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May 19, 2015


 


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What is the value of an idea?
AFR
When was the last time that you paid for an idea? Have you ever picked up the phone, called a professional colleague and said, "I need some ideas, can I pick your brain for a minute?" The person on the other end of the phone agrees and you lay out your query and they respond with a) an idea, or b) ask if they can think about it and call you back.
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CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS


Winning the wedding
Catersource
It seems that as soon as we finish up the rush of our busy holiday season the phone starts ringing with brides, newly engaged over the holidays. We all know what happens next: tasting season.
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Printing techniques 101
The Knot
While your invitation wording and design hint at your wedding style, so does the printing process you choose — most notably, it conveys how formal your event will be. The way you choose to print will also have a big impact on your budget and, in part, dictate the paper type and the design. To help you choose a technique, read on for the rundown of all your options.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
 
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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.
 


6 easy ways to increase attendee interaction
Event Manager Blog
As an event planner you thrive on seeing your guests connect with other attendees and engage in the content or experience being presented. You would love for every attendee to leave your event saying "That was an amazing experience! I am so happy I attended and I met so many wonderful new people." ... but as we all know, that isn't always the case.
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INDUSTRY TRENDS


Top trends in social events: 12 ideas from weddings
BizBash
For their big day, couples are looking to customize with personal touches that communicate their individual tastes. Whether it's serving breakfast foods at a cocktail reception or sending out invitations with quirky designs, vendors are finding new ways to instill a sense of personality — or put a new spin on traditions — into wedding events.
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10 essential tips for wedding centerpieces
Colin Cowie Weddings
It's no wonder why we call them centerpieces. Not only are these arrangements anchors for reception tables, they also command a huge amount of attention and create a dynamic space. These 10 useful tips are everything you need to know when designing your wedding centerpieces.
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Groom's cake ideas that were a slice of life at these celebrations
Martha Stewart Weddings
Originally an English tradition dating back to the Victorian era, the groom's cake is still popular at weddings in the United States, especially in the South. These days, they are usually chocolate cakes. Or they can feature the husband-to-be's favorite flavors and hobbies in the decorations, as shown by the following equally unique and scrumptious examples from rehearsal dinners and the big day.
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Break the cake: New shapes and flavors for wedding cakes
Special Events
While traditional cakes appeal to many bridal couples, others are looking for cakes in new shapes and featuring new flavors, including vegetable-based cakes.
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BEYOND BUSINESS


3 new social updates and how to use them in your business
By Emma Fitzpatrick
Social networking seems to evolve faster than anything we've ever seen in the marketing world. Each time you log in, it seems like something — whether huge or minor — has changed. This week, we're here to help you pinpoint exactly what's different. Here are three ways Google+, Facebook and Instagram have changed in the last week, and how your business can make the most of each new trend.
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Healthy snacks for event planners on the go
Cvent
For event planners on the go, it's important to have access to energy boosting snacks that are delicious and filling. Without a plan, the tendency will be to grab expensive and high-calorie snacks.
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Experience! 2015 Conference & Expo — July 12-15
NACE
Still haven't registered for Experience! 2015 Conference & Expo yet? What are you waiting for? Register today. If you are in the hospitality industry and looking to expand your business or even start a new one, you will learn great techniques on how to create and manage the ultimate team to drive your business towards success. Check out some of our highlighted 2015 "Building Better Work Relationships" Speakers and Sessions, and be sure to review the 2015 mini-brochure online. Already registered? Don't forget to book your hotel room. #NaceExp15 #NaceNatl
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Marketplace Expo
NACE
Marketplace Expo is an exciting one day tradeshow on Tuesday, July 14 during the Experience Conference produced by NACE. Over the last 7 years, exhibitors from a wide range of industry-related companies presented their wares and services to an audience of caterers, event planners and other industry professionals. The average attendee has been in the industry for 10+ years and is at a senior management or higher level. In 2014 more than 700 attendees visited exhibitors in 64 booths. The show is open from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Booths start at $695 and include breakfast and lunch in expo hall. Secure your location now! Visit www.nace.net/exhibit for more details.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    All the wedding trends you can't afford to forget (Catersource)
4 guest dos to keep in mind when throwing your wedding celebration (Martha Stewart Weddings)
15 centerpieces you'll want to re-create (The Knot)
7 easy and chic party planning ideas (Colin Cowie Weddings)
Event pros see growth in children's party business (Special Events)

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