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Especially if you love Italian food…..there is a new place to hold your wedding or special occasion reception.  Except, this “new” venue is actually a Sacramento icon of over 20 years.  Biba Restaurant on Capitol Avenue is now renting out the entire restaurant for Sunday weddings.

Last night, during my quarterly Association of Bridal Consultants local networking meeting, I had the opportunity to learn more about what Biba is doing for weddings and special occasions.  The restaurant’s main dining room comfortably holds 100 people.  Their menus are not cookie cutter like you can find at many other venues.  You have the freedom to pick and choose your courses from Biba’s delicious seasonal menus.  Last night I had an absolutely wonderful homemade gnocchi in a gorgonzola cream sauce paired with a delicious chicken filled ravioli in mushrooms with a light tomato basil sauce.  It was FABULOUS!  Of course, the desserts were simply divine (yes, I was able to “sample” a few 🙂  I’m still dreaming of them!  With an excellent wine list, I’m sure the foodie in you will have no problem pairing the right wine with each course.

I have eaten at Biba Restaurant many times over the years and have never been disappointed with the food or the very attentive service.  So if a great and delicious Italian meal is at the top of your most important list for your wedding or event, do consider Biba Restaurant because I promise you won’t be disappointed.

You can learn more at their website, www.biba-restaurant.com.

Bon Appetite!

Karen 🙂

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Here are some examples of place settings that I put together for my booth at the Premiere Bridal Show held at Arden Hills on January 4, 2009.  I used the burgandy and gold colors because they went best with my logo on the booth sign.  I did 4 different looks, everything from simply and classic to fun and whimsical!

This first one is a very classic look.  A simple flat fold napkin with a pocket to hold your menu card is a really clean and elegant look!  I also added a simple favor box on top of the napkin to finish the presentation

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The next place setting is with a bishop’s hat napkin fold, placed on top of a flat menu card.  A favor box is set just in front of the napkin on the plate.

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For this next place setting, I made it a little more fun and funky.  Check out the pleated menu card and how great it looks with the fan napkin fold.

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This final place setting is with a more traditional tavern napkin fold.  I gave an interesting twist by making a menu card that was actually a tag book.  Each pocket represents a different course with the tag containing the menu information.  It’s really cool but labor intensive so I would recommend this only for small weddings and events (like bridal/baby showers, birthday parties, etc.).

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Menu cards and interesting napking folds are really great ways to dress up your tables!

Happy Planning!

Karen 🙂

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Most people don’t really understand, until it’s too late,  just how important the DJ is at your event.  I’ve seen too many receptions that were not so great because all the DJ knew how to do was play CD’s, that was it!  They didn’t know how to read a crowd to see what music they liked the most.  They didn’t know how to speak or emcee, hence, announcements weren’t made and the event didn’t flow nicely.  Or worse, they used really obscene language and offended the guests!

The DJ should be able to not only play music, but also emcee.  They need to feel comfortable speaking in front of a crowd.  They should sound polite and intelligent, but also have a fun sense of humor.  A good DJ understands all genres and styles of music.  They know how to keep the crowd moving and on the dance floor.  Their equipment is top notch.  Most good DJ’s now have digital access to literally millions of songs but they always carry back-up equipment, just in case.

A good DJ can make the difference between people saying, “Geesh, this reception stinks!” and “Wow! That was the best reception I ever went too!”

Happy Planning!

Karen 🙂

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I am in LOVE with this color scheme!  I’ve seen tangerine colored bridesmaids dresses from several designers for this spring and summer.  I would be so thrilled if one of my clients wanted these colors for her wedding.  The tangerine color would look fabulous with some lime colored accents…..like greenery in floral arrangments or napkins on the table.  Double matted menu cards with both tangerine and lime cardstock would look incredible on your table settings……a real inexpensive way to add flair to your reception.

Happy Planning!

Karen 🙂

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