Sodexo Conferencing Blog

Tis the Season to Party

Mandy Volpe - Friday, December 23, 2016
Our venues have been busy with holiday parties and celebrations that focus on the excitement of this time of the year. Check out the most recent holiday party at Chase on the Riverfront in Delaware. Thank you to all of the clients and vendors who choose to make meeting memories with Sodexo Conferencing Properties.

2017 Color of the Year Ideas

Mandy Volpe - Monday, December 19, 2016
Pantone just released their 2017 color of the year. The "greenery" color will certainly lend well to meeting and event decor. The greenish yellowish tint will pop up in florals to centerpieces and beyond. Here are a few ideas to get your planning started for 2017 meetings so that you can incorporate the color of the year.

Create a custom backdrop or photo booth wall of fresh greenery. Incorporate a wall made entirely of succulents or live moss. Utilize uplighting to cast a glow upon the wall in order to fully showcase the color. Make sure that any large wall or backdrop includes your event logo for optimal brand recognition.

Weave nature and elegance into your centerpieces. You can do this for your event by simply placing potted greenery around event tables, gathering succulents onto a tree slab, or combining sheets of moss with golden vases. Bringing the outdoors into the interior decor will prove to be a hot trend for 2017. 

Fun with Food
Include the greenery Pantone color in your food selection. Work with a Sodexo catering property to select foods that highlight the yellow-green hue. From salads, to side dishes, to desserts... the possibilities are endless. You could do pistachio crusted salmon or chocolate covered key lime popsicles. Find ways to include asparagus, avocado, or edamame on your menu so that you can enjoy fresh elements in the green color.

Featured Location: Fanshawe College

Mandy Volpe - Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Experience the unique locations of Sodexo Conferencing Properties. Fanshawe College is located in London, Ontario and offers year round conference services. They offer one-stop-shop coordination to ensure that your event goes smoothly one point of contact. Check out this picture to catch a glimpse at the 100 classrooms, 10 lecture theatres and 3 gymnasiums available for meeting rentals.

3 Reasons to Choose Sodexo Conferencing

Mandy Volpe - Tuesday, November 29, 2016
3 reasons to choose a Sodexo Conferencing property for your next meeting location:

Many of the Sodexo Conferencing properties offer Day Meeting Packages that include catering, meeting space, and technology.

Our venues feature Sodexo quality food for all guests. Many properties feature continuous breaks and food service. Options for dining include seated meals as well as cafe style dining.

Professional Staff:

Our experienced staff include event professionals who understand meeting needs. They pay attention to detail and remain calm under pressure. They understand that flexibility is key in meeting space and are always thinking one step ahead to ensure a high quality event is delivered for guests.

Each venue differs slightly, but you will notice the same great quality of service and professionalism across the board. Check out the properties page to see more venues near you.

Holiday Themed Event Alternatives

Mandy Volpe - Monday, November 28, 2016

As an event planner, you have been tasked with planning a corporate Holiday party without being too focused on one theme over another. Here are a few themed party ideas without being too specific towards one holiday over another.

Greenery focus:
Use poinsettias or olive garland to create a beautiful and elegant centerpiece. Also incorporate these elements into the welcome tables in the lobby or the podium.

Color choice:
Steer away from red and veer towards the blues or silver themed decoration. Utilize candles and twinkle lights for a white glow around the room.

Incorporate the seasonal weather:

Offer guests an unusual atmosphere with snow and ice. Elements that showcase the weather such as an ice sculpture or snow themed photo booth backdrop will certainly entertain your guests without being solely focused on the holiday season.

What additions would you add to this list that you have successfully tried for your events?

Creative Food Displays

Mandy Volpe - Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Sodexo Conferencing properties believe that events should be memorable. We enjoy seeing how our properties are inspired to create unique dining experiences for guests. Check out the recent set-up for Chase Center on the Riverfront. They incorporated Chinese take-out boxes and wok stations to heighten the culinary experience for the Delaware Antique Show.



Event Spotlight: Chase Center Wedding

Mandy Volpe - Friday, October 28, 2016

Last weekend the team at the Chase Center hosted the wedding for Mr. & Mrs. Greg Magee. Congratulations to the couple on their special day. The Sodexo family would like to wish the couple a lifetime of marital happiness. Here is a glimpse into their catered reception.

Fall Inspired Event Ideas

Mandy Volpe - Thursday, October 27, 2016

Are you looking for ways to infuse the theme of fall into your event over the next two months? Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

Popcorn Bar

Take the typical movie theater snack to the next level. Offer multiple varieties of popcorn flavors such as caramel, white cheddar, or kettle corn. Then have different toppings that guests can use to amp up their snack. Toppings could include candy corn, chocolate chips, or sprinkles.

Campfires and S’mores

Campfires inspire community and relaxation. Invite your guests into networking opportunities with campfires strategically placed near gathering points of your meeting. Offer a snack such as hot cider or s’mores to keep your guests lingering around the fire even longer.

White Pumpkins

Pumpkins are a festive way to bring in the fall months to the décor. Mix white pumpkins with eucalyptus leaves and you have an elegant centerpiece that transitions well between fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving.

Do you have other ideas for incorporating fall into your events? Leave a comment below and let us know your best idea.

Event Spotlight: Auto Show

Mandy Volpe - Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Chase Center on the Riverfront recently hosted the Delaware Auto Show. The entire center was filled with cars from all makes and models, both classic styles and exotic cars. Thank you to all of the families and car enthusiasts that attended the show.

Event Spotlight: California Garden Wedding

Mandy Volpe - Monday, October 24, 2016

Today's event spotlight is located at the Pickwick Gardens Venue. They recently held a garden wedding that turned out beautifully. Check out the sequin linens, four tier cake, luxury place settings and cafe lights. All of these elements, plus the beautiful bride and groom, created the perfect setting for an October wedding in California.