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
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.
This month we’re discussing some wedding menu inspiration. It takes your untiring and diligent efforts into making the arrangements for your picture perfect wedding to make sure everything is as immaculate, prime and pristine as it can get! – From the dresses to the themes to the venue to the wedding planner to the invitation cards to the menu!
While putting in a lot of effort in choosing the menu items, why not flaunt the menu in the most intriguing, unconventional and spellbinding way to leave the guests in an awe and watery mouth by only looking at the menu listing. It’s being said that half your job is done once a thing is beautiful to look at.
Get a medium sized mirror in an intricate wooden frame, using a mirror safe pen dash off the menu in your own handwriting either listing them all at once or writing them under headers. You can get them in numbers according to the scale of your wedding event and hang them randomly around the venue as well as near the serving tables.
Old used windows are easily available at flea markets or old furniture markets. Snag one that fits your requirements according to the wedding theme or buy any one to revamp it by painting or putting up embellishments and glitters or fresh flowers even.
If the adventure in you makes you want to plan a beach wedding, why not think out of the box and use a surfboard to scribble the menu down or ask a painter friend to paint the menu on it and mount it on the entrance of the venue.
Making use of a table top easel or a stand, get the dinner details printed on a wood slice for a very rustic and countryside feel to it.
Wooden Serving Boards:
Wooden serving boards clipped with the paper menu, with multiple pages giving it more of an rustic paper look, stands it out in the world of ideas for menu displays on the extravagant theme weddings that are carried out these days.
If you know anything about wedding planning, it’s all about details and more details. The more personal touch you add to details it is more likely to be loved and appreciated. Extravagant, lavish, dreamy, fancy, exemplary your wedding should be remembered as.
Thank you to Corinne and Ben for choosing Gil’s as your Dallas Texas wedding caterer. We enjoyed serving up a delectable menu at Hickory Street Annex for these two newlyweds, and are sure all their guests enjoyed the food as much as we enjoyed witnessing their love story. It’s always a pleasure to craft custom menus for our brides and grooms, and this event was no exception. Corinne and Ben, Gil’s wishes you all the best in your happy marriage. Congratulations!
We are grateful to Splendor Films for capturing every magic moment on video:
Coordinator: Jessica Shofner
Photographer: Britney Tarno at thetarnos.com
DJ: Dominic Nagella with LeForce Entertainment at leforceentertainment.com
Floral: Raquel Lovern at rlovefloral.com
Cakes: Heidi with Sweet Bee Cakes at sweetbeesweets.com
Location: Hickory Street Annex at hickorystreetannex.com
What an honor to craft a custom menu for Rhea and Daniel’s beautiful wedding! These two sweethearts got married on January 17, with a gorgeous wintry palette of burgundy and slate blue. They said I Do under an outdoor arch adorned with greenery, and celebrated their new status as Mr. and Mrs. at an intimate reception under romantic string lights.
This bride and groom put an emphasis on personalizing their wedding to make it perfectly tailored to their style as a couple. Bringing together his traditional ideas and her woodland folk aesthetic wasn’t easy, but the result is simply stunning.
Thank you, Rhea and Daniel, for allowing Gil’s to contribute to your special day. It was an honor to be your McKinney wedding caterer. We are so happy for the two of you, and wish you all the best! Read more about the bride and groom’s tips on executing a personal wedding here at The Springs Events blog.
Bridal Bliss Consulting | Wedding Planner www.bridalblissconsulting.com
Fairytale Photography | Photographer | fairytalephotography.com
AW Angie Williams Hair and Makeup Artistry | Hair and Makeup | awweddinghair.com
Big D Party Rentals | Rentals | bigdpartyrentals.com
Lizzie Bees Flower Shoppe | Flowers | lizziebeesflowershoppe.com
AnnaAubree + DJ Henry Stinson | Entertainment | www.aubree-anna.com
Dandelion Cheesecakes | Dessert | dandelioncheesecakes.com
Gil’s Elegant Catering | Catering | gilselegantcatering.com
Lil’ Bits Mini Donuts | Late Night Snack | www.lilbitsdonuts.com
Echo Transportation | www.echotransportation.com
Once you’ve crafted the perfect custom menu, you and your fiancé can have some fun deciding how to display the menu to all your guests. Whether your style is elegantly traditional or charmingly rustic, sleek modern or bohemian garden, every wedding theme deserves an aptly displayed menu that will make an impact at the reception. Your wedding caterer Dallas crafts a dinner menu uniquely suited to you—why should its display be any different? Dig into our favorite wedding menu display ideas:
No matter which trend you use to display your wedding menu, guests are going to love your personalized touch. And did we mention the gorgeous photo opportunities you’ll get from these displays? You and your guests will love having a custom display to complement your custom menu. To craft your own wedding menu with Gil’s Elegant Catering, one of the top names for wedding caterer Dallas, just get in touch. We’d love to hear about your menu (and display!) ideas for your big day.
Have you considered adding a late night dish to your wedding? We love the trend, and we’re confident your guests will too. As a wedding caterer in Dallas, we’ve seen that “After Hours” menus are gaining popularity… and it’s easy to understand why! Late night snacks are a delectable way to wrap up the night on a positive note and leave a memorable impression on your wedding guests. Here are our top three reasons brides should consider adding a late night dish to their wedding:
Some of our favorite After Hours foods include:
If you’re looking for a wedding caterer in Dallas, please get in touch! We’ve got a delicious late night menu that we guarantee guests will love. Don’t hesitate to call with any questions about catering your special event.
We absolutely value the tradition of an elegantly plated seated dinner, and the casual convenient fun of a delicious buffet. But we’ve seen quite a few wedding receptions, and we have to say that couples who incorporate action stations into their catering package are never disappointed! Guests’ reactions to these interactive (and scrumptious!) pop-up stations are priceless. Check out our top reasons why action stations are worth considering for your big day.
Whether you opt for passed appetizers, buffets, plated dinners, or action stations, don’t forget to ask your caterer about customization options! Your wedding is completely unique to you—your food should be no exception.Make sure you ask yourself, should we have action stations at our wedding? Consider action stations as a fun way to add a special dose of entertainment and savory delight to your reception, and you won’t be disappointed.
If you’d like to hear more about the action stations offered at Gil’s, feel free to get in touch!
Dallas is proud to be home of the State Fair of Texas—the most deliciously fried event of the year. In addition to attractions like Big Tex and the Midway, The State Fair boasts fried everything, from Oreos to butter. This year’s latest concoction is chicken fried lobster with champagne gravy, paired with a bacon margarita. The jury is still out on these kooky concoctions, but it’s safe to say people love treating their tastebuds to something new.
Bacon margaritas might be a little too out there for your elegant wedding or classy soiree. But that doesn’t mean you can’t draw inspiration from these wild State Fair dishes. While the State Fair may have concluded for this year, there’s no reason you can’t keep the savory goodness going in your own occasions! Even the most sophisticated weddings and events can serve surprising dishes that pique their guests’ interests… and their tastebuds. Give your guests something to taste and talk about with some of these State Fair inspired treats:
Popcorn Bar: What would a fair be without the smell of fresh popcorn wafting through the air? You can bring the same atmosphere to your own event with a popcorn bar for your guests to enjoy. Kick it up a notch with flavorful toppings like M&Ms (color coordinated to your event, of course!), cinnamon, and sprinkles.
Corn Dogs: Would you believe these have a place at an elegant affair? Believe it or not, they’ve found their way into elite catering. With bite-size versions of this State Fair classic, you can deliver guests an hors d’oeuvres platter they’ll love. For a surprising twist on flavor, serve these delicate bite-size appetizers with a dainty dollop of raspberry jam.
Cotton Candy Bar: Another bar-style favorite, a cotton candy display can add whimsy to any affair. This treat is sweet and delicious, easy to serve, and it makes for a fanciful photo backdrop. You can even package cotton candy as a wedding favor, complete with a personalized tag: “Thanks for making our wedding day even sweeter!”
Grown Up Mac N Cheese: This is a tried and true favorite at Gil’s. Cater to your guests’ inner kid with this childhood classic, taken to a whole new level. Whether you top this cheesy concoction with brisket or fried chicken, grown up mac n cheese is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Signature Drinks: We can’t promise everyone will enjoy a bacon margarita. But we’re willing to bet your guests will love the chance to taste a unique signature cocktail at your wedding or event. Ask your event caterer what kind of mixed drinks they can whip up for your special occasion. Don’t forget to give it a personalized name!
Even if you aren’t serving alcohol, your caterer can provide you with plenty of options for non-alcoholic drinks that will wow your guests. After all, who doesn’t love ending the night on a sweet note with milk and cookies?
Food Stations: Bring the entertainment of the fair to your own event by hiring food stations where guests can watch the chefs at work. Whether carving a brisket or flipping grilled cheese, a chef in action adds bonus entertainment value to delicious food.
As Dallas event caterers, we draw inspiration from our hometown’s State Fair and transform carnival concoctions into delectable treats customized to your special occasion. What kinds of nontraditional foods would you like to see at your next event? We would love to work with you on a custom menu—just get in touch so we can start planning an event as delicious as the State Fair!