Lisa Hurley

Big DMCs List Top Trends for 2014-2015
Yes, lead times are still tight, the big DMCs say, but also yes--business is getting better!
Curtain Up: Today's Top Acts in Event Entertainment

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. Enjoy!

Guests at Saatchi Art House event catered by Rhubarb
Artful Eating: Rhubarb and GSP Showcase Food and Art at the Saatchi Gallery

Big British caterer Rhubarb, a fixutre on the Special Events "25 Great, Big Caterers" list, teams with event production company GSP to transform the contemporary Saatchi Gallery into 'The Art House' for a unique evening showcasing creative flair in art as well as food an drink. Photos courtesy Rhubarb.

Glorious Gatsby: A Bright, Beautiful 'Gatsby' Wedding from KBY Designs
The glorious 'Gatsby' look is still going strong. Here, a bright and beautiful 'Great Gatsby' wedding from KBY Designs shows that Art Deco, 1920s style just keeps roaring.
BRATT Productions Brian Jenkins
BRATT Picks Up Two Aztec Rental Outlets, Warehouse

Texas is seeing the emergence of a major party rental player with the announcement last week that Arlington, Texas-based BRATT Productions has acquired the central Texas division of Houston-based Aztec Events and Tents.

The Last Word: Randi Lesnick Makes Event Magic in Music City
Randi Lesnick is the go-to event maven in Nashville thanks to her high standards, creativity and loyalty. Yes, afer 16 years, she still has her very first client.
Donnell Bayot
25 Young Event Pros to Watch 2014 
Members of the Special Events Magazine Advisory Board salute 25 young special event pros to watch in 2014
Guests create custom perfumes with Pastiche Custom Perfume
Party Favor: Pastiche Custom Perfume Helps Party Guest Make Good Scents
Inspired by a do-it-yourself ice cream sundae bar, the team behind Pastiche Custom Perfume lets party guests create their own custom fragrances.
Confetti: Blowout in Bali

Having long-term clients: wonderful. Having to top your own events for them every year: not so wonderful. FACTOR168, with offices in Hong Kong and Sydney, faced just such a challenge this year.

Three-in-One Wedding: KBY Designs Shifts the Mood from Romantic to Rocking
KBY Designs starts with a garden wedding, which morphs into an elegant reception and then a rocking nightclub
Majority of Event Pros Predict Bigger Budgets for Corporate Events in 2015 
The 13th annual "Corporate Event Forecast" from Special Events magazine shows optimism about both the number of events and budgets for events to be staged by corporate event pros in 2015.
From Homely to Hot: Special Event Pros Share Tips on Turning Ugly Sites into Beautiful Venues
From forlorn to fabulous, homely to haute, here are tips from special event pros on turning an ugly site or awkward feature into a breathtaking event venue.
Oversize table numbers at ballroom wedding reception
Seaside Wedding: KBY Designs Mixes Al Fresco and Ballroom for a Beautiful Wedding
From a cocktail hour by the sea to a rustic garden wedding ceremony to the ballroom reception, KBY Designs hits all the right notes.
World Meetings Forum 2014 in Cancun Addresses Trends in Events, Meetings
MICE industry leaders gathered in Cancun to study trends shaping meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions at the 2014 World Meetings Forum/World Trade Show Forum.
On Trend: Youth Must be Served--A Great Time
In some good news, several top planners say that budgets for children's events seem to be on the upswing since the sharp falloff in 2008. But the days of "top that party" are gone.
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