Splash! Blog

Splash! is our way of sharing with you what’s in, what’s hot, and what’s not in the world of events. We cover topics and issues that are important to you, such as event technology, food, design trends, event analysis, protocol, dress codes, and much more. Our aim is to educate and inspire and help your next event make a splash!

Looking forward to 2014

January 1 coincided with nothing less than a new moon – a celestial special, a harbinger for new endeavors, a symbol for rebirth, and generally good things to come. If you missed it, don’t worry: you can’t see a new moon. But, armed with the knowledge that it...

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Making the Right Cuts

Despite rumors that the economy is picking up, the government shutdown has more than just federal employees nervous about spending the extra dollar.  Event budgets continue to face downward pressure, but before you cut food, florals and decor, remember that...

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Building Up Event Attendance

“Build it and they will come” goes the adage, but for special events, this is not always the case. Particularly in cites like Washington, DC, that are saturated with receptions, dinners, and fundraisers of every shape, size, and price. So, how do you build an audience...

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Avoiding Event Pitfalls

Those of us holding fundraisers or ticketed events are too often lured into offering complementary tickets or discounts. This can go badly awry—disappointing revenue and higher costs. Avoiding these pitfalls requires sound strategic planning, including these tips:...

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Great Expectations for 2013

Development departments and Boards across the country are wrestling with the thought of having a gala his spring. The decision usually revolves around the question: Is it worth it? To answer it, we must understand the gala’s range of possibilities and specific...

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Fall 2012 Food Trends

With event season upon us, what can we expect to find this fall on platters, dishes, bowls, spoons and the odd cup?  Here are some of the trends we are seeing in DC and around the globe: Edible dirt seems to be making some ground.  By no means a novel concept, it...

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Event Budgets: To Simply Cut is to Oversimplify

The economic crisis coupled with the months-long, ongoing GSA scandal have led many organizations to cut event budgets in an attempt to appear frugal and fiscally responsible.  This is shortsighted. The question organizations should ask themselves is not simply “how...

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Memorial Day Celebration at the Hay Adams

The Hay Adams, over looking the White House, could not be a more perfect setting to being Memorial Day observances and recognize not only the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, but also the 30th Anniversary of the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The...

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Event Ideas for Spring 2012

A few hot (and some not) special event ideas for spring 2012 include: Texting. We are definitely going to see more texting during live events as producers try to help guests feel more connected and engaged, as a way for organizations to capture contact information...

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Black Tie Optional is not an option

Writing an invitation for your event that is appropriate and useful is very important. Back in October, I posted a short piece on what to wear and I made reference to the all-too-often used  “black tie optional”.  This useless and anxiety-inducing direction should be...

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What are you wearing?

I get this question often.  I’ve seen a lot of fur and a lot of sequins in the Fall fashions, and while I welcome all of it, DC is still about classics.  Sure, critics may be point out that Washington is not as exciting as LA and that we are not as edgy as NYC, and...

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