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With the right tools, handcrafting invite envelopes has never been easier

Hand lettering isn’t just for the artistically gifted anymore thanks to The Lettermate, a translucent addressing stencil. Complete with a ruler edge, four horizontal die cut windows and halfway point indicators, your trusty guide will ensure aligned and straight writing. This handy 4-inch-by- 5-inch plastic tool works with virtually any envelope, from square shape to the long rectangular #10 size. Spice up invite and thankyou notes, or use it to make name tags and place settings. There’s minimal room for error, but loads of space for creativity.

15 Reasons to Book within the Group Block

Q: What’s the best way to fill my group room block during my upcoming convention? There are so
many available choices, from vacation rentals through websites like Airbnb and VRBO, to discount
hotel stays through sites like Priceline and Orbitz.

Grand Rapids Offers a Clean, Comfortable & Cosmopolitan Choice

Want all the benefits of a big city with the simplicity and charm of a small one? Then Grand Rapids is the place for you. Located on the Grand River, after which it’s named, in the southwest section of the state about 25 miles east of Lake Michigan, Grand Rapids offers everything from world-renowned art and historic sites to world-class golf courses, recreation and beaches. It’s no wonder Lonely Planet named this vibrant city of nearly 200,000 people the country’s No. 1 travel destination in 2014 and that Forbes has called downtown Grand Rapids one of the country's 10 best downtowns.

Meet Julie Pingston, GLCVB

When you work in the tourism industry, diplomatic savvy comes in handy. Julie Pingston, CMP, CTA, gained hers in the field.

Pingston, senior vice president and chief operating office at the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau (GLCVB), started her career as a campaign intern for George Bush the elder. After he was elected, Pingston, newly graduated from Alma College, was appointed to the nowdefunct U.S. Travel and Tourism Association, a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Event Snapshots: 10th Annual Best of Michigan Readers Choice Awards

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. 

Home Chef Delivers Fresh Ingredients to Busy Planners' Doorsteps

Looking for a way to still cook meals at home but just don’t have the time to do it all? Home Chef is a food delivery service with a fresh twist. Great for working professionals like planners, the company makes meal planning and grocery shopping a breeze by giving you meal ideas, shopping for you, portioning everything out and delivering fresh ingredients to your doorstep. All you have to do is cook.

Treat Your Guests like Celebrities at Movie Theater Venues

Roll out the red carpet! A movie theater gives your event Hollywood flash and sparkle. Big screens, plush seating, state-of-the-art audio-visual capabilities, and the latest entertainment await your guests in movie theaters across Michigan. 

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3 Distinctive Holiday Tours to Enjoy the Spirit of the Season

1. Detroit Opera House
The C. Howard Crane-designed opera house is gorgeous on a regular day, with much of the Italian Renaissancestyle décor original to the 1922 building still in place. The opera house goes all out with the festive holiday décor, elevating this Detroit treasure to truly breathtaking.
When: Mondays November 30 – December 28, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Connect: michiganopera.org | 313.961.3500

Mission Point Resort Offers Cocktails Fresh From the Garden

John Van Etten, Mission Point Resort’s new superintendent of grounds and gardens, has planted a large hillside cocktail garden.

The garden, viewable through the windows of Chianti, the resort’s upscale restaurant, grows flowers, herbs and edible plants slated for use as syrups and garnishes in the resort’s new cocktail menu. Plantings include lavender, rosemary, lemon sage, lemon verbena, lemongrass, fennel, six types of basil and five types of mint.

Cocktail offerings will change with the garden’s flowers and herbs. 

Unlock Lessons From Local Communities With Place-Based Education

Q: Our attendees are interested in getting out of the classroom to explore the local community. What learning opportunities exist for these adventure-seekers?

A: The number of continuing education units required by attendees to maintain their professional designations often determines the number of breakout sessions offered at annual meetings. But as more emphasis is placed on the total conference experience, attendees are increasingly interested in getting out of the classroom and into the community.

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