Catering the Big Meeting- Atlanta Catering

 

You have a marathon meeting coming up, or the boss is coming in from out of town, or there is an important client coming in to talk about their account. These and a thousand other corporate events are all great opportunities to stand out and make a good impression. One way to do just that is to ensure that tasty treats are provided to your meeting attendees through the use of a corporate caterer. Whether your meeting or event is at your office or offsite, having the event catered can make it more pleasant, more productive, and potentially more beneficial for your business and career.

 

 
First, let’s talk about impressions. If you have a corporate retreat or team building event, or the head of your department is flying in from the home office for a meeting with you, your boss, and a few other people, having something brought in that is a step above the break room coffee and stale donuts you usually have for staff meetings will signal to her that you recognize the importance of this meeting and her position within the company. It also sends a message that you recognize the importance of details. The same is true if you are having a meeting with an important client or potential client.

 

Regardless of your business, small touches like this are a hallmark of good service, and are one way to signal to your clients that they are important to you, and to help you and your company stand out in their mind.

 

When you are having a meeting with attendees from other parts of the country or parts of the world, catering is a great way to acknowledge cultural differences and make your guests feel at home. The time-honored tradition of breaking bread also helps dispel awkwardness and makes every gathering that much more pleasant. Consider a continental breakfast for a morning meeting, with muffins, juice, coffee, tea, and other gourmet pastries. Offer coffee, tea, and an assortment of not-so-sweet cakes or pastries for an afternoon meeting, particularly if you have European attendees at your meeting, as many countries, Germany in particular, often have a “coffee and cake” break in the mid-afternoon. If you are having guests from Great Britain or Ireland, consider adding a few light sandwiches to the afternoon catered spread, in a nod to the tea time tradition. It goes without saying that meetings that are held at or that will last through meal times should include a full catered meal. Go for a boxed lunch if you want to work through the meal, or take a lunch or dinner break and offer a buffet style hot meal. Remember to include options for the vegetarians in your group, and at least one option that covers any other dietary requirements (Kosher, Halal, etc.).

 

 

Not only is a catered corporate meeting or event more pleasant than the alternative, it can put you as the one who suggests it on the boss’s radar in a good way. Catered meetings are also more productive meetings. Hungry employees are distracted employees. If everyone is slipping out for a lunch break here, a coffee break there, or a snack machine run who knows when, then no one is on the same page. If, on the other hand, food is easily accessible and taken care of by a third party, you and your team can focus on the work at hand and get more done.

 

For additional information regarding Atlanta catering at your next corporate event, contact us today for specials and current packages.

 

Benefits of Catering at Your Next Corporate Event

 

When planning your next corporate event or lunch-in, no matter how lavish, simplicity should always be your watchword. That seems like an oxymoron, but bear with us. Remember that your guests are ultimately there to mix and mingle with colleagues and spend time with you, while being within their work environment. The decor, food, theme, etc. – those are all just window dressing. A truly successful event is one that everyone can enjoy, even you- the host. One classic way to achieve this illusive feat is to delegate responsibility for feeding the hungry horde to a professional catering service.

 

Depending on the size of your company party and your budget, catering services can range from dropping off food that you set out for a buffet style spread to a full-service sit down meal complete with uniformed waitstaff, tablescapes and the whole nine yards. Whatever the price point and however extravagant the company event, breaking bread with one’s host is a tradition that dates back thousands of years. From ancient times when this ritual was a tacit “I won’t kill you and you won’t kill me” agreement to today, where the food is often what’s remembered longest about a good celebration, groups of people getting their snack on together have a long and illustrious history. Letting a professional caterer handle the nuts and bolts of this important party aspect means you can focus on the fun stuff – mingling with your guests and enjoying your event – instead of last minute beer runs or making sure that the shrimp cocktail is kept on ice.

 

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, when planning a corporate event, always decide on a budget and pinky swear to stick to it. This is even more important once you decide to start hiring services like professional caterers. Choose a caterer that works with the foods you enjoy and the theme you want for your company party and that is within your budget. If you need to cut corners to make it work, look at cutting things like the number of dishes on the menu or the service style. Buffet, for example, is cheaper than a plated dinner service, and also makes much more sense for a backyard barbecue.

 

 

 

 

Remember that the point of hiring your corporate caterer is so that you can have great food at your company party without driving yourself insane – and still be able to enjoy your colleagues. Decide on your menu and your theme up front, have a tasting ahead of time to approve the menu, and on the day of the party, stay out of the way!

 

 

You want to be on hand and available should anything go wrong that needs your attention, but you hired the service so you wouldn’t have to be in the kitchen – So. Don’t. Be. In. The. Kitchen. Go mingle! Have a drink! Enjoy your party, and trust your caterer to provide the fabulous food you approved for the price you agreed upon while you relax with your guests.

For additional information about hiring caterers for your next corporate event, contact our specialists today! Whether you are planning a lunch-in or a full event, we are the Atlanta caterers you can trust!

 

7 Things We Bet You Didn’t Know About Your Wedding Cake


Number 1: Why white cakes?

Why are most wedding cakes white? As with most things wedding related, the color of the wedding cake is all about symbolism. Just like the dress, the white cake symbolizes the purity and virginity of the bride. So all those parents out there who get all worked up about their little girl wearing white to the wedding and then have no problem with a colorful explosion of a wedding cake…yeah… For our two cents, it’s either go all out with the tradition and symbolism or say to heck with it and have the wedding that you want. It is 2013, after all, right?

Number 2: Symbolism

Adding insult to injury, the venerable tradition of the wedding cake was not even what we currently think of as cake until the Victorian era. At its earliest beginnings in Ancient Rome, the wedding cake was a “cake” of grain that was broken over the bride’s or sometimes the couple’s head(s) as (yet another) fertility symbol and wish. Later it became a “bride’s pie,” which could be extremely elaborate, sometimes including live animals like birds, or even snakes!

Number 3: History

Not only did Queen Victoria, venerable style icon that she was, set the tone for many of our attitudes about marriage and life in general, she even helped popularize the wedding cake itself. Queen Victoria’s wedding included an extremely elaborate cake with pure white icing and royal figures made out of said icing. The type of icing used on Queen Victoria’s cake is what today is called Royal Icing, so called because it was first popularized by a queen. Although now less popular on wedding cakes, this confection is still used in a number of applications including cookies, gingerbread houses, and any other place where a pure white, hard icing is called for.

 

 

 

 

Number 4: Grooms Cake

On the other end of the symbolism spectrum is the now primarily southern tradition of the Groom’s Cake. This cake was usually fruitcake, and was a symbol of the groom’s fertility!

 

 

Number 5: The first cake known

The very earliest known sweet wedding cake was recorded in 1655 and was a type of cake called “banbury cake.” Banbury cake bears little resemblance to modern wedding cake, however. It is a flat, oval shaped, spiced pastry filled with currants and generally served with tea. To the modern palate that may sound distinctly uninspiring, but in a time when the ingredients for an actual cake were prohibitively expensive, something as fancy as Banbury cake would have been a real treat.

Number 6: Ingredients

As ingredients for what we now think of as cake became more available and less expensive, the go-to cake for wedding cake, or “bride’s cake” as it was then known, was a white pound cake. This cake would be covered in white frosting. All of which was, of course, fraught with symbolism.

 

 

 

Number 7: The infamous cake topper

The cake topper is actually a holdover from the 1950’s. Modern cake toppers range from the traditional to whimsical depictions of the couple to the abstract and are generally in keeping with the overall decorative theme of the reception, while traditionally they were representations of the bride and groom in formal attire and symbolized the togetherness of the couple.

 

 

 

As the number one Banquet Hall in Atlanta, we specialize in accommodating all of your wedding needs. For additional information about Catering- Atlanta, Atlanta Event Planners, Atlanta Event Facilities, or additional wedding services, contact our professional staff today!

 

Benefits of Atlanta Catering At Your Event

 

 

When planning a party, no matter how lavish, simplicity should always be your watchword. That seems like an oxymoron, but bear with us. Remember that your guests are ultimately there to see you, the host and to spend time with you and the other guests. The decor, food, theme, costumes, etc. – those are all just window dressing. A truly successful party is one that everyone can enjoy, even the host. One classic way to achieve this illusive feat is to delegate responsibility for feeding the hungry horde to a catering service.

 
Depending on the size of your party and your budget, catering services can range from dropping off food that you set out for a buffet style spread to a full-service sit down meal complete with uniformed waitstaff, tablescapes and the whole nine yards. Whatever the price point and however extravagant the party, breaking bread with one’s host is a tradition that dates back thousands of years. From ancient times when this ritual was a tacit “I won’t kill you and you won’t kill me” agreement to today, where the food is often what’s remembered longest about a good celebration, groups of people getting their snack on together have a long and illustrious history.

Letting a caterer handle the nuts and bolts of this important party aspect means you can focus on the fun stuff – mingling with your guests and enjoying your party – instead of last minute beer runs or making sure that the shrimp cocktail is kept on ice.

 

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, when planning a party, always decide on a budget and pinky swear to stick to it.This is even more important once you decide to start hiring our services like Atlanta caterers, professional DJ’s, etc. Choose a caterer that works with the foods you enjoy and the theme you want for your party and that is within your budget. If you need to cut corners to make it work, look at cutting things like the number of dishes on the menu or the service style. Buffet, for example, is cheaper than a plated dinner service, and also makes much more sense for a backyard barbecue. If the plated service is imporant to you, think about cutting corners with DIY touches that you can make ahead, like tablescapes and centerpieces that you can work on in the days before the party.

 

 

 

Remember that the point of hiring a caterer is so that you can have great food at your party without driving yourself insane – and still be able to enjoy your guests. Decide on your menu and your theme up front, have a tasting ahead of time to approve the menu, and on the day of the party, stay out of the way! You want to be on hand and available should anything go wrong that needs your attention, but you hired the service so you wouln’t have to be in the kitchen – So. Don’t. Be. In. The. Kitchen.

 

Go mingle! Have a drink! Enjoy your party, and trust your caterer to provide the fabulous food you approved for the price you agreed upon while you relax with your guests.

 

For additional information on our Catering-Atlanta services, contact our specialists today. As your number one Banquet Hall in Atlanta, we also offer a variety of specials and additional premium packages to help accommodate all of your event needs! Contact us today to book your next event with our state of the art facilities.

 

Quinceañera Dresses 2013- Banquet Halls In Atlanta

 

There are only so many times in life when we get to be the center of our own fairy tale story. The Quinceañera is one of those few times, and you should do it up right, starting with a fabulous dress.  As you may have noticed by this point in your life, women’s fashion is something of a group effort. You can consider the search for your perfect Atlanta Quinceañera dress to be a bit of a dress rehearsal for those other times in your life when you might be on the hunt for THE DRESS. Planning is key.

Don’t start your dress hunt on the racks or even in magazines or on the internet. Instead, start your dress hunt in your own closet. Take a look at those fashion pieces that make you feel really good about yourself. What is it about them that makes them favorites? Is it the color? Shape? The way you accessorize? What is your favorite feature that you’d like to play up? Don’t ignore your “problem areas,” but focus on how to play up your positives, rather than nitpicking yourself into a nervous wreck about the things that make you self conscious.

 

Once you’ve taken a personal inventory of your closet and your own personal image, then start thinking about potential looks with those things in mind. Check out magazines and websites, not only for Quinceañera specific dresses, but also for prom dresses and even wedding dresses. Remember that a style that looks great on a magazine page or on the rack may not flatter your body the way you expect. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t find the perfect dress right away. This is a quest for the perfect dress, not just another shopping trip, after all. Expect to try on a few dresses at more than one shop, and try on things outside of your comfort zone.

 

Bring a couple of trusted companions with you when shopping, like older sisters and/or your mom that you can trust to give you honest and constructive opinions and keep you positive, even when it gets overwhelming. If you don’t find a dress off the rack that fits your dream image, consider having a custom dress designed and made. Surprisingly, this can sometimes end up being a more economical option than buying a dress off the rack, particularly once you factor in the cost of alterations to an off the rack dress. Oh, and there will be alterations – You’re not going to spend this kind of money on the perfect dress and then not shell out to make sure it fits your body perfectly, after all.

If you keep these tips in mind – keep your focus on playing up your positives and not nitpicking your negatives, surround yourself with constructive, honest feedback, and keep an open mind about finding the perfect dress, then your search for the Quinceañera dress of your dreams can end with a happy ending – you as the belle of your own personal ball, celebrating your initiation into young womanhood in a dress that plays up your favorite features and fits you perfectly.

 

For additional information on your next Quinceañera, contact our friendly staff at Reception Hall International– Your Banquet Hall in Atlanta. Our professional Event Planners, Atlanta Event Facilities, Professional DJ’s, Atlanta Catering, and additional Atlanta Banquet Hall Specials are offered in our packages to help make your once in a lifetime occasion the most memorable!

 

Catering Atlanta Tips for Any Event

For any event, choosing your catering can become time consuming. At Reception Hall International, we provide world renowned Catering in Atlanta for all events at our facility and at remote locations. We understand that catering is tough to narrow down, so we strive to make it an easy and enjoyable process for you every time. Catering depends on many factors including the type of event you are having, the amount of people you plan on serving, and your personal touch. With these in mind, we have formulated a little cheat sheet to help make your adventure a little easier.

 

You want to customize your food to the type of event you are hosting. So selecting the type of event you are having will be step one. Are you planning a corporate event, a wedding or ceremony, or a birthday or special celebration? After deciding this, we can then narrow down additional choices. For corporate events, you typically want to stick to small bites and appetizers. This will keep the momentum going at your event!

Since weddings tend to be larger celebrations and have many stages throughout the course of the night,they tend to take a little more planning. For starters, it is always recommended to have small bites during cocktail hour. This allows for your guests to mix and mingle until dinner is ready. For dinner, there are a few options you can choose from, but the two most popular are seated dinners and buffet dinner set ups. Once we have decided your event theme, the fun begins with getting creative!

 

 

Now let’s look at how many people you are having to your event. This is important to factor in because we obviously want to make sure everyone has a plate of food in front of them when it is time to eat. Sitting down with our professional event planners will help make this process easier for you. Most catering in Atlanta will break it down for you according to plate price or suggested amounts for buffets. This makes it easier for you to select a package and usually offers more of a discount when done this way as well. Our professional event planners are here to help you plan every step of your event and to make your decisions easier and more affordable by customizing options for you.
Incorporating your own taste and style into your catering options is the most fun of it all. What do you like to eat or what are your favorite foods? There are so many options you can choose from when it comes to food. Narrowing down your options by adding in a few things you like to enjoy will help to style the catering around your theme. Indoor events tend to stick more to the traditional foods like lasagna, steaks, and pastas, while outdoor events steer more towards smaller bites, seafood feasts, and BBQ. The best part about this part of planning is that you can do whatever you want! Our professional carters encourage you to be creative and add in a sense of your own style. After all, this is your own event and we want it completely customized to you!

 

 

Professional catering brings your event to life with laughter and mixing and mingling over delicious foods! Choosing your catering is a fun part of planning! All the taste testing’s, choosing from a wide variety, and mixing and matching food selections brings out the creative side to your planning! Start today with our professional planners and our state of the art catering to bring your celebration to life.

For additional information on our event facilities and services that we have to offer at Reception Hall International, please feel free to contact us today! Our professional staff takes pride in catering to you and your needs to make your event everything you’ve imagined.

 

The Top 10 Pre- Wedding Diet To Do’s

Preparing for your wedding couldn’t be more exciting, except for when it comes to dieting for your perfect dress on your perfect day. Now that it is coming down to the last two weeks before the wedding, it is time to kick it into gear and get a move on the work out routines. As one of Atlanta’s top wedding venues, our staff at Reception Hall International want your special day to be everything you have dreamed of. Below, are the top ten pre-wedding diet to do’s our brides have done to ensure they are feeling even more beautiful on their very special day.

  1. The first step you can take is to clean up your diet. Replace fast foods with healthy, organic snacks throughout the day. Healthy snacking is a great way to keep your metabolism up and going to burn those calories during your daily activities.
  2. Drink lots of water. This will help to flush out toxins and keep your body feeling clean and functioning properly.
  3. Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxer. During times of stress, take a few natural magnesium vitamins to help reduce the appearance of stress and to help you relax.
  4. Cellulite is not favorable on wedding days, so jump-start your days with being active. Start by jogging, doing jumping jacks, or simply dancing around while you get ready. This will help to shake it up a bit and help to clear out your lymphatic system, which will help to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
  5. Get your daily fiber count in. Fiber helps you to feel fuller, faster and also helps you to remove toxins and waste from your body.
  6. When drinking during times of celebration, drink in moderation and choose lighter fluids and stay away from the calorie counting beers that want to just sit on your body.
  7. Sugar is every woman’s weakness, especially for our soon to be brides. You have to take extra care in controlling the amount you take in these last couple of weeks. If you must have sugar to keep things relaxed, indulge in darker chocolates- which are great antioxidants and are less fattening due to being more organic.
  8. Partner up with your fiancé to hit the gym. Nothing works better than a workout buddy with the same goals.
  9. Take vitamin E to ensure healthy long hair, strong nails, and refreshed looking skin.
  10. Pamper yourself. Save up some extra money to indulge yourself into a few spa treatments here and there the last few weeks before the wedding. Not only will this keep the peace and relax your mind, but you will feel amazing afterwards.

You only get married once, so start early to get it together to make yourself feel more alive and beautiful on your special day. At Reception Hall International, your banquet hall in Atlanta, we specialize in helping our brides achieve their dream wedding by providing a state of the art wedding venue, world renowned catering in Atlanta, and effective planning services to take the stress off your personal planning. Allow us to be the ones who take on your stress while you prepare for the most magical day to come! Contact our professional staff today and visit with us to see everything we have to offer you.