Tuesday, July 24, 2012

TREND REPORT: Cookie Coffee Cups

While enjoying my morning cup of coffee and skimming Perez Hilton (I know, I know, but it is my shameless guilty pleasure) I stumbled upon a new culinary masterpiece, the cookie cup!
I immediately thought two things: 
1. My monogrammed ceramic coffee mug has now lost all appeal 
2. This could be the next big things at weddings!

Here is the explanation from the coffee company Lavazza

First you drink your coffee and then you eat… the cup! Cookie Cup is the edible cup designed by Enrique Luis Sardi together with the team at the Lavazza Training Centre and Cataldo Parisi, head chef of the confectioner’s kitchen at Number 10 San Tommaso. 
Cookie Cup is an example of the results achieved from research into food design: it’s not just about coffee, but also the container — because once you have enjoyed the dark beverage you can also eat the cup. The cup is made of pastry covered with a special icing sugar, which works as an insulator, and makes the cup waterproof hence allowing you to use the cup and then appreciate its taste, so to eat and drink coffee along with a biscuit at the same time.

Doesn't that look so delicious?!?  I can just see espressos, coffee, hot chocolate and more being served in these at weddings this Fall!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

EVENT: Carine's Bridal Atelier Sample Sale

We had to post this gorgeous picture! We are swooning over the selection!  

Spend this evening with Carine's Bridal Atelier to view designer gowns at their Sample Sale!  
Details HERE

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Ice Ice Baby

  After hearing the forecast of record heat today, the only thing I could think of writing about is ICE!  Ice can be transformed into amazing pieces of art at weddings.  Trust me, gone are the days of cheesy swan ice sculptures!  Cool down with some of ice images from our past clients!

Intermezzo sorbet served in custom ice cup!

Vodka bar made of Ice
Caviar on ice...why, yes, of course!

Special surprise for the groom, a Notre Dame ice luge!

An ice luge highlighting the couples' new last name!

One of our favorites...an entire bar made of ice! Complete with the couple's monogram!

Now I am going to use these images and daydream that my office is made of ice today!

{Photo Credits: 1&5-Isacson Studios, 2-4-Jennifer Lust, 6-Marais Photography}

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

POPSICLES...The New Cupcake?

In the event industry, certain confections have their very own ‘15 minutes of fame’.  We, at SoCo Events, lovingly refer to them as “Stylish Sweets”.  As Heidi Klum says on Project Runway, "...one day you're in.  And the next day, you're out."
However, over the past few years, one of these “Stylish Sweets”, better known as the cupcake, has remained in the spotlight.  This sugary obsession has beaten all odds.  Boutiques donning multiple flavors have popped up everywhere.  One of our hometown favorites, Georgetown Cupcake, has a television show on TLC called DCCupcake.  It was recently reported that Sprinkles Cupcakes will be available 24/7 to the Washington, DC community as early as August 2012 with their famous cupcake ATM.   This cupcake machine is expected to dispense over 1,000 cupcakes a day!
Sprinkles Cupcakes ATM: Photo Courtesy of Phoenix New Times

As much as our sweet tooth LOVES this trend, it was no surprise to us when we started to see a new sugary treat strutting it’s stuff around Pinterest and with shops popping up all over the east coast such as popbar in NYC.  We are thrilled to see where this Gourmet Popsicle and 'Poptail' trend goes.  We will be more than happy to taste test along the way!   
popbar NYC which specializes in gelato, sorbet, and yogurt pops.  The Gianduia bar features
 dark chocolate-dipped, hazelnut-topped gelato, Pistachio Drizzle and Vanilla Splash.
This shop also lets you customize your pop, from the stick up!
Watermelon Mojito Poptail - Photo (and recipe) courtesy of endlisssimmer.com
Red Velvet Dark and Stormy Popsicle - Photo (and recipe) courtesy of endlisssimmer.com
Samoa Popsicle - Photo (and recipe) courtesy of mybakingaddiction.com
Lemonade Stand Popsicles - Photo (and recipe) courtesy of somewheresplendid.com
Mango Orange Yogurt Popsicle - Photo (and recipe) courtesy of 6bittersweets.com