Posts Tagged ‘food’


Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

We never received photos of all the courses on the dinner menu, but our guests caught a couple before they ate!

These were the courses:

  • Wonton Soup
  • Asian fusion Salad on Portabello Mushroom
  • Authentic Shrimp & Crab Ball
  • Cashew Breaded Chicken Breast over Pineapple, Julienned Cucumbers, and Sweet & Sour Sauce
  • Peking Duck over Steamed Rice and Carrots with Sauce
  • Sliced Kobe Beef Tenderloin in light Wasabi Mayo with Vegetable Medley and Fried Rice with Black Bean Sauce on the side

Here is what the guests got on camera.

Duck Course

Most guests’ favorite: Kobe beef course


Guests also enjoyed pizza and a chocolate fountain later that evening.




DIY | Dinner Menu Card

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

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  • Paint Shop Pro or Photoshop (or whatever else you want to use)
  • Champagne metallic cardstock paper from
  • Fiskars rotary cutter with straight blade
  • Corner punch

I mocked up my invitation enclosures in Microsoft Word, but wanted the menu to entail more of my graphic design work, so I created it using Paint Shop Pro. (You really can do this in Word.) I use Photoshop too, but I prefer PSP. I used the same dragon/phoenix tail vector that I designed for the website and invitation enclosures. I kept it very simple and the idea is that the napkin will be folded around the menu such that the courses will be hidden.

This is the computer draft (a little blurry here since I shrunk to website size):

diy wedding menu card

I printed these on the cardstock and the backside is going to include the THANK YOUs to our family and friends.

They will be tucked into the napkin with the origami lily.

Finished origami lily in napkin, diy wedding menu card

Here are some shots of the finished card.

Finished diy dinner menu card

Finished diy dinner menu card

Finished diy dinner menu card

Finished diy dinner menu card

Finished diy dinner menu card

Finished diy dinner menu card

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Friday, May 29th, 2009

We’re heading to Lansing this weekend to finalize the menu. Most of it was ready, but we needed to re-taste some of the dishes after the first tasting. We made a couple of suggestions and the chef happily is offering a second test.

I am also meeting up with our event designer so that we can figure out furniture placement and finalize all of the décor.

Last night, I finished a mockup of the menus. Donny loved it, so I am excited to start printing these after the weekend.

Click to enlarge the menu

I LOVE it! I had to alter the colors slightly because we’re printing them on creamy goldish color cardstock so it looks a little different. Tonight, I design the back which will be the "thank you" to all of our friends and family.

P.S. Looks like our farthest guest is coming! His auntie from Vietnam was just given the OK from the Vietnamese government to come to America for the wedding. I think they’re going to take her to Vegas, California, and Niagara Falls after the wedding too so she gets a little more to take back to the motherland.

P.P.S. Speaking of Vegas… holy cow. We came back from the bachelor/bachelorette parties on Monday and I am STILL trying to recooperate. It was a LOT of fun. Best Idea Ever.

DIY | Signature Drink

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

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We had planned on creating two drinks for the wedding – one for me and one for him, but after the process of finding one drink, we changed our minds.

We got the list of liquor available at the Radisson for our fully stocked bar. Using the list, we went out and stocked our own mancave bar. Check out all the liquor. (Bad pic during a social gathering – new one coming)

DIY signature drink

Then, we mixed stuff until it tasted good for the both of us. You can imagine the fun we had doing this right before the wedding. We used it as an excuse to have "date nights" at home.

Finally, we arrived at a tasty concoction in which I made simple signs to place on the bar. The bars were placed in the modern cocktail lounge, so I made the design really simple and clean. No goofy clipart for me.

DIY signature drink

Peach Schnapps
Cranberry Juice

And throw in some blueberries for color. Voila!

It was named the DonThao and everyone loved it, so give the recipe a try!

DIY in Action

Here are people enjoying the drink!

DIY signature drink

DIY signature drink

DIY signature drink

The funny thing is now our friends refer to us as the entity known as DonThao.

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Our Menu

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

We are having an open bar and for dinner, we will be having a plated tapas-style Asian fusion cuisine.


  • Call
    • J&B, Jim Bean, Seagram 7, Smirnoff, Bacardi, Captain, Beefeaters, Conquistador, Amaretto, Peach Schnapps, and Triple Sec
  • Premium
    • CC, Jack Daniels, Makers Mark, Absolut, any flavored Vodka, Tanqueray, Cuervo Gold, Christian Brothers, Crown Royal, Chivas Regal, Kahlua, and Baileys
  • Cordials
    • Courvoisier VS & VSOP, Hennessey, Remy, amd Martell
  • Liquers
    • Chambord and Grand Marnier
  • House Wine
    • Liberty Creek Chardonnay, Cabernet, Merlot, and White Zinfindel
  • Champagne
    • Wycliff, Mumm, Moet, and Dom Perignon
  • Asti
    • Martini & Rossi

Hors d’Oeuvres

Plated Dinner Courses (similar vegetarian options will be served)


  • Chocolate Raspberry Wedding Cake
  • Assortment of Fruit with Whipped Cream & Chocolate Fountain

Late Night Snack

  • Assortment of Pizza

Traditional Food

This is a description of what one might typically eat at a Vietnamese/Chinese wedding banquet. We will not be serving traditional dishes, but we are taking a nod at tradition with several courses that will all be infused with Asian influences. The account below is for a fully traditional meal, not what we will be having.

Typically, 8 to 12 courses are served and shared among each table at a Vietnamese/Chinese wedding reception. Traditional dishes are Peking duck, seafood nest, shark fin soup, lobster, chicken, among more. Usually, the wedding receptions occur at restaurants and the food is placed on lazy susans and shared among everyone. We are doing ours a little differently. Instead of lazy susans, we are serving each course as a plated tapas style dinner.

The food is delicious, so don’t be afraid to try it if you ever go to a Vietnamese/Chinese wedding. Everyone is expected to enjoy themselves and be full doing so! Here are some images of what traditional dishes would look like (if our dinner was exactly traditional):


Peking Duck
Peking Duck

Seafood Bird's Nest
Seafood Bird’s Nest

Shrimp Balls
Shrimp/Crab BallsWe will have this at our dinner

The cake is tradionally not very sweet as Chinese/Vietnamese treats usually are not.