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Signature Drink: S’mores Martini

INGREDIENTS
—1 oz. marshmallow vodka
—1 oz. Richardo’s Decaf Coffee Liqueur
—1 oz. cream
—chocolate syrup
—graham cracker crumbs
—toasted marshmallows

DIRECTIONS
Dip the rim of a martini glass in a shallow dish of chocolate syrup and then in a dish of fine graham cracker crumbs. Combine marshmallow vodka, Richardo’s Decaf Coffee Liqueur and cream in a martini shaker with ice. Pour into glass and garnish with toasted marshmallows.

Experts Weigh in on the Good & Bad of SWAG Bags

SWAG: We all get it (hence the acronym: stuff we all get). But do we really want all of the “it” that we get? We asked event planners and hospitality insiders to share with us their best and worst SWAG items—what they keep on hand and what gets tossed in the bin.

Best: Items that are useful, such as power banks, TSA liquids bags and thumb drives.
Worst: Toys/trinkets that end up in the waste; candy and snacks. (Don’t we get enough at the show?)

Signature Drink: Pasternak

Located in the mountains of Northwest New Jersey, Crystal Springs has two hotels, six golf courses, a working farm, two top-ranked spas, cooking classes, four-star Restaurant Latour and the largest wine cellar in the Northeast. Restaurant Latour is the resort’s fourstar dining room; Crystal Tavern is an upscale bistro with New American cooking; Springs Bistro focuses on Italian-inspired dishes; and the seasonal outdoor Chef’s Garden is set within the stunning working organic garden.

Event Snapshots: NACE Wine & Glassware Seminar

Members of the National Association of Catering & Events Denver Chapter were in for a treat during a Riedel glassware seminar (complete with wine of course!) held at JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek and featuring Doug Reed, a regional territory manager for Riedel Crystal. 

Lakeside Retreats Allow for Waterside Work Sessions in Texas

There are nearly 200 lakes and reservoirs across Texas that are larger than 5,000 acre-feet, according to the Texas Almanac released annually by the Texas State Historical Association. With so many large bodies of water weaving through the state, it’s little wonder there are so many options when planning a waterside retreat. Water skiing, beaches and even crushing cars with heavy equipment are all possible at these lakeside retreats. 

La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
MONTGOMERY, LAKE CONROE

How to Get the Most Out of Event Photography

Posed for perfection and moving beyond "say cheese."

Event Snapshots: A French Twist

At this year’s Alliance Française De Chicago gala, guests had a roaring good time taking in the whimsy of 1920s Paris. The biennial event benefits the nonprofit institution, founded 120 years ago, which has become the Midwest’s leading French cultural and learning center. It’s dedicated to studying the language and exchange of friendship between the two countries, and has one of the largest private French libraries in the area.

Lille Syster Paper Flowers Give Floral Arrangements a New Twist

Flowers that never go bad? Yep, you heard it here. Instead of fresh flowers for your next event, try Lille Syster Paper Flower Arrangements. These handmade beauties are made to last and are crafted out of paper! While planning to host her little sister’s bridal shower, owner Katie Antonson was searching for unique decorations, but couldn’t find anything that quite fit the bill, so she made her own. “After experimenting with many kinds of decorations ...

Meet Nate Johnson, The Ice Man

Ice sculptures are coming back to events, says artist Nate Johnson. The co-owner of Johnson Studios, which opened in 2010, sold his first sculpture back in 1989. In his busy season (from Mother’s Day to New Year’s Eve), he can carve up to 150 blocks a week. “For a while it was a cliché thing with many companies giving clients menus to order. But we’re trying to get away from that,” he says. “We encourage every client to give us an idea of who they are and what interests they have so we can design a special piece for every event.”

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