May 2013  

President's Report

Happy Friday to you on this gorgeous day in Reno-Tahoe! THIS is what I've been waiting for all winter. I'm sure everyone is busy as can be right now, as this is the season for amazing events, so I'll be somewhat brief....

Our chapter is at a record high for membership - 69 members! And we have had a tremendous response to the Preferred Vendor List that we have been distributing on your behalf. I've had at least a dozen calls this past month excited over the referrals our members have received from it. Thank you all for utilizing this NACE benefit and for continuing to refer your fellow members - word of mouth referrals are so important in our industry and we appreciate it. You will get out of this membership what you put into it.....something we'll discuss more at the May meeting....

THE MAY MEETING! The Nevada Museum of Art is hosting us next Thursday (5/9 at 5:30pm) to view not only their Van Gogh, but to tour the museum and see the new spaces available for special events. Make sure you sign up now, as prices will increase the week of the event - you can register here

June 4th, mark your calendars, we have an internationally known event designer gracing us with his presence at the North Tahoe Event Center.....the amazing event designer and a wonderful person, King Dahl from MGM Resort Events. Do you want to know the secrets to pulling off the over the top events that MRE is known for internationally? He's here to spill them! 

Have a fabulous weekend my friends and I look forward to seeing you on the 9th!

Warmest regards,

Kate Patay, Chapter President

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Welcome New Members

Andrea Beede - Circus Circus Reno

Darlene Ellis - Future Dreams Fellowship

Kerry Hawk - Blue Sky Events

Jeffrey Leep - Leep Entertainment

Milton Merlos - Milton Merlos Productions

Kimberly Templeton - Hard Rock Cafe



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Photos From Last Month

And the winnner is.......


Felicia designed an over the top table reminiscent of a Mozart/ Classical Era garden setting in Vienna along with Hattie Reed of Art in Bloom and Daisy Joy-Bankofier of The Entertainer.

Thank you to the other entries from Tahoe Event Rentals, Florabella Designs, Celadon Events and Camelot Party Rentals. All of the tables were amazing and the brides that voted loved them all!

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Featured Spotlight Member

Congratulations to our May spotlight member:


We are the exclusive supplier of the award-winning Model 12 Photo Booth in Reno, Sparks, Tahoe and surrounding areas. Using our amazing 12 megapixel cameras, and with a unique dye-sublimation printer,we can produce fabulous, 1200 DPI quality photos without chemicals or ink. Reno Photobooth Company creates "Great quality photos that will be cherished forever!"

Contact Jo at: 775-354-0300 or [email protected]

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Upcoming Events

For a limited time the Nevada Museum of Art is housing the only Van Gogh in hundreds of miles!

This is your chance to come view that historic piece of art and see the amazing other displays the museum has to offer.

Not only will you be treated to tours of the museum throughout the night, but they will showcase many different venue ideas for you to book your next special event. We'll release a new menu item every week to tempt your tastebuds with the grand finale being revealed at the final stop of the tour!

Thank you to our event sponsors:

Creative Coverings

Nevada Museum of Art

Reno Photobooth Company

Sierra Nevada Chocolates

June 4, 2013


King Dahl

X to the 5th Power

Develop the Expertise to create Extraordinary Experiences

Exceeding customer Expectations

Enjoy an evening of extraordinary event design ideas fromKing Dahl, Executive Director of Event Design for MGM Resorts Events, Las Vegas.

King will discuss his collaborative design process and reveal his sources of inspiration and unique techniques through the use of vivid photos and video. King will also outline the five essential elements that he incorporates when designing his signature, innovative event environments. As a special treat for NACE Reno/Tahoe attendees, King will emphasize some of his award-winning Food and Beverage Display Concepts and explain in detail how to incorporate them into your events.

King will also disclose the leadership secrets that have propelled his team into one of the world’s leading, and most award-winning event companies.  Come prepared to ask all the questions you’ve always wanted to, as King will be an open book in discussing his work philosophy and personal journey as he celebrates his long and distinguished career in event production.

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NACE Member Benefits

Any current professional member who renews in the month of May will receive a $50 discount – renew for just $295!!! You do have to be a current member in good standing but do NOT have to expire in May to qualify. Special renewal form is attached here or can be downloaded at


1. Offer valid only for current NACE members who renew in the month of May, regardless of expiration date.

2. Special application required to qualify. You cannot renew online and receive discount.

3. For invoices or check payments, write code: MAY13.

4.Offer valid only for professional members and cannot be combined with any other discounts. Corporate, partner, student, legacy, multi-member and young professional members are not eligible

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Tip of the Month

Ballrooms can be a difficult to enhance and make up. Most have the same dimensions and same drab colors, but the use of fabric seems can be a dramatic difference on the interior design . A new trend is in fabric architecture, using tension fabrics to create a dramatic visuals showcase colorful lights, images orlogos. These fabric shapes can make the space look transcendent.

Kim Marenus, Director of Events, with City Chic Events
NY, New York

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Recipe of the Month

Yep, that’s right, May 5, the one day of the year when it’s perfectly acceptable (although maybe not advisable) to wear a sombrero to work and start the day off right with tequila for breakfast…. and then lunch…. and some more for dinner too.








2 oz Patrón Silver Tequila
.75 Patrón Citrónge Orange Liqueur
Splash of cranberry juice
Squeeze of lime

Garnish: Lime wheel

Glass: Martini

Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake well and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

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