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Party Like a Pro | Summer Hurricane Party

Party Like a Pro | Summer Hurricane Party

July 20th, 2011

Party Like a Pro Hurricane Party with Puff 'n Stuff Catering and Free Hurricanes

Not that you need an excuse to party this summer, but if you do…we’ve got a great one. After all, it is hurricane season and the perfect time to throw a party featuring New Orleans-style hurricanes that are oh so sweet and tasty! So round up those beads, brush up on your Cajun and prepare to let the good times roll! And if you could use a little help partying like a pro, you know who to call. Who dat? Why, the pros at Puff ’n Stuff Catering. But to get you started, check out these ideas for decorating, favors, and, of course, delicious ‘Nola eats.

CENTER OF ATTENTION

Need a cool centerpiece idea? How ironic. We’ve got one right here! Simply gather up some hurricane drink glasses, fill them with crushed pink tissue paper and clear rocks, then top them off with little orange and red flowers. What you’ll end up with are centerpieces that look good enough to drink. (But don’t.)

For a fun and affordable party favor, just add beads. Toss them to your guests as they arrive, as they leave, or as they party. If and how they’re required to earn them is strictly between you and your krewe!

SAVOR THE SUMMER

Authentic N’awlins-style food is a must when throwing a party like this. So check out these traditional taste temptations.
• Summer Jambalaya
• Muffalettas
• Creamy Cheese Grits, Andouille Sausage & Red-Eye Gravy

BONUS: Purchase a name-brand bar package for your party and receive FREE hurricanes…the kind you drink, of course…that’ll blow your guests away. Offer valid for events taking place from July 5 – August 31, 2011.

We’ve thrown more parties than Bourbon Street itself, so if you want more Big & Easy ideas give us a call! We’ve got everything you need to get the party started from Mardi Gras colored linens to décor and more!

Ready to party? Call one of our 
Special Event Planners at 407.629.7833 today and LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL!

 

The Service Series: Focus on Action Stations

The Service Series: Focus on Action Stations

June 29th, 2011

Whether you call them Chef Attended Action Stations, Performance Stations or Chef Bars (our favorite), this service style is HOT! Today’s feature is the last installment in our Service Series and is a specialty at Puff ‘n Stuff Catering.

Action stations are the most interactive ways to serve your guests and bring an added level excitement, entertainment and…action to your special event. Guests watch with excitement as their food is prepared to order by lively chefs! The concept is simple and can be adapted to most event styles:

  • Cocktail Reception: server pass specialty cocktails, set-up full bars and sprinkle hors d’oeuvre portion action stations through out the space to encourage mingling, conversation and movement around the room.
  • Chef Bar Party: arrange mixed size and height tables through out the event space, select your favorite mini plate portion action stations and enjoy! Guests explore Chef Bars at their leisure, select their preferred seats and experience a tapas-style dinner they won’t soon forget.
  • Family Style Meal: couple a salad and side dish buffet with 2-3 entree portion action stations arranged evenly through out the room for a relaxed atmosphere with a twist.
  • Formal Dinner: select upscale action stations with 2-3 complementary dishes at each station such as a mini steakhouse wedge salad, grilled and sliced filets and smashed potatoes. Provide assigned, formal seating to give guests the option to eat while mingling or comfortably in their seats.

Action stations can be set-up in formal event spaces, outdoors or in a private residence. The flexibility, interaction and creativity offered by this service style continues to increase its popularity for all event types including weddings, corporate events, and social events such as birthdays, anniversaries and bar/bat mitzvahs.

The Puff ‘n Stuff Catering team continues to “passionately perfect” the art of action stations and we love creating unique and personal stations for our clients. Stations can be developed from family recipes, favorite dishes and our vast menu of action stations. Some of our most popular action stations include Lobster Mac ‘n Cheese in which our rich, creamy lobster mac is freshly prepared and served from a hollowed 80 pound wheel of Grana Padano cheese, and the Vertical Bento Box – a rotating, Asian-inspired display filled with multiple dishes such as our Asian Trio Plate and King Crab with Pink Grapefruit served on peeled grapefruit slices finished with a tangerine gastrique and lemon foam.

Why not try this growing trend at your next special event? For more inspiration, keep scrolling to see highlights from the Puff ‘n Stuff Catering kitchen and check out this Perfect Wedding Guide post by our friend Jody Wimer, board member of the International Caterers Association and President of JPC Event Group in Pennsylvania!

Thank you to K & K Photography and Unrue Photo for sharing your images in this post!

Photo Credits:
K & K Photography, Jeff Kathrein, www.kandkphotography.com
Unrue Photo, John J. Unrue, www.unruephoto.com

Real Events | Madison’s Black & White Birthday Bash | Heaven Events Center

Real Events | Madison’s Black & White Birthday Bash | Heaven Events Center

June 28th, 2011

Today’s featured event is not just a birthday party, it’s Madison’s one-of-kind Black & White Birthday Bash at Heaven Events Center! This club inspired shindig was decked to the nines with black, white, hot pink and zebra print…everthing! From the lux pink carpet and bouncer greeting her guests, exciting uplighting bouncing off the walls, and VIP lounge furniture, each element showed off the party’s theme. Even the specialty mocktail of the night — The Hot Pink Mar’teen’i — sported the birthday girl’s favorite colors!

Choreographed dancers filled the dance floor, while a t-shirt artist passed out custom t-shirts and kids feasted on ice cream from Coldstone Creamery. Puff ‘n Stuff Catering provided delicious food that everyone could enjoy including the kids! Featuring “s’mores indoors” and even a create-your-own-nacho bar, this celebration truly had everything a birthday girl could ask for!

Wild Dinner Buffet

Create Your Own Nacho Bar
Vegetable Quesadillas piped with Rose Sour Cream
Cheeseburger Sliders & Fries

Out of Control Desserts

“S’mores Indoors” Marshmallows on bamboo skewers, flamed,
rolled in Micro Chocolate Chips and crushed graham crackers

 

Event Credits:

Caterer: Puff ‘n Stuff Catering
Cinematographer: VHVIDEO.COM
Venue: Heaven Events Center

 

Destination Wedding Venues in Your Own Backyard

Destination Wedding Venues in Your Own Backyard

June 27th, 2011

Have you dreaming about planning a romantic wedding in Tuscany or a glamorous affair in New York, but woken up to a local wedding reality? Well, we’re happy to share that you can have a fabulous wedding in your hometown that feels like it’s in a land far-far-away…without breaking the bank!

Central Florida and the Tampa-St. Pete areas are home to numerous venues that lend a destination vibe without the destination price tag. Local venues not only reduce travel expenses for you and your guests, they can reduced your stress level and be perfectly transformed to resemble the exact destination that you wished for. Today we would like to share some of our favorite local “destination” venues in hopes they can make your wedding vision come true!

The Big City
With Broadway lights and stunning glamour, New York has a place in everyone’s heart. The Mezz, a Downtown Orlando venue, has the bright lights, chic design and city-scaped floor-to-ceiling windows to bring a New York themed event come to life!

 

Las Vegas, NV
Adventurous and modern, Heaven Events Center is the perfect venue for a Las Vegas style event. Filled with glitz and state of the art technology like LED lighting and HD TVs, this locale close to Central Florida’s attractions is sure to keep guests thrilled just like the fast city of Vegas!

 

Travel Back in Time
The Ballroom at Church Street offers elegant Victorian style in the heart of Downtown Orlando with large detailed stain glass windows, double grand staircases, and spacious ballrooms. If you yearn to celebrate in classic style, this space can be decked to fit any fairytale wedding!

 

Tuscany, Italy
Couples longing to venture into Italian wine country for their big day need only to travel to Sarasota’s Powel Crosley Estate. This large stone mansion is surrounded by beautiful gardens setting the scene for a breathtakingly charming and romantic wedding.

 

Tropical Paradise
Paradise Cove offers a lush, tropical backdrop for a scenic waterfront wedding. Nestled near Disney’s Lake Buena Vista area, Paradise Cove’s thatched-roof and open-air patio, beach front bars and sandy shores will make you feel like you’re miles away from the city!

 

Latin Locales
If you seek venue rich in cultural history with a latin flare, The Cuban Club in Ybor City is a must-see. With its large ballrooms, theaters and open-air space, this space can transform a party into an exciting, fun-filled fiesta!

The Service Series: Focus on Plated Meals

The Service Series: Focus on Plated Meals

June 22nd, 2011

Welcome to the Part 2 of The Service Series! Today we’re exploring at the elements of plated meals. As wedding and event trends come and go, plated service is elegant and timeless.

Each meal is meticulously prepared and plated in the kitchen, and personally presented by servers who make a direct connection with each and every guest. In addition to the extra level of attention given to guests, seated meals create an intimate ambiance and the perfect environment for conversation. And for hosts with creative culinary ambitions, the plate can easily become the canvas for a beautifully designed entrée.

From a practical standpoint, plated meals significantly reduce food waste as portions are planned precisely to the final guest count. Guests with special dietary requirements can be discretely served a meal that suits their needs without offering this selection to the full guest list. This style is also extremely beneficial during structured events with a program or when the host wants to control the flow of event. Service of the various courses can be timed around a speaker or special event to ensure the proper level of attention to the event’s focus or to signal times of free conversation.

Although plated service delivers a high level of guest interaction, it’s also the most labor intensive and commonly the most expensive service style. For plated meals where guests pre-select between multiple entrées, assigned seating is required to guarantee the plates are delivered correctly.

When choosing between service styles for your next event, weigh the benefits of plated service alongside the style of your event, the mood you hope to create and of course your budget! And remember — the pros at Puff ‘n Stuff Catering are here to help answer your questions. To get inspired, take a peek at some of our delectable plated entrées!


 

 

Special thanks to the photographers who shared their work! Damon Tucci Photography & Jerry McGaghey Photography