Member Spotlights

Welcome to Fall

Note from the President

Fall is finally here...And I must say, I am ready for Soft Parade brews, Lions football, and pumpkin spice everything!  If you missed our Tailgating Meeting in August at Atwater Brewery, we had great tips and trends from Katherine's Catering and Top That Event!  Beth from Katherine's even gave us the "history of tailgaiting," which started back in 1904.  It's interesting to see how big tailgating actually is now!

As all of you know, the devastation in Houston has left a hole in our nation.  In an effort to help, our Detroit NACE chapter donated $500 to the Event Professionals Relief Fund of Houston.  We hope that this will assist those in need during this tragic time.  Should you or your organization be interested in making a donation, please visit their "gofundme" page on our Facebook account.  Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Back in July,  I was able to visit our lovely Houston Chapter for our anual NACE Experience Conference.  They truly knocked the whole event out of the PARK, bt the Opening Reception took the cake on the biggest WOW factor of the 4 day event.  I will include a presentation of photos and hottest event trends form the evening, so hopefully you'll be able to take back an idea of two to your teams.

LINK to photos and more COMING SOON!

We look forward to seeing you at our next two events:

Wednesday, September 20th- Westin Book Cadillac- Paige Chenanlt Talk "Birthday Party Project"
Wednesday, October 18th- Detroit Golf Club- Table Top WOW!

Make it Sparkle,

Kate Montgomery, CPCE


Upcoming Events:

Paige Chenault Comes to Detroit
We are so excited to have national speaker, Paige Chenault, at our event. Paige has been seen on Nightly News with Lester Holt, The Today Show, TedX, and interviewed in countless magazines such as Glamour Magazine. She will talk about her years as an event planner and her transition to planning birthday parties for homeless children. COTS in Detroit and HAVEN in Pontiac-both have monthly birthday parties for children with the Birthday Party Project. Paige will talk about forming your "board of directors" to help you within your business and the importance of building your team.
September 20th, The Westin Southfield
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Table Top WOW! 2017
The classic competition is back- this time with a fun, whimsical twist.  This is sure to be the best year yet for Table Top WOW! The event will benefit The Birthday Party Project and the theme this year is BIRTHDAYS!  There are three categories to choose from: Baby, Children/Teen, or Adult.  
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New Member Spotlight:
We're thrilled to welcome 2 brand new members that have joined in the month of July.  We can't wait to collaborate and learn from these new members, and see where this partnership takes us!
Lauren Davis from the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Auburn Hills
Erin Sonntag from Bella e Dolce Cakes
Please join me in welcoming these new members!!  We're looking forward to sharing, learning, networking, and getting to know each of you.  Welcome aboard!
Trend Watch:
With Millenials (love them or hate them- they are here for good) as the primary wedding target, and often corporate target as well, it us up to us as event professionals to work with our new client base.  Millenials are trend forward, technology focused, and savvy to the industry.  They're also huge on customization.  One trend to watch out for in the coming months is the influx of personalization throughout your events.  This can come through in several ways.  Whether you are customizing a menu to incorporate a couple's favorite dessert from their hometown, creating a totally unique photo backdrop, branding the dinner rolls with a corporate logo, or using a live artist painting their party- the opportunities for personalization and customization are only limited by your creativity.


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