Bridal Expos

We’ve been to two bridal expos over the past few weekends, one at the Raritan Inn and one hosted by the Windlass Restaurant.

Most brides attending these expos are brand new and just learning about the wedding planning process. In case you’re a new bride and weren’t able to meet us at the expo (or m\aybe you did meet us and can’t remember), here’s a little peak at what we shared!

Cafe Pierrot is typically known for our beautiful custom wedding cakes and desserts. Each bride received an example of our macaron favors in boxes wrapped with ribbon. These are a really elegant option for favors that also happen to be gluten free!

These macarons are great options for Bridal Showers, as well!

We demonstrated our custom cake skills by displaying two fake wedding cakes with all the custom details available. Our buttercream custom cakes begin at $5/person, and the fondant covered custom cakes begin at $8/slice.

We also gave cake samples to the brides and arranged cake tastings. The brides told us that very few bakeries provide cake tastings, but we think this experience is so important. The bride should be happy, not only with the design on the cake, but with how it tastes.  When you schedule a cake tasting with Cafe Pierrot, you will try our common flavor combinations and be able to choose one of those or create a custom combo.

Another new favorite dessert option is our mousse shooter. We can make these in any flavor mousse your request, but we highly recommend the chocolate mousse! In the past, we’ve made strawberry mousse shooters for Valentine’s Day and mint mousse shooters for Saint Patrick’s Day.

But we’re not limited to desserts. Pierrot Catering also provides full-service wedding catering. If you choose a full-service catering option, we will partner with you to plan the perfect reception! Because of our experience in the industry, we already own the equipment that many caterers charge extra to rent. 

For this bridal expo, we made a Korean BBQ that was served in a lettuce leaf with make your own toppings! This was so different from the other caterers, and the brides really seemed to enjoy the experience

toppings for the Korean BBQ

These Thai Shrimp Spring Rolls were also a popular and different menu item. We love working with our brides to create a unique and delicious menu.

Because Cafe Pierrot stands for gourmet, quality ingredients, we extend that to our service. When a reception includes our catering and desserts, the experience will be professional and delicious.

If you feel that full-service catering is not in your budget, we can give several options that do not include any planning. The DIY wedding is a drop-off options, where we deliver our delicious food to the event, and you arrange for all the decorations, tables, servers, etc.

We’ve also catered several summer barbecue weddings (one example on the blog here). We bring our own grills, and full-service option includes our planner overseeing all the rentals and deliveries.

However, these two services are separate. You can choose to only order catering from CP or a wedding cake. You can just order cookie favors or macaron favors. We’re very flexible and want you to have the perfect day.

Looking for more information? Try these links:

Get in touch with us to start planning your perfect day!

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St. Patrick’s Day Party + Free Printables!

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The traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner is a favorite for our St. Patrick’s Day dinner. But with all of our dessert options, we thought we’d share some beautiful table ideas to add a professional touch to your gathering.

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Decorating for your party

  1. Green & Gold: For a classy party, incorporate lots of gold and dark green to bring an elevated look to your table display. We love these gold mason jars  for small and simple flower arrangements, and we found the gold table runner at Home Goods.
  2. Super Simple Sign Holders: we used green, gold, and white large binder clips to hold up our signs. Simply clip the sign into the binder clip and squeeze the tabs to remove. We will definitely use this method over and over again!
  3. Fun Backdrop: We used green streamers and this Studio DIY template to make this shamrock cut-out backdrop. We also LOVE these giant streamers from Studio DIY, so you should try those out!

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Now for the food! Below is a list of exactly what is pictured.
For a full list of Café Pierrot’s St. Patrick’s Day offerings, visit this page!

  1. Corned Beef & Cabbage: Café Pierrot sells this complete meal for 8-10 people, so you don’t have to worry about cooking a huge meal on a busy weeknight! We are also serving the meal in the Sparta location during the week of St. Patricks Day, and you can pickup a serving as a Dinner- To-Go from our Andover location.
  2. Irish Soda Bread: This delicious bread is similar to a scone, so it can even be eaten for breakfast on the holiday. Of course, we think it goes perfectly with the Corned Beef dinner.
  3. Cupcakes: 6 of each
    • Mint Ganache
    • Sprinkle
  4.  Mint Chocolate Macarons: 2 dozen (you can never have too many!)
  5. Mini Mint Mousse Cups: 1 dozen
  6. Mint Chocolate Cake: Chocolate Cake filled with Chocolate Mousse, iced with Crème de Menthe Buttercream and Garnished with Chocolate Curls

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Click here to download the free printable signs!

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Cafe Pierrot + Lavanta Coffee

Lavanta Coffee Roasters

We love our coffee at Cafe Pierrot, and we’re happy to say that we support local roasters with our coffee.

Our house coffee is a Sumatra Blend and is freshly roasted by Lavanta Coffee in Washington Township, NJ. Lavanta is Fair Trade Certified,  Rainforest Alliance Certified, and participates in Direct Trade. They also support women producers in these different origins.

The Fair Trade Sumatra blend that we carry in store “offers earthy, spicy, mouth-filling, supple coffee with pronounced aromatics of exotic earth notes. It has a sturdy, pronounced, but not overbearing body.”

Since Lavanta is “direct trade,” they work with the farmers in Indonesia, Colombia, and other origins to ensure a quality product. Being Fair Trade Certified means the farmers work in a safe environment and are paid a fair wage for their labor. Through the Rainforest Alliance, Lavanta coffee has planted 1,000 trees in the deforested jungles on Indonesia.

Working with Lavanta provides us with great coffee and supports a great farming practices around the world!

The King’s Cake Tradition

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Three King’s Day is traditionally celebrated on the 12th day of Christmas, Epiphany, celebrating the visit of the three wise men to Jesus.

This cake portrays many symbols for the season. The green, purple, and gold colors represent the colors of kings and royalty. A small plastic baby is baked into the cake, symbolizing baby Jesus. Whoever finds the baby, like the kings found Jesus, must host the Mardi Gras party next year.

The baby also symbolizes good fortune for the person who receives it.

The Epiphany holiday falls on January 6th ending the Christmas Season and beginning the Mardi Gras Season. The Mardi Gras or Carnival season continues until Fat Tuesday – the day before Ash Wednesday.

Our King’s Cake is made with a sweet enriched dough with swirls of nuts, butter, and cinnamon sugar. The perfect addition to any Mardi Gras celebration!

Call or email our store to reserve your cake!

Throw a Game Day Party

Cafe Pierrot || Throw a Game Day Party

With playoffs in progress and Superbowl 50 approaching, we can’t wait to throw a Game Day Party!

You can find our Game Day Catering Menu here, and these are some of our favorites:

  • Pulled Pork (add some dinner rolls to make sliders!)
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Our beautiful Antipasto Salad
  • Delicious Mini Sandwiches
  • Dessert!! mini cupcakes, cookies, brownies….

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Now for decorations!

We used chalkboard signs, artificial grass, and vintages pennants to add some team spirit to our party.

DIY Field Goal Signs: Using this chalkboard stand from Michael’s, we painted the outline of a field goal in yellow and added a football sticker – so simple, and perfect for a football party!

The “Tackle Your Appetite” Menu was written on a chalkboard easel from Michael’s.

We cut Artificial Grass to fit our buffet table.

Cafe Pierrot || Throw a Game Day Party

Don’t forget to order specialty cookies with your favorite player’s jersey number & color!

Cafe Pierrot || Throw a Game Day Party