FEB 2014

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13 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 4 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ Hang Chandeliers To Turn Any Room Into A Ballroom Jazz up any meeting room, even an expo hall, with chandeliers to create a more elegant environment for special events. To make your own chandelier- like lights, simply wrap string lights—like holiday icicle lights—around different-sized round frames. Connect the frames and hang them from the ceiling to jazz up a banquet. ■ To learn how to make round frames, we found this DIY blog: h ttp://sa wdustg irl . co m/20 1 3/1 0/24/ d ecor at i v e -w oo d- sp here s AFTER Idea Example Shared By Greater Richmond (Va.) Convention Center Con v en t ion Cre at i v i t y S ta r ts Wi t h A Bl a nk Sl at e ... The subdued aesthetics of convention centers and multipurpose event facilities make them well suited for any type of event, providing you with a blank slate for creating a unique environment for attendees. Not crafty when it comes to design and décor? Let the facility's staff assist you as they have a wealth of ideas and a vault of décor. Here are some of the easy event design ideas that facilities across the South shared with us: The CREATIVE Issue BEFORE Serving food, deserts and specialty drinks in small glasses, known as shooters, is a fun way to proportion food to guests. When placed together on a table or serving stand, they make a neat, pattern-like presentation. Tiered Plexiglas serving stands showcase these layered delights from the Centerplate team at the Raleigh Convention Center (pictured left). The shooters contain brownie mudslide parfaits with Kahlua mousse and turtle caramel cheese cake. Shooters can be made in a variety of types of glasses, including wine glasses and martini glasses, and can contain a variety of food pairings like shrimp and black rice (pictured right). ■ Image Shared By Raleigh (N.C.) Convention Center Sawdust Girl 08-26 CS FEB 2014_Layout 1 1/31/14 3:45 PM Page 13

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