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12 grown-up takes on classic childhood snacks
BizBash
It's tough to get tired of classic childhood treats, but the snacks are even more captivating when they get unexpected updates. From mojito-flavored lollipops to cupcakes that are anything but appropriate for a child's birthday party, here's a look at how caterers have put surprising, adult-friendly spins on kids' fare.
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5 tips to getting great event photos
Event Solutions
If getting great images of a photo-friendly party is your end goal, here are some tips to incorporate from the moment you start planning until the event is over.
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How to serve mess-free Southern comfort food at a cocktail party
BizBash
The Washington Winter Show executed a full menu of comfort food at its preview night cocktail party.
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Malibu Rocky Oaks dinner party hosted by Case de Perrin
Green Wedding Shoes
A few months back, Green Wedding Shoes was lucky enough to attend Casa de Perrin's Malibu Dinner Party. They were treated to delightful cocktails handcrafted by Pharmacie, 1960s west coast pop rock from Dominique Pruitt and the most delicious, relaxed meal by Heirloom LA at a communal table beautifully designed by Revelry Event Designers.
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The most nostalgic centerpiece The Knot has ever seen
The Knot
With amazing foresight, Michigan bride Shelley Clark collected a rose from every bouquet that her then-boyfriend now-husband gave her throughout middle school and high school and displayed them at their wedding reception. While you probably don't have a collection of sentimental stems at your disposal, you can still take advantage of the nostalgic romance of dried flowers by including them in your bouquets, boutonnieres, wedding signage and reception centerpieces.
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INDUSTRY TRENDS


Show your true colors
Catersource
This year, strike a balance between Pantone's picks and your own sense of style.
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The list of 10 most expensive Super Bowl Parties in and around New York City
Forbes
During Super Bowl weekend, the host city often takes on a life of its own. With an overwhelming set of entertainment options for any and all preferences, Super Bowl parties have taken on a life of their own over the years.
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Plants and flowers bring symbolism to weddings
The Sun Herald
Bouquets, corsages and floral arrangements are linked firmly with church weddings, but landscape plants can promote a romantic atmosphere at outdoor nuptials, too. There are several landscape and garden plants with romantic symbolism that last through the year. Consider gomphrena, a great choice for cut flower arrangements because when dried, it keeps its flower color. Not only is it a visual representation of an unfading love, it's also pretty in the landscape for months.
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How to start building relationships with your clients
Wedding Merchants Business Academy
By now, every business owner knows how important it is to have a relationship with his customers. However, this should not just be any type of relationship. While it's okay to be friends with your customers, you also need to show a level of professionalism when dealing with them.
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Need for speed: Improving website load times can boost your business
By Stephanie Studer
People are impatient. A sweeping statement? Sure. But consider that Google engineers noticed in 2012 that a delay as short as 400 milliseconds was enough to drive visitors away from a website. To put that in perspective, that is roughly twice as long as it takes to blink. No matter what you hope to gain from your online presence, whether it's sales or SEO, you can't expect to get it if your page loads at a snail's pace. So let's speed things up with a few simple tricks that are easy to implement.
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Enroll by Jan. 27 for the Business Academies — Event Management Course
NACE
NACE is excited to offer an online learning experience through the NACE Business Academies Certificate Program. The Event Management course will include 8 hours of training based on the event management cycle. Click here for more information.
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Registration open for 2014 Wedding Trends Forecast: What's IN and What's OUT!
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Attract more brides and grooms in 2014 with the insider knowledge on this year's hot wedding trends. The Wedding Guys will tell you what's "in" and what's "OUT" so that you can stay ahead of the competition with chic menus and event designs. This webinar takes place on Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. ET and is available as a recording. Click here for more information.
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Save up to 40 percent with our all access webinar subscription
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SAVE when you purchase this discounted subscription and receive live and recorded access to all of our 2014 webinars in the Business of Weddings Series, Launchpad: Business 101 Series and Hot Trends Series. Click here for more information.
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