Beautiful Celebrations: Five Facts about Filipinos Debut You Probably Didn’t Know

 

 

18-roses“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” –E.E. Cummings

In the Philippines, a debut is not only a social event that a girl looks forward to celebrating all of her teenage life. Rather it is a girl’s symbolic transition from being a naïve lass to a woman. It has been said that this traditional practice has been around for years and has been meant to be celebrated to prepare the woman for the world of womanhood. In the age of social media and going viral, how this eighteenth “coming out” birthday party is celebrated will be starkly different to how it was celebrated decades ago. However, while there may be significant differences in how debut parties are celebrated now and then, there are still distinct aspects and notes that are present regardless of how a debut party will be thrown such as the cotillion dance and the customary eighteen roses dance.

If you are planning to celebrate your debut anytime soon, here are some of the facts about this coming of age celebration that you might want to know:

1.) It has been a tradition.

In the Philippines, girls are known to dream of their eighteenth birthday as it has been a long- held celebration observed by most Filipinos dating way back to aristocratic times. Today, some young women may choose to celebrate it differently but regardless of how they decide to greet their eighteenth birthday, turning eighteen is a big deal for them.

2.) It calls for a celebration.

Western countries are known to celebrate their sixteenth birthdays with a bang. Filipinos treat the eighteenth birthday of their daughters in the same regard. Depending on how the daughter wishes to throw a party and how much the parents would be willing to spend, eighteenth birthdays are usually elaborate events—second only to wedding celebrations.

3.) It is a big deal.

Turning eighteen is a big deal for most Filipino women and for this reason, they would wish to throw an elaborate party. In fact, some would regard debut parties in the same regard as wedding and baptismal celebrations. Although it is primarily up to the parents whether or not to give their daughters a debut party, a celebration of some sort is expected. With this in mind, some parents would throw an incredibly big bash for their daughters and would even prepare as early as nine months before the expected date.

4.) It is for women.

Debut parties are primarily geared towards women. It is a girl thing and is an occasion meant to be celebrated by women. However, this is not to say that boys do not have their own celebrations as well. As men are said to mature much later than women, they are to celebrate their debut or coming of age party when they turn 21. However, their celebrations are not as elaborate as a woman’s. More often than not, they would spend the night with friends in a bar and simply celebrate their adulthood.

5.) Social status is not an issue.

Back in the day, throwing a debut party was exclusively held by the members of the elite and upper class. It was said that they conducted these social events to keep up with current trends within their social circle. Furthermore, big parties and social gatherings such as debut parties were said to bolster their reputation within the community. In this regard, it can be said that debut parties were thrown for two reasons. However, as archaic and obsolete societal norms no longer constrain us, anyone can have a debut should they so wish.

 

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Successful Events: Four Ways to Plan a Catered Menu that Will Wow Your Guests

 

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“Food, in the end, in our own tradition, is something holy. It is not about nutrients and calories. It is about sharing. It is about honesty. It is about identity.” –Louise Fresco

Part of what makes any event successful is what you serve to your guests.

In fact, it can be argued that catering plays an integral role in contributing to the success or failure of any event. For this reason, planning a catered menu that is sure to wow and impress guests would put undue pressure on you. After all, you are not only considering what type of food you should serve, but you are also looking for the best possible affordable catering service that would offer you exemplary food and beverage. In this regard, how can you ensure that you can give your guests an extraordinary experience? One that would keep them talking for days? Well, for starters a delicious meal should be in order.

Unfortunately, most catered events are notorious for serving subpar food which can really diminish the overall experience. You should not fall victim to this scenario of serving less than stellar food, and there are ways of preventing just that.
If you wish to ensure that you provide your guests with an excellent menu and have an event that stands out, here are some of the things you ought to consider:

1.) Know your guest profile

Before choosing a menu, know who you are inviting first. What is the profile of your guests? And in relation to that, what sort of events do you think they will be attending throughout the year? More often than not, by knowing what they do, you can already tell what events they may attend. In this regard, you would already have a subtle hint of what they might always be served at these events. In any case, some of the things you should take note of are the professional level or your guests, the frequency of which they attend similar events, ethnic background and where they reside. From there you can customize a catered menu that will suitably delight them.

2.) Know their preferences

Of course, anyone would enjoy a meal that is filled with their preferred food and favorites. In this regard, it would be best if you took some time to understand the general profile of your guest list. With this in consideration, you would be able to prepare menu options better. However, to narrow it down, consider that older groups might choose a milder menu. Fitness and health buffs would favor a menu with vegetarian options as well as seafood while younger or middle-aged attendees would be more adventurous and may prefer spicy food. The key here is to take into consideration what your guests would enjoy the most depending on the type of event you are hosting.

3.) Provide menu choices

Unfortunately, no matter how much you try to anticipate your guests’ food preferences and plan your catered meal or buffet around it, you cannot realistically expect to please everyone. With this in mind, event planners should at least plan to offer several entrees or at least have a menu choice to ensure that guests will be satisfied with the meal offerings.

4.) Anticipate special needs

Know that allergies are a thing and several of your guests will probably have it which is all the more reason why you should offer a varied catered menu. In this way, they would have a lot of choices and would not be restricted to eating one dish just because they are allergic to the other–or worse, restricted from eating at all because you only served one particular dish—which they happen to be allergic to. In this regard, it is your responsibility as an event planner to know if there are dietary preferences and concerns to consider. Find out if any of your guests have a special dietary need so that the catering management can address this prior to the day of your event.

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Exquisite Events: The Top Reasons to Hire a Caterer on Your Next Event

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“Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate.”-Alan D. Wolfelt

Parties are a whole lot of fun but incredibly stressful to plan.

The logistics of throwing a successful one can get incredibly complicated—especially if you are the only one doing the planning. You have invitations to send out, create a menu, find a host for the event, serve the food and when all of that is done, you have to stress about the cleanup. From that perspective, it does not sound as fun as it initially was, is it not? However, this does not have to be the case at all times. Of course, reliable help is just within reach and to help you mitigate the workload; you can delegate the cooking to a catering company. There is a myriad of affordable caterers in Manila that you would not have a hard time booking one.

Now, all you would need to do is choose from their menu, sit back and enjoy your party as you should. If you are unconvinced, here are some of the other reasons why you should definitely hire a caterer for your next event:

1.) Save yourself some time

In delegating the cooking to an experienced caterer, you are not only ensured of a superb menu, but you can save some time as well. Instead of spending hours upon hours in the kitchen cooking (not to mention in the creation of a menu), you can dedicate more of your time to other tasks that would demand your attention. You will save a lot more time by letting the catering team do all the work.

2.) Make a statement

A catered event will definitely leave your guests with an impression. Moreover, it will tell them that it is an occasion of vital importance. It shows your guests that the kind of event you are throwing is not an ordinary one and that it commands their apt attention. Whether you may be hosting a birthday party, an anniversary party or even a business dinner, so long as you have it catered, your guests will feel the shift in the atmosphere.

3.) Save money

You might think this is impossible considering that you are paying for the labor as well as the food that would be served during your event whereas doing the cooking by yourself can effectively cut your labor costs. However, unlike you, caterers know whether to get the freshest and best ingredients for a lot cheaper than it would have been had you bought them straight from the grocery store. Moreover, some caterers would also include decorations as part of their catering package which means your event will likely be in grand style. Furthermore, your caterer would already have the equipment and other items necessary for your event. Lastly, as food is bought from their suppliers which would likely be wholesalers and markets, you can effectively cut down the price significantly as it would have been if you bought them at the grocery shop.

4.) Offer a versatile menu

You might be a skilled cook, but it is highly unlikely that you have the experience and expertise of a seasoned caterer. This means that you might probably fall short when it comes to creating an excellent, diverse and versatile menu. Sure, your winning recipes may always be a fan favorite, but remember special occasions call for a little extra when it comes to the menu. With that in mind, you can count on your caterer to surely deliver.

5.) Reduce your stress level

Last, but definitely not the least: Hiring a caterer to handle everything from the cooking to the decorations would certainly help you enjoy your event better. Moreover, you do not have to stress about the cleanup as they would take care of that right afterward. Socialize without stressing about what you need to do after and simply enjoy your event the way it is meant to be enjoyed: relaxed and stress-free.

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Wedding Catering: Five Things Your Wedding Caterer Wish You Knew

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“Food, in the end, in our own tradition, is something holy. It is not about nutrients and calories. It is about sharing. It is about honestly. It is about identity.”-Louise Fresco

It is no question that one of the events a woman looks forward to all her life is her wedding day.

In fact, there is a very likely chance that she has meticulously planned every detail since they were little girls. With this in mind, a bride would most certainly want every detail in her wedding day from the minute aspects such as the décor to the big one like the catering. Catering is one of the integral elements of a wedding because it is one of the elements that would leave a lasting impression on your guests. Apart from wanting them to leave well-fed and satisfied, you would also want to give them a notable and exemplary gastronomic experience unlike no other. After all, you would not want to be that bride who leaves her guests starving throughout the night because there was not enough food or the food was not delectable enough.

Although you may always want the best for your wedding, your decisions may not always be sound and more often than not, it is best to trust your caterers—regardless of whether they offer expensive or affordable catering. In any case, here are some of the things your caterer wish you knew:

1.) Please listen to the pros

The reality is, there are a lot of ‘firsts’ when it comes to a wedding, and unless you have catered for a large scale of guests before, it is probably best if you listened to the seasoned professionals. Remember, you hired your caterers for a reason: their expertise and they have handled a lot of weddings prior to yours. Chances are, they already know what they are doing, so listen to them and their advice.

2.) Pinterest is not a catering menu

Inspiration is something Pinterest has a wealth of, and if you are tying the knot anytime soon, you might have probably pinned and saved some of your favorite creations. However, do know that Pinterest, albeit a terrific place for inspiration, is not always a practical tack for your wedding food. Do not expect your caterers to meticulously follow every detail on the food as more often than not, the things you see on the website have explicitly been photographed for an advertisement or blog post.

3.) It is possible to satisfy diet restrictions and your guests

Just because you cannot eat gluten does not mean the rest of your guests cannot have it too. Lucky for you, there is a myriad of catering companies out there that would cater to distinct food restrictions and specialize in every type of diet. For best results, do not simply look for specialty caterers who would accommodate your requests and food restrictions, but produce exemplary food creations as well.

4.) You need a lot of waiters

You might think that your caterer is dunking a lot of wait service staff on you just so they can bloat their asking price. But the truth is, your caterer is not trying to upsell you, they just know how many people it takes to make everything run seamlessly. However, if you do want to trim staff size, be prepared to make compromises and sacrifices. Talk to your caterer as regards your options first.

5.) Be careful who you invite to the tasting

Limit the individuals you invite to your tasting assembly. Apart from your partner and yourself, you should ideally invite only four other people who typically should be both sets of parents. Inviting too many people can potentially dilute the real assessment of the food tasting, and it can make the outcome confusing. Remember, you are not heading out to a dinner for 30 people. You are simply doing a tasting.

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Office Events: Five Alternative Christmas Party Themes

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“What I do not like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day.” –Phyliis Diller

 

Office Christmas parties are somewhat of a hit or miss office event. Some of your employees might live for them, but there is an occasional slew of colleagues who would just grit their teeth, smile and bear through it all—in hopes of landing a better position in your office. However, love them or hate them, Christmas/Holiday parties—regardless of what your stance on religion is, is an excellent avenue for cultivating your inter-work relationships and fostering friendships. In this regard, it is in your best interest to maintain the holiday tradition of throwing an office bash every December.

Unfortunately, holding annual Christmas parties means you might be running out of original ideas for themes. After all, you can only hold so many ugly Christmas sweater themed parties before the idea gets old, worn and tacky.

Fortunately, despite holding a themed party yearly, there is no shortage when it comes to novel theme ideas. So, for your office Christmas party this December, try something a little less common and a bit more unique and fun with the ideas below:

1.) Sweets giving soiree

If you and your colleagues have a particularly sweet tooth, you might enjoy celebrating the holidays with sweetmeats and chocolates instead of the traditional Christmas desserts. As it is the of giving, why not engage in a sweet-gift exchange party instead? Fill your dessert buffet tables with sweet delights such as marshmallows, chocolate fountains, candy, icings and other saccharine delights.

2.) Holiday Movie Marathon

In lieu of donning on Christmas ensembles, encourage your colleagues and employees to dress up as their favorite holiday movie character—bonus points for originality and a touch of humor. If your workers love to dress up, they will especially love this theme, and it gives you more reason to anticipate the all-day holiday movie marathons you will inevitably be enjoying at home.

3.) Masquerade Ball

If you wish to throw a corporate party that is marked by elegance and punctuated by hints of lush sophistication and chic undertones, then treat your colleagues and yourself to a masquerade ball. Dress up to the nines and encourage your employees to do the same. There is a very likely chance that your colleagues and co-workers only ever get the chance to doll themselves up on formal events such as weddings. As a result, dressing up for a masquerade ball would be a welcome change to tedious functions–plus donning a mask is a unique twist. Throw this party in style and send out invitations indicating that it is a black-tie event. And do not forget: Ask everyone to don on masks.

4.) Nightmare Before Christmas Party

Colleagues with a proclivity for the Halloween festivities and employees who love Jack Skellington would enjoy this Christmas party theme. If you wish to give your party a bit of a gothic touch, this is an excellent alternative to common Christmas themes. Moreover, even if you are hosting a somewhat dark and morbid rendition of what should have been a traditional Christmas bash, you are still keeping in spirit with the holiday festivities as the Nightmare before Christmas is a well-known Christmas movie. While it might be a little too late for Halloween and some may think that the skulls, white tinsel, and skeletons would look a little out of place, you can always give them a little touch-me-up to give them a Christmas upgrade. By dressing those bones in traditional Santa suits and incorporating red and green hues, you have the best of both holidays: Halloween and Christmas.

5.) Santa’s Workshop

Give your colleagues and co-workers an insider’s view of the happenings in Santa’s office by transforming your corporate quarters into his workshop! Get someone to dress up as Santa and create a decorating team that can turn your office from a business hub to Santa’s headquarters. Ensure that the decorations include workstations, and the each would have a designated activity which your employees can enjoy.

 

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