

When an large influx of wedding guests enter the reception space and attempt to locate their seats all at once, name cards are incredibly helpful in directing guests to their assigned tables. However, the use of traditional black and white paper name cards is dwindling and personally designed place cards are on the rise. Many couples have taken it upon themselves to go one step further and customize their guest name cards in a way that reflects their wedding theme, favorite hobby, and even making them an edible treat for guests to enjoy before their main course!

And what better way to show immediate appreciation to your guests than to greet them with personalized name cards designed just for them?  Whether you use sweet treats, trinkets that coordinate with your wedding theme or personalized mementos, have fun and be creative! Anything from wine corks to feathers to chocolate can be used to create something special that defies tradition. Take a look at some inspirational pieces and enjoy!

Photographed by: Punam Bean Original Post on: Green Wedding Shoes

 

Photographed by: Martha Stewart Original Post by: Blue Orchid Designs

 

Photographed by: He and She Photography Original Post by: Green Wedding Shoes

 

Photographed and Original Post by: Do It Yourself Weddings

 

Photographed by: NBarrett Photography Original Post by: 100 Layer Cake

Real Weddings | Nikki + Chris | Tampa Bay Watch

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Happy Monday! Today we’re bringing you the beautiful spring wedding of Nikki and Chris at Tampa Bay Watch. Situated on the scenic shoreline of Cunningham Key, their ceremony was held on the venue’s spacious waterfront lawn set with palm trees, mangroves and crisp white chairs. The picture-perfect setting on the Gulf of Mexico created a gorgeous sunset backdrop as the couple said their “I do’s.”

Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed wine and classic hors d’oeuvres on the wrap-around terrace and a delicious family-style dinner inside the window-lined main hall. And to make the evening even more exciting – they were also celebrating the bride’s grandfather’s 90th birthday! To honor him, the couple requested a special cake table filled with hand-crafted decorative cakes just for the occasion. Read on to see pictures of their special day and beautiful menu!

Waterfront Hors d’Oeuvres
Coconut Chicken Brochettes skewered chicken breast coasted in coconut served with tropical salsa
Warm Phyllo Cups with Brie and Chef Jimmy’s house-made citrus honey
Smoked Chicken Cranberry with Caramelized Onion Bruschetta
Spinach Bouchée puff pastry filled with a creamy Boursin spinach dip

A Breezy Dinner
Freshly Baked Artisan Breads
Citrus Greens Salad frisée, arugula and baby spinach
with sliced Florida oranges, fennel, toasted almonds and a citrus vinaigrette
Glazed & Grilled Mahi Mahi Margarita
Jerk Marinated Chicken Breast
Seasonal Vegetables

 

Event Credits:

Catering/Linen/ Bar: Puff ‘n Stuff Catering

Flowers: Botanica Design Studio

Entertainment: Brace Entertainment

Photographer: Jerry McGaghey Photography

Venue: Tampa Bay Watch

Video: Chad Whelan Videographer


Meet Puff ‘n Stuff Catering This Sunday!

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Puff ‘n Stuff Catering Special Event Planners will be available to answer your wedding questions this Sunday at the Perfect Wedding Guide Bridal Show at the Hilton Orlando Hotel from noon until 4 p.m. Stop by our booth for inspiration, special offers and to taste our cuisine.

While you’re there, register to win your choice of a free champagne toast or butler-passed hors d’oeuvre at your wedding catered by Puff ‘n Stuff Catering!

You can even use this coupon to purchase buy one get one free tickets for you and a guest!

Orlando Perfect Wedding Guide Bridal Show June 12, 2011

The Service Series: Focus on Buffets

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

When planning a catered event, future hosts have many questions for our team of catering pros including one of the most frequently asked questions – how should the meal be served?

There are three primary service styles: plated, buffet and action stations – and we love to educate our clients about the benefits of each and create a personalized service blend that best suits their individual event goals. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be giving you an inside look at the strengths and challenges of each service style to help you make the best choice for your next event!

Today’s featured style is the simplest and one of the most popular service options — the buffet. Many brides and event hosts warm up to this crowd-pleasing setup for its variety, flexibility, and efficiency. When faced with large groups or those with diverse tastes, buffets offer stress-free planning by allowing multiple entrée and accompaniment selections and give guests the freedom to fill their plates with only their favorite dishes. Buffets can also be arranged strategically to manage the flow of guests around a room, and divided into themed tables to organize multiple cuisine styles. Requiring less service staff than a traditional plated dinner, a buffet is a very cost effective way to serve any size group. In addition to decorating guest seating tables, buffet tables can also be lavishly decorated, decked out for a theme party or simply elegant. The choice is yours!

A buffet style meal may not be the best choice if your goal is to create an intimate or sophisticated atmosphere at your event. And although caterers are typically able to guarantee the minimum amount of food needed to satisfy guests, buffets are the most likely to end with leftover food. As with any service style chosen, buffets can include perceived challenges or cons – the key is to evaluate all of the options and decide what’s most important to you.

With efficient costs and endless options, one thing is for certain – buffets are back!

Real Weddings | Angie + Chris | Well-Designed Dinner

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Today’s featured event is the elegant wedding of Angie and Chris! The apple and ivory themed nuptials took place at a beautiful private residence in Bushnell, FL. The bride, a graphic designer by day, had a keen sense of style and a special vision for the look and feel of her wedding and the reception menu. The couple requested that all of the food would be small yet intricate, and each course was custom designed and displayed to match their vision.

The delicious designer meal began with a lively hors d’oeuvre reception followed by an elegant three course plated dinner. Let your eyes feast on the beautiful pictures, and read on to see the menu from their special day!


 

Designer Hors d’Oeuvres

Butternut Squash & Cranberry Tartlets with melted brie cheese
Baked Stuffed Mushroom Caps filled with artichokes & sun-dried tomatoes
Miniature Chicken Wellington (puff pastries filled with grilled chicken, Boursin cheese and cognac sauce)
Brie en Phyllo garnished with fresh fruit and filled with Raspberry Chambord

Elegance is Served

Course I

Asian Trio Plate with a California roll, avocado chicken tower and spring roll

Course II

Creamy Lobster Bisque
Artisan Breads

Course III

Chicken Champagne with smoked Gouda and caramelized onions drizzled in a champagne cream sauce
Petite Roasted Red Bliss Potatoes
Crisp Green Bean Bundles with lemon butter

Event Credits:

Band: Don Juceum (Full band)

Caterer: Puff ‘n Stuff Catering, Special Event Planner: Aymee Brace

Floral & Decor: Beyond Floral

Lighting & Rentals: uDream Events

Photographer: Andy Martin Photography

Planner: Nini Massey

More than Just a “Pretty Cake”!

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Gone are the days of plain-Jane-cookie-cutter cakes! The wedding cake has evolved from a standard reception photo op to a much-anticipated wedding day experience. From unique and gourmet flavors to elaborate and fanciful decorations, wedding cakes have become a creative outlet for couples to reflect their personal style, clever wedding themes, and favorite interests. And just like A-List celebs, these fashionable cakes are now appearing with an entourage!

Dessert bars are incredibly popular and are the perfect way to set your cake as the star surrounded by yummy treats and themed candy jars. This sweet trend is both decorative and delicious with endless personalization possibilities.  Beautifully colored treats, gourmet candies, coordinating papers and linens, sentimental decorations, antique jars, and designed menu cards are all divine ways to incorporate tasty touches to your dessert bar. And with so many couples giving their cakes sweet attention, they create the perfect backdrop for beautiful pictures, and delighted guests look forward to a treat that will be a feast for their eyes — and their taste buds!

Keep scrolling and we hope you’ll be inspired by these fabulous finds from around the blogosphere!


Photographed by: Ashley Rose Photography Original Post on: Style Me Pretty

 


Photographed by: Melani Lust Photography Original Post by: The Sweetest Occasion

 


Photographed by: Andrew McCaul Original post by: Wedding Window

 


Photographed by: Gemma Commas Original post by: Wedding Window

 


Photographed by: Green Wedding Shoes Original post by: Homemade Modern Wedding

 


Photographed by: Imbue Weddings Original post by: Polka Dot Bride

 


Photographed by: Kelly Chau Photography Original post by: Kelly Chau Blog

Real Events | Tampa Bay Watch Showcase

Monday, May 16th, 2011

In early April, we had the opportunity to team up with Tampa Bay Watch to host a showcase at their picturesque beachfront venue! Located at 3000 Pinellas Bayway South in Tierra Verde (near Tampa, FL), Tampa Bay Watch is a non-profit organization that trains and organizes community members to participate in environmental projects and educates the community about the fragility and importance of the environment. Perfect for those seeking a breathtaking outdoor venue or indoor event space with a beautiful view, the venue also offers guests engaging indoor aquariums and welcoming oceanfront style.

Many event professionals gathered to experience Tampa Bay Watch’s scenic vistas and enjoy relaxed Puff ‘n Stuff Catering fare. Check out the video to see Tampa Bay Watch and Puff ‘n Stuff Catering in action, and read on to see the event’s menu and photos!

Oceanside Snacks

Coconut Shrimp with mango chutney

Bacon-Wrapped Potato Tots with sour cream and chives

Whole Strawberries filled with sweet mascarpone cheese topped with toasted almonds

Sweet Corn & Ricotta Fritters

The Main Event

Churrascaria Chef Bar featuring a selection of delicious meats, marinated, skewered and chef grilled to perfection! Including New York strip, applewood bacon-wrapped chicken breast and lechon asado (dry-rubbed garlic pork loin), all served with mojo dipping sauce and mashed plantains.

A Sweet Ending

Mini Key Lime Pies

 

 

Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a success!

Event Credits:

Caterer: Puff ‘n Stuff Catering

Photographer: Justin DeMutiis

Video: VHVIDEO.COM

Florist: FH Weddings

Decor: Decorating Elves

Lighting: Decorating Elves

Valet: Courtesy Valet

Puff ‘n Stuff 2011 ACE Award Winner

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Every year Catersource, an industry leader who provides education and resources for the professional caterer, holds the its annual Catersource Achievement in Catering Excellence (ACE) Awards. The ACE Award recognizes catering companies who have shown outstanding achievement in the catering industry. Finalists are chosen to represent the premier caterers in five regions: Midwest, South, East, West and International.

We are proud to announce that Puff ‘n Stuff has been selected as the WINNER in the South region. The award winners were announced at the Catersource Conference & Tradeshow in Las Vegas.