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Big caterers share top food trends for 2014
Special Events
For clients who don't wanted a formal seated dinner, "We're seeing a lot of 'dinner by the bite' style of dining," management says, where guests are served what amounts to a full meal in smaller bites.
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CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS


Lower sequin pricing!
Creative Coverings
Sequin fabric has been a hot commodity these past months and will be trending throughout the coming year for weddings and events. We currently carry the ever popular tones of Blush, Gold & Silver Sequins and continually receive requests for these table coverings. We will continue to add to our inventory and increase our par levels so that we can provide these gorgeous cloths for all of your events around the country.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
 
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.
 


Technology evolution and the catering industry
Catersource
Because of the complexity of full-service catering and the number of moving parts involved, catering has been a target of opportunity for many technology developers over the years. Back in the early pre-Windows PC era, there were companies developing floppy disc-based ordering systems for corporate delivery caterers, and the earliest catering management software programs were written in COBOL, one of the oldest programming languages.
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6 ways to incorporate peonies into your wedding
Brides
Quite possibly every bride's favorite bloom, peonies are in season right now, brightening the flower market with their lush, fluffy petals. If you've got your heart set on a pretty peony bouquet, definitely plan on a spring wedding, when they are at their peak. Peony colors range from whites, creams, and yellows to varying shades of pink and deep red. They look beautiful when mixed with other blooms and greenery, but also look wonderful simply on their own. To help inspire your own wedding flowers, we've gathered a collection of our favorite peony arrangements.
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Why event pros are more socially conscious about their decisions
BizBash
Industry professionals say their jobs include management of public perception, related to values and ethics concerns circulating in the news.
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INDUSTRY TRENDS


Fresh fruit wedding cakes
Southern Living
As fresh as a Southern spring, these fruit- and berry-bedecked wedding cakes celebrate the abundance of the changing seasons. Sugar roses don't have anything on these straight-from-the-field decorations!
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Bars share their most extravagant cocktails
BizBash
Not everyone is looking for a happy hour deal. Bars and lounges from across the country have single pours and high-end cocktails that require refined taste — and a hefty expense account. Here is a selection of venues with extravagant drinks suited to impressing potential clients or celebrating a professional milestone.
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BEYOND BUSINESS


8 savvy ways to promote your event planning business
Entrepreneur
As you develop your event planning business, it's impor­tant to market in order to grow your client base. Following are eight ideas for advertising and promoting your event planning business.
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How to attract traffic to your website
By Mayur Kisani
It is important for businesses to have a website — and one that works on all devices. Once you have your website for your business in place, it's time to think about how it can be used to grow your business. Think of your website as a billboard advertising your business and spreading your message. A website with zero traffic is like having a billboard that is not seen by anyone. So read on to know how to get your website in front of as many relevant visitors as possible, so it can help you grow your business.
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5 ways to get people to remember you (and your company)
Entrepreneur
Being memorable is essential for every entrepreneur — after all, people won't fund you or buy from you if they don't even remember you exist. Here are five ways to ensure you're making a strong and lasting impression.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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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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Secure your exhibit space for Experience! 2014
NACE
Event industry leaders are convening for the premier educational conference on July 13- 16 in Baltimore. 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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