SUMMER BEVERAGES

SUMMER 2018 BEVERAGES:

SUMMER OF THE FIZZ, SPRITZ & SOUR!

 

Summer 2018 has been a hot one! How are you staying cool?

For as long as I can remember, every year has had a signature drink. From new release coolers, to last years big push on rosé season, to the explosion of craft beers to this years focus on the aperitif.

"An aperitif is an alcoholic drink taken before a meal to stimulate ones appetite."

We do this on the regular without even realizing it!  When we have guests in our home, it is a completely natural hosting move at a dinner party or any celebration, to offer a pre-dinner cocktail or spirit. Or as you now know, an aperitif.

If you have offered your guests any one of the following, you are already on trend!

*Martini- gin or vodka

*Dry red wine

*Dry sherry or brandy

*Whiskey

*Vermouth

 Photo credit: The Alchemist Magazine BC

Photo credit: The Alchemist Magazine BC

WHICH ARE YOU? FIZZ, SPRITZ OR SOUR?

If you enjoy a great cocktail as much as we do, then you probably find yourself on the hunt for the next best!

We compiled a list of what we think are 2018's winning drink trends!  The good news for you is that KW is constantly growing and expanding! We are home to so many great restaurants with experienced bartenders and mixologists that are able to mix, create and put their own personal spin on an already simple classic. Hopefully you will get a chance to try at least one of these delicious concoctions before summer's end.

1. THE SPRITZ

This new found twist on an old favourite is all the rage!  This cocktail is a traditional take on an Italian soda which came to life in the 1950's. Using white wine and soda, Aperol was added to give the drink a more adult take on an already refreshing afternoon beverage.  If you prefer your drink to be more bitter, try using Campari!

*4 1/4 ounces Brut Prosecco

*2 1/2 ounces Aperol or Campari

*3/4 ounce Club Soda

*serve over ice and garnish with a lime

 Photo Credit: 30Seconds

Photo Credit: 30Seconds

2. BOTANICAL FLAVORED SPIRITS

Gin is probably the most well known spirit in this category for this summer. It's light, refreshing and on the hottest of days, that slight hint of lemon or cucumber in a gin based cocktail is sure to satisfy and quench your thirst!

Gin is created and famous for using botanicals. Gin is made with  juniper, a small, round and very bitter berry ( the pine smell and taste).  The next step in the process is to be as creative as he/she wants by experimenting with different herbs and plants. The most common botanicals that are used to enhance gin are: coriander, citrus such as lemon and oranges, cassia bark, licorice, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, lavender, cucumber, orris root, angelica and so many more.

So whether you are wanting herbal, spicy, citrus or floral, you can find the gin to satisfy your taste buds. Try one of these botanical gins below this summer, mix with tonic and let us know what you think!

Gin Mare- a gin comprised of olives, thyme, rosemary and citrus.

Bloom London Dry Gin- contains pomelo and honeysuckle

 Photo Credit: cafe.thisisinstitution.co.uk

Photo Credit: cafe.thisisinstitution.co.uk

3. THE FIZZ

I remember my first fizz. I remember watching it being made, and I remember how it tasted. Throughout my early twenties, drinking spirits with juice was so typical and easy! It required not much though and was inexpensive! As I grew up, so did my taste buds! Now, enjoying a hand crafted vodka fizz (or gin fizz for most of you), I can fully appreciate the creativity and love that goes into crafting a drink! The fizz is refreshing and a perfect choice for summer. Try it at home!

*2 oz. Gin/Vodka/Whiskey/Bourbon

*a splash of fresh lime or lemon juice

*25 oz. simple syrup or a teaspoon of sugar

*3 oz. club soda

*egg white ( optional)

*lime wedge or cherry for garnish

For a complete gin fizz recipe click HERE.

 Photo Credit: thedrinkkings.com

Photo Credit: thedrinkkings.com

4. THE SOUR

What makes a drink sour? A sour is traditionally the spirit of choice and a lime mix built on ice garnished with an orange slice or maraschino cherry. Over time, more and more sours have appeared in different forms. From gin sours to whiskey sours, from amaretto sours to brandy or Midori sours, the sour is becoming more and more popular.  In some cases, egg whites are being included into the mix.  The cocktail is created, then it is shaken and served either straight or over ice. This is one of my favourite summer beverages. I was never a whiskey drinker but these days I can enjoy a properly made bourbon sour.

Want a super simple recipe for a bourbon sour? Carolina got behind the camera and made one to show you guys at home! Check out our exclusive video HERE!

 

 Photo Credit: thecocktailproject.com

Photo Credit: thecocktailproject.com

NOT JUST COCKTAILS...

From sour cocktails to sour beers, more and more breweries are taking on this method of brewing. A sour beer is generally quite tart in taste. Allowing yeast or bacteria intentionally into the mix or by adding fruit directly into the fermentation process, the beer begins to achieve that standard of being a sour.

Try one! There are so many outstanding options right here in our city alone. Block 3's Fickle Mistress, Side Launch Brewing Dry Hopped Sour, Bench Brewing Citra Grove Dry Hopped Sour, or Collective Arts "Mash up the Jam" are all favourites and I would recommend each of these products if you were looking to expand your pallet!

 Photo Credit: Knoxnews.com

Photo Credit: Knoxnews.com

Have we left you feeling thirsty?

If we have... GOOD! Whether you want to get out and explore a new restaurant or try a new drink this summer, we hope we have left you with some new ideas and new cravings!

Cheers!

Rogers Daytime Kitchener

SUMMER ENTERTAINING WITH ROGERS DAYTIME KITCHENER!

 

On Tuesday June 5th, we packed up the car and headed to Rogers Daytime in Kitchener to film two segments on summer entertaining.

Thank you again Charise at Thatch & Fringe for the most amazing, camera ready blow out! We love that we can count on you and your hair expertise to kick off our day of filming!

summer entertaining/rogers kitchener

We filmed with and were interviewed by Natasha McKenty, the In Studio host. Natasha is always so hospitable, so awesome and made us feel right at home!  

Rogers Daytime Kitchner

 

1st Segment: DECORATE with Fruit!

In the first segment, we show you how to take various vases and fill them with fresh, locally sourced fruit. We demonstrate how to make a simple vase full and eye catching by making it the center of attention by cutting lemons in half or by filling the vase with whole limes or different unique fruits. We also show you how to carve various fruits such as watermelons into vases themselves.

We were so lucky to have Raymond's Flower Shop in Waterloo provide us with some of their gorgeous stems to be shown with the fruit. The bright and bold shades and textures of the fruit made the white floral choices so elegant and stand out beautifully. Alex Di Roberto supplied us with the fruit for the taping. His fruits and vegetables can be found at the Kitchener Market every Saturday morning on the lower level.  Not only did the fruit look so vibrant, but we had fun showing Natasha (and all of you at home watching) how to take an everyday, easy to access, simple item and creating something so beautiful out of it!

Check out some of the fun images we captured of Carolina and Natasha during filming!

2nd Segment: Hungry? Thirsty?

In the second segment, we used ideas from our Blog; Summer Entertaining: Food & Drink and showed off a few of our summer favourites! We had fun eats on set such as delicious summer skewers and pitchers of refreshing infused water.  Carolina showed off her bar-tending skills and created a few easy summer cocktails. She mixed up a delicious traditional margarita and then showed us how to add additional items, such as jalapenos and blackberries, to change up or intensify the flavour of your drink.

We displayed a stunning white place setting provided by ABC Party Time Rentals in our segment also.  We show you how to create an elegant look for a wedding, brunch or dinner party by simply adding a piece of fruit. Any fruit will do as the colours are so rich and can transform any unique vision into a decor dream.

 

ABC Party Time Rentals

We had a blast filming with Rogers Daytime Kitchener- Thank you so much for having us! 

We hope you were able to catch it live! Hopefully we inspired you with an idea or two that you can use at your next summer event!

Thank you to all of our sponsors! Raymond's Flower Shop, Alex Di Roberto Fruits and Vegetables and ABC Party Time Rentals! This wouldn't have been possible without your much appreciated generosity.

Make sure to visit our blogs! We are constantly researching and coming up with fun and creative ways to keep you one step ahead for any event! We can help make it happen!

Cheers!

 

Have any other fun entertaining ideas for us? Share them in the comments below! We would love to hear them!

SUMMER ENTERTAINING: FOOD & BEVERAGE

SUMMER ENTERTAINING 2018

Fun In Every Bite/Sip!

Summer is here and you don't want to miss out! Dig out your outdoor furniture, spruce up the backyard and start planning your next dinner party! I love my outdoor space! Many of us find peace and solitude sitting on the back deck, with a drink in hand, listening to cool vibes from a summer playlist, reading a good book or just enjoying the time with family or a good friend. Summer is ready for you, are you ready for it?

Entertaining can be super satisfying to some, and completely nerve wracking for others. We are going to attempt to take some of the heat off your shoulders and make it so that all you'll want to do this summer is host and entertain!

RELAXING WHEN YOU'RE ENTERTAINING


The simplest way to get into the right head space when you're having people in your space is to realize that:

  1. They are here for you!
  2. They enjoy food and drink as much as you do and
  3. No they are not looking under the couch to see if you have vacuumed this week or not!

Food and drink is the common ground between host and guests, because everyone eats and drinks! If they came, they want to see what you came up with, so that they can plan their next dinner party accordingly! A friendly competition of showcasing cuisine talents is OK and recommended! Bring your appetite and be prepared to eat!
 

 Photo Credit: Davin Interiors

Photo Credit: Davin Interiors

FUN SUMMER APPETIZERS

Summer is bright, energetic, colourful and hot! With the summer heat, anyone attending will definitely come with an appetite, but do you really want to serve your guests a big pot of piping hot spaghetti? You'll be slaving away at the stove all day, adding to the humidity- which is not good for anyone's hydro or your hair for that matter! Keep it light and refreshing! Make smaller canapés  that are flavourful and memorable! Hors d'oeuvres are trendy, easy to prepare and easy to replenish. Most of these pint size bites do not require major preparation. Make them that day, a few hours before or as you go, to keep the flavours as fresh as possible!

SKEWER IT!

I've seen a million ways to prepare a skewer. The funny thing is that the skewer originally started as a way to char meat and vegetables over a flame. Since then, it has taken on a whole new level of deliciousness!

Try our suggestions below at your next party. These ideas are fun, cost effective- easy, DELICIOUS and guaranteed to be a dinner party hit!
 

Prosciutto and Melon Skewers: Prosciutto, basil, cantaloupe or honeydew, balsamic vinegar and bocconcini cheese

Italian Antipasto Skewers: olives- salami- cheese or mozzarella balls- artichoke- basil- roasted pepper and chilled or warm tortellini.  Or try it with prosciutto, sun-dried tomato, basil and mozzarella or bocconcini cheese

Cuban Sandwich Bites: ham, cheese cubes, and pickle slices

Smoked salmon and Cream Cheese Cucumber: cucumber, cream cheese, salmon and fresh dill

Rosemary, Pineapple and Mozzarella: pineapple lightly charred on the BBQ, cheese cubes and a fresh sprig of rosemary

Feta and Watermelon: (cucumber optional), feta cube, basil, watermelon and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar

Prosciutto, Mozzarella and Fig: fresh figs, mozzarella, balsamic vinegar and prosciutto

BLT: keep it bun free! Iceberg lettuce, bacon, tomato, drizzle with blue cheese dressing and blue cheese crumble or have dressing optional and have it available for the skewer to be dipped into.

* skew them with bamboo skewers, tooth pics, herbs (or get creative) and place gently on a serving platter. Pass them around or lay them out, out direct heat, of course!
 

LET'S DRINK!

In order to maintain a clean palate from all of these delectable bites, you may want to offer an awesome summer drink! Whether its a traditional alcoholic favourite or a non alcoholic with a classy twist, remember, it's all about presentation! One good way to stay hydrated and to make sure that your guests are constantly being served without you having to service them, is to create a station for self service drinks.

INFUSED WATER

By filling a large basin with ice and leaving various pitchers or carafes for guests with fruit/herb infused waters out, you can cut your work in half! These displays are easy to set up, visually appealing, simple to prepare (you can do it the night before, so that the fruit and flavours fuse nicely into the water) and quite refreshing to the taste! Here are some winning combinations:

Orange, lime, lemon, mint and grape

Strawberry, watermelon and mint

Watermelon, cucumber and mint

Lemon, cucumber and mint

Mango, lime and basil

*Remember! There is no right or wrong way to create fruit infused water! Get creative! Try different fruits and flavours and come out with a summer smash

 Photo Credit: Wiring Library

Photo Credit: Wiring Library

THE SUMMER COCKTAIL BAR

Mix and Match garden cocktail bars are also really in right now! It gives your guests plenty of option, requires a bit more work on your end in regards to presentation and setup; but the result is fabulous! It encourages your guests to get creative, to be social and interactive with others and they are encouraged to be mixologists, even if just for the evening!

Here's how you do it:

  1. Have a variety of juices available (grapefruit, orange, lemonade)
  2. Brew several simple syrup base and put it in a carafe or pitcher.  Add one herb to each base.  We suggest lavender, sage, mint, or cilantro. Allow this mixture to sit over night.
  3. Put out your spirits of choice! Gin, tequila,rum or vodka are perfect as they are clear, or soda water for a non alcoholic approach. 
  4. Select, pour, create and mix! Voila!

I've attached an image and a DIRECT LINK here to this brilliant, fun and somewhat healthy approach to a summer beverage!

 Photo Credit: Sugar & Charm

Photo Credit: Sugar & Charm

MIX IT UP, JUST A LITTLE

A variation on the traditional is always a game changer too! Take the traditional margarita for example: Tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, fill with ice, shake, rim with salt. (not in that order) now take the Paloma for instance: tequila, grapefruit juice, sugar, lime juice and topped off with club soda. These classic cocktails are a perfect summer beverage for a hot night out back, but why not mix it up! Take that basic margarita and add a hint of jalapeno to it! You've got yourself an entirely new drink!

Visit The Margarita Mum for innovative recipes on your classic favorites. She will not disappoint!

 

However you decide to entertain this summer, we hope we get an invite!

Cheers to summer 2018!

 

The Event Firm & CTV Kitchener

CTV Hosted The Event Firm & We Want to Share Our Fun With You!

 

On Monday April 30th we took our expertise and creativity to CTV Kitchener and filmed two segments for Quick Fix at Five with Rosie Del Campo! We always love filming with CTV and with Rosie! Thanks so much again for having us!

We started off our morning in St. Jacob's at a new Aveda salon called Thatch & Fringe.

Charise Bauman the owner/master stylist gave Carolina a gorgeous and professional blow out which made her camera ready!
 

 L-R: Carolina Soares, Charise Bauman & Jill Reitzel

L-R: Carolina Soares, Charise Bauman & Jill Reitzel

At the studio we got right into it and quickly set up shop. Weeks of research and preparation goes into these short segments so everything has to be camera perfect especially when your filming back to back. The crew is always so helpful!

mother's day ctv segment

For our first segment, we filmed a Mother's Day feature. In this segment Carolina showcased gorgeous flowers from Raymond's Flower Shop (Waterloo) and beautifully designed specialty cookies from Sweet Pea Cookies (Waterloo).  We show you how to make mom feel like the queen that she is!  We compiled simple enough ideas that dad and the kids can do to make mom feel extra special this Mother's Day!

Please see the link HERE that will take you to the complete Mother's Day blog for full reference on DIY ideas and recipes.

Make Sunday May 13th all about mom! Pamper, spoil, enjoy, remember. However you decide to spend your time with mom, make it count! The memories that you create with mom are priceless and we're just happy that you allowed us to help you in your creative process!

royal wedding ctv segment

For our second segment, we filmed a how to throw an ultimate tea party for the Royal Wedding! The Royal wedding is just days away and if you are as excited as we are for  it then you don't want to miss this segment!

We were so incredibly fortunate to have Hillary from Cakes on Top (Elora) make so many of her delicious mini desserts. Having cupcakes, tarts, cake, cookies and macaroons on dessert tiers with fresh fruit and florals really add a delightful punch of colour to your party! Vintage and collectable china or silverware bring your party to that standard of elegance and high class that will for sure impress your guests.  We show you how to make traditional tea sandwiches and turn them into little pieces of art using cookie cutters! 

Please click the link HERE to view our feature blog on the Royal Wedding and for more fun ways to celebrate the Royal Couple!

If you missed the Mother's Day segment that aired on May 9th please visit the link HERE to view it! If you were unable to catch the Royal Wedding segment on May 16 and there was something memorable that caught your eye please click the link HERE.
 

Please remember to visit our social media accounts to stay updated on new blog releases, CTV air dates and other fun DIY references. We always try to make your event a little more unique and we hope you like having us!
 

Thank you again so much to Hillary at Cakes on Top, Zuzana at Raymond's Flower Shop and Rachel at Sweet Pea Cookies! We had so much fun working with all of you and can't wait for our next opportunity to be able to show our community just how talented each of you are!

Cheers!

 

 

HIGH TEA FOR THE ROYAL WEDDING

The Royal Wedding 2018

Let the Countdown Begin!
 

Many of you, like myself, may have a secret desire to be royalty. It's every little girl's (boy's) dream to one day grow up to be or to marry a prince or (princess). As children we grow up watching Disney movies where the princess lives in a far-away land, resides in an enchanted castle, and one day stumbles upon her (his) true love; her prince charming. Its undeniable. Disney, and even more relate-able, the Royal Family has instilled this fairy tale dream in all of us.
 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will wed on Saturday May 19th at 12pm in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. Having a wedding on a Saturday goes against tradition within the Royal families customs. However, this will benefit all of us watching the event of the year from the comfort of our own home. The live broadcast will air at 7am Saturday morning here in Canada, which means; why not celebrate their nuptials by making a night or a morning out of it!
 

 Photo Credit: express.co.uk

Photo Credit: express.co.uk

We are so excited to cheers the fabulous couple along with the rest of the world, so we have compiled some fun ways for you and your friends to celebrate the Royal festivities.

 

EAT LIKE A KING/QUEEN!


Since the wedding will be starting as most of us will just be waking up, stay in your jammies and create an elaborate British breakfast for you and your guests!

The British are the geniuses behind high tea, and that's exactly how we see your party panning out.  Put out a spread fit for a King/Queen and make your guests who couldn't be there red with envy!

 Photo Credit: Dex-t

Photo Credit: Dex-t

Crumpets, jellies, jams, back bacon, fried tomatoes, scrambled or poached eggs, bangers (sausage) and scones are a must for a true British Breakfast.

See HERE for a complete recipe on how to make a scone,and HERE to learn how to properly eat a scone.

Clotted cream is also a way to impress your guests. Clotted cream is an elegant, spreadable cream which is a very important component of high tea. It is a thick, slightly sweet and with the same density as unsalted butter or cream cheese. It is the cherry on top for a piping hot scone and a delicious cup of Early Grey.

Try out this RECIPE for clotted cream by Curious Cuisiniere
 

 Photo Credit: taste.com.au

Photo Credit: taste.com.au

High Tea is a luxurious spread that the Brits take great pride in. Wow your guests with a decadent sweets display with fine pastries, macaroons and tea sandwiches. Tea sandwiches are easy to make and require no time at all. Egg salad, ham & cheese and the ever classic cucumber with cream cheese and dill. These sandwiches are dainty and light enough to keep you full until your next big meal. Use cookie cutters of any shape and size to beautify a simple tea sandwich.

 Photo Credit: Cherry Tea Cakes

Photo Credit: Cherry Tea Cakes

NEVER TOO EARLY FOR A BEVIE OR TWO...

 

A toast is in order! Celebrating love is something we can get on board with! It may be an early start but it's also a Saturday which means you have the entire next day to catch up on sleep and be in tip top shape for Monday morning! Breakfast beverages are classy and are a sure way to impress your guests. Mimosas, Bellini's, Caesars, Sangria's, mint-fruit infused waters are delicious and look pretty too! Tea is a given and with so many varieties; set up a tea bar- don't forget about grandmas' good china!

For a simple- classic mimosa recipe visit HERE

 Photo Credit: Main and Vine

Photo Credit: Main and Vine

ITS ALL IN THE DETAILS

 

High Tea is pretty and pretty fabulous. It has this feeling of high class and elegance that can be easily translated into your own home.  Lace is beautiful and timeless.  Whether you have a lace overlay or a table cloth that was passed down to you its been kept in storage all these years-  now is the time! Doilies- any dollar store and party store supplies doilies of various colours and sizes. They are simple enough to be used in place settings, as coasters, or to wrap your cutlery in them. Pearls and florals are a beautiful way to pull in your decor and displaying good China are always a winning factor. Tea cups and tea pots- to use or to fill with florals are a gorgeous way to create a beautiful space.

If you are having a formal meal- try this LINK for a step by step guide that teaches you how to fold your napkins into a rose.
 

 Photo Credit: weddbook.com

Photo Credit: weddbook.com

WATCH THE WEDDING IN STYLE!

 

Now that you have food and decor taken care of, lets focus on what you will be wearing and what you would like your guests to arrive in! This may not be a black tie affair or is it? It's a theme viewing party so anything from comfies to full blown costumes are OK! Wear your Sunday best; spring dresses, long or short and lace gloves. Still have a few old bridesmaid dresses tucked away? This is the perfect opportunity to wear them again! Have a contest to see who has the best or the ugliest dress for that matter! Fascinators, tiaras and big colourful hats with feathers, flowers and bows are definite for this occasion. The bigger the better! Or do a Spice Girls theme party! Nothing says true Brit like dressing up as Sporty Spice or Posh Spice!

 Photo Credit: bridesmagazine.co.uk

Photo Credit: bridesmagazine.co.uk

Whatever you decide to do, or how you decide to celebrate- share your images with us! We want to see! Post your images and tag @theeventfirm on Instagram/Facebook or Twitter! 

Cheerio!

GALT SOCIAL 2018

GALT COUNTRY CLUB & THE EVENT FIRM PRESENT: GALT SOCIAL- SEASON OPENER 2018!

 

Golf season is here! On Saturday May 5th, we kicked off the season with the Spring Open event at Galt Country Club. The clouds may have threatened once or twice but they passed and we got incredibly lucky with spectacular weather! What an incredible night for all that attended!

 The Event Firm Team clockwise from top left: Carolina, Troy, Jill & Kyle

The Event Firm Team clockwise from top left: Carolina, Troy, Jill & Kyle

No one left hungry that was for sure! There were 21 food and drink vendors that could be found around the club. Everything was laid out so perfectly and I know our guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves.  Thank you to all of our beverage vendors that took the time to be a part of this awesome event with us!

Thank you to: Mill Street Bewery, HHD Imports & Diamond Estates, Grand River Brewing, Abe + Erb, Hespeler Brewing Co, Creemore Springs Brewery, Noble Wines, Tre Amici Wines, Dixon's Distilled Spirits, Gibson's & Goslings, Ace Hill Brewery, Sleeman Brewery, Abcon Wines, Labatt Brewing, Beau's Brewing, Steam Whistle Brewing, Molson's Hard Soda, Molson Coors, Triple Bogey Brewing Co, Four Father's Brewing Co, and Lifford Wines.

The main ballroom featured a taco station, fresh oysters, an Asian bowl station and a full spread of delicious charcuterie! You know how all of us at The Event Firm love our charcuterie! Outside by the fire pit, there was a full BBQ station - complete with two pigs and a s'mores building station! There was something for everyone!

Galt Country Club and their food and beverage team did an outstanding job and succeeded in making sure that our guests left full and satisfied!

Guests also had an opportunity to enjoy live entertainment. Outside, we featured a talented duo from Bongo & B Entertainment and Craig McNair. They played acoustic favourites in the gazebo so all the guests could enjoy the music while taking in the fire and the picnic table setup.

Inside, Jesse Parent played acoustic hits while the guests mingled, tasted various cuisines, sampled local breweries and wineries and had the opportunity to draw on a large scale LED graffiti wall!

As the evening progressed Bongo & B Entertainment hit the stage again and shut the party down. They rocked out top 40 hits that had everyone (including Scott Higgins- HIP Developement) up and dancing. The room was full of energy (and drinks) and there was a sense of excitement among the members for their new club and the new season!

Bongo & B Entertainment


We are so honoured to have been asked to plan this event along side Dave (General Manager), Rob (Food & Beverage Manager) and Caitlyn (Events) of Galt Country Club. We are so excited for your new season and look forward to working with you again or just getting out on the course for a round of golf!

Cheers to the 2018 golf season!

MOM: THE QUEEN OF OUR HEARTS

LET'S CELEBRATE MOM EVERYDAY!

"A mother's arms are more comforting then anyone else's" ~Princess Diana

 

Mother's Day is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate mom than by throwing a brunch, a dinner, a cocktail party, a celebration big or small in her very honour!
Mom's put up with a lot. Monday to Sunday. Sunrise to sunset. Their work load doesn't just end Friday at 5; they give it their all and bust it out until that inner clock tells them its quitting time, it's time for wine!


I have watched my girlfriends raise their little's and can attest to how awesome they make motherhood seem. The accomplishment alone deserves a toast!  Everyday I am surrounded by countless amazing mama's of all ages that all have one thing in common; they love their kids. Mother's Day allows us to love them right back 110% more.


Let's do something special for mom this year and treat her like the queen she is 365 days a year!
 

 Photo Credit: countryliving.com

Photo Credit: countryliving.com

We hope you shower a mom this May 13th with the love she deserves! To give you a hand we planned out a simple brunch; from décor, to drinks, to festive appetizers; we have you covered!

 

DECORATE FOR MOM!

"Design to express, not to impress" ~ John Tanedo

This DIY floral display is super easy and looks stunning! Depending on how you go about doing this; there is the cardboard and glue gun way or the super creative and artsy way of creating your own letters by constructing 3D cut-outs. Many craft stores will carry the pre-cut letters in both wood or metal  which will make your life a tad simpler.

If you choose to go the more difficult route; after the letters have been constructed and hollowed out, they get filled with foam which the florals; fake or alive will stick into.  Another really easy way is to just trace out a letter on foam and cut it out and use that as the base. Glue and use anything that makes it resemble your mom; corks, ribbon, buttons, charms etc.  There are so many creative options for these floral letters! You can simply do a "mom" or you can do her first initial. Displaying it on the dinner table as an arrangement would be a gorgeous addition to your brunch!

The images below from JULIE'S CORNER are beautiful and easy to recreate for yourself! Let your creative juices flow! 
 

Along with every great meal is the meal's primary accessory; the napkin. For some reason we love our napkins and this cute DIY is perfect for dad and the kids to do for mom! This craft doesn't require you to break the bank! Walk over to your refrigerator- open the produce drawer and take out the celery. Make a quick snack for the kids and keep the end; the part that would usually get tossed. Fill a tray with paint, and use the celery end as a stamp. Stamp napkins; paper or cloth, place cards and let your colourful imagination take over! Let them dry and use them for your brunch place settings.

 

 Photo Credit: www.kiwico.com

Photo Credit: www.kiwico.com

MOM-OSA BAR DONE RIGHT!

"We drink champagne when we thirsty" ~Notorious B.I.G

This bar has no closing time!  A mom-o-sa bar may just be what mom needs! Have the kids help! Take them shopping! Its a fun way to spend time with mom and create something so easy that she and her guests will enjoy!

You will need:

*Sparkling wine/Champagne/ Soda water

*Champagne flutes- or fun plastic/melamine ones from Home Sense/ Winners, Pier 1

*Juices of your choosing. Orange, Grapefruit, Pomegranate or lemon juice

*Fresh fruit or herbs. Blueberries, Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, mint, lavender sprigs or flower petals

*Labels for the juice jugs or carafes

*Confetti, florals, a banner, balloons, streamers,  fun straws, mini chalkboards for signage or frames for "mom" inspired ideas to display

 Phtoto Credit: Jillian Harris

Phtoto Credit: Jillian Harris

Check out this delicious and easy to make mom-o-sa recipe HERE

 

CREATING A MENU WORTHY OF MOM

"Hard work should be rewarded by good food" ~Ken Follett

Food - it's what brings the masses together! Every Sunday my husband and I go to my mother-in-laws for family dinner. She goes all out with appetizers and a meal planned specifically in mind for her kids. Making mom her favourite meal, snack for Mother's Day or the ever desired breakfast in bed is a no brainer! Lets take this creative brunch to the next level!  Here are some more fun DIY ideas for the whole family!

The Calla Lily- a simple yet eye appealing appetizer. Easy to make! All you need are white cheese slices/small pita rounds or wraps, cream cheese; plain or herbed, scallions/ green onions for the stems and thinly cut carrots.

Cherry Tomato Tulips- an edible bouquet to blow mom away! Visit recipe HERE

Deviled Egg Tulips- A similar design concept to the cherry tomato tulip in regards to the cuts you will make to create the tulip and using the egg's yolk as the filler and not cheese

Meat and Cheese Floral Arrangement- there is no right or wrong way do do this! Roll meats and cheese until they resemble a floral arrangement. Use olives for the flowers centers, and mix in lettuces, parsley and other leafy tools to create the appearance of petals and stems

Moms are our safety nets. They love us when no one else will, they comfort, console and in time end up being more of a friend to us than authority. Each one of us has a different story or relationship with mom. Cherish your time, accept the guidance she shows you, and willingly take the help and support she offers you through life when times are tough.

Happy Mother's Day to all of you moms out there! Fur- mama's, new mothers, wives , grandmothers, aunts, sisters and daughters!

 

 

MARCH POP UP RESTAURANT!

March Pop Up Restaurant at The Gaslight District featuring Proof Kitchen + Lounge!

 

On Thursday, March 29th, our team succeeded in delivering an incredible Pop Up Restaurant in the heart of downtown Galt at the new Gaslight District Building. This beautiful industrial space has many inviting windows, and large structural beams that added to the pop up restaurant's ambiance.  It was the perfect venue to host an intimate and enjoyable evening for our guests!

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WE NIBBLED & DINED AND WERE LEFT WANTING MORE!

 

Proof Kitchen + Lounge catered this fabulous meal and Chef Jeritt won us over with his Sugar Shack inspired menu. 

We kicked off the evening with "Reception 1816"- charcuterie done to perfection. A large selection of cured meats, local cheeses, mustards, pickles and an assortment of breads to choose from.

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We sat for a plated meal which consisted of:

NOSH: Roasted Cauliflower hummus/sweet harrisa/assorted root vegetable chips

CANDIED SALMON: Smoky whiskey glaze/pickled sous vide beets/celeriac remoulade

OH TWO PIG: Braised hock + cured belly/winter white bean cassoulet

Visit HERE to view Proof Kitchen + Lounge's new seasonal menu! Some of these options may just be on it for you to have again!

After dinner HIP Productions surprised us with tickets to go to Drayton Entertainment's production of Hairspray. What a treat! We were sent on our way with dessert: Dark + Stormy caramel popcorn with mini macaroons. They were fantastic and the show was so much fun!

What an incredible night! 

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Thank you to our incredible sponsors! 

Gaslight District

ABC Party- Time Rentals

Proof Kitchen + Lounge

The Event Firm

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