America is turning 237 years old this year! With the Fourth of July coming up, don’t wait until the last minute to finalize your holiday plans. Instead of heading to the nearest overcrowded beach, simply host an intimate backyard BBQ.
What better way to show off your patriotic spirit than by gathering with close friends and family for a fun and festive Fourth of July party? Woo your guests with a spread of All-American dishes – juicy burgers, savory hot dogs, and delightful red, white, and blue desserts, just to name a few.
Don’t fret; we’ve got you covered from delicious menu selections to décor and DIYs. Fire up the grill and get inspired by our recommendations that will have your guests seeing fireworks!
Mini Made in USA Parfaits – layered with red velvet cake, cream cheese frosting, and then topped off with festive sprinkles. Put your own twist on these parfaits by using a combination of assorted berries, colored icing, or make it a healthy snack by incorporating yogurt.
Berry Patriotic Strawberries – dipped in melted white chocolate chips and blue tinted sugar crystals. Your guests are guaranteed to rave over this sweet and simple treat.
For more creative and unique ideas, check out our 4th of July board on Pinterest.
Still need more help? Skip the work and give us a call at Puff ‘n Stuff Catering. Our Tampa and Orlando offices are here to assist with your next celebration, large or small!
Art of Celebration Southern Style | Puff ‘n Stuff Catering Featured in New Events eBook
If you love discovering charming and extravagant southern-style events, we have a treat for you!
Puff ‘n Stuff Catering is featured in the newly released events book, Art of Celebration Southern Style (pages 24-29), showcasing some of our favorite dishes and events. Read on and explore this digital gem for yourself! We hope you feel inspired…and hungry!
Art of Celebration Southern Style
Inspiration and Ideas From Top Event Professionals Event planners, designers, caterers, pastry chefs, floral artists, performers, lighting experts, and other specialists reveal their best party planning tips and tricks in Art of Celebration Southern Style. Each affair is accompanied by lighthearted editorial, providing a behind-the-scenes look at an array of high-end private parties, corporate events, and charity galas. The high-end events presented will leave you breathless! The level of creativity at work in the vibrant American South is something to behold.
Credit: Panache Publishing Partners
Signature Cocktails | Smokey Mountain Morning
When life gives you lemons, grab some whiskey and make it a Smokey Mountain Lemonade! This refreshing mixture is perfect for a summer time fling, an evening at the Cheyenne Saloon or for an intimate gathering in your own backyard. Whatever reason you find, we’d like to passionately celebrate with you! So hats off, we’re raising our Mason Jars to you!
Smokey Mountain Morning
- 1.5 oz of Jack Daniels
- 0.5 oz of Grand Marnier
- Light squeeze of simple syrup
- Fresh squeezed lemonade, we recommend our Signature Rosemary Infused Lemonade
Looking for more unique libation ideas for your next event? We have two Beverage Managers on our team with a vast portfolio in creative beverage development & management. Developing a specialty cocktail, bar, or welcome drink is just one of the many ways we can help you to create a lasting impression for your special event. From selecting ingredients that match your event theme all the way down to selecting the perfect vessel, we’ve got you covered!
Holiday Spotlight | St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day, also know as the Feast of Saint Patrick, was originally a day dedicated to celebrating the arrival of Christianity in Ireland; Whether you’re sticking to your roots or celebrating the Irish-American culture that so many proudly claim, we’d like to celebrate with you!
Chicago gets festive each year by dying their river emerald green, but why let the folks in Chicago have all the fun? Passionately Perfecting Life’s Celebrations isn’t just our tagline, it’s our way of life! And we’re bringing the luck of the Irish to you, so gather your friends and join us in celebrating with some brews & bites!
St. Patrick’s Day Recipes
Chef Paul created a Deconstructed Corned Beef Slider that’s so good, all the leprechauns in town are trading in their pots of gold just to try it! So cheers, or slainte as the Irish would say, to a lively day & all of the friends that we’ll share it with! Don’t forget to give your favorite special event planner a call today to try our newest culinary creation!
Corned Beef & Cabbage Slider sliced corned beef and dijon mustard topped with North Carolina coleslaw and served on a potato roll
Indulge With Our Signature Irish Pride
- 1 ounce of Apple Pucker Schnapps
- 1 ounce Melon Liquor
- 1 ounce of Irish Whiskey
- Fill Remainder of Mug with Sour Mix
Build the ingredients in an Irish Coffee Mug, stir well, add a garnish of choice and enjoy with good company!
View Our Irish Inspiration On Pinterest!
We searched high & low for all things St. Patrick’s Day! From creative cuisine to drinks, decor, and even green attire for this special occasion. Be sure to check out our St. Patrick’s Day board, and while you’re there follow us for more for inspiration, fresh ideas, and all kinds of event fun! Click here to visit us on Pinterest!
Real Events | The Ballroom at Church Street | I Do Downtown Bridal Crawl
We’re so proud to have participated in the 4th annual I Do Downtown Bridal Crawl. One of the things we cherish most about this event is that it isn’t your usual wedding show where you are bombarded by vendors and booths filled with sheets & diagrams. Instead you get the opportunity to visit eight of Downtown Orlando’s well-established venues in a wedding showcase that includes delicious catering, exotic honeymoon destinations, photographers & videographers, reliable transportation, glorious flowers, dramatic music, and anything else you could dream up for your wedding! As the name suggests, you start at one venue and work your way around downtown; whether it be by foot or by the Redi Pedi Cab company who so generously sponsored their services for the day.
This was our fourth year participating in this extravagant event, and each year we transform The Ballroom at Church Street with a fresh new theme. This year we went bold with orange and purple hues. The Ballroom truly looked stunning, dressed with linens from BBJ Linen and event furniture from AFR Event furnishings that complimented each other so well it was the perfect fusion. We had two florists team up, Fairbanks Florists and Lee Forrest Designs who are truly an incredible duo. Together they created exquisite arrangements full of life and detail, from the rich and earthy succulents for the farm fresh table to the dramatic draping of roses for the gorgeous ceremony site designed by Occasions by Shangri-la. Guests were moving to the beats provided by Atomic Entertainment and Junction 88 Productions on the dance floor by Letz Dance On It- talk about the perfect trio! But the fun didn’t stop there. Guests were able to gather advice from some of the industry’s finest event professionals such as Sharon from Good Life Travel & Events- a Sandals and Caribbean honeymoon expert, as well as Imprint Cinema, Simpliche, The Sugar Suite, Sweet Maralyn’s Chocolates, A Chair Affair, Michele Butler Events and Nicole Squared.
Of course we wouldn’t let this show go on without delightful bites! Our well-seasoned service staff butler-passed champagne and a delicious assortment of hors d’oeurves including our Fire Roasted Humus Cornet, Smoked Chicken Cornet, Ahi Tuna on a Lotus Chip, Italian Summer Wrap, and Bacon Wrapped Potato Tot. We debuted our new flatbreads including the Buffalo Chicken & Bleu and Brocolini Tartine. Did we mention we also had our famous Seared Scallop on Corn Relish Chef Action Station and Chicken Roulade & Orzo Chef Action Station? It was quite the delicious affair! Scroll below to see some of the images captured by Art Faulkner photography along with a list of the amazing vendors who participated:
Butler Passed Hor d’Oeurves
Caprese Summer Roll napa cabbage, fire roasted tomato, pesto and fresh mozzarella rolled in rice paper with a balsamic reduction drizzle
Bacon-Wrapped Potato Tot with sour cream and a chive
Ahi Tuna with mango salsa, a pomegranate seed and served on a lotus root chip
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Cornet with tzatziki in a savory cornet
Smoked Chicken & Caramelized Onion Cornet with red onion crème fraîche in a savory cornet
Cuban Cigar spring roll with roasted pork, pickle and ham bites with mayo-mustard dip
Chef Attended Action Stations
Seared Scallop on Corn Relish fresh corn, diced jalapeno, tomato, avocado, lime juice, radish sticks with jalapeno chip and cilantro oil
Chicken Caprese Roulade served on herbed orzo with fried basil leaf
Tartine Station fresh baked open-faced bread topped with the following: Shredded Buffalo celery & blue cheese smear and topped with a crumbled Gorgonzola; Brocollini and Proscuito toasted pine nuts, creamy ricotta & asiago cheese, and a wild mushroom sautee with scallions, thyme and herb cream cheese
Goat Cheese Pear Flatbread roasted pears, candied pecans and apricot fig jam
Thank you to all of the extraordinary professionals who participated:
Venue | The Ballroom at Church Street
Catering | Puff ‘n Stuff Catering
Chiavari Chairs | A Chair Affair
Event Furniture Rental | AFR Event Furnishings
Photography | Art Faulkner Photography
DJ | Atomic Entertainment
Linen | BBJ Linen
Jewelery | Designs By Sandi
Florist | Fairbanks Florists
Honeymoon & Travel Agent | Good Life Travel & Events
Videography| Imprint Cinema
DJ & Lighting | Junction 88 Productions
Florists | Lee Forrest Design
Dance Floor | Letz Dance On It
Wedding Planner | Michele Butler Events
Wedding Planner | Nicole Squared
Design & Decor | Occasions by Shangri-la
Photobooth | Photobooth Rocks
Calligraphy | Pretty in Print/ Simpliche
Artisan Chocolate | Sweet Maralyn’s Chocolates
Cake | The Sugar Suite
Trends | Cakes + Cupcakes | Sweet Little Things
We’re so excited to have teamed up with Jennyfer Mancino at The Sugar Suite to bring you this weeks blog post! We’ve seen so many weddings lately where people are opting out of the traditional wedding cake and instead using cupcakes or mini-cakes. In addition to the wild epidemic of new flavors, we’re seeing mini-cakes and cupcakes looking absolutely glamorous. From sugar flowers and pearls to elegant gold dust, today’s cakes are more stunning than they have ever been before.
Another trend we’re seeing is smaller wedding cakes accompanied by other decadent desserts. Jennyfer said, “We do small wedding cakes serving 25 or less when a bride and groom want the style of a wedding cake, but may have other desserts they would like to incorporate. I recommend this over cupcakes because a wedding cake does a better job of capturing the style of the couple and the reception.” This is a great option for variety and to add that extra hint of personality to your special day. In recognition of these yummy trends, we’ve collected some of our personal favorites from The Sugar Suite to share with you, enjoy!
A huge thank you to the following photographers for sharing their incredible work with us:
Christmas | Eat, Drink & Be Merry!
Merry Christmas and happy holidays from your friends at Puff ‘n Stuff Catering! No matter how you choose to celebrate today we just wanted to wish you the season’s warmest greetings! The holiday season is all about taking a minute to sit back eat, drink, and be merry! So today we’re raising our glass to you and sharing one of our very own signature cocktails- the Peppermint Martini. So may your spirits be bright, your glasses full, and you hearts be happy. Cheers from your friends at Puff ‘n Stuff Catering!
Real Weddings | Gloria + Ed | The Mezz
A lovely couple, a unique venue, a delicious menu, and an incredible theme are the ingredients to an absolutely stunning wedding; and Gloria and Ed’s certainly was one to remember. With an enchanting setup the fun started at the Abbey, and danced it’s way over to the Mezz for a dazzling masquerade filled evening. Guests were delighted to find not only their seat, but also a unique mask marking their place; not only was this an exquisite detail, but also one of our favorite wedding favors ever. Gloria and Ed worked with Puff ‘n Stuff Catering Special Event Planner, Sandy George, to design a menu that would represent their personalities and palettes as well as coordinate perfectly with their event theme. Scroll below to see the full menu and photos that will leave you dreaming for more:
Butler Passed Hors d’Oeuvres
Butternut Squash & Cranberry Tartlet with melted brie cheese
Roasted Chicken & Smoked Gouda Phyllo
Mint & Rosemary Rubbed Baby Lamb Chops grilled and accompanied by a Dijon dipping sauce
Mediterranean Salad with feta, olives, tomatoes, capers & a champagne vinaigrette
Freshly Baked Artisan Breads with whipped butter, e.v.o.o., aged balsamic & finishing salt
Mediterranean Chicken stuffed with herbed goat cheese and topped with roasted tomato, Kalamata olives, basil and a balsamic jus
Grilled Filet Mignon with a wild mushroom Cabernet-thyme reduction
Fresh Seasonal Vegetables in a lite lemon butter sauce
Garlic & Rosemary Roasted Potatoes
Vegetable Strudel fresh sauteed seasonal vegetables with fontina cheese in a flaky puff pastry served atop puree of asparagus & accompanied by a mushroom risotto
Caterer: Puff ‘n Stuff Catering
Photography: Rhodes Studios photography & video
Videography: Rhodes Studios photography & video
Ceremony/Reception Venue: The Abbey/The Mezz
Event Coordination: Blush by Brandee Gaar
Florist: Carly Ane’s Floral Studio
DJ: Soundwave Entertainment
Cake: Party Flavors
Chairs: Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals
Makeup: Lejeune Artistry
Inspiration | Holiday Season | The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
Can you believe its the holiday season already? Time really does fly when you’re having fun. We’re decking the halls, singing our favorite holiday tunes, and preparing impeccable menus to passionately perfect your next holiday party. Don’t let the holiday stress get to you, our well seasoned Special Event Planners are here to help you every step of the way. It’s our goal to make sure you get to enjoy YOUR party with your guests – after all, the whole reason of celebrating is to have a jolly good time!
If you’re looking for some stunning menus and creations that will knock your stockings off, check out this years Holiday Planning Guide; its been hand-crafted and designed especially for this holiday season and is sure to leave your guests raving for more. With hors d’Oeuvres like our Pear and Almond Brie Turnover, Our Signature Parmesan Crab Dip, Pepper Berry Crusted Lamb Chops with a Crimson Reduction Sauce, and Sesame Ginger Seared Ahi Tuna served with Five-Spiced Wonton Crisps and Wasabi Cream – we have more than a few delicious ways to start off any celebration.
From buffets and plated dinners to chef-attended stations and appetizers, we’ve got you covered! With so many options like our traditional Cranberry Glazed Virginia Ham to our popular red-hot-holiday Mango & Chile-Glazed Spiral Cut Ham, and eight different styles of potatoes, the possibilities are endless to make your holiday party as unique and special as you and your guests.
And a holiday party wouldn’t be complete without delicious desserts like our French Pumpkin Spiced Sponge Cake filled with Cream Cheese Icing, Apple Cranberry Tarte, or Chef Attended Traditional Bananas Foster Flambe Station. We know its hard to pick just one, but don’t worry, you can choose as many as your heart desires!
There are so many ways to add holiday flavor to your home. We’ve paired a few of the spectacular dishes that you can find in our Holiday Planner below along with some of our favorite holiday decor. Happy holiday’s from our family to yours!
Our Bakery | Themed Cakes | An Enchanted Halloween
Passionately Perfecting Life’s Celebrations – it’s not just our tagline, it’s our way of life. So when a client called us needing a cake on the fly, the Puff ‘n Stuff Catering bakery team dreamed up and created this delicious work of art all within twelve hours. With layers of chocolate, vanilla & red velvet cake and various pastry techniques this fun, spooktacular cake was on it’s way to our clients home. Our talented cake designer, Cassandra, thought out every sugary inch of this supernatural cake from top to bottom layer all the way down to the faces on the thrilling little bats. Whether you’re looking for buttercream frosting, ganache, or fondant- we’ve got you covered every step of the way.
Trends | Chevron | ‘Tis the Season
Chevron, also called Cheveron in older documents, is an inverted V shaped pattern that has been making a huge scene in this season’s wedding & events. Although we’ve recently come to love this hot, new chevron in events- it’s actually a senior pattern that’s been around since ancient times dating back to 1800 BC in early pottery & rock carvings.
We’re seeing this charming pattern dance it’s way into all aspects of events, from the finishing details such as napkins, favors, table runners, linens, napkins, and even cake designs to largely incorporated into the theme via photo backdrops, stationary & invitations, and even entire tablescapes. With so many variations of hues and colors, this lovely pattern is the perfect finishing touch to any event.
Trends | Wedding Seating Plans | Traditional, King’s or Sweetheart Table?
If you’ve finalized your guest list and are ready to knock out your seating plan, the first big step is deciding where you’d like to sit at your own party. First, start by creating a special place just for you and your love! Whether or not your guests will have assigned seating, it’s important to give yourself a special place to sit. There are several popular options including sweetheart tables, king’s tables and the traditional head table.
Romantic Sweetheart Tables
A more recent addition to wedding receptions, a sweetheart table is typically situated in front of guests or closest to the dance floor and seats only the bride and groom. This table-for-two brings the couple to the forefront, making them the natural center of attention and provides a front-row seat for the party. Not only does this option offer sweet photo ops, it helps you focus on each other, enjoy your meal and get back to the excitement!
Lively King’s Tables
A King’s Table is a long table with 12 or more guests seated opposite one another, much like a King holding court with his royal entourage. Guests at the King’s Table sit opposite of each other for ease of conversation, and a more intimate atmosphere. This is also a nice way to include dates of the wedding – if they don’t know anyone else it allows them to engage in conversation in a comfortable setting.
Traditional Head Tables
The most classic bridal seating arrangement is the traditional head table, seating the bride and groom between their respective wedding parties. A long banquet table is a focal point in the reception space and sets the couple and their wedding parties in a place of honor. Immediate family members are sometimes included at this table, the choice is up to you!
Top Left: Catering & Setup by Puff ‘n Stuff Catering, Photo by Ryan Joseph Photographs
Top Right: Pinterest
Bottom: Catering & Setup by Puff ‘n Stuff Catering, Photo by Damon Tucci Photography
Top Left: Catering by Puff ‘n Stuff Catering, Photo by Tab McCausland
Middle Left: Pinterest
Right Left: Catering & Setup by Puff ‘n Stuff Catering, Photo by Misty Miotto
Top Right: Pinterest
Real Events | Food Network Competion | Top Chef in the Puff ‘n Stuff Kitchen
Florida Meeting Services contacted Puff ‘n Stuff Catering with a client who was looking for something unique and memorable for their guests who were coming from all over the world. With over 30 years of experience Passionately Perfecting Life’s Celebration’s we accepted the challenge and created a Top Chef Competition in our very own kitchen.
To create a truly one-of-a-kind event, we contacted Top Chef and arranged to have finalist Chef Casey Thompson compete along side the Puff team to create a remarkable culinary show. The client set the rules for the competition, each course would have one common ingredient and it was up to each chef and his/her team to make the best use of that ingredient!
Executive Chef Paul Lorrain led Team Puff along with Sous Chef Zack Zietlow, Barry Levine, Elroy Francis, and Rosa Aguilar in friendly competition with Team Casey who was teamed with our Sous Chef Greg Smitka, Conception Rivera, Bricelyn Saffron, Melle Benosme, and Suely Rogers.
President and Owner, Warren Dietal kicked off the event and welcomed each guest. The teams were set, the finest ingredients from the East Coast were ordered, wines were paired for each course, the ingredients announced, and the competition began! Warren interviewed the Chefs as they were preparing their culinary creations, and the guests were invited to come to the food prep areas to watch and ask the chefs questions.
The guests loved the competition and took their scoring very seriously. One guest said he was “a huge fan of the Top Chef Competition TV shows and to be a part of an event like this was a dream come true.” After all score cards had been collected and tallied both team Puff and team Casey performed well and were favored highly by guests. However, when guests were asked to select the meal they would most like to enjoy again, team Puff was the Winner! After the exciting competition guests enjoyed the opportunity to take pictures with and get autographs from the culinary stars of the night. For the Puff ‘n Stuff Catering kitchen, Chefs, and guests this was certainly a night to go down in history!
The First Move- The Flavors of Florida Citrus
Paired with Laetitia Chardonnay
Blue Crab Stuffed Squash Blossom with warm asparagus & bruleed Sabayon
Szechuan Pepper-Crusted Shrimp with orange rice noodles
The Surprising and Delicious Tactics of Heirloom Tomatoes
Paired with Silver Beach Sauvignon Blanc
Heirloom Tomatoes and Burrata
Heirloom Tomato Panzella
Ras El Hanout the Decisive Engagement- A Duck Duo vs. Poached Loin of Veal
Paired with Laetitia Pinot Noir
Poached Loin of Veal with the Chef’s own ras el hanout
Duck Squared dueling entree of duck breast & duck confit hash prepared with the Chef’s own ras el hanout
Bataille Des Chocolats
Paired with Mollydooker Two Left Feet Shiraz Blend
Pots du Chocolat & Doughnuts
Balloon au Chocolat white chocolate dome over elegant chocolate sponge cake with citrus & chocolate ganache revealed by melting the dome with warm orange & rose syrup
Photography: Chris Gillyard Photography
Venue: Puff ‘n Stuff Catering Commissary
Catering: Puff ‘n Stuff Catering, Special Event Planner Paula Sautter
Destination Management Company: Florida Meeting Services
Trends | Monograms | Letters of Love
Monograms have long been spotted as engravings on invitations and stationery, and as embroidery on linens. Today, these symbolic letters are making appearances throughout the wedding landscape as sweet additions to champagne flutes, candles, clothing accessories, deserts and more! There are so many clever ways to utilize monograms as a symbol of your new union; sites like Pinterest and Marry Monograms offer creative ideas, DIY advice and and more to help you incorporate this increasingly popular trend into your big day.
Ideal for customizing any wedding element, monograms can be designed to coordinate with your theme by selecting personalized fonts, colors and symbols. And don’t forget to talk to your key vendors – caterers, lighting specialists and wedding planners can supply unique options for incorporating monograms into your wedding. Here are some great ideas to get your started!
Letters of Decor
Wedding Stories | Jessica + Ian | Week 3: The Big Day | Orlando Science Center
We are so excited to share the grand finale to Jessica and Ian’s wedding story with you today! After three meetings and plenty of fluid communication with Puff ‘n Stuff Catering Special Event Planner, Heidi Brice, Jessica and Ian were ready to step out and enjoy their magical wedding day. A spectacular wedding like this one is produced by a collection of talented wedding pros working together to bring the couple’s vision and dreams to life. A special thank you to the Orlando Science Center, Encore Creations, VHVIDEO.COM, Chic Event Furniture, Harps Unlimited, The Redcoats, and Kristin Mizo Photography for your incredible contributions to Jessica and Ian’s special day.
Join us and watch the Curry-Garlic wedding day unfold!
Thank you for following Jessica and Ian’s wedding story with us for the last three weeks! We hope their journey inspired you and got you excited to begin planning your own special event. If you have questions or are ready to get started, just give us a call!
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