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How to Personalize Your Designer-Inspired Office Space

Who doesn’t love designer items? They are chic, luxurious, well-made, but expensive. Within recent years, more and more designers have been offering office accessories to help personalize your workspace. But dropping $30 on designer paper clips may not be the best thing for your wallet. Here are various items to help make your office space look designer, but at a fraction of the cost. Enjoy!

Office Lamp:

The Dark Side of Large Conferences and Sporting Events

March Madness is upon us, and I couldn’t be more excited. As a Hoosier, I was raised on basketball and euchre. I have since found that other parts of the world do not hold the two in such high esteem. The first year I moved out here, I asked if anyone was up for a little March Madness bracket challenge, and no one had any idea what I was talking about. No. One. (And don’t get me started on the lack of euchre players in the region.) Fortunately, I can still compete with my family back in Indiana via email, so all is right in my own little corner of the March Madness world.

Signature Drink: Over the River

Doug Fir Lounge’s bar manager, Joshua Merrion, recommends his Over the River cocktail to keep you warm when the temperatures dip.

INGREDIENTS
—2 parts Woodford Reserve
—1 part Zirbenz Stone Pine liqueur
—1/4 ounce honey syrup
—4 dashes each Peychaud’s bitters and Angostura bitters

DIRECTIONS
1. Combine all ingredients, stir and strain over a single ice cube.
2. Garnish with a lemon peel and Amarena cherry on a pick.

Signature Drink: Smoked Duck Manhattan

Named one of 2014’s “Best Cocktails in America” by Restaurant Hospitality, this drink from Kirkland, Washington’s Trellis Restaurant (located in The Heathman Hotel) will warm you up on a crisp fall afternoon.

INGREDIENTS
— 2 oz. duck-infused bourbon
— .75 oz. Carpano Antica vermouth
— .25 oz. Luxardo cherry liqueur
— Cherry
— Ardbeg whiskey atomizer

DIRECTIONS
1. Combine bourbon, Carpano Antica and Luxardo.
2. Stir over ice and strain into a chilled martini glass.
3. Garnish with a cherry and mist with Ardbeg.

Vancouver Announced Winners of Annual Tourism Awards

Vancouver, Washington has announced the winners of its annual Tourism Awards. The much-anticipated awards honor individuals and organizations that have made contributions to tourism in Clark County. One thing I love about the annual awards is that they introduce us to some of the faces who make our jobs so much easier and more enjoyable.

Join me in congratulating this year’s winners: 

The Tourism Ambassador Award: Bradley Richardson

Fab Floral Trends for Fall

Fall is a great time of year to experiment with different floral designs. Here are our three favorite trends for autumn 2015.
 
1. Textured Pieces: Unusual elements such as succulents, feathers and staves make floral arrangements more linear and dynamic. Foliage is also an important factor in creating more textured bouquets, while incorporating more stems adds a fun and contemporary flair.
 

Signature Drink - Farmer's Rock 'n' Rose

In honor of Oregon’s rock-star farmers, Portland’s iconic hotel, The Nines, created its specialty cocktail Farmer’s Rock ’n’ Rose. Take a sip and keep rockin’ in the free world.

INGREDIENTS
— Soda
—2 oz. gin
—.75 oz. lemon juice
—3 marion blackberries
—.75 oz. rosemary infusion*
—blackberry skewer and grated lemon zest for garnish

Winter Is in the Air

All planners know the importance of looking ahead—the earlier the details fall into place, the less stress one has to deal with as the event nears.

A smattering of event venues have started holding receptions decorated for holiday parties to give planners an idea of what a holiday event would look like there and to have soirees booked far in advance. We know Christmas in July sounds crazy, but it really is a planner’s dream. With all the heat and sunshine, winter feels light-years away.

ISES Live: And the Nominees Are…

Are you headed to ISES Live in New Orleans next month? The Northwest region is going to be well represented—at least at the conference’s much-anticipated Esprit Awards. Here are the local companies nominated for awards:

Best Event Solution

Blue Danube Productions for the 12th Man Lighting Spectacle (Seattle Chapter)

Best Meeting/Conference Program Over $250,000 USD

Anglin Creative Group for the 2014 Team Summit (Portland Chapter)

Best Public Event

Applause for the Emerald City Applause Award Winners

The 10th Annual Emerald City Applause Awards were held on May 20 at Seattle’s Sodo Park. Honoring the best of the best in our industry, the ISES Seattle event was sponsored by ABC Special Event Rentals/CORT, Animate Objects Physical Theater, Blue Danube Productions, Butler Seattle, Caren Morris Photography, Creative Coverings Linen Rentals & Sales, Herban Bloom, Herban Feast, Immersion Events, Mike Nakamura Photography, Magnus Media Group, Fred Northup Jr. - Fundraising Auctioneer, PJ Hummel & Company, Shindig Events, and Sunny Umbrella Design Company LLC.

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