Holiday Parties

December 30, 2010

Lucky New Year’s Food Traditions


There are all sorts of traditions to bring luck in the New Year, but I'd like to focus primarily on the food traditions today.  In my research on these foods, I've found there are some that turn up again and again in many cultures.  I'd like to share a bit of their tradition and history with you! Grapes Dating back to 1909, grape growers in Spain started eating 12 grapes at midnight to symbolize each stroke of the clock.  The tradition has spread to many Spanish and Portuguese colonies and is still practiced today!  The goal is to eat all the grapes by the last stroke of midnight and each grape represents a different month.  So, for instance, if your 6th grape is a bit sour, June may be more of a problematic time, but if all your grapes are sweet, the year looks sweet for you too! Cooked Greens

Cooked greens are consumed in many countries because when the greens are cooked, they resemble folded money and so they are symbolic of prosperity.  The Danish peoples eat greens sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon to sweeten their economic fortunes.  Its also believed that the more greens you can eat on New Year's Day, the larger your fortune will be in the coming year! Legumes

Legumes are also symbolic of money because they resemble coins when uncooked and swell when cooked.  So people eat them in hopes that their coin purses will also swell in the New Year!  There is even a legend that in the Civil War, a town in Mississippi ran out of food.  Luckily, however, they  found the legume black-eyed peas and were saved!  Ever since, many people have considered that legume in particular very lucky! Pork

Pigs symbolize progress to many cultures because they push forward and root themselves to the ground before moving.  Austrians are known to decorate tables with miniature marzipan pigs and countries such as Spain, Hungry, Austria, Italy, and the United States all traditionally consume pork on New Year's.  It is also though that because of the richness of pork, it signifies wealth and prosperity. Fish

The same can be said of fish as is said of pigs.  They are always moving forward and, thus, seen as lucky for prosperity.  In Japan, roe is also consumed for fertility, shrimp for a long life and dried sardines  for a good harvest because they were once used to fertilize rice fields.  Many other countries such as Germany, Sweden, Poland, and Denmark eat fish on New Year's as well.  In Germany, it has even been known to place a few fish scales in their wallets for good luck. Cakes

In Scotland, there is a tradition called "first footing" in which the first person to enter a home after the New Year determines what kind of year the resident will have.  They often bring symbolic gifts such as baked goods and cakes to make sure the household always has food.  In other countries, such as Mexico or Greece, it is customary to hide special treats in a cake and if you find it, you'll be lucky in the new year.  Traditionally, the cakes served on New Year's are round or ring shaped so that it will bring things full circle, thus being good luck or a fresh start.  In Poland, Hungary, Holland, and the Netherlands they eat donuts!  Yum! What to Avoid

There are also things you shouldn't eat because they symbolize bad fortune.  Lobsters move backwards and symbolize setbacks.  Chickens scratch backwards and could cause regret or dwelling on the past.  Some other traditions guard against any winged fowl because they could cause good luck to fly away. I hope you enjoyed learning about these food traditions and they give you some new ideas!  Enjoy and we wish everyone a prosperous New Year! Check out more inspiration on our website! Photo Credits: Logan Walker, ZumaPhoto and Pepper Nix, Pepper Nix Photography

December 29, 2010

Culinary Crafts Featured On Utah Bride & Groom Blog!


December 28, 2010

A New Year’s Eve Craft!


Since we are leaving one holiday and going into another, I thought it would be fun to focus on New Year's Eve traditions this week, starting with a craft!  This craft is an easy and fun way to add a personalized detail to your New Year's Eve party!  Here it is:

Enjoy!  We'll have more New Year's ideas tomorrow!

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December 23, 2010

Vendor Spotlight: Ann Elizabeth Custom Invitations


Remember the Peacock party I posted earlier this week?  I'll refresh your memory here.  Today I'd like to spotlight the creator of those AMAZING invitations: Ann Elizabeth Custom Invitations.  Ann Elizabeth is a true design maven and makes the most extraordinary invitations for any event, as well as any other paper goods you would like.  And she does holiday cards to boot!  Here are some invitations for events we have personally been involved with.  I think you will agree she is a genius!

How cute is this?!  You can see this event here.  The invitations really set the tone for the party!

Such beautiful design!  Love it!

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Photo Credits: Top set and bottom set, Logan Walker of ZumaPhoto; middle set Ashlee Raubach of Ashlee Raubach Photography

December 21, 2010

A Party Fit For a Peacock!


Today, I have an event that is simply GORGEOUS.  It had a central peacock details that works, not only for this elegant holiday party, but could definitely translate to an awesome palette for a wedding!  It is rich, lush, and sumptuous with the gorgeous crepe fabrics and golds in the plates and drinkware.  Finish that off with beautiful red roses, purple currant berries, tulips, and peacock feathers as the floral arrangement and you are truly going to impress!  Let's show off some of the pictures!

These invitations are to die for!  Ann Elizabeth is truly a master of design.  I love the art deco detailing!  It really takes it above and beyond the "peacock" theme.  (Stay tuned for a spotlight on Ann Elizabeth later on this week too!)

Rachel always makes sure the final details are taken care of and the event goes off without a hitch.  We love you Rachel!

Aren't these arrangements amazing?!  Leave it to Orchid Dynasty to create such spectacular pieces!

I love the compliment of the reds and the turquoises on the tables.  Its truly a dynamic and visually arresting color combination.

The food, as always, is simply delectable and beautiful to boot!

The Hope Gallery is definitely a special and breathtaking venue for any event.  Plus, there is never a break in all the beauty around you!  Definitely a place that will keep you guests talking for years to come!

I hope this inspired you to take some risks with your colors.  I think the results could be stellar!

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Photo Credit: Logan Walker, ZumaPhoto

December 10, 2010

Holiday Gift 2010


One of our favorite holiday traditions is our Holiday Gift!  Every year, we come up with a new and creative theme and use it to showcase some of our favorite comforts of the season and share a little love with our friends!  This year, we used a "contemporary southwestern" styling and put Ryan Crafts's new grilling rubs, sauces, and marinades as the showcase gift!  Couple that with the wood burnt logo, the sawdust packing, and the natural fiber ribbon tie, and you have a gorgeous gift that will bring a smile to anyone's face.  I hope this inspires you to come up with some creative gift themes of your own.  Now on to the pictures!

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Photo credit: Logan Walker of ZumaPhoto

December 9, 2010

Holiday Cocktails!


Today, I'd like to share more cocktail recipes for this holiday season!  This season is all about spending time with our friends and family and what a better way to welcome them into your home than with a fun and delicious drink!  Enjoy!

Check out even more ideas for this holiday season on our website!

All recipes and photos from Martha Stewart and the Food Network

December 6, 2010

And now… Etsy for the holidays!


I think I've told you of my love of Etsy.  You can find everything and anything you never knew you wanted (and sometimes needed) for any event.  I'd like to show some of the holiday wares that are great ideas for your home decor, holiday event, or gifts!

First row: Christmas Quote Poster from GeeZees, Star of David Mobile from paperbella, Holiday Cards from papercitydesign

Second row: Zoo Christmas Stocking from bebesniklefritz, Holiday Wreath from bloomingcouture, Tiny Dove Ornaments from palomasnest

Third row: Glitter Deer from TheBakersDaughter, DIY Magnetic Advent Calendar from iheartchelsyanne, Handmade Hurricane Candle from allabouthenna, Christmas Paper Garland from FortheHome

Fourth row: Tree of Life Menorah from Nelles, Peppermint Bark from KGSweets, Engraved Stone Nativity from CustomStones

November 23, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!


Photo credit: Food Network

Hello everyone!  We'll be taking a break from the blog this week to spend time with our families, eat delicious food, and be truly thankful for how much we are blessed!  I hope you too have a wonderful holiday, and in the mean time, I'll be leaving you with some links to occupy you in the short hiatus. :)  Happy Thanksgiving!

Need some ideas for cute and easy Thanksgiving decor?  Check this out... Ooo!  Free Thanksgiving printables! Check out this uber cool Save the Date from our good friends, ZumaPhoto! I kinda want to try these....  Is anyone else totally intrigued? Looking for some holiday cards?  These are GORGEOUS.  And so are these from our friends at sprout photo! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this story...  A tear-jerker, but also such a testimony of love. Amy Atlas is AMAZING!  For evidence, see this!  And this!  And remember this? Do you love Etsy?  I do!  Look at all of this holiday magic! And finally, I love ReadyMade magazine.  They are all about recycling, using found objects, and being a responsible economical steward...  Just like Culinary Crafts!  Here is a great DIY holiday gift I found on their awesome site! We are so thankful for you, our readers! See you next week! Also, as always, check out our site for more awesome ideas!

November 21, 2010

Vendor Spotlight: Craig Chambers, Disc Connection


Are you stumped trying to find someone to set the mood and provide the music that is perfect for your event?  Well look no farther!  Craig Chambers of Disc Connection is one of the most talented and professional DJs in the state.  He'll keep the party jumping without using any hokey gimmicks or props.  And with more than 15 years experience, Disc Connection is constantly expanding their music library so whether you're wanting a more current music selection, a mix of the 'golden oldies', or a little bit of everything in between, Disc Connection will definitely deliver! 

Craig Chambers and Disc Connection are truly masters of their profession and go above and beyond to meet and exceed their client's needs.  You won't be disappointed!

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Photo credits: Pepper Nix, Pepper Nix Photography

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