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We are often tasked with finding unique gifts for our conferences and special events, so we are always on the hunt for something special. We quickly recycle those promotional catalogues filled with lots of cheap plastic things. Frankly, people just don’t want that stuff. When choosing a giveaway, think about providing...

Ad libitum is Latin for "at one's pleasure" (at liberty); it is often shortened to "ad lib" (as an adjective or adverb) or "ad-lib" (as a verb or noun). Last night I had the pleasure of dining at Ad Lib, Thomas Keller's pop-up restaurant at Napa's...

No more boring ballrooms! As the economy is on the rise and advancements in technology are making basic audio/visual equipment more affordable than ever, non-traditional venues are now grabbing the attention of meeting planners. The new trend and hot topic on the meeting planning circuit is the...

What is the one key Food and Beverage item that is included in nearly every single corporate event Banquet Event Order? Water. That's right, Water. The most basic of beverages is a necessity and, as I was reminded at a recent event, an expensive necessity if it...

Our team just returned from a site visit in Tuscon, Arizona for an upcoming program. The trip made me realize how both editing and reinterpreting are a big part of a designer’s skill set. We have to be the eyes, ears, and mouths of our...

OK. You have mapped your event strategy along with your desired outcomes, created a solid project plan, and engaged a great team. Now, the BIG work is underway! Robust timelines and key milestones capture all the important stuff that is critical to the event, but what...

The next time you visit a museum, pay close attention to how the environment has been designed to shape your experience and behavior. So says Jeff Hurt, meetings guru and expert on audience engagement for conferences and events. I heard him speak a few weeks ago...

In this digital age, how often do those of us in the special event planning world send or receive a hand-written messages? Admittedly I am still a fan, so when a beautifully addressed letter or card arrives I take note. My children, both college students, will...

In addition to the expected planning meetings and re-focus on work that takes place over the first couple of weeks in the new year, we have a tradition of taking one last look at all of the cards that we have received over the holiday...