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Tropical Events: Reinventing the Themed Event South FL Style

Here in South FL we can’t escape the tropics. We have tropical weather, tropical food, easy access to Caribbean tropical destinations, and of course tropical EVENTS!

Many of our amazing local event professionals have become experts in reinventing the tropical event. Here’s what they have to say:

  1. Tropical events should always include one traditional element that evokes the tropics, but don’t be afraid to mix the other elements up. Try monsterra leaves and bright colors mixed with actual unique elements like cigar boxes, and mismatched chairs.- Lily Loveland, Tabletop Event Rentals
  2. Not all Tropical Events are created equal, a Latin Tropical event will defer from a Bahamian Tropical Event and or a Hawaiian Event. Knowing your demographics will save you embarrassment and a displeased client.
  3. Tropical cocktails are exotic, fruity and very colorful. Have fun with the container and use a hollowed coconut, pineapple or a watermelon for your beverage. Fresh fruit garnishes are a must for a natural tropical taste and look. When using an outdoor venue remember to include a cold, refreshing drink like our Backyard Lemonade. - Cathy Fox, 3J Hospitality
  4. Don’t forget to decorate your food stations. Natural elements, such as crates, burlap and palm fronds, give an authentic tropical vibe. Sand and food don’t mix, avoid the urge to use sand on your table unless it’s contained in vases. Throw away the plates and use unique vessels such as bamboo leaf boats and clam or scallop shaped shells. If it’s a beach or Hawaiian theme, use a surf board as your table. - Cathy Fox, 3J Hospitality
  5. “Tropical events call for light, bright and colorful food displays and lots of finger foods too. Keep in mind what demographic of tropics you are representing to stay the course with your theme. Remember, you feast with your eyes before you feast with your palette. So use the beautiful food as decor and keep replenishing as the event goes on!” - Stacy Babb, Truluck’s Restaurant Group
  6. “We find clients want quite a variety of different things when they ask for a tropical event! For example, for more modern tropical events, we use a bold geometric pattern as a central feature of the decor. Recently, for a Havana Nights Themed Event, we added a cafecito break where we passed around shots of Cuban coffee straight from a local Cuban bakery. Havana Nights might be one of our best selling event themes, but we’ve literally never done it the same way twice!” - Erin Branham, A2 Events

Clearly, the tropics are inspiring! Why not come visit South FL to see some of it in person!


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South FL Season | 2017 Event Trends

Season here in South Florida is in full swing. The weather this time of year is typically 70 to 85 with mostly sunny skies, so it’s no wonder that hotel occupancy is at it’s peaks and our snowbirds are all in town. It keeps those of us in the event industry stuck at our desks until late at night, and jumping from one client event to another all weekend long.

The events that are hosted here in February alone in Miami/Broward/Palm Beach tri-county area include things like the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, the Miami Marathon, corporate retreats, the Heart Ball, the Miami Boat Show, and many more!

With so many events here, we see a ton of new ideas and creativity around this time of the year. So what are some of the new trends we’re seeing this year? Read below to hear from our board on their top five favorite trends:

  • “The year has seen new trends in Comedic Musical talents with a surprise element. Acts such as The Three Waiters, Hypnotwist and the likes are creating smiles and exciting corporate clientele throughout the nation.” - Nestor Diaz, Mile Sipe Entertainment
  • “Tablescaping is going next level with layers and hardscaping pieces. We’ve seen everything over the last couple of years from palm leaf placemats to uncooked pasta filling a table’s votives to fur throws on each chair. Even our corporate clients are willing to spend money on these items lately. I love when I see texture, pattern and fun unique details all incorporated at once (think a fig on top of each menu to anchor it). Try using a beautiful white fur throw on each chair combined with a patterned linen with specialty metallic chargers and colored wine glasses with texture. Top it off with lots of votives and small floral arrangements.” - Erin Branham, A2 Events
  • “We’ve seen a lot of the mix and match chair trend. To achieve this look choose multiple chair types at each table for an eclectic, beautiful and approachable look.” - Kate Gilbertson, Koncept Events
  • “Ball pits are all the rage! No longer just for kids, these fun activities recently became available at museums, and we’re beginning to use them in our lounge areas and sponsor activations at events. We love when all the balls are one color for a childlike zen moment or when the balls have LED color change lights in them.” - Francesca Radabaugh, Paragon Events
  • “Technology shadows all by taking drones to flight! From indoor Drone aerial recordings to LED Drone demonstrations and reveals; clients have their sights set high with these visually stimulating productions.” - Nestor Diaz, Mile Sipe Entertainment.

After Lady Gaga’s incredible halftime show, we’re totally obsessed with drones! (And what a way to use one of 2016 top event trends of incorporating your sponsors into the content).

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