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Wedding and Holiday Celebrations

Holding a wedding today is much easier than it was in parts of northern Europe around the year 200. Because eligible females were in short supply, a wannabe groom would choose his best and strongest male friend, travel to a nearby village, and kidnap the first gal they set eyes upon. During the wedding, the chosen ‘best man’ would remain, armed with a weapon, at the groom’s side in case the bride’s family attempted to rescue her.

In modern times, the best man is chosen simply for friendship’s sake. No longer is the bride pelted with slices of her wedding cake as a fertility symbol, as was the custom in Rome during its prime  — today, she can have her cake and eat it, too!

Best of all, because there are dozens of fine restaurants in every state that can cater to your specific needs, planning a unique wedding reception, baby shower, christening, anniversary party, family gathering, or festive holiday celebration, is not only easy, but can eliminate fighting traffic, tolls, and parking fees.

Consider, instead of inviting hundreds of guests, having an intimate affair with just a few close friends and family members either at a local restaurant or have it catered at home. Everything you need can be supplied, from a bartender and/or waitress, to the dishes, utensils, and food warmers. Let your imagination run wild. Be daring. Make the affair as simple or as lavish as you desire — whether it’s a formal sit-down dinner, relaxing buffet or cocktail party; or, by renting a canopy to ensure protection from inclement weather, a barbecue extravaganza in your own backyard.

Plan on a delightful buffet brunch – perhaps featuring focaccia sandwiches, pastas and salads, or Middle Eastern foods with an array of hot breads, rolls and croissants stuffed with chicken tikka, lamb, vegetables, and unusual mango mousse and lime tart desserts. Have it in the restaurant of your choice or arrange for take-out. Add flowers, balloons or fruit baskets for a colorful touch, along with a yummy New York-style cheesecake.        

For deli lovers, order humungous platters filled with cold cuts, smoked salmon, hor d’oeuvres, pickles, potato salad, Cole slaw, and more, or check out restaurants that can create unusual specialty 3-and 6-foot subs, finger sandwiches, and Sloppy Joe’s, as well as cold cut platters, buffets, and hot dishes including cavatelli with broccoli, Swedish meatballs, baked ziti, stuffed shells, sausage and peppers, and special trays of vegetables, cheeses, antipasto, prosciutto and melon, and fruits.

For a party that’s truly different, invite your friends on a cruise! Leisurely float. Cruise lines can be found anywhere there’s water, including along the Jersey and Staten Island shorelines, admire the New York City skyline and, with your 20-400 guests, enjoy the ambiance. Make a toast with trays laden with delicious appetizers have been presented by the experienced staff, and then enjoy a full-course dinner while seated at elegantly appointed tables. After, dance to a live band.

If the thought of a cruise has whet your appetite for seafood, a restaurant specializing in fish dishes may be the ticket for a sit-down dinner or some may even cater the affair at your home.  Hmmmm, treat yourself and your guests on lobster bisque; seafood stuffed shrimps, jumbo shrimp stuffed with a blend of shrimp, crab and lobster and fresh champagne sauce; pastas, including the spicy chicken-n-shrimp, sautéed chicken and shrimp in a spicy brown sauce tossed with fresh vegetables and rigatoni pasta.”

Theme parties are always fun, especially when they’re held at home with decor to match the country the food originated from. For example, since Italian food is always a good bet, why not have a pizza and salad party? Set the mood with red-and-white checked tablecloths, candles in wine bottles and, of course, have lots of Chianti, garlic bread, and fried mozzarella sticks on hand.

Many people have discovered that Chinese and Malaysian cuisine, prepared with healthy light sauces and seasonings, is delicious, and can be stir-fried, sautéed, broiled, boiled, steamed, braised, marinated, barbecued or charbroiled to your order for dining out or catering at home.  All is takes to have a wonderfully successful affair is prior planning. When the big day comes, enjoy!

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