The Gold Standard

Written by Thursday, 12 January 2017

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Light Up The Night

Photo Courtesy of  Cassidy Brooke
With the recent Golden Globes, award shows are in full swing. Use these red-carpet worthy ideas to invoke a golden award in your future event. 
Light up a golden table with marquee style lettering and golden bulbs strung above. Use clear chairs to add some fluidity and not go over the top gold. 
"I'd like to thank the academy..."

Gilded Delight

Photo Courtesy of Joshua Bousel
These burnished golden fried chive cakes are crisp on the outside and chewy garlicky goodness on the inside.

Thai Fried Chive Cakes (Kanom Gui Chai) Recipe



For the Dipping Sauce:

1/4 cup dark soy sauce

1/4 cup sweet soy sauce

1/4 cup dark brown sugar

1 tablespoon rice vinegar


For the Chive Cakes:

1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil, plus more for frying

1/2 pound Chinese chives, cut into 1/2-inch dice

2 teaspoons freshly minced garlic (about 2 medium cloves)

2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided

1 cup rice flour

1/4 cup glutinous rice flour

1/4 cup tapioca flour

1 cup water



For the Dipping Sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients. Set aside.


For the Chive Cakes: Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a wok or Dutch oven until shimmering. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add chives and cook until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat, season with 1 teaspoon salt, and set aside.


In a large bowl, whisk together rice flour, glutinous rice flour, tapioca flour, and remaining 1 teaspoon salt. Add water and whisk until smooth. Stir in chives and then transfer batter to a greased 8-inch round cake pan.


Fill a large pot with 1 inch of water and bring to a boil. Rest cake pan in steamer insert or on rack above the water level. Cover and steam until chive cake is cooked all the way through, about 30 minutes.


Let chive cake rest in pan until cool enough to handle. Flip cake out of pan and, using a knife, cut cake into 1-inch squares or triangles.


Fill a wok or Dutch oven with 1-inch oil and heat to 375°F over high heat. Working in batches, add chive cakes and fry until browned and crisped all over, flipping occasionally for even cooking. Transfer chive cakes to a paper-towel lined plate and season with additional salt to taste. Serve immediately with dipping sauce.

Gold Standard

Photo Courtesy of Michael Kovac
For drinks and whimsy, use the Moet & Chandon champagne vending machine, which operates with golden tokens. Guests are invited grab their own golden capped bottle of bubbly for an evening. The popular champagne vending has been around for a while, and was most recently featured at the Weinstein and Netflix Golden Globes party.
The Wi-Fi Pot of Gold

Photo Courtesy of Rocker Media
Rainbow Broadband is working with venues to provide amped up Wi-Fi for events in addition to the venue's traditional Wi-Fi. With live streaming in everyone's hands, its imperative that your venue take steps to handle the additional load. Rainbow Broadband works with venues to put in additional Wi-Fi access points, up to 40 percent more to account for live streaming. 



Top Trends for 2017

Written by Thursday, 05 January 2017

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Pantone Greenery

Photo Courtesy of  Line 8 Photography
Pantone's color of the year is sure to pop up everywhere for 2017. The color, greenery, is an easy one to incorporate into your décor ideas simply by adding greenery to your table tops. But why stop there when you can grow a tree out of the center bar area seen here. This lush foliage brings the outdoors in. Filled with lights, the greenery even comes to life.

Freshly Home Cooked Street Food

Photo Courtesy of Mike Coppola
Street food, in forms of food trucks, gained a lot of popularity last year. Expect to see more authentic dishes with that freshly home-cooked feel. Eco conscious eats will continue to be main stage at events along with more plant based entrees. Showcase whole food recipes with gourmet fruit stand flare and flavors. 

More Mezcal, Por Favor

Photo Courtesy of Vicky Wasik
With Mezcal turning up last year as the smokier cousin to tequila, expect to see more of it this year. We particularly like this smoky hot twist on a classic Bloody Mary.

  • For the Roasted Jalapeño Purée:
  • 2 large jalapeños
  • For the Cocktail:
  • bacon swizzle sticks
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 3 cups tomato juice or V8
  • 1 1/2 cups mezcal
  • 3/4 cup fresh juice from about 6 limes
  • 1/4 cup Roasted Jalapeño Purée



Make the jalapeño purée: Place jalapeños in an oven-safe dish lined with tin-foil and broil, turning at five minute intervals, until all sides are blackened and charred, 10-15 minutes. Let cool and then add to a blender. Blend until smooth.



Prepare the glasses: On a small plate, combine salt and chili powder. Run a lime wedge around the rim of 6 tall beer or Collins glasses and coat edge with salt-chili mixture. Add bacon swizzle stick to each glass. Fill glasses with ice.



Make the cocktail: In a large pitcher, combine tomato juice, mezcal, lime juice, and jalapeño purée. Stir to combine and pour into individual glasses.

VR Realities

Photo Courtesy of MKG
Virtual Technology will continue to feature prominently at events. Expect to see more virtual reality experiences at events, but not necessarily the kind that requires a headset. Featured here, the 360 degree video dome provides something that everybody can participate in. Plus, passerby get additional exposure to the dome without being a part of the reality, drawing more interest. 



Black and White and Read all over

Written by Thursday, 29 December 2016

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Dramatic Drapery

Photo Courtesy of  Dimitrios Kambouris
While black and white balls are nothing new, they are classically elegant no matter what time of year. Everyone can dress for a black and white ball. And instead of simply decorating with black table cloths and white chairs, go multi monochromatic with chairs that are both black and white. Add in comfortable seating along the edges with plush sofas and pillows. Finally the dramatic black and white draping adds in a billowing romantic touch to top off the event.

Tap into Tapenade

Photo Courtesy of Kerry Saretsky
Black and white are well represented in this dish of a delicious black olive spread.


4 slices pain au levain, or other dense, crusty bread

8 teaspoons tapenade, divided

4 ounces fresh goat cheese

1 cup micro arugula

1 scant teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

Pinch fleur de sel


Preheat the broiler. Lightly toast the bread. Spread each slice of bread with 2 teaspoons tapenade, covered the entire surface of the bread. Crumble 1 ounce goat cheese all over each slice of bread. Broil for 5 minutes. Toss the micro arugula with olive oil and salt. Cut the tartines in half, and top with micro arugula salad.

Deliciously Dark

Photo Courtesy of Vicky Wasik
This deliciously dark drink is about as close to black as you can get, thanks to its rich garnet color. The drink is bittersweet and fruity.


4 mint leaves

1/4 ounce (7ml) white balsamic vinegar

2 1/2 ounces (75ml) Amaro Lucano

Pinch salt

6 ounces (180ml) chilled dry Lambrusco



Add mint, white balsamic vinegar, Amaro Lucano, and salt to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously until well chilled, about 12 seconds. Double-strain into two Champagne flutes (you'll have about 1 1/2 ounces or 45ml of the mix in each glass).


Top each glass with 3 ounces (90ml) Lambrusco and serve immediately.
Ready to Read

Photo Courtesy of Lumos
Augmented reality glasses are similar to Virtual Reality with the exception that you still see reality. The technology mixes virtual and live reality with updated optical wear by Lumos. Expect to see this more in event into 2017 changing the way you "read" the room.



Last Minute Christmas Ideas

Written by Thursday, 15 December 2016

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Simple Decor

Photo Courtesy of  Better Homes and Gardens
It's not too late to plan a holiday party, even if you think you need weeks to prepare. These last minute entertaining ideas will look classy and decorative with minimal effort, saving you time. Decorate your table with stunning red plates and classic white linen napkins. then add whatever you have, ribbon, garland or ornaments to pull it all together. 

Upscale Cheese Plate

Photo Courtesy of Rachel Lyn Photography
For a last minute, yet elegant presentation of food, put together a "Farmer's Display" like the one shown here. Display seasonal fruits and jams with artisan breads, cheeses and a variety of charcuterie. No assembly required, simply display at various heights to create an interesting visual.
Simple Sparkling Punch

Photo Courtesy of Food and Wine
Punch is an simple way to throw together a last minute drink with ingredients that are easy to obtain or you have on hand. 

  • 2 oranges, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 3/4 cup late-harvest white wine, such as late-harvest Riesling, chilled
  • Ice cubes, for serving
  • Two 750-milliliter bottles sparkling wine, chilled
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup diced fresh pineapple (1/2 inch)
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice

  1. In a punch bowl, dissolve the sugar in the pomegranate juice, stirring vigorously. Add the sparkling wine and late-harvest white wine, then add the orange slices, diced pineapple and pomegranate seeds. Serve the sparkling pomegranate punch over ice cubes.
Instant Tech

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Need something to do easily yet wow your audience? Go simple (and free) with Live Platforms such as Periscope, Facebook Live or YouTube Live. Live streaming has quadrupled on Facebook with users interacting 10 times more than other content. If you have people that cannot attend, show them what they're missing through streaming. Encourage attendees to do the same!



Blue Holidays

Written by Thursday, 08 December 2016

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Bountiful Blues

Photo Courtesy of  Southern Hospitality
While feeling blue may sound sad, seeing blue is actually a calming color. We love using blue in traditional holiday décor, that evokes more winter weather feelings. Mix blue accent pieces with gold for a bright yet luxurious looking table setting shown here.

Icing in Blue

Photo Courtesy of Craftiness is not Optional
Christmas cookies are quintessential this time of year. The secret is getting the icing just right. 

Royal Icing
  • 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 tbsp. meringue powder
  • 5 tbsp. water, plus more for thinning
Combine the powdered sugar, meringue powder, and water in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Mix on low speed until the icing is thick. (about 5 minutes).  This will be the stiffest consistency of the icing, and from this point you can add water to thin it out for piping and flooding. Piping consistency is about toothpaste consistency, and flooding is thinner...but not too think, you don’t want it falling off the cookie! I usually double this recipe for the cookie recipe above!

Blue Cocktail

Photo Courtesy of Midwest Living
What could go better with a blue theme than a Blue Blue Christmas Cocktail. 

1 cup vodka or rum

1 cup white cranberry juice

2 ounces blue curacao (1/4 cup)

1 -2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Ice cubes
Lime peel twist (optional)
  1. In a large cocktail shaker, combine vodka, white cranberry juice, blue curacao, lime juice, and ice. Shake. Strain into four chilled martini glasses. If desired, garnish each serving with a lime peel twist, if desired. Serves 4.

Blue Light

Photo Courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover via Getty Images
With VR headsets becoming more and more standard, the blue light emanating from our cell phones will be a more prominent feature at events. In this private event, Jaguar unveiled its new concept car via VR rather than on the traditional showroom floor.



How to Give at Events

Written by Thursday, 24 November 2016

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Balloon Ride

Photo Courtesy of  Charity:Water
The holiday season is often filled with good cheer. Good cheer often leads to a multitude of charity events in order to reach goals by New Year's Eve. One way to demonstrate an impact you charity makes is by using helium filled balloons seen here. For each impactful donation, guests were given a balloon to release. The whimsical balloon canopy allowed guests to see how their donations added up. 

Bake Sale

Photo Courtesy of Yvonne Ruperti
The quintessential bake sale items is always a good way to rev up a charity event. Of course, going beyond the traditional cupcake for an upscale event is called for, or is it? These chocolate covered peanut butter cupcakes are sure to leave your guests wanting, and donating more!


For the Chocolate Cupcakes:

3/4 cup all purpose flour

1/3 cup cocoa powder

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1/2 cup buttermilk

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 large egg

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the Peanut Butter Buttercream:

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 large egg whites

1/8 teaspoon salt

12 tablespoons softened unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

1 cup peanut butter

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

For the Chocolate Coating:

8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped

1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil

    Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350°F. Line muffin pan with 10 cupcake cups. In medium bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt until combined; set aside.
    In large bowl, whisk sugar, buttermilk, oil, egg, and vanilla until combined and smooth. Whisk in dry mixture until smooth. Spoon batter into cupcake cups, dividing evenly. Bake until center is just set, about 25 minutes. Let cool in pan 10 minutes, then transfer cupcakes to wire rack to cool completely.
    While cupcakes are cooling, prepare the buttercream. In bowl of standing mixer, whisk sugar, egg whites, and salt until combined. Set bowl over pan of simmering water and gently whisk until mixture registers 160 degrees F on instant read thermometer. Immediately transfer to mixer fitted with whisk attachment. Whip on medium-high speed until mixture resembles shaving cream and is just cool. On medium speed, whip in butter, one piece at a time, until combined and creamy. Add peanut butter and vanilla and beat until smooth. Transfer buttercream to pastry bag fitted with a plain 1/2-inch tip (#808).
    Pipe about 1/3 cup frosting onto each cupcake. Chill cupcakes in fridge until buttercream is completely firm, about 1 hour.
    When cupcakes have chilled, make the chocolate coating. Place chocolate and oil in a medium bowl and place over a pan of barely simmering water. Gently whisk until chocolate has just melted and mixture is smooth. Transfer to a large mug.
    Holding cupcake by the bottom, carefully dip in chocolate to submerge all of the frosting. Pull up and let excess chocolate drop off for a few seconds before turning cupcake right side up. Transfer to cooling rack and repeat with remaining cupcakes. Let cupcakes rest a few minutes to allow chocolate to set and buttercream to soften before serving.
Drink to Donate

Photo Courtesy of One Hope Wine
One Hope Wines support a multitude of charitable organizations through bottles of wine. Nearly 50% of proceeds are donated through the One Hope Foundation. Personally we like the glitter bottles, but choose based on flavor or charitable donation 

Give to Get

Photo Courtesy of Taylor McIntyre
A 3D Photo booth is a fun way to thank your guests for donating to your cause. This photo booth uses multiple cameras to create a well rounded and dynamic 3D gif, that guests can immediately share on social media, continuing to promote your cause!



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