Meetings + Events Magazine
TECHNOLOGY HAS BECOME AN INTEGRAL PART OF MEETINGS AND EVENTS, yet the landscape changes faster than most people can keep up. Here are a few things to consider in 2014:
Craft beer might be sweeping the nation, but its nonalcoholic counterpart, craft soda, is the latest buzz for those who want to sip on something with a little less of a punch. Artisanal sodas focus on high-quality, natural ingredients and often have more flavor options than mass-marketed soda. They also have ditched high fructose corn syrup, so guests can sip guilt-free. Plus, the packaging alone makes for creative décor potential. Usually bottled, craft sodas liven up any room with their vibrant colors and fun designs.
NJM+E: What should you look for when hiring a photographer?
Special events are different from other projects. An event is a one-time activity with fixed boundaries and there is little to no wiggle room. Once the date, time and location are set, you face a hard deadline. Ready or not, the show must go on!
According to Murphy, if something does go wrong, the client looks to the event planner—whatever the circumstances might be. This is why meticulous planning is paramount, and using templates will streamline the process.
FIREWORKS for the Fourth of July, sure. But what about a company picnic, employee appreciation banquet or corporate logo reveal? Yes. Yes. And yes, says Randy Beckham, president and founder of Pyrotex.
Pyrotex, based in Leonard, is a firework display company that shoots indoor and outdoor fireworks for special events and corporate meetings. "We tailor the firework displays to the space and venue limitations, and to our client’s expectations," Beckham says.
Sandra Cook is a self-proclaimed wine geek. So when she decided to attend a beer-tasting class, it seemed like a natural extension of her interests-and a great way to better navigate the vast selection at craft beer destinations.
THE HOTTEST, MOST UNUSUAL ENTERTAINMENT IN THE COUNTRY CAN BE FOUND RIGHT HERE IN TEXAS. Extraordinary entertainers are the solution to humdrum soirees and lackluster socials, but discovering them requires the answer to one little question: Does your client need a keynote speaker, emcee or graffiti artist? This probably doesn’t even seem like a valid query-at least not one you ask yourself often-but it can make you think twice about what your client really needs. And it can lead to some really exciting events.
TUCKED INTO Texas Hill Country- with Austin to the north, San Antonio to the south and Houston to the east-lies a charming burg with a water tower rising high above streets lined with historic buildings. This tower, a balancing act of steel, water and wire, serves as a beacon of sorts, welcoming visitors long before their feet touch down.
I WANT TO WOW MY GUESTS. This is often one of the first things clients tell an event planner, so it’s always a great idea to have an arsenal of options already on hand.
Selecting a venue that is unique and nontraditional is key to fulfilling a client’s needs, and the right space will get guests excited and engaged. Science and history museums offer a score of benefits in one breathtaking package. From towering replicas to interactive exhibits, science and history museums lend a one-of-a-kind backdrop to practically any type of event.