Serving alcohol at a meeting or event tends to be a boon for guests, but it can also add stress for planners. Luckily, Complete Beverage Service, a Minneapolis-based beverage company, has spent more than 20 years perfecting the art of beverage catering in the metro area.

The small, family-owned and -operated company, which specializes in beverage catering for any type of event from a small office happy hour to corporate events with thousands of guests, is run by Melissa Glancy, her brother and her father. Glancy, who is also the sales manager, sat down with Minnesota Meetings + Events to share some tricks of the trade from her years of experience.

"The first rule of thumb when it comes to planning an event with alcohol is that the number of guests is the most important aspect."

Pricing out the alcohol for an event isn’t usually negotiable and is almost always based off the number of attendees, so getting these numbers right can ultimately save money.

"Plus, you never want to run out of the product at an event," says Glancy. "I always plan for one drink per person, per hour. That always leaves us with more than enough."

Glancy advises to opt for a keg with larger groups because bottled beer is more expensive. Additionally, assess the needs of your event. If it’s a dinner, it could be beneficial to stick with beer and wine-leave the mixed drinks for a happy hour. But remember, nonalcoholic options need to be provided, too.

Finally, plan ahead and talk to experts, like Glancy herself or other seasoned event planners. Permits are dependent on each city, so Glancy always looks into them long before the event starts. It’s important to make sure the company and the venue are in understanding of each other-this is where speaking to an expert can come in handy. "Don’t be afraid to ask," she says. "A successful event can happen when you trust the expert’s opinion."

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Recruiting in the meetings and events industry can be challenging in any economy. When times are good, top candidates have many options, and when times are bad, employed people don’t want to make a move. As with any challenge, it’s important to tackle it strategically. When it comes to acquiring talent, having your sourcing strategy and process in place should happen before you even need to hire someone. You may be wondering why you need a search strategy before you need candidates.

 

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.)