Get Ready For St. Patrick’s Day!

 

Looking to host a St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th) bash?  Stress less and impress with a fully catered menu from your friends at Creative Concepts NYC!  Our amazing Executive Chef Miguel Urrego has curated a delicious menu with all of your favorites from Hors D’oeurves to Main Course options.  Email info@creativeconceptsnyc.com to get pricing and information!

 

Hors D’oeurves

  • Mini Reuben Sandwiches
  • Mini Shepard’s Pie
  • “Black and Tan” Pork Sliders with Spicy Ale slaw
  • Whiskey Glazed Chicken Wings
  • Beer Battered Cod with Chips with tartar sauce
  • Dill Salmon Cakes with horseradish Aioli

 

Main Course

  • Irish Pub Salad with pickled beets, cucumber, string beans, tomato, Irish cheddar, tarragon vinaigrette
  • Traditional Corn Beef and Cabbage
  • Shepherd’s Pie
  • Stout Braised Beef Stew
  • Vegetarian Stuffed Cabbage with bulgur, vegetables and tomato sauce
  • Roasted Brussel Sprouts with caramelized pearl onions
  • “Colcannon” creamy mash potato with kale and bacon

 

 

 

 

  • Roasted Rosemary New Potatoes with apple wood smoked bacon tossed with champagne vinaigrette
  • Irish Soda Bread
  • “Boxty” Traditional Irish Potato Pancake 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo's Courtesy of: Uncle Jerry's Kitchen, All Recipes, Chow Hound, Clip Arts

Tis the Season, for Hot Chocolate!

Looking for an easy treat for your friends or colleges?   Try Creative Concepts NYC Hot Chocolate Bar!

It’s a delicious and festive display of all the fall season has to offer.  Below are some photos of our most recent Hot Chocolate Bar that included spiked hot chocolate, mini doughnuts and a plethora of topping options!

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Make sure to add this to your next gathering!

Your Thanksgiving feast by Creative Concepts NYC

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Chef Miguel Urrego has crafted a delicious drop off menu option for your Thanksgiving feast. Imagine having scrumptious homemade food that you can heat, platter and serve. Go ahead take all the glory, your guest are sure to love the food. If you would prefer to have all the bells and whistles of a chef, waitstaff etc. or would like to customize your menu with additional options we would be happy to arrange for you.

-Appetizers-

Field Greens 

with caramelized apples, cranberries, and candied walnuts

apple cider vinaigrette

 or

Butternut Squash Soup 

with toasted almonds, crispy shallots

 

-Mains-

Free Range Herb Roasted Turkey 

served whole or carved

with traditional gravy and cranberry-orange sauce

or

Horseradish Crusted Atlantic Salmon 

with truffle beurre blanc sauce

  or

Berkshire Pork Loin 

stuffed with mushrooms, fennel, and herbs with a mustard grain sauce

 

-Sides-

 

Homemade Sweet Corn Bread Stuffing

with roasted carrots, wild mushrooms, and fresh sage

Roasted Root Vegetables

with sherry vinaigrette

Sweet Potato Soufflé 

with mini marshmallow topping

Roasted Brussel Sprouts 

with caramelized pearl onions, apple wood smoked bacon,

and white balsamic

vinaigrette

 

-Desserts-

Old Fashion Apple Pie

Spiced Pumpkin Pie

Assorted Cookies and Confections

 

Price: $75 per person (6 person minimum)

Delivery: On 11/25/15 by 5pm $75.00 On 11/26/15 by 3pm $125.00

Don’t worry! We will send along printed instructions on how to heat the food with the delivery. The food will be in aluminum trays ready for the oven and all room temperature items will be in disposable containers! Contact us today to order at: info@creativeconceptsnyc.com, the last day to order is 11/19/15.

New Season. New Look!

It’s a new season and we are kicking it off with a new look! Don’t worry, we are still “Putting Eat in Creative” with delish hand-made, fresh, and approachable foods.

We know that events can be stressful and we’re here to make them easy, beautiful and delicious. Be sure to get in touch with us to book your fall/winter and holiday events, it’s never to early!

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Heirloom Vegetables

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It’s harvest season!
Perfect time to grab the freshest of fruits and vegetables and make some truly delicious and unique dishes. When trying to decide what kinds of ingredients to use in your kitchen, it can be confusing to know what the right choice is. With words like Organic, Hybrid, GMO, Natural, and Heirloom on every sign, how do you decide what works best for you?

This past week, the CCNYC team went to the Union Square Farmers Market to learn a little more about what makes the best produce during harvest season. There was no contest, Heirloom Fruits & Vegetables are the most recommended and delicious selection around. But what makes a vegetable or fruit heirloom?

Generally speaking, it means the seeds are old, at least 50 years. They are in the purest state of the natural plant that we can find today. Because of this, there are some guidelines that all farmers must follow to keep their produce in the heirloom family. Such as, the planets can only be pollinated by natural process (insects, the wind, etc.) and must be planted a certain amount a part to make sure their is no GreenTomatoespossibility of creating hybrids.

The results of all these guidelines are beautiful, diverse, and delicious produce. Lorrie from Rise & Root Farm even said, “All store bought tomatoes taste like cardboard ever since I started eating heirloom tomatoes.”
Because it is a natural process, there is no way to predict what the produce will look like come harvest time. Which is why heirloom’s (especially tomatoes) are a variety of colors, sizes, and textures.

These beauties are definitely worth a try, use some Heirloom Fruits & Vegetables in your next home recipe!

 

Fun Fact:
Seeds are saved from each plant to be used again for the next season, some farms have been using the same seeds since WWII!

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Never Fear Fall is Near

Ready or not, here comes fall!  Whether you’re looking for a cool autumn wedding or the last patio parties of the year, CCNYC has you covered on food, coordinating, decor and more.

Our Creative Director Benjamin Lester has been playing around with some gorgeous fall colors.  Check out this beautiful visual he whipped up for the fall wedding season!  Don’t forget to stay tuned with our Facebook, Instagram, Google +, Linked In, Twitter, and Pinterest, to see what else he comes up with this season.  

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Fall is Near!

As Autumn approaches, be sure to check in with the Creative Concepts NYC team to keep you updated on new DIY’s for the holidays, recipes, decor, and more!    Don’t miss a beat by following us on Facebook, Instagram, Google +, Linked In, Twitter, Pinterest, and of course our Blog!

Happy Autumn!

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CCNYC Tasting Event

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Creative Concepts NYC hosted our annual summer Tasting Event!  We partnered up with one of our favorite venue spaces 287 Gallery (check out their Instagram!) , in Chelsea, on a beautiful summer night.  This was an opportunity for our Executive Chef, Miguel Urrego to try out some new recipes as well as showcase some of the team’s favorites.  Our Creative Director, Benjamin Lester, and Director of Catering, Julie Sommers both worked to create a beautiful space and atmosphere that was reflected from the food to the decor.

Here’s what others had to say about our event:
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@1CCNYC you spoiled us …” (Michael-Ann Rowe, Twitter)
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“Wonderful service, were very attentive… The food is fantastic! …was completely blown away. I would have bribed the waiter to leave me a plate of the guava and Brie phyllo rolls!” (Maria K., Yelp)
 
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“The details in the decor from CCNYC was immaculate, even the bar was made gorgeous! ”  (Jonathan B., Twitter)
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Check out more photo’s on our Twitter, Instagram & Facebook pages!
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Pre-season decor SALE

We are having a Pre-Season sale on our decor stock. We love our decor items, but must make space for the coming season’s new treasures! We will consider every offer. All items are cash and carry from Long Island City, NY.  Drop our Creative Director , Benjamin Lester, an e-mail if you are interested in any or all of the items. benjamin@creativeconeptsnyc.com

(2) Snow wonder (25 Gallon), 2 lb Snow mix

(2) Snow Wonder (25 Gallon), 2 lb Snow mix

Gold Tassels (22) double, (16) single

Gold Tassels
(22) double, (16) single

Gold Patina Lanterns (6) SM, (2) LG, (1) XL

Gold Patina Lanterns
(6) SM, (2) LG, (1) XL

(5) Wood Vases with liners

(5) Wood Vases with liners

9 Slim Lights [T4; 28W] with Power Cords

9 Slim Lights [T4; 28W] with Power Cords

4 Large, 6 Small Oscars

4 Large, 6 Small Oscars

300 Long Life white Light Bulbs with Plugs [130 Volts; 5 Wat]

300 Long Life white Light Bulbs with Plugs [130 Volts; 5 Wat]

(3) silver plated Bowls 7" (need polish)

(3) silver plated Bowls 7″ (need polish)

6 sets of 12 glass test tubes

6 sets of 12 glass test tubes

(4) globe 5"

(4) globe 5″

(4) Ceramic Small Vases spike

(4) Ceramic Small Vases spike

(14) Gold Metal Vases 22”

(14) Gold Metal Vases 22”

(4) Windows with chalk and dry erase Boards

(4) Windows with chalk and dry erase Boards

5 sets of  12.Plastic Beakers

5 sets of 12.Plastic Beakers

6 sets of 5 Assorted Beakers

6 sets of 5 Assorted Beakers

(4) Long Rectangle Black Vases, Mirrored Inside 19”x3.5”x4.5” (6) Short Rectangle Black Vases, Mirrored Inside 11.5”x3.5”x4.5”

(4) Long Rectangle Black Vases, Mirrored Inside 19”x3.5”x4.5”
(6) Short Rectangle Black Vases, Mirrored Inside 11.5”x3.5”x4.5”

Full Bult Antique White Tool

Full Bult Antique White Tool

(4) Ceramic Vases

(4) Ceramic Vases

Mason Jars 8 oz. (some w/o lids)

Mason Jars 8 oz. (some w/o lids)

DIY Terrariums

 

This week at the  Creative Concepts NYC studio, our Creative Director Benjamin created mini terrariums. We were enlisted by one of our favorite clients to create arrangements for a “Grow” themed event. Terrariums are a beautiful representation of nature’s ability to evolve. They can also be completely self-sustainable.

On first glance, creating terrariums can seem difficult, but Benjamin is making very simple ones that right up the DIY alley!

Step 1 – Supplies

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You will need:
– Moss or Grasses
- Orchids (or any starter plant such as, mini ferns, violets, begonias, clover, etc)

– Succulents
– Rocks (or any other decorative item such as, driftwood, bark, air plants etc.)
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– Scissors
– Spray Bottle
– Clean Paintbrush

Helpful Hint: Make sure your hands are clean! When you are touching the glass it can get very smudgy, your clean up at the end will be a lot easier with clean hands. 

Step 2 – Create the Bed

After cleaning your terrarium, add in your Moss or Grasses to the base of the terrarium. Be sure to mist your moss  thoroughly with water beforeIMG_20150715_160546 placing in the terrarium, this will make the moss more playable and prevent it from drying out quickly once the other items are on top .

 

 

 

 

Step 3 – Envision the Terrarium

Before placing the other items inside, try to decide how you want your terrarium to look. Most commonly, the starter plant, in this case thIMG_20150717_143909e Orchid, is built around mound. When you begin placing the succulents, rocks, and other items inside the terrarium, they should support the starter plant. This creates visual dynamics that will add depth and contrast to your terrarium.

Helpful Hint: Less is more! You don’t want to overcrowd your terrarium.

 

 

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Step 4 – Adding Succulents

Start by embedding the succulents into the moss on a little mound. Keep clear of the area in the middle for the Orchids.

Step 5 – Place in Starter Plant

Add your Orchids by leaning it into the mound of the succulent, and support it with the rocks and decorative items. Orchids are air plants, so they do not need to be actually plantedIMG_20150715_161507 in the bed. It will support to stand though, which is where the moss or grass, rocks, and other items come in to play.

Step 6 – Enjoy!

Use the clean paintbrush to clean off the leaves of the plants and general maintenance of your new terrarium
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Quick notes:
As the terrariums Benjamin is making are for a specific event, these terrariums are not made to last a long time. These require more maintenance to survive.
But the maintenance is very easy! The door to the terrarium needs to stay open because the Orchids need air to survive. Also, you will need to spray the terrarium lightly once a week.

Self-Watering Terrariums:
These are sealed when completed so that the water is retained and is self-sustainable. For this you would use a different starter plant as Orchids need air to survive.

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Instagram Favorites of the Month

Make sure to keep updated with our Instagram account to see the latest designs and dishes our team is putting together! Here are a couple of our favorite pictures from our events this month:

#delish spring time treat Thai Beef Summer Roll #CrEATiveconceptsnyc #catering

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#aol2verizon big red balloons are everything!! #creativeconceptsnyc #ccnyc

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Giving you natural chic at our tasting event #eventdecor #flowerporn #creativeconceptsnyc #ccnyc @shgevents

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Meet our Assistant Event Coordinator!

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This month I caught up with our Assistant Event Coordinator, Josh Rivera!  Check out what he had to say!

Josh is originally from Atlantic City, NJ and went to Ithaca College where he graduated with a degree in Communications Management & Design, with a minor in Marketing.  He was also interested in minoring in Nutrition, and took a lot of food classes in turn.  While a student, he was involved in the planning of the annual Pep Rally and caught the Event Planning bug.

Starting as an Associate and elevating a full Event Coordinator, Josh has been with the CCNYC team for 7 months.  In that short time he has become one of the main coordinators on Planning Events, Logistics, Budgets, Menu Creation, and working at the events.  Two of his favorite menu items are our Crispy Vegetable Asian Spring Rolls with Chili Soy Sauce and our Artichoke & Asiago Pizzette with Truffle Oil and Béchamel.

When asked, where in the world he would like to travel to if given an all-expense paid ticket, Josh responded Japan, being that he is a bit of technology buff and loves their cute food designs.  On this trip he would take his best friend Tara who is always down for some fun after 12 plus years of friendship.

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Fun Fact:

Loves Chocolate, but Lemon Bars have to be his favorite dessert!

Welcome to May!

Welcome to May! This month CCNYC will be bringing you everything you need to make this summer an amazing one.  From amazing barbecuing techniques, the best rooftop parties, picnics on the highline and more of our favorite sweets and treats.  The CCNYC team is here to help you through every recipe, design, and more!  Don’t miss a beat by following us on Facebook, Instagram, Google +, Linked In, Twitter, Pinterest, and of course our Blog!

Photo Courtesy of chibird.tumblr.com

National Siblings Day!

Today is National Sibling Day!  CCNYC wants to introduce you to our very own sibling power team, Miguel & Jeannette Urrego!  Miguel is CCNYC Owner & Executive Chef while Jeannette is our Controller, together they create delicious food and magical events with heart and comfort.  Some may think it would be hard to work with your sibling full time, especially when the younger brother is the owner!  But these two make it seem easy and truly enjoy doing it. Though no one else in the family works at CCNYC, they do have a brother that has been a support and is always there to give a hand when his siblings need him.

Even apart, they are insync. Miguel & Jeannette grew up in a family of image000000food and festivities.  Growing up in a hispanic household, Miguel explains that, “it wasn’t a party unless there was good food.”  As Children they would help their mom with dinner, Jeannette usually in setting up the table and making salads and Miguel helping cook side dishes such as rice.

Not so surprisingly, both of the Urrego siblings answered that their favorite activity to do with each other is barbecue!  Along with watching movies or cooking, barbecuing is something that they both collaborate on and produce amazing dishes.  It is a particular activity that is both family centric and able to create new creative recipes.
The biggest benefit that they both gain from working together is the support and security.  They have each others backs no matter what, and have an ultimate trust toward each other.  It creates a very unique relationship that
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This strong family connection is part of what makes CCNYC so unique.  All of our products, from food to decor, are based on a strong belief in the power of bring people together.  We hope our team, including the power sibling, have the pleasure of creating one of these occasions for you in the near future. Happy National Sibling Day!

Spring is Here!

Spring is here and boy are we ready! It’s been a long winter, but it is finally time for us to shed our winter coats and gradually slide into our short shorts.  This month Creative Concepts NYC will focus on Going Local!  Be on the lookout for recipes, DIY’s, articles, and much more surrounding the theme of using our natural resources to create amazing events and tasty seasonal nourishment.  Don’t miss a beat by following us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn!  Cheers!

 

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Welcome Evalyn Carter

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The Creative Concepts NYC team would like to welcome our newest Associate, Evalyn Carter.  Evalyn is joining us from the world of weddings where she has worked as an event assistant for the past year.

Evalyn moved from Michigan in 2013 to pursue a career in event planning.  Before working at CCNYC, she began working at a Mediterranean restaurant in the Lower East Side.  Through this position, she was able to learn customer service and food industry skills, both of which have come in handy when working with events and vendors at her new position at CCNYC.  She spends a lot of her time at the movies, finding the best burger in NYC, and traveling across the coast.

Along with general assistance, Evalyn will also be the main voice behind all the social media that you will see from CCNYC.  So if you’re wondering why our tweets and posts may have a little more zing in their step, you can thank Ms. Carter.  Please help us in welcoming Evalyn to the CCNYC family!

 

 

The sun is shining and the weather is sweet…

Join Allison Bottomley as she explores summer trends and reveals some of CCNYC’s favorite dishes, décor, and tricks of the trade.

Join Allison Bottomley as she explores summer trends and reveals some of CCNYC’s favorite dishes, décor, and tricks of the trade.

Summer is a great time to spend time with friends and family celebrating the lighter things in life. At Creative Concepts NYC, we plan events all year long, but we can’t help being inspired by the elements of summer.

To get the ideas flowing, here are some of our favorite takes on summer get togethers.

The Americana Barbecue Summer is the season of barbecue and purposefully playing up the inherent kitsch this American tradition is quite fun. Bite-size burgers, pigs in a blanket, and a faux-lemonade stand are some of the ways we love to play with this theme.

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French Picnic Get out the gingham! Picnics are a relaxed way to get your family and friends together and outside. We like the idea of a French-themed picnic with quiche, galettes, and clafoutis—all items that that can be prepared ahead of time and served at room temperature. So, check out these recipes, throw on the gypsy jazz, and head in the park. check out  How to plan a picnic !

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Mini Quiche

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Galettes

 

 

 

 

 

Movies Under the Stars-There is nothing more cozy than cuddling up with a loved one in front of a movie, but when the weather is so nice who wants to spend two hours inside?  We suggest moving the view outdoors mixing the feel of a rooftop party with the excitement and comfort of watching a movie. At CCNYC, we love the movie theater theme. Popcorn and candy displays  keep your party simple and fun. We also recommend making these cute popcorn floral containers for a festive décor.

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Candy Station

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Popcorn Floral

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fiesta Brunch- Piñatas and mojitos anyone?  Ole’! A Latin twist to a traditional barbecue is a great way to add flavor to your summer. We love to change up traditional barbecue for tacos, mini quesadillas, and arepas. Check out this recipe for a great take on Chile-Braised Pork Shoulder Tacos.

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Piñata Scape

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Mini Fish Taco

Food Trend: On A Stick

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Join Allison Bottomley as she explores summer trends and reveals some of CCNYC’s favorite dishes, décor, and tricks of the trade.

Join Allison Bottomley as she explores summer trends and reveals some of CCNYC’s favorite dishes, décor, and tricks of the trade.

Putting bite-size foods on a stick is a terrific way to dress up appetizers and make main courses more cocktail party-friendly. CCNYC has done many skewered hors d’oeuvres for our clients some of our classic favorites include: Watermelon, Mint, and Feta skewers with Aged-Balsamic drizzle, Chocolate Dipped Vanilla Cake Pops, and Ancho-Chili Pineapple Glazed Meatballs (pictured above).

We’re constantly experimenting with new ways to keep our menu exciting and the ‘food on a stick’ craze is one we LOVE!  The food trend is an incredibly easy DIY item for your next soirée. All you need are skewers (bamboo are our favorite and eco-friendly) and a little ingenuity. Spearing small bites adds elegance to a menu item, while also saving on plates and utensils as these nibbles can often be served on a napkin and nothing else.

Photo courtesy of Mattbits.com

Photo courtesy of Mattbits.com

Photo courtesy of Return to Sunday Supper

Photo courtesy of Return to Sunday Supper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve combed the lot for inspiration and have seen everything from a Korean “French Fry-Wrapped Hot Dog” on a stick (courtesy of mattbites) to “Baby BLTs” on a stick (courtesy of Return to Sunday Supper), but the gallery below contains some ideas and recipes we’re most jazzed about.  So, flip through these sweet and savory recipes and get ready toincorporate ‘food on a stick’ into your next party!

For more information and other recipes check out these fun resources:                          Sweets on a Stick                                                                                                               On A Stick                                                                                                                      100 on a Stick

Sweet & Savory Recipes and Ideas                                                                                Savory:                                                                                                                          Ham and Melon Pops                                                                                                Scallion Meatballs                                                                                                      tomato-bocconcini-basil-skewers                                                                                 Sushi Pops                                                                                                                    Pork Belly w. 63 degree egg

Sweet Recipes:                                                                                                      Strawberry Orange Popsicles                                                                                     Peanut Butter Oreo Pops                                                                                               Bite-Sized Baked Brie                                                                                                 Breakfast Pops                                                                                                          Macaron Pops

Welcoming Allison Bottomley to the Team

The Creative Concepts NYC team would like to welcome our newest Associate, Allison Bottomley. Allison is joining us from the world of global nonprofits where she has worked in fundraising and events for the past four years.

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Allison Bottomley, CCNYC Associate

With a passion for performance and production, Allison came to New York in 2003 to study musical theatre. Her practice and understanding of performance translates into her event work as she focuses on creative design and putting on a polished show! Allison spends her hours outside of CCNYC performing in NYC’s cabaret and variety shows, cooking—and eating, practicing yoga, and traveling. Her love of travel has taken her to study abroad in Brussels and has carried her throughout Europe and the Americas. One of her first projects at CCNYC will be collaborating with Creative Director Benjamin Lester, to co-create a summer series of blog posts. So keep an eye out for her work here as she highlights summer trends and reveals some of CCNYC’s favorite dishes, décor, and tricks of the trade. 

You Might Have Noticed!

It’s true we have a NEW look! You can witness it for yourself in action on our new website, blog, and social media outlets. A fun-tastic collaboration between, CCNYC Creative Director, Benjamin Lester and,  photographer, Brian Jamie.

IMG_3144IMG_3203IMG_3119IMG_3141Julie Sommers, CCNYC Director of Catering said, “Looks so fresh and clean. Loving the website, really speaks to what we are all about and gives the viewer a chance to peek in to our daily adventures!” 

 

 

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from CCNYC! What a year we have had moving full speed ahead! Look out for our new sleek branding, amazing new website, and fantastic events, of course! Here is to a happy and healthy New Year from our family to yours.

Floral Can Be Fun! DIY: Popcorn Floral

One way we recently dolled up a seemingly straight forward corporate sales meeting was with summer drive-in themed food and decor. Think root beer floats and a popcorn cart with branded boxes. The perfect addition to the candy striped table was a popcorn floral. Here is how you can make you very own at home.

  • To get started you will need the following materials: foam core, scissors, rubber cement, black marker, sticker letters ( we love a little sparkle!), lined craft paper, cylinder vase, ruler, and sturdy tape. All of these materials can be found at your local craft  or art supply store.
  • Draw out a pattern on foam core: draw a 12″, 6″ line about 12″ apart. Connect  with straight edge on bias. Cut out.
  • Trace and cut out 3 times. You should have 4 pieces

  •  Flip craft paper face down. Glue foam core on to paper using rubber cement.
  • Cut craft paper along edge of foam core.

  • Cut out circle and embellish accordingly. Glue to one of the panels.
  • Tape all 4 panels together on back side along joints of foam core.

  • Insert vase.
  • Add dense hand tied white hydrangea.
  • PRESTO!

This fun floral could work for all sorts of themes including a child’s party. You could also take this concept and decorate each box to represent something vintage or even an Andy Warhol Brillo motif. Regardless of direction, this is a great way to bring in some fun summer colors to your table and setting!

Obsessed with Chevron!

We have been channeling Spring early this year in thanks to our newest obsession chevron! This fabric has offered the perfect pick me up for some of our corporate events around New York City. The beauty of this new pattern trend is that it really can carry through out all seasons. Benjamin Lester, Creative Concepts NYC’s Creative Director, says “The fabric is a great way to whoop up something that otherwise would be just ‘nice,’ in a cost effective way. I’m loving the color block and chevron splash concepts that have transpired! Really looking forward to seeing where the pattern takes us coming into the Spring and Summer season.” 

Here’s to you Chevron, we heart you!!!

 

 

 

 

Late Night Snack Attack with CCNYC!

Our clients are always loving their selections of late night snacks at events: BBQ, Sliders, Grilled Cheese, Mac & Cheese stations, and so on. People often mention that we are so lucky to be able to snack all the time at events. HA, that is so far from reality of an event for us worker bees! The snack attack happens on the regular when in the event business, but not till after some long days!  The result of our team arriving home late brings some fun ‘go to’ snacks.

Nikki Lazar

Nikki Lazar, CCNYC New Business Development Coordinator, goes to a snack that’s whack, but delish in it’s own way. She loves frozen cinnamon graham cracker and cool whip sandwiches. Nikki says “it all about them being made in bulk and ready to enjoy right out of the freezer, they are especially good in the summer!”

Miguel Urrego

CCNYC Executive Chef, Miguel Urrego, has a snack that is pure delight. Arequipe con obleas, which is Colombian dulce de leche on thin wafers. Miguel does not claim to be a ‘sweets freak,’ but says “it just hits the spot, total comfort!”

Benjamin Lester

The Creative Director, Benjamin Lester is a ‘sweets freak,’ but surprisingly his choice is savory. Toasted english muffin with smashed avocado and bragg liquid aminos (soy sauce). He says, “I like something substantial before sleep otherwise I wake up on the cranky side and no one wants to see cranky Ben!”

Julie Sommers, CCNYC Director of Catering, gets the award for most healthy selection. Her go to snack is yogurt with fresh banana, berries, nuts, and a touch of honey. She says, “…it’s just the perfect light snack and is not too heavy before going to bed.”

Julie Sommers

Nikki Lazar, New Business Development Coordinator

Nikki Lazar has been with Creative Concepts NYC for over a year as the New Business Development Coordinator. She has proven to be a social butterfly and a superb addition to the powerhouse team at CCNYC. Her duties include developing new business, event planning, and acting as a client liaison.Hailing from SUNY Binghamton with a degree in human development, Nikki has been in the fast-paced event industry for over eight years. Previously she was the Vice President of Corporate Sales and Events with Strike Holdings and the Director of Events at The One Group.

Nikki,  a native of New Jersey, is a self proclaimed wine enthusiast, beach lover, and avid traveler. She has studied abroad in Florence, Italy and has traveled throughout much of Asia. Her drive and humor are welcome additions to the CCNYC Team!

Nikki Lazar- nicolelazar@gmail.com

Thanksgiving Dinner For As Little As $300.00!

Let us do all the heavy work this Thanksgiving, you just wave and smile pretty! Have your Thanksgiving dinner for as little as $300.00! It’s simple, we deliver all the bells and whistles ready to be popped into the oven to be heated up. You arrange on you favorite dishes and voilà ––no sweat, no tears–– just a gorgeous tasty meal! Take a look at Chef Miguel Urrego’s delectable menu that is sure to impress your crowd!

                                                    Thanksgiving Menu 2012                                                                                                        by: Chef Miguel Urrego

Main:                                                                                                                                        Herb Roasted Turkey Breast with Herb Gravy                                                                Whole Roasted Turkey with Traditional Gravy                                                                      Baked Honey Glazed Ham with Apple-cranberry Chutney                                              Sweet Mustard Glazed Stuffed Pork Loin with Mushrooms, Fennel, and Thym    Horseradish Crusted Salmon with Thyme-mustard Sauce                                          Roasted Herb Salmon with Lemon-butter Sauce

 Soups:                                                                                                                              Butternut Squash with Toasted Almonds, Nutmeg and Creme Fraiche                          Smoked Turkey Chowder with Corn and Yukon Potatoes

SIdes:                                                                                                                              Sweet Potato Soufflé with Marshmallow Topping                                                             Sweet Corn Stuffing with Roasted Carrots, Caramelized Onions, Mushrooms and Herbs   Ciabiatta Bread Stuffing with Bacon, Roasted Apples and Sage                               Sautéed String Beans with Roasted Fennel, Beets, and Apple Cider Vinaigrette       Roasted Root Vegetables with Sherry Vinaigrette                                                     Scalloped  Potatoes with Caramelized Onions and Gruyere Cheese                         Roasted Brussels  Sprouts with Pearl Onions and Roasted Butternut Squash                 Rice Pilaf with Julienne of Vegetables

Desserts:                                                                                                                    Pumpkin Pie                                                                                                                         Old Fashioned Apple Pie                                                                                           Blueberry Pie                                                                                                                 Classic New York Cheesecake

Price:                                                                                                                                     A) 1 Turkey dish (sliced breast or whole), 3 sides, and 2 desserts                                          *$40.00 per person +tax

B) 1 Turkey dish (sliced breast or whole), 2 sides, 1 soup, and 2 desserts                             *$40.00 per person+ tax

C) 2 main dishes with 3 sides and 2 desserts                                                                        *$55.00 per person+tax

D) 2 main dishes, 2 sides, 1 soup, and 2 desserts                                                          *$55.00 per person +tax

Delivery:                                                                                                                              On 11/21/12 by 5pm $60.00                                                                                                     On 11/22/12 3pm $100.00 

Don’t worry! We will send along printed instructions on how to heat the food with the delivery. The food will be in aluminum trays ready for the oven and all room temp items will be in disposable containers! Contact us today to order at info@creativeconceptsnyc.com, the last day to order is 11/19/12.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          *10 person minimum

“Event Planning Maestros”

Creative Concepts NYC teamed up with Gotham Magazine, Dominique Ansel Bakery, and Karlsson’s Vodka to produce the after party for the kick off of the New York City Wine & Food Festival. The event benefited Share Our Strength and the Food Bank for New York City.

Garden and Bakery

The CCNYC team received much acclaim for the event. Gotham Magazine referred to the CCNYC team as “…event planning maestros…!”  Creative Director, Benjamin Lester explains his  design for the event, “ I was interested in encompassing the bohemian  feel of the Dominique Ansel Bakery with the complexity of Dominique‘s modern approach to pastry, ‘bohemian chic’, if you will!” Fall was in full force with 20 foot tall fall foliage arrangements on top of mirrored tables. The bohemian mood was set by strung vintage lights with paper lanterns and tons of candlelight.

display, sweet treats, and CCNYC gift box

Foodies, and guests alike enjoyed sweet treats including Dominique’s signature Warm Madeleines and Sweet Croissant Ice Cream Sandwiches. CCNYC’s savory crowd-pleaser, Chipotle Cotija Cheese Popcorn was given as a parting snack to end the the evening of culinary delight. A fantastic evening indeed!

Guests and CCNYC's Nikki Lazar, Benjamin Lester, and Julie Sommers

Holiday Season: Book Now Save Later

A tip for the wise: it’s not to early to book your holiday party! The benefits of doing so are endless and many event and catering companies offer incentives for you to do so. The reason for this is because come November it is full speed ahead. In other words, the more planning a vendor can get out of the way now, the better for everyone!

Creative Concepts NYC is offering a ‘Book Now Save 10% Later’ promotion! If you would like to take advantage of this amazing incentive, book your holiday event before November 1, 2012 with Nikki Lazar ( nicolelazar@gmail.com ). Here is to an amazing holiday season (early)!

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DIY: Donut Hole Tower

Many of Creative Concepts NYC‘s clients like the idea of a tablescape, and miniature everything! One of the many creative ways CCNYC accomplishes this is by making custom donut hole towers. They are super easy to make and fun, while adding much needed hight to a breakfast spread or themed event. Here is how all you DIY enthusiasts can get in on the action!

left to right: The supplies- foam cone, tissue paper, toothpicks, & stapler. lay out paper and wrap while stapling along the way. cut off excess and staple to bottom.

stick in toothpicks and attach donut holes.....it's that easy!

Creative Concepts NYC’s Local Summer Inspirations

Earlier this year there was an exploration of the favorite tropical inspired dishes of the principal’s at CCNYC. It was such a hit, so here is another common thread, summer inspired dishes and adventures too!
Julie Sommers, Director of Catering
Julie’s most resent summer ‘staycation’ adventure was a short ride away to Island Park near Long Beach. There she found an amazing off the road seafood joint called Peters Clam House. No fuss no muss, but amazing all on it’s own! She enjoyed old standbys: Blue Point Oysters, Cherrystone Clams, and a Lobster Roll. “They certainly were not glamorously served over a bed of ice, but rather a paper plate, but it didn’t matter because they were so fresh and amazing! The Cherrystone Clams had a nice cold sea flavor and the Blue Point Oysters had an amazing sparkle with salinity. Of course, we didn’t stop there, we had to have a Lobster Roll too. We ate so much we had to roll out of the place!” A true summer adventure with some amazing fresh seafood right here in NYC’s back yard!
Miguel Urrego, Executive Chef
Over Memorial Day weekend, Miguel enjoyed some quality family time while camping at Wildwood State Park in Wading River, New York. The annual family adventure involved several other families as well, “…we took over the place which meant the need to feed a ton of people. One of my favorite meals I made was a simple menu with things that were readily available and literally at arms reach, like BEER! We had Beer Braised BBQ Chicken with Garlicky Chinese Broccoli. Very kid friendly and tasty with an ice cold Modelo Especial. I will be making this again and again, it was out of this world!”
Benjamin Lester, Creative Director
Benjamin took the ‘staycation’ to heart and did exactly that. After a lovely afternoon at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens he was inspired to stay in and cook up some of his favorite summer dishes. “It was so hot out that weekend, I instantly needed Watermelon and beer!” He enjoyed a simple meal of Watermelon Salad with fresh mint, Kale Salad with Chickpeas, Pecorino Romano Cheese, with a Lemon Thyme Vinaigrette, and grilled Flank Steak with a dry rub of Pepper and Salt. “It was an evening of breaking out my favorite easy summer dishes and BBQ corn chips and Negro Modelo, of course! It’s official, summer is on!”

Creative Concepts NYC at The New York Magazine Wedding Event 2012

Creative Concepts NYC worked the floor with their sublime interactive booth, by Benjamin Lester, at New York Magazine’s 2012 New York Wedding Event! The event took place at Metropolitan Pavilion and was dazzling thanks to touches of creative bliss by Taylor Creative Inc.

Guests had an opportunity to meet with the CCNYC team including, planner extraordinaire, Julie Sommers, while tasting exquisite bites by Miguel Urrego, CCNYC’s Executive Chef. The menu included:

Smoked Chicken Salad with Almond Slivers, Cranberries and Chives Served on Dill Corn Edible Spoon

Wild Salmon Tartare with Caviar on Wonton Crisps

Seared Foie Gras with Sour Cherries on Toasted Brioche

http://weddings.nymag.com/photos.html

All the ‘who’s who’ of the wedding industry attended and participated including CCNYC friends from Curtain Up Events,Generation Events and Sugar Flower Cake Shop. The entire evening was a huge success thanks to the  New York Magazine event staff.

 

THE OUT NYC Urban Resort, Hosts CCNYC Spring Tasting Event 2012

Creative Concepts NYC was thrilled to have teamed up with THE OUT NYC Urban Resort for their 2012 Spring Tasting Event!

THE OUT NYC Urban Resort is New York’s first, straight-friendly, gay urban resort located in Hell’s Kitchen just steps from Times Square and Chelsea. Boasting the best of lodging, dining, nightlife and design all in one place! The property offers several amazing event venues that are available for private events.

 

The stellar event was held in the atrium and sun deck of the property where guests enjoyed a live sushi station, cocktails and, Chef Miguel Urrego’s, delectable passed hors d’ overs. 

 

The mood was set by CCNYC’s Creative Director, Benjamin Lester, offering a fresh simple spa like design with cozy seating, lounge areas, and gorgeous florals. 

 

No detail was left behind and all ran smoothly with, CCNYC’s Director of Catering, Julie Sommers’ flawless leadership. The event was bursting at the seams with key industry players, major corporations, and future and prospective clients all in thanks to, CCNYC Representative and social butterfly, Nikki Lazar

If you would like more information on THE OUT NYC’s venues or would like to be involved and or attend the next tasting event, please contact CCNYC at info@creativeconceptsnyc.com or (646)308-1243.

Cherimoya, the Best Kept Secret!

By Creative Concepts NYC‘s Executive Chef, Miguel Ureggo

My first experience with Cherimoya was when I was in Ecuador visiting a good friend for his wedding, congratulations Diego and Jaclyn!  As we toured throughout the countryside we stopped by a stand on a dirt road where local farmers and villagers were selling the delicious fruit. Our friends insisted that we try the Cherimoya and bring some for the road.

Cherimoya is a tropical fruit also known by the native people as, “chirimoya”.  The delicious fruit is known to originate from the Andes of South America and is grown naturally in Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia and Peru. It is now harvested through Central America, California, and the Eastern Hemisphere. 

At first, I was a bit hesitant to try the fruit due to the odd rough green appearance. It has a greenish hard cover skin which is not edible, it resembles a fresh artichoke. It seemed like the fruit was unripe and not ready to eat.  The treasure of the fruit is in the inside (when ripened properly) which has a sorbet like texture. Once we split it in half and I took the first bite, I was blown out of this world!! The tasty fruit is known to be a ‘custard fruit’ to locals because of the creamy, fresh and sweet flavors. The flavor is a combination of banana, pear, white peach and strawberry. The fruit is absolutely out of this world, It’s one of the best tasting I’ve ever had in my lifetime!!! Once you have one bite, you won’t want to stop eating the delicious fruit!

 

Garbage Can Becomes DIY Event Furniture

Creative Concepts NYC‘s creative director, Benjamin Lester, was looking for a cheap alternative for some side tables for an event to be added to a small lounge area. He came across these amazing garbage cans at CB2 and the light bulb came on, BINGO side tables. Not so far off form the famous Knoll Platner Table. Just a quick trip to Target and presto gorgeous side tables, so gorgeous they now live in his very own living room and they only cost $26.00 a piece!

Very simple to do, all you need is the garbage can and glass topper. Don’t forget to get some Self-Stick Rubber Pads to keep the glass balanced and safe! You can also switch up the surface to give the table an entirely different look, try a round tray! Happy table making!!

DIY Place Card Holder

Often times, place card holders are an after thought at events and become a last minute item. The team at Creative Concepts NYC was in one of these last minute situations and figured out a crafty and frugal way to make DIY place card holders. The simple solution was to use stainless silver binder clips! The result was perfect for our clients need of a modern, sleek, and industrial looking style. The CCNYC team liked the place card holders so much, that it has become a permanent item in the many crafty tricks they have up their sleeve!

Here is how you can make your own place card holders!

1) You will need Binder clips: Binder clips come in a variety of colors, sizes, and patterns. Pick clips that represent your style and or the theme of the event. It is important to get at least a medium- large sized binder clip so that they can hold the weight of the paper while standing upright.

2) Print cards: CCNYC uses card stock, but the options are endless! Be sure to leave space at the bottom to attach the clip.

3) Cut out: When CCNYC is doing signs rather then seating they laminate the cards this way they can be used multiple times.

4) Attach clip: Be sure the clip is centered.

5) Remove clip handels: Simply squeeze to release the clip handles. Be sure to save the handles, so that you can adjust, remove, and re-use the clip.

This is a huge money saver, looks great, and is a simple solution for all you ‘DIY enthusiasts’ out there. Happy place card making!

 

Creative Concepts NYC Scores with WeddingWire.com !

Weddings, Wedding Venues
2012 Bride's Choice Awards | Best Wedding Photographers, Wedding Dresses, Wedding Cakes, Wedding Florists, Wedding Planners
We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. Thanks to their positive feedback we were able  to receive the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ for 2012!
WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding Marketplace, announced that Creative Concepts NYC has been selected to receive the prestigious WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2012 for Catering!
The esteemed annual awards program recognizes the top local wedding vendors from the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism within the wedding industry. While many industry awards are selected by the organization, Creative Concepts NYC was selected based on its stellar reviews from past newlywed clients.
Creative Concepts NYC is recognized as part of the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire local vendor community, comprised of over 200,000 wedding professionals throughout the United States and Canada. The Bride’s Choice Award recognizes  the best local wedding vendors across 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on their overall professional achievements throughout the past year.
“WeddingWire is thrilled to honor the success of the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Community,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “Since the launch of the Bride’s Choice Awards™ program four years ago, thousands of outstanding wedding professionals have been recognized by the bridal community for their supreme service and dedication to the wedding industry. It is with great pleasure that we congratulate Creative Concepts NYC for their continued professionalism and commitment to enriching the wedding planning experience for engaged couples.”
We are happy to announce that Creative Concepts NYC is one of the very best Caterers within the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding planning sites WeddingWire, Project Wedding, Brides.com, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Weddingbee.
For more information, please visit our WeddingWire Storefront today at

Creative Concepts NYC Gives Back!

CCNYC is dedicated to giving back and this past holiday season we chose Hope Lodge NYC. Located in midtown Manhattan, Hope Lodge NYC is the House of Hope. The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Jerome  L. Green Family Center offers lodging and support services at no cost for cancer patients receiving outpatient treatments in Manhattan, while away from home.

American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Jerome L. Greene Family Center NYC

On December 8, 2011 Creative Concepts NYC Teamed up with Bonne Fete Baking, and YouCake to donate their services and provided food and gifts to support the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Holiday Bash. The Hope Lodge Holiday Bash with program Emcee Diana Williams of WABC-TV  benefited the programs and services of Hope Lodge NYC Jerome L. Greene Family Center.

CCNYC's Benjamin Lester, and Nikki Lazar

For more information on Hope Loge NYC and if you would like to contribute to their amazing cause and efforts, here is link to do so:  http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/SupportProgramsServices/HopeLodge/NewYorkCity/index


Creative Concepts NYC’s Tropical Inspirations:

Within the principals at CCNYC are many threads of common inspiration. In hopes of lifting spirits during the cold season it only seems appropriate to share some of our favorite tropical dishes.

Julie Sommers, Director of Catering:

Julie’s favorite tropical dish are fish tacos because it brings her back to one of her first visits to Mexico. Playa del Carmen is where she recalls an amazing taco stand on 5th Avenue, “I’ll never forget that flavor of the first bite years ago! Fish tacos are now a staple and tradition in my kitchen and it’s all about the crispy batter.”

 Fish Taco

w/ Crispy Battered Tilapia, Citrus and Cilantro Cabbage Slaw, Spicy Chipotle Aioli, Small Homemade Corn Tortillas, and Fresh Avocado

 

Miguel Urrego, Executive Chef:

Miguel chose ceviche because it reflects the essence of Latin cuisine. Miguel states that, “Ceviche is a dish that is fresh, light and appealing to my palette. It’s a staple dish served throughout central, south, and the Caribbean region. There are many variations in making ceviche depending on the country, island and/or culture, but the primary ingredient is citrus.”

 Tropical Seafood Ceviche

w/ Gulf Shrimp, Baby Octopus, Manila Clams, Red Snapper, Fresh Papaya, Pineapple, Mango, Coconut Milk, Lemon Grass, Ginger, Fresh Lime Juice and Cilantro

 

Benjamin Lester, Creative Director:

Benjamin discovered this dish while vacationing in Puerto Rico. He recalls, “I was sitting at the bar in the restaurant Santaella, located in the LaPlacita neighborhood in San Juan PR. I was taking in the amazing atmosphere and to my surprise out came White tartare! Buttery and delicious, the asian style sauce complemented the tropical twist on the classic dish. The presentation was stacked and flawless. The dish was so amazing that I ordered it twice!”” The dish was made by Chef José Santaella.

 White Tartare

 w/ White Tuna & Fresh Avocado in Homemade Sesame Ponzu Sauce

 

Cater your Tailgating

One of Creative Concepts NYC‘s innovative products is tailgating parties. That’s right, we pull up with you and your crew and whip it up right out of our vehicle and put out a spread. All you have to do is pop open your brewski and enjoy the fruits of our labor! The menus are geared towards your personal tastes and will surely prove to be fun, simple, and delicious grub for all! Menus can be more elaborate or just plain simple and comforting, below is a sample menu of a party we did featuring easy small bites by Miguel Urrego.

Does your tailgate party kick ass? We want to hear about it!

Tailgating Small Bites Menu

Backfin Crab Fondue
w/ Garlic Ciabatta

Grilled Chorizo on Crispy Jalapeño Polenta Cakes
w/ Cilantro Creme

Prosciutto Wrapped Shrimp
w/ Aged Balsamic

Truffled Mac & Cheese Bites

BBQ Pulled Chicken Panini
w/ Pepperjack & Avocado

Mini Kobe Beef Franks
w/ Caramelized Onions & Grain Mustard Aioli

Enjoy The Game!

DIY Custom Coasters

Often times clients are looking for small customized details to give their event something special, without breaking the bank. One solution we offer is coasters. Professionally printed coasters can get pricey, but one can make them for cents if not for free! All you need is card stock paper. If you were doing a holiday party and you wanted to give it a vintage feel, you might consider using old holiday cards. For a wedding, you could print out your monogramed initials on colored card stock. The themes and options for card stock coasters are endless.

As an example, the theme in our mind is a girls sweet sixteen party. We used postcards and invites from a show at a local gallery here in NYC.

Materials you’ll need: Scissors , postcards, something to trace (we used a roll of tape), and a pen

The chosen post cards

Trace

Cut out

Fun and easy!

Adds a nice layer of color to your decor

If you would like something a bit more substantial check out your local flooring store for samples. They make great coasters too!

Congratulations Jenn & Joe!

An enormous congratulations to one of our favorite couples Jenn & Joe! Clients like these two are the reason why we love what we do, we couldn’t be happier to have been part of their big day! Check out what they had to say about us below

Dear Julie + Ben,

What could we say… WOW! Our wedding was outrageous! It was everything we could have hoped for + so much more! The reception we envisioned really came to life because of all your hard work. The bars, pink pillows, the table settings…. we could go on and on…LOVED it all! Not to mention the food, it was delicious. So happy with all of your choices. Our guests and Joe could not get enough of those mushroom apps. I think he ate a whole tray! And the desserts were just perfect- yummy! Your staff were polite, courteous, and attentive. I just want to say I truly appreciate the relationship we established over the past year + all your advice, tips, and calmness were a huge help!

Love,

Jenn and Joe

Creative Concepts NYC Kicked Off Annual Tasting Events

Earlier this year we kicked off our annual seasonal tasting events. Top of The Garden, was the perfect setting for our future clients to experience what we have to offer in a full event setting. The event was co-sponsored by AFR Event Furnishings and Party Rental LTD and offered our in house decor team free range of their amazing party rental and fine furnishing products to feature at the tasting kick off event. Delish food, made by chef Miguel Urrego, was passed by our amazing hand picked staff! Take a look at the fantastic video below, produced by: Pattie Simone of Women Centric. If you would like to join us for our next tasting event drop us a line at info@creativeconceptsnyc.com and we will keep you in the loop!