Takeways from the NACE Annual Conference in Fort Lauderdale

One can’t simply replicate the experience of being at Experience, the national conference and marketplace organized by the National Association for Catering and Events (NACE). The conference is a minute-by-minute learning experience with the latest trends in décor, culinary, and event planning on display. Conference events doubly function as tutorials, hosted by expert industry thought leaders convened by NACE. Here are some great “takeaways” from this year’s conference:


Sheree Bochenek, creative director at Aprés Party and Tent Rental in Edina, Minn., led a session on trends in event rentals and described the residential look—exposed tent beams covered in faux wood “rafters,” hardwood walls, and bookshelves with pendant lighting. Bochenek says to kiss good-bye the rustic look, and relegates it to DIY. It has been replaced by “old world luxury.”

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