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Aug 29, 2012

I know what you did last business trip

I know your trips on business for conventions and trade shows are packed solid with productive meetings and hard work. But most people think you....More
Aug 15, 2012

Caterers, competition and copper pots

One of the most interesting discussions I heard at ISES Eventworld 2012 in Dallas wasn't one of the formal presentations. Instead, it came up in....More
Aug 08, 2012

Winning with Bonny

My favorite acceptance speech at the ISES Esprit Awards on Saturday was delivered by Bonny Katzman, head of Boston's BK Design, as she accepted the....More
Aug 01, 2012

Danny Atta Boy!

Hooray, huzzah and atta boy to Danny Boyle for the Olympics Opening Ceremony last week. It's been funny to read the online comments afterward. I....More
Jun 26, 2012 Goes Virtual Goes Live

I just loved the recent news that—probably the most famous online dating site—is going offline. Well, not completely offline. But after....More
Jun 20, 2012

Enter the Gala Awards and see the world

What's the No. 1 question the Special Events team answers most often about entering the Gala Awards? It's not about deadlines (Sept. 14) or three-....More
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
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