Meet Lovely Rita! Rasta Rita Margarita Truck that is, Who Brings the Party Right to You!

Meet Rita, the world's first margarita truck and portable bar service. First established in 2006, she can roll up just about anywhere to serve fresh, organic margaritas and specialty cocktails. Rita is a completely renovated, vintage 1965 GMC step-van. Inside, she houses a fully-equipped bar and beverage service station. All drinks are made by skillful bartenders and hand-crafted on location. 

Street fairs, concerts, weddings, in-home private parties, backyard BBQ's, or even the office... there isn't anywhere Rita can't go. Even kids' parties are acceptable when serving virgin drinks and icee's. Anyone can serve salted-rim margaritas, but who else can roll in on rims to serve them? Only Rita. She's one-of-a-kind.

HOW SHE WORKS

You choose your beverage package (beer, cocktails, and non-alcoholic options available). Rita rolls up and parks at your event, fully equipped for your customized beverage service according to your preferences. Her professional bartenders shake up the drinks on location, and you sit back and simply enjoy your party. Voila! The queen of margaritas just transported your event to the next level. Visit the Rasta Rita Margarita website to learn more!

Holiday Cocktail Specials by Snake Oil Cocktail Co. make your Special Days extra Special!

It's that time of year to start thinking about holiday parties and the best way to start off the holidays is to plan events with festive, unique cocktails! Check out these holiday promotions by local bartending experts Snake Oil Cocktail Co.

Snake Oil Cocktail Company is definitely not your average bartending service. Snake Oil goes above and beyond when designing specialty craft cocktails. They will create, mix, and name their drinks in accordance with your event's theme. Whether it's a black tie corporate event or a superhero wedding theme, Snake Oil has the perfect architects to build your dream libations. To make things even easier on you, Snake Oil will provide bartenders to serve the new creations and provide a set up design that will coordinate perfectly with your perfect day! So, drink up!

Snake Oil Cocktail Co. is offering seasonal upgrades on your beverage packages.*  See their Holiday Promotions: https://snakeoilcocktail.com/promotions/

*Valid until December 31, 2017. Certain restrictions apply.

Happy Thanksgiving - Celebrate all that you are Grateful for with this Smashing Pumpkin Cake by Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.

Finding the things in life you are grateful for is the most beautiful [and mentally healthy!] way to handling everything from creating a special event, growing your connection with loved ones, to spending time with family and just living life. Today on this special holiday that focuses on gratitude, we wish you a fabulous Thanksgiving full of love and appreciation for all you have in life; love family and another day in which to enjoy it. Oh and this delicious Smashing Pumpkin Cake [perfect for a post Thanksgiving dessert] by local bakery Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. who was kind enough to share the recipe! Generous bakers....yet another thing to be grateful for! 

Featured Wedding Artist: San Diego's Own Continental Catering

Continental Catering has long been known as one of San Diego's top wedding and special event caterers. Founded by the lovely, warm and very personable Denise and Gary, they've been around for nearly three decades creating yummy food for all types of events. As Gary likes to say, they weren’t always rich & famous. What humbly started as a weekend hobby out of a residential kitchen turned into a thriving business in the blink of an eye. Continental Catering now has a team of amazing experts who are proud to say that they've successfully catered over 10,000 events! Enjoy these scrumptious photos and you'll see that the artists at Continental transform food into art, proving that they are a not-so-ordinary caterer composed of not-so-ordinary employees. Get to know more about Continental Catering here....

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Fresh watermelon cubes with creme fraiche and some secret yummy ingredients make a refreshing amouse bouche [bite sized appetizers anyone?] on a warm San Diego wedding evening.

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Appetizers served on croute [on toast] are easy to pick up and eat with one hand during your cocktail hour.

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At Continental it's never 'just a salad' as this colorful and delicious deconstructed salad shows! 

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Sauteed scallops are a mouth watering way to show your guests the love right from the start.

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Pureed yam served next to a gorgeous, perfectly cooked entree of fish ups your guests' dinner experience.

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Vegetables never need be boring and you know beautiful brussel sprouts [served with chunks of sweet potato, goat cheese and dried cranberries] are all the rage these days! 

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A salmon entree with potatoes en papillote [cooked wrapped in parchment paper] makes for a lovely presentation and ups the 'fish option' for your reception dinner dramatically.

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Lamb chops are a formal presentation at any wedding reception.

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With main courses like this it may be hard to get people to leave!!  

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Innovative dishes, beautiful style and exciting presentation are Continental Catering's hallmarks.

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Gorgeous lobster will wow even your pickiest of guests at your reception.

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....and who can forget the dessert? Save your fork there's pie a la mode!!! 

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Photography by She Wanders Photography for Continental Catering.

The well appointed wedding reception dessert table by La Dolce Idea, Wedding Designer and Planner

We love this wedding reception dessert table!

Dessert tables can make your reception festive, fun and engaging for your guests, like this beautiful roaring 20s style dessert table by San Diego luxury event planner Sabrina Cadini of La Dolce Idea. Rich with golden accents, blingy rhinestones, rock candy, metallic gold cake pops, yummy cupcakes, and beautiful colorful Macarons, this dessert table is the cats meow! 

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And check out that rhinestone covered silver wedding cake! 

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Rock candy is so in style for wedding receptions; it's fun, it's glam, and it's sugar!! 

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Seriously... the little bow ties on the gold cake pops!! LOVE!

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This dessert table would have every one of your guests enjoying themselves for hours!

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Unique and beautiful stands and platters to display the desserts add to the drama! 

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And who doesn't love a fun custom cake topper with the couple's fave hobbies?!

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Macarons, say no more. 

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Chocolate and salted caramel are just a few of the guest favored flavors.

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Cupcakes...we just do not want to live in a world without cupcakes... and why should we?

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Tap Truck Brings Craft Beer Right to Your Wedding Reception with a Friendly, Fun Style

One of the coolest wedding catering ideas to hit San Diego is Tap Truck, a gorgeous vintage 1952 Chevy Panel truck modified to serve craft beer on tap right at your reception! This is such a fun and unique wedding reception idea especially for craft beer savvy San Diego!  We had the pleasure of catching up with Co Founder Corbin who served up beer to hundreds of brides and grooms with a smile. From Grandpa to Groomsmen, you'll be your craft-beer-loving guests' hero with super friendly, fun and engaging Tap Truck at your event!

Co Founder Corbin doing what he does best - making people happy with great beer and a great attitude! All photos above by Paul Douda for The Wedding Party EXPO.

Tap Truck enjoys being the big hit at any [over 21!] Their wedding packages are a great guide to develop what you picture for your event. Each package includes a bartender(s) for safety and insurance purposes. Tap Truck is fully licensed and able to provide certificates to venues. Owners Corbin or Taylor are always ready to create your custom quote but here are a few faves: 

The Showcase Package (A Wedding Favorite) 
House Blonde and IPA Beers,  House Red and White Wine, served in style with a Tap Truck and bartender(s)

The Keg Convoy Package
House Cider, House Kegged Wine, and two custom beers, served in style with a truck and bartender(s) 

Custom Chrome Package
Pick your top 4 beers, served in style with a truck and bartender(s)

The Rally Package
House Blonde, IPA, and Stout beers, served in style with a truck and bartender(s) 

Nuts and Bolts (Truck Rental)
Put simply, we can rent our trucks by the hour and delivery milage, if the truck you desire is not booked!

Mechanic (Bartending Service)
We are able to supply additional bartenders, or just simply a Bartender for your gathering. This is based on start and stop time, Location and number needed.

The Fuel Pump (Cash Bar)
We love playing a part in festivals! Whether you need a provide whatever is needed to make your event successful. Ranging from simple cash bar at your wedding, party or event to full scale sales at a festival. Keep in mind we hold minimums.

Local San Diego Wedding Dessert Favorite Coming to a Wedding near You!

Milk and Cookies are no longer just for the kids. As strong believers that cookies are the gateway to the heart (sort of kidding, but not really), we could not be more excited that you can now have Cravory Cookies at your wedding reception! Cravory has been a continuous exhibitor at our San Diego Wedding Party Expos and has been a San Diego fan favorite even longer. They recently announced their new line of Milk and Cookie Bars for weddings where they include everything from favors to personalized name tags, all of which can be made to match your wedding colors. They also make great additions to groomsmen and/or bridesmaids gifts, as you can customize your individual boxes with almost any cookie flavor you can imagine. Check out The Cravory Facebook page, and you'll see what we mean! 


Ice cream, whoopie pies, and hot donuts oh my! Today is all about delicious wedding reception desserts!

You've said your "I do's", you've danced your first dance, a memorable toast has been made....  now your wedding reception dessert table is the center of attention! Local wedding dessert experts Sensational Treats makes wedding desserts to elevate any reception into a decadent foodie fest! 

Guests love to make their own sundaes! 

Guests love to make their own sundaes! 

Sensational Treats is San Diego’s premiere specialty wedding dessert and treat company. Fun, Fresh and Tasty, many of their treats are made onsite for your guest to experience with the freshest of ingredients and everything made to order. They bring so many ideas to your wedding too like:

• Mouthwatering Mini Donuts & Donut Holes

• Homemade Liquid Nitrogen Ice Creams, Gelato's & Float Stations

• Gourmet Cotton Candy

• Fresh Churros

• Chocolate Dipped Frozen Bananas

• Sweet Hawaiian Shaved Ice

• Classic Kettle Corn

• All Natural Soft Twisted Pretzels

• Old School Ice Cream Carts and more...

Sensational Treats adds flavorful entertainment to your wedding day - we know we've tried it all and can vouch for its awesome yumminess!! 

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It's more than delicious desserts it's a happening right at your wedding! 

It's more than delicious desserts it's a happening right at your wedding! 

Wedding Day Tip #42: remember to eat a good breakfast on your wedding day

Top local wedding caterer Authentic Flavors Catering has awesome advice for your wedding day! They say "the morning of your wedding will be full of jobs that need to get done. Between your hair and makeup appointments and getting your dress on, you’ll easily lose the whole morning. Your groom will also be busy doing his last minute preparations. One thing you shouldn’t forget is your breakfast.

The saying that it’s the most important meal of the day is even more true on your wedding day. While your guests will have a bit of food before they go out, and small bites during your cocktail hour, you might not get to eat until your dinner.

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One way to ensure you have a great and healthy breakfast is to have it catered. As you get ready, you can have a beautiful spread laid out. Whether it’s frittatas or fresh fruit, your wedding caterer can help with this meal that will help you get off on the right foot."  Check out more ideas and info on their website, you can count on Authentic Flavors Catering to know just how to take care of you on your wedding day.

Coasterra Restaurant offers Glam Mexican food and drinks and the best view in San Diego for your wedding celebration

We like to call it 'Glam Mexican' cuisine - we've had delicious classic Mexican dishes elevated to food art at this latest Cohn Group / Chef Deborah Scott success - but Coasterra Restaurant in San Diego offers many Latin American inspired dishes and drinks to please every palette. We think you'll love this beautiful restaurant that has the best view in San Diego hands-down! And they've got breathtaking event space for up to 500 that is both unique and fun.

Coasterra has holiday party specials and great menu and space options for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, day after brunches and more. 

Coasterra has holiday party specials and great menu and space options for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, day after brunches and more. 

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Churros!!  

Churros!!  

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At Coasterra you'll notice some old favorites like fish tacos and some exciting twists!

At Coasterra you'll notice some old favorites like fish tacos and some exciting twists!

Their savory dishes are hearty and generous to please all generations of wedding guests.

Their savory dishes are hearty and generous to please all generations of wedding guests.

We call it Glam Mexican but Coasterra's menu is full of Latin American dishes that you will swoon over. 

We call it Glam Mexican but Coasterra's menu is full of Latin American dishes that you will swoon over. 

Delicious seafood and gorgeous presentation make Coasterra a great fit for your out of town guests too! 

Delicious seafood and gorgeous presentation make Coasterra a great fit for your out of town guests too! 

Says Coasterra owner David Cohn of the Cohn Group,  " People celebrate their lives in restaurants.  It is our job to create an experience worth remembering." 

Says Coasterra owner David Cohn of the Cohn Group,  "People celebrate their lives in restaurants.  It is our job to create an experience worth remembering." 

The incredibly talented Chef Deborah Scott of Coasterra has a real gift for creating food that people come back for over and over.

The incredibly talented Chef Deborah Scott of Coasterra has a real gift for creating food that people come back for over and over.

10 Stylish [and delicious!] Signature Wedding Cocktails

Cotton Candy at a Wedding for a sweet, pretty and fluffy special dessert by Sugarii

Happy childhood memories of boardwalks, carnivals, warm Summer nights ... and cotton candy! Who doesn't have fond memories of sweet and fluffy cotton candy and now you can add this delicious and fun dessert [the spinning of colors is mesmerizing!] to your wedding day with Sugarii's Get Fluffed Up Cotton Candy booth!

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Picture this....you just said I do to the love of your life and you pass back up the aisle arm in arm through a sea of smiling faces to begin your life together at the party of your life!! What could possibly make this any better you say?? COOKIES!!!! The Cravory [deliverers of cookie ecstacy] now do weddings! BOOM! {that was a 'cookie drop'!) See [and taste] the incredible [yes we tried them] cookies by The Cravory at the July 31 Wedding Party EXPO at the NTC Venues at Liberty Station!! 

Signature Cocktails make your unique wedding style and personality come to life!

Bella Beverage Catering knows wedding drinks and cocktails! July 31 at the San Diego Wedding Party EXPO be sure to visit the Bella Beverage Signature Cocktail Lounge and meet owner and founder Blake Baylin (known as the queen of signature cocktails) in person. 

Blake says "Bella Beverage's philosophy is simple.  We are committed to serving you at the highest levels of excellence and etiquette. 
We understand the stresses imposed by planning even the most casual event--obtaining permits and proper licenses, adhering to budgets, and meeting your vision. We also realize that, above all, your event is of the utmost importance. That is why we are dedicated to professionalism on a personal level. Our mission is to help make your event as unique as it is unforgettable, by providing an impeccable, creative, and world-class experience.  We pledge to help make your event memorable with minimal stress; to pour every ounce of our skill, craft, and passion into each drink; to serve every guest with ease and alacrity, respect and responsibility; and to offer nothing but the very best.  Because this is your time, your day, your moment — and why should it be anything less than perfect?"

You'll want to meet and get to know this dynamo and taste her delicious signature wedding cocktails and see how unique drinks [the perfect mix of flavor, color and potency] add to your wedding cocktail hour and reception.

Celebrating your reception dinner with specialty catering... Monsoon style!

Mango Tiki, Coconut Shrimp, Ginger Masala, Madras Chicken, Goa Fish, Kebab Curry, Tandoori and Biryanis.... we get hungry just thinking about all the yummy possibilities for catering a special event [wedding, rehearsal dinner, engagement party, or even just a big family get together] with delicious food from Bombay Restaurant and Monsoon Catering! Known for their modern take on Indian dining and their fresh and locally sourced ingredients, Senior Catering Manager Rakesh Popat is forging new territory with 'cultural catering' for all and winning a lot of fans from East and West. 

In our opinion, there are a few key things that help one's special occasion stand out from the rest, food definitely being at the top of that list. Which is why after meeting with Rakesh during our food tasting we knew we had to have him cater our engagement party. We received 5 star service from beginning to end. To this day, our family and friends talk about how tasty the food was. Our parents specifically said, outside of the home, it was the best Indian food they have ever had. And that means a lot coming from Indian parents! ~ Kajal & Chris

Modern Indian Dining

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