Event Tips and Planning

October 25, 2013

Repost: Halloween Party Ideas


Halloween is on our heels - and I wanted to re-post our Frighteningly Fabulous Halloween Menu and the Pumpkin Carving Party Ideas again for all of the festivities that are bound to be held this weekend!  Check it out! HalloweenMenuHalloweenInspiration Holly's Tips for the perfect Halloween party: “One of our favorite family traditions is our annual pumpkin carving party.  There is nothing better than a hand carved pumpkin – and with the plastic pumpkins available this tradition is going away, sadly.  One of the reasons, in my opinion, is getting the inside of the pumpkin cleaned is so hard!  Well, here’s a family tip: Kerr canning lids are the trick to the clean pumpkin.  The metal edge scrapes and clean like nothing else.  Another way I like to set the mood is with candles, candles and more candles. Candlelight instantly creates a mood which is perfect for a halloween party!  Especially if you add the light of your freshly carved pumpkins!  Another great, and inexpensive, idea is to use cheesecloth to decorate mantles, tables, porches, etc.  It’s fun and spooky with the look of spiderwebs but is a lot easier to use than the stringy, sticky spider web.  For this pumpkin carving party, I thought it would be great to create an autumal color palette that really played up the activity of the night, and was fun, yet pretty and perfect for guests of all ages!  Happy Halloween!” Have fun everyone!  Happy weekend! For more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering go to! Photo credits – Row 1: Pumpkins via Designer Mag, Apple decoration via I Said Yes… Now What?; Row 2: ‘Welcome Friends’ arrangement via, Cobwebbed candles via Martha Stewart, Bat & Window decoration via Designer Mag, Pumpkin centerpiece via Designer Mag, Candlelit table via Hedgehogs & Leaves, Spooky pumpkin path via Martha Stewart    

October 17, 2013

Halloween Party Ideas: Part 2, The Menu


As promised, I have Mary Crafts-Homer's frighteningly FABULOUS Halloween menu !  I love the playful (and delicious!) ideas to these traditional party eats.  They are great foods for mingling and snacking on, too, so it's great for a pumpkin carving party!  Check it out! HalloweenMenu SO YUMMY!  My personal favorite has to be the "Vampire Chasers" - and remember, it's Halloween!  Have fun with your menu and don't shy away from making some spookily fun eats!  Your guests will love it!  Happy planning everyone! Check out more Salt Lake, Park City, and Utah County catering at!

September 10, 2013

Remember To Light The Night!


It's about the time when we move from the sweltering summer (especially this year!) to a, hopefully, cool fall, the days are shortening and making light more scarce for outdoor weddings, and while many people love this because creates a romantic mood and a gorgeous evening – they also sometimes don’t remember just how fast the dark nights roll in.  Because of that, it’s always a good idea to have lighting planned for your event so your guests aren’t stuck stumbling around in the dusky light and everyone can see all the wonderful elements of your special day that you put so much effort and time into planning!  We here at Culinary Crafts LOVE the many fantastic ways that lighting adds romance, drama, and, of course, light, to an event, but there are many options to choose from!  Some of our favorites are adding chandeliers to your tent or dance floor, utilizing strung lights on an outdoor patio, or even arranging beautiful candles to cast warmth to the night.  Check out some of our favs! NewLighting NewLighting2 NewLighting3 NewLighting4 NewLighting5 NewLighting6 NewLighting7 NewLighting8 NewLighting9 Beautiful light makes for a beautiful event.  Plus, your guests will appreciate that they can still see everything that going on (plus, no accidental tumbles because they can't see where they are going!)  Taking the time to plan for these small details will make your wedding not only gorgeous, but a better experience for you and your guests!  That way you can focus on enjoying this once in a lifetime event – which is what its all about!  Happy planning everyone! Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at! Photos by Pepper Nix Photography, Logan Walker - A Pepper Nix Photographer, Kelli Bramble Photography, and Keith Westerberg

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