Tips To Planning Your Holiday Parties

November 1, 2017

Holidays are always a special time, where family and friends come together and celebrate, share a special meal, and make unforgettable memories. This season has become even more busy, however, with many different holiday parties that have become so popular. These parties allow us to spend the holidays with our friends and coworkers, meet new people, and enjoy some of the holiday spirit without worry about the traditional family fight.

These parties are fun and festive, but that may not be true for the hosts. Planning a party and executing the party perfectly takes a ton of preparation and hard work. If you are the host this year, we wish you luck. If you are not, send this blog to the host in hopes that it will make their job much easier.

At ROUGE Fine Catering, we can help make your party a hit with our delicious gourmet food options. We can cater to any of your get togethers, from a Friendsgiving to New Year’s Eve bashes. Once the food and drinks are taken care of, your job gets a lot easier.

But to simplify the hosting job even more, we will go over some holiday events that you may be stuck planning, and help give you tips to throwing the best parties. Read on for some tips from the pros!

Friendsgiving

A Thanksgiving with you and your friends, or a Friendsgiving, is a fun and unique way to celebrate with your favorite people. This Thanksgiving meal is generally more relaxed and calm, and perhaps that is because you don’t have to worry about your family asking when you are going to get married. Your friends are the people you choose to hang out with on a daily basis, so having a meal with them and sharing thanks is the perfect way to celebrate Thanksgiving.

This unique tradition has become more popular over the years and is a fun way to get the group together all at once. When planning a Friendsgiving, don’t plan the event on the actual day of Thanksgiving. A week before or after is generally a good time for this event. First, find out when everyone can do it. This may seem like a nightmare, attempting to get everyone’s schedule on the same page. One tip to scheduling is pick a few days and have everyone vote on a day. This way, you don’t have to worry about everyone picking a different day to celebrate.

After the date and time are finalized, plan some seasonal decorations, make a fall-esque playlist, set up an effective layout with enough chairs for everyone, and make sure to have your friends favorite beverages. Many Friendsgiving take the potluck route—having each friend bring a dish or dessert. That is not a bad idea, but if you want to wow your friends, create a menu with ROUGE Fine Catering and let us serve you gourmet food. You will win the award for best Friendsgiving of all time!

Christmas/Holiday Party

Christmas parties are a very popular holiday festivity and you will likely be invited to five of them this season. Whether they are your friend’s, book club’s, or office’s holiday party, you will be able to enjoy the spirit of the season for weeks on end.

But if you decide to plan your own holiday party this year, you will need to do a lot of planning. The first thing you need to do is decide whether to have the party at home or at a venue. Once you have decided on the location, send out invites to everyone you want to invite.

If your holiday party is going to be held at your home, make sure you have everything taken care of before the big day. Set up tables along walls, allowing the food to be accessible while making sure there is plenty of room for the minglers. Set up additional chairs for those who want to sit, light candles to keep the seasonal smells alive all night, and make sure you playlist will have the holiday vibes flowing all night.

These parties are rarely potlucks, meaning you are in charge of all of the food and drinks. But ROUGE can help by offering a delicious menu, as well as bar packages!

New Year’s Eve

The night before the year ends is one of the biggest parties of the year, saving the best for last. New Year’s Eve parties are simpler than others. You need champagne, noisemakers, confetti, things to do before midnight, and great food.

Find games that everyone can play before the ball drops, create a playlist of the year’s best hits, and get your friends talking about their favorite memories from the past year. And at midnight, celebrate with the people you love most. Be sure to get ROUGE to cater, allowing you to finish the year with the best meal you may have ever tasted!

Party planning can be a lot, especially on top of all the other stress that the holidays can bring. Just remember that ROUGE Fine Catering can help make it easier by offers a gourmet menu and bar packages. Start planning now and get ready for the holiday season! Contact us today to learn more.

Planning a Winter Graduation Party

October 23, 2017

Most college students work hard for their degree and graduate in the summer, either on time or a year late. Summer graduations are fun, exciting, and celebrated with family and friends. But there are some students who are a semester off and end up graduating in December. While these graduations are still exciting and important, they can often go uncelebrated and many times this is because of the holidays.

Your student has worked harder than ever before for the past few years and they finally have something to prove it and to be proud of. Celebrating their winter graduation should be a priority and is just as important as a summer graduation party.

In a past blog, we discussed the importance of celebrating a college graduation. And in this blog, we will talk specifically about winter graduations. At ROUGE Fine Catering, we know the importance of celebrating the special moments in life, that is why we offer catering for all events, big and small. Your child’s college graduation, whether it is in the summer or winter, should be a celebrated event. Planning a winter graduation, much like a winter wedding, can include a ton of fun winter themed decorations, activities, and catering, making it special and unique.

Catering

Let’s start with the menu. ROUGE Fine Catering offers gourmet options for any of your events, from weddings to Sunday night games, we can help you find the perfect choices. And that includes your child’s college graduation party. Creating the perfect winter graduation menu is easy because we offer so many different options. Make your student’s grad party memorable and special with a unique menu from ROUGE. Be sure to check out our full menu for more options, and keep reading for some great ideas!

Catering can change drastically depending on whether the event is in the summer or winter. Since you are planning a winter graduation party, you will want to think about what food and drink options to go with that will keep your guests warm and cozy but that are also easy to munch on. Graduation parties generally have buffet style entrees with a ton of different snacks. Finger food is a go to for grad parties and it is important to remember most people walk around and mingle as they eat, so finger foods are one of the better choices.

A few of our favorite options are a perfect fix of gourmet flavors and finger food, making them choice that are unique and easy to eat. Don’t stick with the boring chips and salsa mix, while that is always an easy choice that everyone love, ROUGE makes it easy to spice it up.

Our charcuterie board is a great options with a ton of choices. Get an assortment of sausages, cheeses, dried fruit, flatbreads, olives, and more all on one board with a beautiful display. Your guests are sure to find something they enjoy of this board. Our crudité mosaic is another great options. This hors d’oeuvre option offers raw seasonal vegetables with different hummus dips and a french onion dip.

While soup is not a finger food, they are a great choice for a winter event. And some of our soup choices are perfect for your December graduation party. Our pumpkin and apple bisque offer seasonal tastes, perfect for a winter event. Or try the french onion and the house-made chicken vegetable soup. There options are classics that everyone loves and will enjoy during a cold winter day. Our house-made chili bar offers vegetarian and classic beef chili with a ton of different toppings your guest will love. Add our mini house-made rolls for a perfect combination!

As for desserts, there are many great choices that ROUGE offers, which are great for winter events. Our cinnamon sugar pretzel bites are an easy dessert that your guests can simply snack on. Some other easy and delicious choices are our candy cane marshmallow pops, s’mores pops, chocolate covered pretzels, and chocolate truffles. These desserts are easy to eat and small, allowing your guests to try one of each! As for great winter drinks to serve at your grad party, hot chocolate, apple cider, and Irish coffee make some warm and delicious choices.

ROUGE Fine Catering offers many great options to choose from, allowing you to find the perfect menu for your student’s graduation party. Be sure to check out our menu to find the perfect selections! Now, let’s move on to the rest of the party.

Decorations

Decorating for a graduation party generally includes a ton of the school colors and the graduate’s photos. While this is always a great and an easy option, there are ways to incorporate holiday and winter decoration in as well. If you have a Christmas tree up, replace your usual ornaments with some bulb ornaments that are the school’s colors. You can also hang your student’s old school ornaments up, the ones that they made throughout elementary school. Many of these probably have old pictures of them, other may be old crafts they created. These are fun because it can show the transformation from child to adult—the beginning of their school career and the end.

If it is snowing outside, and not melting, build a snowman and dress him in your student’s school apparel. Put a hat, scarf, and sweatshirt on the snowman to help represent the school. You could even add the graduation cap to the snowman for an extra touch. This could also help people know exactly where the party is and is a fun activity to do with your family, even though your child is graduating college doesn’t mean they won’t enjoy building a snowman.

Hanging streamers and balloons using the school colors are an easy option for grad party decoration, but take it a step further and add some holiday spirit in the mix with lights. Find string lights that are the school colors and hang them around the home. The mix and lights and streamers is simple and will create a beautiful decoration combination.

Decorations for a graduation don’t have to extravagant. Streamers, balloons, tablecloths, and some confetti will get the job done, and with these tips, you can incorporate winter and holiday themed decor as well!

Activities

While summer graduations are great for yard games like ladder ball, cornhole, volleyball, and other fun games, it is a little harder to do these things during a winter grad party. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun activities at your grad party. A fire pit outside can help people enjoy some time in the outdoors without getting too cold, this is also a great time to make some s’mores. Have a snowman building contest, many of the adults will enjoy feeling like kid again. Or if everyone is up for it, play dodgeball with snowballs! While these may be better ideas for your child’s birthday party, it could be fun for your student and their college friends.

Other indoor activities that can keep people entertained could include ping pong, billiards, karaoke, games, and even photobooths. If your basement is unfinished, or has a lot of free space, you could even set up yard games down there, allowing guests to still enjoy party favorites without having to face the cold weather.

Setting up multiple activities and games will allow people to stay busy, enjoy some friendly competition, and enjoy the graduation party even more. Different activities that allow guest to do their own thing at the party are the best options, so find a few things that will keep them entertained and set them up around the house.

Planning a December graduation party for your student can be fun and unique. A winter graduation is just as important as a summer one, so make sure you plan a party that is fun and festive. A winter grad party can be different, with catering, decorating, and activity options that are unique for the winter season. If your grad is having a winter celebration, make sure you have the perfect catering choices. At ROUGE Fine Catering, we offer many different options, allowing you to find the perfect food and drink selection for your winter grad party. Learn more about us and see our menu now!

Planning The Best Football Party

August 18, 2017

Sports have been a dominant factor in our society. And football is at the top of that list. With the beginning of the season right around the corner, football fans need to start preparing for game day kickoff. The first game may not be the most important game of the year, but it may be one of the most exciting. After preseason, you only have a small idea of how you team is going to do for the rest of the season, and that first game will hopefully start that season off right.

As we draw closer to kickoff, it is time to start planning for the ultimate start with a  season kickoff party. Many football fans take pride in throwing the greatest football parties, with the best food, the largest TV, surround sound speakers, and enough seating for everyone. But there are some things to think about when planning your football party.

First of all, just know that you don’t have to waste your time preparing all of the food for everyone. ROUGE Fine Catering offers gourmet catering for more than just weddings and corporate events. We can cater to get togethers as well—baby showers, anniversary parties, brunches, and yes, even football parties are on the list of our catering possibilities.

The Food

All you have to do when you use us for you party catering is select your menu. Remember, the ideal football food is finger foods, dips, sandwiches, and snacks. Keep this in mind while creating the perfect menu. To get you started on the perfect game day catering menu we will go over some of the best options for this exciting day.

We will start with the finger food. Our grilled jerk chicken wings and buffalo chicken wings are the perfect finger food that everyone can enjoy. We offer small and large options for these wings, so you can accommodate the size of your party. A more unique but delicious option for finger food is our seared chicken and vegetable potstickers server with sweet bourbon-soy dipping sauce.

As for dips, we offer many great options, but for your kickoff party some that you may want to try are the buffalo chicken dip, spinach and artichoke dip, or our roasted red pepper dip. These dips are delicious and perfect to snack on while cheering for your favorite team.

ROUGE offers different sandwich options that allow you to select the meat, bread, and cheese for the perfect sandwich. You can also select full sized sandwiches or a mini sandwich tray, depending on what you and your guests prefer.

Chips, pretzels, veggies and fruit trays, and bowls of candy that are color coordinated with your team are the perfect snack foods. You will also want to be sure you don’t forget the beverages!

After you have finished picking your menu for game day, you will no longer have to worry about the food, we will take care of it! However, you still have to plan the rest of your party in order to throw the greatest football party of all time! The rest of this blog will give you tips on how you can do this.

The Setup

Watching football on a small TV that is stuck in the corner of the room with all your guest crowded around the one couch in the room is not the way to set up your fantastic football party. If you don’t have a large TV, invest in one or plan on hosting your party at a friend’s home who does have a large TV. There is something magical and special about watching a football game on a 65” HD screen. The details are amazing, every blade of grass is visible, and your guests won’t be crowded in one area trying to get a better view.

After the TV situation is handled, make sure your seating arrangement is perfect. Collect couches, chairs, stools, and every other surface that can be used as a seat and set them up around the TV  in a way that is optimal for viewing. If you want to ensure everyone has a great seat, test out each of the seats and adjust where necessary.

Get Guests Involved

It is easy to get lost in conversation during football games, especially if you are not a football fan. If any of your guests end up not liking football as much as the rest of the crowd, help them and everyone else stay involved with different items. Pom-poms are a fun way to help people cheer for their team. Or, offer your guests flags to throw when they think a call should be made, most of them do the motion anyways, so provide them with the proper item.

Decorating can also help get your guests in the spirit. Add decorations using your team colors and logo. Offer guests eye black so they can get the true football look, and hand out small foam footballs to throw at the wall when bad calls are made. Create an entryway that resembles running through the tunnel onto the field. Your guests will love walking into your party and feeling like part of the team.

Planning the perfect football party does not have to be difficult. They main things you want to be sure of are that you have the best food, a large TV, great seating arrangement, and people who enjoy the great game of football. Get ready for your team’s first game of the season. Let ROUGE Fine Catering help you plan for the ultimate party. Start creating your menu today and get ready for kickoff!

Hosting An Eco-Friendly Event

July 25, 2017

In the dawn of the eco-friendly movement, everything we do is now an attempt to help save the environment, little by little. We ride our bikes to work, bring our own reusable bags to the grocery store, recycle, compost, save water and energy, and ultimately attempt to reduce our carbon footprint. We are constantly seeing more businesses “going green” and doing their part to help clean up this planet.

But there are times when being eco-friendly is more difficult. It may not be as simple as using reusable bags, or not using the AC on a cool summer night. Throwing a party or hosting an event is one of those times when “going green” is not as simple. Every little detail of a party can be harmful to the environment, from the invitations to the food you choose.

Rouge Fine Catering can make it easier for you to go green when hosting your annual summer event. We are a certified Green Caterer with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Cylburn Arboretum, and Irvine Nature Center. Our catering company is committed to being socially responsible and environmentally friendly. If you need a catering company for your event, Rouge can help you get fantastic gourmet food as well as help keep your party green. Our eco-friendly options help make us the caterer of choice for the Organic Trade Association’s annual gala.

What do we do to help keep our company green? A lot more than you may think. At our facility in Hunt Valley, we compost our food waste and use single stream recycling. Our trash is sent to the World Recycling recovery facility and sorted out for reuse. And we also use a state-of-the-art solar powered trash compactor, which we are proud to say is the only one of its kind in the state of Maryland.

When it comes to our catering, we encourage our clients to use the “Green Program” that we developed, allowing them to choose the eco-friendly option wherever possible. We offer compostable plates and flatware for all of your clients—these plates and flatware require less energy during production and are made with a biodegradable material that is filled with nutrients and helps enrich the soil. We also work with local farms, cooperatives, and dairies, allowing us to offer our clients a delicious menu that uses local and sustainable ingredients.

Along with everything listed above, we also removed all high gas and oil consumption vehicles from our delivery fleet and are now using energy efficient vehicles. We recycle our used cooking oil, print on 100% post-consumer recycled paper, and help educate our clients and employees on different ways to make events eco-friendly.

Now that we have gone over what we do to be eco-friendly and reduce our carbon footprint, we will help give your tips on how to make the rest of your party or event green. Use Rouge Fine Catering at your next event and follow these tips to create a eco-friendly party.

Invitations

Let’s start by covering ways to be eco-friendly before the party even starts. Sending out paper invitations is obviously a waste of paper and can easily be swapped out with evites. Whether you just send an email out, create an event on Facebook and invite your friends that ways, or create a fancy online invitation, this is a great way to start you eco-friendly party. If you want every detail of this party to have a theme and expect your invitations to have a unique and creative design, you can use different services that can help you design the perfect invitation for your party. One of these is Paperless Post.

Decorations

From lighting to centerpieces, decorations can be harmful to the environment and cause a lot of waste. When planning on ways to decorate for your event, think about how to decorate in the most eco-friendly way possible.

Lighting

You may assume that lighting is a tricky aspect to go green with, but really it is easy to find ways to save energy and make your venue look beautiful. If your event is in the evening, utilize as much natural light as possible. But if you know it will begin to get dark before your guests head home, then have a second option. Create a calming and unique atmosphere for your guests by lighting your event area with a bunch of 100% soy based candles. Scatter them around the room and place a few on each table, allowing for guests to be able to see and mingle peacefully.

Place candles in jars, allowing them to emit light and be less of a fire hazard and take on the appearance of a stylish lantern. Or go with a real lantern look! If you are hosting your event outside, use solar powered string lanterns the use LED bulbs. Not only can they help light up your venue, but they also add a fun and decorative look. Another outdoor options is tiki torches with plant-based fuel. These are a stylish and useful way to add some light to your party, with the added benefit of keeping mosquitoes at bay.

There are many different ways to add eco-friendly lighting to your decoration and give your venue some style. Focus on using natural light, soy candles, LED bulbs, or solar powered lighting. These options can help you save energy and add some unique style to your party.

Centerpieces and Wall Decor

Streamers, balloons, confetti, and other regular party decorations are wasteful due to the fact that they are used once and then thrown away. To decorate the venue in the most eco-friendly way possible, make sure you find or create decorations that can be reused. Depending on your party theme you can easy find decorations that you can use and reuse.

If you are having a bridal shower collect flowers from your garden and fill vases to place on each table. Fill vases with pinecones or sand and candles, and use them as centerpieces. Use fabric streamers and banners that can be reused for years to come. You can make you own banner out of fabric or eco-friendly paper that you can use the next year as well.

These decorations can give your party a beautiful and earthy feel, adding a unique feel to you event. The main point of eco-friendly decorations is to make sure they can be reused for a few years. One-time-use decorations are what make decorating for a party harmful to the environment.

Transportation

When you send out your evites, request that your guests carpool or take a public form of transportation. If they live close, they could even ride their bikes or walk over to your event. Not everyone will want to do this, but if you offer prizes for those who do travel to your party in an eco-friendly way, there may be more of a chance that your guests become a little more eco-conscious.

Catering

If you choose to use a catering company for your event, choose one that can help you stick with your eco-friendly party goals. Rouge Fine Catering can offer you delicious and gourmet food that is prepared, served, and disposed of in an eco-friendly way.

Our food is locally sourced and menu uses sustainable ingredients. If you are looking to add seafood to your menu, we have just what you need. The seafood we used has been certified as sustainable by the National Aquarium in Baltimore, meaning that when you order seafood off of our menu, you will be helping with the overfishing problem that is affecting the global seafood population.

Not only do we offer eco-friendly food options, but we also can supply you with biodegradable tableware and clean up in an eco-friendly way. We try hard to make every aspect of our business are environmentally friendly and sustainable as possible. With our help and some green party planning, you can host an eco-friendly party that is stylish, offers delicious food, and helps reduce your carbon footprint!

These tips can help you throw an amazing party that doesn’t create a ton of waste. If fact, if there is leftover food afterwards, let your guests take home leftovers! They will love being able to take home our delicious food options and you won’t have to throw away a bunch of gourmet food!

Create the perfect party and help out our planet while doing it! Rouge Fine Catering can help you host the best eco-friendly party possible. To get started on planning your green party, contact Rouge today and check out our menu!

When in Charge of Catering

May 1, 2017

It is your best friend’s wedding. You met her in elementary school, and you both have made a lot of memories ever since. You have planned your weddings together, played dress up, talked about your first boyfriends, and you were the first one she called when she got engaged.

She has asked you to be her maid of honor, and you know you will do a better job than anyone else would be able to do. And that is due to the fact that you know exactly how she wanted her wedding to turn out, you know how she has pictured it for years, telling you every detail. But now that you think about it, you realize she forgot to tell your one important detail, one detail many people don’t consider when planning their dream wedding, the food. And she has added catering to your list of things to decide upon.

Based on her taste, style, and personality, you know she will want something gourmet, delicious, and special. You definitely can’t go with barbecue, fast food Mexican, or a DIY catering, you must go bigger, better, and find something she will love and make her wedding even more special.

This is the ultimate test. The best friend test. If you know your friend, what she likes, dislikes, what she prefers, and what her fiancé is allergic to, choosing catering should be simple. You could call all the catering companies in the area and ask if they have all of her favorites, you could simply choose one and hope they have what you need. Or you could choose the best option and pick Rouge Fine Catering.

At Rouge Fine Catering, our wedding menu is huge, meaning that whatever your friend loves, we most likely have. You just need to know what exactly it is that she likes. Whether she likes seafood, pasta, or is a vegetarian, you can find something from our menu that will satisfy her and all of the guests.

Not only can you decide on the different food options for your friend’s wedding, you can make the decision on how it will be served—whether you will have butlered hors d’oeuvres, chef-manned stations, or buffet style.

Depending on the time of day her wedding is, you will be able to pick foods to match the overall wedding. The means morning weddings can have brunch served, late night weddings can enjoy a snack bar and light courses, and there is a bar menu as well to keep the fun going all night long!

Rouge Catering is the perfect decision when it comes to wedding catering. The guests will be satisfied, your best friend will be happy, and you will be able to count this moment as a win for your friendship.

With so many options to choose from, so many different serving options, styles, and courses, you will be able to get the best catering for your friend’s wedding, your wedding, your company party, and any other event that require the best catering.

If you are looking for catering that makes a statement, Rouge Fine Catering is for you! Call today to get started on your menu and view our menus to see what we offer!

College Graduation Deserves Fine Catering

April 17, 2017

You have watched your child grow up. You have watched them as they take their first steps, ride their first bike, go on their first date, and head off to the college of their dreams. And now you will watch as they graduate from that college and start the new and exciting chapter in their life. This is an exciting time for them and for you, another milestone checked off their list.  

When people celebrate high school graduations they are generally less formal and end up with some type of build-your-own-burrito buffet catering. But a college graduation is different. This is a big moment in a person’s life that should be celebrated as such. Don’t get catering from the local favorite fast food joint, give your graduate a celebration that they deserve after slaving away for years to get a degree and begin their life.

Rouge Fine Catering is the perfect choice to celebrate the hard work and dedication your child had to make it to this point. You might be wondering why you should go all out on your child’s college graduation party. And the answer is because they deserve it. College students are generally poor, living off of noodle cups and frozen foods, only having a real meal when they come home for holidays. And they have finally made it to this point, to the point where they have been working for the last four or more years of their lives. That is why the deserve fine catering for their graduation party.

When we say fine dining, we don’t mean lobster and the best steaks, although you certainly can have that catered from Rouge. But you can also get gourmet sandwiches, paninis, and burgers if that is what your graduate desires. The difference between our catering and others is that we serve high-quality, gourmet food that looks beautiful, taste delicious, and is just what you wanted. Our menu is extensive and we work to reduce our carbon footprint and be environmentally conscious.

Only a few other times in your life will you have gourmet food in your honor, such as at your wedding, a retirement party, and possibly a 50th anniversary. College students work hard, and only a little over a half end up graduating. Be proud that your child made it, give them a celebration they will remember and wow your guests with your amazing catering.

There are not many events in life when gourmet catering is the number one food choice, but when your child makes it through some of the toughest years of their life, give them a special celebration and make sure they get the very best. Get Rouge Fine Catering and show them how proud they have made you.

Whether you are having a graduation, retirement party, engagement party, work event, or a grand opening, choose Rouge Fine Catering to give your guests the best in catering and a menu that everyone will love. Contact us today to learn more and get started on your event catering.

How To Choose The Right Catering Menu For Your Wedding

April 1, 2017

On your wedding day, you want the best of the best. You want to impress your guests with the beautiful venue, your gorgeous dress, and a delicious menu. But there is a point when it all goes a little too far. Eventually, you should stop thinking about your guests and just start focusing on you and your soon-to-be spouse.

When it comes to wedding catering and picking a menu, a lot of couples try to accommodate for all of their guests, which generally involves dietary restrictions based on allergies or religion. These days, everyone has some sort of allergy, so we believe it is best to just make food selections based on your preferences and budget.

At Rouge Fine Catering, we offer so many different food choices and menu styles that it will be easy for you to choose the right catering menu for you and your wedding. Following these tips will help you avoid common faux pas when selecting a wedding menu.

Set a Budget

This is always a great rule to start with, no matter what part of the wedding you are trying to make decisions for. Weddings are expensive, so you must decide how much you want to spend on everything, that way the choices will become easier and more limited. When choosing a menu, a budget will help you decide how much food to get, what type of food, and how to have it served.

You should also think about whether you want appetizers, a main course, and dessert, or which mix of courses you want. Rouge Fine Catering offers a very large variety of different food choices, styles, and options. From butlered hors d’oeuvres and gourmet dips to breakfast and snacks. Depending on what type of wedding you are having, you will have several choices to make, so set a budget, it will help make your decisions a bit easier.

Stick With a Few Options

Too many times, couples make the assumption that offering more options will be better for their guests and the overall wedding. But there is generally no need for more than three options. For appetizers, it is good to have a few more options, just to add some variety and keep it interesting before the main course. When you offer too many options for the main course, however, you will be paying more, and it may not mean more people are satisfied with the meal. If you have some sort of chicken dish, a beef dish, and a vegetarian dish, you generally will be able to cover all the bases. You can always substitute fish and/or pork dish in for one of those, depending on your preferences.

Don’t Focus On Your Guests

Your guests are not the reason for the celebration, they are not the most important part of the wedding, meaning you most certainly should not work around them and their needs. If one of them wants a fully vegetarian menu, you cannot change your entire menu to accommodate for that, someone else is sure to want a steak. That is why you pick three options, like stated above. Get something everyone will like, don’t worry about making everyone happy, it is your day, meaning you can be as selfish as you want.

Think About Your Wedding

Depending on the time, the size, and the style of your wedding, you will want to consider different menu options. In our last blog, we discussed the best food choices for weddings based on times. This is definitely something to consider when deciding on a menu, you don’t want to serve steak at a morning wedding, or maybe you do, it also all depends on the type of couple you are. Which brings us to our next point.

What Kind Of Couple Are You

If you are the kind of couple who just loves snacks and munches on little things all day long, maybe consider skipping the main course. If you are the kind of couple who lives for gourmet food, you should go with some fine dining options and amaze your guests with the high-end catering choices. If you are a couple who couldn’t care less about the food as long as there are drinks to indulge in, then make sure your catered bar is fully stocked and run by the pros at Rouge Fine Catering and let your parents pick the food.

As weird as it may seem, your menu should mirror you as a couple. It makes the whole wedding and experience more personal, and your guests are sure to remember it. Rouge has so many options on the wedding menu that it is definitely possible for you and your loved one to select a menu you both agree on and are excited about.

Rouge Fine Catering has the best options for gourmet food selection. Make your wedding special with the best menu that fits your wedding and style. These tips can help make the hard decisions easier. Take a look at our wedding menus to inspire some ideas for your big day, and contact us with any questions you may have.

Catering Choices for Different Wedding Times

March 6, 2017

Weddings are a special day in many couples’ lives, it is a day when they join together as a family and celebrate their love with all their friends and relatives. Weddings are hard to plan and every couple has an idea of how they will celebrate their union. Some do late night weddings, with sparklers, a canopy of lights above the dance floor, and a delicious dinner. Others may have a morning wedding—a beautiful outdoor celebration with birds chirping, naturally lit photos, and a mimosa bar.

No matter the time of day you decide to have your wedding, you should plan your special day accordingly. Don’t plan for a light canopy if you are having a daytime, outdoor wedding. Don’t plan a night wedding without adequate lighting. Don’t invite thousands of guests if you are having a destination wedding. This is pretty common sense, but something many people do not consider while planning a wedding, is the fact that food choices are better when they go with the time of day of their wedding.

Rouge Fine Catering offers an extensive menu for weddings, complementing different times of day. We can help you create the perfect menu for your wedding no matter when it is.

Morning Weddings

Mornings are not as popular of a time for weddings as evenings are, but we still offer a number of items that will satisfy the breakfast lovers of the bunch. This is not your average breakfast menu, this is gourmet breakfast. We offer everything for mini muffins to mini quiches, meaning that your wedding menu can be as simple or as elegant as breakfast can get. Choose from options including:

  • Bistro Breakfast Wrap
  • Breakfast Burrito
  • Fresh Fruit Salad
  • Frittatas
  • Lox Tray
  • Savory and Sweet Croissants

Breakfast catering has never been so delicious. With all of our food options, you can give your guests what they want, whether they have a sweet tooth or seek out the more savory flavors.

Evening Wedding

Evening weddings are more common. They are the celebrations with lights, candles, sparklers, and delicious dinner items. Because of the commonality of the evening wedding, we offer an extensive menu of gourmet food that will wow your guests. With multiple entrees to choose from and different courses, you can find the perfect choices for your wedding. We have hors d’oeuvres, dips, salads, soups, and breads, but those are only the starters! Our entrees give you endless options, some types include:

  • Composed Entrees
  • Poultry
  • Vegetarian
  • Seafood
  • Pasta
  • Beef, Lamb, Pork

Each of these has entrees has several options, you could choose a parmesan-crusted chicken breast or go with a southern fried chicken. Out variety of options allows you to choose food that caters to your theme, guests, and style of your wedding.

Other Options

Maybe your wedding is a quick celebration in the middle of the day, or maybe you are having a small wedding before going to your favorite pizza place, because you and your new spouse love pizza. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have food for your guests. Everyone knows that all good parties and celebrations have food. If your wedding budget doesn’t allow for a gourmet, three-course meal, just decide for a high-end snack bar. Some of our snack, if you can call them that, include:

  • Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites
  • Gourmet Soft Pretzel Bar
  • Parmesan Truffle Frites
  • Parmesan Truffle Kettle Chips

With a snack bar like this, your guest will love your food options and be satisfied with the variety they have to choose from.

A wedding is a special day, with special people, and, hopefully, delicious food. Rouge Fine Catering can cater your wedding, giving you gourmet choices no matter what time of day you planned your celebration.

Be sure to take a look at our full wedding menu, you may find more than enough choices for your wedding, and contact us to start planning for your special day.