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A Pretty, Pink Baby Shower at the Provo Library!

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As I’m sure all of you know, it’s Mother’s Day this weekend!  All of us here at Culinary Crafts love this holiday, and in honor of this amazing day, we are showing off this gorgeous event which happens to be a beautiful baby shower for a gorgeous mother-to-be (how perfect is that?)  Check it out!

This pretty, pastel color palette was a great choice for this event and this venue – The Provo Library!  (Plus, even the carpet coordinated!)

Isn’t this photo op corner fun?!  We love the vintage chair, ribbon backdrop, and gorgeous florals.  The fun earring favors were a great addition to the event too!

Perfect brunch inspiration right here! The whimsical polka-dotted plate, gold accents, pink linens, and bright florals come together to create a gorgeous, feminine table that any mother (or mother-to-be) would love!

Brunch was made for Baby Showers AND Mother’s Day!  We brought out AAAAALL the brunch favorites for this shower!  So yummy!

Our Local Farm Greens, Feta, Walnuts, and Cranberry Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette is always a guest favorite!

For those who like to add a bit of a sweet to their plate, we served Raspberry Lemon and Mascarpone Crepes as well as Yogurt Parfaits with Fresh Berries!  So good!

We love adding an action station element to our buffets!  So, a carving station with Honey, Cherry, and Balsamic Glazed Ham was a perfect fit for this brunch menu!

What brunch is complete without Hash Browns or our House Made Spinach and Vegetable Quiche?  Yum!

House made pastries?  Yes please!  Bagels, Croissants, and Blueberry Scones gave the guests choices for their perfect plate.

Last but not least, our decadent Southern Biscuits and Sausage Gravy was another great option in this AMAZING brunch buffet!

Of course, a party wouldn’t be a party with out dessert!  This pretty dessert display was so lovely!

Love this signage!  And how pretty is this naked cake!  (Plus, it was DELICIOUS!)

Gold-accented French Macarons, Milk and White Chocolate Mousse Cups, and Tiramisu Shooters were the cute (and scrumptious) dessert offerings!

More pretty details from this beautiful room!  We love the feminine gold signage!

This event was SO much fun!  We hope you loved it and are inspired to create an out-of-this-world brunch for your Mother’s Day celebrations this weekend!  Happy planning, everyone!

Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at www.culinarycrafts.com!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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Happy Cinco de Mayo, all!  We LOVE this fun appetizer and how perfect is it for a fabulous fiesta!?  If you need any party inspiration, check out our galleries here and find some great ideas for any event you have planned!  Hope all of you have a wonderful Cinco de Mayo and happy weekend!

Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at www.culinarycrafts.com!

A Modern, Stylish Tasting Room Wedding: The Food!

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Today, we have the food from Chris and Jacoby’s wedding and it was just as AMAZING as the decor – if not more so, in our opinion!  (If you didn’t check out the decor post, make sure to check it out too – there was so much pretty going on at this event!)  Thank you again to Logan Walker Photography for the beautiful photos.  Now, on to the food!

The gorgeous florals from Artisan Bloom were a great pair to the industrial touches and the vintage bar sign was such a fun detail!

Custom “His & His” cocktails and Mini Tacos with tiny Patron bottle shots were the perfect welcome to this stylish reception!  How fun is this hors d’ouevre presentation?!

Of course, what’s a dinner without bread?  Our house made Black Pepper Brioche Rolls with Utah Sea Salt Butter paddles were so yummy!

One of the many food stations – The delicious Mezzaluna Salad station!

Our two salad offerings were so delicious (as well as beautiful!)  Our Farro Salad with Harvest Tomatoes, Roasted Beets, Herbs, Sweet Onion, Arugula, and Balsamic Vineagar and out Farm Greens, with Mango, Kiwi, Wonton Crisps, and Vanilla Bean Vinaigrette, topped with Toasted Coconut.  YUM!

A menu after my own heart!  The couple chose to serve a selection of artisan cheese boards – how cute!

Our cheese boards featured Tea Hive Cheddar, “What’s Her Name?” Basque Style Sheep Milk Cheese, Deer Valley Triple Cream with Truffle, Point Reyes Blue Cheese, and Parmigiano Reggianno accompanied with Red Grapes, Honey Crisp Apple, Honey Comb, Bada Bing Cherries, and Salted Marcona Almonds.  So good!

We also hosted action stations with different entrees including our Pan-Seared Black Cod with Honey Soy Glaze, Wilted Spinach, Parsnip Puree, Garnished with Edible Micro Flowers.

Next up, our Smoked Short Rib Adobo with Mushroom Escabeche with Purple Potato Mash and Honey Barbecue Sauce!  Wait until you see the preparation of this dish…

Each Short Rib entree was individually smoked under glass dome for the guests at the action station.  Such a fantastic presentation!

The couple also chose to have a sushi bar complete with customized chopsticks that their guests could take home as favors!

Plus, of course there were desserts!  Firstly, our House Made Gelato Station featured Vanilla and Passion Fruit flavors – both with options to ‘spike’ them!  Vanilla pairings were Espresso, Bailey’s Irish Cream, or Kahlua and the Passion Fruit pairing was Limoncello.  Delicious!  And how fun were these sugar skulls?

Cronuts, anyone?  We served these decadent beauties in cute little kraft bags so the guests could grab one as they left or take it with them while they mingled!

Another fun addition?  Giant Cotton Candy Mountains!  So much fun!  We also served Fresh Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies and Affagatos!  SO DELCIOUS!

Lastly, this cake from Carrie’s Cakes was stunning!  And remember those custom cheese boards?  Well, guests were give these custom laser etched “Praise Cheeses” wooden cheese boards as well as a Jack-O-Latern to take home as favors (did I mention their wedding was a couple days before Halloween?!)

We loved ALL of the amazing details, love, and thought that Chris and Jacoby brought to their AMAZING wedding day and we’re so thankful for being able to showcase some truly creative eats for one of our favorite ‘freind-ors’ big day!  I hope this inspires all of you to create an amazing day that is uniquely you as well.  Happy planning!

Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at www.culinarycrafts.com!

A Modern, Stylish Tasting Room Wedding: The Decor!

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Today, we have an all-time FAVORITE wedding of Culinary Crafts’s!  One of our friends and vendor partners, Chris Lavoie of Silver Summit Events, got married last year and we KNEW his wedding was going to be AMAZING, plus he chose to host it at our downtown venue space, The Tasting Room, and, I tell you, it did not disappoint!  Now, this wedding was chock full of so much pretty, we had to split the post into 2 parts – first up, the decor!  We will post the delicious food next week, so make sure to check back.  Thank you to Logan Walker Photography for the beautiful photos.  Check it out!

Chris and his husband, Jacoby, were such a perfect pair!  We loved the cohesive look they brought to their wedding clothes while still choosing things that were uniquely each of their own styles!

We love the tongue in cheek wording on their programs and the kind reminder signage to the guests to let the professional photographer take the photos so they could be present in the moment is a favorite for sure.

How pretty is this ceremony setup?  The florist, Artisan Bloom, hit it out of the park!  LOVE!

More gorgeous florals from Artisan Bloom!  Chris and Jacoby chose to host an intimate reception with their closest friends and family and they put a lot of thought of how to really show their guests something meaningful, thoughtful, and BEAUTIFUL!  Well done, we say.

Another gorgeous overview of the space.  I mean, how could I not?

Their wedding was held in fall and we loved the elements of the harvest that were added as well as masculine touches of navy in to keep the feel beautiful as well as not overly feminine.  The result?  A rich palette of so much delicious, visually interesting decor!

I can’t forget the breathtaking hanging floral chandeliers!  These were such a pretty and striking addition to the room!

The lovely ladies of Artisan Bloom killed it!  We love this picture of Chris, Kellie, and Dayna – such cuties!  Plus, isn’t this lounge space and the floral adorned frame great?  Perfect for photos!

Speaking of which, we love this ‘family portrait’ of the couple and their cute Great Dane pups.

Another fun sign for the guests at the bar.  We love it!

To encourage people to mingle, the couple opted to add high boy seating around the space so people could move about after dinner while they partied into the night.  We love the gold accents and the charcoal linens!  Such a polished and chic look.

Chris and Jacoby wanted to make sure that their guests had SO much fun!  They added tons of games, including shuffleboard, and a fun sketch “photo booth” with hand drawn versions of the vintage style photo strips!  (How cool is that?!)

They even brought in a pool table, which we loved!

And, because no detail was overlooked, they had their initials custom printed onto the pool table balls!

How pretty was this wedding?  LOVE IT!  Plus, remember to stay tuned for the food post where we focus on the AMAZING menu the couple chose to serve at their wedding!  We had such a great time collaborating with them.  Stay tuned and happy planning, everyone!

Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at www.culinarycrafts.com!

Dreamy Pink & Blue Spring Utah County Wedding!

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Today we have a GORGEOUS wedding that Culinary Crafts did last spring that we LOVE.  This little beauty was featured on Martha Stewart Weddings AND our local Utah Valley Bride magazine!  It was such a dreamy day, captured by Ashley Sawtelle, and we are so happy to be sharing it with you!  Check it out!

Our signature House Made Strawberry Shortcakes were a guest favorite!  We love this dessert and it was perfect for this spring wedding.

Isn’t this invitation suite beautiful? Lovely stationary design by Alex Fairchild and calligraphy by Kelle McCarter!

This bridal party is perfectly matched!  We love the blue and pink palette!

Another calligraphic gem by Kelle McCarter, we love these place cards!  Another great element?  The lavender cones that were passed to guests to shower the couple at their send off!

Isn’t Stone Hill Lodge Estate beautiful?  We love it’s rustic elegance and isn’t this tablescape to die for?  L’Arrangement Floral nailed the florals and the rentals from Diamond Rental and linens from La Tavola Fine Linens came together just perfectly!

How amazing is this cake and macaron display from the talented Flour and Flourish?  LOVE IT!  And the crowns were a favorite detail, for sure!

This wedding was SOOOOO pretty and we are so thrilled to see it shared in so many awesome publications!  I hope it inspires you to create a magical event of your own!  Happy planning, everyone!

Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at www.culinarycrafts.com!

VENDORS: Photography, Ashley Sawtelle | Location, Stone Hill Lodge Estate | Catering, Culinary Crafts | Flowers, L’Arrangement Floral | Videography, Paris Tews | Stationery, Alex Fairchild | Calligraphy, Kelle McCarter | Cake, Flour and Flourish | Music, Joshua Scott | Rentals, Diamond Rental; La Tavola Fine Linens | Bride’s gown, Blush by Hayley Paige | Bride’s accessories Malls Henderson (veil and headpiece); Made by Mary (jewelry); Steve Madden (shoes)  | Hair and Makeup, Vivian Johnson | Flower Girl dresses, Old Navy | Groom’s suit and menswear, ASOS | Bride and bridesmaids’ bracelets, The Shine Project

How Much Alcohol Should You Plan For Your Event?

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By Ashley Veenendaal

One of the most common questions we get in the event planning industry is “How much alcohol should I plan for my event?” Running out of alcohol before guests have had a reasonable and fun number of drinks is definitely a joy kill at the party. If you are not using a bar service who specialize in estimating the amount of alcohol needed, then there are a few rules of thumb that will keep the party going.

How long will your party be going on?

Most often guests will imbibe 2 drinks in the first hour and one per hour thereafter. So if you are planning on a 4-hour party you will want to be prepared for guests to drink 4-5 drinks during that time. Of course there will be guests who drink more and those who drink less. This more often than not will even things out.

That being said you will also want to consider who your guests are. This may be a generous amount for a group of light drinkers (always better to have some left over for next time). Or it may be lacking for a group of hard drinkers (consider how drunk you want to see your guests and what the transportation plan is afterward before upping the amount of alcohol.)

How much do you get from a bottle?

There are hundreds of alcohol math calculators online but some standard measurements, (depending on how heavy handed you are with the pour), look like this:

Wine: 5-6 glasses per bottle

Champagne:6-7 glasses per bottle

Beer: You will have to decide if your guests love their beer or prefer something else. This will determine whether you plan on 2 bottles/cans or 5. Keep in mind local & craft breweries also have a higher alcohol content. Here in Utah we don’t have kegs, so for those of you who are having an event were they are legal, ask the purveyor.

Spirits: Vodka, Rum, Whiskey, Gin & Tequila. These are the basics that guests will ask for. 15-20 pours per bottle depending on the cocktail. You will want to look at the amount of each liquor & mixers going into a drink to determine more accurately how many bottles you will need.

What are you serving?

If you are only serving beer and wine generally guests will drink more red wine (unless it’s summer & it’s hot) then consider adding some rose to the mix. Otherwise plan on buying more red than white. This is where you have to gauge whether your guests are bigger wine or beer drinkers.

For a full bar we would suggest 50% wine, 30% beer & 20% spirits, again it’s going to really help if you know your crowd. Another fun suggestion is to serve beer, wine & one or two signature cocktails. It makes the bar memorable if guests are offered a delicious new cocktail as well as minimizing the variety of alcohol you will need to purchase. Often signature cocktails can also be designed to work without alcohol for your non-drinking guests and it’s important not to neglect them. Have fun, be safe & DON’T RUN OUT OF BOOZE.

New Downtown Salt Lake City Venue: Church & State

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As I’m sure you know, Culinary Crafts is always on the lookout for new, interesting, and gorgeous venues.  When we found out about Church & State in downtown Salt Lake City, well, I can say we were thrilled!  Originally constructed in 1893 (which means it dates back to even before Utah was granted its statehood), this venue was recently renovated from a church to a breathtaking 3,500 sqft space that is perfect for any event!  It boasts traditional styling with touches of modern, industrial design elements and an AMAZING floor to ceiling Mondrian-style stained glass window.  Such a unique and versatile space, we couldn’t wait to host Brianna & Dylan’s wedding here!  Thanks to Kelli Bramble for the beautiful photos!  Check it out!

The couple was looking for a venue that could transition from their wedding ceremony to their reception in the same space. With a guest list of about 100, they needed a larger venue with multiple spaces for each part of their day.  Well, Church & State was just the ticket and it had just the right mix of natural and industrial elements to fit the couple’s style!  Isn’t it stunning?

Their ceremony took place upstairs and then transitioned into the cocktail hour with lounge furniture and cocktail tables so the guests could mix and mingle with each other.  We love how light and bright this space was!

Of course, we served delicious bites during cocktail hour.  The guests were served butler-passed hors d’oeuvres of Carolina Style BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders and Mozzarella Salata Skewers with Kalamata Olives, Tomato, Basil, and Balsamic Drizzle.  So good!

The couple chose a sophisticated color palette of black, white, and gold for their reception dinner which allowed this venue’s unique beauty to shine through!  We love how the palette tied into the space so perfectly.  So pretty!

We love to pre-set elements of the menu on the tables to engage the guests and get them excited for the food to come!  So, for this event, we plated our House-Made Artisan Rolls with Paddle of Sea Salted Butter.  Yummy!

The guests were welcomed to the main level for a fantastic buffet dinner and the sounds of Pixie & the Partygrass Boys provided the perfect background music!

The buffet was a collection of some of our signature favorites!  Like our Arugula, Pear, and Goat Cheese Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette and our Butternut Squash Ravioli with Brown Sage Butter, which is AMAZING!

We loved the multiple levels of serving dishes in the buffet because it added so much visual interest!  Another menu offering?  Our Roasted Fingerling Potatoes!

We rounded out the menu with our Green Beans Almondine and Lemon Herb Chicken!  What an elegant feast!!!

Isn’t Church & State gorgeous?  We love it and hope it inspires all of you planning your own events to check it out (and other new venues) to find a unique space that fits your style perfectly!  Happy planning, everyone!

Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at www.culinarycrafts.com!

Beauty and Her Feast Editorial Shoot!

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Today, we are showcasing this simply romantic editorial shoot we did that you may have seen in Utah Valley Bride magazine as well as our new bridal ad!  We love our Beauty and Her Feast menu and the spectacular vendor team put together an AMAZINGLY gorgeous shoot!  Check it out!

This beautiful tablescape was captured perfectly by Heather Nan Photography, don’t you think?!   Plus, isn’t this setting so dreamy?

Love

The rentals from Diamond Rental were so elegant and added a textural element to the table that we loved.  Plus, the paper goods from Ann Elizabeth Print Studio were so lovely.  The hand torn edges and wax seal on the menus were such a great element that took them over the top!

We loved these simple Short Rib Lettuce Wraps on golden plates – So pretty and delicious!  Plus, of course we had to have a cocktail that tied into the palette so we created this Hibiscus Rose Cocktail with Hibiscus Tea, Rose Hips, Vodka, and Ginger Beer!

Next, our salad course was a hearty Blood Beet Greens Salad with Sorrel, Roasted Beets, Goat Cheese, Oranges, Pistachios, and a Citrus Vinaigrette.  Earthy and complex, we also loved the way this plate tied in with the table’s colors!

Next, our fish course was a Butter-Poached Red Trout with Israeli Couscous and Roasted Peppers.  Light and beautiful!  Plus, don’t you love our black tie service?  What a way to make your event feel elegant and high end!

Of course, with a decadent plated menu, we love serving an intermezzo course.  In the summer months, our house made Blood Orange Sorbet is perfect for cleansing your palette AND cooling off your guests!  Love it!

Next, our entree course was a Pork Saltimbocca with Roasted Roma Tomatoes and Fried Sage.  We loved incorporating seasonal produce into this dish!

And, of course, then came dessert!  These Black Forest Petite Bundt Cakes were so delcious!!!  And, we loved the natural stone plates.  What an unexpected and beautiful element!

I can’t but help share the breathtaking florals by Soil and Stem and the amazing stained glass cake by Carries Cakes!  Aren’t they pretty?!

Of course, we had to do a bit of a dessert selection, so we also served Vanilla Bean Rose Cupcakes with a rose frosting design, Mini Lemon Meringue Tarts, and Chocolate Dipped Bosc Pears!  All served with these pretty glass bell jar tops.  How fun!

We loved this shoot and thought it was brimming with so much good stuff!  I think you’ll agree.  🙂  We hope it inspires all of you to get creative with your events and add some additional elements to take it over the top!  Happy planning, everyone!

Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at www.culinarycrafts.com!

VENDORS:

Photographer Heather Nan Photography
Videographer Kale Fitch Films
Catering Culinary Crafts
Wedding Dress Harlow Brides

Friday Instagram of the Week!

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Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from St George Weddings and is a repost of our BREATHTAKING Beauty and Her Feast Editorial in Utah Valley Bride magazine!  We LOVED this shoot and are so happy it’s inspiring our wedding community whether it be locally or beyond!  Thank you again for the share, St George Weddings!  Remember, for your chance to be next week’s pick, tag us at @culinarycrafts or add the hashtag #culinarycrafts to your post and check back next week to see who we choose next!  Happy weekend, everyone!

Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at www.culinarycrafts.com!

VENDORS:

Photographer Heather Nan Photography
Videographer Kale Fitch Films
Catering Culinary Crafts
Wedding Dress Harlow Brides

Setting the Perfect Table

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By Kaleb Crafts

Whether you are planning a corporate function, your big wedding day or just entertaining your closest friends for an intimate dinner party, the table setting sets the tone for the event more than almost anything else. Here are a few tips to help you think through this important piece to your event.

The Linen

The right tablecloth or linen is the first thing down on the table. A clean, crisp, white, linen that hangs just to the floor can be a great fit for any event, but get creative. Bring some colors in, use some unique patterns or fabrics. Don’t hesitate to get out the sewing machine and quickly hem or surge an edge on your favorite fabric. Add a pop of color with a runner or additional cloth overlay. Be mindful of textures and how they go together.

The Centerpiece

Get creative with your arrangements. Fresh florals can be used in almost any situation and tailored to fit the feel of the party. However, don’t be tied down to florals alone, add in votive candles, tiles, mirrors, beads, etc. For themed parties, use anything from sports caps to wood boxes to tiki torches. One thing to keep in mind is that while a tall and wide centerpiece will certainly be breathtaking at first glance, it can detract from table conversation once guests are seated. If it blocks the view of guests who are opposite one another, it can be bothersome.  

The Serviceware

Pick a china pattern that fits the event. If you have space and budget, add a charger or service plate to the place setting. The flatware should look cohesive with the china and be set according to common etiquette. An entire book could be written about place setting etiquette, so I won’t go into too much detail. But keep the flatware half an inch from the edge of the table and work outside in, meaning that the flatware should be placed in the order it will be used throughout dinner service working from the outside towards the plate. I love this picture from rootedinfoods.com that shows a traditional formal setting. In most circumstances, you won’t have all of these pieces set and you won’t set more than 3 pieces of flatware to left and right of the plate at a time, but this shows where the appropriate location for pretty much anything you could think of would go.  

The Accouterments

It is always helpful to think through the evening and plan the additional needs on the table accordingly. Salt and pepper shakers, water pitchers, place cards, table numbers, etc. Keep in mind that the additional items placed on the table may clutter the clutter and detract from the rest of the table.  

I hope these quick tips help you at your next big event and remember, life is too short to eat bad food.