Special Events Magazine http://specialevents.com/rss.xml en Special Events Business News for Dec. 17, 2014 http://specialevents.com/archive/special-events-business-news-dec-17-2014 <div class="field-byline"> Special Events Staff </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>News this week includes a new director of catering and special events at the London West Hollywood and a new facility for Modern Line Furniture</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/archive/special-events-business-news-dec-17-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/archive/special-events-business-news-dec-17-2014#comments archive Silver Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:16:00 +0000 20681 at http://specialevents.com <p>Shane Aaron Bunda joins the London West Hollywood as director of catering and special events&nbsp;</p> Shape up, event rental pros: Steve is watching you http://specialevents.com/blog/shape-event-rental-pros-steve-watching-you <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>Be careful, event rental pros. Rental vet Steve Kohn knows your business--and he's watching your operations.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/special-events-blog">Special Events Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/blog/shape-event-rental-pros-steve-watching-you" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/blog/shape-event-rental-pros-steve-watching-you#comments Rental special event rental best practices Special Events Blog Mon, 15 Dec 2014 23:36:00 +0000 20671 at http://specialevents.com Peers Fear Plebe Plonk http://specialevents.com/catering/peers-fear-plebe-plonk <div class="field-byline"> Special Events Staff </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Britain&#39;s House of Lords has raised a ruckus by rejecting a plan to save taxpayer money by merging its catering services with the House of Commons because the peers feared <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/dec/07/champagne-house-of-lords-reform-taxpayer" target="_blank">they would wind up with inferior champagne:</a></p></div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/catering/peers-fear-plebe-plonk" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/catering/peers-fear-plebe-plonk#comments Catering Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:44:00 +0000 20651 at http://specialevents.com <p>Queen Elizabeth attends the opening of Parliament.</p> Photo by Getty Images/ ©Chris Jackson New Spike Candlestick, Online Poster Design, Size Guide for Step-and-Repeats http://specialevents.com/event-tools/new-spike-candlestick-online-poster-design-size-guide-step-and-repeats <div class="field-byline"> Special Events Staff </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>New products for event planners include the Spike candlestick, PosterMyWall online poster design service, and size guide for step-and-repeats</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/event-tools/new-spike-candlestick-online-poster-design-size-guide-step-and-repeats" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/event-tools/new-spike-candlestick-online-poster-design-size-guide-step-and-repeats#comments Event Tools Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:14:00 +0000 20641 at http://specialevents.com Strictly Personal: Gala Award 2015 Nominees for Best Events for a Private Individual http://specialevents.com/gala-awards/strictly-personal-gala-award-2015-nominees-best-events-private-individual <div class="field-byline"> Special Events Staff </div> <div class="node-body gallery-body"><div></div>From birthday bashes to bar mitzvahs, here the are remarkable Gala Award 2015 nominees for Best Event for a Private Individual</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/gala-awards/strictly-personal-gala-award-2015-nominees-best-events-private-individual" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/gala-awards/strictly-personal-gala-award-2015-nominees-best-events-private-individual#comments Gala Awards Mon, 15 Dec 2014 08:23:00 +0000 20631 at http://specialevents.com Event Pros Forecast Big Bump in Business for 2015 http://specialevents.com/archive/event-pros-forecast-big-bump-business-2015 <div class="field-byline"> Lisa Hurley </div> <div class="field-deck"> What's new in the new year? Many in the special event industry have a renewed optimism about business. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>According to the latest survey from Penton Research, conducted annually for Special Events, a healthy 81 percent of respondents expect 2015 will be as good or better for their event work as last year. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/archive/event-pros-forecast-big-bump-business-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/archive/event-pros-forecast-big-bump-business-2015#comments archive Sun, 14 Dec 2014 23:44:00 +0000 20621 at http://specialevents.com Photo by Getty Images /© IvelinRadkov Subscribe to Newsletters http://specialevents.com/newsletters/signup <div class="node-body page-body"><div></div>Sign up for our newsletters. View sample issues.</div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/newsletters/signup" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 20:47:57 +0000 20611 at http://specialevents.com Peterson Party Center Recapitalized by Dubin Clark http://specialevents.com/rental/peterson-party-center-recapitalized-dubin-clark <div class="field-byline"> Lisa Hurley </div> <div class="field-deck"> The deal signals a positive outlook for party rental </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>The big party rental company--No. 5 on the Special Events list--can look forward to new growth thanks to the capital infusion</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/rental/peterson-party-center-recapitalized-dubin-clark" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/rental/peterson-party-center-recapitalized-dubin-clark#comments Rental Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:18:00 +0000 20591 at http://specialevents.com Photo by Luster Studios Fabulous Floral: Gala Award 2015 Nominees for Best Floral Design http://specialevents.com/gala-awards/fabulous-floral-gala-award-2015-nominees-best-floral-design <div class="field-byline"> Special Events Staff </div> <div class="node-body gallery-body"><div></div>These three talented floral designers say it with flowers, and are the 2015 Gala Award nominees for Best Floral Design.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/gala-awards/fabulous-floral-gala-award-2015-nominees-best-floral-design" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/gala-awards/fabulous-floral-gala-award-2015-nominees-best-floral-design#comments Decor Gala Awards Photo Galleries Wed, 10 Dec 2014 10:50:00 +0000 20581 at http://specialevents.com Table It: Gala Award 2015 Nominees for Tabletop Design http://specialevents.com/decor/table-it-gala-award-2015-nominees-tabletop-design <div class="field-byline"> Special Events Staff </div> <div class="node-body gallery-body"><div></div>We have a place for you at these stunning tables--the 2015 Gala Award nominees for Best Table Design. Come cheer them on at the Gala Awards, Jan. 8 in Anaheim, Calif.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/decor/table-it-gala-award-2015-nominees-tabletop-design" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/decor/table-it-gala-award-2015-nominees-tabletop-design#comments Decor Photo Galleries Wed, 10 Dec 2014 09:56:00 +0000 20571 at http://specialevents.com Special Events Business News for Dec. 10, 2014 http://specialevents.com/archive/special-events-business-news-dec-10-2014 <div class="field-byline"> Special Events Staff </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Special events business news this week includes a new president at SET and a new role for Karen May at Video West</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/archive/special-events-business-news-dec-10-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/archive/special-events-business-news-dec-10-2014#comments archive Silver Wed, 10 Dec 2014 02:51:00 +0000 20561 at http://specialevents.com <p><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; color: rgb(95, 91, 98); background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">Assistant White House chef Sam Kass harvests vegetables from the White House Kitchen Garden with students from Bancroft Elementary School on the South Lawn of the White House.&nbsp;</span></p> Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images 25 blog topic ideas for event and catering companies http://specialevents.com/blog/25-blog-topic-ideas-event-and-catering-companies <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>PR expert Anna Wickham of Charm House shares 25 topics for caterer and event planner blogs</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/special-events-blog">Special Events Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/blog/25-blog-topic-ideas-event-and-catering-companies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/blog/25-blog-topic-ideas-event-and-catering-companies#comments Catering topics for catering and event blogs Special Events Blog Tue, 09 Dec 2014 21:27:00 +0000 20551 at http://specialevents.com Giving Credit Where Credit is Due! http://specialevents.com/weddings/giving-credit-where-credit-due <div class="field-byline"> Joyce Scardina Becker </div> <div class="field-deck"> The wedding industry needs to credit work properly, says expert Joyce Scardina Becker </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>The wedding industry needs to credit work properly, says expert Joyce Scardina Becker</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/weddings/giving-credit-where-credit-due" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/weddings/giving-credit-where-credit-due#comments Weddings Tue, 09 Dec 2014 20:16:00 +0000 20531 at http://specialevents.com 12 Tips for Pain-Free e-RFPs http://specialevents.com/corporate-events/12-tips-pain-free-e-rfps <div class="field-byline"> Special Events Staff </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Electronic RFPs sure beat the costly, old-fashioned versions, but don’t assume you can coast through the process. Here, meeting expert Betsy Bondurant gives 12 tips to make RFPs pay</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/corporate-events/12-tips-pain-free-e-rfps" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/corporate-events/12-tips-pain-free-e-rfps#comments Corporate Events Tue, 09 Dec 2014 19:45:00 +0000 20521 at http://specialevents.com Photo by Getty Images / © pichet_w New Event Decor Includes Gingerbread Figures, Tent Graphics, Half-oval Colonnade Arch http://specialevents.com/decor/new-event-decor-includes-gingerbread-figures-tent-graphics-half-oval-colonnade-arch <div class="field-byline"> Special Events Staff </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>New Event Decor Includes Gingerbread Figures, Tent Graphics, Half-oval Colonnade Arch</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/decor/new-event-decor-includes-gingerbread-figures-tent-graphics-half-oval-colonnade-arch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/decor/new-event-decor-includes-gingerbread-figures-tent-graphics-half-oval-colonnade-arch#comments Decor Tue, 09 Dec 2014 19:08:00 +0000 20511 at http://specialevents.com How is 2015 shaping up for special events? http://specialevents.com/poll/12042014 <div class="node-body advpoll_binary-body"><div></div></div><form action="/poll/12042014" accept-charset="UTF-8" method="post" id="advpoll-voting-binary-form-0" class="advpoll-vote"> <div><div class="poll"> <div class="advpoll-available-choices"> <div class="vote-choices"> <div class="form-radios"><div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-731-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-731"><input type="radio" id="edit-choice-731" name="choice" value="731" class="form-radio" /> 2015 will be better than 2014</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-741-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-741"><input type="radio" id="edit-choice-741" name="choice" value="741" class="form-radio" /> 2015 will be the same as 2014</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-751-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-751"><input type="radio" id="edit-choice-751" name="choice" value="751" class="form-radio" /> 2015 will be worse than 2014</label> </div> </div> </div> </div> <input type="hidden" name="ajax" id="edit-ajax" value="" class="ajax" /> <input type="hidden" name="nid" id="edit-nid" value="20501" class="edit-nid" /> <input type="submit" name="op" id="edit-vote-binary-0" value="Answer" class="form-submit" /> <input type="hidden" name="form_build_id" id="form-BfSvDuWXMhW_qF25IzYgU8XERqG2LpH7U4gPWWH7t4M" value="form-BfSvDuWXMhW_qF25IzYgU8XERqG2LpH7U4gPWWH7t4M" /> <input type="hidden" name="form_id" id="edit-advpoll-voting-binary-form" value="advpoll_voting_binary_form" /> </div> </div></form> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://specialevents.com/poll/12042014#comments Thu, 04 Dec 2014 21:39:50 +0000 20501 at http://specialevents.com Weddings with Wow: Gala Award 2015 Nominated Weddings http://specialevents.com/gala-awards/weddings-wow-gala-award-2015-nominated-weddings <div class="field-byline"> Special Events Staff </div> <div class="node-body gallery-body"><div></div>Fall in love with these wonderful weddings, all nominated for the 2015 Special Events Gala Award</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/gala-awards/weddings-wow-gala-award-2015-nominated-weddings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/gala-awards/weddings-wow-gala-award-2015-nominated-weddings#comments Gala Awards Weddings Wed, 03 Dec 2014 17:42:00 +0000 20491 at http://specialevents.com Special Events Business News for Dec. 3, 2014 http://specialevents.com/archive/special-events-business-news-dec-3-2014 <div class="field-byline"> Special Events Staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> Special events business news this week includes a new executive for Vok Dams in China and a new operation in Colorado for the ACCESS DMC network. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Special events business news this week includes a new executive for Vok Dams in China and a new operation in Colorado for the ACCESS DMC network.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/archive/special-events-business-news-dec-3-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/archive/special-events-business-news-dec-3-2014#comments archive Silver Wed, 03 Dec 2014 16:52:00 +0000 20481 at http://specialevents.com Tips for Getting Great Event Entertainment http://specialevents.com/entertainment/tips-getting-great-event-entertainment <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Jaki Baskow of Baskow and Associates gives tips on getting the best entertainment without spending the most</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/entertainment/tips-getting-great-event-entertainment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/entertainment/tips-getting-great-event-entertainment#comments Entertainment Wed, 03 Dec 2014 08:23:00 +0000 20471 at http://specialevents.com Photo by Getty Images / © Moodboard 4 modern trends your client expects you to follow http://specialevents.com/blog/4-modern-trends-your-client-expects-you-follow <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>It isn't enough for event professionals to be creative and hardworking. Today, you have to be fast, connected and deliver on a dime.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/special-events-blog">Special Events Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/blog/4-modern-trends-your-client-expects-you-follow" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/blog/4-modern-trends-your-client-expects-you-follow#comments archive client management Special Events Blog Wed, 03 Dec 2014 07:47:00 +0000 20461 at http://specialevents.com Should Event Companies Sell Their Past or Present? http://specialevents.com/corporate-events/should-event-companies-sell-their-past-or-present <div class="field-byline"> Jeff Kirk </div> <div class="field-deck"> What sells a client--your great history or latest hit? </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>What sells a client--your great history or latest hit?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/corporate-events/should-event-companies-sell-their-past-or-present" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/corporate-events/should-event-companies-sell-their-past-or-present#comments archive Corporate Events Wed, 03 Dec 2014 07:06:00 +0000 20441 at http://specialevents.com Faux Fur Chair Caps, Underwater Photo Booth, Luxury Tents http://specialevents.com/decor/faux-fur-chair-caps-underwater-photo-booth-luxury-tents <div class="field-byline"> Special Events Staff </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>New products for special events include faux fur chair caps, an underwater photo booth and luxury tents</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/decor/faux-fur-chair-caps-underwater-photo-booth-luxury-tents" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/decor/faux-fur-chair-caps-underwater-photo-booth-luxury-tents#comments Decor Tue, 02 Dec 2014 23:33:00 +0000 20431 at http://specialevents.com Special Events Business News for Nov. 26, 2014 http://specialevents.com/archive/special-events-business-news-nov-26-2014 <div class="field-byline"> Special Events Staff </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p><strong>Vanessa Leikvoll</strong> has joined Lenox, Mass.-based <a href="http://winstanley.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Winstanley Partners </strong></a>as event coordinator &hellip;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/archive/special-events-business-news-nov-26-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/archive/special-events-business-news-nov-26-2014#comments archive Silver Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:48:00 +0000 20421 at http://specialevents.com <p>Vanessa Leikvoll has joined Lenox, Mass.-based Winstanley Partners as event coordinator.</p> Decor to Adore: Gala Award 2015 Nominees for Best Decor http://specialevents.com/gala-awards/decor-adore-gala-award-2015-nominees-best-decor <div class="field-byline"> Lisa Hurley </div> <div class="node-body gallery-body"><div></div>Get ready to fall in with with the 12 events nominated for Best Decor--then applaud the winners at The Special Event 2015.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/gala-awards/decor-adore-gala-award-2015-nominees-best-decor" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/gala-awards/decor-adore-gala-award-2015-nominees-best-decor#comments Decor Gala Awards Wed, 26 Nov 2014 03:24:00 +0000 20411 at http://specialevents.com What You're Reading: Top Special Events Articles for November 2014 http://specialevents.com/decor/what-youre-reading-top-special-events-articles-november-2014 <div class="field-byline"> Special Events Staff </div> <div class="node-body gallery-body"><div></div>From gorgeous lighting to top event trends, here are the 10 most popular articles on Specialevents.com for November 2014.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/decor/what-youre-reading-top-special-events-articles-november-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/decor/what-youre-reading-top-special-events-articles-november-2014#comments Decor Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:53:00 +0000 20401 at http://specialevents.com When the show doesn't go on: Keeping cancellation costs in check http://specialevents.com/blog/when-show-doesnt-go-keeping-cancellation-costs-check <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>Insurance expert Christian Phillips of Beazley Group shares tips on obtaining cancellation insurance for event problems such as failure of a performer to appear</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/special-events-blog">Special Events Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/blog/when-show-doesnt-go-keeping-cancellation-costs-check" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/blog/when-show-doesnt-go-keeping-cancellation-costs-check#comments archive special event cancellation insurance Special Events Blog Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:30:00 +0000 20391 at http://specialevents.com Columbus, Philadelphia and New York in Running for 2016 DNC http://specialevents.com/archive/columbus-philadelphia-and-new-york-running-2016-dnc <div class="field-byline"> Special Events Staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> Big presidential conventions bring big special event business every four years </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Big presidential conventions bring big special event business every four years</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/archive/columbus-philadelphia-and-new-york-running-2016-dnc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/archive/columbus-philadelphia-and-new-york-running-2016-dnc#comments archive Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:31:00 +0000 20371 at http://specialevents.com <p><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz&nbsp;</span></p> Photo by Getty Images / © Mark Wilson New Vogue Lounge Line, Rico Club Chair, RFID Credential Tags http://specialevents.com/event-tools/new-vogue-lounge-line-rico-club-chair-rfid-credential-tags <div class="field-byline"> Special Events Staff </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>New products for special events include Classic's Vogue lounge line, Kool's Rico chair and Metalcraft's RFID credential tags</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/event-tools/new-vogue-lounge-line-rico-club-chair-rfid-credential-tags" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/event-tools/new-vogue-lounge-line-rico-club-chair-rfid-credential-tags#comments Event Tools Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:04:00 +0000 20361 at http://specialevents.com The anatomy of a successful event http://specialevents.com/blog/anatomy-successful-event <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>At NRG Digital we are often asked what components are essential for a successful event. Of course, there is no &ldquo;one size fits all&rdquo; solution as events vary, objectives differ, and crucially what one client measures success by, is not the same as another.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/special-events-blog">Special Events Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/blog/anatomy-successful-event" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/blog/anatomy-successful-event#comments archive anatomy of a special event NRG Digital Special Events Blog Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:35:00 +0000 20211 at http://specialevents.com The Anatomy of an Event http://specialevents.com/datasheet/anatomy-event <div class="field-image-promo"> <a href="/datasheet/anatomy-event" class="imagecache imagecache-med_crop imagecache-linked imagecache-med_crop_linked"><img alt="" src="http://specialevents.com/site-files/specialevents.com/files/imagecache/med_crop/datasheets/thumbnails/anatomy-of-event-thumbnail.jpg" title="" height="200" width="355" class="imagecache imagecache-med_crop" /></a> </div> <div class="node-body datasheet-body"><div></div></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> archive Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:30:00 +0000 20201 at http://specialevents.com