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How outdoor venues are embracing the farm-to-table movement
When the custom Sperry reception tent is erected each April at the Castle Hill Inn in Rhode Island, it means outdoor event season has started. Made with a natural wood frame and ivory sailcloth, the structure overlooking Narragansett Bay is topped with a cupola that rises above the silhouette of the tent.
Margaritas, 25 ways
Frozen, on the rocks, with a twist — however you like 'em, we've got 'em. Get the fiesta started with these creative takes on this Mexican favorite.
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.
Artful evening: Occasions Caterers cooks up the 59th Corcoran Ball
For the 17th year in a row, Occasions Caterers teams up with Perfect Settings for rentals, Jack H. Lucky Floral Design and Design Foundy for room decor to produce the 2014 Corcoran Ball — where fine art meets fine dining.
12 cakes at a wedding?
Caitlin and Albert wanted their wedding to be fun and elegant with a vintage twist — without breaking the bank. With a little creativity, dedication and help from their family and friends, the couple pulled off a fun and unique wedding that achieved their vision.
8 ways brands are using selfies at events
In an age where selfies seem to dominate Instagram and Facebook feeds, guests' tendency to post such images can translate into marketing gold. Earlier this year, the celeb-filled selfie Oscar host Ellen Degeneres took at the award ceremony was reported to be worth about $1 billion to Samsung.
RED-y or not?
Positive ... Powerful ... Passionate! The color red is an expressive, energetic and exciting color that has been trickling back into fashion over the past couple years. Get ready to see a lot more of this vibrant color when the Fall 2014 fashions hit the stores.
Sip up spring and summer
As gardens grow and flowers bloom, we look forward to a full calendar of outdoor parties. Naturally, the perfect spring or summer party needs the right pairing of food and drink. Check out these creative ways to keep your guests refreshed.
Tater tots are trending
Travis M. Andrews writes, "As the Gershwins have been reminding us since 1937, I say 'potato,' you say 'tater tot.' Luckily, no one called the whole thing off, and now it's official: the tater tot no longer toils in high school. It's graduated, and we couldn't be prouder of its success. Ladies and gentleman, we're calling this the Year of the Tot."
Pinterest introduces new guided search, could be useful to marketers
Small Business Trends
Pinterest has introduced a new feature which could make it easier for customers to find you on the site. But it could also make it easier to discover related topics that belong on your Pinterest board and could attract more of your ideal customers too.
How to get your staff in the game
By Harry J. Friedman
Part of running a business involves utilizing and developing skills to get everyone to play the same game, to work toward the same goals and objectives. But what's the likelihood that all your employees are playing the same game you are? Athletes demonstrate the "big game" phenomenon all the time. When they're focused on the game, minor and even major injuries don't faze them, and they keep playing to win. Your ability to spread "big game" fever to everyone in your business will play a huge role in your success.
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Apply for your CPCE scholarship by May 15
Are you thinking of pursuing a certification as a Certified Professional in Catering and Events (CPCE)? The Richard Suttman Fund was established to offer scholarships to those pursuing the certification. Don’t miss the deadline of May 15 to apply for a scholarship. For more information, contact Tamara Kukla at firstname.lastname@example.org at 410-290-5460 x227. Visit our website for more info.
Register for our upcoming NACE University event
NACE Webinar Series
May 28, 2014 (2:00 pm ET/11:00 am PT)
Register by May 27 for the best rate! Maximize your visibility and learn how to identify prime networking and marketing opportunites with Maria Elena Duron of Buzz2Bucks. Maria will show you how to use marketing techniques that provide the best return for little to no investment. Recording included. Order this webinar as part of the Launchpad: Business 101 Webinar Series subscription to save up to 30 percent!
Secure your exhibit space for Experience! 2014
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.
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 June 30 for the best rate!
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