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We fell in love with these beautiful etched wine bottles at the 2007 Northwest Event Show. With their intricate detailing and vibrant array of color, these etched wine bottles can be customized to suit your needs. Personalized wine bottles make excellent corporate gifts, bid items for auctions, or display pieces for your storefront or business space.

Featured above: Bottles from Fresh Northwest Design out of Gig Harbor, Washington


Reading Material

We at make continual effort to stay educated when it comes to the world of event planners. We recommend the following "good reads" to further your education and knowledge in the world of event planning.

1. The Complete Guide To Successful Event Planning (2007) by Shannon Kilkenny
The main reason we like this book is that it provides excellent ideas on how to plan "green" meetings & events. Any book that recognizes the impact the event industry can have on preserving the environment is a book we can stand behind.
List price: $39.95

2. Streetwise Meeting & Event Planning (2007) by Joe LoCicero
Streetwise is an excellent general informational tool for planning large events. While the information isn't quite as detailed as we'd like to see, the overall tools and guides provided in this easy read are indeed helpful for planning events. LoCicero's expertise falls under marketing in the event planning and corporate world, so you can expect excellent tips on promoting your event.
List price: $19.95


Calling all caterers!

Mark your calendars for the catersource Conference. "Whether you’re just starting a catering profit center or have been catering for years you’ll find new ideas, techniques and strategies in culinary, sales and
marketing, business, design, operations, and lifestyle management that will help you build your business and impress your clients."
Join guest speakers, Colin Cowie (author), Robyn Waters (trends expert), The Hearty Boys (Food Network) and Michael Roman (catersource president) for the 16th Annual Catering Conference February 24-28 at the Las Vegas Hilton & Convention Center.

Learn more here.


Secure Fine Dining

Do you ever feel insecure when you hand over your credit card after eating at a restaurant? Think about it, how often do you give someone else your credit card, only to have them walk away with it and swipe the card in a location where you cannot see them? Only at restaurants is this practice acceptable. But how do you know your credit card information is secure? You must be very trusting to just hand your card over to a stanger for their safe keeping. Well in 2008, you may see this practice of handing over your credit card disappear in many restaurants across the U.S. Many restaurants are beginning to use wireless credit card readers. Your server will bring the wireless divise directly to you at your table so you can swipe your own card and enter your payment amount. The devise will even give you the option to add on an automatic 15-25% tip without you ever having to do any quick math in your head. Restaurants aren't the only businesses in the hospitality industry that will begin to use these high-tech machines. You'll also notice them popping up on the golf course as the golf club employees visit you with their carts full of snacks. But be carefull, research also shows that paying with a credit card also entices people to spend more money than they would normally since no cash is exchanged.

Do you think this new method of paying will work? Tell us your thoughts.

This wireless credit card reader shown comes from Verifone Tablepay.


Event Resource Guide - Going Color!

Banquet & Event Resource Inc. ( has been publishing resource guides for almost two decades. For the first time, the 2009 Wedding & Event Resource Guides will be published in full, radiant color. Over 10,000 meeting & event planners use B&E's Event Resource Guide each year, and the change to color will certainly be well received by event planners across the Puget Sound region. The 2009 Event Resource Guide will be available September 23, 2008 at the Northwest Event Show.

As of now, the 2008 Event Resource Guide is available and is a free gift for meeting & event planners. If you don't already have your copy, you may order it online here. The 2008 edition features a brand new layout and 600 pages of event-related resources for planning events in the Puget Sound and beyond. Copies are limited so order yours today. And remember, everything in the guides are also available for your convenience at


EVENTive Ideas has been in the event planning industry for almost 17 years. With our impressive track record, is the authority on all event planning information, ideas and trends. With our new blog, we will keep you informed on industry happenings, new vendors, creative ideas, and the latest announcements and events. Check back often for daily postings designed to keep you IN THE KNOW!

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