Feature on Birds of a Feather for Kendall & Tyler’s Wedding
Tabletop: POSH Couture Rentals
Hair and Makeup: Meg B
Linens: La Tavola
Cake: Sugar Bee Sweets
Rentals: Taylor’s Rentals
Calligraphy: Harts and Quills
Tabletop: POSH Couture Rentals
Hair and Makeup: Meg B
Linens: La Tavola
Cake: Sugar Bee Sweets
Rentals: Taylor’s Rentals
Calligraphy: Harts and Quills
Still trying to decide which serving style is best for your special day? Buffet meals and plated dinners each have distinctive pros and cons; but the great thing about buffet meals is you can add or only use action stations.
Similar to a buffet, except chef’s prepare and serve foods at the buffet (rather than in the kitchen). Adding a couple of action stations to a buffet style of service can help alleviate the long lines at the main buffet, plus it adds a fun interactive element to the event and guests love the chance to interact with the chef.
Foods that lend themselves well to action station service include wok stations, mashed potato bars, fajitas, pasta stations, grilled meats, omelets, crepes, sushi, gourmet taco, gourmet burgers, and flaming desserts. These stations are sometimes called “performance stations” or “exhibition cooking.”
Catering stations provide entertainment, variety, and tasty food. They allow flexible timing for guests to eat whenever they’d like, and encourage movement flow throughout your venue. Additionally, serving food right off the grill at an action station ensures food will be hot, fresh, and delicious.
So if you decide to go with a buffet style for dinner, don’t forget to incorporate an action station or two.
A new post-wedding trend has seen rise in the recent years – late night snack parties. We love this because it shows a lot of care and consideration on the wedding couple’s part. The wedding dinner is worked off by your guests long after they hit the dance floor.
After hours of dancing and drinking, a lot of guests can be seen looking for leftover food. Not to mention, something that can help them ward off the inevitable hangover the next morning. So, if your budget allows, talk to your wedding caterer about creating an after-party menu. This can include small bites and snacks that your guests can enjoy without having to sit down.
Think about convenient munchies. Here are some ideas for a fun menu.
After the wedding party, your guests will be preparing to hop on a bus or a cab to make it back home – snacks on a stick will be very convenient to have on the go. For this, you can order mini corn dogs with little pouches of mustard and ketchup. Or think salad – tomato, mozzarella, and basil on a skewer with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Yum.
How about tortilla strip shooters with nacho cheese dip? These are classic recipes but so much fun with the shooters. For a more elegant choice, you can try something like lobster claw with a bisque shooter, or shrimp with a cocktail sauce. Even maple syrup shots with French toast strips are a divine choice. Or you can go the old way and choose grilled cheese strips with tomato soup shots.
Thinking of portable food, how about pop-tarts. And not just any pop tarts – pulled pork ones. You can also try creative rolls, like a Philly cheesesteak rolled up like an egg roll.
Other than storing kitchen stuff, those cute little muffin tins can also be used to serve fun snacks like mini meatloaves, mini tacos, or how about mini frittatas? Since the party keeps going until late night and into the morning, you might as well serve them breakfast.
A cone is not only very convenient but also a perfect way to serve delicious snacks to guests on their way out of the party. You can have nuggets in a waffle cone crusted with blue cheese, or a sesame cone lined with seaweed and stuffed with pickled tuna.
You know what would be the perfect late night snack idea for your wedding guests? A popcorn bar with varied flavors and seasonings. Another great Texan snack idea would be a biscuit bar with pimento cheese, ham, pickle, and mustard dressing. And if nothing else, you can always go with the classic yet yummy burger slider bar.
However ‘homey’ this may sound, your guests will appreciate this cozy snack that will remind them of all the late night munchies they used to enjoy. For cookies, you can choose oats and raisins, or almond butter and chocolate, there are a lot of options. For milk, you can opt for nut milk and soy milk, other than the standard one to suit the diverse preferences of your various guests.
Possibilities are endless. You might decide to choose one snack option (like a burger slider bar) or go with multiple snacks. Whatever your choice, the guests will thank you for this thoughtful favor.
Times are changing and a lot of couples are choosing to make their own traditions. This could mean choosing to have a wedding ‘brunch’ – a casual gathering of friends and family the day after the wedding.
If you have friends and loved ones who have travelled from far away to be with you on your special day, it makes sense to extend the festivities, don’t you think? It is entirely possible to throw a light brunch post-wedding, to thank and appreciate your guests.
And speaking of brunch, here are some creative Dallas wedding brunch ideas that will (truly) compel you to throw a wedding brunch party.
Just like the wedding, your post-party brunch can be designed to follow a theme. If you wish to choose a classic and elegant Victorian theme, a great option for the brunch dessert menu would be tea paired with light snacks like gourmet macaroons.
Speaking of classic, how about going with lovely European Bundt cake. There is no dearth of recipes for Bundt cakes – you can choose a selection of fillings from chocolate to lemon-raspberries. Choose toppings of whipped cream and garden fresh berries for an exotic treat.
“I don’t love donuts” said no one ever. For an awesome wedding brunch dessert idea, serve an assortment of donuts – chocolate frosted, blueberry, vanilla, cinnamon, Bavarian crème, we can go on and on because options are unlimited.
You can never go wrong with mini pancakes. Serve your guests these tasty treats with a twist; for example, you can serve mini pancakes with fresh berries on adorable little skewers. Drizzle honey or maple syrup on top. Mmm.
If it’s an open venue, or better yet, a garden venue, you can pull off a wine n’ cheese brunch effortlessly. Throw in some fresh fruits and some more cheese (because you can never have enough cheese obviously) and you are golden.
Ah, the joy of having as many mimosas as you can even earlier in the day. Set up a mimosa bar for the cocktail hour and the grannies in the family will bless you.
When we said earlier that you can never have enough cheese…well an ultimate brunch dessert idea would be a layered cheesecake. That’s right! Layers upon layers of delicate, scrumptious, mouth-melting cheese.
To relieve the stress, you can indulge your wedding guests in some table games that are fun and engaging – like crossword puzzles and Pictionary.
Though people take it to mean that brunch is a strictly casual affair and you don’t really need to have seating arrangements – we disagree. You can make it as elaborate as you see fit, using fine china and table service complete with wait staff to serve the guests.
If your wedding was pastel colored or an all-white colored theme, you can choose a bright colored theme for you after-party brunch. Add a magenta pop of color with flowers and gold colored flatware for example.
Since the wedding affair is grand, it is a good idea to keep your wedding brunch party light and simple and fresh.
For your brunch invitation cards, you can choose light and fun stationary suites that will suit the daytime theme much better.
As a wedding guest, the last thing you want to do is make things more imposing for the stressed-out couple. Planning a wedding is not a piece of cake after all. However, if you have true intolerance or allergies, this isn’t the time to be shy. When it comes to your health, do not feel embarrassed to let the happy couple know about your special dietary needs. Remember, they invited you to their wedding because they really want you to be there – they wouldn’t want you to fall ill on their wedding day.
Okay, so the first thing to do is ask yourself, are you truly allergic to peas? Or you just simply don’t like peas? It’s an important distinction, and you need to be honest here. For example, if you don’t love tomatoes but aren’t allergic, or if you don’t like to eat red meat but are fine with the chicken or fish, don’t mention it. Pick the tomatoes out of your salad if that’s what it takes. There are always a lot of options so choose a meal that you will have no problem eating.
On the other hand, if you are truly allergic to something, let the couple know about it before the wedding. Growing up with the allergies is bad enough; you need not feel any embarrassment in requesting a healthy meal.
We recommend using your RSVP card for this purpose. You can choose a meal out of the meal options mentioned in the RSVP card and attach an additional note describing your allergies. This will help the couple choose a catering menu with dietary restrictions. If you’re allergic to an ingredient that’s commonly used like, wheat, onions, garlic, or dairy – include that in the note. Almost every appetizer contains at the very least one of the above mentioned ingredients (butter, butter, everywhere!). This will make sure that the caterer comes up with at least one main dish that you’ll be able to enjoy. In addition to the note, send a message or email to confirm that they got your note. Doing so makes it easier for the couple (and the caterer) to get in touch with you regarding any questions about what you can and can’t eat.
That’s all. Don’t get in touch with the couple regarding the catering menu with your dietary restrictions any more than that; they already have a lot on their plate.
A last word, do not forget to bring along your allergy medication as a precaution or prevention.
The Gils Elegant Catering staff is always notified of the special meal requests by the couple, however you are more than welcome to repeat the request upon your arrival.
We have some wedding day advice for you! Far too often we see brides who forget to eat before they walk down the aisle. Whether it’s nerves, excitement or a mix of both, taking care of yourself before you take that walk is essential. With your wedding day comes a rather unfortunate case of the jitters. It is perfectly normal to feel bloated and stressed, but the main goal here is to keep your body healthy, hydrated, and above all, free from the cravings! The wedding stress is bad enough; you do not need an additional boost of hunger to trigger the next bridezilla episode just moments before you walk down the aisle.
Lots of Water
It is essential to stay hydrated on your big day. Wedding jitters are natural and weddings often work over a packed schedule. Needless to say it can get a little overwhelming. Keep a bottle of water handy with you at all times to help you stay hydrated and calm.
Keep it Balanced and Avoid Experimenting
The night before the wedding and the day of the wedding itself are not the time to experiment with exotic cuisine. You do not know how your body might react to something unfamiliar provided your stressful and hectic schedule.
Plan your meal for the night before. Be sure to take in an adequate dose of nutrition by incorporating lean meat, vegetables, and something filling like brown rice.
The goal is to keep you well fed but not to the point where you feel like you have had too much to eat. As for breakfast the next day, keep it light and nutritious. Go for something like a green smoothie or a whole grain toast.
Don’t be Scared of Fats
Contrary to common belief, healthy fats are actually very good for your skin, hair, and nails. Weddings often call for diets but do not be too harsh on your body. Healthy fats contribute to naturally radiant skin that captures beautifully in photos. Healthy fats include avocados, coconut, eggs, olives, etc.
Keep it Fresh
Fresh fruit and veggies are full of antioxidants, phytochemicals, and healthy fats. In addition to making your skin feel healthy and glowing, they do amazing things for your body as well. They keep you from feeling bloated but keep you full, hydrated, and healthy.
Love for Comfort Food and Fun
Food does not just sustain your body. Food keeps you sane. Stress often triggers the worst cravings. The night before, it is okay to have a small portion of your favorite comfort food to keep you happy and content. Don’t forget to take some time out to unwind and dwell in your favorite activities to relax your mind and your body.
Your wedding day is meant to be enjoyed heartily. Stay hydrated, well fed, and above all else, relaxed and composed. We are sure you will do great.
Texas weather is heating up, which means you need a way to cool down! Nothing is harder than celebrating and we know how exhausting it can be. There gets to a point where you need a pick-me-up, especially if your event is in the Texas sun. Lucky for you, Gils Catering has the perfect specialty beverage stations to keep you and your guests refreshed!
If these drinks don’t cool you off and refresh you, we don’t know what will! To see our full beverage selections download our menu for bar packages.
Spring is in full bloom, and we’re sure you’ve got some fresh ideas for your special day! This time of the year is blossoming with colors and the perfect season for fresh, colorful foods with bursting flavors. Us here at Gils Catering want to help you tie in everything that is great about spring with some beautiful and delicious food, so consider adding a few of our spring time favorites to your menu!
We hope some of our menu favorites has inspired your perfect spring menu! If you are still looking for more, go download our 2017 menu to see what else we have to offer!
Spring has sprung, and we are enjoying these precious weeks of mild weather here in Dallas. With spring, we’re ushering in new beginnings and a fresh culinary palette. Whether you’re crafting the perfect spring wedding menu or putting together cuisine ideas for a social event, be sure to incorporate some of our favorite fresh spring tastes into your menu:
We’re cooking up some fresh tastes now that warmer weather and spring sunshine have finally arrived. We would love to incorporate a taste of spring into your event menu. Allow us to put together a one-of-a-kind menu from the top Dallas event caterer for you and your guests!
From elegant plated dinners to casual buffets and everything in between, the options for your wedding day catering style seem unending. The serving style you select can have a major impact on your guests’ experience, but it can be overwhelming to sort through your options. Luckily for you, we’ve been doing this for over thirty years! We’ve seen it all, and our experience has given us a few insights on the pros and cons of every wedding serving style. Before you settle on that five-course meal or family-style dinner, take a look at our pros and cons:
Table Display Appetizers:
Of course, don’t forget to add a custom bar experience and delectable dessert or late-night snack to top off the evening. The most important thing to remember is that with an experienced caterer, your food will be of the utmost quality—no matter which serving style you choose. It helps to consider the pros and cons of each style, but in the end you can’t go wrong serving
Allow us to craft the perfect setting for your guests with a serving style just right for you. We’ve gained ample expertise as a Dallas wedding caterer over the years, and we would be delighted to design a custom menu for you—in any serving style. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if we can assist you in any way.