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



“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


“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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Four Ways to be an Unforgettable and Incredible Godparent

“I am a godmother that is a great thing to be, a godmother. She calls me god for short, that is cute, I taught her that.” –Ellen DeGeneres

Being asked to be a godparent is an honor. In fact, it might just be one of the most pleasant things you will ever feel in the world. In this regard, you can truly say that the parents of your godchild hold you in such high esteem and admiration that they see you as a prospective role model for their son or daughter in the years to come. However, what does it mean to be a godparent, really? Beyond attending the baptismal rites and gracing the baptism with your presence, what is it that you should do? For the average Filipino, being a godparent constitutes as nothing more than being an entity expected to hand out treats and gifts on every significant occasion from birthdays to major milestones in life such as school graduations. However, being a godparent means so much more than just remembering birthdays and handing out Christmas gifts—you actually need to be a presence in your godchild’s life.

Considering that being asked to be a godparent is somewhat of a privilege, it carries with it a certain onus—one which you have the obligation to fulfill. So, what does it take to be a fantastic godparent? What should you do to be an unforgettable one? Take a gander at the list below to find out how:

1.) Be fun

When your godchildren are young, take the opportunity to be in their lives. Take the time to get to know them, what their interests and hobbies are and be the fun godparent. Be the doting and indulgent godparent—not by spoiling them with gifts all the time but by taking them on memorable trips. After all, you would rather be remembered as the fun godparent who took them on their first roller coaster ride than the godparent associated with gift checks and toys. Remember, there is no absolute need to buy your way into your godchild’s heart. What is important is that you spend time to bond with them.

2.) Never forget special occasions

This is a big one. As a godparent, it is your responsibility to take note of your godchildren’s birthday—mark them on your smartphone’s calendars with an alarm if you have to. Furthermore, on their special days and occasions, always remember to be there for them. It is not necessary to bring an expensive gift considering your presence alone would suffice. After all, you would not want to be that detached godparent who only sends greeting cards on special occasions. Take note: Your presence counts so much more than the present you are bringing.

3.) Know your place

While you were selected to be their godparent, this in no way means that you have some leverage on how their parents discipline them. Sure, you can serve as a good influence on them and be a great role model worth emulating. However, it should never extend beyond that. Your godchildren have parents who have their own approach to discipline as well as grandparents to mollycoddle them. Your job is to never take sides and never get entangled in familial conflicts and drama.

4.) Give your godchildren sound advice

There are instances wherein your godchildren may seek your counsel if there are things they do not wish their parents to know. One of these is when they start crushing on a classmate or begin dating. They may ask you how to approach a girl, which university they should attend and the like. In this regard, give them your sound and honest advice. Moreover, do not betray their trust, if they sought your counsel; do not go around blabbering to their parents unless it is a sensitive issue.

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The Worst Wedding Tips Brides Should Steer Clear From


“A talented wedding planner is a gift you give yourself…and then you wonder how you ever thought you could manage without one.” –Author Unknown

Planning a wedding is in by no means a cakewalk regardless of how simple or how elaborate it would be. There is quite a lot of aspects to consider and just like there how two brides are not the same, the logistics of their weddings are never straightforward nor are they quite same. For this reason, people who have already been engaged and tied the knot will often come to you in droves—giving you pieces of advice (solicited or otherwise) about what you should and should not do for your wedding day. Although they are well-intended, they are not always precise and some of them can be quite impractical. Furthermore, what used to work for them might not exactly work for you when it is your turn to walk down the aisle.

In this regard, it would be important to be a little shrewd and meticulous when it comes to following the innumerable unwarranted advice you will inevitably get. Recognize which ones are helpful and which ones could be detrimental. Remember, from something as major as your wedding gown to something as insignificant as which flowers to use, you have the final say. So, do not let anyone’s ability of persuasion overpower you.

In any case, here are some of the worst advice you should avoid and ignore:

1.) Skimp on catering costs

Some brides who have tied the knot two decades ago would probably be the first to tell you to skimp on the food costs and splurge on the other elements instead. They would tell you that no one really goes to the wedding to eat anyhow so do not go above and beyond when it comes to food packages. However, this might come as a shock to you but some wedding guests go to the wedding precisely for the food. After all, in these days, nothing is considered better than wedding food. Furthermore, it is one of the things that make your wedding memorable and really, you do not want to be remembered as the cheap bride who let her guests go hungry just so she can have stellar wedding decorations.

2.) Going impromptu for your wedding vows

Your wedding vows should have meaning and should originate from the heart. Spend a good time contemplating about what you should say and write it down—even if you are a good speaker. Remember, when we are all choked up and overwhelmed by emotion, we tend to forget what we are about to say—and that is a scenario you would not want at your wedding.

3.) Wait for your wedding dress to go on sale

Sure, you might be constrained to a budget and it might be nice to get your dream wedding gown at a fraction of its original price. However, you should also consider that you are not the only bride looking around for a gown and there is a likely chance that there is another bride whose eyes are on the same dress you have been waiting to go on sale. Do not wait for flash sales and buy it as is or risk having it being sold to another or spend more on expensive alterations should you need it in a rush.

4.) DIY as much as you can

Personal aspects and elements make a wedding more charming and endearing. However, there is also such a thing as overdoing the DIY. Yes, you might be saving a lot more cash on wedding decors, favors, and all other whatnots but you are also spending a lot more time–time that could have been spent doing other things that would contribute to your wedding. Moreover, you may even end up spending more than you initially thought on craft materials which would be counterintuitive if you are working on a budget.


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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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How to Pick Your Wedding Song


“At last my love has come along. My lovely days are over, and life is like a song” –Etta James

While wedding songs and love songs are a bit similar in character and context, they are worlds apart when it comes to significance. Love songs can encompass everything from the moment your heart first beat for the one you love down to the time you suffered your first heartbreak. Wedding songs on the other hand should have a profound effect on the couple in such a way that they can reflect on their memories as lovers and bask in their love. In this regard, we can say that all wedding songs are love songs but not necessarily all love songs can be wedding songs. Now that we have that covered, you should know by now that your wedding song should not only be romantic and sweet, it should identify you and your partner’s love and resonate your experiences. In a sense, it should be something you and your partner’s love can naturally gravitate to. It might be the first song you both danced to, the first song he sang to you or the song you have always thought to be the theme of your love, but whatever it might be, it should be special.

Unfortunately, choosing just one song can be as challenging and as elusive as finding your ideal wedding gown. However, identifying the type of couple you and your partner is an excellent way to start. To help you narrow down your choices, here are some tips you can keep in mind:

1.) Traditional Couple

Traditional couples think that their wedding song is an absolute big deal and in the same vein, so should the song for their first dance be. Traditional brides and grooms consider their wedding song to be the epitome of who they are as a couple and their first dance song, the ultimate avenue for driving home a displace of good taste and grace. If you and your partner identify with this type of couple, you will never go wrong with classic love songs as they are timeless and would never go out of style. However, you and your partner would need to do the moment justice by brushing up on your dance moves.

2.) Hipster Couple

Most people from the older generation would regard you as millennials rather than hipsters. You pride yourself on owning contemporary things and modern gadgets. In fact, one might say you have more gadgets than home appliances listed in your bridal registry. You and your partner love the unexpected and would love an opportunity to break from the norm. However, this does not mean that you should forego the first dance altogether, it is still on your agenda after all. However, if this is the type of couple you and your partner are, choose an artist that is not overly mainstream. Just remember to choose one that you can actually dance to.

3.) Hopeless Romantic Couple

Passionate and sentimental are just two of the words that can describe you and your partner. You and your partner’s love is characterized by fluff, cheesiness, and overtones of romance—so much so, that you always seem to be uttering the words, “they are playing our song.” In fact, you find it disconcerting how other couples do not have a song when you and your partner have had it since the day you met each other. If you wish to play something different than the song you and your partner are used to, choose a song that is profound and has a message that resonates with the both of you. It matters not what your song is so long as the lyrics are meaningful, poetic, emotional and incredibly intense.

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Get Hitched without Breaking the Bank

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When thinking of weddings, we immediately think of the damages. It will cost us the venue, guest list, gowns and suits, invites, food among other things. Then, there’s the theme to think about. A whimsical wedding at Blue Gardens, Quezon … Continue reading