Ceola Manor Blog

By proadAccountId-371460 26 Jan, 2016
When you arrive to a Wedding, Anniversary Party or any type of celebration, don't you just love it when you are greeted with a fun, seasonal or themed drink?  Whether it's a mug of hot apple cider or glass of mulled wine for a fall wedding or an icy-cold spiked pink lemonade for a warm summer cocktail hour by the water, it just makes you feel SO welcome and immediately puts you in the frame of mind the host wants you to be in!  A cute name for the drink also helps work it seamlessly into your theme.  Consider naming it after the location...how about a "Ceola Cola" if you are getting married at the beautiful Sinapi's Ceola Manor of course! (hint, hint).... Chocolate cherry liquor, irish cream, cola, garnished with a cherry. Or  vanilla v odka, c ola, v anilla extract with a cherry garnish..YUM! Think about your history as a couple if you like...if your first date was in NY City, serve some sort of Big Apple Cocktail...a crisp apple martini or sweet caramel apple drink would fit the bill nicely. We've had couples name drinks after the colleges they've attended or the places they've lived. Sky's the limit!  Hey, i ncorporate  your future last name into the drink!  If you are going on your honeymoon to a  tropical  location, How about a "Bilson" Bay Breeze or have your venue serve  Mr. & Mrs. Mai Tai s. Your guests will be relaxed and in the spirit of the celebration in no time!  If your wedding  date is  near  a  particular  holiday, use that to your advantage.  Work the red, white and blue theme if your  nuptials  are in July. Fruit can help you  achieve  this...a w hite  sangria with blueberries & strawberries is very light and refreshing.   If you want your drink to follow a color theme, that's easy!  A little grenadine added to a dry champagne makes a delicious "Blushing Bride" or a "Coco Snowball" brings in  a nice hue of blue using vanilla vodka, coconut rum, Coco Lopez, and blue curacao.  Rim the glass with shredded coconut to complete the drink.  Create and have fun!  We know your guests will!

By proadAccountId-371460 19 Dec, 2015

Come on, admit it....you've gotten home from a wedding or two (or three or four) in the past with a host of useless chotskies or knick knacks that are now collecting dust on a shelf.  The bride and groom meant well, they really did.  They wanted their guests to come home with a memory of their special day. What a nice sentiment! After all, you shelled out the big bucks to give them a nice fat envelope and even bought a new dress for their special day, you deserve something, right? We think so.  

But Brides, let's make it something your guests can remember fondly.  Here's a suggestion....give something your guests can consume. Something they can eat or drink. Something edible!  Tell me, is there one person that you know that does not go absolutely nuts, out of their minds, crazy at a Candy Table at a Wedding?  No matter how much you’ve stuffed yourself silly at cocktail hour and dinner, you know you are gonna want some sour patch kids the next day. Picture this…grown adults crowded around a table of sweets, practically  fighting over colorfully wrapped Hershey Kisses and shoving them into monogrammed favor bags  to take home (come on, you’re not above it....you know you've done it!).

Or, a Fall or Winter Wedding concluding with your guests toasting marshmallows and sandwiching the gooey-ness with rich chocolate in between crispy graham crackers…yes, a Smore’s Bar! An Oreo Bar stocked with all different types and cold milk is quirky and fun too. Remember, a favor can be something they enjoy AT the wedding, it does not have to be something they bring home. Your money is much better spent this way and it makes for a fun, memorable time for your guests which is the most important thing, right?

On the other hand, if you are determined to give them something to TAKE WITH them, who is going to argue with a small bottle of wine or champagne to enjoy at another time (once they’ve recovered from the festivities of course)? Or consider a “Sweet Send Off”….a Bag of Cookies or Cinnamon Donuts & Hot Mulled Apple Cider in the Fall or Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows in the winter! A fresh Bagel slathered with cream cheese or bacon, egg & cheese to enjoy the next day (or on the ride to the hotel to replenish for another round of partying at the hotel bar)!

Monogrammed Honey, Maple Syrup or Jam Jars are nice or a custom Fortune Cookie with a special message inside is fun. Caramel Apples, Mini Pies, Cake Pops are delicious and look impressive.  If you want to go traditional, pastel Jordan Almonds wrapped in a unique way always please the old timers at the wedding. Personalized Cocktail Shakers are cool, although this does not count as edible unless you want to include a mixer or mini vodka bottle to go with it! Mini Gumball machines are super fun and a cute addition to candy table. The list can go on and on. Be creative, make it fun! Edible Favors…think about it!

By proadAccountId-371460 01 Dec, 2015

What's the most important aspect of your wedding? We often ask our potential customers this at our initial meeting. We tell them to first think about every wedding they've attended. What is the most popular answer you say? Well, we'll tell you (if you haven't already guessed).... THE FOOD!

We believe the most important aspects of your wedding are 1) Food 2) Service and 3) Entertainment. Think about it. You always remember if the food was good (or most certainly if it was bad!) You remembered how you were treated by your wait staff and you surely can recall if you were on the dancefloor all night enjoying a great DJ or Band!

Since we addressing food in this blog entry, let's talk Tastings! We believe a tasting should be an integral part of your wedding planning. Once you have chosen a location (by this we mean you are happy with the place, menu offerings and price) the next step should be to ensure that you enjoy the food at the venue you have chosen. If you have never been to an event at the chosen location, ask about a tasting. If the wedding planner ignores your request or makes it difficult for you to taste the food, a red flag should go up in your mind!

  We host tastings about every 3 months. That means that if you are booked here at Sinapi's Ceola Manor, you and your fiancé are welcome to attend our bridal tasting, free of charge. If you are not booked with us, no problem! You and your fiancé may attend a tasting for a small fee and you will be reimbursed if you book with us. You can't lose! Many of our brides and grooms even invite family to share in this special milestone in their wedding planning. Why not? We feel the tasting should not serve as a way to choose your particular menu, but instead act as a time for you to make certain that you enjoy the establishment's food and service. And not to mention have a nice night out! The menu on the night of the tasting may not be exactly what you will choose for your special day, but it should reflect a sampling of what the venue can do and how good their food is!

  On November 12th we hosted 40 guests for an intimate and mouth-watering Cocktail Reception . The tables were decorated by Karen at The Flower Boutique in Mahopac, with Candles, White Orchids and White Rose Balls...simply classic and elegant. Our Rainbow Room was full of our customer favorites...a Cold Antipasto Station full of platters of Italian cured meats, such as Prosciutto di Parma and Salami, Italian cheeses, House-Marinated Artichokes, Roasted Peppers, Olives and Breads....too much to list! But we must make mention our chef's Panzanella Salad...a traditional Italian peasant bread and fresh tomato salad. We had a bride make us promise it MUST be at her wedding! Our famous Fried Calamari was hot and crispy yet tender and huge hit! Next to that a Chicken & Roasted Eggplant Pomodore with plenty of garlic. A Pasta Station featured Penne alla Vodka made with prosciutto, fresh cream and plum tomatoes as well as a Cheese Tortellini with a light Alfredo sauce with baby peas. A Carving Station featuring a juicy, tender and amazingly seasoned sirloin steak was a big hit with the grooms in the room for sure! To end the night, an stunning tiered wedding cake from Homestyle Desserts Bakery adorned with Magnolias was filled with rich NY Style Cheesecake, light vanilla sponge cake & sweet and tart strawberries. We even had a few brides and grooms volunteer to do a mock cake tasting in front of the other guests to "practice" for their special day. To be honest, we are a little disappointed that no cake was smashed into anyone's face, but maybe they are saving that for their actual wedding day? Or maybe the brides threatened their grooms ahead of time. Yeah, we'll go with the latter. Although, we have to say, all the volunteers sealed the faux cake cutting ceremony with a nice kiss! How sweet! Hope to see you at the next tasting!

By proadAccountId-371460 06 Nov, 2015

Whether you call ’em escort cards, name cards, or table cards, these cards have one thing in common: They are a nice way to show creativity and style. However, most importantly they keep your guests organized. 

When designing your place card theme, it is important that your creativity is in a format  that everyone will be able to understand, also remember  to keep it simple , elegant and bring your theme to the table.  Visit our Facebook page to see what other brides have created. www.facebook.com/sceolamanor



By lemaster 13 Sep, 2015
Theresa & James trusted Sinapi's Ceola Manor to make their day one they will remember forever. Even with a bit of rain, this was a beautiful wedding we are proud to have hosted.

Brides: Do Yourself a Favor!

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  • 19 Dec, 2015

Edible Wedding Favors Your Guests Won't Throw Away

Come on, admit it....you've gotten home from a wedding or two (or three or four) in the past with a host of useless chotskies or knick knacks that are now collecting dust on a shelf.  The bride and groom meant well, they really did.  They wanted their guests to come home with a memory of their special day. What a nice sentiment! After all, you shelled out the big bucks to give them a nice fat envelope and even bought a new dress for their special day, you deserve something, right? We think so.  

But Brides, let's make it something your guests can remember fondly.  Here's a suggestion....give something your guests can consume. Something they can eat or drink. Something edible!  Tell me, is there one person that you know that does not go absolutely nuts, out of their minds, crazy at a Candy Table at a Wedding?  No matter how much you’ve stuffed yourself silly at cocktail hour and dinner, you know you are gonna want some sour patch kids the next day. Picture this…grown adults crowded around a table of sweets, practically  fighting over colorfully wrapped Hershey Kisses and shoving them into monogrammed favor bags  to take home (come on, you’re not above it....you know you've done it!).

Or, a Fall or Winter Wedding concluding with your guests toasting marshmallows and sandwiching the gooey-ness with rich chocolate in between crispy graham crackers…yes, a Smore’s Bar! An Oreo Bar stocked with all different types and cold milk is quirky and fun too. Remember, a favor can be something they enjoy AT the wedding, it does not have to be something they bring home. Your money is much better spent this way and it makes for a fun, memorable time for your guests which is the most important thing, right?

On the other hand, if you are determined to give them something to TAKE WITH them, who is going to argue with a small bottle of wine or champagne to enjoy at another time (once they’ve recovered from the festivities of course)? Or consider a “Sweet Send Off”….a Bag of Cookies or Cinnamon Donuts & Hot Mulled Apple Cider in the Fall or Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows in the winter! A fresh Bagel slathered with cream cheese or bacon, egg & cheese to enjoy the next day (or on the ride to the hotel to replenish for another round of partying at the hotel bar)!

Monogrammed Honey, Maple Syrup or Jam Jars are nice or a custom Fortune Cookie with a special message inside is fun. Caramel Apples, Mini Pies, Cake Pops are delicious and look impressive.  If you want to go traditional, pastel Jordan Almonds wrapped in a unique way always please the old timers at the wedding. Personalized Cocktail Shakers are cool, although this does not count as edible unless you want to include a mixer or mini vodka bottle to go with it! Mini Gumball machines are super fun and a cute addition to candy table. The list can go on and on. Be creative, make it fun! Edible Favors…think about it!

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By proadAccountId-371460 26 Jan, 2016
When you arrive to a Wedding, Anniversary Party or any type of celebration, don't you just love it when you are greeted with a fun, seasonal or themed drink?  Whether it's a mug of hot apple cider or glass of mulled wine for a fall wedding or an icy-cold spiked pink lemonade for a warm summer cocktail hour by the water, it just makes you feel SO welcome and immediately puts you in the frame of mind the host wants you to be in!  A cute name for the drink also helps work it seamlessly into your theme.  Consider naming it after the location...how about a "Ceola Cola" if you are getting married at the beautiful Sinapi's Ceola Manor of course! (hint, hint).... Chocolate cherry liquor, irish cream, cola, garnished with a cherry. Or  vanilla v odka, c ola, v anilla extract with a cherry garnish..YUM! Think about your history as a couple if you like...if your first date was in NY City, serve some sort of Big Apple Cocktail...a crisp apple martini or sweet caramel apple drink would fit the bill nicely. We've had couples name drinks after the colleges they've attended or the places they've lived. Sky's the limit!  Hey, i ncorporate  your future last name into the drink!  If you are going on your honeymoon to a  tropical  location, How about a "Bilson" Bay Breeze or have your venue serve  Mr. & Mrs. Mai Tai s. Your guests will be relaxed and in the spirit of the celebration in no time!  If your wedding  date is  near  a  particular  holiday, use that to your advantage.  Work the red, white and blue theme if your  nuptials  are in July. Fruit can help you  achieve  this...a w hite  sangria with blueberries & strawberries is very light and refreshing.   If you want your drink to follow a color theme, that's easy!  A little grenadine added to a dry champagne makes a delicious "Blushing Bride" or a "Coco Snowball" brings in  a nice hue of blue using vanilla vodka, coconut rum, Coco Lopez, and blue curacao.  Rim the glass with shredded coconut to complete the drink.  Create and have fun!  We know your guests will!

By proadAccountId-371460 19 Dec, 2015

Come on, admit it....you've gotten home from a wedding or two (or three or four) in the past with a host of useless chotskies or knick knacks that are now collecting dust on a shelf.  The bride and groom meant well, they really did.  They wanted their guests to come home with a memory of their special day. What a nice sentiment! After all, you shelled out the big bucks to give them a nice fat envelope and even bought a new dress for their special day, you deserve something, right? We think so.  

But Brides, let's make it something your guests can remember fondly.  Here's a suggestion....give something your guests can consume. Something they can eat or drink. Something edible!  Tell me, is there one person that you know that does not go absolutely nuts, out of their minds, crazy at a Candy Table at a Wedding?  No matter how much you’ve stuffed yourself silly at cocktail hour and dinner, you know you are gonna want some sour patch kids the next day. Picture this…grown adults crowded around a table of sweets, practically  fighting over colorfully wrapped Hershey Kisses and shoving them into monogrammed favor bags  to take home (come on, you’re not above it....you know you've done it!).

Or, a Fall or Winter Wedding concluding with your guests toasting marshmallows and sandwiching the gooey-ness with rich chocolate in between crispy graham crackers…yes, a Smore’s Bar! An Oreo Bar stocked with all different types and cold milk is quirky and fun too. Remember, a favor can be something they enjoy AT the wedding, it does not have to be something they bring home. Your money is much better spent this way and it makes for a fun, memorable time for your guests which is the most important thing, right?

On the other hand, if you are determined to give them something to TAKE WITH them, who is going to argue with a small bottle of wine or champagne to enjoy at another time (once they’ve recovered from the festivities of course)? Or consider a “Sweet Send Off”….a Bag of Cookies or Cinnamon Donuts & Hot Mulled Apple Cider in the Fall or Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows in the winter! A fresh Bagel slathered with cream cheese or bacon, egg & cheese to enjoy the next day (or on the ride to the hotel to replenish for another round of partying at the hotel bar)!

Monogrammed Honey, Maple Syrup or Jam Jars are nice or a custom Fortune Cookie with a special message inside is fun. Caramel Apples, Mini Pies, Cake Pops are delicious and look impressive.  If you want to go traditional, pastel Jordan Almonds wrapped in a unique way always please the old timers at the wedding. Personalized Cocktail Shakers are cool, although this does not count as edible unless you want to include a mixer or mini vodka bottle to go with it! Mini Gumball machines are super fun and a cute addition to candy table. The list can go on and on. Be creative, make it fun! Edible Favors…think about it!

By proadAccountId-371460 01 Dec, 2015

What's the most important aspect of your wedding? We often ask our potential customers this at our initial meeting. We tell them to first think about every wedding they've attended. What is the most popular answer you say? Well, we'll tell you (if you haven't already guessed).... THE FOOD!

We believe the most important aspects of your wedding are 1) Food 2) Service and 3) Entertainment. Think about it. You always remember if the food was good (or most certainly if it was bad!) You remembered how you were treated by your wait staff and you surely can recall if you were on the dancefloor all night enjoying a great DJ or Band!

Since we addressing food in this blog entry, let's talk Tastings! We believe a tasting should be an integral part of your wedding planning. Once you have chosen a location (by this we mean you are happy with the place, menu offerings and price) the next step should be to ensure that you enjoy the food at the venue you have chosen. If you have never been to an event at the chosen location, ask about a tasting. If the wedding planner ignores your request or makes it difficult for you to taste the food, a red flag should go up in your mind!

  We host tastings about every 3 months. That means that if you are booked here at Sinapi's Ceola Manor, you and your fiancé are welcome to attend our bridal tasting, free of charge. If you are not booked with us, no problem! You and your fiancé may attend a tasting for a small fee and you will be reimbursed if you book with us. You can't lose! Many of our brides and grooms even invite family to share in this special milestone in their wedding planning. Why not? We feel the tasting should not serve as a way to choose your particular menu, but instead act as a time for you to make certain that you enjoy the establishment's food and service. And not to mention have a nice night out! The menu on the night of the tasting may not be exactly what you will choose for your special day, but it should reflect a sampling of what the venue can do and how good their food is!

  On November 12th we hosted 40 guests for an intimate and mouth-watering Cocktail Reception . The tables were decorated by Karen at The Flower Boutique in Mahopac, with Candles, White Orchids and White Rose Balls...simply classic and elegant. Our Rainbow Room was full of our customer favorites...a Cold Antipasto Station full of platters of Italian cured meats, such as Prosciutto di Parma and Salami, Italian cheeses, House-Marinated Artichokes, Roasted Peppers, Olives and Breads....too much to list! But we must make mention our chef's Panzanella Salad...a traditional Italian peasant bread and fresh tomato salad. We had a bride make us promise it MUST be at her wedding! Our famous Fried Calamari was hot and crispy yet tender and huge hit! Next to that a Chicken & Roasted Eggplant Pomodore with plenty of garlic. A Pasta Station featured Penne alla Vodka made with prosciutto, fresh cream and plum tomatoes as well as a Cheese Tortellini with a light Alfredo sauce with baby peas. A Carving Station featuring a juicy, tender and amazingly seasoned sirloin steak was a big hit with the grooms in the room for sure! To end the night, an stunning tiered wedding cake from Homestyle Desserts Bakery adorned with Magnolias was filled with rich NY Style Cheesecake, light vanilla sponge cake & sweet and tart strawberries. We even had a few brides and grooms volunteer to do a mock cake tasting in front of the other guests to "practice" for their special day. To be honest, we are a little disappointed that no cake was smashed into anyone's face, but maybe they are saving that for their actual wedding day? Or maybe the brides threatened their grooms ahead of time. Yeah, we'll go with the latter. Although, we have to say, all the volunteers sealed the faux cake cutting ceremony with a nice kiss! How sweet! Hope to see you at the next tasting!

By proadAccountId-371460 06 Nov, 2015

Whether you call ’em escort cards, name cards, or table cards, these cards have one thing in common: They are a nice way to show creativity and style. However, most importantly they keep your guests organized. 

When designing your place card theme, it is important that your creativity is in a format  that everyone will be able to understand, also remember  to keep it simple , elegant and bring your theme to the table.  Visit our Facebook page to see what other brides have created. www.facebook.com/sceolamanor



By lemaster 13 Sep, 2015
Theresa & James trusted Sinapi's Ceola Manor to make their day one they will remember forever. Even with a bit of rain, this was a beautiful wedding we are proud to have hosted.
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