Event Recap: Carolyn & Lucas’ Wedding

Event Recap: Carolyn & Lucas’ Wedding

Photo credit: Leah LaRiccia Photography

We love the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation! We’ve planned many events there and each one has been completely unique and lots of fun. The museum itself has so much to see, but we are really in love with the Jackson Room upstairs, which was used for the ceremony and reception during Carolyn and Lucas’ wedding on October 7.

We had a great team of vendors for this one and couldn’t have been happier with the outcome. We rented gorgeous Antique Napa Chairs from PEAK, which fit the rustic vibe of the room perfectly. The bistro lights from DesignLight created a wonderful atmosphere as they hung from the ceiling and also behind the Chuppah. It truly felt magical!

Carolyn and Lucas’ friends officiated the wedding, which made for a lovely, personal ceremony. The guests then headed into the museum for cocktail hour. During this short timeframe, the amazing staff of Capers Catering flipped the room, and what a transformation!

Carolyn and Lucas both love traveling, exploring new places and learning fun facts about each destination. That coupled with the fact that they had guests who came from all over the world to celebrate their big day, it only seemed fitting to have a travel-themed wedding!

As event planners, we adore the little details and this wedding had some great ones, such as the luggage tag escort cards and table name cards, designed and printed by Print House and travel-themed favors, which included treats from Vermont and Brazil, where Carolyn and Lucas are from, respectively.

Carolyn and Lucas really wanted to make sure their guests had a great time; playing a mix of Latin music and top 40’s, Signature Band definitely helped them to achieve this goal. It was such an honor to be a part of this sweet couple’s wedding day and we can’t wait to see the professional shots from the amazing Leah LaRiccia.

Event Engagement: Interactive Food Displays

Event Engagement: Interactive Food Displays


Photo credit: Southern Wedding

Food is an integral part of any event, no matter the locale, the time of day, the attendee profile, or the occasion. One thing you can always count on is having to account for a menu. But the new wave of creative catering has moved away from the traditional fondue and carving stations, to something much more inventive and engaging — interactive food displays!

Whether you’re hosting a corporate breakfast, an all-day event, or a dinner party, these ideas should help to involve your audience and ensure they have fun with their food.

Bloody Mary Bar
This is a popular and classic option, but you can make it new and exciting by allowing guests to mix in their own flavorings, like Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco, and then offer elaborate garnishes like pickled vegetables, candied bacon, or cocktail shrimp.

Decorate Your Own Deviled Eggs
This is a great brunch option for events with finger foods, and allows guests to have a little hand in the fun. Arrange plain deviled eggs on a platter, and surround with toppings like chopped bacon and fresh herbs, for a little bit of finishing fun.

DIY Parfait Bar
Instead of offering individual yogurts or cold cereal, a parfait bar where guests can layer their favorite type of yogurt, granola, fruits, and nuts is much more exciting, and allows for a much more personalized breakfast option.

Make-Your-Own Taco Bar
Offer a selection of meat and vegetarian options with all the fixings. Guests won’t need to distinguish any dietary preferences with this one, and everyone is sure to create something they’re going to enjoy.

DIY Sliders
This is just like the taco option, but for those who prefer their dinners to be served on buns instead of shells. You could offer a beef, chicken, fish, and veggie option, again with all the toppings you might traditionally find on a burger.

French Fry Station
This is absolutely one of our favorites. Offer a variety of fries — curly, waffle, sweet potato, and even tater tots — and serve them up with delicious and inventive dips like truffle ketchup or garlic aioli.

Make-Your Own Popcorn Packets
Similar to the french fry idea, you can offer guests a choice from say butter popcorn, kettle corn, and a fun flavor like caramel, parmesan, or herb, and then display a variety of different toppings to go along with the popcorn. Salty and sweet combos, like butter popcorn with M&Ms, or kettle corn with roasted nuts, are especially delicious here!

Dip-Your-Own Candy Apples
This is a really fun fall-themed idea, where guests can pick their apple, pick their dip (think caramel or chocolate) and pick their toppings! It may be the messiest of our suggestions, but also maybe the most fun.

Hot Chocolate Bar
Instead of a chocolate fondue station, allow guests to dress up a mug of hot chocolate to their liking. You could offer a few different flavors —maybe white, milk, and dark hot chocolate — and then an array of toppings like marshmallows, spices, and more shaved chocolate. For adults-only events, a splash of Bailey’s or Kahlua would be a wonderful addition here!

The ideas are endless for how to make food more fun at your next event, but these are just some of our favorites.

What’s your favorite way to engage event guests?