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Emerald City Designs
MIM+E held its annual Best of Michigan party May 22 at the new Blue Water Convention Center in Port Huron. Empty Canvas provided the entertainment; Kurt Colone and the team from Mike Staff Productions emceed and played music; Chateau Chantal provided a wine tasting table; SugarHigh Bakery delighted guests with a sweets table; and Emerald City Designs provided the floral arrangements and linens.
Event décor is a planner’s ally. It creates a mood, moves attendees through a space in a predetermined way and gives them something to talk about with people they may not know well. Of course, décor trends come and go. The popular trends tend to overstay their welcome; most planners would probably be happy at this point to never see another Mason jar. The best ones never go away forever, but get reinvented and imagined for each new generation.
Each year brings ever stiffer competition for our Best of Michigan Meetings + Events readers’ choice awards. New venues open, suppliers flourish and tastes expand. Maybe that’s why this year’s final vote tallies were record-setting, as nearly 3,000 of you participated. Or maybe it’s because we have an especially passionate readership. Whatever the reason, our winners have earned their kudos. Congratulations to them all!
There’s a reason some venues book years in advance: A great venue is worth the wait.
INDUSTRY MEMBERS who want to give back while doing what they do best should consider KIDSgala. The foundation, founded by David McKnight, celebrates kids who face major obstacles, such as illness. It got its start after McKnight reconnected with an old friend, Shelly Burton, at a high school reunion.