The Beatriz Ball Collection takes shape in a foundry in Mexico. More than a dozen different sets of hands are involved in the creation of each piece, thanks to the skilled metalworkers and artisans who design and manufacture them. The sandcast aluminum metalware includes collectable trays, pedestals and bowls, and features unique, hand-forged patterns ideal for client or hostess gifts.

The Beatriz Ball Collection, which has been on display at the Dallas Market Center, has garnered the top prize in the ARTS awards’ tabletop category three times and has been nominated for the honor six times.

Event professionals are constantly thinking about how to best stimulate our guests’ senses in order to create the most memorable experience and greatest impact, whether it’s a wedding, corporate meeting or event, fundraiser or social gathering. Many people focus on only three of the five senses: taste, sight and sound. Rarely do planners pay attention to touch or smell. Strategically paying attention to scent and how it interacts with other sensory experiences can greatly impact the overall quality of an event.


Teresa Preza first came to Sugar Land 14 years ago while pursuing a job in event management. Today, she’s assistant director of economic development for the city. Here are some of her reasons for calling Sugar Land her “home sweet home.”

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This past December, the HALL Arts Hotel opened in Dallas. Located in the largest contiguous arts district in the country, the hotel features 183 rooms, 19 suites, a rooftop pool, restaurant and lounge, and a state-of-the-art fitness center.