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Trends | Wedding Favors | Favors to Rave About!
January 31, 2012 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

A wedding favor is the cherished token guests take home after the wedding; it’s the memento that represents your special day.

Although edible favors are traditional choices, non-perishable favors such as photo frames, cooking utensils, magnets, and candles offer unique options for modern weddings. When choosing a favor, keep your guests in mind and give them something that they can love as much as you do!  Even if the per piece cost is a little higher, knowing that your favor can be enjoyed for years to come is priceless. And whether or not your choose an edible favor, any thoughtful and personal gift makes for a sweet ending. Here are some fun ideas to get your creative juices going!

 Wedding Favors

Wedding Favors

Wedding Favors

Wedding Favors

Collage 1:

Bride & Groom Apple Pops
Sweetie Pies

Collage 2:

Spread the Love

Collage 3:

The Perfect Blend Tea Set
Tea Cup with Succulent

Collage 4:

Coffee Mugs with Initials
Cheers to a great Combination Set
Eat Drink and Be Married Glass

Real Events | Pepin Distributing Awards & Recognition Banquet | T Pepin’s Hospitality Centre
January 27, 2012 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

Ahoy Maties! Today we are featuring the Pepin Distributing Awards & Recognition Banquet that took place at the spectacular TPepin’s Hospitality Centre in Tampa.  On January 14, Pepin Distributing set a new standard for employee appreciation events with this lively and festive Pirate themed celebration! All hands were on deck to enjoy fun games like hermit crab racing, and guests couldn’t wait to plunder in all the pirate themed interactive entertainment including face painting/scars, a photobooth, green screens & TV’s, and of course Video DJ entertainment.

In honor of this grand awards & recognition program, a delicious Grand International Buffet fit for a Captain was served by the Puff ‘n Stuff Catering team. And shiver me timbers, the buffet was amazing! The three-foot pineapple centerpiece with fresh fruit was surrounded by pirate favorites such as roasted chicken & mango salad, glazed & grilled margarita mahi mahi, Jerk crushed boneless prime rib, Mojito mashed sweet potatoes, and more crew favorites.

By the end of the night, the entire crew was cheerfully singing “Yo Ho Ho” from the Black Beard Lounge! The giant pirate ship outside was a huge hit, and the entire crew posed for pictures to remember this phenomenal night. Scroll below to see some scenes from the night along with the full menu from the Grand International Buffet!


Pepin Distributing Awards & Recognition Banquet

Pepin Distributing Awards & Recognition Banquet

Pepin Distributing Awards & Recognition Banquet

Grand International Buffet

Imported & Domestic Cheese Display cheddar, provolone, Swiss Havarti, bleu, Muenster, jalapeno & Chef’s choice artisanal cheese wedges served with crisp gourmet crackers & garnished with fresh fruits

Three-Foot Pineapple Palm Tree Centerpiece with Seasonal Fruit surrounded by mounds of colorful whole & sliced fresh seasonal fruits

Cuban Black Bean Soup topped with creme fraiche

Conch Chowder

Homestead Mixed Green Salad with cherry tomatoes, cucumbers & purple onions with a Orange vinaigrette

Roasted Chicken & Mango Salad with a Key Lime vinaigrette

Char-Grilled Pineapple with cilantro & black pepper

Hurricane Chicken Breast with Rum sauce

Glazed & Grilled Margarita Mahi Mahi with lime, tomato, garlic & a margarita glaze

Cuban Roast Pork Chef carved and marinated in dark rum, slow roasted & served with pico de gallo

Jerk Crushed Boneless Prime Rib of Beef Chef attended & served with fresh baked silver dollar rolls & horseradish cream

Cajun Fettuccine Alfredo with crawfish, shrimp & Andouille sausage 

Havana Black Beans

Cuban Yellow Rice

Mojito Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Honey Grilled Market Vegetables

Sweet Plantains

Freshly Baked Assorted Rolls offered with butter

Corn Bread

Chef Attended Late Night Breakfast

Shrimp a la Pepino

Pancake Station with choices of fresh fruit, chocolate chis, syrup & whipped cream

Omelet Station

Crisp Applewood Smoked Bacon

Breakfast Sausage Links

Fluffy Scrambled Eggs with Cheese

Traditional Coffee Station

Dessert Station

Key Lime Pie

Chocolate Ganache Cake

Coconut Cake

Banana Rum Cake

Event Credits:

Venue: T Pepin’s Hospitality Centre
Catering: Puff ‘n Stuff Catering, Nicole Briggs
Decor: Extravaganza!
Decor: M6FX

Real Weddings | Christine + Scott | The Palmetto Club
January 24, 2012 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

Today we are featuring Christine and Scott’s wedding held at The Palmetto Club. The couple’s elegant style and decor was a perfect fit for The Palmetto Club’s beautifully manicured gardens and gorgeous ballroom. From start to finish, their special day was impeccable!

Great weddings are all about thoughtful details that show the couple’s personality and their care for their guests. Christine and Scott surprised their guests by replacing traditional centerpieces with beautiful and differently flavored cakes. Their guests couldn’t wait to find out what flavor was at their table. Before the “big reveal,” guests made their way to the delicious buffet that Christine and Scott, with the help from our Special Event Planner Aymee Brace, hand-selected for their family and friends to indulge in. Another special element that we loved about this wedding is the way Christine and Scott integrated their children into the wedding ceremony; it was the perfect start for their new lives together. Christine and Scott’s wedding was stunning, and we’re so happy to have been a part of their special day!

Scott + Christine The Palmetto Club Wedding

Scott + Christine The Palmetto Club Wedding


Butler Passed Hors d’Oeuvres

Rustic Tomato & Mozzarella Bruschetta on grilled Italian bread

Miniature Beef Wellingtons served with Bearnaise sauce

Prosciutto Wrapped Figs stuffed with goat cheese


Dinner Buffet

Freshly Baked Artisan Breads

Baby Winter Greens with sun-dried cranberries, candied walnuts, crumbled bleu cheese & mandarin oranges finished with berry vinaigrette

Chicken Champagne with smoked Gouda & caramelized onions in a champagne cream sauce

Dry Rubbed Smoked Beef Brisket served with horseradish, raspberry chipotle sauce and smoky BBQ sauce

Gourmet Mashed Potato Bar with Yukon gold & red skin mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes topped & baked with marshmallows; presented in martini glasses & offered with a variety of toppings including crisp apple-wood smoked bacon, creme fraiche, caramelized Vidalia onions, roasted garlic, shredded cheeses, marshmallows, roasted pecans, whipped butter, chives & cinnamon sugar dust

Italian Zucchini & Summer Squash Medley with plum tomatoes

Penne a la Vodka with shredded Asiago cheese

Event Credits:

Venue: The Palmetto Club
Catering: Puff ‘n Stuff Catering, Aymee Brace
Photographer: Carrie Wildes Potography
DJ: Frank Lebano & Co.
Florist: Events in Bloom
Decor: Events in Bloom
Lighting: Frank Lebano
Cake: Sweeties Delights

Inspiration | Napkin Folds | A Fold Above The Rest
January 12, 2012 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

Details, details, details- events are all about the details! Whether you’re hiring a professional Caterer for a grand event or hosting a small party in your own home, choosing the right napkin fold can add so much character to your table scape. We’ve collected twelve popular napkin folds for you to play with! Click on the name below each fold for a step-by-step how to.


Napkin Folds

Napkin Ring                                   Rosebud                                 Goblet Fan

Napkin Folds

Diamond                                        French                                         Pyramid

Napkin Folds

Crown                                      Bird of Paradise                             Standing Fan

Napkin Folds

Fancy Pouch                               Basic Pouch                             Diamond Pouch


Real Weddings | Susan + Christopher | The Ballroom at Church Street
January 10, 2012 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

Today we’re featuring Susan and Christopher’s wedding at The Ballroom at Church Street. The Ballroom’s beautiful stained glass windows, chandeliers, and exquisite details set the tone for this romantic wedding. From the moment Susan and Christopher set foot into The Ballroom at Church Street, they knew it was where they would spend their special day.

The newly wedded couple arrived at The Ballroom at Church Street along with their family and friends to begin the wonderful celebration. Their guests were delighted with the three different brunch buffet stations. From salad and pasta to french toast and waffles prepared to order, there were so many delicious options that guests were able to choose as many tasty combinations as their hearts (or stomachs) desired! Toasts were made in Susan and Christopher’s honor, and their family and friends were eager to share in their joy. We’re so thrilled to have been a part of Susan and Christopher’s beautiful celebration!

Susan + Christopher Ballroom Churchstreet

Susan + Christopher Ballroom Churchstreet


Brunch Buffet

Station 1

Signature Fresh Garden Salad with tomatoes, carrots, cucumber, toasted sunflower seeds, and house-made Parmesan croutons, offered with house-made champagne vinaigrette & ranch dressing

Hawaiian Sweet Rolls

Chicken Duxelles stuffed with mushroom duxelles & brie in a lite cream-thyme sauce

Penne a la Vodka offered with shredded Asiago cheese

Pipette Amatriciana parmesan, Parma ham, Vidalia onions, Roma tomatoes & fresh herbs tossed in a tomato ragout and offered with shredded Asiago cheese


Station 2

Frittata with ham & cheddar cheese

Crisp Applewood Smoked Bacon

Breakfast Sausage Links

Shrimp & Grits mascarpone-infused grits topped with Cajun shrimp & fresh cilantro


Station 3

French Toast & Waffle Station prepared to order with a choice of fresh strawberries & blueberries, chocolate chips, syrup & whipped cream

Fresh Fruits of the Season offered with a berry yogurt dip

Brie in Phyllo Cups garnished with fresh fruit & filled with raspberry chambord


Event Credits:

Venue: The Ballroom at Church Street
Catering: Puff ‘n Stuff Catering, Sandy George
Photography: Sandra Johnson Photography
Wedding Coordinator: Tickled Pink Brides, Megan Bubalo
Cake: Party Flavors
Reception Harpist: Elizabeth Gerberding
Chair Rentals: Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals
Transportation: VIP Transportation
Hair & Makeup: M3 Makeup

Real Weddings | Traci + Bo | The Lange Farm
January 3, 2012 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

Today we are featuring Traci + Bo’s elegant southern wedding held at the Lange Farm in Dade City, Florida.  The Garden House at the Lange Farm offers picturesque rolling hills, acres of majestic oak trees, and a Garden House complete with a wrap-around porch, beautiful French doors, chandeliers, and an antique gazebo all working in concert to set the essence of true love and old fashioned romance.

When Traci and Bo’s family and friends arrived, they we’re greeted with tasty passed hors d’oeuvres including Asian beef sates seared with Thai spices & served with a scallion dipping sauce, bacon wrapped potato tots, spinach bouchees, and Key West conch fritters accompanied by a Cajon remoulade. Friends and family enjoyed the beauty of the Lange Farm, and shared the joy of Traci and Bo’s celebration. As guests found their escort cards and seats, they were welcomed to indulge in the much anticipated plated dinner featuring Puff ‘n Stuff Catering’s Champagne Chicken & Grilled Steaks accompanied by garlic smashed potatoes and fresh seasonal vegetables. After dinner, Traci and Bo cut the cake, and basked in the sunset glow of their wedding day. Gorgeous from start to finish, Traci and Bo’s special day was flawless, and the perfect start to their new lives together.

Traci +Bo Lange Farm Wedding

Traci +Bo Lange Farm Wedding

Traci +Bo Lange Farm Wedding

Hors d’Oeuvres

Key West Conch Fritters with Cajon remoulade

Bacon-Wrapped Potato Tot with sour cream & a chive

Asian Beef Sate seared with Thai spices & served with scallion soy dipping sauce

Spinach Bouchee a puff pastry filled with a creamy Boursin spinach dip

Plated Dinner

Fresh Baked Artisan Breads

Mixed Green Salad with grape tomatoes, cucumbers, and purple onions served with ranch & champagne vinaigrette dressings

Chicken Champagne with smoked Gouda and caramelized onions in a champagne cream sauce

Grilled Chateau Steaks in a pinot noir demi glaze

Garlic Smashed Potatoes

Fresh Seasonal Vegetables in a lite lemon butter sauce


Event Credits:

Catering: Puff ‘n Stuff Catering, Special Event Planner Aymee Brace
Venue: The Lange Farm
Photography: Carrie Wildes Photography
Cake: Chocolate Pi
Lighting: Wild Out Entertainment