Yes folks, it is two days away from Christmas Day which is why today our topic of inspiration here is Fruitcake: the good, the bad, and the misunderstood.
please don't judge.
Like any other type of food or delicacy, Fruitcake has its good and bad varieties. Although sources indicate that Fruitcake has historical dates as far back as Ancient Egypt & Rome, it wasn’t until Victorian England in the 1800s that would dictate the Fruitcake that we have come to know it by today. The English had created fruitcake as early as the 1600s using dried fruit when they discovered that fruit could be preserved using sugar. Instantaneously becoming a hit in England, fruitcake began to emerge as a contender for any major celebration and holidays. So popular in fact that the Church had deemed it “sinfully rich” and made Fruitcake illegal. (literally).
Despite its reputation, fruitcake still represents an iconic food of the holiday season and still maintains its popularity in England to this day. -Proof you ask? Well, talk to Fiona Cairns, wedding cake designer for the English Royal Wedding. Kate Middleton and Prince William had enjoyed an eight tier wedding fruitcake during their celebration in April 2011. That’s right folks. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Royal Wedding Cake was made with 17 individual fruitcakes with 12 of those cakes serving at just the base alone.
Kate Middleton & Prince William's wedding fruitcake
So next time some one offers a fruitcake, at least attempt to try a piece as it could easily be the most misunderstood confection of the baking world.
In honor of the wonderful year in 2011, each Hotels Unlimited property likes to host an annual Holiday Party for our loyal patrons and friends in the neighborhood. We invite you to take a look at the Versailles Ballroom of the Ramada in Toms River, and wish you the happiest for the season. For more information, please contact us at 732-905-2626 x164 or at www.versaillescaterers.com
We invite you to take a moment to reflect on the accomplishments of 2011 and celebrate with us during last night’s Mix and Mingle Holiday Jingle at the Holiday Inn of East Windsor along with the National Conference Center. We annually invite our NJ corporate events partners to celebrate with us as both a thank you and a way to warm up for the holiday season ahead.
Whether the company is having a fourth quarter report meeting or strategizing for the upcoming year ahead, one needs a meeting space that is convenient and centrally located. Our Central NJ meeting and banquet facilities are holding a deal for the businesses that look forward to 2012. With this offer, people who book 5 rooms inside our hotels can redeem a FREE meeting room space up to $500. Companies can take advantage of getting a well rested night’s sleep before the big meeting early in the morning.
According to a recent article found on Business Insurance, event planners are showing a trend of NOT insuring their events. According to research, the article suggests that many of the 50,000 event planners across the country are independently operated and will only get insurance for an event at the client’s request.
Photos of some of our outdoor ceremonies & nearby beach weddings
But like anyone else, we are only human and cannot control everything. For example in last August, Hurricane Irene had ruined more than 6,000 weddings across the east coast according to a report from CNN Money. The average cost of a wedding is about $30,000 and about a whopping $70,000 in New York City.. ouch!
So would you consider insuring your wedding or large gala event? As we all have learned throughout life, poop happens and so does the weather. Although we always can hope for the best for anyone’s big day, we can only do just that. Hope.
Happy Friday everyone and the unofficial last weekend of summer at the Jersey Shore. :-/ Although summer is almost gone, we start pulling out our warmer clothes and jackets and get ready for the weather ahead. With the cold, brings the holidays and the families together. Each season has its advantages and beautiful colors that come with it.
It is hard to believe, but today is the first day of August. My, how time flies! Here atHotels Unlimited Banquets, we have a new deal to spark the flames for a NJ wedding–winter wonderland style. Although when people book weddings they think May through July, a winter wedding can bring the families together in a warm setting. Just think, while everyone is home for the holidays and sitting around the dinner table with the warm smell of roasting pine over the fire with the enticing aroma of cranberries and baking cinnamon. Mmmmm! What a perfect time to bring families together than through a celebration of love.
With our new Winter Wonderland holiday deal, any new bookings between now and August 31, 2011 will pay only $55 for our Grand Package for all weddings booked for January- March 2012 and 2013. Hotels Unlimited will also offer any new bookings 50% off their room block for all guests. In case if the weather is bad, guests do not need to stress and can safely spend the night with us.
Ho!Ho!Ho! Merry Christmas in July. Although there may have been a recent Santa sighting at the beach today, he wanted to let you in on a little secret. In honor of our Central NJ style American patriotism for the Fourth of July weekend, Hotels Unlimited is offering 15% off any holiday party when you book your party from now through August 15, 2011. Choose one of five award-winning banquet facilities in East Windsor, Toms River (2 locations available), Freehold, and Tinton Falls. See our flyer for complete details. Please remember, try not to eat too many hot dogs and enjoy the fireworks! Happy Fourth of July!