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Jun 09, 2012

The amazing story of the wedding gown

A new wedding gown in bridal shop can be beautiful. And an old wedding gown worn by someone you love? Far more. One of the most remarkable displays....More
May 18, 2012

Honor Julia Child's 100th Birthday on Pinterest

Doubtless many of you in special events admire the late Julia Child. I had the pleasure of meeting her once. It was a very brief encounter, but that....More
Apr 19, 2012

The wacky world of the GSA

When I first heard about the flap over "excessive" spending on events by the U.S. General Services Administration, I was worried, concerned we'd....More
Mar 30, 2012

If you are working, then you are making mistakes.

I hate making mistakes. I know I'm not the sharpest knife in the silver chest, but I see myself as someone who cares so much and works so hard that....More
Feb 22, 2012

Oscar party preview: The best event in town

I've never been to the Academy Awards Governors Ball itself, but I have been to the next-best thing—the annual press preview that event producer....More
Jan 30, 2012

An invigorating jolt of Show juice

I heard my favorite comment about The Special Event 2012, held last week in Tampa, Fla., from an attendee at the Wedding Galleries. She wasn't....More
Dec 30, 2011

Happy New Year from Special Events!

I wish you all the best in 2012. And just to brighten your day, I want to share my favorite holiday message, which came from Gala Award Nominee....More
Dec 08, 2011

What caterers need for the holidays: A Red Bull

The economy may still be in the soup, but my caterer readers are hard at work on holiday parties. At Special Events, we're trying to wrap up....More
Nov 04, 2011

The power of 100 pennies

It was wonderful to be part of the ISES Indiana Education Conference last week. Every session I sat in on was thought-provoking (Ryan Hanson has got....More
Oct 07, 2011

iPads Take Special Event Professionals 'To Heaven'

Reading all the tributes to the late Steve Jobs got me thinking ... I work on both PCs and Macs. I like some features of each and dislike some....More
Oct 03, 2011

See the amazing world of Tim Burton

We took our children to see the Tim Burton exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art over the weekend. If you're in town, treat yourself and....More
Sep 16, 2011

Oh my gosh, those Galas!

The first batch of Gala Award entries is in our offices. (And you can still get more in if you're here in 4 minutes!) The baseball bar mitzvah, the....More
Sep 09, 2011

What is your guest seeing?

I had to have an X-ray taken this morning. As I lay on the table and stared up at the ceiling, I was surprised to find that some thoughtful staffer....More
Aug 26, 2011

Rocking and rolling

I have to share a Facebook post from Brian Acheson, CSEP, on Tuesday; it sums up the—ahem—excitement of events: "Earthquake was 5.9 in Mineral, Va.,....More
Aug 12, 2011

I'm sure some smarter person knows this …

But why is it that I run into old friends on Facebook, but meet new people on Twitter? I must say, that's one reason I enjoy Twitter so....More
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