Archive for January, 2010

The Special Events Show 2010: Reflections

January 19th, 2010

Beatles Backdrop | Backdrops Beautiful

Last week I attended the Special Events Show (TSE) in New Orleans, LA. I’ll post more later on some detailed observations, but I did not want to delay getting some initial thoughts posted.

First, everyone was talking about how much smaller TSE Show was than previous years. Some companies said they had great shows while others said the show was a relative disappointment for them. The show traffic was good in our aisle and the sponsorship of the lounge and stage backdrops helped direct traffic to our booth significantly. We had a lot of event professionals come by and say hello.

Number one reason to attend The Special Events Show as an exhibitor is to provide event professionals the opportunity meet you face-to-face and to test your product. “Seeing, touching and testing” is the most reliable way of determining if your product is the best option for the event professional. With over 6,000 registered visitors, 200 exhibitors and a multitude of seminars, everyone was eager to learn how to make their event more stunning.

Here are some of the companies that exhibited at TSE Show 2010 in NOLA:

Pink Inc.
Dazian, LLC
Amy’s Orchids
Catch The Moment
Backdrops Beautiful
AFR Event Furnishings
Event Planners Association
Association of Bridal Consultants
Freeman Audio Visual Solutions
Wedding Industry Professionals Association

The Special Events Show 2011 will be held in Phoenix, AZ.

San Diego MPI Holiday Party

January 7th, 2010

Backdrops-David Patrone on Stage

The San Diego Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (SDMPI) held its annual holiday party on December 8, 2009 with a Golden Age of Las Vegas theme. The event took place at the beautiful U.S. Grant Hotel in the historic Gaslamp Quarter. Everyone was serenaded back into time by the smooth crooning of Old Blue Eyes and the rest of the Rat Pack.

The evening began with the sophisticated sounds of Sinatra, cocktails at old fashion pricing, and the opportunity to bid on fabulous silent auction items. Following cocktail hour, attendees moved into the Celestial Ballroom for an elegant plated dinner along with an entertaining dinner show highlighting San Diego’s Premier Male Jazz Vocalist and Master of Ceremonies David Patrone. The nostalgic evening concluded with the much anticipated annual live auction by the professional Pierre Charmasson. All proceeds from the silent and live auction benefited the children of the Monarch School. The event helped raise over $6000 in cash.

Monarch School is a remarkable San Diego school that, along with its committed team of teachers, administration and volunteers, is dedicated to providing homeless and at-risk children with an accredited education while caring for their basic needs. Today, more than 100 kids between the ages of 7 and 18 are enrolled at Monarch School and SDMPI is proud to support their efforts.

The event was a huge success thanks to the Holiday Committee and the vendors who donated their time and services. The holiday committee worked very hard and dedicated many hours toward making the event special and memorable. Rita and the staff of the U.S. Grant Hotel provided a decadent dinner and five star service. Mercedes and the Event Supplier Inc. team did an amazing job with the spectacular décor. It was a breathtaking moment walking into the ballroom and seeing the transformation. The linens, flowers, chair covers, etc. were exquisite. Backdrops Beautiful provided all the beautiful themed backdrops.

“I would like to be remembered as a man who had a wonderful time living life, a man who had good friends, fine family – and I don’t think I could ask for anything more than that, actually.” – Frank Sinatra

All photographs were taken by Victor Goodpasture.