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March 17, 2015
4 big trends to watch for 2015 weddings
Wedding industry experts look at four top trends affecting the wedding industry in 2015 — budgets, same-sex weddings, millenials and Indian/desi weddings.
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5 tips to give your event marketing a second wind
After you've built your website, sent out the initial invites and made some calls ... the lull sets in. So, where does this "second wind" come from? I've compiled a few ways to infuse your efforts with some extra energy to meet your goals, and make your event the success it deserves to be.
Event entertainment ideas equals success
Plan an Event
Event entertainment ideas go a long way in helping to ensure a successful event. There's a whole host of things that go into a creating a winning event. And event entertainment is a vital part of any plans. Unforgettable events don't happen by accident. And no matter the type of experience, it takes a lot of planning and hard work.
7 DIY activities to unleash guests' creativity at events
Indulge guests' creative side by offering DIY activities at meetings or events. From flag making to doughnut decorating, here are creative activities to consider.
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Steal this: Style at the table
Just as clothing says a lot about the person, a tablescape can say a lot about how the food may taste. A great tablescape, robust with style and color, can be a wonderful backdrop for tastes to be savored.
Spring wedding flowers to love
Martha Stewart Weddings
It's no secret that spring is the season for flowers. What is a secret is how to give them a twist for your celebration. For inspiration, Martha Stewart Weddings turned to top floral designers, like Amy Merrick and Saipua's Sarah Ryhanen, who know a thing or two about turning blooms into art. Here, their ideas for showstopping arrangements for your big day.
The ultimate cocktail-hour guide
Your cocktail hour should be like a souped-up version of your favorite happy hour. Think about it: It's early in the evening, and you have all of your friends together with your favorite drinks, apps, great music and comfortable seating. Here's what you need to pull it off.
Kate Patay writes, "I was raised to believe that five minutes early was on time. It makes me sad to know that not everyone feels this way anymore. I feel like our manners have slipped and it's incredibly noticeable in business settings."
Improve your online customer service with these 5 tips
The Huffington Post
These days, the average consumer isn't going to call your business for customer support — when they have a question or an issue, they are going to visit your website or reach out to your company through social media. Keeping your customers happy is a major part of operating a successful business, so use these five tips to help improve your online customer service.
Should every business have a 'Plan B?'
Plan A for business has traditionally been to focus only on making the largest profit possible. You know that adage, "He who dies with the most toys wins"? Now, we are seeing more and more successful businesses not simply paying lip service to giving back in order to make the world a better place, but really doing it.
Event planning on the right side of the brain
Event Manager Blog
Humans have extraordinary brains. There are more connections in an average human brain than there are atoms in the universe, which means that our biggest asset is the super-computer between our ears.
27th Annual SCAA Event — April 9-12
The 27th Annual SCAA Event is returning to Seattle, and it's the SCAA's most-attended event of the year. The Event, was designed to be the coffee professional's one stop shop for everything they need to succeed in the coffee industry. As the industry's standard setter, the SCAA has built a solid reputation over the last 30 years of providing the most up to date, qualified information and providing our members the tools to succeed.
2015 EXPO HIGHLIGHTS include:
Opening ceremonies hosted by Marcus Boni & Block Party World Barista Championships returning to the States after five years and will host over 50 different countries representatives. Exhibit hall with 400 exhibitors. Best new product and People's Choice Competition lectures campus with over 30 one-of-a-kind lectures. SCAA skill building workshops, coffee shop tours and evening socials throughout Seattle.
Whether you're there to network, research, or trade, you'll find what you are looking for. Visit scaaevent.org to see the entire schedule of events, badge options and prices. Early bird registration ends on March 31."
Experience! 2015 Conference & Expo — July 12-15
Have you registered for Experience! 2015 Conference & Expo yet? EARLY EARLY BIRD pricing may have ended, but there are still discounts available with special payment options. This conference is the only one of its kind that serves everyone in the catering and events industry, not to mention all of the outstanding networking opportunities with industry leaders and celebrities such as Colin Cowie and Keynote Jackie Huba. Register today!
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