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15 attention-grabbing cakes from events
From a motorized confection to one that seemed to defy gravity, check out the desserts that got guests buzzing.
The fine art of the floating table
With a piece of lucite and a lot of creativity, you can create a fantastic floating table for any occasion. Here, Kathy G. and Company shows you how.
Biodegradable/Sustainable Serveware. Stylish and elegant. Can be used for off-premise catering, receptions, pool-side parties, airplane or boat service, picnic baskets and more. Attractive but not expensive.
Back to bliss: Royal Park Hotel stages 8th Annual Ballroom Bliss showcase
The Royal Park Hotel in Rochester, Mich., treats guests to the top reception trends for 2014 — including interactive food stations and indoor food trucks — at the eighth annual "Ballroom Bliss" showcase.
Ralph Lauren inspired polo club first birthday party
Hostess with the Mostess
When your husband loves Ralph Lauren and your toddler looks absolutely adorable in those little polos, a Polo Club First Birthday Party is the perfect fit! Ebony Sparkes of Sparkling Events & Designs styled this fresh & sophisticated party with preppy blue & green patterns and lots of chic little polo players popping up throughout.
The top 5 must-follow meeting trends of 2014
Planning and pulling off a memorable meeting is no easy feat. The blowout budgets of yesterday are rapidly shrinking yet coordinators of corporate events are still expected to execute fresh, forward-thinking meeting events. To avoid boring your guests and to create high caliber, hassle-free experiences, meeting planners need to shake things up in 2014.
Easy and elegant tea sandwiches
The tea sandwich is a quintissential finger food for luncheons and parties. Try these charming and delicious treats for your next get together.
13 pretty ways to wrap your bouquet
We're talking about that pretty piece of fabric, twine or lace that keeps the stems of your flowers tidy. Your bouquet wrap can be sentimental (like your grandmother's handkerchief), a fun way to drive home your wedding colors and wedding theme, or even just a pretty way to dress up your bouquet. Steal ideas for your bouquet wrap from some of our favorites below!
Celebrity wedding planner Sharon Sacks's 8 rules for events
The veteran event planner shares her biggest tips and tricks and explains why she never says "no."
How do you optimize your Facebook and Twitter accounts?
Small Business Trends
Whether you need to promote your brand, share event pictures, connect with your clients or create a buzz, social media marketing is now a necessity and no longer an option. An optimized social media profile shows your strong social media presence. But how do you elevate your social media profile to establish a strong connection with your fans?
How does the Heartbleed bug affect your business?
By Ross Lancaster
If you've followed the tech world in the last two weeks, chances are that you've heard of the Heartbleed bug. According to various sources since it was confirmed April 7, the bug is a massive threat that puts nearly every piece of personal information on the Web at risk for theft, an overblown hazard and something that will "slow the Internet to a crawl." But what exactly is Heartbleed, how serious is the risk, and how will it affect your business?
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Submit your nomination for the 2014 NACE Awards by May 1
Celebrate the inspiration, vision, imagination, and achievements of the catering and events community with the National Association for Catering and Events (NACE)!
Each July, catering and events professionals join together to honor our achievements at the Experience! Conference and Expo during the NACE Awards Gala. Tell us about your greatest success from 2013 or nominate a colleague who impressed you during that year. Then, let NACE provide national recognition of a job well done. Instructional webinars will be made available on Tuesday, April 15, to be viewed at your convenience. Select awards are open to both NACE members and non-members. Award nominations may require an application fee, dependent upon the nomination category.
View the awards categories and submit your nomination!
Meet Marc Summers at this year's Experience
Join us in Baltimore, this July 13-16 at the Experience Conference and Expo! This annual industry conference produced by the National Association for Catering and Events (NACE) takes place over the course of 3 days. Attendees can participate in more than 30 educational sessions developed by thought leaders in catering and events. Participants earn continuing education credit towards certification, while experiencing the latest industry trends through expertly produced events. In addition, our Marketplace Expo features companies that offer a variety of products and services vital to industry professionals. With so much to experience, you can't afford to miss out! Join the global community at the only industry conference for caterers, event planners and event professionals.
Register by April 30 for the best rate!
Register for our upcoming NACE University events:
Business Academies Certificate Program
Sales and Marketing Course
Orientation: May 19, 2014
Register by May 5 for the best rate! The Sales and Marketing course will introduce you to the key concepts of creating effective sales and marketing strategies for catering and events businesses.
NACE Webinar Series
Contract Basics: Strategies for Success Right from the Start Webinar
May 6, 2014 (2:00 pm ET/11:00 am PT)
Register by May 5 for best rate! Join hospitality industry attorney, Barbara Dunn, as she provides the strategies you need to succeed with contracts. Order this webinar as part of the Launchpad: Business 101 Webinar Series subscription to save up to 30 percent!
NACE Webinar Series
Building Your Business in the Off-Season Webinar
May 14, 2014 (2:00 pm ET/11:00 am PT)
Register by May 13 for the best rate! Meghan Ely, OFD Consulting will show you how to streamline your business, maximize ROI with analytics your business and set yourself up for success with an off-season to-do list! Order this webinar as part of the Launchpad: Business 101 Webinar Series subscription to save up to 30 percent!
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