Congratulations! You and your beau have made it official. No more first dates, Facebook poking, or going out with children of your parents’ friends because “they think you’ll make a cute couple.” Finding the one you love is a beautiful thing and the first challenge you and your mate will conquer is wedding planning. With emotions swirling regarding the start of what will be your new life, many questions will arise on what your first steps should be after saying yes. Take this advice from your local wedding planners in Atlanta. Continue reading
You’ve reached the decor stage of planning your corporate event or party. After entertaining the notions of several different color palettes, you find yourself being drawn to ideas that literally sparkle and shine. Metallic hues are trending and using them in your event space can infuse a luxurious air to help keep your corporate event from going bland. But how do you add a sheen to your business affair without blinding your guests? Continue reading
The Atlantan recently held a decadent garden party for the release of their 2014 Charity & Social Datebook at The Estate.The who’s who of Atlanta enjoyed our Legendary floral walls, Grey Goose cocktails, blue cheese crudité shots, and the chance to kick back on comfy grass-style chairs. A Legendary Event Founder and CEO Mr Tony Conway (pictured above with Editor-In-Chief of The Atlantan Modern Luxury magazine, Ms Stephanie Davis Smith) was gifted with a Social Spotlight Award for all his philanthropic hard work and support of numerous local charitable organizations, so it was a celebratory affair all around. We love to create unique garden parties for our clients, if you are planning your own, celebrate spring using food choices that are bold, fresh and organic. Locally grown fruits and vegetables straight from the farmers truck for example are features that are easy to incorporate into entertaining, no matter the budget!
To beat the heat, A Legendary Event suggests serving a refreshing cocktail at your summer soiree! As one of Atlanta’s award-winning caterers, our “Legendary” mixologists have been concocting fabulous drinks for your special summer days and soirees. Tony’s Old Fashioned Favorite: In true, classy Conway fashion, Tony releases his recipe for an Old Southern favorite. 1 Splash Soda Water 1 Sugar Cube 2 dashes aromatic bitters 1 ½ oz Whiskey (Canadian Club) 1 Orange Slice 1 Cherry 1 Lemon Peel Twist Muddle soda water, sugar, and bitters in an old-fashioned glass. Add whiskey and ice. Garnish with an orange slice, cherries, and a lemon twist.
At A Legendary Event, our award-wining floral team is busy designing magnificent centerpieces. For color and pizzazz, we love including lemons and limes for a less predictable touch. With summer starting to sizzle, now is the time to let some sun into your celebration and brighten your home with brilliant hues of yellow and orange. Legendary Floral Director Jeanna Graham enjoys adding citrus to A Legendary Event’s table- scapes. Guests asked ‘How did you think of that?’ That’s the “Wow” factor we aim for at Legendary which is colorful, creative, and unexpected.” One of the biggest trends in floral arrangements this year is also unconventional centerpieces and using fruit to catch guests by surprise. These arrangements add vibrant colors that dazzle the eyes and citrus fruits provide a fresh aroma that brings the sunshine inside. To jazz up tables and place settings, slice freshly picked lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruits, or bergamots. Combine different fruits for a fresh and clean arrangement. Try sliding lemon slices into a clear vase, and then fill it with flowers and ice water for a “Legendary” look. Simple and sophisticated, this is a solar flare that will keep your company coming back for more.
A Legendary Event kicked off a fabulous magazine launch and spread in the recent November Delta Sky magazine, which had a spectacular insert all about Atlanta! The kick-off event was held at the High Museum of Art and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed unveiled the profile issue with a focus on Atlanta. The city has never looked so good or so inviting with our very own Tony Conway, CEO and Owner of A Legendary Event as your expert guide to a dozen philanthropic events that make a difference in our great city. Delta also featured Tony’s upcoming award honor for his dedication to A Meal To Remember befitting Senior Citizen Services of Atlanta. This issue is filled with many positive articles written on how great the city of Atlanta is and where we are headed in the future. Without question, Atlanta will be Delta’s travelers next destination after reading this exciting article and we’re very proud of Tony and A Legendary Event for the unending dedication to giving back. Take a look at this page-turning spread to learn more about the wonderful city A Legendary Event calls our own, Atlanta!
Photo Courtesy of Nancy Jo McDaniel
Dave Lishness has been named President of A Legendary Event’s award‐winning company. Lishness previously led a successful career serving as an over twenty year veteran of business and food management industries, including twelve years in food product development, project management, quality assurance and marketing. A graduate at the top of his Executive MBA program at Georgia State University in 1998, he holds a Bachelor of Food Science Degree from The University of Maryland.
With an extensive background in operations overseeing a large construction management division with projects in 24 U.S. States, Lishness also directed the design and architectural sales at Florida’s largest stone importer and distributor closing over $20 million dollars of sales. He directed research and development and quality assurance programs for the food manufacturing division of a Fortune 50 company where sales grew from $6 million to $35 million per year during his tenure. Lishness also directed product development for Arby’s largest franchisee and led product introduction efforts with vendor partners. He has overseen a vast amount of hiring in his executive business roles with a wealth of experience directing employment decisions and focusing on talent development.
An active member of the Atlanta community, Lishness is involved with Leadership Atlanta’s Class of 2011 and volunteers for an array of community causes. Tony Conway, CEO and Owner of A Legendary Event said, “We are extremely honored to name Dave Lishness as President of A Legendary Event. As Chief Operating Office, Dave oversaw our management, operations and continues to be an outstanding addition to our company as we strive to provide our clients with a legendary experience.”
— Give a party that makes a difference. You can do an event on a smaller scale at your company. Change your party focus to giving to a worthwhile cause and keep it simple. Perhaps a customer or community member has been touched by illness or some other hardship. Ask everyone to bring a book for a children’s hospital, cans for a hunger drive or something else purposeful. Serve “just desserts” this year to sweeten the lives of others.
— Think quality vs. quantity. Review and scale down your guest list and focus on quality. There are probably many people on the list who have not referred to your business or people who should no longer be on the list. Reducing the numbers can help you better budget any event.
— Make it memorable. Add a theme to your party. Since you’re a printer, incorporate your overruns. Decorate the tables with all the printing samples you’ve done and celebrate your 10 years of printing. Proudly display your work and focus on what you’ve done for clients in a creative way. From table cards to table toppers, centerpieces and more, your printing pieces should be integrated into your decor. It will save money and promote what you do.
— Be creative. Instead of throwing a cocktail party this year, think about an afternoon picnic or something more casual. Picnics are popular and can even be indoors and are value-driven. We’re seeing parties that used to be sit-down dinners instead be light fare and appetizers. You don’t have to serve a feast. Your guests will feast their eyes on whatever you do, but keep your legend alive and party on!
Author/Byline: BRUCE FREEMAN , Scripps Howard News Service
(Bruce Freeman, The Small Business Professor, is president of ProLine Communications, a marketing and public relations firm in Livingston, N.J., and author of “Birthing the Elephant” (Ten Speed Press). E-mail questions to Bruce(at)SmallBusinessProf.com.)
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Bruce Freeman, The Small Business Professor®