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Cocktail hour was established in weddings for few reasons. Primarily it keeps guests occupied and entertained while the couple, wedding party, and family members take pictures. This is a time where guests can enjoy a drink and a couple nibbles between the ceremony and dinner reception.

Here are a few examples of hors d’eourves done right created by Catering Connection.  The combination of perfect bite-sized snacks, stations and pre-plated size nibbles, showcase delicious options for your guests, and will for sure have you salivating by the end of the blog.

Using a homey decor vibes such as this Tent Merchant’s shelving, proves that placing forks in the drawers, and salad bowls on shelves make for an eye catching adornment which doubles up and serves a salad (or a purpose).

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Adding a station adds heartiness to the cocktail hour and fills bellies a bit as guests imbibe.  In this case, Catering Connection had 2 action stations (an action station has an attendant preparing or finishing off the dish in front of your eyes), which creating entertainment and essence which again creates a dual (feeding) purpose.  These stations included braised short ribs and gnocchi three ways served in mini cosmo glasses.

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Skewing is serious business. The most important aspect of having a skewered item is to ensure that each piece is indeed bite size. That way guests can easily pop the food item into their mouth and discard the stick without being cumbered and having to hold it whilst talking, holding their drink or grazing.

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Spooning can absolutely be done during cocktail hour. Catering Connection showcases their spooning skills in two ways, one with specially designed, self standing silver spoons of scallops, and then edible spoons nestling a fresh and delectable bite size bruschetta.

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One of the important aspects of serving food, is having the menu items labeled, that way guests know what is on the tray and can  make an easy decision if it is something they want or are able to eat, or not. PS – did you notice the shrimp on the tray below are already “de-tailed??  That is one “detail” that should not be overlooked, I hate having to hang on to those things…..)

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Finally, a dessert, or in this case, fresh fruit toppings and and flavors, can make for a fun ‘do it yourself’ station, where items are laid out for guests to add to their liking.

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We hope this gives you some ideas and appetite, happy many planning!

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photos: Matt Roberts Photography

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We were influenced by a recent Real Santa Barbara Wedding post’s dessert bar to showcase something sweet for today!  The completely adorable, Enjoy Cupcakes vintage trailer creates a unique experience for special occasions.  Not only is it an aesthetic eye appeal, but it also brings decor to the venue and a conversation piece for guests. Of course, the icing on the top is the delicious desserts Amber creates  inspired by local produce, flavors, wines and respect for food. 

Spotted at this spectacular wedding at a private beach in Santa Barbara, we had to share these great images from Amber’s blog with you here.


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You can find Enjoy Cupcakes at two locations:

Saarloos & Sons at 2971 Grand Ave. Los Olivos, Ca 93441

Thursday, Friday, Sunday, Monday 11:00 to 5:00 /  Saturdays 11:00 to 6:00


Santa Barbara Public Market at 38 W. Victoria Street, #105, Santa Barbara, Ca 93101 (opened 2014)

Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 to 9:00, Sunday & Monday 10:00 to 8:00

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Spring is here and so are the #CaliforniaPoppies!

We could not help but post about these seasonal surprises, since Instagram has these golden blooms painted all over its feed. The California State Flower generously bloomed and delineated summits and hillsides, just in time for April 6th, California Poppy Day.

Figueroa Mountain, located in the Santa Ynez Valley proved to be the place to be to see these layers of gold dancing on its ridges.  We find this to be a colorful location to bring your photographer and snap some picture perfect engagements images.

Here are some best of the best instagram pics snapped from the weekend showcasing these brilliant blossoms in our own back yard.

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Wedding Wednesday: Engagement Video

Last month we brought you:

Love Stories: Vicky & Ruben

Here is part II – What a sweet video captured by Viken Productions.  It not only portrays the love between this engaged couple but also showcased the beauty and iconic areas of Santa Barbara’s Downtown, Sunken Gardens & Courthouse as well as the American Riviera’s Beaches.

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True Love Tuesday

By: Tim Halberg Photography

#LoveInSB – we love this romantic and picturesque engagement session by Tim Halberg.

“One of my favorite things about photography is going on adventures with my couples. Be it on the wedding day itself, or the engagement session – the chance to explore off the beaten path and push the limits always lends itself to the best photos!

After chatting about some of their favorite activities and ways to spend time together, we we decided to get lost on a hike in the mountains above the Santa Ynez Valley – I think it worked out perfectly.”

- Tim Halberg

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