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Monday, September 26, 2011

How To Host A Dinner Party: When A Tallahassee Area Caterer Entertains In Her Own Home

Making Place Cards
Photo by Kathi Bess ~ Canopy Rose 
In today's post I'm taking you behind the scenes to one of my own little dinner parties that I hosted with my husband at our home on Saturday evening September 24, 2011.

Beginning with custom designed invitations a month before the party, every step of this party was a labor of love! Here are just a few random photos I snapped through the process.

The fabric leaves add a nice autumn touch.
Photo by Kathi Bess ~ Canopy Rose 

Setting up the dessert table.
Photo by Kathi Bess ~ Canopy Rose 

My dessert in this picture is a cross between Apple Bread and Ozark Pudding.
Photo by Kathi Bess ~ Canopy Rose 

I wanted each of the dining tables to look the same, yet didn't want to spend a king's ransom for matching place mats and napkins. My solution was to make place mats from orange felt. I've heard that felt place mats are very popular in Europe and sell for $$$$. I simply jaunted over to our local Hobby Lobby and asked for three yards of this popping orange felt. The cost of the 3 yards came to less than one of those chic European place mats!   The black and white napkins came from another shopping expedition to one of my favorite shops, I bought every one they had in stock.
Photo by Kathi Bess ~ Canopy Rose 
Photo by Kathi Bess ~ Canopy Rose 
For a whimsical touch, I taped some big autumn leaf cut outs to the windows. 
                                                                                  Photo by Kathi Bess ~ Canopy Rose 

The house smelled amazing all day as Home Made Apple Cider simmered on the stove.
Photo by Kathi Bess ~ Canopy Rose 

Each dining room gets its own buffet. Here is a picture of the salad I made for this party. This is very much like the salads I prepare for my catering clients. Basically it is a Canopy Rose Garden Party Salad, Autumn Style. Mixed Greens, Spinach, Almonds, Red Peppers, Yellow Peppers, Orange Grape Tomatoes, Cranberries and Blue Cheese and it's accompanied by the famous Canopy Rose Sweet and Jazzy Dressing!

Our entree was one of the wonderful Pasta Squares Casserole, like I make for my catering clients. For this soiree I whipped together Chicken, Spinach and Artichoke Pasta Squares and a Black Bean, Corn and Pepper Medley that was served hot from chafing dishes.

Food Styling and Photo By Kathi Bess and Canopy Rose

The appetizer table is set up on a glass coffee table in the living room.  It's a simple spread  of iced  shrimp,  cocktail sauce, and a collection of assorted  fine cheeses and crackers.
 Photo by Kathi Bess ~ Canopy Rose 
Our guests of honor!
Photo by Kathi Bess ~ Canopy Rose 

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Pick Your Bread & Spread

Bread of the Day 1.00

French Bread Baguette Rounds 1.00

Garlic Bread 1.25

Pita Bread 1.50

Corn Bread with Green Chilies and Cheese 2.95

Honey-Jalapeno Corn Bread 2.95

Salsa and Cheese Bread Ole! 2.95

French Bread with Chevre, Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Chives 2.95

Strawberry Streusel Muffins 3.95

Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins 3.95

Prize Winning Caraway Onion Puffs 3.95

Phyllo Cheese Straws with Pesto 4.95

French Bread w/ Pesto, Feta Cheese, Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Olives 4.95

Bohemian Oyster French Bread Loaf 7.95

Butter .25

Herbal Butter .75

Tuscany Cheese Spread 2.95

Hummus 2.95

Spinach Dip 3.95

Catering Menus and Price Lists

Ask about our K.I.S. Catering Specials Starting at $14.95 per person (the perfect option for the budget savvy.)

Our extensive mix and match catering menus follow. Simply click on each category on the top right side of the website, to pull up a list of options.

For those seeking a turn-key catering solution.... our catering packages for receptions, banquets and holidays are simply perfect. These catering packages are also listed along the right side of the website.

For those looking for a highly original menu and theme for their event- Canopy Rose Catering's creativity and ability to create the WOW Factor is legendary! Don't miss the section on our unique catering stations for a taste of the fun of having a Canopy Rose Catered Event!

Weddings and Special Events By Canopy Rose

We really enjoy custom designing your catering for each different event and prefer to talk over the phone, communicate by e-mail or meet in person over a cup of coffee. Please make an appointment with Kathi Bess to discuss your Party and Catering needs. Call 850-539-7750 or email us at

Monthly Catering Special

Make sure and ask us about any catering specials we are running for the month.

The specials are a great way to treat your office, family and friends to the delicious foods of Canopy Rose.

Our catering specials are also a delicious solution for shoestring budgets! They include an entree, salad, crackers or bread. $10.00 p/p light portion / $15.00 p/p hearty portion

Have a big group and a small budget? Don't hesitate to ask us to help you. Canopy Rose is very creative in providing affordable, cost-effective catering solutions.

Kathi Wins Writing Award

Canopy Rose owner, Kathi Dameron has won the 2nd Place Award in the Newspaper Article Category at the 2008 Southern Christian Writer's Conference in Tuscaloosa, Alabama for her article, Simple Act of Sharing Food Can Truly Bring People Together. This article appeared in the Northeast Chronicle - Tallahassee Democrat during the spring of 2008 in the Entertaining with Kathi column.

Grand Prize Winner In Cooking Contest

The year was 1987 when Kathi Dameron, a passionate gourmet cook who spent her days teaching 32 second graders, and her weekends hosting fun parties for her circle of friends at her waterfront home on Florida's North Hutchinson Island, won two prizes in the first cooking contest she ever entered. One of these prizes was the coveted Grand Prize. At that moment Kathi knew that one day in the not too distant future her special dream to launch her very own catering company would be realized. Seven years later that day arrived with the birth of Canopy Rose in Florida's Capital City in 1994.

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More fabulous ideas from Canopy Rose Culinary Arts Studio and Catering Company. We invite you to read on...

Canopy Rose Booking Information

We are delighted that you are interested in booking the services of Canopy Rose! The process is very simple!

Simply call 850-539-7750 (office) or 850-228-0583 (cellular)
(If you should get the voice mail, please leave a message and we will return your call asap.) or send us an e-mail to

In order to best serve you we will need to know the following details:

1. The date, time and location of your event

2. The number of anticipated guests

3. The type of event (ie: office luncheon, wedding reception, holiday party, small private dinner party in your home, legislative cocktail party, etc.)

4. A description of the food, services and catering budget you have in mind.