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Flavor Favorites Pt. 2

July 21, 2008

I learned a very useful new word this weekend from our friend Maggie Mae; schnibbles. Maggie uses this word to describe the way she likes to eat… A little of this, a little of that… Bites and nibbles. Schnibbles. I love this word, and I love this way of eating. In restaurants I often prefer to order a couple of small dishes, and when I do order an entrée it’s always the sides that sell me. The same goes for my choice of favorite wedding menus. It hardly phases me that each of my favorites features a meaty entrée, when I myself am a vegetarian. I certainly don’t begrudge other people eating meat; my husband would love these featured fillets, and he’s welcome to mine while I sample the blue cheese, spiced pecans and caramelized garlic scallop potatoes. That said, allow me to introduce the remaining three of my top five favorite menus…

• Sophie and Lance

Design by Two Paperdolls

This menu dates back a couple of years to a beautiful outdoor wedding at a nearby farm. Everything about the day was simple and natural, from the earthy letterpress invitations and day of items, to the healthy and seemingly delicious late summer menu. Caterer Peter Callahan, a favorite of Martha Stewart Weddings, matched the feel of the evening with this amazing combination of tastes, but admittedly what has my eye here are the sweet endings. Because the celebration continued into the wee hours, there were plenty of butlered treats to go around long after dinner had been served. I love the idea of these one-bite desserts that allow for a little sample of everything during late-night breaks from the dance floor!

• Kate and Adam (photos three and four are Kate’s suite)

Design by Louella Press

This one comes from our friend Kate at An early Louella order, we were extremely flattered that she chose us for her wedding suite, and loved her idea of incorporating our wave note card design into her engraved invitations and day of items. Kate and Adam’s wedding on the California bluffs sounded amazing, and so did her menu. The bookends of this meal are what got me, starting things off with a bit of lobster and avocado and finishing with an assortment extremely enticing desserts.

• Gina and Wil (click the palm tree monogram to see this stationery suite)

Design by, Two Paperdolls

Last but definitely not least, this Florida wedding grabbed me from the get-go with their first course; the blue cheese and spiced pecan beggars purse. I like that the menu, by the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, adds a few twists on the traditional wedding meal. The first course is a perfect example, and so are the entreé sides… Just a bit of a twist on the foods most of us know and love. And to top off the beach inspired wedding, a light vanilla mouse- perfect!


Flavor favorites pt. I + Thanks to The Bride’s Cafe

June 18, 2008

So here is my Two Paperdolls “behind the scenes” confession. Whenever we print a menu card for one of our brides, which we do quite frequently, I take it over to my desk, tune everything else out and scour the meal choices to decide EXACTLY what I would sample if I were a guest. And after I’ve made my choice between the chocolate truffle wedding cake and the passion fruit sorbet (who am I kidding, I’m going with the chocolate truffle) I can’t help but mentally catagorize the menu on my list of favorites. Is this menu in the top ten? Maybe even the top five? It’s cut-throat competition really.

A couple of weeks ago, I came across a menu that undoubtedly makes the top five … I daresay it even creeped into my top two (my favorite of course being my own … maybe I’m a tiny bit biased). But any menu with a French Fry bar deserves a second look, and when I saw how creative our clients Jaclyn and Dan were getting with their wedding menu it got me thinking … Thinking that maybe it’s time we share a few collaborations between our clients and the extremely talented group of caterers they work with. So without further ado, I present you with my two favorite Two Paperdolls & Louella wedding menus. And please stay tuned for part II; next week I’ll post the rest of my top five!

• Cat and Justin (wink, wink) – scroll down the link to see our wedding story

Design by, Two Paperdolls

The only menu of the top five that I’ve actually tasted, the highlights for me were the shrimp and grits and the chocolate wedding cake with chocolate praline filling. Neither of us ate more than a bite or two at the reception, but we were lucky to be sent away with a serious assortment of to-go boxes. In the end, our first married moments alone were spent munching (me on the shrimp, Justin on the crab cakes) in our hotel room. And my mom managed to escape the reception with the entire top tier of chocolate cake, which made a fantastic breakfast dessert the next morning.

For all of this we can thank the caterers at the Charleston Place Hotel. They came up with the perfect assortment of Southern treats for vegetarian and meat-eaters alike, as well as rolls and sashimi for my sushi-addict hubby. We were luckier still to find the most delicious wedding cake around by Lady Fingers in Charleston.

• Jaclyn and Dan – *see more on this creative couple’s wedding at The Bride’s Cafe

Design by, Two Paperdolls

Jaclyn and Dan did a fabulous job of putting together a chic reception, while maintaining a playful atmosphere for their guests, and their menu is a perfect example. It’s no surprise that this creative meal comes from one of our favorite area caterers, Leila at Feastivities. While I wasn’t at this wedding, I have been lucky enough to snack on Feastivities treats at several bridal shows, so I know that these culinary creations looked AND tasted amazing.

Highlights of this menu have to be the previously mentioned French Fry bar with traditional, waffle, and sweet potato to name a few. Not to mention the gazpacho shooters, watermelon kabobs, or carrot AND devil’s food cupcakes. Is your mouth watering yet?

*We’d like to thank Jaine at The Bride’s Cafe for including us in her post about this amazing wedding!