• How to Not Let Nightmares Get in the Way of Your Perfect Event

     
    POSTED October 7, 2014
     
With Halloween right around the corner, experts from the events team at the Hyatt Regency Dallas share tips on how to face the fears of private meetings and events.
 
Dietary Demons
 
With dietary restrictions becoming more frequent today, the best way to please everyone is working with a caterer to plan a menu of mostly a la carte options. Buffet stations with clear labels also work well.
 
Technology Terrors 
 
To ensure smooth technology usage, involve the venue’s A/V team into the earliest stages of the planning process. Ask questions and pay close attention to clearly understand the capabilities you are working with.
 
Spacing Spooks
 
With planning from out of town becoming more and more popular, if you are unable to visit the space before booking it, ask to see the spaces’ layout and floor plan and even planning software if possible before signing a contact. Trust the venue contact, seeing as they know the space’s ins and out’s better than anyone else.
 
Budget Boogieman
 
To ensure stress is low when dealing with finances, clearly disclose your client’s budget with the event manager at the beginning of the planning process. If everyone is on the same page from day one it makes for less room for error.
 
Past Poltergeists
 
Don’t let past mistakes ruin your future planning. Learning from your mistakes is the best way to grow.​

It’s bluebonnet season in Texas! That time of the year when Hill Country roads are clogged with cars full of amateur photographer parents and their pint-sized Texans, jostling for position in fields of sky blue. While our love of our state flower shows no sign of ever slowing down, when it comes to the floral displays at galas and fêtes across the state, we can be a fickle bunch. So, Texas Meetings + Events magazine spoke with the experts to get the scoop on this year’s floral trends.

(Interviews have been edited for flow and clarity.)

 

Animals aren’t just for kids. People of all ages enjoy connecting with them, and humane animal exhibitors like Tiny Tails to You often have specific packages geared toward adults. Here are five tips on how you can make any event unique and unforgettable with the addition of cute, cuddly animals.
 

 

Dallas is famous for a lot of things, but one you may not be aware of is its claim to fame as the home of the frozen margarita! In 1971, Dallas inventor, entrepreneur and restaurateur Mariano Martinez invented the frozen margarita machine, adapting it from a soft-service ice cream machine. That first machine now sits in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.