The Sweet Spot: The Need-to-Know New Trends in Wedding Desserts

No one can deny that a wedding cake is a beautiful tradition, and for many, an essentialMonona Terrace Dessert part of the reception. But for many couples, there are fun alternatives for starting out marriage on a sweet note. Continue reading to learn about four desserts that can stand up to any six-tier wedding cake.

1.  Cupcakes. Cupcakes are a great option for the couple that wants to have some fun with the dessert, but doesn’t want to stray too far from the traditional wedding cake.   In an effort to mix tradition and fun, try a small six-inch cake surrounded by cupcakes for the guests or a pull-apart cake that can be decorated to look like a traditional wedding cake. With so many available styles and flavors, the cupcakes can be as formal or casual as the couple itself.

2.  Pies. With flaky crusts and delicious fillings, pies are a crowd-pleaser and great way to tie the wedding to the season. For example, summertime wedding pies could be filled with fresh berries while fall and winter pies could be filled with apple and pumpkin. Another great benefit of pies is their versatility.   Couples can choose to set a pie at each table, allowing guests to serve themselves family-style or pass around platters of mini pies. For more ideas on how to incorporate pies into your wedding, read Bridal Guide’s Sweet as Pie: 17 Wedding Ideas.

3.  Build-Your-Own Sundae Bar. This option is the ultimate in customization. Guests of all ages can enjoy a build-your-own sundae bar complete with unique flavors, fun toppings and syrups. It’s a great way for guests to feel refreshed and comfortable.

4.  Hot Chocolate Bar. Hot chocolate is a welcomed treat on a cold, snowy day. Feel free to have fun with the flavors and toppings, and for a personalized touch, add custom-made cup sleeves with information about wedding.

At Monona Terrace, more brides and grooms are opting for unique dessert ideas to enhance their events. Monona Catering specializes in decadent and beautiful sweet treats made on-site in the Monona Terrace bakery. With a trusted catering professional, the final food event at your wedding will leave guests with an unforgettable remembrance of your most special day! To find out more about Monona Terrace Catering’s impressive offerings, contact Wendy Brown-Haddock, Certified Professional in Catering and Events, at 608.261.4025.

Outdoor Meetings: Get outside your head, and the office

Monona TerraceRelocating your typical meeting to an offsite location is a great way to infuse new energy and amp up creativity for an otherwise predictable event. But have you ever thought about taking your offsite meeting to another level? Fresh air can do wonders for morale and meeting efficacy. Physically moving part or all of these gatherings outdoors may be that extra push a team needs to come up with the next great idea, solve a problem or simply introduce an unexpected new element. And with the right venue, indoor back-up space allows a seamless transition to moving the event inside in the event of rain.

Monona Terrace is one such venue. With its recently updated outdoor function space – the William T. Evjue Rooftop Garden – Monona Terrace provides the versatility for both an outdoor or indoor meeting. Warm and slightly cool weather gatherings on the Rooftop Garden are enhanced by a 360-degree view along the horizon. A giant fountain, new tables and colorful umbrellas offer eye-pleasing amenities. Lake Monona and the downtown Madison skyline make for unique and majestic event backdrops.

Here are a few more tips to prepare for and make the most out of an outdoor meeting option:

  1. Give your guests a head’s up. Make sure your attendees are aware the meeting will take place outside. Remind your guests dress for the season – a light sweater or jacket as necessary – and to bring sunglasses.
  2. Power-up. Make sure your venue has convenient outlets or access to extension cords to ensure attendees are able to use their electronic devices as needed.
  3. Light it up. If any of your event or meeting will be held during evening hours, investigate your venue’s ability to provide lighting – both practical and mood – to make sure the setting of the sun doesn’t mean lights out on your meeting.
  4. Know your audio needs. Audio can be one of the most difficult aspects to control at an outdoor event. Find out if your venue has a solution for this – portable PA systems and high-quality microphones are a must.
  5. Keep comfortable. While at times overlooked, comfortable seating options are vital. They help keep your meeting-goers happy and focused. Have your venue share seating options ahead of time – and test them out!

Sound like an outdoor event is something you’d like to give a try? Contact Laura MacIsaac, Certified Meeting Professional, at 608.261.4016 to discover your exciting options.

Four Tools to Simplify Event Planning

If you’ve ever planned an event, you’ve learned early on (and perhaps the hard way!) that it’s never a “one-and-done” process. No matter the size, there are a lot of moving parts and considerations to take into account. Sometimes you need a helping hand.

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Recently, we looked at a few simple apps that can be immensely helpful in the planning, execution and follow-up stages of your event. Technology changes fast. There have been some great updates and new offerings for planning tools; here you’ll find an up-to-date list. Continue reading

Three details every bride should know before the big day

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Krakora Studios

There are obvious questions you need to have answered before your wedding, such as where the wedding will be, the number of guests and the color of the bridesmaids’ dresses. But there are other important details that should be squared away with the venue well before the big day, information that often goes overlooked until the last moment. Read on to make sure you’re getting this essential information. Continue reading

The power of an unexpected meeting place

Monona TerraceA meeting space can mean the difference between a good meeting and a great one. The
environment in which you host a meeting can help encourage creativity and revive energy. Sometimes the beige walls of a hotel conference room just don’t offer the inspiration needed to ignite thoughtful conversations. Find four inspiring options below to help you think outside the four walls of the conventional convention center. Continue reading

Budget-friendly wedding decoration inspiration

Monona Terrace WeddingWeddings are a beautiful experience on any budget. Being creative when on a tight budget allows you to use your imagination and infuse personality into your special day. Here are some tips, ideas and guidelines to help inspire you to get creative to make the most out of a wedding decorating budget.

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Experience a Revitalized Monona Terrace

Something’s different about Monona Terrace in Madison, Wis.
After about a month’s worth Frank Lloyd Wright Exhibitof work, the community and convention center reopened its doors at the beginning of February, welcoming guests to check out its newly renovated features. Many of these updates aren’t purely for looks – they offer real advantages for guests who use the venue for events; and all updates kept an eye on sustainability.

So what’s changed and how could it positively impact your next event or meeting? Continue reading

Certifiably Sustainable: The importance of an earth-friendly venue

It’s not often event venues make sustainability a priority. Creating an energy-efficient Monona Terrace, greenenvironment takes time and, well, energy. It’s an undertaking that requires patience and understanding of the newest green technologies. Many large buildings choose to stick with what they know, rather than explore other options.

Monona Terrace is ahead of this trend. With five years of LEED-Certified sustainability under its belt, Monona Terrace is on the cusp of re-certifying the building to an even higher standard. LEED is an all-encompassing sustainability certification that elevates the importance of human and environmental health – a benefit for both you and your attendees. And by hosting an event at Monona Terrace, you are already doing your part for the environment!

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Five Traits of a Successful Event Planner

Monona Terrace, meetings, MadisonPlanning events and ensuring they run smoothly calls for a certain set of skills. These skills allow you to navigate the sometimes unpredictable waters of scheduling, coordinating and troubleshooting. The good news is as a working professional, you probably already have a great handle on these abilities. Here are some helpful reminders of the skills you’ll need to better approach planning your event. Continue reading