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Why libraries make the perfect wedding venues
The Huffington Post
Libraries house some of the greatest love stories of our time; can you think of a better place to start yours? Older libraries as venues come complete with built-in character and historical intrigue, but you can always play up your reception space with books and library-inspired details to get the cozy and nostalgic vibe so many of us love.
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CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS


14 festive party punches
Southern Living
Break out your punch bowl, and mix up one of these festive drinks. These big-batch beverages — with and without alcohol — will keep you and your guests in high spirits.
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JB Prince Company

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.
 


12 reasons clothespins are killing it at DIY weddings
The Knot
Even if you aren't going for total DIY style, there could be a place for the clothespin in your wedding plans. Decorated with glitter and spray paint or left as plain wood, clothespins are the problem-solving connectors answering age-old questions like: How do I display my escort cards?
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11 new dishes to serve at summer events
BizBash
Cool off during the sweltering months with bites, desserts, and drinks ideal for warm-weather gatherings.
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Style file: Frozen in love
WedLuxe
This breathtakingly gorgeous styled shoot is brimming with wedding inspiration in shades of pink and soft blue.
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INDUSTRY TRENDS


What event planners can learn from hospitality pros
BizBash
Fine-dining restaurant professionals' jobs depend on treating guests with the ultimate care, attention, and discretion that makes patrons want to return — and leaves them buzzing about the experience among their networks. Here's what you can learn from the practices of high-end restaurants.
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Take it outside: The fine art of catering alfresco
Catersource
Heat, rain, high winds, bugs, birds... When it comes to catering in the great outdoors, there's no end to the potential complications. But with careful planning, nature can also be the caterer's best friend.
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BEYOND BUSINESS


How well do you know your AV team?
Special Events
As AV professionals, it's our job to make your job easier. That means the moment you hire our team to bring your event to life, our crew has to be ready to jump into action, cables, cords, switchers in hand — whatever it takes — to ensure that your event goes off without so much as an unplanned hiccup.
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5 ways to make your show attendees smarter
By Trace Cohen
Knowledge is power. We all know this phrase, but many do not know how to utilize it — especially at a trade show where it is important to know all that is going on around you. As representatives of the industry, exhibitors must be aware of all new things so they can make intelligent decisions for their companies. Sometimes it can be overwhelming, but it just depends on how information is presented through marketing initiatives, such as social media, content marketing, mobile, seminars and booths. So here are five ways you can help support all of your exhibitors while making everyone else smarter in the process.
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5 ways social media can boost your business (besides marketing)
Small Business Success Blog
Rieva Lesonsky writes, "I blog a lot about the value of social media for marketing your small business—because I've seen myself how social media can help build awareness of your business and even connect you directly with new customers. But although marketing is the most-discussed way small businesses use social media, there are plenty of other things it's good for, too."
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One week left to register for Members-only Idea Swap: Photography
NACE
Join us for an Idea Swap webinar on May 13! Dallas-based member, Don Mamone, will facilitate a discussion focusing on tips for working with photographers. Share your experiences and learn from your colleagues at this FREE members-only event. Register now!
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NACE Members: 2014 Richard Suttman Scholarship Fund applications due May 15
NACE
Richard Suttman was a professional event planner, a proud member and past president of the Dallas Chapter of NACE. Richard possessed a passion for the hospitality industry and was a believer is continuing education. The Richard Suttman Fund was established to support NACE members interested in pursuing certification as a Certified Professional in Catering and Events (CPCE). For more information, contact Tamara Kukla at tkukla@nace.net at 410-290-5460 x227. Visit our website for more info.
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Secure your exhibit space for Experience! 2014
NACE
Event industry leaders are convening for the premier educational conference on July 13- 16 in Baltimore, MD. Meet with them from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Expo on July 15! The NACE Marketplace Expo features companies offering products and services to event industry professionals. Take advantage of budget friendly booth prices today! View the show prospectus and visit our website for the current floor plan. Contact us with your booth location selection: Mary Ellen Wyrick or 410-290-5410 x225.
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Register for our upcoming NACE University event:
NACE
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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Meet Marc Summers at this year's Experience
NACE
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 June 30 for the best rate!
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