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5 unusual places for event decor
BizBash
Event decor doesn't have to be limited to tabletops and reception spaces. From stairwells to a loading dock — and even urinals — here are some unique places to place flowers, signage, showpiece bars and other bits of decor.
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CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS


6 seriously pretty table linen ideas
The Knot
The right linens are a fail-proof way transform your reception space. The trick is to find just the right color and texture to match your aesthetic. For example, a table linen covered in petals and soft pink creates a very different vibe than a gold sequins table.
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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.
 


Dazzle them with dazzling blue!
Catersource
After much debate at the beginning of the year, Radiant Orchid beat out the vibrant Dazzling Blue as Pantone's 2014 Color of the Year, leaving many curious as to which color would really be the hot trend in 2014.
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Fresh ways to use sunflowers
Brides
Sunflowers are a quintessential summer flower and are a favorite among many brides. The bright yellow petals are sunny and cheerful, while the dark centers add a touch of drama. And while sunflowers are the perfect complement to a rustic, country-themed celebration, when they're skillfully paired with other flowers and greenery, they can also take on a much more formal look. The key is restraint — use just the right amount of sunflowers without going overboard.
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13 summer drink, dip and dessert recipes
Real Simple
These tasty additions will make the rest of your summer meal a cinch.
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INDUSTRY TRENDS


8 tips to avoid weather disasters at events
BizBash
Weather-related disasters like the stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair are deadly reminders to be prepared for any weather contingency when planning an outdoor event. Here are eight ways to protect your event, guests and crew.
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  FEATURED COMPANIES
Backdrops Beautiful
NACE Strategic Partner, Backdrops Beautiful has an extensive collection of themed backdrops for any event. You can rent or buy any of our beautiful hand-painted backdrops. We are unique in that you may RENT A CUSTOM DESIGNED backdrop! 1,600+ Backdrops. Worldwide shipping door to door. View our full backdrop inventory online.Please stop by Booth 101 at Marketplace Expo July 15 during the Experience Conference and Expo in Baltimore. Visit www.backdropsbeautiful.com

VerTerra

Stylishly sustainable, NACE Green Partner, VerTerra has redefined what is possible in single-use dinnerware since 2009. Founded on the belief that high design can combine with the highest levels of environmental responsibility, VerTerra offers an exciting line of single-use plates, bowls, cutlery and trays and to-go boxes that are value-priced in the better market. See our products at the Experience Conference and Expo in Baltimore: July 14 during the morning break and July 15 during Marketplace Expo at breakfast, lunch and booth 409. Attendees should also check their conference bags for our insert. Visit www.verterra.com


Today's top acts in event entertainment
Special Events
Something old, something new — that's not just for brides. Event entertainment moves through cycles, too, and here are some of the hottest acts around.
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The 80-year tradition of the insanely expensive American wedding
Quartz
The U.S. has loved to spend a lot on wedding celebrations for the better part of a century. While 2013's average wedding price tag of $29,548 is pretty staggering, Depression-era couples in the U.S. — when unemployment hovered between 17 and 20 percent — were no slouches either when it came to wedding spending.
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BEYOND BUSINESS


Growing your business the social media way
Business 2 Community
Already own a business? Looking for ways to grow it significantly? Well, get connected — that's the key mantra. For any business to perform well, getting connected is the ultimate thing necessary. You need to feel the pulse of your customers, competitors and other stakeholders and connect to each one of them to spread the word about your business in the most effective manner.
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17 tips for creating effective press releases
By Jeffrey Dobkin
A simple press release is the best and cheapest way to get media attention. There's nothing better than free publicity to help promote your company, products and services. New products or innovations can be made newsworthy, and interesting company news can be announced with a formal press release. Follow these tips to get the best press exposure. Here's how to create a great press release and increase your chances of getting it published.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    5 wedding traditions that are almost gone with the wind (The Huffington Post)
Summer reading list: 19 things event pros should read on vacation (BizBash)
New wedding dessert trend forgoes cake's outer icing layer (Daily Mail)
14 top tips to planning successful summer events (Special Events)
Patriotic cocktails (Event Solutions)

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