Your DIY Halloween

Your DIY Halloween

Halloween is just a few weeks away and team Arbutus couldn't be more excited for our fun packed Spooky Sunday at Arbutus at The Crannagh. From our belly filler 4 course Carvery, Kids Disco and Fancy Dress Competition, it is sure to be a spooktacular day. We advise booking early to ensure your little witches and goblins are not disappointed.

Wedding Centrepieces don't have to be Flowers.

Wedding Centrepieces don't have to be Flowers.

Arbutus Hospitality has seen their busiest Summer to date with weddings. Being the approved cater for 5 very special wedding venues we have seen so many different setups and decor trends this summer, all perfectly suited to each wedding and looked stunning.

Halloween Kids Cocktails

Halloween Kids Cocktails

With Halloween just over a month away and the dark evenings, fast approaching team Arbutus thought it was time to create a little post about Halloween cocktails for kids.

Halloween is ultimately for the kids, the dressing up, trick or treat, fireworks display and with these cocktails, it will be a Halloween treat that they weren't expecting.

Christmas Buffet Basics

Christmas Buffet Basics

With Christmas just around the corner, the decor pouring into the shops and we have just launched our Christmas brochure (view here) we thought it would be the perfect time to do a little post about Christmas buffet ideas.

Healthier Eating for our Children

Healthier Eating for our Children

Ok so this month has seen the return of the children back to school and back to routine. Homework’s, dinners, sports, youth clubs, it is all go, for the youngsters (and us parents). Here we have a few little tips to get the children eating healthy while on a busy schedule.

A Magical Crannagh Christmas. 

A Magical Crannagh Christmas. 

Yes, the children are just back at school and we are talking about.... Christmas!

It is most definitely our favourite time of year, from pantomimes to Santa Sundays and Christmas markets, we love the Christmas buzz.  If you work within the catering industry you will know Christmas is a busy time of year but also the time of year where Christmas spirits are high, so being busy doesn't seem so bad.  

Autumn Appetizers

Autumn Appetizers

Meteorologically, Autumn begins on Sept 1st. This is great news for you Autumn lovers, the time is drawing near to bring out the coats and boots. Autumn is such a lovely time of the year and team Arbutus are still jammed packed attending events and weddings in this season. It is becoming more and more popular to get married in months other than Spring and Summer. 

Are you having an Autumn themed wedding or party? Have you thought about how your food, canopies and drinks will complement the theme?  Fear not, we have a little something for you to read on choosing the perfect Autumn Appetizers. 

Cocktails for Your Wedding this Fall.

Cocktails for Your Wedding this Fall.

So Summer is just about to depart us for another year and we look forward to welcoming all you Autumn brides. 

If you haven't already started planning the finer details of your wedding menu and drinks, now would be a good time to start as it will creep up on you sooner than you anticipate.

Tips on Choosing the Perfect Wedding Venue

Tips on Choosing the Perfect Wedding Venue

Here at Arbutus Hospitality, we have catered in countless wedding venues across Northern Ireland and beyond and have met so many lovely brides and grooms. 

Here we want to share a little bit of knowledge on how to choose the correct wedding venue for you. 

Pre-Wedding Party Food

Pre-Wedding Party Food

We often write our blogs related to wedding food, ideas and meals on the actual wedding day so we thought what about the run-up to the wedding?

Wedding Cake Alternatives

Wedding Cake Alternatives

Ok, so the Arbutus Brides and Grooms are becoming more adventurous. Trends are starting to shift away from traditional wedding cakes to more funky ideas. Here we have compiled a little list for you to consider.

Summer Loving Cocktails. 

Summer Loving Cocktails. 

Who doesn't love a good summer get together with friends and family? And if you are the organiser of the group and always the one to host the parties, we are here to give you a little help this summer. 

Here we have a few little summer drinks recipes that you will have whipped up in no time at all and will be sure to please the crowd. 

 Pairing Food with Wines. 

Pairing Food with Wines. 

When it comes to pairing food with wines, this can be mind-boggling. So many wines to choose from, white, red, sparkling, the list goes on. 

When it boils down to it, very often each person has a preference on white or red and doesn't usually go by what food they are eating. However, to help you along with your next dinner event we have compiled this little list for you. 

Wedding Evening Snacks - Do you really need them?

Wedding Evening Snacks - Do you really need them?

When going through the meal details with our lovely couples who are getting married we sometimes get asked the question, "Do we need to provide evening snacks when our dinner is being served at 5.50pm?"

Top tips for staying healthy while on holiday!

Top tips for staying healthy while on holiday!

Vacation is typically about indulgence and it can be very hard to pass up delicious brownie sundaes or cocktails.

Here are few tips Team Arbutus have compiled to ensure your healthy eating routine is not ruined while on summer holidays. 

A Killer BBQ Party

A Killer BBQ Party

So the sunny weather is back and the kids are just about to depart from school. Team Arbutus love this time of year and we have our fair share of BBQs and events between private parties and weddings. 

Choosing Your Wedding Drinks.

Choosing Your Wedding Drinks.

What team Arbutus have found over the years, is that couples seem to have everything about their entire wedding day planned to great detail, except the wedding drinks. They feel that this is not that important. This, however, is very important, after all, it is one of the first things your guests will look for. 

Tips for The Perfect Afternoon Tea Table Setting

Tips for The Perfect Afternoon Tea Table Setting

We often get asked how to set an afternoon tea table. To be honest, there is no special way as long as it looks pretty and there is plenty to eat. We have compiled a little list for you afternoon tea lovers.  

Summertime Salad!

Summertime Salad!

Ok so we are loving this warm weather, even if the sun isn't shining, but what to eat you ask?

Team Arbutus have compiled a few little simple, healthy salad recipes for you to try and indulge in.  We often use these salad recipes at different events to accompany starters and main courses.

Summer BBQ Season Is Here!

Summer BBQ Season Is Here!

No doubt every family in Northern Ireland have had at least one BBQ over the last week. Team Arbutus have definitely catered for their fair share, from private parties, weddings, anniversaries and much more. 

Here, we have deiced to share a few tips with you for your next BBQ party.