Monday, December 22, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
This snowy day has me jonesing for a bit of delicious, sugary sunshine. My remedy? Freshly- squeezed citrus inspiration from TheKnot.com's Real Weddings Gallery. From Meyer Lemon centerpieces to pineapple cake filling to margarita & caprihiana bars, yellow is the hottest hue in weddings according to The Knot editors. Hope these inspiring images brighten your day!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
- Croquembouche Christmas Trees: Hand-made meringue and the traditional profiterole spun with caramel & sugar (see photo), this customary French Wedding Cake doubled as snowtipped trees on our display.
- Individual Fondue: Guests were served gourmet hot dark and white chocolate sauces in their own ramekins, and selected fruits, pretzels, marshmellows, pound cake, and brownies in a gift-box display (brilliant idea from the chefs at Thomas Preti that wowed guests ... and curbed double dipping).
- Chocolate Pudding Shots: Even Jello chocolate pudding can be dressed up by serving it in shot glasses! Top with fresh whip cream (cool whip will do in a hurry!) and top with a dust of cinnamon.
- White Chocolate Raspberry Trifle: Serve your own spin on this layered dessert with vanilla pudding, raspberry sauce and chocolate cookie crumble in martini glasses!
** A big dose of delicious gratitude to Jessica, Jen and the amazing crew from Thomas Preti for their fabulous, fresh ideas...and top notch service.
Check back soon. More photos to come!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Recipes get an A+.
A few tips:
* Butternut & Granny Smith Apple Soup: easy, easy, easy to make...but requires a lot of chopping. So make sure you've got a really good knife. And try to buy the butternut squash pre-cut. Make sure the package says 3 lbs. I bought 1.87 pounds and had to cut up another one at the last minute (only used 1/2 of another one). Sprinkle nutmeg as a garnish.
* Broccoli with bread crumble: I used Progresso Italian breadcrumbs instead of the white breadcrumbs...works just as well, extra tasty. Save the leftover breadcrumbs in the fridge (remember, you used butter!) and make turkey cutlets the weekend after T-giving.
* Turkey with Sage Butter: INSANE! Absolutely delicious.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Just finished whipping up a fabulous (and easy...ok, after all the chopping...easy) Butternut Squash & Granny Smith Apple Soup and geesh! now I know why soups win challenges on Bravo's Top Chef.
- Sage Butter Oven Roasted Chicken with Cornbread & Caramelized Onion Stuffing (a la Tyler Florence)
- Cream of Butternut Squash and Apple Soup (williams-sonoma.com)
- Broccoli with a Crunchy Crumb Topping
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Browsing Etsy, I came upon these super cute, super chic cootie catcher placecards. I mean, how ridiculously cute -- and they're ideal for weddings and bridal showers.
The creator will actually personalize each placecard with questions about you and your fiancé -- so your guests get to know more about you two as a couple while they find their seat and mingle. There's space on the outer corners for your guest's name and/or table number. For an extra fee, she'll even work from your guest list to print your guests' names directly onto the Cootie Catchers. Several colors and types of quality paper readily available. They ship to you *flat* with instructions for folding. They'll fold them for you at an additional cost.
First 25 = $25 (1 each); each additional up to 100 (add $.65/each), each additional over 100 (add $.50/each).
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Allow your guests to become mixologists for the evening: stock the bar with liqueurs like St-Germain Elderflower (my new favorite), Pama Pomengranate, Chambord (old stand-by), Cointreau, Grand Marnier, Triple Sec, Pellini Peachello...go to town! You can even offer up fruit purees like cherry and blood orange. Make sure to have garnishes on hand: raspberries, rose petals, and sugared rims.
PS: For tarte liqueurs, like Pama, simply drop a sugar cube into the base of the flute before pouring the champagne.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
And finally, dessert--simply, would not be complete without Baked NYC's Caramel Apple cake. I'll be making my way down to Red Hook for this modern spin on apples & classic autumn spices, then layered & topped with a sweet caramel buttercream. It's delicious--and it matches!
Monday, October 27, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
From mini sliders and hand-cut fries to truffle-infused mac 'n cheese, childhood favorites have become a staple at cocktail receptions.
Recently, I've seen some new innovations. Here is some food for thought!
* Tomato Soup Shots with grilled cheese garnish
* Katz's-style Kosher Franks served with Dr. Brown's Black Cherry, Cream & Celery Sodas
* Fondue Stations at cocktail hour & during dessert
* Mini Junior's Cheesecakes (a new spin on the cupcake tower)
(photo: Dave Robbins)
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Who says white is old-fashioned?! We chose the Hudson Hotel Rooftop for a garden setting in the center of the City.www.artfool.com).
White-blossomed branches arched over the ceremony on the terrace,
Frosty white fondant iced the chocolate cake with white chocolate filling by Cheryl Kleinman (Brooklyn, NY; 718-237-2271).
Photography by Sarah Sloboda (www.sarahsloboda.com).
in Annmarie & Brian's pre-ceremony shoot in New York City's Meatpacking District. These wonderful shots were captured by Dave Robbins (http://www.daverobbinsphotography.com/).
Just a preview of the Altman Building wedding from May 2008. More images to come!
We transformed the exclusive Altman Building (http://www.altmanbldg.com/) space from a blank canvas to a dramatic crescendo of color from ceremony in champagne light to cocktail hour in stark white to reception in a deep purple haze with lucite and ice accents throughout.
Truly a platinum event made possible by the talented team of Belle Fleur (http://www.bellefleurny.com/), Bentley Meeker Lighting (http://www.bentleymeeker.com/), Draping by Gio Events, Thomas Preti Caterers (http://www.thomaspreti.com/), Okamoto Studios (www.okamotostudionyc.com), Classic Party Rentals, The Dean Scala Band, Elan Artists (http://www.elanartists.com/), and photography by Dave Robbins (http://www.daverobbinsphotography.com/) -- who captured these beautiful images above.
At Chandelier, we approach each event and every event like a stage production. For our clients, we work to create their debut--and of course, a rockin' afterparty -- with a unique blend of creativity, event planning intelligence and a decade of professional stage production experience.