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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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Creating Your Perfect Tablescape!

Posted by on March 8, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Creating Your Perfect Tablescape!

How to Create Your Perfect Spring Tablescape! Springtime is a season for gathering with friends and family to enjoy the beautiful weather! Want to WOW your guests with a beautiful spring tablescape? Read on to see some of our favorite tips and tricks to creating unforgettable ambiance. Find Your Color Palette! It is important to keep to a theme when decorating your table! Try finding a fun tablecloth or candle holder to base the rest of your décor on! Vary the Height! When using a lot of candles, make sure to vary the height! It will make your table look lush and full, and interesting to the eye! Mix It Up! Don’t be afraid to mix and match your dishes! Using an assortment of fun dishes, silverware, and glassware can help add a touch of whimsy to your spring gathering! Check out fun spots like Home Goods, Crate & Barrel, and Target for fun pieces at affordable prices! Layer, Layer, Layer! The real key to any amazing tablescape is LAYERING. Don’t be afraid to keep adding! The use of place mats, chargers, napkins, place cards, and menu cards can add a very elegant ambiance to your gathering, and it is so fun to see how your setting progresses layer by layer! Use What’s In Season! Don’t be afraid to stray away from typical floral. In Arizona, citrus season is HUGE, and you should take full advantage! Put beautiful peaches, lemons, and grapefruits in your centerpieces to add a bright pop of color and a wonderful fresh...

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NYFW Inspiration

Posted by on February 16, 2016 in News | Comments Off on NYFW Inspiration

New York Fashion Week We here at Creative Hands Cuisine are drawing some inspiration from all of the amazing and unique looks from New York Fashion Week! With all of the bold florals and bright colors ahead for spring from designers like Tommy Hilfiger, Jill Stuart, and Monique Lhullier, why not add a touch of floral whimsy to your food display like we did here for your next party?! We absolutely love the use of bright colors in fresh spring salads like this one! Take advantage of what is in season to create an amazing and beautiful salad for your guests, and add some edible flowers for that extra WOW factor! Some Colorful Additions in Season: Brussel Sprouts Beets Citrus...

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The Art of Proposing – Thomas & Danielle

Posted by on February 8, 2016 in News | Comments Off on The Art of Proposing – Thomas & Danielle

With Valentine’s Day less than a week away, what better way to get into the loving spirit than reading a heartfelt proposal story?! Tom & Danielle — I first met Thomas at the weekly improv comedy show at the University of Arizona that my roommates and I would always attend in order to avoid doing homework. Tom and I had all of the same best friends, so it was inevitable that we would meet. After many nights of watching Breaking Bad, talking about our passions and future ambitions, and lots of hiking, Thomas took me to see the movie Argo. Despite holding hands throughout the movie, I refused to let him call it a date. A few weeks later, he asked me to be his girlfriend during homecoming weekend, after a candlelit guitar serenade. We have been inseparable ever since, from surviving the rest of our college years together to moving to Colorado right after graduation. We love sharing adventures together, whether it is camping on a glacier in Canada, driving around Oahu, or snowmobiling in Breckenridge. I had known since we started dating that this was the person I wanted to spend my life with — I could picture us growing up and growing old together. I didn’t get sick of being around him all the time, and he helped me make one of the best life decisions to date — adopting a cat while we were camping in Sedona! Thomas proposed on a weekend camping trip in Moab, Utah. We were hiking in Canyonlands National Park with a couple of friends, one of whom is a photographer. Tom Mentioned that we should take a couple of cute couple-y pictures, which I immediately said YES to (I should have known then – he never wants to take gross kissy pictures!). After a couple of shots, I turned around to see him on one knee. I was so surprised and overwhelmingly excited to say YES to spending the rest of my life with him. I couldn’t hold my tears back any longer when he told me that he had already asked my dad for permission. It has been an incredible ride full of travel, laughter, and love, and I can’t wait to see what our future holds. — It is certainly hard not to think about your own significant other when reading such sweet stories like this! Thomas and Danielle are an incredible couple, and we can’t wait to see what their future brings (hopefully more amazing pictures like these!). Happy Valentine’s Day to all the other love birds out...

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The Ultimate Super Bowl 50 Party Menu

Posted by on February 2, 2016 in News | Comments Off on The Ultimate Super Bowl 50 Party Menu

The Ultimate Super Bowl 50 Menu Sweet vs. Savory Who doesn’t love an awesome Super Bowl party?! We have put together some of our party foods to create the ULTIMATE Super Bowl Menu that is sure to WOW even those hard to please guests! The First Half Jalapeno Artichoke Flatbread with Parmesan Cheese Carolina Shrimp & Grits Bites Coors Light Beer Cheese & Pretzel Nibblers Salsa and Guacamole Bar The Halftime Show Meatball Sub Station With Your Choice of Sauces (Peach Bourbon BBQ, Classic Marinara, or Raspberry Chipotle) Buffalo Chicken Sliders with Blue Cheese Coleslaw Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread Muffins with Marinara Dipping Sauce The Second Half Orange Crush Cupcakes with Bronco Blue Sprinkles Panther Blue Velvet Cupcakes with Silver Buttercream Frosting S’mores Cookies Signature Cocktail Blue Moon...

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DIY “Cheers” Sign

Posted by on January 28, 2016 in News | Comments Off on DIY “Cheers” Sign

“Cheers” Sign DIY It is a new year, and with that comes new DIY projects! Who doesn’t love a glittery gold accent for their event?! We found this amazing tutorial for a fun décor sign on StyleMePretty.com. You can use it on a photo table, or even better, your bar or drink station! We decided to display it this past weekend at the Arizona Bridal Expo to keep on trend with the importance that metallic accents will play in 2016! For this project, you will need: Foam Core Board Stencil (Provided by SMP) Pencil Scissors Tape A (sharp) Exacto Knife Mod Podge Glitter (I used Martha Stewart Brand) Paint Brush Step One Cut the edges of the stencil printouts. Match up the words and tape them together. Step Two Cut out the stencil and trace it onto the foam core board. Gently peel away the stencil. Step Three Cut along the traced line using an Exacto knife. Step Four Combine Mod Podge and glitter in a bowl, and begin painting your foam sign. (It may take a few coats) Step Five Let it dry overnight, and hang wherever you’d like for the perfect glitzy accent! Here is a link to the full DIY post on StyleMePretty with an awesome video tutorial!...

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What’s Trending In 2016?

Posted by on January 19, 2016 in News | Comments Off on What’s Trending In 2016?

What’s Trending In 2016? 2016 is going to be a great year for weddings! There are so many fun, new trends being introduced. Here are some of my favorites!   1. His and Her Cocktails: Why not feature your favorite cocktails at your reception? Rather than doing a simple signature drink, you get to showcase a bit of both the bride and groom’s personalities! By offering up these two signature cocktails in lieu of a complete open bar, the savings are outstanding. Including your “His and Her Cocktails” with a selection of your favorite craft beer and wine is a great way to give your guests the options they want while still saving on your budget! 2. Naked Cakes & Hand Painted Cakes: With the wedding cake typically being a focal point of your reception, it is important that you pick something beautiful and one that reflects the personality of your relationship. Naked cakes began trending in 2015, and they will continue to be at the forefront of the cake scene in the year to come! Adorn the cake with flowers, succulents, or greenery, and you have a visual masterpiece fit for your rustic elegance affair. Hand painted cakes will also make a big appearance this year. With bold colors, metallic, and delicate prints, these cakes will really make a statement! 3. A Step Away From Florals: In 2016, we will see a lessened presence of traditional floral centerpieces and a shift to lush greenery on tables with berries and fruits, and even hanging arrangements. This trend continues the rustic elegance trend that we have previously seen in the industry....

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We Love Fall Most of All & Here’s Why…

Posted by on September 14, 2015 in News | Comments Off on We Love Fall Most of All & Here’s Why…

Ever wonder why your florist suggests flowers that are “in season?” We (the events industry) ALL want you brides out there to have the MOST beautiful wedding EVER! Therefore, Creative Hands Cuisine has put together some details that may help our seasonal-themed-brides! Take a look and get inspired!  Of course, we included seasonal foods in this blog! That is what we are ALL about! So if you every wonder why our food is just the MOST spectacular thing you’ve ever had it’s because we only cater the finest foods that are fresh, in season, and delectable!    Below are our picks of what’s trending in the fall section of the events and bridal industry. Already set on your colors? No problem! Accent colors can contribute and enhance you’re already overall amazing theme—also, for those having a winter wedding… don’t worry these schemes definitely roll into the winter season. Think of it as a two for one advice segment!    Old Wives Tale Wedding Omen: Meeting a Black Cat will bring you luck on your wedding day! So make sure to cherish the sighting of a black cat—they’ll promise a bright and loving...

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