Brunch for Dinner?

Breakfast is on the move – and keeps getting upgraded, whether adding alcoholic drinks or upscale appetizers to the basic dishes everyone loves. Precisely because everyone’s favorite meal is breakfast – it has seen old favorites appear in brunches (breakfast for lunch) and now is making its way into dinner!

Mini bites of reinvented breakfast items are catching on for wedding after parties, bar mitzvahs, fundraisers, parties, anniversary celebrations and other events. Think of steak and eggs wrapped in bacon in a mini vessel, pancakes with smoked duck, mini chicken waffles, etc. Appealing to all generations, breakfast for dinner can reincarnate into dessert offerings such as yogurt parfaits, cronuts, oatmeal brulee, etc.

Interestingly, quail eggs have emerged as the perfect classy addition to any party. Check out this photo of a cute version for deviled quail eggs (from Holly Kirkwood) and  a more traditional deviled egg presentation.   A smoked salmon “kronuts” and waffle chicken bites are all mouth watering choices from Abigail Kirsch and making me very hungry!



Unique Decor Ideas

Event planning is such a visual world, where messages, feelings and thoughts are conveyed through color, details, sound, food and so much more.  With no particular theme  in mind I’ve collected a few ideas here that can serve as a springboard for inspiration and imagination for your next event:

Happy planning!



Check out this wedding cake….

Leave it to a Hollywood star to push for an out of the box, nontraditional creation for her wedding cake!  Kaley Cuoco’s  (star of the Big Bang Theory) request to the Butter End bakery for a nontraditional cake led them to create  “their most epic creation to date.”

A separate fuchsia tent featuring a five tiered upside down cake hanging from a chandelier was set up for the grand reveal.  Several weeks of work went into the design and rigging details.  Sand bags were hung from the chandelier to test the weight to make sure it would hold.  A center pull armature held the cake upright and board planks held up the individual tiers.  It took three people to hold the free standing structure while the bride  cut the chocolate almond cherry cake with cherry cream cheese buttercream. The whole cake was covered in white rolled chocolate fondant and encircled with dripping jewels complimenting the chandelier.

Start of a new trend?  Hmnn…  what do you think?








The popularity of empty warehouses and old dilapidated factories continue holding their charm for party goers and party planners of all stripes.  Serving as a blank backdrop to fuel creativity, these venues are often seen decorated in a shabby chic or other styles that evoke years gone by.  Perhaps it speaks to  the nostalgia in all of us for simpler times!  Shabby chic continues to be a popular trend for weddings as well.  Outdoor photo op scenes abound with the bride and groom draped lovingly over vintage sofas surrounded by  nature and other vintage accessories. Centerpieces featuring grapes, pinecones, fruit and other winter produce remind one of nature’s bounty and fit nicely into the theme.e19637simplethings








Keep the rest of the  elements focused on the theme with vintage desserts served on dishes and cake stands popular in the past.


Photo booths are always a favorite activity as well as a great ice breaker for people who don’t know each other. I loved the new twist to the photo booth concept with this idea for a photo backdrop. This eye catching display by Sullivan florals is different and can be tailored to any season by the choice of fresh florals used to ring a grass covered backdrop.













Serve entrees dishes in bite size mini bowls, cups and glasses.  Combine complimentary flavors together and save yourself the hassle of providing all the usual plates, serving utensils and the accompanying clean up.

This asian style mini bowl featuring salmon with apple and ginger slaw from Lindsay Shaw catering fits the bill for a unique presentation and as a heavy appetizer for a cocktail hour.  Mini pies on a stick make for a great visual presentation and a different way to present a favorite stand by.












For an interactive experience,  try providing stations where guests can and pickle their own are to take home.  Provide enough variety for people to custom their own flavor pairings with different pickles, jams and sauces.










Usually the first item to get downsized or cut from a budget is lighting.  Big mistake!  Nothing sets a mood or tone to any party than ambient light.  Coupled with spots and other effects, guests are literally enveloped in the ambiance you are creating.  Consider these two looks and try to imagine the rooms without the softness of the lights and color.

All photos courtesy of Bizbash.



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