Sunday, March 18, 2012

Midnight Snacks

I have to say, the midnight buffet table has been one of my favourite evolutions in the wedding industry. Not too long ago, people just threw out some fruit plates or pastries because they couldn't think of anything else to order. Today it's a great opportunity to be creative and provide some late night energy for your guests to keep dancing the night away.

Homemade Goodies
A nice spin on the old pastry table is actually to have close family members bake their favourite family recipes (if your reception venue allows outside food to be brought in). What better place to share Grandma's apple pie or Aunt Beth's (secret recipe) peanut butter cookies than amongst your closest friends and family. To build on this idea, you can even provide take out containers for people to take home the goodies and have the various family recipes printed on a selection of boxes.

Designer Comfort Food
It seems odd at the most expensive 'party' of your life to serve food you used to eat in university as a poor student, but there is no better time that your guests desire comfort food than when they are tired, sore from dancing and have maybe been 'overserved'.
The spin is you take the traditional food item and add upscale ingredients. For example, mac and cheese (in ramekins) served with sharp cheddar or gruyere cheeses. Mini grilled cheese sandwiches served with tomato soup shooters. Poutine bar (poutine served in martini glasses) where your guests can choose their own toppings, chocolate chip cookies served on top of shooters filled with milk- the perfect bedtime treat to honour the kid in you.

Breakfast For Dessert

Lots of people love having breakfast for dinner so their heads may explode if you bring out breakfast food at midnight ! You can go big with waffle or crepe stations where guests choose their own toppings or go very small with coffee and fresh donuts.
Surprise Guests
You can serve some of your favourite foods with the help of a supporting cast. If your venue allows it, contact your local Dairy Queen, McDonald's, pizza parlour or donut shop and see if they are able to bring some equipment on site to make your favourite treats. It doesn't have to be a big retailer either, there are a lot of street vendors that can bring their cart to your event and cook on site- perfect for warm hot dogs, fluffy cotton candy or crispy Beaver Tails.


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Sponsor Marry Me to "Bust a Move" and support Breast Health

Take the challenge….

Sweat, stretch and lunge with fellow breast health supporters at Bust a Move Ottawa 2012 - Presented by Morguard Investments and St. Laurent Centre.  The day-long fitness extravaganza, hosted at the Ottawa Athletic Club, features 45 minute sessions over the course of six hours.  Each hour focuses on a different fitness discipline including yoga, aerobics, cardio-kick boxing and even one lead by a very special celebrity guest….. 

A man who has inspired thousands to lose weight and get healthy, a fitness guru, published author and inter-generational pop icon……..

That’s right; Richard Simmons is coming to Ottawa and is looking forward to sweating it out with you, your friends and your family!  

Click here for a very special message from Richard.

Fitness sessions are designed for all fitness levels from beginning to expert… so don’t be shy if you New Year’s Resolution has dissolved and your sneakers have gathered some dust!  Join as an individual, or register a team.  Either way you are guaranteed to move, groove, sweat and laugh while raising funds to improve Breast Health in our community.

To register and learn more about how you can Bust a Move for Breast Health click here.

Monday, March 5, 2012

At Long Last....Marry Me's New Website is Here ! (featuring our 'team')

Spring generally symbolizes freshness, rebirth and new beginnings. However, it wasn't just the arrival of Spring that made Marry Me want to redo our website.
I have been working with Stacey for 4 years now and soon after I started, she began mentioning to me how she wanted her website to reflect the growth of the Marry Me team- she wanted her clients and Ottawa to know that Marry Me was run by a team of wedding experts...with Stacey at the helm.

There were a few reasons why Stacey did this. Primarily to give her team the recognition they deserve with all the behind the scenes work they do for her and Marry Me's clients but, it also puts the client at ease knowing that if someone who isn't Stacey is at their meeting or at their wedding or simply returning their call, it is not just an unpaid summer intern that Stacey hired. It is a paid Marry Me employee with an Event Management degree who loves and respects Marry Me's goals and vision as much as Stacey does.

When a team of dedicated individuals makes a commitment to act as one...the sky's the limit !

Please visit our new website and let us know what you think !

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