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What's new? The Latest Trends for Team Building.

What's new? The Latest Trends for Team Building.

The Scoop | Shannon Timmerman, CMP, Director of Sales | July 26, 2017

Team Building has been a trend for meeting and events from as far back as I can remember, but the perception of what is a good team building experience has evolved a great deal over time. Read more...

Center of Attention — Promotional Items for Your Tourney

Center of Attention — Promotional Items for Your Tourney

The Scoop | Carrie Chavez, Banquet Manager | June 27, 2017

Looking for something unique and different to include in that tourney goodie bag? Look no further than these hot trends. Read more...

Tech Trends — What to Watch For

Tech Trends — What to Watch For

The Scoop | Kris Decker, Content Editor | May 23, 2017

Every day it seems there’s some new tech emerging that’s going to make meeting and event planning easier, faster, and more engaging for attendees (including our very own, soon-to-launch, refreshed website with even better features and functionality). Read more...

Flavor of The Month — Food Fads

Flavor of The Month — Food Fads

The Scoop | Kris Decker, Content Editor | May 16, 2017

What food fads and trends should you be serving up this year? Consider these ten food fads when you’re making up the menu for your meeting. Read more...

Light It Up — Lights, Décor, Drapery and more

Light It Up — Lights, Décor, Drapery and more

The Scoop | Sheree Bochenek, Creative Director | April 26, 2017

There are currently several exciting and unique trends in lighting and décor. Read more...

Be Our Guest — What are Hotels Doing to Earn Your Business?

Be Our Guest — What are Hotels Doing to Earn Your Business?

The Scoop | Kris Decker, Content Editor | March 28, 2017

There are literally thousands of choices when it comes to booking accommodations for your guests these days. Read more...

True Colors — What’s Hot for 2017

True Colors — What’s Hot for 2017

The Scoop | Kat Minks, Owner | February 02, 2017

With so much going on in everyday life — and let's face it, the world - it is getting increasingly more difficult to not only give meeting attendees an experience they've never had before, but to do so in a way that captivates their attention at the beginning, middle, and end of an event. Read more...

Catered Affair — What to Look for in a Catering Company

Catered Affair — What to Look for in a Catering Company

The Scoop | Kris Decker, Content Editor | December 27, 2016

There is certainly no shortage of excellent caterers out there, ready, willing, and able to prepare fabulous fare for your event. Read more...

By Design — Most Effective Tradeshow Booth Designs

By Design — Most Effective Tradeshow Booth Designs

The Scoop | Sydney Wolf, Sales Manager | November 30, 2016

An effective trade show booth design goes beyond flashy signage and exciting swag. Read more...

What's your Point? Tips for Creating a Power Point Presentation that Stands Out

What's your Point? Tips for Creating a Power Point Presentation that Stands Out

The Scoop | Kris Decker, Content Editor | October 26, 2016

At one time or another, we’ve all been held captive by a boring, unimpressive or confusing presentation. Read more...

Driven to Succeed — The Most Impressive Way to Transport Your VIPs

Driven to Succeed — The Most Impressive Way to Transport Your VIPs

The Scoop | Nicole French, Vice President of Sales and Marketing | September 28, 2016

Taking good care of your VIPs begins at the moment of first contact; not in the boardroom, but at the curbside. Read more...

Table Set – Embracing Old World Luxury

Table Set – Embracing Old World Luxury

The Scoop | Sheree Bochenek, Creative Director | August 24, 2016

Heads up, everyone! Event industry décor is changing. Say “goodbye” to DIY, burlap, and mason jars. Say “HELLO” to Old World Luxury. Read more...

Tech Trends — What You Must Have for a Smart Meeting.

Tech Trends — What You Must Have for a Smart Meeting.

The Scoop | John Cosgrove, Co-Owner | July 26, 2016

Beginning with a website that details all the pertinent event information, to registration, on-site check in, event app, communication, and surveys, from soup to nuts it’s critical that you give your attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors tools that provide them with all the vital information they’ll need. Read more...

Bloom & Grow — The Best Flowers of the Season

Bloom & Grow — The Best Flowers of the Season

The Scoop | Pete Nelson, Event Designer | June 28, 2016

‘Tis the season for outdoor events, and with that comes an array of options for outdoor arrangements. Read more...

That’s the Spirit — Trends in Craft Beer, Wine, and Whiskey

That’s the Spirit — Trends in Craft Beer, Wine, and Whiskey

The Scoop | Kris Decker, Content Editor | June 01, 2016

In decades past, alcoholic beverages and the people who drank them all had very distinct reputations. Read more...

Pair Up — Trending Food + Wine Combos

Pair Up — Trending Food + Wine Combos

The Scoop | Christine Iannelli, Wine Director | April 27, 2016

As many of you know, one of the biggest trends in the restaurant business is fast, casual dining with upscale comfort food. Read more...

Brand New  — Cool and Inspiring Ideas to Build Your Event

Brand New — Cool and Inspiring Ideas to Build Your Event

The Scoop | Jennifer Braun, CMP, CSEP | March 28, 2016

Events are an investment. Read more...

BYOD — Tech Tips to Prep for Your Next Meeting.

BYOD — Tech Tips to Prep for Your Next Meeting.

The Scoop | Kris Decker, Content Editor | February 23, 2016

Where would we be without technology? Probably working more, accomplishing less, and feeling incredibly frustrated. Read more...

Color Scheme — Tending Colors for the New Year

Color Scheme — Tending Colors for the New Year

The Scoop | Pete Nelson, Event Designer | January 27, 2016

When it comes to color trends, there truly are no limits. Read more...

Just Desserts — Scrumptious After-Dinner Treats You Must Serve This Season

Just Desserts — Scrumptious After-Dinner Treats You Must Serve This Season

The Scoop | Kris Decker, Content Editor | December 29, 2015

In the midst of a cold winter, your typical go-to desserts might not be so appealing right now. Read more...

Deck the Halls — Happening Holiday Décor

Deck the Halls — Happening Holiday Décor

The Scoop | Alie Witthans | December 01, 2015

Simplicity is elegant in holiday décor this season. Dark blues and shimmering metallics are trending in holiday themes, from navy velvet-covered bulbs to glitter gold-trimmed poinsettia stems to dress up your tablescape. Read more...

In the Dark? Turn on New Lighting Trends this Season

In the Dark? Turn on New Lighting Trends this Season

The Scoop | Kris Decker, Content Editor | October 28, 2015

This season, event lighting has taken on a whole new dimension. Read more...

Hot Dish — Find your best catering options; tried and true vs. bold and new

Hot Dish — Find your best catering options; tried and true vs. bold and new

The Scoop | Jessica Kielblock, Catering Sales Manager | September 30, 2015

While stations and hors d’oeuvre receptions are becoming increasingly popular for events, planners and clients often struggle with the thought of giving up a seated dinner. Read more...

Get Schooled in Color — Learn the Trending Hues for This Season

Get Schooled in Color — Learn the Trending Hues for This Season

The Scoop | Sheree Bochenek, Creative Director | August 25, 2015

The colors of autumn are abundant. Read more...

Value in Bloom — Making the Most of Summer Flowers

Value in Bloom — Making the Most of Summer Flowers

The Scoop | Pete Nelson, Event Designer | July 29, 2015

The summer months offer a floral designer an array of colorful blooms from which to choose; it’s a virtual floral playground where anything goes. Read more...

Heard it Through the Grapevine — The Top Wines Being Served This Summer

Heard it Through the Grapevine — The Top Wines Being Served This Summer

The Scoop | Bruce Michaelson, Restaurant Manager | June 30, 2015

Whether you pair them with a juicy steak or a fresh salad, summer wines are a sweet, refreshing addition to any meal. Read more...

What's the Word? Successful Ways to Market Content to Boost Your Biz.

What's the Word? Successful Ways to Market Content to Boost Your Biz.

The Scoop | Taylor Pettis, Senior Marketing Manager | May 27, 2015

Get the SCOOP from industry expert Three Deep Marketing as they share successful ways to market content to boost your business. Read more...

Team Spirit – Ziplining, Treasure Hunts and Other Team Building Trends

Team Spirit – Ziplining, Treasure Hunts and Other Team Building Trends

The Scoop | Kris Decker, Content Editor | April 28, 2015

Team building brings your group together in ways that teach them to communicate better, build on leadership skills, develop collaborative attitudes, encourage support for others and tap into creative thinking. Read more...

Home Plate — This Season's Trending Small Plate Foods

Home Plate — This Season's Trending Small Plate Foods

The Scoop | April 02, 2015

Tapas, or the small plates trend continues to be hot, hot, hot!!! Read more...

Great Taste — Three Inspiring Ideas for Your Next Food Affair

Great Taste — Three Inspiring Ideas for Your Next Food Affair

The Scoop | Ben McCallum, Chef | February 24, 2015

Add flavor to your event with these delicious ideas for your next food affair. Read more...

Color Scheme — Color Your Winter Event Classy

Color Scheme — Color Your Winter Event Classy

The Scoop | Sheree Bochenek, Creative Director | January 27, 2015

Kick those pastels to the curb. This season’s hottest colors are bold and audacious. Always eye-catching, never timid. Pair them with contrasts or complements. It’s your call. Read more...

Single Source Solutions — Find the perfect place in just one space

Single Source Solutions — Find the perfect place in just one space

The Scoop | December 30, 2014

It is the dilemma we all face at one time or another, creating an event that will provide everything in one location, yet at a price that will fit within nearly any budget. Read more...

That's Entertainment — Trends in booking entertainment for your event

That's Entertainment — Trends in booking entertainment for your event

The Scoop | Kris Decker, Content Editor | December 01, 2014

We’ve all been at events where the entertainment is lackluster or, even worse, it’s annoying and disruptive. Read more...

12 App Features that Improve Attendee Experience

12 App Features that Improve Attendee Experience

The Scoop | Tom McCullugh, Owner | Chief Marketing Officer | October 27, 2014

Eighty percent of event attendees (in North America) now use smartphones and on average, spend more than 60 hours a week consuming content on their mobile devices. Read more...

Holiday Table — What’s Trending in Holiday Decor

Holiday Table — What’s Trending in Holiday Decor

The Scoop | September 23, 2014

Most of us haven’t forgotten the long, cold, deep freeze of 2013. For that reason, clients are looking for a Holiday Soiree that’s a bit cozier this year. Read more...

See the Light — What’s New in Lighting

See the Light — What’s New in Lighting

The Scoop | Josh Reitan, Owner | August 26, 2014

Lighting is a very exciting medium as it can have a dramatic impact on the overall look of an event. Read more...

What’s on your Palette? — Autumn Color Scheme

What’s on your Palette? — Autumn Color Scheme

The Scoop | Sheree Bochenek, Creative Director | July 30, 2014

This fall, look for colors as gorgeous as the season - stunning jewel tones, sophisticated metallics and rich earthy hues - to embellish and enhance your venue’s décor. Read more...

You Take the Cake — What’s trending in desserts

You Take the Cake — What’s trending in desserts

The Scoop | Jay Soule, General Manager | June 24, 2014

No doubt about it, Americans love their sweets, so you can count on the fact that desserts are going to be an ongoing trend. Read more...

Goodies for Foodies  — Satisfying Stations

Goodies for Foodies — Satisfying Stations

The Scoop | Geri Wolf, Sr. Event Designer | May 28, 2014

From a culinary standpoint, it is a pretty exciting time to be in the event industry. Read more...

There’s an app for that — Popular apps for meeting planning

There’s an app for that — Popular apps for meeting planning

The Scoop | Derek Ranthum, Marketing Manager | April 29, 2014

Where would you be without your mobile device? Read more...

Keeping Classic and Cutting-edge Classy

Keeping Classic and Cutting-edge Classy

The Scoop | Sheree Bochenek, Creative Director | April 01, 2014

This season, planners are combining classic design with cutting edge trends for results that are both stylish and sophisticated. Read more...

Beyond the Winter Blahs — What’s Colorful, Bright, and New for Spring.

Beyond the Winter Blahs — What’s Colorful, Bright, and New for Spring.

The Scoop | Kris Decker, Content Editor | February 25, 2014

This year more than ever before, we need a big, bold jump into spring, and trending colors and fabrics are going to help us do just that. Read more...

Financial Arrangements  — The hottest trends on a tight budget (black & white on vases).

Financial Arrangements — The hottest trends on a tight budget (black & white on vases).

The Scoop | Sheree Bochenek, Creative Director | January 28, 2014

The trend makers have spoken — clear glass vases are OUT. Read more...

Technology Trends — How to Measure, Account for and Price Bandwidth for Meetings

Technology Trends — How to Measure, Account for and Price Bandwidth for Meetings

The Scoop | Barb Goin, Hospitality Professional | December 12, 2013

Learn from industry experts Barb Goin and Kim Fischer, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel. Read more...

Exotic Menu Planning

Exotic Menu Planning

The Scoop | Linda Adam, Director of Catering Sales | November 12, 2013

Exotic foods encompass a wide range of cuisines from around the world. Read more...

Hot Trends for Cold Winter Nights

Hot Trends for Cold Winter Nights

The Scoop | Sheree Bochenek, Creative Director | October 15, 2013

We’re headed into the season of glitz and glam, glitter and candlelight glow. Read more...

Defining Resort Travel Trends

Defining Resort Travel Trends

The Scoop | Kris Decker, Content Editor | September 10, 2013

If you thought that most resorts were nothing more than mosquito-infested campsites boasting cabins that smell of mildew, it’s time to think again. Read more...

Themes Like a Good Time

Themes Like a Good Time

The Scoop | Kris Lindsoe, Sales Representative | August 13, 2013

Every client has a theme in mind when planning an event, so Ultimate Events works closely with each to create their “themed vision!” Read more...

Radio Tech Trends for Successful Summer Events

Radio Tech Trends for Successful Summer Events

The Scoop | Russ Anderson, Rental Manager | July 11, 2013

The set up and execution of a large-scale gala can be a logistical nightmare. When your team is scattered to the four winds and you need to talk to them NOW, what can you do? Read more...

Offbeat Activities

Offbeat Activities

The Scoop | Sheree Bochenek, Creative Director | June 12, 2013

Whether it’s at a structured corporate event or a fun networking gig, offbeat activities get people loosened up, interacting and exchanging information. Read more...

It’s a Real Picnic — Trends for Corporate Picnic Events

It’s a Real Picnic — Trends for Corporate Picnic Events

The Scoop | Tim Smith, Sr. Sales Representative | May 15, 2013

It’s that time of year to gather together and celebrate summer. Read more...

Techno Trends

Techno Trends

The Scoop | Cookie Coleman, Co-Creative Director & Executive Producer | April 09, 2013

Ever-emerging technology is challenging clients and planners to incorporate new ideas into events. Read more...

It’s Getting Hot in Here

It’s Getting Hot in Here

The Scoop | Sheree Bochenek, Creative Director | March 12, 2013

Even though the calendar says it’s spring, come March 20, you’re probably still not going to be planning an outdoor event. But wait … maybe it’s not such a crazy idea after all. Read more...

Linens!

Linens!

The Scoop | Farrah Slinger, Event Division Manager | February 13, 2013

Specialty linens are a perfect way to transform a wedding or business reception room at a reasonable price. Read more...

The "Mantique" Trend

The "Mantique" Trend

The Scoop | Sheree Bochenek, Creative Director | January 14, 2013

Imagine a book-filled library in 1900 where British explorers meet to discuss their adventures. Read more...

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