Month: October 2014

Ashley’s Creative Catering Real Event | Kentucky Derby Themed Bunco Party | New Hope, AL

Once upon a time, when Ashley’s Creative Catering was just a brand new baby business, I met this lady that I lovingly refer to as my “Catering Angel.” She is one of those clients that comes into your life by chance and instantly there is a bond formed. The kind of bond that would last forever even if she never, ever needed my catering services again. We were just destined to be friends.

Janet has a group of girlfriends that get together occasionally to play a few rounds of bunco and just enjoy being together. This past May was Janet’s turn to host and she decided she wanted to go with a Kentucky Derby theme. What I love most about a themed event is the opportunity to just go crazy with details! Janet is the QUEEN of details and I love that she shares my love for creating a super fun experience for her guests.

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The weather was absolutely perfect on the afternoon of the event, so we took the party to the front yard. Guests arrived to find vintage farm tables adorned with mismatched china and “Rose,” the most perfect Derby dress and hat made from various shades of pink flowers.

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Upon arrival, the guests were greeted with Butler Passed Hors d’oeuvres with a Derby flair and were escorted to the vintage buffet server that housed all the makings of a classic Mint Julep. After much mingling and laughter, they ladies were invited to find their seat at the dinner table, which was appropriately marked with a chalk painted horse that had been hand inscribed with each of their names.

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With the sun sinking low, our bistro style lighting began to illuminate the table as a family style dinner was served to the guests. They enjoyed a menu that started with a classic Waldorf Salad. Then we brought out the main course that consisted of Maple-Bourbon Glazed Turkey Breast, Shrimp and Grits, Brûléed Corn Pudding, and Roasted Asparagus.

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During dinner, the Julep Bar was transformed into the most delightful dessert and coffee station for the guests to enjoy as they played their games of bunco. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect evening to celebrate in Derby style!

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The depths of my gratitude for Janet’s support of Ashley’s Creative Catering and her friendship could never, ever be conveyed in words. At the risk of writing a novel, I’ll just simply say “thank you,” but please know that your friendship fills my heart with joy! I appreciate you more than you know, Catering Angel. Thank you for letting me create another amazing event for you!

Catering and Event Design: Ashley’s Creative Catering
Lighting: Metropolitan Disk Jockey
Invitations, Stationary, Hand-Written Chalk Art: Salt + Paperie
Vintage Rentals: Vintage on Macon
Florals: Sacred Stone

Cookie Bouquets: Hamley Bake Shoppe

Hand Stamped Serving Utensils: Sycamore Hill 

Think Pink | A Celebration of Life| Vow ReNEWal Photo Shoot

Every once in a while, we vendors get a wild idea to organize a styled photo shoot that is usually for the purpose of showing off our talents and having fun. This time, however, Jackie from Vintage on Macon (and a host of other vendors) organized the most amazing photo shoot with a very special story.

I have been waiting to share this photo shoot with you guys for a while now, but felt like October would be the perfect time to do so. Why October, you ask? Well, that’s because beautiful Kasi is a breast cancer survivor and October is breast cancer awareness month. What a perfect time to celebrate a story of survival. Her story is one that will bring you to tears and make you rejoice all at the same time. She and her husband Jamey share a love story that is worth celebrating and a vow renewal photo shoot was the perfect way to do so.

What you’re about to see is a labor of love and a work of heart from some of Huntsville’s most amazing wedding vendors, but it is so much more than that. It is a celebration of life, love and miracles. It is a celebration of overcoming the grief and pain that cancer leaves behind and coming through that journey with a stronger, deeper, more passionate love. It’s a celebration of a love that lived up to its “in sickness and in health” promise. Most importantly it’s a celebration of a family, who despite the unfair hand they were dealt, have emerged from trials still united.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you A Celebration of Life: A Vow ReNEWal Photo Shoot:

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Christina from The Transformation working her transforming magic on Kasi and Jamey

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Stunning Kasi in a one-of-a-kind, show stopping dress from White Dresses

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Handsome Jamey is rocking his pink attire!

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Kasi and her mom, a fellow breast cancer survivor herself, take a minute to honor the memory their late sister and daughter

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Beautiful florals from Soul Flowers and Styling from Vintage on Macon

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Donny’s Diamond Gallery made Kasi feel like a princess with all of this beautiful jewelry. And how about those shoes and bow tie that I’m pretty sure were hand glittered by the gals at Sweet Roots Photography?! I LOVE them!

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Shaken Not Stirred Salad-Tini with a Martini Curtain

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Pickle Bar featuring homemade Bread and Butter Pickles, Sriracha Pickled Swiss Chard, Pickled Asparagus, Pickled Tomatoes, and Taco Pickles with Carrots and Radish

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Teriyaki Glazed Salmon over Purple Cauliflower Mash and topped with Tangy Slaw and Sriracha Cream Sauce

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Cake by Slice At A Time and Mini Desserts by Hamley Bake Shoppe

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Tea Bar by Piper and Leaf

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Love like this needs no explanation!

Contributing Vendors:

Event Planning and Styling: Vintage on Macon
Photography: Sweet Roots Photography
Wedding Dress: White Dresses
Jewelry: Donny’s Diamond Gallery
Hair and Makeup: The Transformation
Flowers: Soul Flowers
Cake: Slice At A Time
Mini Desserts: Hamley Bake Shoppe
Tea Bar: Paper and Leaf
Catering: Ashley’s Creative Catering