Cocktail Hour Ideas for Your Wedding

August 21st, 2014

Cocktail hour can make a great first impression for your wedding guests and it is a great way to get the party started. There are many good ideas when it comes to cocktail hours. Here are some of our top picks for how to start your wedding reception off on the right foot!

Champagne Grapefruit Mojito

Signature Wedding Cocktails: These have become quite popular over the past few years. Meet with the bartender at your wedding venue and ask them to come up with a few signature drinks for you or, if there are some unique drinks that you have in mind, let them know! Some of our favorites are: Strawberry Bourbon Lemonade, The Lavender Collins and The Champagne Grapefruit Mojito.

Food Bars: A relatively new trend in receptions are food bars. They allow your guests to customize the food to their specific tastes in a fun, new way! We’ve seen many different types of food bars including: baked potato bars, taco bars, mashed potato bars, popcorn bars and mini-burger bars….don’t forget the bacon!

Lighter Fare: Salad in a cup, Crudite cups or platters, fresh fruit kabobs, sushi, mini shrimp cocktail and caprese salad are just a few ideas of food that can provide guests with lighter, but still delicious options during the cocktail hour.

The chefs at our resort would be happy to create a custom menu for your wedding. Visit our website for more information or to contact us!

 

St. Simons Island Resort Welcomes New Executive Chef

August 18th, 2014

Executive Chef John Palacio

The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort and ECHO Oceanside Restaurant are happy to welcome Executive Chef John Palacio to the resort.  Palacio began his culinary career at age 15 at the Red Lion Inn in Omaha, Nebraska. Following 4 years of global assignments with the U.S. Marines, he returned home to follow his dream of becoming a professional in the culinary industry. His training included a 3 year American Culinary Federation apprenticeship at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles which concluded with him being awarded the coveted American Culinary Federation’s  “Apprentice of the Year” in Los Angeles County.

He gained his vast experience by traversing the country in several Westin resorts from Santa Clara to Kansas City to Tuscon to Beverly Hills and even catered to the stars at the Emmy Awards in the late 1980’s. When he is not in the kitchen, Palacio can be found outside in his tomato garden or canning his tomatoes.

“Each day I want to personally meet our guests to let them know I am available to make their visit memorable ~ from a birthday party or wedding reception to their casual dining experience filled with culinary surprises. I am elated with my choice to take the Executive Chef position at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort.”

Hotel Director and General Manager Michael Johnson states, “We are very excited to add someone with so much talent and expertise to our team. We look forward to introducing Chef John Palacio to our community as the overwhelming response to our new food and beverage concept ECHO for dining and catered events continues.”

The Ultimate Dessert Bar for Your Wedding

August 15th, 2014

What better way to celebrate your sweet day than with a scrumptious dessert or candy bar for your wedding guests? Over the past few years, dessert and candy bars have become a popular way to add some sweet fun to wedding receptions!

Candy Bars with Color Themes: Add some color to the reception by creating a candy bar that incorporates your wedding colors into the candy! The type of candy you can use is endless. M&Ms, lollipops, gummy bears, cotton candy, yogurt covered pretzels, rock candy and Hershey’s Kisses…(just to name a few!)

Wedding Candy Bar in Pink

Wedding Candy Bar in Purple

Wedding Candy Bar in Pastels

Themed Dessert Bars: What could be better than eating the ultimate s’more after an evening of fun and dancing? The only limit on a dessert bar is your own imagination! Here are a few suggestions from our wedding experts: S’mores bar, milk & cookies bar, ice cream bar or a popcorn bar.

Wedding S'mores Bar

Cookies and Milk Bar

Wedding Popcorn Bar

Pamper Yourself with New Products from The Royal Treatment Cottage

August 13th, 2014

The Royal Treatment Cottage is proud to carry new products from two Georgia businesses!

Salacia Salts at The King and Prince Resort

 

Our new bath & body line is produced by Salacia Salts from Savannah, GA. Founded in 2012 by Cari Phelps, the company prides itself in using environmentally responsible ingredients and packaging. All products are free of sulfates, colorants and parabens and are packaged in recycled material. Their products include salt soaks,  moisturizers, body scrubs and cleansers that come in scents like Georgia Peach, Southern Pecan, Magnolia and Midnight Garden.

We are also featuring soy candles from Southern Soy Candle in Metter, GA. Their custom-blend candles are natural, non-toxic and biodegradable. Their candles come in wonderful southern scents like Georgia Peaches, Cotton Blossom, Savannah Magnolia and Creamy Praline Cream.

These products are available for purchase from the Royal Treatment Cottage. Stop by to test them out the next time you are at the resort! The Royal Treatment Cottage provides massage therapies to resort guests as well as the public.

5 Benefits of Hosting Your Meeting at Our St. Simons Island Resort

August 11th, 2014

Oceanfront lawn on St. Simons Island

 

The King and Prince prides itself in being a premier destination for meetings and conventions, no matter how large or small. We have received many awards and accolades over the years for our location, attention to detail, amenities, meeting space and activities. There are many benefits to hosting your company retreat, meeting or convention at our resort, but here are the top 5.

Personal Attention to Detail: From the first time you speak with us until well after your group has departed, our sales team will be with you every step of the way. We pride ourselves in giving each and every group the personalized attention that they deserve. Our sales managers, catering managers and conference services team are always available to answer any questions that you may have.

Accommodations: Budget can play a large role when you are planning a meeting. At The King and Prince, the diversity of our accommodations works to your advantage. We offer everything from standard hotel rooms with a view of the resort to oceanfront villas and even several homes on our property! The diversity of our accommodations makes staying at our resort more affordable for your attendees.

First Class Amenities: Perfect for company outings or free time, attendees will find 5 outdoor pools, tennis and the beach just steps away from the meeting location! The resort also has The Royal Treatment Cottage for massage therapies on the property and an award-winning golf course just a short drive away.

Business Services: All guests at the resort have access to the business center and complimentary WiFi. Copy and fax services are also available at the front desk and iron/ironing boards, coffee makers, work desks and in-room dining menus are in every room in the resort. Laundry services are also available for our guests.

Location: Our beautiful oceanfront location will ensure that guests are able to get the most out of the meeting but are also able to enjoy their free time! Along with the beach access from our resort, we are a little over an hour from both the Jacksonville, FL and Savannah, GA airports and a short drive from I-95. This makes us easily accessible to everyone!

For a Shabby Chic Wedding Look, Use Burlap & Lace

August 8th, 2014

Deciding on colors or a theme for your wedding can be tough. There are so many combinations, options and ideas out there that it can be hard to decide what to use. Here are our picks for ways to incorporate burlap and lace into your wedding day for a shabby chic, rustic wedding!

Invitations- The options are endless if you are considering burlap and lace wedding invites. Etsy has beautiful invites that will give your invitations and RSVP cards a personal touch.

Burlap and Lace Wedding Invitations

 

Flowers- Whether it is the bouquet or decorative accents, there are many ways to incorporate the burlap & lace theme into your flowers.

Burlap and Lace Wedding Bouquets

Options include: wrapping the flowers in burlap and lace for your walk down the aisle, incorporating burlap flowers into your bouquet or his boutonniere and wrapping vases or mason jars with it for table centerpieces.

Burlap Flower Ideas

The Reception- The possibilities are endless when decorating for the reception. You can use burlap and lace for table numbers, runners, place settings, wrapped around candles, even for pom-poms and signs!

Burlap Table Numbers

www.etsy.com/shop/RebeccasSilvaLining

Burlap Table Runners

www.biasampaio.com

Burlap Candle Holders

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For more creative wedding ideas, visit our Pinterest page. To learn more about planning your shabby chic wedding at our oceanfront resort, visit our website!

St. Simons Island Golf Course Celebrates 25 Years

August 5th, 2014

This August, The King and Prince Golf Course is celebrating 25 years! During  the past 25 years, the 18-hole golf course has stood the test of time. The Joe Lee design includes 4 salt marsh island holes connected by 800 feet of elevated cart bridges, and has the rare quality of playability for all ages regardless of their handicap.

The King and Prince Golf Course Celebrates 25 Years

In 2009, The King and Prince chose noted golf course architect Billy Fuller to spearhead a full restoration of the golf course utilizing the original Joe Lee drawings.  Fuller did a magnificent job of enhancing the project and protecting the integrity of the original design. He added a few new bunkers, a 5th set of tees and utilized four new grasses on the tees, fairways, bunker collars and greens. The course reopened in the fall of 2010 to rave reviews. We are proud to recognize that the next 25 years will promise future generations of golfers a truly unique and memorable experience.

Michael Johnson, General Manager of The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort states, “Although I was not part of the original team that designed and created the King and Prince Golf Course, I can appreciate how special and unique it was when it opened in 1989. However, I was honored to be intimately involved in the 2009 restoration by Billy Fuller and know firsthand the results of that effort. The King and Prince Golf Course appeals to golfers of all skill levels and provides an experience second to none. It should be a must play for anyone visiting the Golden Isles.”

August 2014 Events in the Golden Isles

August 1st, 2014

First Friday in Downtown Brunswick: Friday, August 1st- Take a stroll down Newcastle Street & Gloucester Street in downtown Brunswick and visit the shops, restaurants and galleries that call the port city home. There will be live music from local musicians, restaurant specials and art openings. Fireworks begin at 9PM from Mary Ross Waterfront Park.

Eco Lecture Series at Village Creek Landing: Tuesday, August 19th. Bar opens at 5pm, lecture begins at 6pm- The guest speaker will talk about environmental topics and preserving Georgia’s coast. Admission is $10 and space is limited. Please RSVP by visiting VillageCreekLanding.com.

End of Summer Arts & Crafts Show: Saturday & Sunday, August 23rd & 24th from 10am to 5pm at Postell Park on St. Simons Island. Arts and crafts vendors from around the Southeast will be selling their hand made pottery, paintings, jewelry, art and much more!

Jazz in the Park featuring Sam Rodriguez Latin Jazz: Sunday, August 24th 7-9PM- Presented by the Golden Isles Arts & Humanities, Jazz in the Park is one of the most popular summertime events on St. Simons Island. Bring a picnic and your friends and spend the evening listening to live music next to the ocean and underneath the light house! Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 and children under 6 are free.

St. Simons Island Antique Show: Saturday & Sunday,August 30th & 31st from 9am to 5pm- Antique dealers from across the Southeast will be under the oaks in Postell Park by the Pier. Admission and parking are free!

“A Little Light Music” Featuring Sensational Sounds of Motown: August 31st, 7pm on the lighthouse lawn. Bring your friends and family, pack a picnic and enjoy an evening under the stars while listening to live music at the ocean’s edge. Admission is $12 per person. Children under 12 are free.

Holiday Parties on St. Simons Island

July 30th, 2014

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is only 5 months away. With the holidays comes the stress of planning not only family functions but also parties for your company or business. Let our experts help you plan a fun-filled holiday party at our beautiful oceanfront resort!

Holiday Parties at The King and Prince

December holiday parties at The King and Prince have become a tradition for many businesses who call the Georgia coast home. The entire resort is festively decorated complete with a large centerpiece Christmas tree decorated in the hotel’s main lobby. Our catering managers can help you create a specific menu for your private party or you can join in on the fun of a combined holiday party with a set menu and several different local businesses in attendance. Whatever you choose, your employees are sure to have an evening of fun! Our holiday parties have great food, good music and hours of fun for everyone.

The great part about hosting your party at our resort is that it gives your guests the opportunity to take the elevator home that night. Often times, we have discounted room rates available specifically for party attendees.

For more information on holiday parties, visit our website or give our catering office a call at: 912.268.5000.

 

 

The Top 5 Reasons to Have Your Wedding at a Resort

July 25th, 2014

Oceanfront Lawn on St. Simons Island

There are endless options when it comes to where to hold your wedding ceremony and reception. Our wedding experts often hear from couples after their wedding who tell us that they are so happy they chose to have the ceremony and reception at the same venue. Here are our top 5 reasons to hold your wedding at a resort.

5. You Can Spend More Time With Family & Friends. Think about how busy a wedding weekend can be.  Often times, family and friends have flown in from across the country to attend your special day. There is so much catching up to do…but everyone is staying at different hotels across town. But, when you hold your event at a resort, you and your guests have the option of staying at the same location, usually at a discounted rate. This means more time to spend with friends and family and more money in your pocket!

4. You’ll Avoid Hidden Catering Costs. Did you know that many catering companies charge extra for tables and chairs….and even extra fees for plates, staffing and trash removal? The per-person charge at a resort will cover all of this-and more!

3. Transportation. Remember the time that you went to your cousin’s wedding and half the guests got lost on the way to the reception? That simply does not happen when your wedding is at a resort. The reception is steps away from the ceremony location. If there is time between the ceremony and reception, your guests can go back to their room to freshen up or relax for a few minutes. Sometimes, couples will pay to transport their guests from one location to another and again, when you have your wedding at a resort, there is no need or cost for this!

2. Take The Elevator Home. When your guests are staying at the location of the reception, there is no need to worry about anyone drinking too much and driving to their hotel. It is one less thing to worry about on your big day.

1. Less Stress, More Fun. Planning a wedding is stressful and it usually stays that way right up until the wedding day. When you have your wedding at a resort, there is far less stress involved. From the moment you wake up ’til the moment your head hits the pillow that night, the resort’s wedding team is working hard to ensure that you and your guests have a great time. Hair & makeup can be done in your room, your ceremony is just a short walk from your room and the reception is just steps from the ceremony! With less stress AND saving money, you’ll be able to enjoy your weekend with your friends and family!

For more information about resort weddings, please visit our website.