With April showers behind us (hopefully) I’m excited to see the garden starting to bloom! It’s always fun to enjoy farmer’s market produce during this time of year and the widening variety of flowers available. Here in Southern California succulents continue to hold court in arrangements and are stunning when paired with a variety of florals and branches.
I thought these arrangements of succulents, florals and vegetables by Anthomatic florals clever, inspiring and easy to assemble!
Other than being very successful entrepreneurs, what do Richard Branson, owner of Virgin Airlines and Barbara Corcoran, real estate mogul, have in common? They attribute their secret for success, creativity and innovation to something very simple: FUN!
Both go out of their way to schedule out of the box, fun gatherings with their staff, taking them out of their comfort zone and daily business attire. Judging by photos she has shared , Barbara has planned some wild times and parties with her staff – and in the process, her celebrations became coveted events and the talk of New York .
In a recent article, Richard Branson describes how he also likes to step away from the usual business agenda. Instead, he prefers to set inspiring themes in a great destination, invite a diverse mix of people to hear a thought provoking speaker and surprise the group with some fun entertainment.
Both have figured out the key to elicit creativity, ideas and conversations is to create those special experiences in a fun, relaxed and casual environment.
I can’t think of anyone who would want to miss this business meeting around a floating appetizer station!
Attending the parties, shows and displays in Vegas are always fun and inspiring, but I always come away remembering those designs that stand out for their color and design composition.
It is always interesting to see the tabletop competitions and how designers envision a particular theme, look, or color combination. Indian tabletops are always colorful and full of jewels, beads, etc. everywhere from the placemats to pillows to decor accents.
Other interesting designs that caught my eye: A tall red centerpiece on the bar created a nice focal point. The orange and white centerpiece includes food display stands as a nice touch instead of food just sitting on the table.
Wow,What An Event!
Attending the Event Solutions Conference is always a stimulating , information packed several days. There is never enough time to hear all the presentations and digest all the information presented.
A visual feast for the eyes and senses, top planners and designers share their designs and events over several days. I always come away inspired with the new ideas and trends in our industry!
The tradeshow floor is always a delight to see what new things suppliers are coming up with. Partnered with the Catersource conference, it also offers food sampling galore – a few pounds later (oh, all those dessert samples!) – it was interesting to try the various gluten free items that have definitely improved in taste over the years.
Wandering the trade show floor, one would expect to see Pantone emerald green (color of the year) displays everywhere. Not so! In fact, judging by the displays, you would think purple was crowned color of the year:
From an interesting display of a multitiered hanging centerpiece, to purple invitations and metallics, I enjoyed seeing the use of one of my favorite colors interspersed on plates, chairs and centerpieces.