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Cool Wedding Ideas 2019

POSTED ON September 18th  - POSTED IN Blog

With the wedding season officially on the way, we’re taking a look at some of the best wedding ideas from real-life couples! While you could easily spend hours upon hours scrolling through Pinterest in search of inspiring ideas, this post makes it easy. We’ve compiled a list of our favorites that you won’t be able to pass up.

Below you’ll find 6 of the best trends for your 2019/2020 wedding. You’ll discover ideas that will take your wedding from a ‘good wedding’ to the ‘wedding of the year’ and allow you to create your dream wedding!


1. ‘The Last Dance’

Ignoring the traditional ‘first dance,’ you and your partner can have the ‘last dance!’ As the reception winds down and the guests have started to leave, have one last boogie on the dancefloor with your beloved, just the two of you. Bonus – this gives people a chance to get in place if you’re planning a stellar exit!


2. Pet Inclusion

Pets are all the rage at the moment, and your wedding day doesn’t have to be any different. Include your furry best friend in every detail. Maybe you buy them a tuxedo collar, or perhaps a dress to match your own. The options are endless!


3. Wallpaper Backdrop

A popular trend popping up all over the place this season is using wallpaper as an accent in your wedding. We all know how wallpaper can transform a home, but have you ever thought it could change your wedding!? Statement walls are being placed behind the head table and even used as the ceremony altar itself!


4. Dyed Floral Arrangements

Wedding trends are shifting to the use of color to brighten the special day. According to this seasons wedding trends, floral arrangements are all about playing with different textures, colors, and making unusual pairings. Mandy Moore has inspired many with her blush floral arrangements, adding another level of romanticism to her wedding day.


5. Custom Wedding Jacket

We love to see men having more fun with their fashion choices! Choose a different color. Move away from the traditional black or grey 3-piece suit. Switch it up! Take a tailored suit and customize it with an inscription. Or as we have seen, sew photos of the betrothed into the lining of the jacket, making for a hidden surprise and a good talking point! Have fun with fashion, guys!


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6. Touch-Up Stations

Last but certainly not least, this will quickly become a favorite on this list. I’m sure many ladies can agree that can be a nightmare going to the bathroom during a wedding to fix your hair and makeup. Well not anymore with this brilliant idea. Hire a couple of pros’ and set up touch-up stations around the room. We’re talking a quick lipstick fix, a curl here and there, a bit of blotting paper. This idea will undoubtedly impress your photo ready guests!


How To Set Up a Photobooth – DIY Tutorial for Weddings

POSTED ON September 18th  - POSTED IN Blog

Capture those memorable moments from your wedding with a DIY photo booth that’s simple and fun to create.

Wedding guests love to put on oversized glasses and a feather boa and show off for the camera. And why not make it easy for them? Let’s face it—the open bar helps!

Creating a DIY photo booth will allow you to capture those moments that the professional photographer may have otherwise missed. It encourages your guests to let their hair down and have fun, all the while capturing the moments you might miss.

Of course, you could hire a photo booth and leave it for the professionals to deal with, but, if you’re looking for a cheaper, more personalized option, follow these tips to create a DIY photo booth for your next event.


1. Find the Perfect Location

Start by searching for the best spot at the reception venue. It needs to be evident to the guests but not in the way of other activities. Corners of the dance floor are always good options, as are spaces outdoors. Just remember to signpost if you think your guests may have trouble finding it.


2. Build the Backdrop

  • A backdrop can make all the difference in your photos. Streamers, balloons, ribbon, flowers, the options are endless! Transform a plain wall into something you will want to remember. Don’t forget – if you’re renting a space, make sure you know the rules around wall hangings.
  • Don’t want to make a DIY backdrop? That’s fine too, you can purchase all sorts from sites like Etsy.

3. Incorporate Lighting

There’s nothing worse than a poorly lit photo. What good is a photo if you can’t make out the faces? While a camera with a flash is always an option, allowing your guests to use their own devices may result in inconsistencies. If you can’t find a location with natural light, use an inexpensive floor lamp to brighten up the area.


4. Photo Booth Props

Loosen up your guests with goofy props. Costumes, hats, masks, and the like will encourage your guests to laugh, and the resulting photos are always a lot of fun.


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5. Add a Frame

  • Frames are not only great for displaying pictures – they’re perfect for getting the great shot. Purchase a frame and remove the backing and glass to use as an easy prop.
  • You can also make your own from cardboard for an inexpensive option. Add flowers and other embellishments to make a point of difference.

6. Instantly Share Your Pics

  • Use the photo booth as a selfie station rather than a spot for more serious photos. Ditch the disposables and avoid the risk of theft! Everyone has a smartphone, and that way, no is asking for pictures after the event.
  • Make it even simpler with The Guest app. Sign up, set up your event, and invite all of your guests to download the app. Pictures and videos are uploaded automatically to the app and available to everyone.

Now you know all there is to know about creating your DIY photo booth for your special day.


Candy Bar 2019 – Hot Wedding Trends

POSTED ON September 18th  - POSTED IN Blog

One of the hottest trends for 2019 is a candy bar.

Why a Candy Bar?

Well, rather than spending hundreds of dollars on wedding favors that guests may not ever use or even like, spend that money on giving your guests a choice of things they like.

 

  • Great if children are in attendance.
  • Perfect photo opportunity for the photographer.
  • Can be used as a distraction while guests wait for the wedding party.
  • Ties together a color theme.

 

Must Do

Buy enough candy!

There’s no such thing as too much candy, only not enough. Having leftovers never hurt anybody!

Set up the candy bar

Make sure you have someone to set up the candy bar. Choose someone creative with a good eye for detail, and someone who doesn’t mind keeping an eye on it and refilling if necessary.

Label everything

Maybe it seems obvious, but some people deal with allergies and are unable to eat everything. Have clear labels on each dish to ensure your guests know what they are eating.

Provide serving utensils

Ensure you have enough dishes and tongs and scoops to serve everything. There’s nothing worse than everyone’s fingers entering the same jar!

Provide favor boxes/bags

This allows guests to take candy back to their seat and to take some home – minimizing waste and pleasing guests.

 

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Candy!

Offer your guests plenty of options. Include candies that have meaning to you and give a reason why it’s there. Maybe it’s your favorite, or perhaps it’s a childhood memory for you or your partner. Personalize it as much as you can, and your guests are more likely to remember your special day!

Choosing Dishes/Jars

Stick with a theme

  • If you’ve based your wedding on an era, try and find containers that best fit that theme. For example, if you are throwing a 1920’s themed wedding, purchase apothecary style jars to suit the theme. Shop around because jars can get expensive!
  • Perhaps you’ve chosen a color theme or a beach theme! Find dishes and candy that matches your intended idea for a beautiful setup.

 

Mix it up

Use a variety of dishes to have a mashup of colors and textures. Check out second-hand stores to find a bargain.

 

A candy bar is always a crowd-pleaser because who doesn’t love candy! Guests can pick and choose what they want to eat; they aren’t going to be stuck with anything they don’t like. This basic dessert is a three in one! It doubles as décor, and triples as favors.

 

Calgary Wedding Shows

POSTED ON September 18th  - POSTED IN Blog

The Wedding Fair

When: January 19th, 2020, from 9:30 am to 5 pm

Where: BMO Centre (Halls A, B & C), Stampede Park, Calgary

What to expect: The Wedding Fair has it all! From fashion shows to honeymoon destinations, The Wedding Fair can help you plan from start to end. This all-inclusive day is for the engaged couple to gather the information they need to make an informed decision about their upcoming nuptials. It is the time to find inspiration, sample delicious food, discover the latest trends, all while gaining advice from over 250 wedding experts. There are three available ticket options – ranging from $20 to $139 – to this ultimate planning event:


  • General Admission
  • VIP Champagne Experience
  • The Entourage Package

Tickets give all-day access but allocate a seating time for one of the fashion shows (noon or 3 pm). Give yourself at least three to four hours to visiting each exhibit, attend a fashion show, and have lunch in the Wedding Fair Lounge.


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Bridal Expo

When: September 15th, 2019, from 10 am to 5 pm

Where: BMO Centre, Stampede Park, Calgary

What to expect: Bridal Expo is Alberta’s largest fall bridal show! The day is packed full of wedding inspiration, the latest trends, and a colossal gown sale. With tickets ranging from $20 to $49, the entire day admission gives you access to over 200 exhibits and a choice of two fashion shows. The Bridal Expo event introduces you to the most influential people in the wedding industry. With two fashion shows (noon and 3 pm), prepared to be blown away as bridal salons show off their dresses in a show that aims to inspire. Arrive early to browse through the most extensive wedding gown sale in Alberta. With hundreds of gowns at reduced prices, there’s sure to be something for everyone. Bridal consultants are there to lend a hand and help you find the dress of your dreams! Wander through the Artisan Market to find one-of-a-kind pieces that will make your wedding stand out from the rest. With local artists and creators in attendance, you can enjoy food trucks and music while you browse for inspiration.


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Engaged Wedding Event

When: March 23rd, 2019, from 1 pm to 7 pm

Where: Palomino Ballroom, BMO Centre, Stampede Park, Calgary

What to expect: Engaged was established by two wedding planners who wanted to provide a space where couples could gather tips and information to suit their individual needs. The pair were encouraged to create an expo that was less overwhelming and more purposeful than ones they had frequented. Engaged guides couples through each step of wedding planning, and the layout of the expo aids in that. Vendors are in booking order, and, when you leave the room, your wedding could be entirely booked! Engaged consists of photo booths, live music, venue options, officiants, hair and makeup, stationery, transportation and more!

New Wedding Trend 2019 – Late Night Snacks

POSTED ON September 18th  - POSTED IN Blog

If you’re planning an all-night-long wedding reception and plan on boogying the night away into the wee hours of the morning, late-night snacks need to be on your planning list. The menu is arguably one of the most essential parts of a wedding, but people are often only focused on the main and dessert. These snacks will keep your wedding going all night long!

These additions don’t have to be extravagant—in fact, why not kill two birds with one stone by using them as wedding favors as well. Whether you prefer sweet or savory, these late-night snack ideas are sure to put a smile on your guests’ faces. From donuts and cookies to cheese platters and French fries, this list has something for everyone!

Beer and Waffle Chips

A substantial and satisfying combo. Mini glasses of IPA served with waffle chips. What more could a person want?

Popcorn

The best thing about serving popcorn is how easy it is to customize. Set up a popcorn station and let your guests choose how they eat this sweet and salty snack.

Chocolate

No one turns down chocolate! Get customized candies for your next event and see your guests smile. Or, set out boxes of your favourite assorted chocolates.

Pretzels

Soft pretzels served with individual packets of mustard! Say it with us, YUM!

Cheese

No one has ever complained that there is too much cheese. A cheese platter is an excellent way of satisfying guests and a fantastic way to refuel and recharge for the long night ahead.

Drink and Snack Combo

Pair a warming glass of mulled wine with ginger cookies for your fall or winter wedding. A perfect end to a perfect night!

Fries

People love French fries, there’s no doubt about it. Include an assortment of fries, sweet potato, waffle, curly fries and a collection of dipping sauces for the ultimate snack.

Desserts and More

Keep the desserts coming with an extended dessert course. Serve tartlets and shortbreads, muffins, tiramisu and more. Just watch out for that sugar crash!

Cookies

  • Oreos are always a safe bet. And what could make an Oreo even better? Chocolate dip.
  • Macarons are one of the most visually stunning treats around and make for amazing photos for Instagram. Pick your favorite flavor and match your color palette, and you’re ready to go.
  • Frosted cookies can double as a wedding favour and a perfect late-night snack. Cookies are a great option as they can be customized to suit the couple and can be used as a thank you note to guests.

Nuts

For the more health-conscious people of the world who want to avoid sugar and grease, nuts are a good option. Individual packets of nuts are a great favor for those who like a little extra salt.

 

Class of 2019 Graduation Party Ideas

POSTED ON June 5th  - POSTED IN Blog

Graduation party catering is the first thing that comes to mind as high school comes to a close. High school graduation is more than a ceremonial walk on stage, it’s a once in a lifetime event that ought to be celebrated, as a parent who wants to give his child a memorable graduation ceremony, this article will help you with useful ideas for an amazing high school graduation party.

First Step: Asking Around

It’s your child’s celebration, so his opinion matters a lot. Ask your child how he wants to celebrate the event. Do they want a small gathering? Or do they want a big party? Who do they want in attendance, perhaps close families and friends, or they want to include neighbors, classmates, and the entire extended family? Don’t forget about the graduation party catering, the celebrant opinion is also needed on what should be served.

Second Step: invitation and Announcement

The invitation is to get the ball rolling; they are lots of ways to invite guests; it could be via social media or invitation cards.

Step Three: Organizing

For a large party:

This step depends on your flexibility, budget, and size of guest.

An outdoor venue is an excellent choice for a large audience. Options range from your backyard to rented spaces and parks. Hiring professionals to handle the graduation party catering will make things easy, Alpine Catering is a good example.

To further reduce the stress, you can make it a joint party shared with a few other graduates.

If graduation is in May, it will be great to hold the party over Memorial Day weekend. If it is close to father’s day celebration, you can combine the graduation party with father’s day celebration.

Another option is to split the party into two, the first should come as a low key gathering on the graduation weekend, while the second will be a going away party later in the summer, it would be more eventful and colorful that way.

An open house party is also a great idea; it should be like a regular cake, snacks, and drinks party on the graduation weekend.

For a small party:

If your child prefers a small gathering, then only a home cooked meals featuring their favorite delicacy would do, you could invite some members of the extended family. And you could take them out for a private dinner.

Finally, you could leave the entire celebration for later in the summer, then organize a small trip to celebrate the graduation.

The Event

You can hire a professional catering service, it might seem like extravagant spending, but it is worth it. Professional planners would be a lifesaver if you have a large guest. With the help of professionals, you will not have to worry about preparation, cooking, and cleanup.

Once the graduation party catering have been taken care of, a server will help get everything set and clean up after the party is over.

Graduation party catering is stressful, don’t get stressed out, call us and let us help you make the planning part easier.

2019 Guide To Season End Team Parties

POSTED ON June 5th  - POSTED IN Blog

Season wrap-up party catering is tricky as it involves guest of many generations, (both kids and parents). This party is usually hosted at the end of the season and is set aside to celebrate your athletes, their hard work and achievements throughout the season. Planning this party is stressful, complicated, and consumes time. This article contains tips that will help ease the stress.

Involve other activities

Your party should involve other activities that encourage teamwork. You can choose activities like; dress up the relay, parents vs. Kids, Yankee gift swap, design your escape, fantastic fan contest, beach ball, volleyball, hula hoop soccer, obstacles course challenge races, sports-themed scavenger hunt, sports trivia, pin the football on the goal, wacky knockout. These fun games aim at boosting your athlete’s skills outside the field or court and to help them blow off steam.

Location

Every event or party needs a perfect location. Using parents house or restaurants could get boring. Think outside the box and make this Season wrap-up party an eventful one.

Outdoor locations are great; you could host a cookout since you’ll be hosting children who love to run around. Trampoline park is another cool location, they offer party rooms that you could rent.

You could use a parking lot or the field where your team practice. From any of the outdoor options, you can set up tables for food and still have enough space for outdoor games. If you feel an indoor event is a better option, then go for community centers, gymnasiums, YMCA, training centers or large bowling alleys.

Food

Season wrap-up party catering is better handled by professionals because you will be hosting many guests; parents, and siblings would be tagged along. So there has to be enough food for everybody.

You can start by taking note of the children’s favorite food. It would be cool if the food match with the teams color, the team’s color can be used as a guide, colored dips and colorful veggie will be useful. Ice cream bars and other desserts should also be on the menu. A celebratory cake would also add color to the event.

The Coach

The coach certainly played a vital role in making the season successful, his efforts should also be acknowledged, gifting him either a Coaching wisdom book,  customized T-shirts, video camera, certificate, an award or a customized Jersey is a good idea.

Appreciation

You can seize this opportunity to reward hard-working athletes and the coach. Your sponsors shouldn’t be left out.

Parents and volunteers should also be acknowledged; you can verbally appreciate their efforts and support for their kids (helping then get to practice and for providing financial support).

Conclusion

You don’t have to go through the stress of planning a Season wrap-up party catering, Alpine Catering is a professional company that will help, visit alpinecatering.ca for more information.

June 2019 Wedding Catering Trends

POSTED ON June 5th  - POSTED IN Blog

Wedding catering is the part of planning a wedding that keeps us on our toes, are you finding it challenging to decide your wedding’s menu? You have nothing to worry about; this article will help with useful tips on delicious 2019 food trends. It will cover a wide range of options, from fermented foods to grains bowls and food trucks.

Fermented Foods

Fermented foods have wide options for you to choose from, consider including a few fermented foods to spice up your wedding menu.  I will suggest you try out sauerkraut, kimchi, pickles, and tempeh. Yogurts and kombucha cocktails are other great options.

Balanced Menu

Wedding catering should include every guest, so when serving meals at your wedding, when planning your wedding catering you have to make efforts to please everyone, the vegetarians inclusive. Tofu and tempeh are great, but you can also step up by adding lentus, chickpeas, and quinoa. With these in your menu your omnivore guest won’t feel the absence of meat, so it is a win-win for everybody. With a great meal everyone would be fit for the dancing and drinking that follows.

Cute Minis

During cocktail hours, you can surprise your guests with an itty bitty slider instead of the traditional canapés. Since it’s your day, your opinion also matters, a few of your favorite mains should be added to the menu. If you love ramen, a soup shot will be nice. If you love tacos, your caterer could add tiny sized tacos into your menu, mini burgers and pizza are not left out. Any of your favorites could be made miniature.

Creating fun

Another food trend you should try out for your wedding is to create a little fun during dinner. You can start by having your caterer on site, or add a sushi or noodles station so your guests can have fun selecting ingredients for their meals. DIY can be fun, and will make your dinner more lively – your guests will have freedom to pick something they love.

Grain Bowls

If you’ve visited Chipotle, you can testify how awesome grain bowl taste; gradually, it has become popular in 2019 wedding catering menu. Grains and salad bowls are a great substitution for the traditional mains. You can spice up your wedding by making it DIY, varieties like veggies, meats, grains, and sauces could be arraigned on the table. Your guest will have fun making their choice.

Food Trucks

A food truck is not an entirely new trend, but it still feels new as couples still love food trucks in 2019. If you choose fast food style as the main course, you can always turn to trucks. There’s always a  food truck that suits every meal on your menu, so however your menu looks like, there’s a food truck for it.

Late Night Snacks

Most weddings provide late night snacks for their guest, what do you plan on serving? Serving pizza and burgers will be boring, why don’t you take things to the next level, give them whatever they would have ordered on a regular night out, from dinner classics to Korean street food and Chinese takeout.

You want a menu that is exciting? We can help 🙂

5 Steps to Planning the Best Stampede Party in 2019

POSTED ON June 5th  - POSTED IN Blog

Stampede party catering is a serious business if you intend hosting a stampede party. It’s almost July, that time of the year when “the greatest show on Earth” is going to take place; this is an opportunity for you to host family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and employees. Calgary Stampede is filled with fun and a series of events to enjoy with your family and friends.This eventful festival is exactly what your employees need to take a break from stress and build their morale, the get-together will also help build team spirit.

History

The tradition is a 100 years old festival; the Calgary Stampede is a combination of rodeo exhibition and festival, held annually in July across Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The Calgary Stampede prides itself as the greatest show on Earth, boasting of over 1 million in attendance.

The event can be traced as far back as 133 years when a fair was hosted by the Calgary and District Agricultural Society. Years later, around 1912, Guy Weadick organized a rodeo and festival known as the Stampede. Seven years later,  Weadick hosted another festival “Victory Stampede” to honor soldiers who survived World War I. Eventually Weadick’s festival was merged with Calgary Industrial Exhibition to form the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede, from 1923, it became an annual festival.

How To Plan an Awesome Stampede Party

1. You will be hosting people, so it is important you know your guests in advance. The first thing to do is create a guest list; then send invites to everybody on the list.

2. Next is to ensure you and your guests have tickets to the events you’ll be attending.

3. Every party has a theme, your Stampede party shouldn’t be an exception, you need a theme, and you need to stick to it all through your planning. Having a theme will avoid confusion since the theme guides every aspect of planning; the food, music, and other entertainment.

4. You need a venue, since its an outdoor event, there are many options to choose from. You can hire a tent, or come along with picnic mats.

5. Planning the menu for a Stampede party is stressful, there’s no reason to go through this stress when you can hire a caterer, and they will take the load off from your shoulder.  

Alpinecatering offers a package that helps you with everything needed for the stampede party catering; from getting the food ready to setting up the venue. We work hand-in-hand with you to create a perfect menu putting your theme into consideration.

Some of the services Alpinecatering  offers include:

  • Delivery service
  • Provision of all service ware
  • Provision of all tableware
  • BBQ installation
  • Wait staff
  • Clear the venue after the event.

Conclusion

Calgary Stampede is a celebration, and you deserve to have fun without stressing about planning the stampede party catering. Let Alpinecatering reduce the burden and give you a party to remember. Thanks to our decades of experience, we can give you an eventful party and a week of fun.

Alpinecatering will handle the entire stampede party catering by supplying breakfast, lunch, dinner, tents, tables, chairs, griddles, and many more. Call us today to get started.

How to throw a bang-up stampede party

POSTED ON June 22nd  - POSTED IN Blog

Planning a stampede party? Then you best pony up and make sure it’s a jamboree your clients, staff and other guests will enjoy. More and more businesses are tapping into the stampede spirit to give employees a well-deserved break or impress important clients. Here are the five elements that will ensure your shindig is festive, fun and entirely on theme.

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