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!

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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!

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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!
 

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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!

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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
 

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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.
 

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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!

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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

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DIY Christmas Trends and Decor

DIY Christmas Trends and Decor

Dust off those stockings and reindeer, because Christmas is right around the corner! Here are some easy, but festive DIY tricks that will transform your home into a Christmas Wonderland.

Cotton Trees and Jackalopes

This may seem like an unlikely pair, but both cotton trees and jackalopes are one of the hottest trends this Christmas. Fill your home with these magical creatures that are part jackrabbit and antelope, and are sure to spread some of that holiday spirit. Also, cotton trees may be a new take on the traditional pine, but we can't help but love the way the neutral colours compliment the greenery. 

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Let the Countdown begin!

Start off the Christmas season with these fun and interactive advent calendars made from simple craft supplies. Not to mention, this is a great activity to do with the kids. All you need are mini buckets or boxes from your local craft store, and the rest is up to your imagination. You can decorate them with ribbon and bells, or for a more polished look try sticking to a colour scheme such as the traditional Christmas colours or a twist of silver and gold, with a touch of blue.

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Cheery Christmas Centrepieces

This Christmas season mix it up with fruit centrepieces combined with rosemary or thyme. Add walnuts or any type of sliced fruit surrounded with layers of cranberries, to a vase with a candle. Or for a more unique display, try floating these items in a mason jar filled with water, and complete the look with some festive garland and trees. It is the perfect decoration to add a pop of colour to your dining area and fill your home with an exotic aroma! Click the video down below for a tutorial on how to make both of these Christmas centrepieces.

Please, Have a Seat...

Leave your guests awestruck with these beautiful table settings. Give your dining room a cozy by-the-fireplace look, with plaid and tartan designs used on either table runners or blankets. If that's not your style, try something a bit more simple and elegant, like a White Christmas theme of white accented with gold place settings, complete with charming gingerbread figures. This year, it's out with the old colour scheme, with a blend of a variety of more untraditional hues like lime green and purple to add a burst of colour to your table.

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Homemade Ornaments

Who doesn't love homemade ornaments? It's great way to add a personal touch to your tree and it's a fun craft to do with the entire family. These are super easy to make since all you need are blank ornaments and a few kick knacks. Some cool ideas that are trending this Christmas are scrabble letters, and edible ornaments that go perfectly with a cup of hot chocolate.

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That's all for now! We hope you have a wonderful holiday season this year!


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