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Spring Tablescapes

Posted by on March 20, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Spring Tablescapes

  With it officially being spring, your brunch parties are going to need a little color added to the table. Spring calls for bright colors and bright fruits and we have some great ideas for your next gathering! Just Peachy We just love peach as an accent color; it’s so spring-y and adds a bit of warmth when used with gold utensils. Peach also looks great against a dark wood or a light wood table. As for your table’s centerpiece you can use lots of bright colored flowers like pink, orange, red, and purple along with white flowers and greenery to create a full look along your whole table. Add a small peach to the center of each plate on top of a folded napkin for a little extra flair! Green with Envy Your guests are going to be green with envy after seeing your tablescapes when you use greenery. Greenery is the hottest trend among florists for 2017. More and more brides have been using greenery as a replacement for flowers for more of a minimalistic look, and we love it! Greenery adds a little pop to a boring white tablecloth and they come in so many different styles for every party need. Whether you need large leaves to cover the table to just a small leaves to accent here and there greenery has got you covered. Greenery looks great paired with white flowers and copper plate chargers and utensils. The 2017 Catersource Convention already has jumped on the greenery trend and has already done wall décor, check it out on their Instagram! Link below: https://www.instagram.com/p/BRlwNq7DU6X/?taken-by=catersource Easter Brunch Want to have the best Easter Brunch tablescape? Don’t go for the classic electric pink, purple, green, yellow, and blue; pick one classic Easter color and use the lightest shade. Using all the brightest colors may make your tablescape seem more like a child’s party rather than a classy adult brunch. We like light blue as an accent color that is more of a neutral so that you can also accent with other colors as well. And don’t forget about tulips as a classic Easter flower centerpiece! Looking for a little extra fun, try doing this bunny ear napkin fold! We hope you love these tablescape ideas as much as we do, if you have any tablescapes you’d like to show off please comment...

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BIG Open House at Secret Garden

Posted by on March 7, 2017 in News | Comments Off on BIG Open House at Secret Garden

At the end of January we got the chance to participate in our sister company, Secret Garden’s BIG open house! There were a variety of vendors present including florists, wedding planners, DJ’s, photographers, bakers and of course Creative Hands Cuisine! It was a beautiful afternoon and the garden was decorated to perfection! Scroll below to see some of the amazing photos captured by Laura Segall Photography. Upon arriving at Secret Garden, visitors were greeted by our latest addition, a 1955 vintage Chevy. This beauty can be used as a coffee bar, dessert stand, a place for signature drinks and anything else you can imagine. A perfect addition to any event.         Our Creative Hands Cuisine staff was present with hand passed Hors d’oeuvres such as these Gorgonzola Cigars.                       No event is complete without a dessert bar and we made sure ours had some of the best sweet treats. Salted Caramel Budinos and Hazelnut Cream Puffs were presented perfectly on this sweet stand.                         We weren’t they only ones who had a sweet tooth that day! Inspired Sugar was also there with some of their amazing cupcakes, cookies and cake. They recommended not sampling one but all sweets available including Raspberry Lemonade and Snickerdoodle Cupcakes in order to pick your favorite!           Kruzin Cuisine food truck was serving delicious Chicken and Waffles with a Sriracha Maple Syrup. Try saying that without your mouth watering.             Creative Hands Cuisine and Secret Garden owner/Head Chef Doug (left) and Chef Ben (right). The makers behind the delicious food options!         The Secret Garden’s recently renovated bridal suite was open for viewing. Such an elegant addition to the venue!                 Gorgeous floral arrangements by Rita’s Floral Designs were the perfect touch to the pavilion and spaces around the garden.                           A perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon at Secret Garden filled with great food, music and beautiful décor to gape at. We can’t wait to do it all over...

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Throwing a Brunch Party!

Posted by on March 6, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Throwing a Brunch Party!

With the spring season coming up why not throw a brunch party to celebrate the warmer weather? When throwing a brunch party there are so many options for food and desserts, your guests wont know what to try first. Since there are so many choices we have narrowed down it down to a few of our favorites! Mimosa Bar Let’s be honest, a brunch party isn’t complete without a mimosa bar. All you need is champagne flutes, and your choice of juice to pair with a crisp champagne. Here are just a few fun selections of juice you may like: -Classic Orange Juice -Pineapple Juice -Cranberry Juice -Grapefruit Juice -Pomegranate Juice -Blood Orange Juice -Mango Juice Garnish each with your choice of fruit or drop your favorite berry in the bottom for a cool fizzy look. Here are some garnish options: -Raspberries -Blueberries -Blackberries -Strawberries -Pineapples -Pomegranate Seeds -Mango Slices -Watermelon -Kiwi -Peach Slices We hope you enjoy these fruity mimosas as much as we do! Waffle Bar Guests love a buffet style option to customize as their own. With a waffle bar you can cook the waffles before hand and have all the toppings at a self serve station, which makes hosting the brunch much easier on you. Here are some items you’ll need to make this waffle bar a hit! -Fresh Baked Waffles (regular and gluten-free) -Toppings (butter, chocolate chips, powdered sugar, whipped cream, peanuts, multi-colored sprinkles, chocolate sprinkles, syrups- maple, strawberry, blueberry, peanut butter, chocolate) -Assorted Fruit topping (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, bananas, cherries Protein Station What’s breakfast without eggs and bacon? You can easily whip up some eggs and bacon before your guests arrive and leave as at a self serve station along with potatoes, various whole fruits, sausage, mini donuts, mini cinnamon rolls, oatmeal, croissants, toast and jams. Unique Extras If you’re looking for a little something extra to wow your guests here are some unique single serving ideas: -Bacon Wrapped Asparagus:: Wrap savory asparagus in apple wood smoked bacon and grill to perfection -Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Cucumber Bites:: Just spread a rosemary cream cheese on a sliced cucumber topped with a small piece of salmon, skewered or un-skewered -Mini Pancake Skewers:: Either hand bake or buy mini pancakes stack them in three or fours and top with your choice of fruit and skewer them together...

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Spring Festivals In Arizona!

Posted by on February 13, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Spring Festivals In Arizona!

Springtime is coming which means calendars will be filled with tons of outdoor events! The Phoenix area is a great place for a variety of interests and no matter who you are, you’ll be able to find some way to entertain yourself! Below you’ll find an event going on for each month this Spring that’s sure to provide fun for all. March 3/3-3/5 You don’t have to go far to find a musical festival around here. While it may not be Coachella, Lollapalooza or Bonnaroo, we think McDowell Mountain Music Festival is still pretty far up there. What makes this one stand out above the rest is that it’s 100% nonprofit. Flume, Grouplove and The Shins are just a few of the many artists that will be performing there.   April 3/31-4/2 Art, music, food, beer. What else could you ask for on a beautiful weekend day? Tempe Spring Festival of the Arts has all that in one area. The 40th annual festival will showcase over 300 artists from around the country. You’ll also be able to check out local restaurants, breweries and shops. So much to do in just a few days!   May 5/13-5/14 At Creative Hands we love to use Schnepf Farm’s peaches in some of our favorite recipes. We’re already dreaming about the amazing peaches we’ll be able to eat at their Annual Peach Festival! Peach flavored foods, peach flavored drinks, peach flavored sweets, peach themed crafts, ALL THINGS PEACH. While taking a break from the eating part (which you may never want to do) they’ll also be hay rides, live music train rides and...

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Love is in the Air!

Posted by on January 30, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Love is in the Air!

It’s almost February, the month of love and couples and good sweets and heart shaped things and pink and red! For some, Febuary 14th is an exciting day for love and for others it’s a great excuse to indulge in foil wrapped Dove chocolates and cocktails. Either way some type of food or other Valentine’s Day themed things are somehow coordinated into the day.   Whether you’re attending a Valentine’s Day party, preparing a romantic dinner for a date or drowning in sweets and drinks here’s a little LOVEly inspiration for your February 14th wherever it may be.   Brownies and cheesecake are divine sweets but mixing the two together is simply genius. All you have to do for these Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies is make the brownie layer and add the cheesecake layer on top and that’s it! But if you want a little bit more detailed recipe keep scrolling.   – Here’s what you’ll need – For the brownie layer:                                                                     ½ cup unsalted butter, softened ½ cup granulated sugar ½ cup brown sugar, lightly packed 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup all-purpose flour ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder ¼ teaspoon salt For the raspberry cheesecake layer: 8 ounces cream cheese, softened ¾ cup plain Greek yogurt 2 large eggs ¼ cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 cup raspberries, lightly mashed Cream together butter, sugar and brown sugar with electric mixer until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and mix again until combined. Add flour, cocoa powder and salt and mix until combined. Spread brownie batter in 8×8 inch baking pan lined with parchment paper and set aside. Make the cheesecake layer. With electric mixer, whip the cream cheese, Greek yogurt and eggs. Add sugar, flour and vanilla and mix until combined. Fold in the raspberries. Spread cheesecake mixture on top of the brownie batter. Bake for 50-60 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool for an hour and chill for 2-3 hours before cutting the bars into squares. After those amazing cheesecake brownies you’ll probably need something to wash them down. Next up, raspberry pink champagne floats. This recipe only makes one so if you plan on sharing (or drinking a few yourself) you’ll have to double or triple the recipe!                                                   – Here’s what you’ll need –                                                   2-3 scoops raspberry sorbet 1 cup pink champagne Fresh raspberries or other berries for garnish – Place scoops of sorbet in large wine glass – Pour champagne over sorbet – Top with berries – Eat with a spoon or sip with a straw!           If you’re planning to host a party this Valentine’s Day you probably already know that balloons are a huge trend this year! See how you can amp up your simple party balloons with some themed colors.   -Here’s what you’ll need –   Fine glitter (red, pink, silver, gold for Valentine’s Day theme) Clear balloons Funnel Spoon Balloon pump -Stretch each balloon. Insert funnel into balloon and add glitter using a spoon. Adjust amounts to achieve desired color. -Using pump, inflate each balloon. Knot balloon. Attach strings to them or create an arrangement on the wall!...

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It’s Super Bowl Season!

Posted by on January 24, 2017 in News | Comments Off on It’s Super Bowl Season!

It’s that time again, time to get together with family and friends to root on your favorite team. The 51st Super Bowl is less than two weeks away and if you need some snack-spiration you’ve come to the right place! We have some great team themed recipes to spice up your Super Bowl party and delight your Patriots fans and Falcons fans. Super Bowl parties are notorious for the amount of fun snack food and football themed appetizers. We have just a couple of our favorite h’ors d’oeurves, desserts, and drinks that we’re sure your guests will adore. Dips are a crowd favorite, but it seems that every tailgate or Super Bowl party has the same boring dips, here’s an idea if you want to “beef” up a traditional queso. Here’s what you’ll need: 8oz of ground beef 2 tbsp of fresh Cilantro 1/4 cup of canned green chilies 1/2 cup of canned tomatoes 1/4 cup of salsa verde 1/2 tsp of chili powder 1 tsp Emerils essence creole seasoning 1 tsp kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 tbsp of olive oil 1/2 tsp of cumin 1/2 cup of Monterey jack cheese 8oz of Velveeta Cook the beef first, set aside, melt the cheese, and add everything together and your queso will be done in 15 minutes! Your guests won’t be able to resist this decadent dip that you can scoop with any chip. If your guests are looking for something a bit lighter try making lobster rolls. This is a great alternative to the usual hamburgers and hot dogs that you see at every large event. These lobster rolls are also a healthy option when you’re surrounded by the usual unhealthy Super Bowl food. Here’s what you’ll need: Lobster meat Greek yogurt Mayonnaise Finely chopped celery Sea salt Boston lettuce Tomatoes Uncured bacon Depending on the size of your party you may need more or less of the yogurt/ mayonnaise base. Use half Greek yogurt and half mayonnaise. Chop the lobster meat into small easy to eat pieces along with the celery with a pinch of sea salt. You can either wrap this delectable lobster roll with lettuce or warm Texas toast, tomato and bacon are optional. Garnish with lemon or garlic salt. This is a dish New England fans are sure to love! We know that preparing for any party, let alone a Super Bowl party can be stressful for the host. We have found the perfect football themed dessert that is delicious and easy to make! These Chocolate Peanut butter Footballs can be made a couple days prior to the party, which makes it an even more desirable dessert. Go ahead, do your touchdown dance. Here’s what you’ll need: 1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter 3 tbsp. salted butter, softened 1 cup of powdered sugar 8oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped (or chocolate chips) Mix peanut butter and butter into a mixing bowl, mix in powdered sugar gradually until doughy. Let the dough sit about 15 minutes to firm up. Shape the dough into a football and place on a baking sheet. Once finished place the baking sheet in the fridge and let the footballs sit for about 30 minutes or until they hold their shape. Next melt the chocolate in to a bowl, once footballs...

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Football Season Fun!

Posted by on September 6, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Football Season Fun!

This upcoming Thursday kicks off the 2016 NFL Football season, and we couldn’t be more excited! Game days are the perfect time to get together with your friends and family to cheer on your favorite team. If you want some delicious inspiration for your next football party or tailgate, then read on! Throwing football-themed parties or tailgates can be so simple, yet so much fun; all you need is a great drink and some yummy snacks to make it a blast! We’ll show you some of our favorite recipes for a little bit of game day inspiration. Having your guests all eating dip out of one bowl can be messy and everyone can get congested around the bowl (and HELLO double-dippers, we see you). Single serve chips and dip cups are so easy to assemble, you can do so many variations of them, and your guests are free to grab a cup and mingle or watch the game without having to keep returning to the crowded dip bowl. Our favorite variation is so simple: just choose your favorite guacamole recipe and place it in individual cups, place a few tortilla chips into the cup, and you’re set to go! Skewers are another appetizer that is so easy and versatile and can be eaten straight off of the grill. All you need is meat and veggies that are cut up into bite sized pieces, season them with your favorite spice blend, thread onto a wooden skewer and pop them on the grill. We’ve chosen salmon skewers with red onion and multi-colored bell peppers that create a skewer that is sure to wow your guests. If you’re looking to stay on the lighter side and add some football spirit to your menu, we’re loving how adorable these chocolate covered strawberries are! Simply dip the fruit into some melted milk chocolate and then pipe on football stitching in white chocolate to make an easy desert that looks so great. Lastly, you can’t watch football without a drink in your hand! The classic ice chest full of beer is always a hit, however our recipe for caramel apple sangria is sure to impress. Simply mix together one gallon jug of apple cider, one bottle of pinot grigio (or any white wine you prefer), one cup of caramel vodka, then top it with some cubed apples!...

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Cool Down With These Refreshing Beverages!

Posted by on June 15, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Cool Down With These Refreshing Beverages!

Refreshing Beverages That Will Help You Keep Cool This Summer It’s going to be a HOT one this weekend, so we wanted to share a couple quick recipes to keep you cool! Pinot Slushies A perfect beverage to cool you off during cocktail hour Ingredients 4 oz. Pinot Grigio, chilled 1/2 oz. Grand Marnier 3 frozen orange juice cubes 4 frozen pineapple juice cubes Directions Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend on the lowest setting for couple of seconds. Just until the ice cubes are broken up. Pour into a chilled glass. Serve immediately Orange Creamsicle Float Both you and the kids can enjoy by the pool! Ingredients 2 small scoops of good quality vanilla ice cream Good quality orange soda Whipped Cream Instructions Place the scoops of ice cream in a tall glass and fill the glass with the orange soda. Top with whipped cream and serve...

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Summer Trends- 2016

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Summer Trends- 2016

This is What’s Trending in 2016! Our Favorite Trend- CUISINE! According to the National Restaurant Association, who conducts an annual survey of nearly 1,600 professional chefs a year, has found that the leading newest trends in the culinary industry are leaning towards more locally grown and operated food industry, sustainable food practices, and a new interest in ethnic foods and spices! Consumers today are more interest in how their food is made, and knowing exactly where it comes from more than ever! That’s why chefs are now moving towards locally grown food and using more natural ingredients and less processed foods. Chefs today are also more environmentally concerned than ever before, and are choosing to use products that promote sustainable food practices. Lastly, as we enter the age of globalization, so does our culinary world. Chefs are now trying to incorporate ethnic spices into their cuisine and authentic ethnic dishes into their menus. Our operations manager, here at Creative Hands Cuisine, recommends Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company for their locally crafted Arizona beers and their locally sourced fresh ingredients. Now, What is Everyone Drinking? Cocktails treads are heading in the same direction as our food trends predictions. Bartenders and patrons are interest in finding locally crafted and produced beer, wine and spirits. Customers are also looking for destination based cocktails with fresh ingredients. Don’t forget to try some fresh herbs in your favorite cocktail! FASHION ALERT!! Get ready to pull out all your white clothes in your closet… because white is in this season! Everywhere from Tommy Hilfiger, to Polo Ralph Lauren, to Nordstrom’s are all focusing on white this summer. Just take a look at Tom Hilfiger’s new pair of women’s shoes! It’s a beautiful new shoe with a flower cut out print on the front of the shoe, with a gold trim around the outside. This is a simple and clean look that goes well with pretty much any summer outfit. This can also tie into any white themed summer party you may attend! If you want to spice up your look this summer, try accessorizing your outfit with a pop of lightly colored clothing; like a pastel top, or a darkly colored belt to contrast the rest of your...

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The Art of Proposing: Lauren & Cameron

Posted by on March 22, 2016 in News | Comments Off on The Art of Proposing: Lauren & Cameron

The Art of Proposing Cameron & Lauren   The Meet Cute: I was very hesitant to meet Cameron at first. I had been set up by friends before, and it never ended well. I finally gave in, and agreed to meet him after his GCU baseball game with the rest of our friends. We went to the teams favorite sports bar, Zipp’s, for dinner after the game. I sat across from Cameron, and we talked like we had known each other for years. I was almost embarrassed at how much he made me laugh. I couldn’t wait to see him again after that, and we made an effort to see each other each weekend despite him being in Phoenix, and I being in Tucson. The First Date: Our first date was actually on the Evening of Easter 2012. He came to pick me up after my family dinner to take me to dinner and see a movie. Little did he know, all of my family was still lingering at my house. After he parked his truck, my aunt and uncle, who were walking to their car, turned around to walk back inside to meet him. The poor guy was bombarded by my family standing around him and me in a semicircle asking us about our date. I couldn’t get out of there fast enough! The rest of the evening went smoothly, and everything was wonderful again. I was so sad to drive back to Tucson for school the next day. Flash forward to 4 years later: Cameron knew that I always wanted to take a trip to Sedona, AZ and stay at the beautiful L’Auberge Resort. He surprised me with a trip, saying that it was my Valentine’s Day present, but told me that we were staying at a different hotel. As soon as we pulled up to L’Auberge, I knew something was up! As we waited for our room to be ready, we sat by the creek and enjoyed a nice glass of French Rose’. We checked into the room, and it was the most beautiful cottage I had ever seen. We even had our own outdoor shower and creek-side patio! As we walked to our “scheduled wine tasting,” I notice that he was taking me in an odd direction. He tried to convince me that it was a short cut. He walked me to this beautiful secluded gazebo with an amazing chandelier and a table set for two, with two glasses of champagne. The moment we stepped inside, he grabbed both of my hands, and I knew that it was really happening. I was completely in shock. Tears of joy were shed, and I could not be happier to be spending the rest of my life with the man of my...

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