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Event designer Preston Bailey shares tips in San Francisco
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Conference banquets are often corporate affairs to be endured, a sea of name tags, rubbery chicken and forced conversation. Not so for the National Association of Catering Executives, which recently rolled out sparkling beaded tablecloths, candles and bouquets for an evening with event planner extraordinaire Preston Bailey. More

Pantone color experts forecast color trends for summer 2013
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Blues and browns will grow in importance while red will fall back next year, according to a color trend forecast from color experts at Pantone. Pantone vice president of fashion, home and interiors Laurie Pressman offered major trends for summer 2013 in a conference call. More

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If versatility is what you are looking for, check out our mobile gas ovens. With a mobile oven, you can take your Barbecue on the road for catering functions, promotional events or off premise vending and generate extra revenue to your foodservice operation with minimal overhead expense. MORE
Mix and Mingle with Ease!
G.E.T.'s party-friendly plates let your guests enjoy their food while allowing them to mingle easily. PP-975 plate is designed with a slot to hold drink and can be used by both right-handed and left-handed guests. Rimmed and curved edges keep food from sliding. Crafted from break-resistant melamine. NSF approved and dishwasher safe. LEARN MORE

Gold and teal modern table inspiration
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Today's ultra modern tabletop is by Sweet Emilia Jane. Inspiration came from geometric shapes, modern font, David Hicks wallpaper, modern product design, gold foil and die-cut patterns. More

12 spring cakes and cupcakes
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When spring rolls around, we find ourselves craving desserts with light, fresh flavors from lemons, herbs and berries. Give in to sweet temptation with these spring cake and cupcake recipes, including Lemon-Thyme Pound Cake and Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream. Many are even decorated with seasonal, floral accents, making them ideal treats for a spring-themed party. More

Decadent dining with Relais & Chateaux? Color me "Oui!"
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Relais & Chateaux is a trade organization, but it doesn't have conventions in Las Vegas. Instead, this global consortium of hotels and restaurants links the super-wealthy with destinations to lighten their heavy wallet loads. More

25 superb pasta recipes
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Andrew Carmellini serves fresh pappardelle with a ragu of house-ground lamb shoulder cooked in lamb stock. He finishes the dish with fresh ricotta and chopped mint. More

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Visit BBJ at Marketplace Expo 2012! Booth #222. The premier provider of decor linen in the special events industry. Read more about what sets BBJ apart from the competition. MORE

Take on tropical
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Lately I just can't get Hawaii or any tropical island out of my head and have been dreaming of the sweet smell of the tropics. I love a beach or tropical themed wedding, especially if it's destination, but they so often all look the same. I found some amazing design ideas to make your tropical wedding unique and different yet still traditional. Time to swoon! More

Modern beach wedding
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Dubbed "Geometric POP", this coral, aqua and lime green wedding theme is just as gorgeous and stylish as it is vibrant and fun! We used raffia to tie the place cards to bottles of Sparkling Grapefruit IZZE for another playful touch. More

Pinterest a hit with wedding planners
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Social media site Pinterest, where members can "pin" photos they like to share with others, has become the third most popular, says Experian Marketing Services, behind only behemoths Facebook and Twitter. And of the 104 million visits the site pulled in last month, a chunk of them were driven by beautiful images posted by wedding professionals. More

Pakoras and green chutney
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Kristina Gill writes, "I think I'll try my hand at this week's recipe for Pakoras (Indian Vegetable Fritters) with Fresh Green Chutney. It comes to us from Ontario-based freelance food writer Tara O'Brady. You may be familiar with her blog, Seven Spoons. I was really happy when she suggested an Indian recipe because I would like to offer you more cuisine variety." More

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MAY DAY, MAY DAY! Last day to enter this year's NACE Awards is May 1 by 5pm ET
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NACE awards recognize outstanding work by NACE chapters and individuals throughout the year. Submit your entry to win! For more information, click here.

(Open to the public) Bridal Show Boot Camp webinar, May 14 at 1pm ET, $35 (includes recording)

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Join us on Monday, May 14 at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT for "Bridal Show Boot Camp: The Top 10 Secrets for a Successful Bridal Show" with Mark Shaffer of Beautiful Bride Magazine and Expo. Did you know you can make $100 for every bride you see at a bridal show? Attend this webinar to find out more! Mark will offer expert advice and real case studies to help you plan your bridal show strategy. Special discount available for Business of Weddings bundle. For more information, click here.

(NACE Members Only) Second Tuesdays: register for the FREE Idea Swap for Wine, Spirits and More, May 8 at 3pm ET

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Join us on Tuesday, May 8 at 3 p.m. ET for NACE Idea Swap: Wine, Spirits & More! Join our featured leaders - Bonnie Fimiano, CPCE and Monique Studak, CWS, CSS - and other NACE members in our open forum where you and your peers can share advice, stories and knowledge. For more information, click here.

(Members only special) This just in! Two ways to save $100 in May!

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Join now and save $100! Any NEW professional member who joins NACE this month will receive $100 off the regular membership rate of $395. You pay just $295! Alumni special for NACE members: save $100 off the NACE Experience! 2012 full conference registration. For more information, click here.

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