Category: Special Events

Catering Ideas for a Crowd

Whether you’re designing a menu for a corporate event, an anniversary party, or a wedding, getting the food selections right can make or break your gathering.

But these days, how do you please a host of picky palates? We've seen quite a few decadent dinners, so here are our top catering ideas and trends for your next event.

Buffet or prepared plates?

The first decision you need to make is whether to go buffet style or serve up portioned plates.

Buffet style is likely to please more people because they will have more selections to choose f

Throw a Fabulous Pride Month Party

As we enter Pride Month, many celebrate by hosing a party, attending a parade, or participating activism. On June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in New York City’s Greenwich Village. As the police became violent, patrons of Stonewall along with others in the neighborhood began to fight back, finally fed up with the continual harassment by authorities there and around the country.

The riots—or uprising, as most prefer—lasted three days, and ultimately marked the beginning of the gay rights movement. Organizations such as the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Activists Alliance were formed a

5 Simple Tips to Host a Sustainable Conference

These days if your company wants to project a positive brand image, you need to be on board with the concept of sustainability. That is, actions that reduce your carbon footprint and any negative impact on the environment.

Forbes’ research reveals that 88% of consumers want brands to help them be more environmentally friendly. And many companies are responding. According to Eventbrite’s monthly Events Industry Report, sustainability is a prime consideration when event creators plan their conferences and meetings.

Not only do sustainable practices help the earth and enhance your company’s reputation, it can also cut down on the cost of the event, as you’ll see below.

So here are five easy ways to host a sustainab

Using Social Media to Promote Your Event

If it’s your job to pull together an event, you may be so wrapped up in selecting a venue, creating a theme, hiring vendors, and arranging transportation, that it can be easy to overlook a very important part: publicity.

Besides hitting up the local media, creating a dedicated website, sending emails, and issuing announcements, you’ll get the biggest bang for your buck if you promote your event through social media. Not only do 84 percent of people use at least one type of social media, but social media publicity is free. All it takes is a little planning and a bit of strategizing to create a dynamite social media event promotion campaign.

To boost attendance

The old-school way to publicize an event was to send

How To Host a Conference That’s Unforgettable

If your company is going to host a corporate conference, you need to make sure that all the planning and expenses are worth it, not only for the attendees, but for your company’s return on its investment.

To do this, you need to overcome the concept most people have of just another humdrum, tedious conference.

So what can you do to ensure your firm’s conference is one people will be talking and posting about in glowing terms during and afterward? Here are a few tips.

Determine the conference's goals

Before you begin to make

Are Hybrid Events Here to Stay?

The demands of the pandemic forced us all into new ways of living our lives, from ordering groceries online to wearing masks to attending Zoom meetings in shorts and flip-flops. One of the biggest challenges for event planners was how to hold events safely. The answer was the hybrid event: partially live and partially virtual.

Now that more people are feeling confident about resuming their old way of life, at least for now, many are asking, does that mean the end of hybrid events?

The answer from most experts seems to be no, for several reasons.


How to Boost Attendance at Your Event

Once you’ve booked your event at Miami’s most in-demand event space, the historic Alfred I. duPont Building, you’ll want as many people as possible to attend. Here are a few ideas on how to increase attendance at your event.

Generate buzz

As soon as you have decided on the main outline—one or two featured guests/artists, a few activities, general location and prospective dates—start letting people know. You don’t have to have every single detail locked down, just the overall picture. 

You can tease your prospective event attendance with a few enticing tidbits to pique interest with regu

Where to Stay in Miami

If you’re planning an event in Miami, of course, you’ll want to hold it at Miami’s best event space, the Historic Alfred I. duPont Building.

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And if you’re bringing in guests from out of town, they’ll want to know where to stay while they’re here. Here are a few of our favorites:

Luxury accommodations

According to U.S. News and World Report, Miami is home to three of the top 50 hotels in the country. Each year the magazine releases its list of the nation’s best lodging, ranked on the comfort of accom

How To Select the Perfect Theme for Your Event

Wedding planners have been creating theme weddings for years: garden weddings, winter weddings, rustic weddings, and so forth.

But have you thought about creating a perfect theme for other types of events? Conferences, baby showers, bar and bat mitzvahs, trade shows, anniversary parties, benefits . . . any type of event can be kicked up a notch with a compelling or fun theme.

The perfect theme can even help attract media attention and, thereby, more attendees. But don’t worry that you need to come up with the greatest theme ever for your event. To be memorable, it just has to be right for your attendees.

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The History of Miami’s Best Event Space

When we talk about Miami’s Alfred I. duPont Building being “historic,” we’d like to give you a little background to explain why we emphasize that particular term.

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The beginning

Begun in 1937, the duPont Building was the first skyscraper built in Miami since the Dade County Courthouse in 1928. It was the first major construction project to be built since Florida’s Bust of 1926 following the Great Hurricane of that year. Thus, it signaled Miami’s economic recovery from the Depression.

It also