Baltimore Wedding Catering DIY Tips; Escort Cards for Your Themed Wedding

So much goes into the wedding planning process that at times it may seem overwhelming. After you finalize the guest list and seating chart, the last thing you want to worry about is if your guests are going to make it to their right table. Take some inspiration from some of the weddings we’ve catered, with these creative DIY ways to make your escort cards. It’ll ensure that your guests know where to go, so that your time is better spent celebrating with your friends and family.

1. Vintage Dolly Escort Cards If you’re looking to add the perfect touch of black and white to your wedding, then check out this beautifully designed vintage place card holder. The place card holder is aligned with personal black and white photos with lines of wire that hold the guests’ table information. A fun way for your guests to look at photographs, while finding their table information. This couple had a vintage trunk card holder, which fit perfectly with the theme as well.
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2. Custom Baltimore Spice Blend. Whether it’s Old Bay or another custom made Baltimore spice, these DIY bottles are a fantastic way to send your guests home with a taste of Baltimore. This couple wrote each guest’s table information on a tag attached to the bottle, so it served as a wedding favor and as an escort card. Having the escort table and wedding favor be a 2-in-1 is a great way to save space at a wedding.
Old Bay Spice Bottle

3.Match your escort card holder with your wedding theme. This gorgeous custom-made escort card holder was the perfect addition for a wedding at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. The rustic escort card board held time card/ punch cards, which was a fun way for the couple’s guests to find their tables. There are endless ways you can personalize your escort card holders to match your venue.
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4. Crab and Ivy Wedding Place Card Holder These escort cards are a tasteful way to incorporate a Maryland theme at your wedding reception. Lined on an ivy backdrop, each place card has a Maryland blue crab that will be a familiar site to local guests and a warm welcoming to your out-of-state guests.
Crab and Ivy Place card holder

5. Outdoor Wedding Mossy Place card Holders Whether you’re having a summer wedding in the warm outdoors, or a breezy fall wedding, these adorable place card holders will complement any type of outdoor wedding. The sliced “tree trunk” on top of the mossy table top will be a breeze to set-up, and will leave your guests enthralled with how charming your wedding décor was for weeks to follow.
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Kelly and Ryan’s Fun Wedding at the Cloisters Castle in Baltimore Maryland


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Kelly and Ryan were one of the most amazing couples that we have had the chance to work with. We met Kelly and her mom at a Cloisters Castle open house last year. We immediately knew that this would be an awesome couple to work with and we were lucky enough to cater their wedding this past Saturday. Kelly and Ryan both looked amazing and enjoyed themselves to the max. They were dancing, eating, and drinking the entire night, just thoroughly enjoying the energy from their friends and family celebrating such an amazing and momentous occasion. Another one of my favorite aspects of this wedding was the hand crafted decorations that Kelly and one of her bridesmaids created. Check out the detail in these pictures. We wish Kelly and Ryan a lifetime of happiness!

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Zeffert and Gold Catering Corporate Event Planning For Summer Cookouts and Holiday Parties

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Take a break. Yes, we said it. It’s summer, and it’s the perfect time for you and your coworkers to take a break from the mundane work week and treat yourself to a catered event everyone will remember. At Zeffert and Gold Catering we offer a variety of corporate event services that we customize to fit your budget. Our Event designers will work with you to develop a delicious menu to meet your event needs. From corporate holiday parties to company summer gatherings, we work with you to customize your menu, linens, and décor.  We even offer catered drop-offs, so that lunch is delivered to your corporation, or event location, at the time of your event.

So, how can you get planning your next corporate holiday party? Call us at 410-944-4481, and speak with one of our event designers today. Share with us your holiday party ideas, and we’ll work with you to create themed party food that will be the culinary reward that your coworkers have been looking for. We will also put your mind at ease by answering any questions that you may have related to fun party rentals, space planning, and tenting. From upscale picnics with delicious skewers and kabobs to company bull roasts with fresh grilled pit beef, we will work with you to plan the perfect corporate event.

For more inspiration in planning your corporate holiday event, check out our Pinterest page to get party food ideas that we have made for weddings & receptions, bar & bat mitzvah’s, outdoor events & picnics that may spark your imagination for your corporate holiday party.

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5 DIY Ways to Celebrate Cinco De Mayo

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Want to celebrate Cinco De Mayo with your friends and family, but still be able to avoid the crowds? Use these 5 DIY techniques to throw your own Cinco De Mayo celebration.

1. Cinco De Mayo Decorations: An easy way to brighten up your party is to hang these bright colored paper decorations. Large floral designs with a variety of colors, and patterns is an affordable way to add your personality in your decor. Don’t stop with just hanging decorations, you can customize everything from your centerpieces, silverware, chair cushions, and more.

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2. Piñata: Sure, hanging a piñata filled with treats is a classic way to celebrate a party with friends, but what if you had a different kind of piñata at your party? Piñata sugar cookies is a delicious dessert for your guests that are filled with surprises, and will surprise your guests too. These sugar cookies can be filled with M&M’s, skittles, or any bite-sized candy of your choice. People will be anxious to get their hands on the recipe.


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3. Double dip, all you like: Individual dips and appetizers are the perfect way to entertain your friends and keep everyone full and happy. These seven layer dip cups will compliment your Cinco De Mayo party perfectly, and they are extremely easy to make. Visit Smarty Had a Party to see how to make these party favors.


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4. Cilantro Jalapeño Margarita: Finding a kick for your party doesn’t have to only come from your food. This spicy jalapeño margarita is a twist on the classic drink that will accompany your food nicely at your party. Personal additions like cucumbers is another way to make the house drink a specialty for your guests.

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5. Tequila. Whether you partake in Cinco De Mayo for the food, or drink these shrimp margarita tacos are the perfect merriment to steal the show at your party.

If you don’t feel like staying in, there are plenty of options for going out on Cinco De Mayo too. Like a bacon wrapped “taco shell” from El Rey’s in DC. Yes, this 5 Pork Taco is one delicious way to spend the day.


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Whatever it is you chose to do, have fun and be safe on this year’s Cinco De Mayo. Feel free to share your DIY ideas for how to celebrate, or where you’re headed on May 5.

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Zeffert and Gold Wedding Spotlight: Sonja and Matt’s Outdoor Wedding at Rockwood Manor

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Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. We’ve all heard of the wedding “must-haves,” and some brides dream that their wedding needs to include all things traditional. Then there comes along certain brides that want to go against the norm, and truly make their special day their own. This was exactly what Sonja and Matt wanted for their wedding ceremony and reception at the Rockwood Manor in Potomac, Md. The beautiful, scenic venue located in a remote area of Potomac Maryland allowed for the bride and groom to hold their wedding ceremony in the outdoor garden area. The wedding began with the couple recreating the scene from, “Say Anything.” The ceremony was then orchestrated by the bride and the groom, and involved the couple welcoming their guests, sharing about themselves, and detailing their love story from their own perspectives. It was a beautiful way for their guests to learn about the couple, and their relationship. Guests could also contribute their “voice” in the ceremony by holding up their “Me,” signs so that when the couple asked questions like, “How many of you went to school with me?,” the audience could respond and all guests could see how everyone knew the couple.

The uniqueness of the ceremony didn’t stop there, as the bride and groom proclaimed their vows to each other by picking pre-written vows out of a dog bowl. These vows were written by the bride for the groom, and the groom for the bride, but also included some vows that their friends wrote to contribute to the couple’s ceremony. These good-humored promises to each other included things like, “Do you promise to at least TRY to put the toilet seat down when you leave the bathroom?,” to, “Do you promise to go to the newest sci-fi movie with me, as soon as it comes out in the theaters?” The ceremony was filled with laughter to say the least.

After the ceremony, the guests were able to enjoy butler-passed appetizers in the courtyard, and then a station-style dinner that included a pho station, a pasta station, and a slider station. The ceremony may not have been traditional, but the guests were able to finish the night with some good-old fashion dancing. The cupcake treats and a specialty coffee station, just added a little twist to the reception. Not to mention, it was all topped off with grilled cheese and tomato soup, so the guests could enjoy a late night snack.

Whether traditional, or unique, we are happy to customize your wedding in a way that fits how you want it to be. Learn how you can make your wedding your own special day by calling us at 410-944-4481.

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Baltimore Wedding Catering: Megan and Tom’s Waterfront Wedding at Historic London Town and Gardens

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For some people, Memorial Day Weekend is a time for relaxing at the beach, hosting a cookout at home, or traveling to see family and friends. This Memorial Day Weekend was even more special for Megan and Tom, as they tied the knot at the Historic London Town and Gardens in Annapolis, Md. It was a perfect summer day, as the couple said their, “I Do’s,” under a cloudless sky, overlooking the South River near Annapolis, Md. Following the ceremony, guests were able to enjoy drinks and appetizers in the gardens. As a fun twist, we were able to create a French Fry Bar for guests to enjoy that included homemade potato fries, sweet potato fries, spicy green bean fries, carrot fries, and zucchini fries. Made fresh on site, the fries were accompanied with a variety of unique toppings including old bay, sriracha, and a homemade pineapple curry ketchup among others.

Custom French Fry Bar

The fun didn’t stop there, as guests could choose from a variety of food stations including the “Salmons of the World” station, “You Can’t Curry Love” station, and a “Little Bit of Mexico” station. This type of personalized additions weren’t just reflected in the food, but in the beautiful centerpieces as well. Lace-covered vases held gorgeous bouquets of flowers, which added the perfect touch of summer to each table. We wish Megan and Tom a lifetime of happiness together and thank you for allowing Zeffert and Gold Catering to be a part of your very special wedding day.

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Zeffert and Gold Catering Wedding Spotlight: Erica and Aaron’s Wedding at the American Visionary Art Museum

Ravens and Orioles Themed Wedding Cake

We are in full swing right now with our summer weddings, and this past weekend was no exception. Erica and Aaron hosted their guests at the American Visionary Art Museum, which is located at the base of historic Federal Hill.  The couple said their, “I Do’s,” in the charming garden that is adjacent to the Sculpture Barn, which held the reception for the evening. Set in the perfect indoor-outdoor combination, the guests were able to mingle inside to enjoy the station-style catered food, and indulge in drinks like the couples signature Orange Crush outside in the garden.

Crab Card Basket

This fun-loving bride and groom made sure to include their love for Baltimore sports in the wedding reception, as the cake was topped with a Baltimore Raven, as the groom, and a Baltimore Oriole, as the bride – veil and all. The love-birds didn’t stop there with their decor, as the centerpieces were the perfect summer tribute with the vases filled high with aromatic sliced oranges. The favors were filled with the couple’s signature seasoning, and allowed for their guests to leave with a taste of Baltimore. We really love working with Erica and Aaron and wish them a lifetime of happiness together!

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For more information on how to make your perfect summer wedding come to life, please contact us at 410-944-4481.

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Zeffert and Gold Catering Wedding Spotlight: Matt and Lisa’s Outdoor Green Wedding at Irvine Nature Center

Irvine Nature Center Wedding

Despite the spring showers, we were able to cater a beautiful outdoor wedding this past weekend at the Irvine Nature Center, in Owings Mills, Md. The tented reception housed a large group of Matt and Lisa’s family and friends for their green, eco-friendly wedding. The couple added personal pieces throughout the reception, as guests were greeted with a custom-made “wish box,” that encouraged everyone attending to leave hand-written notes with their well wishes for the couple’s future life together.  Personal additions also blossomed in the couple’s floral arrangements from Ellen at Local Color Flowers. This Baltimore-based floral design company, specializes in locally grown flowers to ensure all couples can have beautiful flowers grown from home at their special day. Palm-leaf plates were also used at the reception, as the bride and the groom wanted to utilize biodegradable options at their green wedding.

The décor wasn’t the only thing charismatic, as guests got to watch the most recently married couple playing the Newlywed Game. The bride and groom were on the hot seats, as friends and family members watched the newlyweds attempt to answer revealing questions about one another.  The fun continued after the game with a signature dessert table. What says happily ever after more than delectable, fresh, homemade, doughnuts? These fried, ooey-gooey, doughnuts were made to order for each guest to devour at the end of the night.

From decorations to doughnuts, Matt and Lisa were able to ignore the weather conditions, and celebrate the night away with their family and friends.


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Zeffert and Gold Catering Wedding Spotlight: Paul and Jenn at the Irvine Nature Center & Erin and Brian at the Baltimore Museum of Industry

Jenn and Paul at Irvine Nature Center

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Jenn and Paul had an amazing setup for their wedding at the Irvine Nature Center in Owings Mills, Maryland. Family, friends, and of course the bride and groom took full advantage of Irvine’s amazing setup that allows for a comfortable wedding ceremony and reception. Guests were able enjoy the neat animal exhibits inside the nature center, while others enjoyed the amazing deck and tented reception area. Towards the end of the night people took advantage of the picturesque campfire and sat around, relaxed and enjoyed being at such an amazing wedding. We are so happy to have worked with Jenn and Paul and wish them nothing but happiness in the future! Catering at Irvine Nature Center Baltimore


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Erin and Brian celebrated their wedding overlooking the Baltimore harbor, waterfront and skyline and then went inside for a reception that continued the Baltimore theme. Tables had centerpieces of Old Bay shakers, Berger Cookies, and Utz Crab Chips. These centerpieces weren’t just for display, guests enjoyed all of their yummy contents. After an extravagant cocktail hour guests were treated to a station style menu which had a carving station with chef marinated meats, a pasta station with delicious sauces and house made pastas, and my personal favorite of the stations was the custom designed slider station. The slider station featured miniature sirloin burgers, Kahlua pork sliders with a spicy coleslaw served on King’s Hawaiian Rolls. Guests spent the night eating, drinking, and dancing the night away. As the sign by the guest cards said “You can find your seat here, but your place is on the dance floor!” Erin and Brian had such an amazing wedding and we are thrilled we could be a part of it!

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Zeffert and Gold Catering Wedding Spotlight: Kate and Josh’s Port Discovery Baltimore Wedding

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This past weekend was another fun-filled, busy time for Zeffert and Gold Catering. On Saturday, April 26, we had the delight to cater Kate and Josh’s wedding at the Port Discovery Children’s Museum in downtown Baltimore. With the sun shining, we were able to help bring Kate and Josh’s vision for their wedding day to life. The couple wanted to showcase their hometown spirit with touches of Baltimore spread throughout the playful venue. Berger cookies, the rich and decadent cookie originated in the DeBaufre Bakeries in Baltimore, were used as the guest’s wedding favors on their place settings. The cream table linens were accented with lime green napkins that were complimented by the beautiful, homemade centerpieces. Alternating between lemons and limes, the tall glass jars were filled high with the fruit and topped with white springtime flowers on each table. All of the centerpieces were surrounded by paper flowers made from custom printed paper. Intimate, creative touches were seen on all areas of the reception at the Port Discovery.

A Baltimore wedding would not be complete without an appearance from the Baltimore iconic couple, Mr. Boh and the Utz girl. The groom’s mother added to their wedding décor by making the bride and groom’s chairs for their sweetheart table, which were designed with Mr. Boh and the Utz girl on the cushions.  The bride with her custom-made Utz girl wine glass, and the groom with his unique Natty Boh beer mug, were able to cheers to their wedding and future, with their family and friends throughout the night. We catered the food to the Baltimore couple, as guests could enjoy spreads such as Hot Maryland Crab Dip , and a Natty Boh Cheese Fondue. This also included the end of the night, as the delicious dessert table showcased Mr. Natty Boh and the Utz girl as well, from the cake topper to the custom-made Baltimore Raven’s and Baltimore Oriole’s M&M’s. The delicious wedding cake was from the Baltimore Cakery.

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Think you could use some of these wedding ideas for your Baltimore wedding? Contact us to learn how we can customize your day to make it even more special.

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