Twigs, Sprigs, & Other Ideas

Written by Thursday, 16 April 2015
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A Touch of Enchantment

Photo: JDK Group

Woodland settings create a fairy tale ambiance of mystery and enchantment. Bring the forest to your guests by suspending twinkling, romantic lanterns from twigs with floral blossoms.

Tip courtesy of CaterSource.com

RLavender Lemonade

Lifestyle Blogger & Entertainment Expert, Julie Blanner offers a recipe for a light and refreshing beverage perfect for showers, brunches, and afternoon weddings. The addition of a lavender blossom adds a pop of color and a hint of springtime flavor to a traditional lemonade.

LAVENDER LEMONADE
2 cups sugar
5 sprigs lavender (stems and buds)
2 cups fresh lemon juice (about 10 lemons)
1/2 cup fresh lime juice (about 4 limes)

In a large saucepan, bring one gallon of water and the sugar to boil.
Remove from heat and add lavender sprigs with juices of lemons & limes.
Cool to room temperature before straining & chilling.
Serve on ice with additional lavender sprigs for garnish.

Tip courtesy of Julie Blanner

Breakfast Isn't Just for Breakfast Anymore

Photo: Erik Voake/Red Bull Content Pool

Nothing caps off a great party like satisfying a sweet tooth late in the evening. Breakfast started making an early appearance with the trend of late night revelers noshing on towers of hot, fresh doughnuts. The popular concept has expanded to breakfast stations and snack buffets being rolled out to the delight of hungry partygoers. Options go beyond doughnuts with options such as chicken and waffle sandwiches or this clever idea from the Red Bull Guest House at Miami Music Week--a Poptart station with dipping sauces.

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Inviting Sponsorships

Photo: Sponseasy

With Sponseasy's new user-friendly website, finding sponsors for an event has never been easier! The site can create professional sponsorship proposals with all the pertinent information for the organization and event, such as audience demographics, background, levels of sponsorship, event details, and more. Proposals can be customized and the site allows for easy tracking of responses. Try it out during their beta period with no risk and no cost.

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Whimsical Wheel

Photo: Jim Shi

Outdoor events appeal to our inner child with an unspoken promise of carefree fun. Stella McCartney's outdoor Electricity-Free Carnival in New York combined two childhood favorites--ferris wheels and macaroni & cheese. The whimsical display was both eye-catching and palate-pleasing with single-serving spinach cones and grown-up toppings such as veggie bacon bits, scallions, truffle oil, and jalapeños.

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Rosy Hues of Springtime

Photo: Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden

Butterflies engaged in a flight of whimsy from their perch high above the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden's Gala in the Garden fundraiser. Le Basque Productions created a magical spring garden atmosphere for the tent event with colorful floral decor adorning both tables and tent posts. The clever addition of butterflies on the elegant chandeliers drew the eyes upward and lightened the mood of the tent, which was bathed in a soft pink light, perfect for springtime.

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Seducing the Millenials

Photo: AB InBev

Anheuser Busch InBev is pursuing millenial drinkers by catering to their tastes and their habits. Knowing millenials prefer hard liquors to beer, the giant brewer has developed Oculto, a blue-agave infused beer aged in tequila barrels. The company has foregone expensive ad campaigns, instead relying on younger drinkers' propensity to share their experiences on social media. By using Day of the Dead imagery, a smoky website with fractured, fleeting images, and masked representatives whispering secrets in clubs, AB InBev hopes to intrigue millenials to try Oculto and become spokespersons for the brand on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Tip Courtesy of Fast Company Co.Create

Full Immersion in Product Knowledge

Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

Gone are the days when exhibitors were limited to posters and samples to show attendees new product lines or concepts. Thanks to the ever-emerging world of virtual reality, companies can intrigue prospective clients by immersing them in an experience rather than showing them a picture. TED conference attendees tried out the technology as shown above. Converse recently marketed their Chuck Taylor All-Star sneakers by combining virtual reality with interactive light box displays with their "In Their Chucks: 360°Experience."

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Click here to access the ballot, where you can scroll all the way down to vote for Gourmet Events Hawai'i as your favorite Catering & Event Planning vendor, an honor we have held for the past two years!

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Presenting Fabulous Presentations

Written by Thursday, 19 March 2015
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Presentation is Everything

Jose Villa Photography

We eat with our eyes first. The highest quality of food can fall flat when the presentation fails to engage the guest. Presentation should pique curiosity and send an invitation that cannot be resisted. The unexpected textures of this grass presentation succeed in bringing passed hors d'oeuvres to new heights, both literally and figuratively.

Tip courtesy of insideweddings.com

Colorful Canopy

Photo: Roderick Piña

An eye-catching canopy hints at the myriad of delights found underneath, drawing guests to venture toward it. Multi-colored hues add a festive element to decor, while more muted tones in the colors of the event can help create cohesiveness in outdoor spaces.

Tip courtesy of BizBash

Tequila and Taco Shots

Melani Lust Photography

Late-evening shots have long been a staple of partygoers dancing into the wee hours of the night. Why not prevent long lines at the bar and stave off hunger in famished guests at the same time? Combine a late-night snack with a passed shot--like this tequila and bite-sized taco combo--for a much-needed jolt of energy.

Tip Courtesy of Brit + Co. (via Love and Lobster)

Presenting a Reward from Instagram

Innovative Vending Solutions

Reward guests for posting event photos to Instagram with this vending machine from Innovative Vending Solutions. After uploading a photo with the event hashtag on their smartphones, guests receive a present from the Instagram vending machine as their photo and handle are displayed on the machine's LCD screen.

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Happy St. Patrick's Day

Written by Thursday, 12 March 2015
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The Irish Buck

March 17th marks the observance of St. Patrick's Day, a celebration of all that is Irish and green. Irish folklore maintains that the color green protects the wearer from mischievous leprechauns. Today, pubs serve green beer as an extension of protection. Why not try a more sophisticated toast to the wee faeries with The Irish Buck?

Irish Buck
2 parts whiskey
3 parts ginger ale
A hearty squeeze of lime

Tip courtesy of homewetbar.com

Leprechaun Green and Pots of Gold

Jasmine Nicole Photography

Anyone familiar with legends knows that leprechauns wear green and guard their pots of gold. While it's easy to incorporate the "wearing of the green" into table settings and decor for St. Patrick's Day celebrations, adding a spot of gold spins a more elegant twist on tradition.

Tip courtesy of Ruffledblog.com

St. Patrick's Day Green

Green is the color of Irish nationalism and the shamrock believed to be the tool of St. Patrick when illustrating his religious beliefs. Nature provides many options for incorporating green menu items into a St. Patrick's Day celebration.

Beer by Parachute

Drone Delivers Beer at OppiKoppi

The Lakewood Ranch Community Fund put a new twist on tropical decor at their gala in Bradenton, Florida. Forgoing the palm leaves and lush flowers that typically accompany a tropical theme, centerpieces featured coffee beans and cigar boxes as more subtle and elegant statements from the islands.

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A New Twist on an Old Favorite

Written by Thursday, 05 March 2015
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Cheesecake & Guava Cones

Photo: Sergi Alexander/Getty Images

A cone can make most any food portable, a "handy" quality at a standing cocktail reception. Cones are popping up on menus everywhere, transforming traditional sit-down favorites into walk-around fare. Celebrity Cruises created cheesecake & guava cones for the Tribute Dinner dessert bar at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. Which means that even while you're mingling, you can have your cheesecake and eat it, too!
Tip courtesy of Biz Bash.

Rattlesnake Cocktail

Fans of a Whiskey Sour might like the "bite" of this variation from San Francisco's Beretta. Based on a Savoy cocktail from the 1930s, the Rattlesnake brings egg-white cocktails to a new generation.

Rattlesnake Cocktail
2 ounces rye whiskey
1 ounce lemon juice
1/2 ounce maple syrup
5 dashes Peychaud's Bitters
Egg white

Directions:
Combine liquid ingredients into the small shaker tin and egg white into the large tin separately.
Dry shake without ice for 10 seconds, then add ice to the tins and shake again for 10 seconds.
Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with lemon peel.

Tip courtesy of Food Republic

Robotic Bartender

The bartender of the future may put "shaken, not stirred" into technical terms. The Makr Shakr is a prototype bartender, social sharing system, and alcohol consumption monitor debuted at the Google I/O conference in May. Patrons order their drinks from the Makr Shakr app, where they can also share photos, view drink options, and rate the drinks they order. The Makr Shakr features three robotic arms responsible for mixing drinks and adding garnishes as well as a large screen display to signal when drinks are ready, give stats for the party, or estimate wait times. The robotic bartender is able to monitor a person's quantity and rate of consumption based on orders, but no word yet on its ability to dispense advice.

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Tropical Decor without Palms

The Lakewood Ranch Community Fund put a new twist on tropical decor at their gala in Bradenton, Florida. Forgoing the palm leaves and lush flowers that typically accompany a tropical theme, centerpieces featured coffee beans and cigar boxes as more subtle and elegant statements from the islands.

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Marsala--Pantone's Color of the Year 2015

Written by Tuesday, 24 February 2015
GOURMET EVENTS HAWAII * 808 735 7788 * This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | February 24, 2015
Pantone's 2015 Color of the Year: Marsala

Pantone has declared Marsala as the Color of the Year for 2015. Marsala is a bold, sophisticated neutral which Pantone describes as "a naturally robust and earthy wine-red." This rich, impactful hue will be seen throughout the year in fashion, cosmetics, decor, and events. Marsala's welcoming warmth creates a vivid focus wherever it is used.
Check out Pantone's color palette for 2015.

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Sweeten up the darkness of Marsala's earthy red-brown with a display of Red Velvet Cupcakes. Traditionally made with a bit of cocoa to deepen the hue, Red Velvet is a deliciously beautiful way to celebrate the 2015 Color of the Year.

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Pomegranate Cocktails

Go beyond the obvious red wine choices and incorporate Marsala in a much more creative way. Pomegranate cocktails provide the deep red hue with a bit of texture and intrigue. Toronto's L'Eat Catering calls this one "Pom Strega Dolce." Its base is pomegranate blended with rum, lemon juice, fresh mint, and Italian Strega.

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Paint the Room Red

Marsala as a decor choice makes a bold statement. It can be as simple as choosing deep red flowers in the centerpieces or as elaborate as The Lyric Opera of Chicago's Fantasy of the Opera Gala. The heartbeat of the room beat strong and warm with linens, chairs, floral artistry and lighting all bathed in red.

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