Brides, grooms, family and friends! It is time again for our Annual Fall Bridal Showcase. Please join us on Sunday October 21st from Noon to 3 pm.
Invitations will be going out soon so check your mail box. Don't want to wait? Get your RSVP in now for the Fall Show 2012 and complete the registration form.
This show is free to attend and highlights our amazing preferred vendors. The show offers you a great opportunity to sample food, drinks, desserts and get all of your questions answered by the top in the industry. CLICK HERE for a few of the vendors you can expect to see.
Happy planning and we look forward to seeing you at the show!
The rehearsal is your final opportunity to run through your event details. For many couples this can be a stressful time leading up to the big day but with proper planning and a open mind you can work out those last minute jitters and kinks.
Once you book your event at Lionscrest, you may schedule your one-hour rehearsal for the Wednesday before your wedding. We hold all rehearsals on Wednesdays because we do book so many events Thursday through Monday. You, your family, and wedding party may attend this rehearsal where you can drop off items for the event (a list of items allowed will be provided at your walk-thru), practice the ceremony processional and recessional, and go through general information regarding the order of events. If you have members that cannot attend this rehearsal, we will provide notes that you may use if you choose to have another rehearsal off site closer to your event date.
Here is a story from eleGala on everything you need to know about the rehearsal dinner...
Everything you need to know to plan a rehearsal dinner – the prelude to the main event…
The rehearsal dinner sets the stage for the entire wedding weekend and is often the first opportunity for family members and guests to meet and greet. Like a calm before the storm, it’s usually relaxed and intimate, allowing the bride and groom to unwind with their closest friends and family before the whirlwind of the main event.
What Is It
The rehearsal dinner is a celebratory meal after, you guessed it, the ceremony rehearsal. It can be a formal dinner party, a backyard barbecue, or a seaside clambake. Regardless of style, it almost always involved a meal of some kind.
When Is It
The rehearsal dinner usually occurs right after the rehearsal, which is almost always the afternoon or evening before the wedding.
The groom’s parents traditionally host and pay for the rehearsal dinner. Nowadays, however, planning and hosting weddings – and all the events surrounding them – is often a group effort. During your initial wedding budget talks with all contributing parties, you’ll need to discuss and determine plans for hosting the rehearsal dinner.
The guest list typically includes the wedding party, immediate family, and the officiant. Some couples choose to invite out-of-town guests as well, but if you have a far-flung guest list, inviting them all may be impractical.
Where Is It
For convenience reasons, the rehearsal dinner should take place close to the wedding location; however, the choice of venue type is pretty open. Restaurants are always a popular option, yet more and more couples are starting to get just as creative with their rehearsal dinner venues as they are their wedding venues. Mansions, museums, parks, gardens, backyards – you name it; it can host a rehearsal dinner.
Rehearsal dinners are well suited for toasting (and roasting), since speakers may feel more comfortable in a more intimate environment. As the traditional host, the father of the groom usually speaks to welcome guests. The best man, maid of honor, bridesmaids, or really anyone else may offer a toast. The bride and groom can also use this opportunity to distribute their attendant gifts and thank their families and guests.
Ideas and Trends
More and more couples are opting for casual rehearsal dinners, especially when the wedding is particularly elegant. Brides and grooms who want to relax and enjoy themselves before the main event find an unbuttoned affair particularly enticing, causing clambakes, crawfish boils, and barbecues to become popular. Other couples are centering the dinner around a fun activity such as a boat cruise, wine tasting, casino night, mini-golf – even bowling.
Regardless, try to plan a rehearsal dinner that’s a contrast to the
wedding, so your guests aren’t thinking “been there, done that” by the
time your reception starts.
For your rehearsal dinner here are a few restaurants/caters we suggest...
The Greenbriar Inn (Boulder)
The Greenbriar Inn (Boulder)
Greens Point Catering
Christina, Susie, Joan and Melissa
A Spice of Life
Kathy or Dawn
Yes the Holiday season is here and it is time to scramble to the good ole' recipe box for some tasty tidbits. This year our gift to you is the gift of sharing. Here today are some of our favorite recipes from our Christmas cocktail party. We hope you give them a try and that they are such a hit that you add them to your family recipe box. Happy Eating!
The Cocktail Party
For Leona's side of the family we traditionally have a get together on Christmas Eve. As everyone is very busy with final preparations we try to keep things simple with appetizers and soups. This way no one is over stuffed for the evening and they are free to snack as they like (in between games and puzzles).
Click on the following links for the recipes you see below.
Bacon Wrapped Scallops- This is my personal favorite. Nothing is better than a little surf and turf to get the holiday started. The spicy mayo will be a new twist for this year. As another option make some with water-chestnuts for those who like a little crunch.
Piggyback Shrimp- I think Tatiana was the first one to try this BBQ recipe out. We originally found it in a Taste of Colorado cookbook years ago. This is a good cooking companion with the bacon scallops above as it too goes under the broiler so no need for multiple ovens and setting to keep an eye on.
Wendy's Squash Soup- In our family we have to trick each other into eating our fruits and veggies. This soup (while not light on the calories) does the trick. It is delicious and enjoyed by our family young and old.
Buffalo Bites- This a new one I think we will try this year for G-Bob. He just loves buffalo wings and this is a fun and easy at home take on the classic.
JUST A REMINDER!!!
Don't forget to get your RSVP in for our new tradition, Breakfast with Santa! The Big Guy will be stopping by on December 10th for pancakes and pictures. Click here to RSVP.
Santa is making a special stop at Lionscrest this year to sit down with the kids for pancakes, pictures and present wishes. We hope you and the family can join us for this fun holiday event. Part of the funds raised for the day will go to a local food pantry to help other families that are in need have a brighter holiday season.
Breakfast includes pancakes, bacon, breakfast potatoes, scrambled eggs, and assorted breads with coffee and juice.
Receive a 4x6 photo with Santa and a digital file download (so you can make as many prints as you like).We will also have a take home craft for the little ones.
$20 per Adult
$12 per Child (4-10, 3 and under are free)
A $5 deposit will be required to reserve each spot.
RSVP by Dec 6th. To RSVP click here.
It's time again for our annual Fall Bridal Showcase of vendors. We have just sent the invitations off to the printer and will be mailing them to out shortly.
This show will have a classic elegance theme and specifically focus in on funky, fun and sexy shoes!!! We hope you can walk in and promenade in your favorite foot jewelry with us and our select top vendors. Please come ready to sample food, drinks, desserts and more! We promise you will leave with happy feet and a full tummy.
The show will take place on Sunday October 9th from Noon to 3 pm.
To RSVP for the Spring Show just CLICK HERE and complete the registration form.
This last Sunday was our Annual Spring Bridal Showcase. The weather was wonderful and both clients and vendors alike enjoyed a chance to socialize and find ways to help create unique and bold weddings for 2011 and beyond.
It was also a chance for us to roll our our new 2011-12 brochure. We hope you enjoy the new photos and information as much as we do.
Special thanks to our amazing vendors and all of the hard work they put in on this event. Here are some photos from Emily Forsberg Photography of the show, enjoy!
Come and join us for food, drinks, desserts and more. We have gathered our Recommended Vendors for the Spring Showcase to help you in your decision making.
Make sure you RSVP so you can get through the lines and started with the fun stuff!
We look forward to seeing you then!
Their ceremony was held in Lionscrest's outdoor ceremony lawn. The ceremony was elegant and romantic with a touch of whimsy. Jesse with Design Works transformed the natural setting into a romantic haven by adding a spectacular white gazebo and lining the aisle with ample white hydrangeas. Michael with Pure Sounds Productions along with our staff worked to time the bridal parties entrance. Kassie and Todd honored their nephews as ring bearers by naming them Lord of the Rings. The two boys entered into the ceremony to the theme song from the movie.
The couple wanted to provide a cool lounge setting in the cocktail space for their guests to enjoy. Design Works brought in white sofas, zebra lounge chairs, area rugs, glass cabarets and coffee tables to complete the look. Guests enjoyed Bloody Mary's, a quesadilla action station and passed hors d'oeuvres.
The trend setting style of Kassie and Todd’s wedding continued into their reception. Kassie and Todd hired Design Works to bring in a mix of table shapes and sizes. Their reception was the epitome of contemporary elegance. The couple chose to use a variety of white flowers to create beautiful textures. Romantic candlelight invited their guests into dinner.
The event was catered by A Spice of Life Catering in Boulder. Spice always does any amazing job with their service, style and of course delicious food. Here is the menu from the event to tantalize your taste buds.
Stuffed artichoke hearts
Sesame crusted seared ahi tuna canapés
Polenta French fries with roasted red pepper ketchup
Hors d'oeuvres Buffet:
Quesadilla action station (green chili cheese, chicken & cheddar jack and cheddar cheese for the kids)
Guacamole with feta
Sour cream & yellow pepper relish condiment
Tortilla & spinach chips
Greek Caesar salad
Assorted rustic breads served with roasted garlic, olive oil & whipped butter
2nd course - double plated entrée
Beef tenderloin with red wine demi glace and
Macadamia crusted red snapper with lemon truffle beurre blanc
Roasted garlic mashed potatoes
Vegetarian option- Grilled Vegetable Napoleon
An assortment of Mini Cookies served with the Coffee Bar
Candy Bar Station
After the toasting and desserts the couple and their guests danced the night away with the Celebration Nation Band.
As the event wrapped up, guests were greeted with a custom LED light up candy bar. Kassie and Todd wanted their guests to enjoy some of their favorite candies as a thank you for sharing in their special day. Each guest grabbed a monogrammed takeout box and packed it with sweet treats.
A Note from Kathy (Mother of the Bride and Coordinator with A Beautiful Memory):
It was important to me that I treat my daughter and her fiancé like any other bride and groom I work with and let them make the decisions. My goal was for their wedding to be what they wanted and to reflect their personalities, not mine. It was wonderful to be able to incorporate so many things I had done over the years in other weddings. It was also very special to be able to have my own life event at Lionscrest Manor.
All photos provided by Broxton Photography
Bridal Gown- Felice Bridal
Ceremony and Cocktail Musicians- A Touch of Class
Event Planning and Coordination- A Beautiful Memory
Decor and Floral- Design Works
Photography- Broxton Photography
Beyond the spaghetti supper: Local caterer plans high-end dining experience to do good for The Inn Between
LONGMONT — Chris Pierce once lifted refrigerators with a forklift to set up a mobile kitchen in major U.S. cities during his stint as a chef with Cirque du Soleil, the acclaimed traveling show of circus arts and street entertainment.
Though off the road now and working as the chef at Greens Point Catering in Longmont, he still uses skills he polished cooking for the 120-member cast and crew from more than a dozen countries.
On Jan. 27, he plans on tapping that experience and other high-end restaurant work to benefit children and youths living in transitional housing at Longmont’s Inn Between.
Pancake breakfasts and spaghetti suppers have their place in fundraising for a good cause. But his menu features king crab, warm oyster vichyssoise, scallops, braised beef short ribs and banana brioche, among other delectables.
Greens Point Catering owners Bridget and Don Nannen of Longmont hope to sell the $65 tickets to 40 people in order to donate every penny above cost — about $1,000 — to The Inn Between. All Events Tent and Rental committed to donating linens and dishware. PJ’s Wine offers discounts to the bring-your-own-wine event.
“It’s going to be a ‘wow’ evening,” Bridget Nannen said.
The Nannens hope to offer this small, supper club-style dinner once a month over the next six months or so to “substantially” add to The Inn Between’s youth fund.
Money from the fund goes toward buying sports equipment, prom dresses and any other extras related to school and extracurricular activities that children and youths in transition might otherwise go without.
Bridget Nannen said she and her husband got the idea while on a business trip to Thailand.
“We started visiting orphanages there, and once we started giving to them, we thought, ‘Why aren’t we doing more locally?’” she said.
To give Times-Call readers a taste of one course, Pierce shared his recipe for oyster vichyssoise, served warm during the winter months.
He enhanced the potato-and-leek classic with Pernod and fennel. Straining it through a chinois — a very fine, cone-shaped sieve — adds a silky texture to the flavorful soup.
Oyster vichyssoise represents but one example of the from-scratch food Pierce makes with an eye to please diners, be they wedding parties or community members gathering to do good for children.
“Everyone needs help at some point,” Pierce said. “It’s great to be able to offer it. We’re not just here for ourselves.”
Here are some photos of the night. Pictures provided by Bobbie Turner Photography of Boulder.
We have noticed a new trend in the reception meal... Family Style Service. Instead of having a traditional plated dinner or a buffet many couples are opting for the family style service which offers you the best of both the plated and the buffet. The caterer presents the food to each table on large platters just like Thanksgiving. Guests can pick and choose what they would like and even get seconds if everyone has not devoured everything.
Personally my sister, Shannon choose a family style event for her engagement party and it was wonderful! As the photos below from Elegant Images show there was plenty to choose from and no one went hungry.
A few tips when going with Family Style Service...
- Don't over crowd the table. Too many guests and too many items on the table and you won't have room for the food. We recommend seat 8 per table at a 5 foot round to give more elbow room. Also try to keep your centerpieces small and low. This way guests can see the food on the table and not accidentally eat a daisy or two.
- Think family friendly. You don't want to choose menu items that will be hard for guests to serve and divide portions wise. The last thing any Bride or Groom wants is a food fight over servings.
- Offer a variety of food but keeping it complimentary to the palette. Take a look at the menu link we have provided to see some sample menus options from Greens Point Catering for our Inclusive Wedding Package. Download- Lionscrest Family Style PKG Menu 2010
- Another item to keep in mind is paring a complimentary wine for table side service with dinner. Shannon McClure with Party Liquors or one of the Catering Event Designers will be able to give you suggestions on what will work well with your selected meal.
- Take Home! Many couples don't want the hassle of hauling home leftovers at the end of the event. Consider small Chinese take out boxes that can be placed at the table towards the end of the meal. This way guests can help themselves to a little tasty treat for the road. Works great for cake leftovers too.