Catering & Events Weekly
May. 8, 2012

Big caterers predicting 7 percent revenue gain for 2012
Special Events
The biggest caterers in the event industry are forecasting a four percent increase on average in the number of events they will handle this year compared with 2011, and a seven percent increase in revenue. The findings come from the fifth edition of the Special Events "25 Great, Big Caterers" list.More

Head over heels for succulents
Green Wedding Shoes
Succulents are intriguing, organic, and best of all, they are so beautiful! They can stand alone with little or no flowers accompanying them. More

Sneaking into Pantone HQ
In an airy studio on a high floor of the London College of Fashion, featuring a long conference table, white walls, and a view to an adjoining patio — where, a sign warns, bees are being kept — the hues you will see in two years are being divined by a pan-European group of colorists.More

My mother and me dessert feature
Amy Atlas
Mother's Day is right around the corner and this feminine dessert table from Francisca in Portugal is great inspiration. The design was inspired by a Pip Studio tea set. Sweet treats included beautifully decorated cake pops, cupcakes, mini cakes, meringue, and sugar cookies. More

Recipe: Caramelized apple and blue cheese crostini
These crostini are a cinch to make, and they will surprise your guests with the unexpected combination of caramelized apple, blue cheese, and tarragon. Serve them with a crisp, dry white wine for an elegant pre-dinner snack.More

White House correspondents' dinner party
The White House Correspondents' Association dinner lured new marketers to Washington's biggest annual party weekend. Google and The Hollywood Reporter joined established hosts MSNBC, Bloomberg, and Vanity Fair in the race to lure guests from the worlds of politics, media and entertainment to the related parties.More

Father's Day golf par-tee
Hostess with the Mostess
A Father's Day Golf Par-tee sounds like a perfect celebration for any dad that loves to hit the greens, and the cool styling by Jen from Banner Events takes this clever golf "par-tee" theme to a whole new level!More

10 ways with Gulf shrimp
Southern Living
The next best thing to being at the beach is getting a taste of it. Here, 10 easy shrimp recipes fresh and full of flavorMore

Typography-inspired details
Want a wedding that's just your type? Bring fun and whimsy to your red-letter day by decking out your space with meaningful fonts and phrases.More

Taking gourmet food to the homeless
Caterers will tell you their job is to make plenty of food for their guests. Often, there is a lot left over. "Our clients are always asking us what's happening to all these leftovers," Jeremy Bronson, president and owner of Occasions catering, said. "Unfortunately, too much of it went in the trash." More

(Open to the public) Bridal Show Boot Camp webinar, May 14 at 1pm ET, $35 (includes recording)
Join us on Monday, May 14 at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT for "Bridal Show Boot Camp: The Top 10 Secrets for a Successful Bridal Show" with Mark Shaffer of Beautiful Bride Magazine and Expo. Did you know you can make $100 for every bride you see at a bridal show? Attend this webinar to find out more! Mark will offer expert advice and real case studies to help you plan your bridal show strategy. Special discount available for Business of Weddings bundle. For more information, click here.


Join NACE in May and save $100 on your professional membership

Join now and save $100! Any NEW professional member who joins NACE this month will receive $100 off the regular membership rate of $395. You pay just $295! For more information, click here.


(NACE Members only) Alumni special: save $100 when you register by June 30!

During this month, any current NACE professional member who has attended a NACE annual national conference in the last five years (2007-2011) and who is NOT currently registered for the NACE Experience! 2012 conference, can register for this year's conference in New Orleans, La., for only $850 (discount valued at $100). For more information, click here.More

Raffle: Enter your Website for SEO analysis by May 31

Join us Monday, July 9 at 1 p.m. ET for "Hungry for Clients? Get the Ingredients for Online Success!" with online marketing expert, Chris Behan. Are you marketing your business online with no clear direction? This webinar will demonstrate how you can generate more leads and increase sales by implementing proven online marketing tactics. For more information, click here.More

(Open to the public) Event tickets available! You're invited to the Voodoo Experience, July 15 in New Orleans

Join the industry's top catering and event professionals for an evening filled with innovative ways to create a voodoo scene with a twist. After you shake off some calories, you'll have plenty of opportunity to take a load off your feet and experience the latest beverage trends firsthand. Tickets are $100. For more information, click here.More