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Ice-Cold Poptails

Photo: Courtesy of Honestly Yum

Why should the kids have all the summer fun? These grown-up popsicles serve up a tasty and refreshing treat that is perfect for outdoor summer events. With flavors like Cucumber Gin & Tonic, Basil Mint Citrus Mojito, or the Tequila-spiked Mango with Chile pictured above, the new poptails trend is just another great reason to have a summer party!

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Communal Tables

Photo: Matthew David Celebrations

Both restaurants and social events are embracing the return to communal tables. Family-style service at long, rectangular tables creates an intimate ambience. Centerpieces can be alternated high and low, or as pictured here, a series of centerpieces in similar heights and shades can bring unity to the entire table.

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The Exotic Zurra

Photo: Colin Cowie Weddings

Event designer Colin Cowie calls the Zurra a Portuguese version of sangria. This white wine-based cooler is the perfect blend of summer citrus with a surprising hint of cinnamon and mint.

  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 bunch of fresh mint leaves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 lemons, sliced into sections
  • 2 blood oranges, sliced (a regular orange can be substituted)
  • 2 peaches, sliced
  • 1 (750-milliliter) bottle chilled dry white wine
  • 1 (16-ounce) bottle of sparkling water or club soda'

1. Combine the sugar, water, and half of the mint in a small saucepan. Bring the liquid to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes over medium heat. Set aside to cool to room temperature. 2. Place the cinnamon along with the lemon, orange, and peach slivers in a large pitcher or jug. Add the wine, then the sugar mixture. Stir well, pour into glasses over ice, top each glass with 2 ounces of sparkling water or club soda, garnish with mint leaves, and serve.

Recipe courtesy of Colin Cowie Weddings

Making it Easy to Attend

Photo: Tripbuilder Media

TripBuilder Media's EventMobile app is making it easier than ever for attendees to plug in and engage with their smartphones. Users can view the entire conference schedule and customize their experience by choosing which sessions they will attend. Their choices link to the attendee's phone's calendar through the app's MySchedule feature. An interactive map provides direction on-site, and built-in social media and survey features allow the hosts to benefit from the app as well. Attendees can even access local restaurants and shops and add city highlights to their schedule to make the most of the trip.

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Break from Tradition

Written by Thursday, 11 June 2015
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Croquembouche Creations

Photo: Courtesty of Debi Lilly

As more couples seek sweet alternatives to traditional wedding cake, guests are pleasantly surprised at the end of the event with doughnuts, cupcakes, individual cakes, or candy buffets. The French croquembouche allows a couple to maintain the elegant presentation of a fancy cake, but still offers a unique breakaway from the standard. A traditional croquembouche is a cone of stacked choux pastry balls held together by spun threads of sweet caramel, but it can also be covered with macarons or ganache. It can be personalized with any number of adornments such as chocolate, ribbons, icing, or almonds. This one from Debi Lilly of Chicago's A Perfect Event features flowers to match the couple's wedding theme.

Virtual Gifts and Favors from the Heart

Photo: Courtesy of I Do Foundation

Today's eco-friendly and socially-conscious couples can honor their wedding guests with a thoughtful gift that keeps on giving. The I Do Foundation allows couples to purchase virtual favors in varying dollar amounts, and then guests are able to select the charity of their choice to receive the favor. The site can also be used for virtual thank you cards from the couple to their attendants and vendors. Couples can even register to receive donations for their selected charity as wedding gifts.

Paper Roses

Photo: Wojoimage

Event planners predicting decor trends seem to agree that traditional floral centerpieces are giving way to larger items such as flower backdrops. Although these structures often feature real blossoms, paper flowers such as these allow more options in color and style customization.

Back to School

Photo: Radio Milano

You won't hear many complaints about how the bartender mixes the drinks at Radio Milano's interactive birthday parties. That's because the attendees are mixing their own. Guests are invited to join in a craft cocktail training class where a professional bartender teaches the students how to make each cocktail before allowing them to sample their creations. For obvious reasons, the option is reserved for an older crowd, but this is one occasion when adults won't mind going back to school.

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Are You Ready for the Summer?

Written by Wednesday, 03 June 2015
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Summer Has Arrived....in a Glass!

Photo: Claudia Uribe

Event Planner Barton G. Weiss has taken some of our favorite things about summer and mixed them for a fun and tangy cocktail that brings out the best of the season. He starts with vividly invigorating green cucumber water which he blends with the fresh, tart citrus taste of lemon balm and lime juice along with gin and a touch a ginger ale. Then, it's time to up the flavor ante with a chilled, crisp cucumber wedge soaked in gin and topped with liquid pimento beads for a surprising spicy kick. A coriander blossom garnish completes the perfect summer ensemble--cool and refreshing with just a touch of heat!

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Bohemian Rhapsody

Photo: April Belle Photos

Miami Beach's 1 Hotel recently hosted Adrienne Bosh's Glamchella in conjunction with Team Tomorrow Inc. and Bosh's own Today I Can initiative. Inspired by the relaxed, bohemian vibe of Coachella, Bosh used floor pillows, teepees in the sand, Moroccan lanterns, and brightly-colored floral accents to create a inspirational environment for the women's motivational retreat.

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Sweet Sushi Treats

Photo: Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton South Beach

The term "sweet tooth" is not normally associated with sushi, but the Ritz Carlton South Beach is making people rethink the concept. Chocolate replaces seaweed in wrapping up a variety of fillings to satisfy sweet cravings. The charming boat display adds a crafty novelty to the catering team's unexpected display of handheld delights.

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Selfie Promotion

Photo: Lisa Rose

Love 'em or hate 'em, selfies are not going away any time soon. Pew Research Center estimates that over 97% of adults 18-29 regularly use the internet, so event planners continue to explore the use of social media for marketing and promotion. Events have increasingly embraced the selfie generation. Some host promotions that exchange swag bags for a selfie upload with the designated hashtag. Others offer prize drawings using hashtag selfies as entries. A few even have on-site media teams to assist with props or product placement and then upload photos instantly for attendees. Inside Coachella's BMF Music Lounge, Tide's selfie promotion featured a mirrored backdrop displaying the Tide Plus product logo and hashtag.

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A Brilliant Display

Photo: Courtesy of OSK Marketing & Communications

Event planners love digital mapping technology for its ability to transform event space. Freightliner debuted its self-driving truck by using the Hoover Dam as a blank canvas of epic proportions for the highest light output projection ever. It took sixty 26,000-watt projectors positiioned a half mile from the dam to create the incredible transformation, which showed several images across the dam's surface throughout the night.

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Circus, Circus!

Photo: Photagonist.ca

It didn't take much encouragement for attendees at the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario's Cirque event to embrace their inner child. Designer Bill Fulghum immersed guests in their own circus for the POGO's fundraising event, complete with midway games, acrobats, and cotton candy centerpieces. Brightly-colored pipe and drape lined the walls to create the illusion of a big-top tent while guests dined on circus-themed menu items.

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You Put the Lime in the Coconut

Photo: Leanne Neufeld

We are so grateful to live and coordinate events in Hawaii, so why not have a tropical beverage that embraces our beautiful and fruitful island? Frankie Solarik of BarChef's Daiquiri Adaptation features spiced rum, pineapple juice, maraschino cherry liquer, BarChef's own almond orgeat syrup, and lime juice. The delightful, fruity concoction is enough to make you feel island breezes, but Solarik completes the tropical transport with a presentation of edible flower petals, lime and orange rinds, maraschino gel, rum, toasted coconut, and vanilla brunoise with a touch of coconut-water snow. One sip is all it takes to achieve an island state of mind.

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Cute as a Button

Photo: Truffleberry Market

Traditional baby shower games might involve guests dipping into baby food containers with not-so-yummy purees like roast beef and string beans. That is not the case with these miniature delights. Shower guests in the Chicago area go ga-ga over Truffleberry Market's baby-themed desserts. Labels for the look-alike baby food jars can be personalized for the shower and the crafty spoons are just cute as a button!

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Delectable treats just within reach

Written by Thursday, 21 May 2015
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Ceviche Globes

Photo: Courtesy of The Knot

Combining beauty, ingenuity, and functionality, the Knot Gala at the New York Public Library featured hanging globes of tuna ceviche. The reflective orbs of glass enhanced the atmospheric ceiling of low-hanging ribbons and bistro lights, and the draw of selecting and capturing their own ceviche globe delighted attendees at the event.

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Twisted Treat

Photo: Courtesy of Paramount Catering & Events

Paramount Catering & Events knows how to hook attendees! Their hanging pretzel station offers Classic Pretzels with or without sea salt, Pepperoni Pretzels, and Asiago/Cheddar Cheese Pretzels. The knotted dough creations can be dipped in whole-grain mustard or a savory tomato bacon jam to create a variety of flavor combinations to please all palates.

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Strawberry Cobbler

Photo: Courtesy of Privateer Rum

Strawberries are available in every state at some point during their extended grow season of January through November. However, the sweetest of the crop can be found right now, during the peak season of April through June. Celebrate the U.S.'s most cultivated berry with a delightful concoction from Privateer Rum. Their In-house Mixologist, Ken Martin, combines rum with fresh lime juice, simple syrup, fresh berries, and a mint leaf garnish to create a light and sweet Strawberry Cobbler in liquid form.

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A Stream of Funds

Photo: Courtesy of Runway to Hope

In the past, donations made at fundraising galas were somewhat limited to only those in attendance. Technology has now broadened donation horizons beyond a physical location. At Rosen Hotel & Resorts recent Runway to Hope Spring Fashion Soiree, the entire event was streamed online, allowing internet viewers to experience the evening's complete itinerary as well as contribute to the cause by using the website's "donate now" feature.

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Audio Bar Tunes in Groovy Cocktails

Photo: Kristen Finn

We all take pride in our individuality. After all, our individual preferences and traits are what make each of us unique. Event Farm CEO Ryan noticed that even though we may be able to customize our menu or drinks to our own individual tastes at events, we are usually stuck with the same chosen atmospheric music everyone else hears. Enter the New Media Party's Audio Bar, a custom-fabricated bar where patrons listen to their own music selection on headphones while mixologists design a custom cocktail to match the individual's own vibe based on their choices.

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Skillet for One

Photo: Courtesy of White Correspondents Insider

Individual skillet portions allowed guests at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner to choose their own favorites. Design Cuisine offered several mini skillet breakfast options, including Crème Brûlée French Toast, Scrambled Cheese Eggs with Peppers and Mushrooms, or Corned Beef Hash. No word on how many attendees couldn't choose just one!

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Chocolate Derby

Photo: Krista Mason

The Mint Julep has long been the signature drink of the Kentucky Derby, but being an individual often means being willing to mix up tradition a bit. Mixology company Pharmacie did just that when they introduced the Chocolate Mint Julep at this year's Derby by adding six dashes of chocolate bitters to the tried and true bourbon and mint syrup cocktail. The unique flavor combination was a hit, of course. Chocolate make everything better!

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Be Original

Photo: Pepe Gomez

Design Foundry expressed originality and creativity at the Corcoran Gallery of Art's 60th Anniversary Ball with a vibrant pink, orange, green, and yellow color scheme. Yours Truly Lighting up-lit the tent in the vivid hues, and Perfect Settings provided alternating linens with bright pink solids and colorful prints incorporating the beautiful colors of the spring theme. Butterflies frolicked over the dance floor as varying centerpiece creations completed the overall atmosphere of light-hearted whimsy in the room.

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