5 Wedding Floral Trends for 2017

Since Spring (and Spring weather!), has officially arrived in Wisconsin, we asked our Wedding Coordinator, Wendi, to put together a list of the top floral trends for 2017. Here’s what she said:

1. Paper Flowers

“We’re seeing paper flowers EVERYWHERE this year,” Wendi says. “They’re great because they’re not only budget friendly, they’re also a beautiful way to provide a unique, customizable look for a ceremony and reception.”

You can purchase paper flowers online via sites like Etsy, or if you’re creative, you can have your bridesmaids help you make them with tutorials like this one from Design Every Day.

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  6. Brides Magazine UK

2. Pantone Greenery

7“Every year, Pantone releases a color of the year. For 2017, it’s Greenery, so we’re seeing a lot of this color in floral displays.”

If you love this color, you can also incorporate it into your entire design scheme, including bridesmaids dresses or bouquets, linens, invitations, menu cards, and place cards. If you’re going for a more subtle look, try pairing this color with ivories, golds, and darker greens. If you love a bold look, you can use other colors like raspberry, magenta, golds and silvers, and navy blue.

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3. Hanging Florals

“We started seeing floral wreaths a lot in 2016, and it looks like hanging florals are not going anywhere for 2017!” Wendi says. “This year, weddings are featuring not only several suspended wreaths at varying heights, but also one large floral wreath either hanging or as a backdrop.”

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  6. Erin Jean Photography

4. Succulents

“Succulents are sticking around, too!” says Wendi. “From bouquets to centerpieces to favors, succulents are a great way to add greenery and texture to your floral accents. You can use real plants, or you can find some very nice fake ones at stores like Hobby Lobby and JoAnn Fabrics.”

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5. Botanical Palm Leaves

“This is my favorite trend because you can actually use it as the theme for your stationery,” Wendi says. “I’ve seen couples who have even gone so far as to have smaller leaves for their place cards!”

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Spring Fling Fundraiser: April 8, 2017

This Spring, we were thrilled to work with one of the high schools in the area for their annual fundraising event at The Landing 1841 in Burlington, WI. The theme was Spring Fling, which was perfect for the almost 70-degree day in April!

We had a lot of fun coming up with the menu, as we wanted to offer something that was light enough for a warm day, but that everyone would really love.

For appetizers, we decided on a fresh vegetable display with a spinach dill dip and a cheese display with a variety of crackers.

The main course featured a plated fresh garden salad with Italian dressing, spice rubbed chicken breast with fresh chili herb topping, tenderloin tips in red wine mushroom sauce, garlic smashed potatoes,  and roasted carrots with brussels sprouts. With this meal, we were able to bring some of the colors of Spring onto the plate.

Dessert, which is always our favorite, was a black forest torte with mixed berry topping.

Take a look at some of the pretty pictures below!


6 Reasons to Hire a Corporate Event Planner

Hosting a corporate event can be extremely demanding. Balancing budget restraints, menu planning, decor selection, and logistics needs is not easy, which is why companies planning large or detailed events should consider hiring an event planning professional.

While hiring a corporate event planner does come with a cost, it can actually wind up saving a company money in the long run. We’ve put together a list of 10 reason to consider hiring an event planner for your next event.

1. Budget Restraints and Vendor Recommendations

One piece of advice we give our customers is to always be up front about your budget so that vendors know within what constraints they should be working. An experienced corporate event planner generally knows what costs to expect, so they can help keep track of your overall spending and suggest ways to help you stay within your budget.

Additionally, through their relationships with various vendors, an event planner can help to recommend options based on the amount you have set to spend in each category. For example, we work closely with Paper Pleasers, a local company that makes invitations, menu cards, stationery, and place cards. Because of our relationship with them, we are able to recommend either a low, medium, or high package based on the client’s budget.

2. Skilled Negotiation

An event planner’s job is to impress your guests while sticking within your budget. This means that there will most likely be some negotiating to make your vision a reality. Hiring an event planner can take this off of your plate and can help to ensure you get the best rate for things like venue booking, rental items, shuttle services, and catering.

3. Choosing a Theme and Planning for Decor

These days, it’s all about differentiation. Whether it’s an awards ceremony for 200 people, an employee appreciation luncheon for 500 people, or a casual company picnic for 1,500 people, companies are looking for ways to stand out among the crowd. An event planner can help you determine a creative theme for your event and help to make sure your decor, from invitations to centerpieces, is consistent.

4. Menu Planning and Catering Selection

A good meal with great service is one of the best ways to impress your guests. A corporate event planner can help to make menu recommendations based on your theme, including the menu selections and the style of meal. While a plated meal may be more appropriate for an awards banquet, small bites may be better suited for a store opening celebration. An event planner will know the best way to fit the food to the mood you’re creating.

5. Event Timeline, On-Site Coordination, and Vendor Contact

A corporate event planner will be able to assist with not only creating the event timeline, but also making sure things are running on time the day of the event. They will also confirm all vendor contracts and arrival times, and will be the point of contact for your vendors at the event.

Additionally, having a planner on site means any technology requirements will be met. From adjusting the lighting to queuing up a slideshow, your corporate event planner will be there to ensure all aspects of the presentation go as planned.

6. It’s Their Job

Too often, the task of planning an event falls on the administrative assistant or marketing director. While these team members are great at their areas of expertise, they may not have the proper tools or knowledge – or time – to adequately plan an event. Corporate event planners can devote 100% of their time to making sure your event is produced flawlessly and that your guests are thoroughly impressed.

If you are in need of a corporate event planner for your next event, please contact our Event Coordinator, Wendi, at (262) 662-4201 or send an inquiry email to info@bubbs.com!

Wedding Snapshot Series: Steph and Matt at South Shore Pavilion

The Slam Dunk Meeting

Steph and Matt grew up fifteen blocks away from each other, but didn’t wind up meeting until a mutual friend invited them to a Bucks vs. Lakers game in 2003. “After the game, we went to Matt’s house on the East side to hang out, where we both vividly remember Steph jokingly taking Matt’s phone and entering her phone number and birthday into his calendar,” the couple remembers. She also secretly entered a reminder alarm at 3:00am on her birthday, and Matt called to leave her a funny voicemail.

After a couple years of occasionally running into each other, when Steph was finally single, Matt invited her to a Christmas party at his house, and they’ve been inseparable ever since.

The Claw-some Proposal

Steph and Matt knew for a long time that they wanted to get married, “but it wasn’t until we went ring shopping that things got real,” they say. Matt surprised Steph with a gorgeous ring and a kitten!

The Dress

Steph tried on about twenty or thirty wedding dresses before finally finding the one. “I remember seeing [the dress] for the first time in a magazine thinking there was no way it would be in the budget, but I found it online and to my surprise, it was!” Steph says of her Wtoo Elise dress, which she purchased at Bliss Bridal in Brookfield, WI. “It had literally everything I was looking for – a sweetheart neckline, beautiful lace, tulle, and pearl beaded straps – everything that I wanted for our vintage romance inspired wedding on the lake!”

The First Look

For their first look, Steph and Matt chose the courtyard at the Iron Horse Hotel in downtown Milwaukee, where the bridal party got ready. “I was so nervous while I was getting my hair and make done,” Steph says, “but then suddenly ass the nervousness went away as soon as I knew I was going to see Matt.” The couple giggled and smiled nonstop when they finally laid eyes on each other for the first time. “They aren’t kidding when they say the day goes by quick,” they said, “and we are both so glad we did a first look so we got extra time together before the day really started.”

The Ceremony

“Our favorite part of the day was definitely our ceremony,” Steph and Matt say. The bride and groom both wrote a little something to say before their vows, and hearing each other’s words was the highlight of their day. “He was the one who wanted to write our own vows, so it all just meant a lot to me,” Steph remembers. “The words he said and how he said them was perfect and he is just the perfect guy for me.”

The Venue, Decor, and Flowers

Picking the venue was easy for Steph and Matt, since Steph had worked weddings with All Occasions Catering / Bubb’s BBQ there. Set against the stunning backdrop of Lake Michigan, South Shore Pavilion offers an amazing view, beautiful exposed brick, and a completely customizable hall. “It was a no-brainer,” Steph says.

The inspiration for their decorations was Lake Michigan, which makes perfect sense given the location of the venue. To go along with the lake theme, they picked light blue, aqua, and pink as their wedding colors. They even featured small sailboats at every table!

The brooch bouquets added a special vintage-y touch to the day. “It was something I saw in a wedding book, and I did my own twist on them, making sure the custom order included only brooches that looked like flowers.”

For the centerpieces, Steph was inspired by doilies and vintage blue ball jars that she already had. The rest, she purchased from Etsy and Hobby Lobby.

The Food

Steph and Matt opted for a plated dinner featuring Grilled Filets with Bearnaise Sauce, Spinach Stuffed Chicken with Herb Tomato Butter Sauce, Smashed Garlic Potatoes, and Buttered Green Beans. They chose All Occasions Catering because Steph used to for us in the Summer, and because they wanted classic, traditional choices their guests would love. “So many people told us they had the best filet ever in their life at our wedding, and that makes us so happy.”

The Honeymoon

For their honeymoon, Steph and Matt went to an all-inclusive resort in Cancun, Mexico. “We swam with dolphins, saw tons of tropical fish snorkeling, went on a speed boat and jet ski, ate like pigs, and drank like we were 21 again. We lived the dream.” Sounds like paradise to us!

Congratulations Steph and Matt! We LOVED working with you, and we are so excited to share your beautiful story!

Check out some of the other amazing moments from their day:


March Madness-Themed Fundraiser: March 25, 2017

Every year, we work with a local high school to put on their biggest fundraising event of the year – the annual Spring fundraiser. Past fundraiser themes have included A Day at the Ballpark, Game Show Night, Milwaukee, Disco, and Caribbean. This year, the theme was March Madness, and we were all very excited to come up with the menu.


Appetizers were the easy part, since we wanted to focus mainly on food that you would serve at a March Madness party and food that was basketball-themed. Our passed appetizers for the event included:

  • Brisket and Vegetarian Sliders
  • Mini Mac and Cheese Balls
  • Mushroom and Pepperoni Mini Deep Dish Pizza
  • Loaded Potato Bites
  • Pretzel Bites with Beer Cheese Sauce
  • Buffalo Chicken Bites with Jalapeno Ranch

Main Course

For the main course, we focused on creating a high-end menu that would feature some of our new menu items and would really wow the guests! The champagne vinagrette featured in the salad was a huge hit, and people really loved the presentation of the tenderloin tips in a puff pastry shell.


Romaine Wedge Salad with Goat Cheese, Candied Walnuts, Roasted Beets, and Champagne Vinaigrette

Entrees and Sides

Tenderloin Tips in a Puff Pastry Shell
Artichoke Stuffed Chicken Breast with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
Herb Redskin Potatoes
Roasted Vegetable Medley


Fresh Fruit Tart with Cream Cheese Filling and Citrus Glaze

We had so much fun at this event, and we want to thank St. Thomas More and our staff for making this a great fundraiser year after year!

Wedding Snapshot Series: Mara and Geddy at Black Swan MKE

The Milwaukee Meeting

Mara and Geddy met in the Summer of 2011 at Bradford Beach through a mutual friend, and they had their first date at Cafe Hollander on Milwaukee’s East Side. “I still vividly remember that day, what we were thinking, what we ate! We hit it off right away and the rest is history. We were pretty much inseparable after that,” says Mara.

The Proposal

One of their yearly traditions is to go to the American Players Theatre in Spring Green, WI, so Geddy planned to propose on their annual trip in the summer of 2016. He surprised Mara with a visit to Wollersheim Winery, where they walked the grounds and tried some of the different wines.

Mara said she should have known something was up when Geddy suggested a photo opportunity by a winding path that led to a beautiful archway covered in vines. When they reached the archway, Geddy got down on one knee, and Mara was so taken aback that she doesn’t remember most of what he said. “I was crying and he had a huge grin on his face. To this day he still says he doesn’t think I even said yes!’ Mara remembers.

The Dress

Mara found her dress at the popular Milwaukee boutique, Miss Ruby’s. “Overall,” she says, “I just wanted something timeless that I would look back on and still love.” Ultimately, she chose a dress by Wtoo, a company from Dallas that makes stunning gowns. “As soon as I tried it on,” she says, “I had a smile on my face.”

The First Look

Mara and Geddy chose to have their first look at the Hilton Garden Inn because of the gorgeous marble staircase. Looking at the pictures, it’s clear how excited they both were. “It was sort of a relief to both of us that the day was finally here, we had this sense of peace and comfort sharing our ‘I love yous’ and some ‘us’ time before the rest of the craziness started,” the couple says.

The Ceremony

Their ceremony was held at Grace Lutheran Church in downtown Milwaukee. The ceremony, Mara says, was one of their favorite parts of the day. “My oldest brother married us and my Dad delivered our wedding day sermon so the ceremony was very special to both of us.”

The Venue, Decor, and Flowers

Black Swan MKE, a new venue in the Renaissance Building in the Third Ward, set the elegant backdrop for the ceremony. As soon as they saw the venue, Mara and Geddy were completely blown away. They even cancelled the other venue appointments they had scheduled for the day to go out for a celebratory brunch. “Peter was so easy going but direct,” the couple says. “We liked him right away and knew we could trust him with our day.”

The color scheme, which was blush, icory, burgundy, and navy, fit in perfectly with the setting of urban elegance at Black Swan MKE. “We wanted a very romantic and elegant feel since it was a winter wedding,” says the bride and groom. Feisty Flowers provided a beautiful  combination of cranberry and burgundy flowers paired with lots of greenery, blush tones, and mixed metals. “I cried when she brought all our flowers in the morning of the wedding!” Mara recalls.

The favors, which we absolutely love, were small jars of popcorn with a tag saying, “Thanks for popping by!”

The Menu

Since the wedding was in Winter, Mara and Geddy chose a comfort food-inspired menu, with items like Carved Smoked Steer Tenderloin, Smoked duck with Cider-Mustard Sauce (their favorite!), Skillet Green Beans, and Four Cheese Mac. They also set up a whimsical dessert station, complete with balloons and a doughnut and hot chocolate bar.

The father of the groom had one requirement for the food – pizza as a late-night snack. Mara and Geddy chose to go with Ian’s Pizza, a Milwaukee staple, and it was a huge hit. With unique flavors (like mac and cheese!), it was the perfect way to end the evening.

The Rooster

Mara comes from a large family, and one of her uncle’s brothers is nicknamed “Rooster.” At a wedding “back in the day,” her family thought it would be funny to set a live rooster loose during the Chicken Dance – a tradition they carried on to Mara and Geddy’s wedding. And don’t worry – the rooster is safe and sound at Mara’s parents’ house now. “He’s among other chicken friends. We just saw him again this past weekend actually!”

The Honeymoon

Mara and Geddy honeymooned at the El Dorado Maroma in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, for a week. “We had such a blast and loved every second of it!” they tell us.

Mara and Geddy – we wish you all the happiness in the world! Thank you for letting us be a part of your wonderful wedding!



Delightful Desserts for Spring

Spring is right around the corner – we can feel it! To help you get in the mood for the season of rebirth and new beginnings, we’ve put together a list of desserts that are light, colorful, and fun – just like Spring!

Above: Orange Poppy Seed Cupcakes via Martha Stewart

We love the buttercream poppy that goes on top of these cupcakes. They’re perfect for a bridal show, an Easter get-together, or just because!

This Coconut Banana Pudding from My Recipes puts a delicious and healthy twist on the classic banana pudding. You can either serve it family-style or in individual dishes!

Not only are these Pink Lemonade Cheesecake Parfaits from Cravings of a Lunatic super easy to make, they’re also really cute! We love the addition of sprinkles on the top.

Naked cakes are a huge trend right now! We’re loving this Eaton Mess Cake from The Cake Blog, which features fresh berries and homemade whipped cream (because homemade whipped cream is obviously the best).

Cherries are one of our favorite fruits, and it seems like they’re under-represented in desserts! That’s why we’re excited about making these Rustic Cherry Tarts from Chocolate with Grace. The flaky crust perfectly contrasts with the juicy cherries.
We’ve never tried this before, but we can’t wait to try these Carrot Cake Cookies from Delish. The frosting drizzle is actually a cream cheese glaze!
How pretty are these Blackberry Cheesecake Bars from I Heart Naptime? They even have a sugar cookie crust!
Although the traditional topping for pound cake is usually strawberries and whipped cream, we love the idea of putting a rhubarb compote on top! Try this recipe for Sour Cream Vanilla Pound Cake with Rhubarb Compote from Country Living.
This oh-so-cute Strawberry Lemonade Layer Cake from My Recipes uses shortening, making it the perfect decadent treat!
What says spring more than daisies? Make this Daisy Cake from Woman’s Day, which uses cream cheese frosting and almond extract!
Happy baking, and happy Spring!

2017 Catering Trend: Street-Food Inspired Dishes

Image via Wedding Wire

One of our favorite new trends in catering is offering menus inspired by the easy-to-eat dishes of STREET FOOD! Artisan street food is a great way to bring variety and ethnic fusion to a meal, and to make your menus stand out among your competitors. Offering street food-style menus can also help your clients – instead of contracting with several food trucks for the evening, they can get all the dishes they need through you.

A street food-style menu is perfect for almost any type of event – corporate, wedding, fundraiser, you name it! We’ve put together some station menu ideas inspired by recipes from all around the world.

Asian Station

Pork Satay with Chili Dipping Sauce (SBS)

Banh Mi Chicken Tacos (A Spicy Perspective)
Sticky Rice Dumplings (SBS)
Thai Corn Cakes with Pickled Cucumbers (Olive)

American Station

Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dog (Everyday Southwest)
Burger Sliders (My Recipes)
Skewered Corn on the Cob with Assorted Toppings (Betty Crocker)
Mac and Cheese Bites (Damn Delicious)

Mexican Station

Lamb Barbacoa with Avocado Tacos (Muy Bueno)
Shrimp and Black Bean Quesadillas (Jamie Oliver)
Mango, Jicama, and Cucumber Salad (Muy Bueno)
Churros (All Recipes)

French Station

Chicken Cordon Bleu Roll-Ups (Delish)
Mini Spinach and Mushroom Quiche (Food Network)
Steak, Spinach, and Mushroom Crepes (Half Baked Harvest)
Bacon and Onion Tart (Saveur)

Mediterranean Station

Turkey Meatballs with Herbed Yogurt Sauce (Kitchn)
Garlc-Rosemary Lamb Pita (My Recipes)
Cheese, Herb, and Sun-Dried Tomato Phyllo Rolls (Epicurious)
Spicy Cheese Sticks with Hummus and Olive Tapenade (Kitchn)

The main thing with street-food inspired catering is to make it easy and FUN! Let us know some of your street food recipes!