Cinco de Mayo Party!

Last week, we launched a brand new year-round menu for a gluten-free taco bar! We got it together just in time for Cinco de Mayo, and we hope that you’ll celebrate with us!

Here’s a link to the menu with pricing!

Many customers order a Cinco-de-Mayo-themed Sweet Sixteen cake, and we wanted to provide more desserts and food for the party. Of course, we planned our own party for the new menu!

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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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Easter Preparations

Easter is right around the corner (2.5 weeks!), and I know you’re thinking about the food and party decor.

Last year, we shared our Easter Dessert table with a few free printable signs. Go get those free signs! Here’s what you need for everything else!

Easter Dinner

Check out the Catering & Desserts page on our website for full pricing and lists of items.

This year, we’re offering two complete dinner catering options:

Leg of Lamb:

stuffed leg of lamb for easter dinner from french restaurant and bakery in NJ

Leg of lamb, deboned, marinated with rosemary and garlic, tied and roasted served with a lamb rosemary au jus

choice of 2  vegetables:  herb roasted potatoes, mashed potatoes, garden vegetables, or string beans

includes: one dozen dinner rolls (plain or snowflake), and a Lemon Rosette cake.

Chicken Cordon Bleu

breaded chicken breast stuffed with Swiss cheese & ham topped with a creamy cheese sauce

choice of 2 vegetables: herb roasted potatoes, mashed potatoes, garden vegetables, or string beans

includes: one dozen dinner rolls (plain or snowflake), and a Lemon Rosette cake.

This meal is a favorite for a reason!

Easter Desserts

We added two new items from last year: a Bunny Face Cupcake Cake and a Bunny Face on a stick cookie! The cupcake cake is perfect for the kids at the table, and the bunny face cookie is a great gift as guests are leaving!

Easter bunny cupcake cake by french bakery in northern new jersey cafe pierrot

 

 

We love the decorated Easter Egg cookies for dessert, too.

Decorate Easter Egg cookies by Cafe Pierrot French bakery in north jersey

Setting the Table

Spring and Easter equal bunnies and pastels. We love the trend of eggs in a vase or basket with tulips and other favorite flowers for a centerpiece…

  1. Colored Eggs in a Jar
  2. Cafe Pierrot’s table last year
  3. White Eggs in a basket

White dishes with linen napkins always look natural and beautiful, and you probably already have them at home! Tie with a ribbon for a touch of color at low cost.

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via Boxwood Clippings

Wood slices and mason jars are reusable for many other holidays, but look spring-y enough for Easter!

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via Brit & Co.

Easter Egg Decorating

Cafe Pierrot may not sell decorated Easter Eggs (other than the cookies), but these egg decorating tutorials from pinterest will look great with our desserts!

  1. Naturally dyed eggs by Whole Foods
  2. DIY Dyed Robin Eggs by Honestly Yum
  3. Gold Leaf Easter Eggs by She Knows
  4. Emoji Eggs by Studio DIY (ok, these don’t match anything on the page, but they’re too fun not to share!)

Hope you enjoyed this little round-up of Easter decorating ideas! Stop by either store to pick up some of the yummy desserts!!

Wedding Dessert Table

wedding dessert table with coffee station from cafe pierrot in sparta nj

Wedding cakes are one of our favorite parts of this business: they’re the centerpiece of the event and show each couple’s personality.

However, not every guest loves cake, and sometimes you need lots of dessert options to please lots of people.

We’ve shared several dessert table options for holidays, and today we’re sharing a wedding dessert table! With cookies, macarons, cupcakes, and strawberries, each guest will find something they love.

wedding dessert table from cafe pierrot in sparta nj

Of course, we included a gorgeous, hand-crafted wedding cake, because we really can’t have a wedding without one. Some of our couples choose a smaller, two-tier cake to accompany the many dessert choices.

The Wedding Cake

Let’s start with the wedding cake.

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Each petal of these sugar flowers was hand cut and attached to wire to form a flower.

close up of sugar flowers on wedding cake by cafe pierrot in sparta nj

The edible gold paint makes a statement and adds glamour to the table, and painting over the sprinkles creates a great texture.

Dessert Table

We love the look of these bowls filled with the many macaron favors. Two stacked cake stand create tiers for the mini cupcakes and white chocolate covered strawberries.

boxed macaron wedding favors from cafe pierrot in sparta nj

Tiered mini cupcakes and chocolate covered strawberries for a wedding dessert table from Cafe PIerrot in Sparta NJ

Lemon Meringue tartlettes are adorable and delicious!

lemon meringue tartlettes for a wedding dessert table from Cafe Pierrot in Sparta NJ

Linzer tarts were the perfect addition for a different flavor option. These heart-shaped centers work well for a wedding!

Linzer Tart cookie for a wedding dessert table from Cafe Pierrot in Sparta NJ

Since we make desserts all day every day, we couldn’t include everything on the tables.We also recommend monogram cookies, large cookies, platters of petit fours, a fresh fruit platter, macaron pops….. we have a pretty large selection.

Coffee Station

We just revamped our coffee station, and we’re excited for the professional look this will add to our weddings!

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Decor

For our coffee station we used vintage teacups, saucers, creamer, and sugar bowl to match our fun theme.

The dessert table uses vintage hobnail milk glass bowls and cake stands to create a light color scheme.

wedding dessert table with coffee station from cafe pierrot in sparta nj

Search local antique shops or google vintage rentals in your area to create a similar look!

From Miss to Mrs: Bridal Shower Brunch

From Miss to Mrs Bridal shower brunch with custom desserts from cafe pierrot in sparta nj

We love a good brunch, and a girly bridal shower is the perfect opportunity. We combined our Luncheon Catering Menu with a few Breakfast Menu options to balance meal. Dessert is always necessary, so we created beautiful diamond cookies, macaron pops, and a two-tier rosette cake.

ombre diamond shaped custom cookies from cafe pierrot in sparta nj

If you’re planning an engagement or bridal shower, diamonds are the perfect touch!

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Gender Reveal Baby Shower

gender reveal baby shower brunch and luncheon by French Bakery and Caterer Cafe Pierrot in Northern New Jersey

gender reveal baby shower cake by French bakery Cafe Pierrot in North Jersey.We’ve been making more and more gender reveal cakes lately and wanted to share a few ideas with you for the special day!

This is one of our favorite baby-themed cakes. It’s a a touch girly with the fondant bow, but with multi-colored sprinkles it’s perfect for announcing the baby’s gender.

Gender Reveal Baby Shower custom cookies from French bakery Cafe Pierrot in Northern New Jersey

These onesie cookies are another special element that can be taken as a favor. Delicious and adorable!

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Pineapples and Palm Leaves Party

Gold Pineapple themed bridal shower with palm leaves and naked cake by Cafe Pierrot

For this bridal shower, the bride wanted her fiance to join her. He was more excited about the kitchen gadgets than she was, and so a joint-shower was planned.

Inspired by our Hawaiian Theme menu, the Maid of Honor planned a classy luau  shower without the typical bright floral prints, leis, and Hawaiian shirts.

The dessert table was the focal point of the event with hand-cut palm leaves and gold spray-painted pineapples. She added white hydrangeas to our classic naked cake, per the bride’s request.

Bride and groom with the hawaiian-inspired dessert table

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Full-Service Summer Wedding

summer wedding by Pierrot Catering. Buttercream wedding cake with burlap ribbon and sugar sunflowers.

Barbecues might be one of our favorite things about summer. Combine them with a great couple, and you have the perfect laid-back summer wedding.

The couple owns a horse farm in Northern New Jersey and wanted to showcase their property by holding the ceremony and reception on site. She chose the rustic burlap, lace, and sunflower theme for centerpieces and decor.

We coordinated all the rentals – tent, dance floor, bar, linens, tables and chairs – and added some finishing touches to support the theme.

Full Service wedding catering and gourmet barbecue in north jersey

Our Gourmet Barbecue Menu includes a drink station of Iced Tea & Lemonade served in handled mason jars. We served the drinks on this vintage Coca-Cola cooler and handed mason jars to guests on their way to the outdoor ceremony.

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